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FO: Glee

Pattern: ZephyrStyle Glee
Yarn: Elsbeth Lavold Hempathy, 6 balls in color 021
Needles: US 4 & 2

She’s finished and I really like her. Even though these finer knits take a little more time, they are so much lighter for summer wear. And I couldn’t be more pleased with the color of this yarn.

I did make a few changes to the pattern. I did a few less raglan increases as I didn’t want the sleeves to turn out too big. I then kept increasing at the underarms a few more times. This did create a funny little ‘design element’. Because I kept increasing every other row after separating for the sleeves the sweater has about 1-1/2″ that juts out a bit under the arms. But, the sweater fits well and it is under the arms so I’m not going to worry to much about it ūüôā I also added waist shaping, shortened the sweater by a couple of inches, and make the neckline much less deep. I’m really happy with this sweater and look forward to wearing it this summer.

Next up, the Folded Cowl Tee.

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Knitting Plans

Looking at knitting patterns, browsing knitting blogs, planning future knits, always lots of fun! So here’s what I’m looking forward to knitting this spring/summer.

Sweaters:
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L – R: 1. Auburn Camp Shirt, 2. Swan Lake Cardigan, 3. Josephine Top
4. Essential Stripe, 5. Glee, 6. Georgia
(Please excuse some of the squished photos in that collage.)

Socks:
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1. Entrelac Socks, 2. Roza’s Socks
3. Spiral Boot Socks, 4. Embossed Leaves Socks

Shawls:
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1. Swallowtail Shawl, 2. Cobweb Lace Stole, 3. Icarus Shawl
4. Arctic Diamonds Stole, 5. Print O’ the Wave Stole

Then, I’ve got these:
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These are three of the summer sweaters I knit last year. I’ve lost some weight since then, and now these sweaters are too big. I’ll be frogging and re-knitting the first two, Wicked and Cherry, but I won’t do the last one, Tomato.

So there’s the plan for spring/summer knitting. Of course, plans change, and new patterns will come out, and then there’s time. I don’t think I have time to knit all of those patterns, but at least I’ve got lots to choose from!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

More Knitting in the Snow Photos

I like taking photos of my knitting in the snow so much.¬† The lighting is just about always great, and the pretty white background of snowflakes really compliments the knitting.¬† So, here’s more photos of my knitting in the snow.

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My chevron scarf, which sat neglected for over a month, is now nearly finished – just about 7″ more, and I’ll be able to bind off. I’m so glad I didn’t frog the scarf and try it with different colors like I had intended to – this color combination is so pretty.

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The Back, Fronts and Sleeves of the Central Park Hoodie are blocked and ready for finishing to begin. I’m hoping to have it done quickly, because this just came in the mail:

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Five skeins of Brown Sheep Cotton Fine in Peridot intended for this:
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Eunny Jang’s Katharine Vest. I can’t wait to start it!

And, here’s some more photos of the newest Babette Blanket Squares.
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Only four more four-round squares to go for the blanket.

I hope you all have a great Friday and weekend!

Blankets and a Swatch

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I knitted quite a bit on a project that has been neglected for over a month. 
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Yes, I finally picked up my Mitered Square Afghan again. I forgot how much fun this blanket is to knit.
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Unlike other patterns I’ve seen for mitered square blankets, these squares are not knit individually. Stitches for the next square are picked up along the sides of the squares already made. I’m sure the afghan will get to be quite a large piece of knitting in my lap by the time it’s done, but at least I won’t have any seaming to do. I guess I’d better finish this one soon – I won’t want a large piece of wool in my lap in a couple of months!

I couldn’t let the weekend go without knitting at least two Babette Blanket squares.
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Below is a 10-round square, the only one in my version of the blanket.
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The two fronts of the Central Park Hoodie are finished and will be blocking tonight, I hope. So, this weekend I swatched for the Dollar-and-a-Half Cardigan.
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The Reynolds Soft Linen is very nice to work with and the finished fabric is soft with a nice sheen. I’m really looking forward to making this cardigan.

