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Itchin’ to Swatch

I have finally settled on a pattern for my green sweater. 🙂

Dry Creek, by Stephanie Tallent

So pleased to have finally have it decided.
Design searching and surfing on Ravelry is fun, but I was starting to suffer from pattern fatigue.

So now I get to swatch! Yes, I actually like to swatch.
And it’s been a while since I’ve done any cabling so it will be a nice change.

Argyle socks are coming along –almost to the toe of sock #1.

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Also so excited that I’m booked to take my first ever knitting cruise- on the Schooner Zodiak out of Bellingham in August.

We’ll be cruising around the San Juan Islands for 3 days and 2 nights, knitting and hangin’ loose with Franklin Habit of Fridays With Franklin and The Panopticon

I’ve been a fan and a Fibertarian ever since I met Dolores Van Hoofen

http://the-panopticon.blogspot.com/2006/11/dolorocrats.html
http://the-panopticon.blogspot.com/2008/02/my-fellow-americans.html

Maybe he can convince her to run again in 2020. 🙂

Fresh Start with Clean Bobbins

I usually try to start the new year with clean bobbins- but I’m running a little late!

Thankfully, having MLK day off helped me to get back on track.
I managed to get two more skeins of Prefect Green plied and wound off,

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and then plied the odds and ends left on my various bobbins to make another smallish mixed skein (not quite as random as some years, as I’ve been focusing mostly on the green of late).

But it’s nice to have all these bobbins standing by all primed for their next project!

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Still not exactly sure what pattern I will be using for the Perfect Green project.
A while back, I think I had settled on Bronwyn, but now I’m not sure I want to do a full sweater.
I like the versatility of vests.

So I’m still officially looking around.

Tarte Tatin is lovely, but I think it might be more flattering to carry the cabling and traveling stitch patters all the way up the front rather than doing the chest area in stockinette.

But I really don’t want to have to redesign something. I just want to find a pattern I can cast on and get right into.
I really love Vika, but do I even have enough green to spin 1500 yds of this particular blend?

Geez. Perhaps there is such a thing as having too many options.

Anyway, I’m not ready to start knitting my greens yet. There is time to figure it all out.

And I have the argyle panels done for my socks, but haven’t been quite ready to settle in for a long session of weaving in ends, so they are “paused” right at the moment.

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I am tempted to start an “in the meantime” project….

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because I already have the pattern, and think that I have a suitable yarn hanging out in the stash.
Might be just the thing to satisfy these twitchy fingers.

We Interrupt this Wool Blog

for a short dalliance with some cotton fabric (and batting).
🙂

Some of my knitting friends kept singing the praises of these little “bowlie” things- to hold bowls full of hot soup, stew, etc.
And the pattern seemed pretty simple, so I thought I’d give it a go.
(I still have lots of cotton fabric on hand from my quilting phase- it’s hard to let go of that kind of stuff!)

So I went back to my fabric bin, and found some coordinating bits.

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After cutting out the squares of fabric and batting, I got down to business with the sewing machine

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They came together pretty quickly-

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Sewing is so fast (compared to knitting)!

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They should be really nice for the containers I take my lunch to work in

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Yay! Let’s hear it for the long-dormant quilting fabric stash!

Ok, now back to our regular programming.

Argyle progress continues apace

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And I’m getting a lot better at this right-handed knitting thing!
Kind of a nice tool to have in your back pocket when you aren’t in a purling kind of mood 🙂

As the Sun Sets on 2017

I just finished up the last project of the year- a sweater for Gus.

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I didn’t work from a pattern, and so had to figure out the shaping by trial and error, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.
The recipient, however, is feeling grumpy and refusing to model his new sportswear, so that will have to wait.

Anyway, because he has really broad shoulders and a deep chest (for a little guy), I decided to use some modified raglan shaping to get the right fit.

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and incorporated about 2 inches of extra length in the chest before rejoining the front and back behind the front leg holes.

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Also got sheep hooves trimmed this morning, so the flock is starting the new year on the right foot 🙂

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Wishing you all a Happy New Year- see you back here in 2018!