Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Not Too Shabby

I did fairly well this year given I had a massive amount of free/knitting time eaten up studying for my boards exam.

January 4 - Three Kinds Of Soft scarf (mine)
January 11 - Tricor Lux ruffled scarf (Tulisa)
January 25 - Cabled Collar Scarf (Brenda)
February 9 - Cafe Slouch Hat (Nancy)
February 22 - Sweater Repair (Monica)
March 12 - Twisted Carrot Hat (Stephanie)
March 19 - Dead Fish Hat IV (Cathy)
April 1 - Twisted Lettuce Headwrap (Jolene)
May 17 - Fingerless Mitts (Kimmie)
June 27 - Tulips Sweater Modified (Ruby)
August 24 - Drop-Stitch Wrap (Christy)
October 1 - Cashmere Cowl (Karen)
November 2 - Ribbed Bolero Shrug (mine)
November 18 - Silky Merino Angora Cowl (Nancy)
November 27 - Dishcloth Mania (Seneca)
December 4 - Beauregard, the Cabled hat (Seneca's beau)
December 10 - The Beau Scarf (Seneca's beau)
December 14 - Scrunchie Hat II (Seneca)
December 31 - Thumper Scarf (TBA)

I think out of all the projects, this is by far my favorite and I'm totally prejudiced because Rubylicious is one of my favorite wee people:

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Rubylicious in cookie action mode:

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The sweater is my absolute baby sweater "go to" design by Lindsay Pekny - Tulips, A Colorful Cardigan for Baby

The yarn was Malabrigo Silky Merino in turquoise color (bought at Knit & Knot) and two strands of Handmaiden Fine Sea Silk in pumpkin color (bought from Knitty Noddy ages ago). Horse ceramic buttons (Rubytastic was born in the Chinese year of the Horse) bought via Etsy.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry, Merry!

My girl and her beau were in town for the holiday, and it was a wonderful time having them here!

The Beau loved his new scarf, the color looked absolutely dreamy on him with his skin tone, and of course it doesn't hurt that he's not hard on the eyes to begin with! To respect his privacy, I cropped the photo to just the scarf...

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And the girl! She loved her winter hat - I was so happy. I made her wear it for at least 20 minutes. I got an eyeroll from her, but she complied as I had put a lot of work and money into that hat.

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US 7 - 4.5 mm

Yarn used
273 yards

Plymouth Yarn Angora
How much?
1.5 skeins = 73.5 yards (67.2 meters), 15 grams
Colorway - Cream

Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun Worsted
How much?
0.65 skeins = 130.0 yards (118.9 meters), 65 grams
Colorway - 29 Pink

Tilli Tomas Flurries
How much?
1 skein = 70.0 yards (64.0 meters), 50 grams
Colorway - Hush

There’s six layers/rings:

Ring 1: Encore with angora
Ring 2: Tilli Tomas Flurries - Hush (knit rows, Encore)
Ring 3: Tilli Tomas Flurries - Hush (knit rows, Encore)
Ring 4: Tilli Tomas Flurries - Hush (knit rows, Encore)
Ring 5: Tilli Tomas Flurries - Hush (knit rows, Encore)
Ring 6: Encore with angora
Crown: Encore with angora

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And with that, my holiday and birthday (both the girl and beau have holiday birthdays) knitting is complete. I can knit any fucking thing I want with no deadlines - woohoo! I feel like dancing!

Friday, December 12, 2014

One Down, Two To Go

Simple pleasures, simple gifts.

A 2x2 ribbing scarf.

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US 8 - 5.0 mm

Cascade Yarns Longwood

How much?
1.5 skeins = 286.5 yards (262.0 meters), 150 grams


Purchased at
Knit & Knot in Bettendorf, Iowa

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Rocking Along

The dishcloths were done and given on Thanksgiving:

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Garter stitch and Bee stitch were the only patterns I used for them. I prefer the Bee stitch. And as always, recommend the Lily Sugar 'N Cream cotton yarn over all the other out there. Wears like iron, keeps its colors the longest.

And after the initial rough start with Beauregard, we got on like a house afire! I fucking *love* this hat. It was interesting, although it needed my attention, I enjoyed slinging my yarn and needles around with the pattern. I highly recommend the Acorn Toque!

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Down and Dirty Details:

US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm

Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino

How much?
1.5 skeins = 225.0 yards (205.7 meters), 75 grams

415 Matisse Blue

Purchased at
Knit & Knot in Bettendorf, Iowa

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Now, please excuse me. I've a Christmas gift to finish knitting, and a birthday gift to begin knitting. Then I'm going to knit myself the toque, a pair of socks, and a new scarf.