All Eternity

If I could knit only one thing for the rest of all eternity, it would be this:

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I don’t think I’ve ever been so monogamous with my knitting. It is the Hue Shift Afghan pattern from Knitpicks. Before Christmas, I had a couple of small things to get from Knitpicks as gifts, but I didn’t want to pay for shipping, so I got this kit for myself to get past the $50.00 limit in order to qualify for free shipping. (This makes total sense to me, even though the shipping would have been about $4.00 and the kit was around $32.00. No-brainer.) I forced myself to wait until after the holidays to open the kit and I haven’t touched anything else since. I love everything about it. I love the colors, the relaxing garter stitch, and the one decrease that you have to pay attention for is just enough to keep it interesting. I even love the 100% acrylic yarn, which might be the most surprising of all. It’s Brava Sport and it’s lovely. It’s not yucky at all.

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I imagine at some point before I knit the entire 50 x 50 inch afghan, I will be forced to pause for something else. Maybe the second set of Legwarmies I’ve started but not finished:

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Or I really should finish the second mitten to the hat and mitten set I made for myself for my trip to snowy and cold Massachusetts:

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I think I’ll just stick to knitting what I want for a while…

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Anna Rose

First of all, I’d like to say that I hope this comes off more sweet than stalkery, but we’ll see…

Last year, the older sister of my best friend posted on Facebook that she bought a winter hat and where she got it. To everyone else in her friend list, I’m sure, it was just information about a new hat she bought and where they could get one too. But to me, it was shameful. Why hadn’t I ever knit her a hat? It doesn’t take me very long and she lives in a cold climate where a warm, wool hat is often necessary. Why on earth should she have to buy a hat?! It just seemed ridiculous. So I asked her about her taste in hat style and color, and set off to find a good pattern. I didn’t find what I was looking for, so I decided to design one and thought since her birthday is in November, wouldn’t it be cool to design her a hat for her birthday? I did this over the summer. I used Madeline Tosh Vintage yarn in Fragrant and made a cool hat. And since the color is a rosy sort of color, it seemed appropriate to name it the Anna Rose Hat. (That might be where it gets stalkery, but I’m not sure…) Anyway, I wrote the basic pattern and put it all aside. After all, I had until NOVEMBER to finish the details in the pattern, make a second size, take adequate photos and mail her the actual hat.

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Fast forward to November 8th when I took a trip to New York City and needed a hat to wear. This is when I realized how little time I had left and panicked.

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I ended up wearing the hat for only about 10 minutes because it wasn’t as cold as I thought it was going to be. I was able to get my friend to take my picture in the hat, but I still don’t have great pictures to add to the finished pattern (you know, the one that isn’t finished).

Long story short – this is a preview of the Anna Rose Hat pattern and Anna, this is a preview of your birthday gift. Happy Birthday!

P.S. Message me your address!

 

 


Elsie’s Birthday Dress – Part 2

A beautiful little dress for a beautiful little girl.

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It’s the Sproutlette Dress by Tanis Lavallee and I used the hand dyed yarn I talked about in this post. I am very pleased with how it came out. She is growing so fast, I hope it fits. Happy first Birthday, Elsie!


Armadillo!

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I used this pattern and Plymouth Encore Worsted yarn. It’s awesome.


Elsie’s Birthday Dress – Part 1

My niece, Elsie, will be a year old on May 6th and instead of taking a year to prepare for the perfect first birthday gift, I’ve come up with the best thing at the 11th hour. I won’t spend any of that time hemming or hawing about why I feel like I must torture myself like this, blah, blah, blah – I will just accept what is and move forward with my crazed plan. I found the perfect little baby dress pattern on Ravelry this morning.  That leaves me 9 days until her birthday, but don’t forget I need time for shipping it to Vermont, where she lives. I discovered that I didn’t have appropriate yarn for the project in my many, many stashes of yarn around the house, which is unbelievable but true. I had plenty of pretty sock yarns, but none that I had 2 skeins of that were also Superwash. So what did I do? I decided to dye my own, which is really cool, but totally eats into my knitting/shipping time. I won’t even go into what will happen if the dye job doesn’t come out the way I need it to…

Anyway, I tossed a couple of undyed skeins of Superwash wool into the pot this morning.

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Then took a little too long choosing Periwinkle as my color.

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I let it simmer a little, rinsed it a little, let it dry a little…

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Isn’t it pretty?!

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I twisted it up in skeins for the picture but it’s now hanging up outside drying. I’m thinking if I can start the dress tomorrow, I have half a shot at making this happen on time. She is going to be so beautiful in it!

Totally worth my personal anguish.


Finished Tulips Cardigan

My Tulips cardigan has been almost finished for about a week, but for me, some of the steam gets lost when finishing. Weaving in ends and doing the applied i-cord just wasn’t as much fun as the color part. It is, however, gorgeous and totally worth the fussy parts.

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I’m not sure if it was my technique or if it’s the pattern, but I found the applied i-cord to be really tight on the fronts of the sweater. I even had to use the larger needles instead of the smaller ones it called for. I’ve never knit an applied i-cord before, so I’m  not sure. It’s still a bit tight, but I think it looks cute that way, so I’m okay with it. I also added was a wider sleeve band. Miss Elsie tends to grow out of my sweaters in the sleeves first, so I gave her a little extra there.

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I could just stare at the colors for days. And it got me thinking… wouldn’t this changing color stripe pattern make a great baby blanket?  It would be all the fun with no fuss.


Porter Cowl

I have a new pattern to share! It’s called the Porter Cowl and it’s going to be in Creative Knitting Magazine’s special issue “Easy Everyday Openwork & Lace”.

Photo courtesy of Creative Knitting Magazine

Photo courtesy of Creative Knitting Magazine

I have to say, seeing my work in print never gets old. It is so exciting! The cowl features an easy lace pattern knit in the round with a garter border on the top and bottom. The yarn I used was Cascade 220 Superwash ® in Strawberry Pink (#834).  This special issue won’t be available until April 9th in hard copy, but you can get a digital version now by visiting the Annie’s website.

Here’s a close up picture of the stitch pattern, which I got from one of Barbara Walker’s treasuries.

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This was a quick and satisfying knit and would be perfect for a gift, or a little something for yourself. Enjoy!


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