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Monday, January 23, 2017

Walking On

Sunwalker 
I'm in the middle of the lace section of my Sunwalker.  The lace is simple, but it is a bit slower than the double seed stitch was.  Or, it's possible it just feels that way because the rows are so long.  Maybe a combination of the two?  Anyway, I'm still working away on it.  I'm about finished with the second skein of Mechita and looking forward to starting the third.  I'd love to get this finished by the end of the month.

In random, unrelated news, Max likes to watch Craftsy classes.  He doesn't seem to care what the topic is, he just curls up with me and watches them on my iPad.  He honestly pays better attention to the Craftsy lessons than he does cat videos.  He'll sit through a 30 minute lesson and pay attention (purring softly) the whole time.  I have no explanation for this.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Weaving

Eighth weaving project 
I've gotten farther on my new weaving project.  I've kind of gotten into a rhythm with it and it doesn't feel so awkward working with two stick shuttles at once.  The pattern is clearer too, which is making me feel better about my last minute decision to change my weaving plans and do houndstooth.  It's fun watching all the colors appear in the multi colored Aniversario yarn, but the navy kind of grounds it and keeps it from going all clown barf on me.  Clown barf is never a good idea!

One of the things I like most about the weaving is watching how colors combine and play together.  I also love that weaving is friendly to the crazy beautiful hand painted skeins of yarn that are so much fun to buy.  I learned the hard way as a new knitter that those skeins don't always knit up the way I want them to, so I tend to focus on the more tonal or color washed types of hand dyes for knitting.  Weaving means I can buy those crazy skeins and be happy when I use them!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Row 13

Meditative blanket 
I've completed the 13th row of my Meditative Blanket.  There's really not much to say about this project at this point.  In May (or maybe April) it will be two years old.  I've clearly been taking my sweet time with it.  I WILL finish it this year, but in the meantime, I'll keep showing you row by row.  Lucky you!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Word of the Day is Squishy

Sunwalker 
I've finished the main section of my Sunwalker!  I'm ready to begin the lace section now and then it finishes with the double seed stitch texture again at the end.  I've started the second skein of yarn and I'm probably about a third of the way into it at this point.  It was the perfect project to snuggle up with this weekend in the rainy fog.  The shawl itself is also nice and squishy and soft.  It's going to be huge when it's finished!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Eyre

Eyre 
I've been knitting along on the back of Eyre and it's moving along nicely.  I love this yarn (Dream in Color Smooshy With Cashmere) and the way it feels.  The finished sweater will be soft and light.  The stitch pattern has lace things happening on both the right and wrong side rows, but it's intuitive and very easy to read.  Once you get a feel for it, it's simple to figure out if you've made a mistake.  Overall, despite the fact that it's not stockinette or garter stitch, this a relaxing knit and I can actually watch TV while I work on it.  I was not expecting this back section to be TV friendly when I started this sweater, so that was a nice surprise.

I've got to read the directions and start measuring soon because I'm not sure if I'm supposed to work to a certain measurement before or after blocking.  It would probably be a good idea to double check that before I knit it long enough to be a dress.

Have a great weekend!  It looks like it's going to be a messy one for most of the US, but we're just supposed to get a lot of rain here.  Sounds like knitting weather to me!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Danger Is My Middle Name

Meditative blanket 
One of my goals for this year is to finish this blanket!  It's currently 24 squares wide by 12 rows high.  My tentative goal is for it to be 36 rows high, but that's also dependent on my yarn amounts.  I think I've got enough to go that big, but I'm too lazy to weigh things with the scale, so I'll just live dangerously.

Each square is about 2-1/4 inches square and you can see the size as it's draped over Fifi.  I do have some yarn set aside for borders, so I can use every inch of yarn in the squares.

2017 will be the year I finish this blanket or die trying!  (Hopefully it won't come to that.)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sunwalker

Sunwalker 
My Sunwalker shawl is getting bigger!  I've worked more than half the repeats of this stitch pattern before I get to the lace.  Of course, since each repeat adds stitches to the width of the shawl, each repeat is bigger than the last, so I'm in no way halfway to the lace section.  It's a good thing this is a nice, relaxing knit, because I'm not even through my first ball of yarn!  (It's supposed to use three balls of yarn.)  It's going to be a big, cuddly shawl!

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