Journey to a Shawl

This shawl has had a short life but the journey has already been long…

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Just one row remains, the bind off!  And, I snuck half a Rhinebeck Sleeve in this weekend as well.  Things are looking today for completing all projects on time!  Woot!

FO Friday – Unicorn Farts Hat

Earlier in the week, back when I was laughing in the face of deadlines, I started (and subsequently finished) a new hat!  If only I’d done Sleeve #2 instead of goofed off…that’s a whole other story though…

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Turns out Unicorn Farts are the perfect remedy for the Brown Sweater Blues.  I love how wearable my brown sweater will be but seeing this rainbow swirl develop was a lot more exciting!

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This is some of the yarn my Mom dyed for me!  She followed this very detailed tutorial to dye what is called Unicorn Farts with Kool-Aid!  I decided to make a hat with it because I’ll actually be able to make multiple hats!  This yarn is too fun not to share.

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I love everything about this hat!  I can’t wait to make more, but first it’s a sea of brown and camel for me!

Another Rhinebeck Distraction

I love a challenge!  I must, there’s no other explanation!  With 22 days to finish my Rhinebeck Sweater, I took a custom order for a shawl.  It’s really more of a shawlette, at least that’s how I’m rationalizing it!  I’ve made good progress in a short time, new beginnings are always fun!

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I’ve got two weeks to bang this sucker out.  The pattern is the Trinity Shawl, from bay area local Kira K.  Like the name implies, it’s based on the Trinity Stitch.  So far, so good.  Although, I expect this to be a ‘character builder’.  Lace stinks, it’s my least favorite thing, ugh!   I’ll be adjusting my attitude if anyone needs me.  :)

WIP Wednesday: Dotted Rays

My second Dotted Rays has been on the back burner while I work on the Rhinebeck Sweater.  What started as a momentary pause in the Rhinebeck action has become a full on diversion…two pairs of fingerless mitts, a hat that I didn’t even mean to knit and a nearly finished Dotted Rays.  I can’t stop now.  This Dotted Rays will be done shortly.  It started off as a stash-buster, looking like this…

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This is what’s left of that pile today…almost gone!

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I thought, maybe, a work-in-progress shot would be nice.  I thought, maybe, Rocky might like to help, he’s been well behaved and mellow all morning.

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I should have known that meant he was holding back his inner hellcat for just the right moment.  This moment right here…

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Followed closely by this moment…

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I don’t think that’s what he expected, either.  That was the end of that, though.  Dotted Rays went off to lay by itself after that.

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I really mean it today when I say the Rhinebeck Sweater is going back on the needles.  I leave in 23 days!  It’s now or never!, (maybe tomorrow?)

FO Friday: Owl Mitts

The Owls got thumbs & a bath last night!  Today they’re resting peacefully while they dry.

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The pattern is Ruru by Kylie Bates.  It’s a free Ravelry download and well written!  It’s got full written instructions, none of the ‘reverse shaping for second mitt’ nonsense!  And as I ably demonstrated, you can easily adjust the finished sized by adjusting your gauge and going up a needle size.  I missed the toddler mark (the pattern is written in two sizes, one toddler and one child) but these will fit the toddler mama I’ve got in mind, so we’ll go for the mommy & me set of mitts next week with a second attempt at toddler size!

In the meanwhile, it’s time for the next phase of the Rhinebeck Sweater:  zipper installation.

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This method came to me via Eunny Jang and this Interweave video.   As I re-watch it again, I see Eunny credit’s the TechKnitter, which totally makes sense because she has awesome alternative techniques to just about everything!  The basic idea is to add yarn to the zipper tape so it becomes something knitters are much more familiar with.  I’ve used this method successfully before on kids garments.  This is the first time I’m doing it for myself though.  It’s kind of a pain.  I was gung-ho early this morning.  I did about four inches and then decided vacuuming was a better idea?!?!  Bizarre.   I leave for Rhinebeck four weeks from today…pretty sure I’ll manage to get it done by then.  And if my apartment gets cleaned in the process, that’s not a bad thing either!!

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It’s been a productive 24 hours!  I finished yesterday’s owl (unless you’re counting the thumb!).  I left it’s creepy eyes.  Turns out, gauge is useful information to check.  I was way off gauge and so I’ve got mitts to fit a small adult hand, which kind of solves the creepy eye problem.  I’m not concerned about traumatizing an adult like I was with a kid. I finished mitt #2 (unless you’re counting the thumb! again!)

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Between owls, I even managed to finish Rhinebeck Sleeve #1!  I do seem to be avoiding sleeve two though.  I think pockets and the zipper come next!  Heck…a couple thumbs even sound good right about now…

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I’m still admiring sleeve one.  It’s too soon to move on!