I’ve been looking for a substitute for the Fiesta La Luz used in the Printed Silk Cardigan, and last week I ordered some silk yarn from Colourmart. I ordered this yarn in Lilac Steel. It was $60.00 including shipping for the 38″ size. Great, huh? But I just read this post, and I’m getting quite nervous. I’m a naturally tight knitter, so I hope I can get gauge with this yarn. If I can’t, I’m not sure what I’ll do with it. I really hope I can make it work! If it doesn’t I can go back to my original choice for a yarn sub, Frog Tree Pima Silk. Lolly is making a Printed Silk Cardigan in this yarn, and it looks like it’s working well for her so far.

Also, Bonnie Marie Burns, the designer of the Aleita Shell has posted a modeled photo of the shell here, and Jennifer Tallapaneni, designer of the Mirabella Cardigan has posted a modeled photo here (scroll down to the bottom of both posts for the photos). I’m so glad designers with their own blogs do this so much of the time, now!

And last but not least, my sister Priscilla, who maintains our family blog, made this Layered Mocha Cheesecake over the weekend. It was sooooo delicious! I don’t think many other cheesecakes can beat this one, especially if you like coffee and chocolate!

My Spring Interweave Knits Came in the Mail!

And suprisingly, the sweater I wanted to knit right away was Eunny Jang’s Katharine Vest.
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When I first saw the vest in the previews I thought “Only a very thin girl could wear that.” But, I think with some modifications anyone could wear it. I’m planning on making a size larger than the size I would usually make, and instead of overlapping the fronts only 2″, overlapping them by maybe about 6″ so the vest is not so open. As a plus, the yarn is a great price – about $26.00 for the largest size!

Connie Chang Chinchio has posted a modeled photo of the Printed Silk Cardigan and some notes about yarn substitues on her blog, PhysicsKnits. I found them very helpful. The only modification I can think of adding to the pattern (aside from a yarn sub) is to put the ribbing that ends under the bustline at my waist instead. The babydoll style doesn’t look good on me, plus, I’d have more of the pretty diamond pattern on the sweater!

I also just came across Erin’s finished Gathered Pullover. I think it’s the prettiest one I’ve seen yet – I’ve added it to my ‘Must Knits’ for next Fall/Winter!

After receiving that Spring Interweave it was hard not to drop everything I was knitting and cast on for some things that say spring instead of winter (I think I’ve got a little bit of Spring Fever :). But, I couldn’t start a new spring knit without feeling guilty about all those WIP’s I’ve got going, so I’m holding off from starting anything new right now.

And, here’s my progress on my WIP’s.
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(Photo taken in basement – color is a bit off!)
The back of the Central Park Hoodie is finished and blocking, and the fronts are in progress.
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Yes, that photo was taken on the snow. We’ve had lots of snow. Over a foot. Yes, I know, some places get that much in a day. But it’s lots of snow for eastern Iowa!

The second Yarrow Ribbed sock grew…
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…and is now finished. FO post to come soon.

And, I made some more Babette Blanket Squares.
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Because the pattern was written for sport weight yarn and I’m using worsted weight, I’m planning on making half the amount of squares called for in the pattern. The pattern calls for 49 two-round squares and I now have 26, so those are done.

I also need about 26 four-round squares. With the three I made over the weekend, I think I now have about 12.
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I’ll have one 12 round square instead of the two the pattern calls for.
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Those last few round really ate up lots of yarn! My leftover yarn stash is getting smaller and smaller and I’m so glad!

Fiberlicious Friday

I’m just squeezing this post in for Fiberlicious Friday.

Here’s my newly arrived fiber:
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Reynolds Soft Linen, intended for the Dollar-and-a-Half Cardigan by Veronik Avery from Interweave Knits Spring 2007.
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Yup, I got the exact same color that was used in the magazine. I’m planning on swatching for this sweater as soon as I finish the Central Park Hoodie.

Have a great weekend everyone!

