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Blog Week(s) In Revew: 1/7-1/21

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Well, it’s been over a week since I last posted. Woops! It’s not that I haven’t been knitting. Oh no, I’ve been knitting like a fiend. Most of it, though, is design projects. There’s something about designing that makes me a little hesitant to blog. Probably the uncertainty- there’s never a guarantee that your WIP will turn out (Rocky Coast Cardigan, anyone?), but at least when you’re working on other people’s designs there’s guidance. You have none of that when you’re just starting out! Well, I’m just about finished knitting on the last design for a little bit, so I’ll hopefully have progress on someone else’s pattern to show you on Wed. Until then, I have some lovely blog posts to show you guys! We’re a little heavy on the accessories, today, but no worries.

Who doesn’t like a quickie? First, there’s Sezza Knit’s newest design, the Basket Weave Rib Socks. These seem like a perfect little pattern to add to my never-ending sock queue. Simple enough to keep in my head but complicated enough to keep my interest. Best of all, they’re free!

I really love Nook’s Angelus Shawl. It fits in this whole trend of combining colorwork with other skills, like textured stitches, cables, and lace. Honestly, I can’t get enough of looking at this shawl. It’s truly a masterful project.

Stitched Together’s Fluvial Shawl is also pretty gorgeous. The simplicity of the lace and cable columns set on stockinette and ribbing is, somehow, just as attractive as something five times as complicated!

Twisted Knitter’s Adiri Slouch Hat seems like the perfect winter hat. A fun knit and a fun wear!

If you’re into colorwork mittens, you have to check out The Knitting Squid’s Octopus Mittens. Not only is it an ingenious pattern of, you guessed it, Octopuses (Octopi?) on mittens, but I love the colors she chose. Plus, the detail of the tentacles continuing on the inside is really cute!

Finally, there’s just one garment. I absolutely love Don’t Drool on the Wool’s Fair Isle Yoke Cardigan. Her technique is absolutely wonderful, and it seems like it fits really, really well. She seems completely happy with it. Plus, she steeked! Steeking medal awarded 😉

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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 🙂

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: 6/16-6/24

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Wow, do I have a lot of posts to show you guys this week. You would think that, with the summer heat encroaching, FO’s would slow down. Oh no, it’s totally the opposite. Over the week I have favorited ten (10!) posts to share with you. You all better get excited!

First, we have the hats. Knitting Love’s Beret is really cool. I love the lacey rib stitch pattern, and it seems to fit perfectly. There’s not so much flop that the hat seems to explode out from your head, but it’s not so small that you feel like you are just wearing a large hat. Very awesome.

The other hat is the Bored Knitter’s Wild Apple. It is an explosion of colorwork and skill that I know I will never be able to achieve. The stitch pattern just looks so intricate and I really love all of the colors she picked. And, of course, the most important thing is that she loves it so much that she’s willing to overlook her mistakes and flaws- perfect!

We just have one finished pair of socks today- Dona Knits’s Embossed Leaves. I think that most of us would probably agree when we say that this pattern is a classic, and her knitting skills and yarn choice don’t let it down. Simply put, this pair is the reason this pattern became so popular- the crisp stitch definition, the leaf motif, and the wonderful color options!

I really like Don’t Drool on the Wool’s improvised tea pocket. At first I was all “doesn’t tea already come in pockets,” but then I gave it a thought. You can put a couple of different options into one pocket and then just keep it in your purse (or backpack, if you are me), and that way you don’t have to dig around, only to find decaf when you want caf, or lipton when you want herbal, etc. It really is a good idea, and I might have to whip one out today.

Dropping Stitches Serenity Blanket is nothing short of spectacular. I love the combination of the cables and the lace, and the garter border in a contrasting color is such a nice touch. There will definitely be one lucky baby out there!

Of course, you can’t have a Blog Week in Review without a huge section on shawls and scarves. I love Sezza Knits’ Oaklet. It’s a perfect little shawlette for that in-between weather! The bright pink is adorable, and I’m sure it creates a great pop of color for any outfit.

Next, there’s Smoking Hot Needles’s Cameo Shawl. The fact that it is make with her handspun is so impressive- I never would have guessed it. Plus, the pattern is just so freaking cool. I’m really starting to like these non-traditional shawls, and I’ll probably have to find some yarn with much longer color repeats to try one out!

Moving on to garments, I’ve got 2 to show you. First, there’s the Pretty Little Fiber Co.’s Georgia Vest. It’s so simple and stylish that I kind of want to go over there and steal it!

And, to close, there’s Nook’s Driftwood. This was a test knit and I really, really love it. Off of the top of my head, I would say that a worsted weight pullover would probably be way too warm for me to wear very often. But still, I love this pattern so much that it would probably be very, very hard to resist. It’s a free one, too, so there really isn’t anything stopping me from picking out some yarn…Uh oh.

So that’s it for my Blog Week in Review. I hope you enjoyed it! If you are joining me in sharing your inspiration from the last week, please leave me a comment- I am feeling just a little bit too lazy to put up a Mr. Linky, but I’m not too lazy to check out your blog 🙂

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 😉

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.