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Friday, January 30, 2015

Follow Your Arrow 2, Clue 2 Spoiler

I’ve knit the second clue of Follow Your Arrow 2.  I chose version B this time.  Here’s a link to my Ravelry page (along with needle size and yarn info).

I’ll post the picture below.

I hope you all have a great weekend and stay warm, wherever you are.  We’re supposed to get rain and it’s cold again.  I’m planning on some hot tea, good movies, and knitting.

Last chance, turn back now if you don’t want to see Clue 2, version B.

Heere there be monsters!  (Not really, it’s OK.  Don’t be scared.)

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Thursday, January 29, 2015


I’ve gotten the sleeve stitches onto holders - just barely!  The last row I knit last night was the one that separated out the sleeve stitches.  The body should now work along faster though.  I always feel like it goes faster at least.

This is such a bright, happy pink sweater and I should be able to wear it as soon as I finish the knitting.  I love it when I can actually wear things right when I get them done.  When I finish a sweater in July it has to wait until October at the earliest to be worn.  I realize that knitting in the “off season” means I have things to wear when it does get cool, it always makes me a little sad to finish a project and fold it and just put it into the closet for months.  On the other hand, I don’t think I could handle living someplace that I could wear sweaters year round.  I hate being cold!  Maybe I’m part cat!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Switching patterns with this yarn was definitely the best thing I could do.  I’m three repeats into Artesian now and I’ve got a feel for the pattern so it’s just zipping along.  I love watching the color changes happen (and I seriously love this color - Mandala).  I’ve decided this yarn reminds me of a Paua shell.  It’s hard to photograph well, but I did get a close up (and then color corrected) that’s pretty close.
I hope those of you sitting in snow right are staying safe and cozy.  You probably don’t want to know about the sunny, warm day we’re having here in North Texas.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Pink Cardigan!

I’ve gotten farther down the yoke of my pink cardigan.  My very pink cardigan!  I’m almost to the point where I’ll take the sleeve stitches off and put them on holders.  I usually alternate skeins of Madelinetosh on sweaters, but I haven’t started alternating yet.  I will probably alternate a few rows before I change skeins, but I’m not really wanting to alternate for the entire sweater.  (I just typed “alternate” a lot.)  Hopefully this will not come back and bite me.

There was a question Friday about needle size with Pashmina.  I’m using size 5’s (3.75mm) for Follow Your Arrow 2 but I’ve used anything between 4’s and 6’s and for something really lacy, I would be comfortable even with 7’s or 8’s.  So, I guess the answer to what needle size to use is that it kind of depends.  One other thing to remember is that Pashmina will relax when it’s washed.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Follow Your Arrow 2 (Spoiler Alert - Clue 1)

This past Monday Ysolda Teague started her second Mystery KAL and at the last minute I decided to join in!  This will just slightly overlap the very first of Loopy Academy Spring Semester, but I think it will be OK.  I didn’t do the first one, last year, but the finished projects looked fun and I like the idea of picking my own mystery.  The way Ysolda does it, each clue has two parts: A and B.  You knit one of those.  Then the next week you pick and so on.  There are apparently 32 different possibilities for finished projects depending on your combination of A’s and B’s.  I think organizing something like this might make my head explode, but I also think it will be fun to participate.

I decided to stash dive for this, since I was signing up the day before it started.  I pulled several options, some single color, one two color and one three color possibility, but in the end I settled on using a single color of Madelinetosh Pashmina which had enough yardage.  It was originally Silver Fox, but I was afraid the color was too pale and would make me look washed out, so I over dyed it a rich ultramarine blue.  It’s been sitting in my stash waiting for me to make up my mind what to do with it ever since.  This seemed like a good idea.  Not knowing the direction the pattern is taking might drive me nuts with using multiple colors, so a single color was probably my best choice.

On Monday the KAL started and the first clue was released.  I chose to knit the A version.  I’ve got a picture below, but if you don’t want to see it, don’t scroll down.

While you’re deciding if you want to scroll down or not,  I thought I’d save us all some time because every time I mention a KAL, someone asks if I’m going to do another Mystery Shawl:  I’m not planning on it anytime soon.  It’s probably safe to say it won’t happen while I’m homeschooling Caleb.  Mystery shawls just take too much time that I don’t have right now.  He’s in 8th grade now.  He’ll graduate homeschool and head to college after 12th grade so I’ll revisit the idea then.

OK, did everyone who doesn’t want to see stop scrolling down?  Good!

Here’s Clue 1, version A:


Hope you have a great weekend!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s New and it’s Pink!

I've started a new cardigan and this one is happy and Spring-y!  It’s the Alys Cardigan and I’m knitting it in Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Pop Rocks.  I had a problem or two getting started (my fault, not the pattern’s) but after a second start, I’m good and things are moving right along.  There’s kind of a huge difference in how fast a sweater grows when it’s worsted weight versus fingering weight.  On the other hand, fingering weight sweaters are much more useful in our climate.  Here’s the Rav project page if you’re interested.
Here’s a close up of the stitch pattern around the neckline.  The color is accurate in this photo too - yes, it really is a bright pink!  I’ve never knit a bright pink sweater.  I’ve knit red and burgundy, and plum sweaters, and one light pink one, but never a bright pink.  I’m going to knit more pink this year!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Change of Direction

I had begun knitting Music and Lyrics with my Tosh Merino Light in Mandela, but I wasn’t really liking the pattern with the yarn.  I like them both, but they weren’t quite right together.  So, I changed gears.

I’m now working an Artesian with the yarn.  This is garter stitch based, with some simple lace and short rows to shape it.  I’m liking it much better.  I’ve gotten one full repeat worked so far and have started on the second one.  Since I have a lot more yarn (2 skeins = 840 yards) than the pattern calls for, I can just keep going until it’s big enough.  Big enough for what, I do not know.  Maybe a ranch house?

(Here’s my project page.)

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