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Monday, March 12, 2018

Requiem in Color

Raindrops pullover 
I have begun the Ink at the bottom of the Raindrops sweater.  Maybe I should rename this sweater the Teardrops pullover.

It's Spring Break here so I'm planning to just pop in occasionally when I have something to show.  Or I might just do my regular blogging schedule.  Who know?  I'm not even caffeinated yet!


Friday, March 09, 2018

It's Getting Darker and Darker!

Raindrops pullover 
I'm working my way through the Worn Denim section of my Raindrops pullover and I'm almost ready to begin blending in the Ink.  I've kept a careful round count as I knit this so I can make the blending in the sleeves match the body.  It's been a great brainless knitting project since it's straight stockinette, but it does make me sad that all four of these colors are discontinued.  (Clearly, it's going to take me some time to work through my feelings about this.)

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Knitting Stitches That Look Like Knitting Stitches!

I'm far enough into the brioche section of Ramble that I can see the pattern!  It takes several rows of brioche before you can see anything, but I'm now far enough for the herringbone pattern to be visible.  I think it looks like giant stockinette stitches!  Also, I'm easily amused.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

One More Row To Go!

Meditative Blanket 
I've added (and woven in the ends for) Row 29!  This means I have only 24 more squares, or one row, before I finish the center of this blanket and can start borders!

According to the Ravelry project page, I began this blanket April 26, 2015, so I'm coming up on three years with it.  I just checked and my Babette blanket (also crochet) took just over four years - at least I'm getting faster.  I think the join-as-you-go versus sew eleventy thousand squares together at the end probably helps.

I don't have definite plans for the border yet, although I have some ideas and I do know what color will be the widest outer border.  I think there will be a narrow inner border or two between the squares and the outer border.  I'm also thinking of going down a hook size for the border just to keep the edges from getting stretched out.  Kind of like using a smaller needle for ribbing at the edge in knitting.  If anyone knows a reason why I shouldn't do this, please feel free to let me know!

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Monday, March 05, 2018

On To The Next Color!

Raindrops pullover 
I've begun my third color (Worn Denim) in my Raindrops pullover.  I've also learned some disturbing news.  Remember how the colors I'm using (Cove, Jasper, Worn Denim, and Ink) were all discontinued Madelinetosh colors, except for Ink?  Well, Ink has been discontinued now too.  This sweater will be a memorial to some of Madelinetosh's greatest hits.

Don't get me wrong, I do like the speckled colors and I think they're great for some kinds of projects, but the kinds of colors I'm using in this pullover, the subtle variegateds and tonal colors are the reason I fell in love with Madelinetosh.  They did them like no one else (although Malabrigo is getting pretty close).  Madelinetosh's speckled yarns just don't stand out from anyone else's speckled yarns for me.  I don't really know where I'm going with this, I guess I'm still dealing with the shock of Ink being discontinued.  It was a great color - more interesting than navy, but still a neutral that went with anything.

If anyone needs me, I'll be curled up in my stash, crying.


Friday, March 02, 2018


I've finished the stripe section of my Ramble and begun the brioche!  I ran a lifeline through the stitches at the end of the stripes because I wasn't sure if I had done my math right (since I'm knitting this in fingering weight instead of DK weight, I added more stripes, but I had to end on a number that would give me the repeat I need for the brioche section to work out - math).  I think I got it right, but I'm going to work a few more rows before I pull out the lifeline.  Also, my love of the the Aniversario colorway shows no signs of fading.  Just.  Look.  At.  That! 

It's been several months since I knit brioche, but I'm getting back into the rhythm of it and it's just as much fun as I remembered.

Have a great weekend!  I'm just excited to see the sun today!

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

We Now Return To Knitting

Raindrops pullover 
After more than two weeks of only crochet, having knitting needles in my hands again feels kind of strange.  I was soon back into the rhythm of it though.  The Raindrops pullover is well into the second color now (Jasper).  I'm in the stockinette section of the body and it's just plain, simple knitting.  I have to watch my measurements because I'll need to start blending in the third color soon!

It feels good to be working on more than one project again now, but I was a good PinkLemon and finished the partial row on the blanket and got all the ends woven in before I switched projects.