New Knits

After finishing three projects, two of which had been in progress for a few months, I cast on for two new projects.
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¬†This is the bottom ribbing of the back of the Central Park Hoodie.¬† I finished the sleeves over the weekend, and they’re blocking now.¬† This project is going very quickly!

I, like every other sock knitter out there, love Nancy Bush’s patterns.¬† I’ve made two patterns from Knitting Vintage Socks,¬†the Lichen Ribbed Socks and the Madder Ribbed Socks.¬† Yesterday, I cast on for my next pair, the Yarrow¬†Ribbed Socks.¬† I’m making them in Plymouth Yarns¬†Sockotta.
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¬†The colors of this skein are¬†making me think about Valentine’s¬†Day.¬† So, in an effort to keep this pair from¬†staying on the needles¬†for as long¬†as the Madder Ribbed Socks did, I’ve decided to try to finish these by February 14th.¬†¬†I hope I can take time¬†from the other projects I’ve got¬†going to finish by then!¬†

You may have noticed that the Leftovers Vest disappeared from my Current Projects list in the sidebar.¬† After looking at the leftover yarns I had that coordinated well with each other a second time, I decided I probably didn’t have enough for the vest. Shortly afterward, Knitting Daily released the Babette Blanket available for purchase at their Pattern Store. I learned to crochet before I learned to knit, and I’m enjoying crocheting again. Not as much as I enjoy knitting, but enough to keep on making squares. Using up that leftover yarn feels good, too. I hope to have some photos of the squares this week.

And here’s part of the baking I did over the weekend:
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Apple Pie with Oatmeal Crumb Topping. Yum! The Apple Pie recipe is one that was given to us by a friend. The topping recipe comes from the book Pie, by Ken Headrich. The recipe is for a Golden Delicious Apple Pie with Oatmeal Crumb Topping. We didn’t like the actual pie very much, but the topping was delicious! There’s lots of other great recipies in this book. The All-Peach Pie with Coconut Almond Crumb Topping, Thick Coconut Custard Pie, Cherry Cheesecake Pie, and many others. This book is definitely worth buying if you like making pie!

The link for the Spring 2008 Issue of Interweave Knits is working again! You can see it here. Interweave has once again put out a fabulous Spring Issue. Here’s a few of my favorites:
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Printed Silk Cardigan by Connie Chang Chinchio

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Aleita Shell by Bonnie Marie Burns

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Auburn Camp Shirt by Chrissy Gardiner

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Mirabella Cardigan by Jennifer Tallapaneni

I think I need to start knitting much faster;) I just ordered eleven skeins of Reynolds Soft Linen for the Dollar-and-a-Half Cardigan from last year’s Spring issue!

And, I was going to take modelled photos of the Phyllo Yoked Pullover today. The temperature this morning was 45oF, but by around 2:30 this afternoon it was 12oF and windy. So, until the weather is a little more friendly to outdoor photo sessions, here is a little peek at the sweater with the waist shaping I added.
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Ron Paul 2008

Current Projects

  • Babette Blanket
  • Toe-Up Socks
  • Meida's Socks
  • Bird-In-Hand Mittens
  • Josephine Top
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Future Projects

Sweaters
-Tangled Yoke Cardigan
-Refined Aran Jacket
-Demi
-Salina
-Swan Lake Cardigan
-Cable Down Raglan
-Dollar and a Half Cardigan
-Henley Perfected
-Venezia Pullover
-Ivy League Vest
-Autumn Rose Pullover
-Tilted Duster
-Equinox Yoke Pullover
-Ariann
-Cobblestone Pullover
-Hourglass Sweater
-ZephyrStyle Tree Jacket
-Enid Cardigan
-Union Square Market Pullover
-Top-Down Arwen Cardigan
-Counterpane Pullover
-Colette Pullover
-El Sol Pullover
-Tweedy Aran Cardigan
-Gathered Pullover
-Printed Silk Cardigan
Accessories
-Hemlock Ring Blanket
-Flower Basket Shawl
-Noro Striped Scarf
-Arctic Diamonds Stole
Socks
-Entrelac Socks
-Roza's Socks