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Blog Week in Review: 11/18-11/26

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And now we are back to our regularly scheduled Blog Week in Review! Looking at my list, I think I’ve been a little remiss in favoriting FO’s. Oh well! It’s been a busy week for many of us.

First of all, Craftivore has one of the coolest hats that I’ve ever seen. It’s made using the Bohus sticking style, which looks pretty damn cool. And it was a gift, the lucky lady!

Next, there’s Smoking Hot Needle’s Metro Hat. I love how she matched the sections of the hat to the color changes in her handspun, which looks amazing, by the way. If I could spin, this is the kind of project I would dream of making!

Moving on to the garments, there’s All Knit & No Sheep’s Moksa cardigan. It’s a really cute pattern that goes awesomely with her yarn, and it looks like it fits wonderfully. Yet another FO to be envious of!

Finally, there’s Good Enough’s Gavotte. This is one of those patterns that looks exactly like something that you would find on the racks in a trendy women’s wear store, except it’s handmade, so it’s softer, warmer, and better fitting. Just all around awesome!

That’s about it. Sorry for the short post! I’ve gotta go run a ton of errands, although I am considering bringing the pair of socks that I impulse Cast On this morning with me. I mean, I can’t go on to my next Christmas Knitting Project until I grab a skein of yellow worsted, so there’s not much else to do ūüėČ

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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 ‚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: 6/16-6/24

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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 ūüôā

Blog Week in Review: 4/8-4/15

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Ok, so we’re doing something new today! I don’t know how many of you have ever used a Mr. Linky (probably those of you who found me on Tami’s, right?), but it allows you to link your blog to mine, and have it show up in a list. I think we’re going to give it a try (I hope it works!). So, here’s how it’s going to go. I’m going to give my Blog Week in Review, and then, below it, you’ll see the Mr. Linky. If you are doing a review, feel free to link to my page so I can go check yours out! I don’t have a super-cool graphic or anything (but if you want to make me one, I won’t say no ;)), but I would love to see what you guys have to say about your favorite blogs. For me, at least, knitting is a pretty solitary activity. I’m not a member of a regular group, so I find most of my inspiration online. I thought this would be a great way for all of us to share some of our favs, even if we can’t see them in person. For more complete instructions and rules, scroll down to below the Mr. Linky. Good luck!

And now, for the review! Can I just say that the whole blogging world seems to be obsessed with things that go around your neck? Every single one of my links today go around your neck…maybe I’m just obsessed with how they look? Either way, when Locke is finished, I’m making a shawl. Or a scarf. Probably.

Well, first of all, we have one of my perpetual favorites. Smoking Hot Needles just finished a test knit for Stephen West. The Chevry shawl is simply amazing! I love the color-blocking along the spine. It’s classic WestKnits!

French Press Knits has just released her newest design, the Like a Lamb Shawl. It’s a rectangular shawl with the kind of geometric lace edging that I’m really loving this season. Please take a look.

Hurrayic’s finished Honey Cowl is really pretty. This winter I was loving the look of those long, infinity scarves, and I love to see it transitioning into spring with a lighter look. The stitch pattern looks really great with those busy handpainted yarns, so I might have to stroll etsy for a while to fall in love with something to match this!

Next, Knitting Love’s shawl. On it’s own, the lace pattern is nice. Not completely stunning, but nice. Knitting Love, however, has added some colored stripes to just knock it out of the park. I may be completely and entirely in love with these stripes!

Stitched Together just made a Color Affection shawl. Now, I first fell in love with this pattern when it came out on the Plucky Knitter‘s blog, which I also read, but seeing more FO’s all over the place is making me think a little bit more seriously about making it myself. I hadn’t noticed that it has some shaping built in it to help it settle on your shoulders…that’s certainly a plus, right?

Finally, My Sister’s Knitter also just finished a nice piece of lace. Go check out her Arroyo shawl, it really is gorgeous!

Blog Week in Review Rules: First of all, thanks for participating! It really means a lot to me. Second, here are the big bad rules. All you need to qualify as a week in review is, at the very least, one or two links to posts that have inspired you on other blogs throughout the week. They can be FO, WIP’s, essays, anything! It will probably help if you write a short¬†sentence¬†or two describing why you liked the post, but it’s not required. Don’t forget to link back to the posts, and, for the sake of copyright rules, please refrain from copying and pasting pictures or text from a post without credit or prior approval. And thanks for participating!

