On the Podium

Success!  I’ve been awarded medals for my first four hats!

There’s really no time for celebration though.  There’s still 9 more to reach the goal.  The next hat is ready.  I love how it turned out, but man was it a pain in the butt.

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Tentacles are a hassle.  I’m not sure how actual cephalopods do it.

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I should have Hat 6 to report on as well, but distractions happen.  That’s actually a lot colder than it looks but still, we’ve been having gorgeous, dry weather and I’ve got plenty of wool to handle the crisp ocean breeze.

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I can say though, it’s beyond this stage!  And I’m really loving the colors so far, very foresty.  I think this might be a good bear hat…I’m gonna hunker down with some figure skating and make progress tonight.

As always, I’ll let ya know how it goes…


 

Let The Games Begin!

The Olympics have begun!!  Wooo!  I’m excited!  Before I dive into all things Olympic (or Ravellenic) though, there’s a few loose ends to tie up.

Specifically, these loose ends…

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Striped Asymmetry is off the needles and ready for a blocking.   That little circle is the key feature of this little wrap.  It’s a keyhole to feed the other end through.  Perfect if you’re prone to losing shawl pins!

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It needs to be blocked.  It really did not want to cooperate for pictures.  The alternating garter & stockinette stripes, combined with the cinch of the keyhole really encouraged it to bunch and curl.

I couldn’t even get my usual fence shot because a big ass spider decided it was her fence.

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I politely asked her to move on.  She pretended like she didn’t hear me.  She, finally, started to see things my way after I took down half her web.  I didn’t want it to be too traumatic though so I left her alone after that.  I’ll go back tomorrow, to check her progress.  It’s a 30 foot fence.  She can have any of the other sections.  She’s a cool spider so hopefully she will stick around.

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With that tangent finally over, I can get down to the real business.  Olympic business!  The opening ceremony isn’t until prime time but I’ve started my people watching already!

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Looks at all those people in HATS!! Yes…I’m ready!  I am going on a major hat binge! The goal I’ve set for the Ravellenic games is a baker’s dozen…13 hats.

I’ve scoured Ravelry for inspiration.  I’ve sorted my yarn.  I think I’m ready!  I just need to pick a bag…

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The sorting was a few weeks back so it’s a random grab at this point!  Some bags contain single skeins that are brand new and ear marked for a project.  Some bags contain a heap of scraps for the mixing.  Some bags have patterns in them.  Some bags have enough yarn for six hats.  Anything could happen…

Your guess is as good as mine!  Stay tuned, the Parade of Hats is about to start…


 

 

WIP Wednesday

 

This week’s work-in-progress is a baby!!  I have recently learned, I am an aunt-to-be!

Not being one for suspense, my sister has dispensed with the waiting.  She’s announced, already, it’s a boy!  His name is Marcus.  We can expect him in July!

Naturally, the first thing I did was cast on a little pair of socks.

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Wee little baby socks are so fun to knit and I had just the right yarn.  Cascade Fixation, 98.3% cotton, 1.7% spandex.  The most amazing yarn blend ever.  The amount of stretch that can be introduced into cotton with less than 2% spandex is phenomenal!  Perfect for baby stuff.  And cotton…exactly what a summer baby needs!

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These little socks are the definition of instant gratification knitting!  Done in under 24 hours.  The pattern came from the wayback machine, you can find it here!  Super easy, top down with a heel flap.

Now, with baby’s first knitwear out of the way, I can start planning all the fun stuff.  Goes without saying, I’ll definitely be buying yarn again this year!  (I’ll take any excuse I can get.)

I’ve got so many thoughts.

I’m actually anti-baby blanket.  It’s a lot of boring repetitive work.  You get so much more bang for your knitting buck with a sweater.   But, I only have one sister and she’s only having one baby (they checked…it’s not twins!), so I’ll definitely be making a blanket exception here.  One with a pocket for a stuffie friend, I think.

Then, I’ll have to knit the stuffie friend.  And, of course, a sweater with another pocket for the stuffie friend.   and the stuffie friend might need a friend.  You see where this is going, yes?  It’s just going to keep snowballing.

And that’s before we even get to the whole Auntie Em thing.  Flying monkeys definitely need to happen.  I’m thinking about combining the ‘quiet book’ idea with a knit block in the Wizard of Oz theme.    I want to knit a house, with ruby slippers sticking out from under it.  Each side of the house, will have a little activity, like a quiet book.  The front door might open with a zipper.  Maybe the side of the house will have windows that attach with buttons.  Snaps are another idea.  More pockets to stuff things in.  Maybe an abacus sort of thing with beads that slide around.

