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Blog Week in Review: 1/21-1/28

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It’s time for yet another Blog Week in Review. Once again, we’re pretty heavy in the accessories- ya’ll have got to finish your beautiful garments!

First up, there’s Pretty Little Fiber Co.’s amazing Spruce Forest Shawl. I love the colorway- it looks like it has just a hint of blue or grey, which gives the project a little something more than all of those white or off-white shawls. Plus, it looks HUGE. Definitely comfy and warm for these cold days we’ve been having!

I love Twisted Stitcher’s colorwork beret. I always think that colorwork anything is amazing, probably because I can’t actually do my own colorwork, but this one really is special. I promise!

Keeping with the colorwork theme, there’s Cloudberry’s Nuthatch Mittens. They have little birds on them! Even though it’s definitely a winter pattern, it seems so full of life. She definitely did justice to it!

The one garment that I did find was Knit the Hell Out’s Grey Sky. Apparently the silly lady had this wonderful project sitting in her UFO pile for over a year! I’m glad I finally got to see the FO, because it is gorgeous- the prefect blend of fashionable and comfort.

Before I sign off, I just wanted to let you guys know ¬†a secret: BULKY WOOL KNITS UP VERY QUICKLY! How do I know this? I guess you’ll just have to come back on Wed. to check out my current WIP, which seems to be knitting itself. Maybe the elves are coming out at night and knitting me a sweater!

Blog Week in Review:

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It’s time for another blog week in review! This one is pretty quick- I think most knitters are still recovering from holiday knitting ūüėČ

First there is Through the Loop’s Kanagawa Rainbow Mittens. These might be the coolest colorwork mittens that I’ve ever seen. Well, at least they’re the most interesting!

Next, Being Careful Not To Twist made two pairs of socks out of one skein of yarn: one for her father-in-law and one for her baby. It’s so cute!

Finally, there’s Knit the Hell Out’s Howlcat. It is BOTH a cowl and a hat. I know- such a genius idea; it blew my mind, too. You definitely need to check this design out.

That’s all I have for you guys! Be sure to check in on¬†Wednesday- hopefully I’ll have a lot of progress on my newest design to show you guys. I just got back to school, but I’m not sure if that means more or less knitting time. Luckily, I have almost a week and a half until classes start!

Hurrication in Review

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For those of you with your heads buried in the sand, the hurricane of the century is about to hit one of the most populated areas in the US. Of course, it is already hovering over my hometown. I’ve lucked out in that we still have power, but there’s not much to do. Classes are canceled, so it’s day two of huddle-inside-around-the-TV weather, and I’ve already watched 2 Resident Evil movies, 2 James Bond movies, almost an entire series of a strange British TV show. I also managed to put in 2.5 miles on the treadmill. That’s a real achievement for me, because I absolutely HATE the treadmill. I’m much happier when walking to a location, with pretty things to look at as I go by. Well, that’s enough rambling. I have a long, long overdue Blog Week(s) in Review, plus an award to share!

First, for the blogs. In the amazing brightly-colored, skillfully knitted, and magnificently huge category, there’s Snapdragon Crafts’ Many Hearts Blanket. Seriously, this thing is amazing. You guys HAVE to see it. Eventually, when I ever get around to making another bed-sized blanket, I will never be able to¬†achieve¬†something half as awesome as this.

Only on a slightly smaller scale, there are the garments. Gynx’s Holla Back Tank is fantastic. I would never have thought to mix a¬†variegated¬†yarn and that pattern, but her’s came out wonderfully. I love the lace on the back- very sexy!

Smoking Hot Needles has busted out another fantastic shawl. It’s not very often that you see something like this pattern. It has cables and a smidge of lace, but the drape makes me think that it is knitted on a lace¬†gauge.

For a real lace experience, check out Remily’s Aeolian Shawl. It’s the epitome of a traditional lace shawl!

Finally, there are the socks. I have three pairs to share with you guys today. First, I love how Bethany¬†inversed the stripes on these socks. It’s something different, plus it helped her even out the stash-busting. Cloudberry’s Zig Zag Socks are just an awesome combination of yarn and pattern. Knit the Hell Out’s Birthday Bell Flower Boogies used a solid yarn to highlight the more intricate pattern, which is a decision I respect¬†immensely. It can be so hard to drop the¬†variegated¬†yarn when it is just so beautiful!

