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April 29, 2009

Does this happen to only me?

Ok, so I am starting a new project. A shawl. An Evelyn Clark shawl because she is brilliant and designs really great patterns.

So I am cruising along, right?

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I am on the last freakin' repeat and I decide to actually count my stitches cause hey, you never know....

And I am one stitch off. ONE STITCH!!!! Do you think I can find that stitch? Nope. And guess what? I pulled out my life line! Am I a dork or what? So I tink back 10 ROWS people! It's a good thing I am a patient person.

So now I am back on track. On the last repeat before the border. Life line is in.

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Here is a little detail shot (above) And no that isn't my hairy leg. I think it's a cat hair. I suppose I should tell you that this is the Shetland Triangle Shawl from "Wrap Style". I am using Classic Elite Alpaca/Silk. The yardage is only 463 yards, but I am thinking I will have some left over

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Yikes! That's a lot! Anyway.... Lemon, I hope you love this shawl. It will look a lot prettier when it's blocked.

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April 24, 2009

Pretty Yarn Friday!

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I wish I could call this my handspun, but it's not. I don't have any pretty handspun to show you so you will just have to gaze upon store bought.

This yarn is Noro Cashmere Island. It's got a lot of wool, a little bit of cashmere and a little nylon. The yardage is only 110 yards, but this stuff is soft and pretty. I got it on sale too. A sorta local yarn store is going out of business (which is always very sad) I think I had only gone to this store once before I heard of the closing. It is about a 35-45 minute drive so to me that isn't really local. There aren't any shops around me that I would call local. And that is probably a good thing.

So I have been trekking out there every Saturday to see what is left over and I got some of this last Saturday. I am going this Saturday with Lauren. It will be my last Saturday going to this store as I am going away next weekend (WEBS remember?) So you may see more pretty yarn that I get from this store closing. It's funny, a store closes and 2 more open up in the area. Still not close. Far enough away that I don't get into trouble.

It's supposed to be a great weekend here. Hope it is where you all are!

Posted by beth at 12:47 PM | Comments (3)

April 22, 2009

A new sock

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I, like so many others, need to have a small project going at all times. Socks are perfect for this. I got this yarn at Hobby Lobby (a new store opened up in the general area - not really near me...but...)it's Lion Brand Sock Ease. They don't have very many colors of this out yet, but I have to say I really like what I see so far. They are naming all this line after candy. Which can't be bad at all right? This is the Lemon Drop colorway. There is no way I could ever wear this near my face. I look dead around anything yellow. So for my feet it's a good option.

The pattern is the brilliant Jaywalker pattern from the lovely and I must say very talented Grumperina. You can't go wrong with this pattern and it's perfect for this yarn. Did you see that there is a NEON YELLOW stripe of color in there?

indeed.

Posted by beth at 12:28 PM | Comments (4)

April 17, 2009

Yup! It's pretty yarn Friday!

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I did some playing around with my drum carder again and used up some of the corridale fleece I got last September. I mixed it with some bits and bobs of pink and orange alpaca mill ends and that is what I got. Not my typical colors, but every now and then you got to try something different right?

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I got a good yardage out of this at 194 yards approx. It is a heavy worsted/almost bulky weight.

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I put the skein to soak on Wednesday night and forgot about it. So last night I rinsed it out and threw it in the washing machine on the spin cycle to get more of the water out. It fluffed up nice! I was worried it would be "pruned" ha ha!!

One final note, thank you all for your nice comments on my Blogoversary! I do enjoy blogging and I love all the comments I get. I get so inspired from other knit bloggers out there. That is why I am still here. Thank you for putting up with me for so long!

I love you guys!

Posted by beth at 12:34 PM | Comments (5)

April 15, 2009

Guess What?

Today is my Blogoversary! I have been here for........

Drum roll, because it's a lot.........

5 YEARS!!!!

That's a long time! So if you see me today, wish me a happy blogoversary! Ha ha! Here's hoping for 5 more years.

