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I have a finished object to show you! My Dr Who socks are done!  I’m pretty happy with them (I matched the start of the stripes up perfectly!)  The heel could fit better, but they’re good enough. 🙂

And I’m working on my cardigan still. Both sleeves are done and I’ve started on the body!

I’m not sure if I’ll do waist shaping or not, we’ll see. I’m doing the non-colorwork portion flat, and might do the colorwork portion flat as well, I’ll decide when I get to it. I’ve added ‘faux’ side seam purl stitches on each side – I added those after the ribbing portion. I have a couple other mods as well, I’ll list those in detail in a later post.  BTW, this yarn is heavenly to work with! The Copper Corgi Jones Street Sport yarn. Scrumptious!

I had a ball teaching this past weekend at Unwind Getaway in Blowing Rock. My classes were fun to teach and full of lovely people that it was a pleasure to get to know!  A weekend I won’t forget!

I’ll be teaching at the Georgia Fiber Fest this coming September in Columbus, GA. Maybe I’ll see some of you there?

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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FO Friday

I actually have a FO to show you on a Friday!  How about that!

I finished my Sacre Coeur shawl the other day, and just in the nick of time, too.  My design yarn came the day I finished the shawl, otherwise I would have had to set the shawl down and finish it later.  I didn’t get around to blocking it until yesterday, though.

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Pattern: Sacre Coeur by Nim Teasdale
Yarn: Crochet the Winter Hunter Yarns: Sparkle Sock in colorway ‘Frozen Icicles’
Needles: US 6 and 7
Started: Feb 2, 2017
Finished:
Feb 18, 2017

Finished Measurements: 18″ deep at center, and 70″ wide.  This sucker is long.  More like a scarf than a shawl.  I’m not sure how I feel about the shape- I’ll have to wear it sometime and see what I think about it.  The subtle sparkle in the yarn is great though.  I definitely need an Elsa-esque outfit to wear with it. 😉

Pattern was good, pretty easy to follow.  I did 6 repeats of chart 2 and 2 full repeats of the edging chart before binding off.  I bound off VERY loosely so I could get decent points.  As it is they are still pretty shallow.

So, now I’m deep into design knitting!  My socks should be done in the next couple days hopefully, and then it’ll be lace shawl design time and article writing time.  Oh, and class prep time too!  I have 2 new teaching appearances to announce!

I’ll be teaching at the Carolina Fiber Fest in Raleigh, NC – March 24 -25th. (I’ll be there the 25th.  Classes will be posted soon!)

I’ll also be teaching a ‘Sweater Basics’ class here in Charlotte at Baskets of Yarn!  Six hour class – two 3 hr sessions: April 22 and May 6 from 11-2pm.  Join me there to learn about knitting sweaters!

(And I believe there are still spots available for the Unwind Getaway: April 28-May 1 in Blowing Rock, NC.)

I have a very busy Spring!  I hope to get to see you at one or more of these events!

For now, Happy Knitting!

 

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Look – I have actual knitting!

Hi again!

January was great, because I did some actual ‘me’ knitting for a change!  I squeezed it in among my design submission call swatching and whatnot.  And I finished a couple things, too!

First up: I had these socks on the needles, and had completely forgotten about them until I went looking for my needles to knit another pair of socks! lol!  So – those got finished first (just the one sock was done to start).

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Pair of Socks #1

Yarn:  Great Adirondack Yarn Co. Silky Sock in color Beach House
Pattern:  none: Generic plain socks. 72 sts and short row heels. Cuff down.
Needles: Size 0

Then, I knit up a second pair of socks.  I used some of the oldest yarn in my stash (so that I could play along with the TKGA KAL prompts for the month – check it out on Ravelry if you want to play along too – there are new prompts each month!)  These are just another pair of plain socks with short row heels.  I did wrap and turn short rows and didn’t bother to hide the wraps at all – I love how they turned out!

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Pair of Socks #2

I was knitting merrily along on the first sock and ran out of yarn before I got to the toe!!  The skein was woefully short of yardage – ugh.  (It’s in 50g put-ups, so you need one skein per sock.) So I rummaged and found some leftover blue to knit the toe.  Then on the second sock I would have had enough yarn to finish, but of course I had to make it match, so I used the blue again at the toe. 🙂

Yarn: Claudia Handpaint Yarns Fingering yarn in color Toast
Pattern: none: Generic plain socks. 72 sts and short row heels.  Cuff down.
Needles: Size 0

Short Row heels
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‘Frozen Icicles’

Anyway….  And wonder of wonders – I have casted on another ‘me’ project!  This will be a lace shawl using some new yarn I got as an xmas present from my secret santa.  She knows me well, and got me a very ‘Frozen’ looking yarn. ❤ 🙂 The yarn has silver sparkle running through it!

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Yarn:   CTW Hunter Yarns Sparkle Sock in color Frozen Icicles
Pattern:  Sacre Coeur
Needles: Size 6

I’m knitting this to fit one of February’s TKGA KAL themes, but I really don’t know if I’ll get this done by the end of February.  I’m busy swatching madly for a couple new calls that have deadlines mid-February, and I have to get working on two patterns (and samples) and an article as well.  So, sadly my ‘me’ knitting time is going to dwindle again in February and into March. 😦  Oh well.  I do tend to love my design knitting as well, so it’s not that much of a hardship!

Happy Knitting!

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FO Friday: Queen Anne’s Lace shawl

I finally finished the shawl I’ve been working on for forever.  (Well, I finished it a while ago but only just now got around to a blog post about it.  oops!)
It was my ‘downtime’ knitting project for when I wasn’t working on my own designs and when I needed some knitting with me, so it was worked on very sporadically.
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Pattern:  Queen Anne’s Lace by MMario
Yarn: Knit Picks Shadow in color ‘Altitude’ – 3 skeins
Needles: US 6
Started:  March 14, 2014
Finished:  May 20, 2015
Modifications:  I followed the pattern pretty much as written, except for the very end.  I didn’t like that the final motif didn’t come to a point, so I added rows bringing that motif to a point, then added about 12 rows of basic point lace to the very edge to give the edge a more lacy look.

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I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, now I just need Fall to get here so I can wear it!

I have a few blog posts in the works, so hopefully it won’t be so long before my next post.  Until then, Happy Knitting!

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New Pattern: May Day Flowers Socks

Did you get your copy of Cast On in the mail last week?  I have another new pattern in the Spring issue that just came out – a pair of socks, called May Day Flowers Socks.  look for them on page 16. I am really pleased with how these came out, and I almost didn’t want to mail them off to the magazine- I was so in love with them!  I’ll just have to knit myself a pair soon, I guess, yes? 🙂

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These are very pretty and feminine, with a picot cast on at the cuff and a lovely lace pattern running down onto the instep.  The short row heels and toes use German short rows  (one of my new favorite ways to do short rows!)  The yarn is A Hundred Ravens Iachos in colorway Rose Tyler, and the yarn was a dream to knit with.

I’m quite pleased with these, and I hope you are too!

Happy Knitting!

PS – I know I’ve been unforgivably quiet – sorry about that!  It’s hard when all the things on my needles are secret projects!! 🙂  I do have some more tutorial ideas that I promise I will blog about soon!