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Monday, June 18, 2018

A New Sweater

After finishing my Magical Sweater of Awesomeness, I cast on a new sweater over the weekend.  I fell in love with Clair de Lune as soon as I saw it the first time, but I wasn't ready to start it or I didn't know what yarn I wanted to use, so I just went on with my life.  This weekend I realized I had enough yarn (Nerd Girl Yarns Winning in Cassandra) in the right color to make this (I feel like it should be a light neutral color).  The Winning is classified as a heavy laceweight, but after blocking it blooms into a heavy fingering or sport weight.  The silk and linen fiber content would make it very wearable here in Texas.
Clair de Lune
The first thing I did was knit a swatch.  I used some Winning in a different color (leftover from a crocheted shawl from last year), mostly because it was already wound.  Then I put it in a washing bag and tossed it in with a load of lights I was washing.  A trip through the washer and dryer gave me a beautiful, soft swatch and the yarn had bloomed into the stitches nicely.
Clair de Lune
Based on the swatch (and knowing the swatches lie), and the fiber content (both linen and silk are drapey fibers with no memory), I decided to knit the smallest size, XS, even though according to the measurements I should be in the S.  I had already checked Ravelry projects and found that most people went down a size or wished they had.  Knowing that my yarn will likely relax and grow as I wear it, I think this is the right choice.

I've just barely begun to knit this, but I'm already reminded how much I love this yarn.  I really should use this base for more projects!

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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Magical Pullover of Awesomeness!

Magical Pullover of Awesomeness 
I finished my Magical Pullover of Awesomeness!  This is the Il Grande Favorito pullover pattern, knit in Malabrigo Mecha in Aniversario.  It's basically a big sweatshirt kind of shape, but the sleeves aren't as loose and floppy as an actual sweatshirt would have.  It knit up really quickly, even with having to magic loop the sleeves and if I do find that I'm wearing it a lot, there are a couple of other colors I'd love to use for more of these.  I'll have to wait until fall to actually wear it since summer is definitely here in Texas.
Magical Pullover of Awesomeness
Here's a shot of the knitted fabric.  I love the way this chunky yarn looks knit up.  It really shows off the colors!

Have a great weekend!  I get to pick a new sweater project!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Crochet

Granny Goes Large Blanket 
The good news - I've started a fourth repeat on my Granny Goes Large blanket.  (Red is the first color of each repeat.)

The bad news - crochet is painful.  I definitely need to rethink how I'm using my body when I crochet and I need to only do it for short amounts of time.  On the other hand, now that I know I need to work on how I crochet, hopefully I can work through it.

I'm not as comfortable with crochet as I am with knitting and I know that makes me less relaxed, but obviously I need to be really aware of how I'm working so I can crochet without pain.  This really reinforces my theory that finishing my Meditative Blanket during the Olympics may have triggered this whole upper arm/shoulder thing.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

A Sleeve

Magical Pullover of Awesomeness 
I finished my first sleeve on my Magical Pullover of Awesomeness (AKA Il Grande Favorito).  Since I don't have double points in the right size (US 10, 6.5mm), I'm magic looping the sleeves.  I don't usually mind magic looping, but when I'm working from two balls of yarn at once, that's a lot of yarns and cables and needles sticking out everywhere and it's annoying.  At one point I almost set the whole thing aside and ordered a set a DPN's, but I decided to just suck it up and keep going.  If I ever do this sweater again (and there's a pretty good chance that might happen), I will definitely invest in a set of big DPN's, but for now, I'll finish with what I have.

I'd really like to get this finished by the end of the week.  Considering that I only have to knit one more sleeve and weave in sleeve ends, there's a good chance this might happen!

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Friday, June 08, 2018

Another Pair of Socks

Francie socks 
I've started another pair of socks!  The yarn is Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in Hush.  The pattern is the Francie Socks -sort of.  When I first saw the sock, I saw a picture of the foot and I loved it.  The leg of the sock, as written in the pattern is kind of an organic rib pattern to mimic tree bark.  It's interesting, but it wasn't what I expected when I saw the foot so I decided to knit the legs of my socks in a simple 2x2 rib that will then flow into the foot pattern.

This pair of socks isn't part of a KAL so there's no time limit or pressure to finish it and I plan to take my time with them.

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Something to Fidget With

Lucet cord. Malabrigo indiecita 
A while back I learned to Lucet through a little class that involved emailed tutorials (most of them seem to be here - scroll down).  I learned the basic cord and set it aside, but then when I hurt my arm I got REALLY fidgety not being able to do anything.  I decided to see if I could make lucet cord since it's a different motion than knitting or crochet.  I could, but only for short bits of time.
Lucet cord. Malabrigo indiecita
I grabbed some leftover sock yarn and started playing.  I'm still making cord (slowly) and I have somewhere between one and two yards.  The yarn is Malabrigo Sock in Indiecita and I love the cord it makes.  I have no definite plans for the cord, but since I can use it for anything I would use a commercial cord for, and I can cut it any length, I plan to just keep making cord until I run out of yarn.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

The Linen Stitch Goes Ever On

Jessica Jones cowl 
I'm still working away at my Jessica Jones cowl.  I think I've knit somewhere between four and five inches so far and I can definitely tell that my yarn balls are smaller, so progress is happening.  With some projects, I can knit for an evening and I can tell that there's been progress.  With this project it takes several evenings to see visible progress.  I'm not complaining.  As slow as linen stitch is to grow vertically, it's a very relaxing stitch to work.

I plan to knit until I've used all my yarn so I'm not sure how wide that will be.  The pattern mentions 10 inches for the width, but I think I started with a little less yarn, so my cowl might not be that wide.  This stitch is doing a great job of blending the two skeins and I can't see that one is darker than the other!

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