WiPs, a FO, and an Interview!

So, I’ve been killing time as best I can while waiting for my Master Knitter Level 2 binder to come back to me.  The waiting is the hardest part, I think!  What will I have to re-do? Is my vest up to snuff? Did my sock pass? … and so on and so forth.

BUT, I found a project that is doing a pretty good job of taking my mind off of it.  I’ve started a Celestarium!  If you haven’t seen this pattern – you have to take a gander at it.  It’s the night sky in a shawl – how cool is that??!!

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I’m doing mine in Dream in Color Everlasting Sock in the colorway ‘Nebula’, and I’m using several different beads including  two sizes of silver lined crystal, a size 4 bead for the higher magnitude stars and a size 6 for most of the rest.  I have some orange/red beads for the red giant stars like Betelgeuse, and some silver lined pale blue stars for non-constellation stars that I’m adding in just for kicks.

I’m past Row 57 already:

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It just looks like a blob right now. But there are constellations in there!

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This is a Pi shawl, where you start in the center and double the stitch count every so often to get a circle – which means it starts off fast, but eventually gets to be a HUGE number of stitches.  I’m at the section after the 5th increase – and I have 288 stitches on the needle.  I have quite a few rows until the next increase, but it will then have 576 stitches – those rows will be LONG.  Other than paying attention to the chart to know where to put the beads and the yarnovers, it is not a difficult pattern – but it sure is fun!!

I finished a pair of socks on Tuesday, too:

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These had been on my needles for a while, and I decided it was time to finish them up. (And I needed my smaller needles for another pair of socks I’m designing!)

Pattern: Rattlesnake Creek Socks by Anne Podlesak
Yarn:  Black Trillium Fibre Studios Merilon Sock in colorway ‘Galen’
Needles:  US 2.5 and US 0
Started:  June 15, 2012
Finished:  Feb 19, 2013

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I used the smaller needles on the heel and the sole of the sock – since I didn’t like the loose density of the fabric there on the larger needles.  I love this yarn – it’s so soft!  And the color was perfect for these, I think.

I have another shawl on my needles now, too – a Faberge shawl.  I’m doing this as a KAL with my Thursday night knit night group – so I’m anxious to see everyone’s shawls-in-progress tonight!  I’m just into the slip stitch and bead portion:

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I’m doing mine in DragonFly Fibers Djinni Sock (pink) and Sanguine Gryphon Bugga (green).  I’m really liking the color combo so far.

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In other news – I’ve been interviewed by Deb Buckingham a.k.a. Dishcloth Diva!  Check out her website to see my interview.  She knitted my Beginner’s Socks recently and liked the pattern – so she approached me to do an interview. 🙂  I was so flattered to be asked!

So, that’s what been going on with me!  Guess I’ll go back to trying to not stalk my mailbox…  😉

Happy Knitting!  (and waiting…….)

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About knitsbyheather

I'm a TKGA certified Master Knitter. I'm a knitwear designer and a knitting instructor. I'm also a stay at home and homeschooling mom of two wonderful boys. They sure keep me on my toes! When I'm not teaching or chasing around the boys, I'm knitting, designing, or reading!!
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2 Responses to WiPs, a FO, and an Interview!

  1. socksformum says:

    I am anxiously waiting for my Level 1 binder and I’m also dashing to the mailbox every day. I saw tonight that you have been waiting 7 weeks! Ikes! I wandered from Ravelry to your blog and have been meandering around some posts. I noticed that you majored in Chemical Engineering and are now homeschooling. I homeschooled my daughters all the way through and sent them to Auburn where my oldest majored in ChemE. She has been working for Eastman Chemical for six years now and married an engineer she met there on her first day of work. I’m blathering on here but I’ve enjoyed reading some of your posts and hope the mailman delivers good news tomorrow!

    • Hi! Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog! That’s is awesome about your daughters – it gives me a boost of confidence to hear such wonderful homeschooling success stories, since I still have days when I worry whether I am doing well enough by my boys. 🙂
      Congrats on sending Level 1 in! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the mailman comes quickly for both of us!

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