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Too much purple yarn is never enough

I was delighted when my friend Margene decided to destash, because she set aside some awesome purple yarn for me!

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That is some incredibly high quality purple (and pink, and reddish pink) yarn there. So excited! Some of it might become….SOCKS! It could happen! My one pair of finished socks accidentally got sent through the washing machine two years ago, so I feel like I have been failing myself as a knitter because have not produced more socks.

I have also reached the home stretch, or stage three of Joker and the Thief, where the purple yarn becomes more prominent again:

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Soon it will be all done, hopefully when it is still cold enough outside so I can actually wear it!

January knitting update

I have finished one thing and made good progress on a new project.

The thing I finished was a belated holiday gift – it is a sockhead hat made out of 1.25ish skeins of Koigu KPPM from my stash! Hooray for using up stash yarn!

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The other thing I’ve been working on is The Joker and the Thief. This is from some yarn I picked up at the knitting retreat last fall from Marianated Yarns. I’ve made faster progress on this project than is usual for me, because I was horribly sick last week and wasn’t able to do much other than sit in bed and watch Netflix and knit.

jokerandthethief I really like the way this is coming out with the grey gradient yarn and the vibrant purple.

Kicking off the new year with some knitting

I finished my long koigu entrelac scarf of doom!

20160104_194554This was six skeins of koigu, I started it way back in April 2013 and finished it Jan 1st! This was very much a background project that I worked on occasionally while knitting other things, and it felt very good to be starting off the new year with a finished scarf.

I’m making a sockhead hat, right now, using even more koigu.

20160104_194708All this yarn comes from my koigu collecting years of many years ago, and I have to admit, it feels good to use up some stash yarn. Maybe now that I’m putting much more of a dent in the koigu stash, I’ll now start to use up some of my Wollmeise.

Knitting plans for 2016 include:

We’ll see if I can do all that!

 

Knitting Retreat fun

I was very excited to be able to go to the Alta knitting retreat for the first time. My knitting buddies have been going to this for years and I’ve always wanted to go but never managed to block off the time before. It has been a long time since I’ve had a solo vacation, and I came back from the retreat feeling very refreshed and relaxed!

I came up on Friday with Cheryl! A ton of knitters come up on Friday to check in and get lunch, but other folks arrive later. Here’s a view from the deck of the Alta Lodge where I was knitting, check out the aspens!

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Thai influenced salad with chicken and peanut dressing with rice!

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I went on a hike to Cecret Lake. Here’s one photo taken partway along the trail.

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20150926_110349It was a nice hike, and great to get out and walk around a little bit after spending most of Friday sitting and knitting.

I worked on one old project and started a new one, even though I brought around 4 potential projects with me just in case. You never know what you’re going to be in the mood to knit! It was just great to hang out and knit, and drink some wine, and hang out and knit some more. The rooms in the Alta Lodge don’t have TVs in them, but I brought along my iPad and got caught up on a few season premieres (How to Get Away With Murder & Scandal) and got a bit further along in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer rewatch marathon I just started recently.

I got a substantial amount done on my 3 colorway koigu entrelac scarf of doom. You can see the three colorways mixing together below. Should finally be done with this soon!

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I started a new project, an easy hat called Wurm. It uses a folded brim, which I haven’t done before. I was worried I would accidentally pick up the stitches unevenly, but it has turned out great so far. I’m finding the pattern very entertaining, and I’ve knit several more bands since the photo below. I think it will be done very soon.

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It would be somewhat impossible to go on a knitting retreat. I brought 5 skeins of Woolmeise, which I ended up selling before the actual stash sale, which was partly stashed yarns from knitting retreat attendees along with some great indie dyers like Intrepid Tulips and Marianated Yarns. Then I turned around and bought some new yarn with the money I made selling my old yarn, my photo does not do it justice:

marianatedyarnThe purple yarn is called Amethyst, so of course I had to get it. I’m going to see about making Joker and the Thief, although I will need to fudge a little bit with the gradient pattern for the darker colors.

It was a great three day weekend, and I’m already looking forward to going back next year!

Summer Knitting Action

I have been knitting here and there this summer, although I’ve been mega busy.

I made a berry baby hat for a co-worker who is going to have a baby soon!

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When I was getting the yarn for the hat, I bought some extra yarn to take advantage of Webs’ crazy discounts.

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I got some Madelinetosh yarn in the colorway Steam Age, which I have been wanting for some time.

I might actually finish this endless entrelac koigu scarf soon, I think I started it last fall. This is a mix of 6 skeins of koigu, with 3 of one colorway, 2 of another, and a lone skein to finish up the scarf. It will all look very ombre yet crazy when I am done with it.