Baby’s first ugly christmas sweater?  A baby gramps sweater…complete with elbow patches.  So many fun hats…animal hats and dinosaur hats.  Photo prop diaper covers.  Loveys with stuffie heads.  Yes, I want to knit all the baby things.  All of them!  ALL OF THEM!!!


 

FO Friday – Dotted Grays

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My Dotted Grays is done!

This shawl flew off the needles!  The pattern is Stephen West’s Dotted Rays, one of my favorites.  I think this is my fourth one (and it won’t be the last).

The yarn is from Gauge Dye Works.  It’s a self striping yarn that employs ‘shawl striping’ which means the stripes are different lengths rather than a classic stripe where the stripes are all the same length.   Check out my recent Hydrogen Shawl to see another example of shawl stripes.

Unfortunately, I thought this was classic stripes when I started knitting, meaning it doesn’t matter which end you start from.  Turns out, it was shawl stripes and I essentially knit it ‘backwards’.   Whatever, I like it this way, especially because it’s different.

I’m not even upset by the lack of color.   I’ve got one more skein from Gauge Dye Works.  It’s called Fade to Yellow.

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I’m not sure what to do with it just yet.  It’s gotta be something I can knit in the dark though.  I need a new movie theater project stat!  Bill Murray and I are going to see Groundhogs Day this afternoon!!  Talk about FriYAY! Woooo!


 

Blocking Matters

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While I did knit this weekend, none of my knitting looks any different today than it did last week.   The curse of solid color knitting.  I did manage to block my Hydrogen shawl though!

And it grew!  Yay!

Pre-blocking, with a couple inches to spare on either side of the fence:

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Post-blocking, overhanging the fence panel by a couple inches!

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It’s a great size now and I went up in needle size so it’s a loose, drapey, lovely fabric.

Also, Rainbow!!  I’m looking forward to wearing it a lot.

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Now, back to my sweater.  Next time you hear from me, I want to have the body bound off!


 

 

Rainbow FOs

My rainbow shawls are done!  Woo!

First, Match & Move by Martina Behm in Miss Babs Rainbow Polydactyl Yummy 2-Ply

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Loved knitting this, garter stitch by the mile is totally my jam.

The second one, is the Hydrogen Shawl knit in Gauge Dye Works, shawl striping MCN in colorway Concrete & Tulips.

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It’s an MCN (merino-cashmere-nylon blend) so it’s super soft!  The best part though, only two ends to weave!  The yarn is dyed in one continuous strand!  It’s amazing! Only two ends to weave.  Only two ends?!!  TWO!!  It’s incredible!

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Now to block it.  I’m not a fan of superwash merino.  I’m a little worried about the curl at the end.  Then, it’ll be perfect!


 

FO Friday – A Family of Fades!

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This is not nearly enough to satisfy my urge to knit hats but it’s a good start!  And it turned out to be a super fun color study.  The yarn is a set of six mini skeins from Good Karma Farms called Color Blurz.

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According to the label it’s 6 skeins at 20 grams each.  They were all a couple grams over though.  The result, with a tiny assist from the stash, I got four hats from this one gradient set (and a lot of ends to weave!)

I also got four variations on the fade.  I started from the blue end of the fade for the first one.  I only got 5 of the 6 colors into the hat though.  Hat 2 started with the color that got left out of hat 1.  Put together you see the full gradient.

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Hats 3 & 4 faded as well, but not in the ‘find your fade’ definition of striping.   For hat 3, I alternated blue stripe-green stripe-blue stripe-etc, switching to the next blue or green in the gradient as I went.  You barely notice it.  I really like effect contrast has.

For the final hat, I needed to supplement the Color Blurz with a little more yardage.  I just happened to have the perfect little bit of deep blue left over from something else.  I was exactly what I needed.  I might love the fourth hat the most.

It’s such a fun set though, it’s hard to pick a favorite.

I haven’t decided where the pom pom belongs yet.

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Ultimately, that’ll be the one I keep.  The rest will likely hit my Etsy shop in the new year so keep an eye out!  I’ve also got some project bags coming, Mom has pulled out her sewing machine to get in on the Etsy action.  She’s made some great large project bags!  I love a big bag!

And, here’s your first glimpse of my exciting new project…

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Oh Yes!  Yarnbombed bicycle coming to my portfolio soon!  I took measurements last night!  The only problem…I have two design ideas in mind.  One bike might not be enough!