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IMG_4292 IMG_4294 IMG_4298The Rhinebeck Sweater got lots of love yesterday!  Not only do I have half a sleeve already but I found the perfect brown zipper!

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Fast forward to 2 am, when that feeling of accomplishment convinced me I could whip up a pair of toddler mitts in no time at all!  I’m officially downgrading to I can whip up a single toddler mitt with middling success in no time at all.

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I think they’re too big. Gauge, what?  And I’m not sold on the eyes either.  I like them better in the picture but they’re kind of creepy in person.  Feel free to share opinions!

Rhinebeck Sweater: Sleeves

This happened over the weekend:

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I bound off the bottom of my sweater!  Yaaay! I then procrastinated on starting the sleeves for two days!  This happened this morning:

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Another 3 inches jumped off the needles between taking this picture and writing this post!  I’m flying through the stockinette in the round!  It’s pretty much knitting itself on a 16″ needle.  For one millisecond, I contemplated doing the sleeves two-at-a-time.  Then I came to my senses!  My math worked out in beautiful whole numbers…there was no weird rounding!  The numbers just fell into place, and so far, the sleeve is following suit!

31 days until Rhinebeck!  I think I’ll definitely be ready!

Yarn On The House in the House

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I celebrated getting my new job by buying yarn.  It took them six weeks but they finally paid me!  It seemed like another occasion to celebrate with stash enhancement, especially since I no longer have that job!  Nothing cheers me up like new yarn!  Add in a special visit from YOTH yarns and it was the perfect storm of yarn buying!

As someone accurately summed it up to me, YOTH was the Rookie of the Year this year at Stitches.  Their booth was sold out by noon each day.  I didn’t even get to see their yarn because it was gone so soon.  So, I was pretty excited to find out a LYS was hosting a YOTH special event.  On the exact day, the job I no longer had was paying me one big lump sum??  It was clearly meant to be!  Here’s what I left the event with…

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2 Puppies (that’s the yarn on on a stick), 3 Little Brothers (which sounds like torture!) and a roll of masking tape!  The Little Brothers are a gorgeous, soft MCN.  Absolutely amazing!  They’re destined to become (yet another) shawl.  I love it already!   The pink gradient Puppy will not be discussed and I’ve already parted with the green Puppy.  A friend arrived late and missed out on the green which she loved.  After thinking about it on my way home, and how much I loved the color and how sad and lonely it would be on a shelf and how much happier we’d all be if it was on knitting needles, I worked out a trade with said friend.

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She got the Green Puppy and I got two skeins of FeederBrook Farms Superwash Merino DK in Green!  It’s almost like I had two shopping sprees instead of just one!  And then I checked the mail on Saturday and found an amazing box from a college friend…

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Two project bags that she made herself!  The fabric is awesome, San Francisco landmarks and two different knitting themed fabrics!  And tape measure drawstings!!  I love that little detail!

and oh yeah, I also got a gift from the fine folks at YOTH, a tote bag and a skein of what appears to be a new yarn.  The tag says ‘New American Wool Lace Weight’.  ooohhhhh! aaaaahhh!  I love it!

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So, all in all, an embarrassment of riches.   As usual.  It’s a bit of a regular thing here.  I don’t take it for granted.  I think of Warren Zevon and Enjoy Every Sandwich.  Shortly after counting my blessings Saturday night, I heard that friends have lost their home and their jobs in the Valley Fire in NorCal.  The fire moved very quickly, is still barely contained and has leveled hundreds of homes.  It’s overwhelming to truly think about the scope of this and the number of families who’s lives have changed so drastically in such a short time.

I don’t have cash to donate to the cause, but I do have a stocked Etsy shop that can be turned into cash!  Until the end of the month, proceeds from every sale in my shop are going to my friends, John & Jocelyn to help them rebuild their lives.

 FogKnits on Etsy, check it out!   

There’s a few patterns, a bit of a book destash, a button destash and lots of knitwear!  Patterns are only $5!  Even the littlest bit helps!  Thanks in advance, your support means the world!

(Small Disclaimer:  I feel foolish having so many stash enhancement posts, calling it celebrating and then saying I don’t have cash for a worthy cause so please give me yours so it’s probably time I come clean, I actually work for the LYS that I haven’t mentioned previously and I get paid in yarn.  Yarn honestly is my form of currency these days.  It’s the one thing I have in boatloads.  I would certainly give it to my friends if they needed it!  And there will be knitting for them in the future, it’s just not time yet!  Not that I think knitters will judge me, ya’ll tend to be awesome…but still…)