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something for me, part 2

I finished up Porom and blocked it, according to directions. I think I liked it better before it was blocked. Its all saggy now, and doesn’t fit my head snugly at all. Still, I guess its a nice hat. I would knit it again. And maybe not block it the next time. The yarn, Rowan Cashsoft DK, was wonderful to work with.

I bought a skein of Dream In Color Groovy, which is their bulky yarn. I don’t know if I bought it with a pattern in mind, or figuring I’d find a pattern. I’ve got to get better about that! I should not buy yarn unless I have a specific pattern for it. Then I won’t have so much random yarn I don’t know what to do with.

The yarn for Otto take 2 arrived today. I really should jump on that. I’ve made that my first priority, and its been hard to not cast on something else that would steal my attention. I was really wanting to start Springtime Bandit but managed to hold myself off. Besides, I really should finish up Amelia since its been on needles for months, but none of that is happening until Otto take 2 is complete. But still, that evil little voice in the back of my head is begging me to cast something else on. I could do dishcloths for neighbors and use up some of that extra yarn.

What’s going on in your world, knitters? What’s on your needles? What are you dying to knit? Or crochet? I’ve got lots in the dying to knit department, but it will wait! Happy knitting!

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something for me

I mentioned the other day that I was kind of wanting to knit something for myself in between all of the Christmas stuff I was kintting, so I decided to take on Porom by Jared Flood. Its a fairly simple hat pattern. Its a five stitch pattern knit over four rows, so it does have that slightly robotic feel to it when knitting it. I’m finally to the part where I’ll be doing the 18-row decrease, which will be a bit more interesting. Hoping to finish it tomorrow. Its knit with Rowan Cashsoft DK and I think it will look great after it blocks. I can’t wait to have a chance to wear it! And I will post a picture when its done. I realized I haven’t posted any finished object photos, but everything up until now has been a gift for someone, and I don’t want them tripping over it on my site, if you know what I mean.

I’ve still got one more definite Christmas knit project I tacked on at the end, the one I mentioned last post. I’m just waiting for the proper yarn to get here. I think I need to draw the line there for Christmas knitting though, especially since its only 32 days away! You really wanted to know that, right?

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late night knitting

I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to knit. I’ve been working on Otto by Ysolda. Its the first real project I’ve done on dpn’s (I KNOW!) so its been a bit of getting used to. Also, I’ve been using Caron simply soft , which is fine for some things, but its tendency to split makes it a pain when working on something foreign. So I finished the head and started the body, but I’ve made so many mistakes from the directions not being clear to me, and from the yarn, so I think I’m going to call this first one a dry run and get some “proper yarn” to make a real one. This is for my mother for Christmas, so I don’t want it to be shoddy.

I find myself wanting to knit something for myself. For the past several months, all I’ve knit are things for other people, which is fine, but I’m a bit of a selfish knitter, so I need something for me. However, along with the bear, and the dishcloths I still need to do, I’m not sure when I’ll get to that. Of course, the dishcloths can be done in no time.

Its Thanksgiving week, though, and that will tear me away from knitting. I need to clean the house, get fixings for Thanksgiving dinner and cooking it. Then its straight into decorating for Christmas. Tis the season to make you go ARGH!

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impulse yarn

Good news! I finished the last item I will need to ship for Christmas! This makes me feel somewhat better, I must admit.

Recently, Eat Sleep Knit sent out an email saying they would no longer be carrying Madelinetosh’s Mansfield Garden Party colorway due to changes in the colorway, or it being discontinued, something. Whatever it was they were wanting to sell off the┬árest of their stock. I’d been hoping they would get some in because I really liked the colors, even though I’m not a huge variegated yarn fan. Anyway, they didn’t have any worsted, or sock, but they had Pashmina. I happily snatched up two skeins. When it arrived , it wasn’t nearly the colors I’d expected it to be-its much brighter as opposed to the pastels I was thinking it would be. Either way, its still a pretty yarn. The yarn info is:

75% Merino /15% Silk /10% Cashmere
5.5-6 sts/inch (US 3-5)
360 yards

I looked up Pashmina on Ravelry and its used in so many different kinds of projects. I’m thinking of doing Shaelyn, but would be open to any other suggestions you might have that would use up more of the yarn. Just don’t tell me socks because I don’t know how to knit those yet!

So this is me, knitters, asking you for suggestions as to what I should do with my impulse yarn. Any ideas?

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Wooly way

Its a nice cool night in Florida, so I wound up some warm wool to work on a few cool weather projects. One of which is a waffle weave scarf. I started it a while back and its such a pain in the fingers that I haven’t gotten any further on it than about six inches. Six inches I think need to be torn out and started over due to mistakes. Being a perfectionist can be a damn pain in the ass sometimes. Its such a gorgeous pattern. Maybe I should have chosen another color?

Ask me if I’ve finished my Christmas knitting? NO. I still have one more thing to knit. I just have to decide which red is the perfect red to go with the scarf that I’ve already done (that’s a mixture of reds).

I’m really wanting to start on this wrap by Jared Flood. I have some lovely yarn for it, but I feel like I should finish my Christmas knitting before I start on anything for myself. I should possible finish the Amelia that I started several months ago. The knitting really piles up when you fall off the knitting boat for a few months. I just wasn’t feeling inspired. I was unhappy that I hadn’t taught myself lace knitting, plus it was such a long hot summer. I have to admit, the cooler weather tonight is helping. I think I’m going to start that last knitting project for Christmas.

 

 

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