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In other long-term projects, I am still working on a throw for my youngest sister, but I haven’t been able to knit on it very much in the summer because I don’t often feel like sitting with a blanket in progress on my lap when it is 90+ degrees outside. I predict there will be more progress with that project once the temperatures drop.

I’m going to knitting retreat in September! I am excited, because most of my knitting buddies go every year and this is the first time I’m going. I need to strategize carefully about which knitting projects to bring.

Cowls and some things that are not cowls

I made another cowl! This was for my Stitch and Bitch group’s annual party and swap.

It is the Irisa Cowl, out of some Fleece Artist yarn I got from Margene when she was destashing!

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I was super lucky and got some grey mitts that Cheryl knit:

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I have been wanting to make some grey mitts for myself, and now I don’t have to! I only wish it was cold enough in Utah that I could actually wear them!

I finished the other cowl I was working on, which does look a little blobby since the yarn is so dark. It doesn’t photograph well.

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This is my third time making the Mira’s Cowl pattern, and I am probably ready to move on from it! It is super great tv knitting though! It is a very flexible simple pattern that also works well with different weights of yarn if you vary how many stitches you cast on accordingly.

I cast on for another Clockwork! Pictures soon.

Recent Knitting Endeavors

I have been knitting! I have now made almost 3 versions of this simple but nice Mira’s Cowl Pattern. It is a perfect knitting project for watching tv, because it is so easy.

Here’s one version I made in Madelinetosh light:

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I have a second one I finished that is a gift, so I won’t post it yet! Here is the third one I am making for myself out of some old Jo Sharp Silkroad DK tweed that I reclaimed from my first (failed) sweater project.

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I got some yarn for the holidays from my husband! This is Rhichard Devrieze yarn in the Hot Flushes colorway:
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I spent today on a super secret cross stitch I will be posting about later 🙂

Yes, I have been knitting

Here are a couple ways to get codes for free ravelry pattern downloads from a couple knitwear designers, by signing up for their newsletters in January!

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I got yarn for Christmas!

Some Madelinetosh Merino Light:

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And some Brooklyn Tweed Shelter:

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I’m working on a secret project for my Stitch N Bitch group’s anniversary party. We all knit something and swap projects! I’ve gotten an awesome cowl and some great slippers in previous swaps.

My kids both requested scarves, so I’m working on finishing up one. Just a very simple striped scarf. I have a bit more to do with this, then one more to go!

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Recent adventures in crafting

I finished a scarf/shawl thing. It is too bad it is going to be too hot to wear it for many many weeks.

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It is a Color Affection made of Wollmeise, and it is awesome! I love that yarn.

I love it so much I bought some more!

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These are We’re Different skeins – slightly off standard versions of the Suzanne and Verhext und Verratzt. The Verhext und Verratzt WD might be my favorite skein of Wollmeise yet. I love the purples!

Speaking of purple things, I’ve been cheating on my knitting by working on an Amethyst Princess of Gemworld cross stitch project. Here you can see Prince Topaz and Lady Turquoise, along with a headless, bisected Prince Garnet:

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Super Mega Update Knitting Post

I keep meaning to document more of my knitting and I always end up forgetting to take pictures and update Ravelry. Here’s a summary of some of my recent knitting projects.

Big Boy Blankets – I made my kids some baby blankets out of some “superwash” wool that ended up felting so much I threw one away and have one nice felted wool bathmat. So I made them some new blankets, out of some acrylic/wool blend yarn that will hopefully not have the felting issue:

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And here is the other one:

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I can’t get a full shot of these as I don’t feel like standing on a chair. They aren’t super-big, definitely enough for a throw for a five year old but too small to actually use as a bedspread on a twin size bed. I could have made them larger, but the people I was making them for requested that I stop because they wanted their blankets done 🙂

I made a hat! Margene gifted me with the nice yarn (which I think was a nifty manos silk/wool blend) in a destash! This was the free Mairead hat pattern and it was quick and fun to knit.

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Some projects in progress:

I’m going to finally be done with my Color Affection fairly soon.

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This is made with some of the Wollmeise from my stash, it is always nice to find a great pattern to highlight some lovely yarn.

And because Cheryl spent some time contemplating and discussing Entrelac before making this scarf, I started thinking about another Entrelac project too.

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I have 3 skeins of this semi-crazy Koigu colorway, and am going to slowly stripe in some slightly more subtle Koigu once I get beyond the halfway point. We’ll see how that turns out. This is my lighter-weight mindless at home knitting project, now that those blankets are done. I should learn how to knit backwards with this project, but I don’t really mind turning all that much.