Sunday, February 23, 2014

Nip, Tuck, Stitch, Weave

A friend has a beloved sweater that was in need of some TLC and patching.

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So out came the tools...

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It was a challenge. The yarn is hand-spun singles, and quite fragile as it's not a tight spin on the yarn. I ended up having to replace the missing yarn with a wool/linen blend. The rest of the repairs were thankfully minor.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sucked Into The Yarn Vortex

The cousin (who also knits) made a quick visit this weekend. As always, it was too short a time and loads of fun. Among other activities, I took her to Knit & Knot for seduction...and it worked. (Of course!) And I admired her restraint and stayed on budget.

I, however, will probably be noshing on Ramen noodles for a week or two. These are worth it:

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The WoolBuddy is "Quint," but I've named him Sharky (after the character in "Eek! The Cat").

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I blame cabin fever for the next two purchases. This is such a beautiful winter white/natural color, and throw in silver sparkly. Mine.

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And really, even cabin fever isn't enough for me to justify this purchase. Pink. I know! Who am I anymore?! I think the erratic hormones have wrecked havoc. It's so much lovelier in person, though...

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I know, I know. They're laceweight. I don't knit lace. I thought about crocheting them. Or knitting a pair of hand warmers out of them. I'm not sure yet. However, I have them. I pet them, and admire their colors and sheen.

31 days, 20 hours to the first day of Spring!

Slogging Thru The Winter of 2013-2014

Third coldest winter in weather history for our area:


And winter isn't over yet...

I did manage to get this Cafe Slouch Hat finished for a friend (who looks great in it!):

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Down & Dirty Details

US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm

Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash
How much?
55 yards, 25 grams 0.25 skeins = 55.0 yards (50.3m)
Blue Velvet (AKA "Tardis Blue")

Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino
How much?
150 yards, 50 grams 1 skein = 150.0 yards (137.2m)

Meanwhile, I've had to frog this hat. It was too small for the person I knit it for, so I'm going to use this cabled hat pattern to reknit it.

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I've named it the Twisted Carrot Hat, because I'm easily amused...

Saturday, February 01, 2014

No Knitting Here, Move Along

I mean, I am knitting, but there's really nothing to see at the moment.

I'm starting repair work on a friend's sweater from some leftover yarns in my stash.

I'm working on the re-knit of my cashmere scarf because I was bored with the pattern I had knit a few years ago with it.

I've a baby sweater that needs to morph into a toddler sweater, so it's been frogged, the yarn washed, and rested, then wound into yarn cakes. Ready for the needles once again.

Then there's the holiday gift knitting that I hope to finish by March 1st.

In the meantime, here's some Tank to distract you from the lack of knitting photos:

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And yes, it's still cold. Snow. Wind. Winter around here. Still.

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