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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 – 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 🙂
  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!

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Blog Week in Review: 10/1- 10/8

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Woow. Today was a doozy. I had to take my PRAXIS content knowledge test to become a teacher, which took place over an hour away (this was after they closed the testing site closer to me). Luckily, it was in the same direction as my parent’s house, which meant that I had somewhere to decompress afterwards. Still, the weather was HORRIBLE all day, so I’ve done well over three hours of solo driving, plus the test, plus my evening class. I don’t have much energy, so I’ll go through my Blog Week in Review pretty quickly. Oh, it was a computer test, so I know that I passed! Now I have all of my tests done for liscensure, so I just have to finish my schoolwork and student teaching. Just.

If you want to see a beautiful fall shawl just off the needles, you have to check out Remily’s Catkin. I love her color choices- I would never have picked them, but they go so well together!

Pretty Little Fiber Co’s Sweet Fern Mitts are simple and adorable. ‘Nuff said.

Next, there’s Learner’s Per-Knit’s Rustling Leaves Campaign. I own the book that the pattern is from (Coastal Knits, the home of the ever-popular Rocky Coast Cardigan) and have been meaning to made this pattern forever. Seeing examples like this only has me looking around the stash for yarn- a dangerous predicament this close to the holidays.

Finally, there are the socks. There’s Savannah Chick’s Coupling Socks. I love how her colors transition using the yarn. I definitely need to get my hands on some yarn like this! But there’s also Cloudberry’s Swirl Socks and Kalkette Knits’ Vine Lace Socks. Just yum. Let’s cast on a pair of socks, too!

Blog Week in Review: 9/24-9/30

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Wow, thanks so much for all of your kind words about my newest design, the Daniela Cowl. If you like it, don’t forget to download it for free from ravelry before it goes up in price this Friday. I like to have this introductory period as a thank-you for all of my wonderful blog readers, so please take advantage of it!

Daniela Cowl

And as for Blog Week in Review, I have some great projects to highlight for you guys. First, there’s Autumngeisha’s Summer Crush. It is a seriously bright shawl scarf thing that just looks so amazing!

And if you’re in the mood for some colorwork, there’s Remily’s Sheep Hat. I love how her natural color choices work with the sheep pattern. It looks great and I am so jealous of her colorwork skills.

There’s also Chronicles of a Fiber Engineer’s Portlander Mitts. The deep cables just scream fall and winter, and I am increasingly drawn to cable patterns as it FINALLY starts to cool down here.

Finally, we have the socks. Dona Knits has a new sample of her By the Seine River pattern, and I just love how they look. As soon as I get through all of the sock patterns I currently have to knit I will definitely take a look at this pattern. Next, Fern just finished a pair of “Happy Sunshine Socks.” These might be the brightest socks that I’ve ever seen! It’s a colorwork pattern, and she mixed some bright yellow and self-striping sunny colors. It’s just what you need to brighten up a rainy day (like today!). And if you need an inspirational intricate/takes forever/but finally finished! pattern, try Oftengrumpy’s Lissajous Socks. The twisted cables took her over a year to do (plus the self-dyed yarn). If she could finish, so can you!

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.