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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Knitting and Knitting and Knitting

Eyre 
In addition to the sewing and crochet that has been going on around here, I have also been doing a little knitting on my Eyre.  The front is all stockinette and since I'm past the shaped section, it's smooth sailing at this point.  I folded it in the photo so I could see how far I had gotten, but the front and back are only joined at the shoulders - I'll have to sew side seams later.  (The stitch marker is there for measuring purposes, in case you were wondering.)  I am alternating skeins but I'm not completely sure how necessary this is - the skeins look close enough to the same that I might not have needed to alternate.  I'm so used to alternating with Madelinetosh and Malabrigo, I guess it just seemed wrong not to!

I've also been thinking about my next sweater project.  I have sweater quantities (SQ's) stashed of both fingering and worsted (and maybe sport weight now that I think about it) and most do not have a specific pattern planned for them.   Are there any great sweater patterns you've seen lately?

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

More Crochet! More Lace!

Isobel's Antique Lace 
I've added a second section of the lace to my crochet shawl!  The rows are getting longer and longer, but I just keep on crocheting.  You can see a bit of the handdyed nature of the yarn in this photo - some of the light and dark sections.  I'm having so much fun making this that I don't want to finish it.  On the other hand, I don't want to put it down either!

Maybe another one is in my future?

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Monday, April 24, 2017

A Bed of Roses

Fifi pajamas 
I did some sewing over the weekend!  This is a pair of Fifi pajamas (modeled by Fifi)!  The top is bias cut and the shorts are cut on straight grain.  This makes picking fabrics a bit challenging, but I think these little rose buds worked out well!

The pattern was easy to make and the directions are very clear, so sewing it up was pretty fast.  The top is obviously more involved than the bottoms, but they worked up quickly.  I'd like to make another set or two because they should be perfect for Texas summers!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Zoom!

Isobel's Antique lace 
This thing is just flying off the hook!  Using a big hook and fine yarn probably helps to make it look like it's going quickly, but it really feels like it's practically crocheting itself!  I've worked the first section of shells and the first lace section (you can kind of see the more open section - that's the lace) and now I'm back to shells again.  Each row gets a little bit longer than the previous one, but the crocheting is really simple.  I've been rewatching True Blood and just working away at this in the evenings (definitely a TV project). 

I'd also like to mention how much I'm enjoying this yarn.  It feels amazing.  This is my first time using it (Winning by Nerd Girl Yarns) but I think I'll be using it again.  It's perfect for Texas!

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A New Shawl!

Isobel's Antique Lace 
I've started an new shawl, and for the first time ever, it's crocheted!  This is my project for Eat.Sleep.Knit's second quarter KAL which is based on Summer yarns.  I'm making Isobel's Antique Lace shawl with Nerd Girl Yarns Winning in the Different Sizes of Infinity colorway.  I was hoping for kind of a tea dyed neutral that would work for Summer around here and that's exactly what it is.  The yarn is 65% silk/35% linen, so it fits the Summer yarn criteria and it's super soft! 

Once I got past working the first row into the foundation chain, it really started moving quickly.  Making those crocheted amigurumi has really helped me figure out what I'm looking at and where I need to go with the crocheting.  I have actually learned how to count the chains now!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Meditative Blanket

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Row 15 is finished.  Ends must be woven in, but the crochet portion of the row is finished.  I'm still fully planning to finish this blanket this year.  Must.  Crochet.  Faster.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

A Return to Eyre

Eyre 
I can't remember the last time I worked on my Eyre pullover, but I got it out this weekend and knit past the shoulder shaping, neck shaping, front armscye and now I'm knitting down the front!  I had been putting this section off because there was a LOT going on and every time I sat down to knit, I either didn't have a lot of concentration or time.  I'm glad I got back to it because I love knitting with this yarn!  (It's Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in Magic Orchid.)

Do you remember how about a week or two ago I wanted to cast on all the things?  Well, I behaved and didn't cast on anything, and now I can't decide what to cast on.  I need a sock/mitts/something small type of project but I'm not finding anything I'm dying to cast on right now.  I will be beginning my crochet shawl this week, so maybe I'll wait until I've got that going before I cast on something else.

Any ideas for a small, portable project out there?

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