Donezo

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After taking most of May off today anything but work, exercise, and attempt to maintain sanity, I finally have  FO to share.  I knit these mitts for one of Hub’s co-workers.  She is fantastically supportive of him and just plain fun to be around, so when she mentioned off the cuff how much she wanted some fingerless mitts, I set to work.  I didn’t have the chance to set up a great photo of them before gifting them, but here they are.  They are less even than I would like, but I think it will come with more practice on DPN’s.  I’m still a little stumped as to why the ribbing at the bottom looks funky, so if anyone has any great ideas I’d love to hear your feedback.

Hoping to get some editing done of little fancy teaparty Gracie girl had this week as well as some shots of my next project on the needles!

Pattern: Et Frais by Alicia Plummer

Yarn: Nice and Knit Fingering in Driftwood.  Read about my first time ordering this yarn here. (Note: it will not be my last order.)

Yarn Along

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Joining Ginny today for her Yarn Along.  Gracie and I have been reading Anne of Green Gables together.  I never read it as a kid, and now I know why.  There is just so much dialogue that I would not have had the patience for it when I was young.  She really seems to be enjoying listening to it, though. She sits in bed at bedtime, knitting a cowl she has decided to make for herself while I read about a chapter a night. It’s even become a motivator for getting through our nightly routine in an expeditious manner. Take too long getting ready for bed? No time for Anne.

I cast on my Et Frais mitts this week, but have since ripped them out because it seemed impossibly small. I attempted yet again to just start a project without swatching.  One of these days I’ll learned my lesson.  Now there is a gauge swatch drying on the guest bed, ready for me to count some stitches tonight and make sure that I’m not completely off the mark. So far, I’m enjoying with the Nice and Knit fingering yarn.  The color is gorgeous, and it feels soft as you knit it up.

While I was attempting get a somewhat decent shot of the knitting with not enough light I grabbed a shot of our backyard.  No kidding, this is straight out of the camera. It’s been raining FOREVER, and everything is so green I can hardly stand it. Here’s hoping it’s helping the grass seed we put down this weekend.

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Block Party

The Magrathea Shawl is finally finished, and I’m so happy with it.  I am so hopeful that it will bring tons of comfort to my mother-in-law in the coming months.

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I recently read the Yarn Harlot’s post on blocking, which came handy.  She reminded me that the blocking isn’t about pulling the fabric into the shape you want, but rather gently pushing into place.  I was much less aggressive pinning this down as I have been with some projects, and it seemed to removed the need to use blocking wires.  So far, I’m happy with the results.

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Yarn Delivery

DSC_5349I have been following this lovely blog Nice and Knit for about a year.  Two sisters posted beautiful photos of their knitted creations and their families, and I just couldn’t get enough.  I love the look of the blog, the architecture of their old homes, and the wooly goodness was decadent.  When I saw that they had started a line of hand-dyed yarns, I really wanted to support their work and give it a try.  I ordered a skein of their fingering yarn in the Driftwood colorway, and it’s great.  There’s 490 yards to each skein of superwash merino for $26.

I have to say, this thing is a pile of smooshy goodness, and I can’t wait to knit it up.  This stuff has a lovely destiny – it will be knitted up into a pair of Et Frais mitts by Alicia Plummer for a co-worker of Hub’s.  They are completely fabulous.

Photo credit Alicia Plummer
Photo credit Alicia Plummer

Can’t wait to cast on these babies and get started!

Yarn: Nice and Knit Fingering in Driftwood.  Find their website here.

Pattern: Et Frais by Alicia Plummer.  Find the pattern here, and Alicia’s site, Two Little Plumshere.

Yarn Along: Magrathea

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It’s a little ironic that I have chosen to dive into the first of the Lord of the Rings trilogy this week.  As I read this epic story of overcoming impossible odds against evil, I am knitting something warm and soft for my mother-in-law.  She and her husband have been battling brain cancer since he was diagnosed over two years ago.   From the moment I met them, I was overwhelmed by their love, their positive attitude, and their generosity towards others.  Hubs and I had only been dating for a few months, and I remember thinking that a man that was raised by these people has had an amazing model of what a loving marriage could be.

They have spent the last few years traveling together and soaking up as much fun as possible.  As they continue their fight, there will be many hours spent in waiting rooms and doctors offices.  Those places are always so darn cold.  Even as the weather gets warm, they might get chilly, so I want to make sure they have wooly things with them.  And who doesn’t need a little cashmere every once in awhile? Hoping to wrap this one up this week so it will be ready for their next trip to see the angels at Duke Medical Center who have championed their fight. I hope it helps them on their quest and that they find a little magic soon, too.

Yarn Along: The Way it Goes

DSC_5424DSC_5482DSC_5472I have been working on the Magrathea shawl, and it’s slowly growing, but it’s not the best project to keep in my purse.  I rely on the pattern pretty heavily, and I easily loose my place if I stop in the middle of a row. I was in need of something for waiting rooms, so I cast on with some of my new yarn to whip up yet another Hitchhiker.  I’m using the Koigu Painter’s Palette sock yarn I snagged at Looped Yarnworks.  Honestly, it’s nice because it’s pretty mindless, but doing two garter stitch heavy project at once might have been a little nutty. Especially when both of them use fingering weight yarn.  It’s enough to make a girl believe she’ll never finish anything again.

I’m already eyeing up a third project. I know that nothing good can come from this, and yet, there it is.  A wound ball of Manos del Uraguay Silk Blend in a gloriously robust worsted weight is calling my name.  Unless it hits 80 degrees in the next few days, I have a feeling this sucker is getting on the needles, too.

And you know what? Inspired by my read this week, I’m not even going to chastise myself for it for one minute.

 

Craftsy Tryout & a WIP

A co-worker of mine is an avid knitter, and she was positively gushing about the Craftsy kits.  She watches for when the kits go on sale, and then she snags both the pattern and the yarn for a song.  I’d never tried a kit, and I haven’t done much online shopping for yarn, but I figured I’d give it a go. I hit the website, and browsed their sale kits.  There were two that seemed perfect.

First, I saw this awesome chunky cowl, called Empalme, which would be amazing when the weather gets cool again.  The kit comes with 3 skeins of Manos del Uraguay for only $35.  Manos provides fair labor to women, enabling to provide for their families, and connecting their artistry with knitters around the world.  Neatest touch?  The artisan signs the tag on each skein. (Mine were crafted by Maribel in Dragon, Uraguay.)  I chose the Natural colorway, thinking that when snow does fall again, that this could just feel like a cloud of something warm and soft.

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DSC_5422I also snagged a basic sock kit called Special Striped Sock so that I could give socks a go this year.  The yarn is Lorna’s Laces, which I’ve never worked with before, but feels soft and smoothy, so I’m thinking it will be awesome. I chose the Zombie BBQ colorway because well, it’s called Zombie BBQ.  The kit was only $19, which is a steal for my first pair of socks.

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DSC_5423Even the packaging that everything arrives in is pretty adorable.  I love the “No more waiting, time for creating!” tagline along the bottom.

DSC_5418These are going on the enormous stash waiting for me to plow through it.  In the meantime, here is one of the projects on the needles right now, a Magrathea shawl in Hazel Knits Entice MCN gorgeousness.  The blue is just amazing.  Perfect for a spring gift for someone special.

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