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Sunday Stitching

2013-12-01 14.25.26No stitching happening today, but I am blocking the shawl that I started two weeks ago.

Is there anything less appetizing than a piece of knitting as it’s soaking? I don’t think so.

It looks like one of my cats came by and horked a giant technicolor hork into the bowl. You’re welcome for that visual.

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Sunday Stitching


When the weather gets chilly, I need to knit lace.

It’s not a simple, “hmm, it would be nice to knit a shawl” kind of feeling. I get obsessed and nothing will clear the thought from my head except casting on for a new lace project.

Rooting around in my yarn drawer unearthed this nearly-fingering weight variegated yarn. I have long since lost the ball band, so I can’t tell you what brand or even what fiber content. (Just that it’s not wool – partly rayon, maybe? It’s awfully shiny in person.)

Some quick Ravelry searching lead me to the Glam Shells pattern, and it’s perfect. After the initial setup, it’s a simple 10-row repeat that’s easily memorized. One glance at it tells you exactly where you are and what you need to do next (except when a fat blond cat sits on your needles and pulls a half dozen stitches off).

I’ve been working on it for almost a week and I’d say I’m about halfway there. I’m excited to get to the edging, since that’s always the most exciting part of lace knitting.

I totally just used “exciting” and “lace knitting” in the same sentence. Don’t judge.

That’s what I’m up to this Sunday. What’s on your needles?

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Weekend Knitting

The beginnings of a baby sweater

I had a feverish desire to start knitting something for the baby yesterday. I found the perfect pattern: Carina Spencer’s Seamless Kimono. If you’re a fellow Raveler, browse some of the completed kimonos – they’re gorgeous!

My only problem is that I had no yarn for an appropriately gender-neutral sweater.

Acting 90% out of impatience and 10% in response to a bizarre dream I had wherein I found out we’re having a baby girl, I threw caution to the wind and cast on with a lovely pink and brown variegated yarn (Malabrigo Worsted in a discontinued colorway).

It’s quite girly, but that’s fine. If we have a boy either he’ll wear the sweater –I hardly think he’ll be in any position to object– or I’ll gift it to someone who can make better use of it.

What better way to welcome spring than by knitting tiny baby sweaters?

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Just keep stitching, just keep stitching

I’ve been a cross-stitching maniac lately (I’m not totally sure you can cross stitch anything like a maniac, but apparently it’s a thing).

First up is a house warming gift (see above) I made for a very good friend of mine. She recently became a first time homeowner, and the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery had the perfect pattern for the occasion (as always! I don’t think I could live long enough to stitch all of their patterns that I want to).

I realized it’s been a while since I’ve showed you any progress on the desserts. I’ve fallen a bit behind –see the empty space where July is supposed to be?– but I’m starting to catch up. Also, “eptember” was such a lovely month, don’t you agree?

The PVC frame is new, and HOLY COW. I had no idea I could have such a deep and abiding love for PVC pipes. I’m writing a review, so keep an eye out for that.

I’m a little bit stunned at how close we are to the end of the year, as evidenced by the fact that there are only two desserts left. You know what that means, right?


Heh. My goal is to have a panic-free holiday season. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.

Moving right along. It’s obvious I can’t get enough Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery (and no, I’m not an affiliate, I just adore their patterns), so I signed up for their Kawaii Winter Wonderland Countdown. My floss colors are all picked out and ready to go. So pretty, yes?

The Countdown is similar to the desserts in that the patterns will be a surprise, but it only runs for the month of November. They’re also slightly smaller, and you end up with a kind-of Advent calendar. CUTEST ADVENT CALENDAR EVER.

If you’re interested in joining (which would be awesome – it’s going to be a lot of fun!), the price is only $10 until November 10. So get on it!

And finally, I’m alllllmost done with this sweater. That, my friends, is the second sleeve! And a gratuitous picture of the moss stitch border, because I think it’s pretty.

I won’t lie to you – I have some serious misgivings about this sweater.

The pattern is wonderful, but I am an idiot and did not do a gauge swatch before I started knitting. Like most knitters I am capable of delusions on a grand scale and expect the laws of physics not to apply to my own projects.

I mean, sure, it’s about three sizes too small right now, but that’s ok. I’m sure it’ll be fine. Denial for the win!

I’m praying that some seriously aggressive blocking will save it. Otherwise, it will make a very lovely sweater for a 10-year-old.

That’s all for now! Remember, there’s still time to enter the giveaway for the latest issue of &Stitches. See this post for details!

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Pretty Patterns: Scarves

Boston’s weather hasn’t gotten much colder lately, but I know it’s just around the corner! Here are some lovely knit scarves to keep you stylishly warm.

1. Rill Scarf
2. Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf
3. Noro striped scarf
4. Frostlight
5. Woodsmoke scarf

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