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Friday, June 24, 2016

Another Finished!

Cameo shawl 
In addition to yesterday's socks, I've also finished my Cameo shawl!  This was a fun, quick project to knit.  It was also pretty great for autopilot knitting, which was nice, since the socks were not.  I used Malabrigo Mechita in Musas and Sandbank.  I've used Mechita for several things before and it's super soft and nice to knit with.  It's a singles yarn, kind of like Madelinetosh's Tosh Merino Light or Dream in Color's Jilly, but I think Mechita is a little bit fatter than the other two and there are also more thick and thin parts in Mechita.  TML and Jilly are more of a consistent size.  There isn't a huge range of thick and thin in Mechita, the thinnest places are about the same diameter as TML and the thick places are more just puffy spots that compress into the knitting stitches, but the Mechita isn't quite as consistently spun.  I do love knitting with it, and I've fallen in love with Malabrigo's colors, but I probably won't mix Mechita with TML and Jilly.  (I do think you could easily mix TML and Jilly in the same project.)
Cameo shawl
Here's a close up so you can see what's going in the darkness of the Musas colorway.  This shawl has a definite fall or winter feel to it, but even in the dark color that is Musas there are is a bunch going on.

Have a great weekend!  I'm going to start a new pink cardigan!

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Finished!

Twisted socks 
I've finished my Twisted socks, and I would like to note that I knit one left sock and one right sock.  This project could have very well ended with two left socks, but I kept things straight and knit one of each.  I love the finished socks and I think they're very pretty with the twisted ribbing.  I knit them in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in H.R.H. Crown Princess of Purple, Violetta.  The pattern is Twisted, from Knitty several years ago.

This was my third attempt at this pattern.  The first one was a lighter weight sock yarn and they were going to be a little bit tight.  The second attempt was with a yarn that was too variegated for the pattern (sometimes slipped stitches work with variegation, not this time).  This time, everything came together and I'm really happy with my finished socks!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lace!

Cameo 
I have knit all the way through the Musas color on my Cameo, so no more stripes, and that means lace!  The lace edging to this shawl is super simple, but adds a nice texture to it.  The Sandbank color reminds me of antique linen and I love the way it pairs with the dark tones in the Musas.  I actually ended up running out of Musas earlier than I was supposed to, so my Cameo has fewer stripes than the pattern calls for.  Fortunately, this is the kind of pattern where it's easy to start and stop the different sections without having to do complicated math types of things to get the sections to fit together.  I enjoy not having to do complicated math type things!

Also, just a note, I still haven't cast on for my next pink sweater!  I'm being such a good PinkLemon finishing other things first, I should get an award!  We won't discuss the two giant, honking blankets waiting for me to get back to them, shall we?

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Working Towards the Toe

Twisted sock. Right sock 
I've gotten a lot done on the right sock for my pair of Twisted socks.  I'm past the heel turn and I've decreased the gusset areas and now I'm working to the toe.  For such a simple stitch pattern, there's a lot going on with this sock as the stitches twist across the toe.  I love the look of it and it's very pretty on the foot, but this is not a portable project at this stage of the knitting.

Yes, technically all this effort will be inside a shoe, but I tend to run around barefoot or sock footed most of the time anyway, and besides, I'll know how pretty my socks are! 

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Monday, June 20, 2016

You Look Like A Pink Nightmare!

Pink memories 
What happens when you knit the Pink Memories pattern in pink yarn on pink needles with pink stitch markers?  You get a Pink Nightmare, but in a good way!  It's all finished and waiting for cooler weather now.
Pink memories
This was a fun and fast knit.  I'll probably do it again at some point (maybe with less pink, but no promises), but I'm thinking about doing the front in seed stitch instead of garter stitch.  I find that my gauge is similar between the two, so it might work.  I think the pocket is so cute and really makes a simple design more interesting.

You'll be proud to know that I have not yet cast on for my next pink sweater, but the pattern is in knitCompanion and is about 98% set up, so it's only a matter of time before I cast on.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Twisted

Second Twisted sock 
I finally got started on my second Twisted sock.  I kept intending to cast on for it and I kept putting it off, but now it's started!  The right sock is different from the left sock, so that the twisting is mirrored.  (I've already knit the left sock, this is the right sock.)  There's not much exciting happening until after the heel, but for now this will be nice TV knitting!

I've finished my Pink Nightmare, but it's blocking and can't come to the blog right now.  I've already picked my next pink sweater to cast on, but I'm going to try to get some work done on this sock, and my shawl, and I really need to work on my Carson throw, and then there's the crochet blanket that I haven't picked up in ages, and to be honest, the operative word in this sentence is try.  Maybe I can wait until tomorrow to cast it on.  Either way, I've got plenty to work on this weekend!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

And Now For Something Completely Different...

Tassel necklace 
Yesterday I made a tassel necklace!  The tassel is made from some leftover leather lacing I bought for zipper pulls on my Holiday in London bag for last year's Camp Loopy.  I used silver chain and wired some freshwater pearls and Amazonite beads into it.  It's long enough that I decided not to bother with a clasp; I can just take it on and off over my head.  It was a fun, quick project and completely different from the knitting, sewing, and occasional crochet that usually happens around here.  (I really should get back to my crochet blanket, shouldn't I?)

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