Note: for now, this is a wordpress.com blog, which means this is the only linky I can do. Eventually, I’ll probably switch, either to a self-hosted wordpress blog or to a blogger account, to allow me to do one of the linkies where everything is on this page. In the mean time, please click the link to check out other blogs, even if you aren’t participating. Thanks!

Blog Week in Review- March 25- April 1, 2012

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This week, I have a couple of really, really good FO’s for you guys. Unfortunately, they’re not mine ūüė¶ Still, I really encourage you guys to take a look. I read all of these blogs completely regularly, and if I’m highlighting them it means that they really have something beautiful going on!

First, a blog that I’ve noticed gets a new FO almost every week. It’s Smoking Hot Needles, and she just finished the most beautiful shawl ever. It’s the Sharktooth Shawl, and it is gorgeous. The body of the triangular shawl is garter stitch, but instead of the usual yo, k1, yo ‘spine’ running up the back, Steven West added a triangle motif that looks exactly like shark teeth. The teeth on the border add so much to the pattern without crossing the line from stylish to¬†kitschy. Smoking Hot Needles’s version, made in a simple light grey, is¬†truly, classically, beautiful.

Next, lets head over to My Sister’s Knitter, who is actually the blogger who gave me the idea to do this segment. To change things up, she posted a couple of pairs of finished socks last Monday. Both the green and red pairs are elegantly patterned, and really something special. Congrats!

Dunkelipa

Next, we’re going to talk about a new design available for pre-order. Ramblings of a Fiber-Obsessed Transplant Vermonter has shown pictures of her newest design: the Boyden Cardigan. It is amazing. The simple, asymmetrical cables add just a touch of elegance to a cardigan that looks¬†incredibly¬†versatile. You might remember that I knit the Dunkelipa hat from her a couple of weeks ago. In exchange, she actually gifted me a coupon code for a free copy of one of her patterns. Needles to say, I put it¬†straight¬†down on the table for this Cardigan! My Aunt promised to take me yarn shopping next time I see her, and I’m most definitely getting enough DK weight for this Cardigan.

Next, Kalkette Knits just finished a couple of projects, too. My favorite is the¬†Crescentina Shawl, a test knit. It looks like she made the shawl sideways, make the crescent pattern with short rows. It’s an entirely original way to showcase a¬†variegated¬†or hand painted yarn, and I really love it!

Finally, to finish up my shawl envy, we have On Being a Knitwit’s Wingspan shawl. This is another one with an interesting, spiky construction. I don’t know how to describe it beyond that, so pretty please go check it out on her blog!

Just a wee bit of ribbbing

And as for my knitting? After my sock-success last week, I’ve started on one of the fronts for my Locke St. Cardigan. As usual, it’s not that it’s slow going, it’s just that I’m at the point where I feel like I’ve already knit this whole thing before. Hopefully, it won’t take too long. I’ve also got a secret design project brewing, too, so that might add some ‘flavor’ to my knitting!

Blog Week in Review

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I finally finished the sweater back! It’s looking good, although I’m a little worried about how long it is- hopefully I’m just judging it wrong, considering I’m holding it up to my front and not the back!

Finished!

Anyway, besides that I’m just going to point out a couple of other blogs and then head off. It’s my Birthday tomorrow (21!) so I want to get as must work finished today as I can so that I can fool around tomorrow morning BEFORE my parents come up. I am definitely taking advantage of my free drink at Starbucks, and I think I’ll stop at Trader Joes on the way back. They’re supposed to have good beer, right? Anyone have any suggestions?

My first fav from the week is the Gwendolyn Cardigan that Knitting to Stay Sane just finished. It’s gorgeous! I love the cables, and I think the contrasting color on the edge really works well.

Next, Smoking Hot Needles‘s Polyhmynia’s Triangle is just beyond words. It’s complex and creative and fun and something that knitters love to knit, but also looks like it is completely wearable. You have to see it- I just love it so much.

Finally, Elephant Juice‘s simple striped socks have me eyeing my sock knitting dpn’s. Their simple cozyness has me dreaming of a pair of stockinette socks in one of the crazy-er hand-dyed skeins ruminating in my stash. Maybe just a real quick pair before I start working on the fronts of Locke…