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Friday, June 22, 2018

Lace

Clair de lune 
I've worked another section of my Clair de Lune cardigan.  This is the most complicated thing I've knit in a while, but I'm really enjoying it.  I think it helps that I've knit the Frost Flowers stitch pattern several times before.  Being comfortable with the basic stitch pattern (there are no rest rows on the wrong side - it's all lace) makes it easier to figure out what's going on in the design.  Also, I've been leaving the TV off while I knit this.  I just feel like it needs all of my attention.

In non knitting news, yesterday afternoon I cut out two more of the dresses I showed you on yesterday's blog.  I hope to get them stitched up over the weekend (I'll sew them at the same time because they both need navy thread) and I'll show them to you next week!  Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Dress

Dress 
A few weeks ago, while Caleb was taking his SAT test, Mickael and I went to the outlet mall.  I found a knit dress at the Columbia shop (yes, the outdoor gear people), and while I didn't bother to try it on at the time, I could tell it would fit, and worst case scenario, I could just wear it around the house.  When I got it home and tried it on IT WAS SO CUTE!  It has enough shape to not look like I'm wearing a sack, or a sleep shirt, but it's loose enough that you can't tell if I just ate an ice cream cone.  Perfect summer dress!  I would have gone back right then and gotten the other colors it came in (I only bought the black) except they were colors I can't wear.  As I was looking at it, I realized it would be simple enough to trace and make my own pattern.
Dress
So that's what I did.  Once I had my pattern made and added seam allowances, I cut it out in an inexpensive heather gray cotton stretch knit and it worked!  The original had a shirt-tail hem which I didn't do.  I just did a plain skirt hem, but otherwise it's a pretty exact copy.  Now that I've tested it, I'm ready to make a few in some prints.  Also, I'm ready for ice cream!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Ribbing

Socks 
I've finished the leg portion of my socks and I'm ready to begin the heel flap.  This is where all the excitement is on this pattern (at least the way I'm knitting it), but it also means I've got to pay attention, which is why I stopped here the other night.

Hopefully later this week I'll have a more interesting picture of this sock to show you!

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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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