The second part of this post makes me so happy! Almost two weeks ago, Feel Good Knitting did me the honor of nominating me for a Reader Appreciation Award. Thanks so so so so so much. Without further ado, here’s the rules:

The rules:

FIRST:¬† Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award. (Done ‚Äď see above!)

SECOND:  Answer 10 questions.

  1. Your favourite colour?¬† Green and Purple. Sometimes together…sometimes not.
  2. Your favourite animal?  PUPPY
  3. Your favourite non-alcoholic drink?¬†It depends on the weather. When it’s hot out, I love iced coffee. When it’s cold, though, I could guzzle hot coffee and tea all day ūüôā
  4. Facebook or Twitter? Ravelry? Facebook
  5. Your favourite pattern?¬†I don’t know if I’ll ever have just one. Probably whatever I’m working on, though.
  6. Getting or giving presents? Definitely giving.
  7. Your favourite number?¬†I’m not sure I have one. Maybe 3?
  8. Your favourite day of the week? Thursday, I think.
  9. Your favourite flower?¬† Not sure I have one…
  10. What is your passion?¬† Whatever I’m doing at the time!

THIRD:  Nominate other bloggers for the award.  This was a really hard list to put together. I read A LOT of blogs, but these are some that stuck out to me as particularly enjoyable.

Although it’s a podcast, I love Playful Day. Listening just makes me warm and fuzzy inside!

Audry over at Bear Ears is a great knitter, and I love hearing about the trials of writing a (gasp!) book.

Fern Knits is also a great read. She regularly comes out with awesome patterns, plus I’ve enjoyed hearing about her forays into other hobbies.

Kiwi Yarns is a glimpse of the other side of the world. Hearing about her wooly winter in the middle of my hot summer gave me hope that there would be a time when I could touch my stash without breaking into a sweat.

Knitting to Stay Sane is another one of my knitting/designing idols. I’ve been salivating over her new design, a delightfully cabled cardigan, although I will probably have to wait until after the Holidays to have the excess cash to get the yarn and pattern, much less the time to make them! Also, her url is Crazy Knitting Lady. I mean, what’s better than that?

Another favorite is Ramblings of a Fiber Obsessed Transplant Vermonter. The title says it all!

There are so many things that Redshirt Knitting writes about that I enjoy. Of course, there’s the knitting, but there’s also chickens, puppies, drawings, Sim recaps. A little bit of everything!

Finally, there’s Tami’s Amis. I love popping by her weekly WIP and FO recaps, finding all sorts of new blogs. She’s one of the staples of my knitting community!

Blog Week in Review: it feels like forever

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This was going to be a Cast On post, and then a WIP post, but something happened. You know those projects that go so quickly, where you just have to get another round, and then you’re almost finished with the repeat, and then there’s just one more left, so let’s do that, and then, before you know it, you’re casting off. But why don’t you block it? Uou have time! So now that will be a Finished Object post on Friday.

Instead, I have a long, long overdue Blog Week in Review post. Because life just kept catching up to me and I just kept finding cool FO’s, there is quite a lot on this list. Let’s start with those oh-so-addictive things to put around your neck.

As the pinnacle of nerdy knits, there’s Threadpanda’s Loki Scarf. It is a lace weight, double knit version of the colorwork scarf that Loki wears in the Thor/Avengers movies, and it is everything awesome in the world. Oh yeah, and it’s knit with COTTON. EVERYTHING AWESOME.

If you’re as nerdy as me, you should probably just stop reading there. However, if you’re just a plain knit-nerd, take a look at Smoking Hot Needles’s Barndom shawl, a test knit for Stephen West. Yes, you read that right. A test knit for West knits (rhyme!). Go click over, it’s as cool looking as you would think.

Now, moving on to the sweaters. There’s nook’s Classic Raglan, which is a plain, simple, pretty, classic stockinette raglan. Project Stash also did a simple sweater, although her’s is more of the trendy box-shape.

A baby girl is going to get the coolest Sunnyside cardigan from Anyone Can Knit. I swear, I’m actually jealous.

And for beautiful technical pieces, look no further than A Friend to Knit With and Knitted Bliss. The first’s Anhinga is just plain sculptural and cool. Now that is the type of pattern that I look at and think “wow- that’s something new.” And best of all? It actually looks good on. Knitted Bliss’s French Chestnut is a little bit more classic of a design, but it’s perfectly executed in a beautiful yarn. I swear- cables, lace,¬†variegation, drape; there’s nothing better.

