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Blog Week in Review: 12/3- 12/10

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It’s that time of the week again! I’m going to keep this short, because what I really should be doing is putting the final touches on the 8 page paper that is due at five today (that’s over four hours away- I’ve got plenty of time!). Hopefully I’ll have more time to write when I post about my WIP’s on Wed.- so excited to share what I’ve been working on with you!

I love the Twisted Knitter’s Adiri Cowl. Although it could be the color (what? Aren’t you all drawn to patterns when the sample is made in your favorite color?), I still really love the stitch pattern, too!

If you want your daily dose of adorable-ness, take a look at Every Words a Purl’s Litter Professorial Sweater. It’s a toddler in an old-person sweater. Just GAH!

If I had the patience to knit myself a stockinette dress, I would make it exactly the same way Jena A-C did her Still Light Tunic. I swear, it came out awesome!

Finally, Threadpanda has finished her Stonecutter’s Cardigan. I have been watching her progress on her “Sweaterday” posts for what seems like forever, so it’s almost like I just finished a project, too, just without the knitting or the FO. Ok, so I didn’t really finish anything, but she did, so congrats!

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Blog Week(s) in Review: 10/29- 11/19

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I’ve been bad. Really, really, really bad. It’s been almost two weeks since I last posted, and I don’t have any knitting progress to show you. It’s not that there hasn’t been any (that sweater in the last post? It’s just a block and seam away from being finished!), but in between all of that Holiday knitting and the crazy-ness in school, I just haven’t had time to photograph and post. Silly me. Instead, I have for you a quick blog week(s) in review. Hopefully I’ll have some pictures for you soon!

I have three gorgeous finished sweaters for you. It’s actually four if you count the fact that KiwiYarns just posted two (2!!!) finished sweaters. Honestly, that woman puts us to shame. Her Dolman looks comfy, warm, and perfect for cuddling up in during the middle of winter. Good thing she also finished a beautiful Windsor Sweater, which is probably much more suited for her spring weather.

I also love the simplicity of For Making Sake’s Green Sweater. The interesting construction probably makes it a great knit, but it looks like a simple garment once on.

Finally, I am slightly in love with Knit York City’s Maxfield Cardigan. It’s just so, so, so, so cool. I don’t know how else to describe it!

Threadpanda’s Urchin Hat is adorable, although probably not as adorable as her expressions in her pictures. That looks like one of those photo shoots that you just can’t help but giggle it away.

Master of a Thousand Thing’s Kool Hands are one of those awesome hybrid patterns that make the rest of us jealous. She took a basic fingerless mittens pattern and added the stitch pattern from Koolhaas. Inspired!

My shawl kick has morphed a little bit: I know have infinity scarf envy. Honestly, it’s a little embarrassing. I saw Oftengrumpy’s Grey Cowl and couldn’t help but to start going through my stash. I resisted the urge, although I’m not sure how much longer I can take it!

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.

Cast on Monday and an Incredibly Belated Blog Week in Review (8/27-9/3)

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This Cast On Monday part of this post is easy. I’ve cast on all 376 stitches in LACE WEIGHT for the Coquette Vest from this past summer’s Interweave. I’m actually not at all worried about the timing of when I will finish. You definitely have to wear something under the vest, so I don’t think there will be much of a problem weather it is a long sleeve T or a cami. Anyway, I’m using the requested yarn (entirely by accident): Zitron Filisilk. I’ve never worked with lace weight before, so it’s probably going to take a while to get used to just how little yarn there is to grip. The colorway is a fuschia pinky purple. It wasn’t my first choice, but they only had one skein of the navy blue in stock at Knit Wits, my LYS back home. Still, this will probably be really nice, especially against a light background.

Swatch

Yesterday morning I finished my gauge swatch, which easily nudged into the right dimensions. I’m hoping that this means it will come out great. And then, I cast on. For another first, this is the first time I’ve used stitch markers to divide up a cast on and make it easier to count. I did every 50 stitches, and it helped a ton. Oh, and can you tell how perfectly I made my tail? The tail was just beginning to get too short to grasp on my second to last stitch. That never happens to me! I usually end up having to rip it all out at least once or twice whenever I’m casting on more than 100 stitches (OK, well, I did rip once, but I had given myself WAY too short of a tail, and realized it before I was even half way finished, so that doesn’t count).

Cast on…and that’s it

The second part of this post requires a bit more explaining. Remember way back before the summer started, when I did a Blog Week in Review where I linked to some of my favorite posts from the past week? And then I started my crazy (awesome) internship? And then I had computer problems? And they stopped happening? Well, yeah, I apologize for that. Everything that could interrupt Blog Week in Review happened at once, and I just didn’t feel up to it once I got everything straight. But now I’m back! And here it is, your Blog Week in Review.

Of course, what would Blog Week in Review be without a little lace envy? Fern Knits just made a new sample of her design Dreaming Shawl, and I love it. Her photo location is nothing short of divine, too!

Threadpanda also has just tested a new design. I love her version of the Bristol Hat. It has plenty of patterning to keep the knitter busy, but it’s not so crazy that a non-knitter wouldn’t wear it. (Honestly, some of the things they refuse to wear. Don’t they understand how fun cables and lace are?)

I love Feel Good Knitting’s Pole. It’s such a roomy and warm sweater, but it’s totally stylish, too. Now that’s a great combination!

And then, there are the socks. There’s the Pretty Little Fiber Co.’s Vorticity, Minding my Own Stitches’s Morning Glory Socks, Misadventures in Craft’s Star Power, and Tami’s Amis’s Horcrux Socks. So much inspiration. Maybe I should just give up on all of this lace vest silliness and give in to the socks? Hmmmm. We’ll see.

Daniela Cowl

Before I close, I just wanted to let you guys know that I finished my sample for the Daniela Cowl. There are a ton of sizes, so if you are at all interested in testing (pretty, pretty please) the pattern, please click on over to the post in the Free Pattern Testers group on ravelry. I would be eternally in your debt!