So I don't have much to share on the project front. I started a hat that I had to frog. I did card some fiber though and boy is it pretty! Look at it all. I threw the bobbin in there so you could get an idea of how much is there.

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There was a girl at my guild meeting who brought a bunch of Sheep Shed Fiber that she didn't think she would ever get to spinning. I don't think she liked the color, but her loss was my gain! Look at all that! I am not even done carding it either. It started looking like this:

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So I carded some and spun up a little

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I think I have a total pound of fiber

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This was also in the mess of stuff. I am not going to card this. It's too purdy.

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I am going to make a scarf for the husband with some of this. So there you go. Pretty pictures of fiber.

Posted by beth at 12:10 PM | Comments (14)

April 10, 2009

Pretty Yarn Friday!

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Okay, well this isn't my hand spun. It is Manos. And it is GORGEOUS!

I bought it at a going out of business yarn store closing sale. I bought it only because I liked the color. The price wasn't too bad either. I probably would have bought this at full price too. I mean come on! Look at the color of this! Oh, did I mention how soft it was too?

Definately gonna be a cowl. Don't I always say that? I still haven't made myself one.

Posted by beth at 12:30 PM | Comments (4)

April 07, 2009

Garter Yoke Cardigan

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Is done! I am so totally pleased with how this came out. I do believe this will be worn A LOT! In fact I wore it to work yesterday. Only Carol noticed it. But that's okay. She reads the blog. The guitar in the shot is mine. It's for you to gaze upon instead of the girls. (no really that's where it always is...)

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I really thought I was going to have a hard time finding buttons for this as I don't actually have NINE buttons just laying around. I found them though. I think they are all wood buttons. I wanted the buttons not to over power the sweater. It works.

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The sleeves. I am not a big fan of wide sleeves. Too much cold air can go up them. I wanted this sweater for warmth. So I tapered the sleeves right from the top. They came out just as I wanted them to.

Specs:

Pattern: Garter Yoke Cardigan from Fall/Winter Knit1 - 2008
Yarn: 6 skeins of Tahki Yarns Donegal Tweed in a teal blue (I have a skein left over.... perhaps a matching hat?)
Needles: US 7 Circular

The only modifications I made were obviously the sleeves and I didn't do the waist shaping, which I think I will do when I make this again. I need a pink one, a brown one, a green one........

Posted by beth at 12:35 PM | Comments (14)

April 03, 2009

Pretty Yarn Friday!

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I took this yesterday especially for you all. It's another of my older handspun yarns. I actually have 2 skeins of this.

Total of approx 300 yards. I got the fiber at Rhinebeck. It's all wool and gorgeous. Thank goodness there was some sun yesterday. Unlike today.

I am also going to show you the progress on my Garter Yoke Sweater. Here is a nice over all phot showing the whole sweater:

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Look at that sleeve! Can't really tell? Well here is a close up:

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Oh MY! This will never do! The pattern wants you to knit straight to the cuff. I am not a big fan of wide sleeves. So I thought I would check a pattern I did previously from the top down and see what it said. It said to knit straight to the elbow then decrease one stitch at the beginning and ending of the round every 5 rounds. Then knit straight to the cuff. This has gotta go. I did some quick math and I am decreasing every 10th row 7 times after I knit 10 rounds straight. So far it looks much better. No photo, you will have to trust me.

So I have to rip out this horrible sleeve and re-knit. No biggie.

The big biggie... to find the perfect buttons....

Posted by beth at 01:10 PM | Comments (6)

April 01, 2009

I got nothin....

Nothing I tell you! I will have a nice FO for next week though. My sweater is coming together nicely.

AND....

It FITS me! YAY!

Seeing as how I got nothing to share I thought I would share this:

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Most of you will recognize this as my Ravelry Icon. Well today is April Fools day and we all have goofy things on our heads. I was so happy to see that I had a FEZ! You see I collect them. Fez hats that is. I collect Fez hats. Perhaps I will show you sometime. I have 3!

So there, it was something. But not what you were expecting.

See you Friday! (you all know what that is....)

Posted by beth at 12:34 PM | Comments (4)