Everyone has to be talking about Snapdragon Crafts’s Snake Socks. They are socks that are made to literally look like snakes and I literally lover them ūüôā

If you’re loving the socks, there’s also Knit the Hell Out’s Prufrock Socks. They’re a new design, and I like to think that they symbolize everything awesome about knitting socks. The ability to use GREAT yarn with cool patterns and still have it be wonderful.

The Knitting Squid’s Peggy Blanket is a completely awesome, cool, spectacular knitted blanket. She made a square by knitting out from the center, and everything just works so well.

And, finally, while it is not a FO, if you’re a college knitter like me (or even just a work knitter, etc.), check out Untangling Knots’ 5 Tips and Tricks on Balancing School and Crafting. It’s an interesting read, even if you are like me and don’t have the coordination to knit and read at the same time.

Blog Week in Review: 6/2- 6/10

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Drumroll, please- it’s time for the Blog Week in Review! Yeah! We have a lot to talk about, so let’s get started.

To start off, we have Knit the Hell Out’s Lolita. It’s such a stylish knit, and the lace detail (dropped stitches, right?) really add an extra dimension to the knit. It looks like something that would work up really quickly and then work with a bunch of different outfits.

I really like My Sometimes Crafty Life’s simplest sweater. It’s a plain pullover with a little bit of lace detailing around the neck, but the best part is how obviously¬†ecstatic¬†she is about the FO, even though she won’t be able to wear it for a couple of months. The fit seems perfect and exactly what she wanted. And we all know that is not such an easy thing to¬†achieve.

Autumngeisha’s Nanook is divine. I love the detailing around the collar- the stitch pattern creates such a great effect. And it looks all roomy and cozy- perfect for snuggling under during a cold winter.

And for the last of the sweaters, look no further than Kiwiyarns’s Snuggly. It look’s perfect for the southern hemisphere’s coming winter!

Nook’s new Honey Cowl looks amazing. I swear, I’ve seen a dozen different variations of the pattern, and they’ve all come out fantastic, no matter what yarn was used.

Remily Knit’s Rodekool de Kool is just…so cool! I just love how the brioche lace looks…I may have to try my hand at that technique sometime soon ūüėČ

As always, if you’re interested in doing a Blog Week in Review, please click the Mr. Linky right above here to show it off! I know that I would love to see it, and I’m sure the rest of the blog-o-sphere would love to see ¬†what inspires you, too.

Blog Week in Review: 4/14- 4/21

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Although I don’t have much work of my own to show you, I have plenty of other people’s beautiful FO’s. Yes, it is, once again, time for blog week in review. As always, I encourage you to also post about your inspiration from around the blog-o-sphere. Then, click the Mr. Linky at the bottom of the page and register your post! Even if you don’t get a chance to do your own write-up, PLEASE click the Mr. Linky and see what other people are doing. Hopefully, after exams are over, I’ll do some conversions and find a way to make my blog compatible with the Mr. Linkies where you can post directly on the page. Hopefully.

My Sometimes Crafty Life just finished a Mizzle Shawl. She made it with 2 different skeins of laceweight held double, and the color variation really is fantastic. From the pictures, you’d just think it’s a pink yarn speckled with a rust color, but if you zoom in you can see so much more. It really is rather fantastic!

Next, With These Hands is showing off a gorgeous Clapotis using Noro Yuzen. I think I just got into the serious knitting online world just after the worst of the Clapotis fever, so I haven’t seen TOO many of these. And, can I just say, they are gorgeous. Although she complains about the texture of the Noro a little (and lets be honest, who¬†hasn’t?), the colors really are worth it!

Moving away from shawls, Knitting Love’s newest pair of socks are worth giving a look. She used the Bubble Stream pattern, and I love how the stitch pattern travels over the top of the foot from side to side. I’m not doing it justice- go take a click. I just added that pattern to my favorites…maybe it would work for the Candy Skein yarn I got a couple of weeks ago?

Finally, yet another shawl. Knit The Hell Out (one of my favorite blog names, by the way) finally got the chance to get some good pictures of her Stripe Study Shawl to post. Can I say how jealous of this I am? Purple and green are my two favorite colors in the world, and I’ve been contemplating making a shawl for wearing while I am studying and working on the computer. Although the Mizzle looked pretty cozy, too…