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In case you think I've given up knitting: I haven't. It is just slow going due to school. I try and knit a little here and there, plus some on the bus. My projects will get done...eventually.

So I decided that since my knitting time is precious that I should get the most out of my knitting and only work on projects that I truly enjoy with yarns that are worth it.

What I am currently working on is this:

knitting


It's called the Vernal Equinox Shawl (a free Ravelry library pattern)...which I fittingly started on the Vernal Equinox. I am using a yarn called Socrates (so I shall be even smarter while wearing this shawl)that is a dreamy blend of baby alpaca, merino wool, and bamboo. Even more shocking: it is not black, red, or grey.

This is my first full lace project. Oh I've started a couple lace scarves...but got bored because they were scarves and so they were frogged. So I had the concept of lace knitting down just hadn't completed any lace knitting. I am in love with lace knitting though. It's fun and engaging and much better than doing rows and rows of stockinette. I'm just over half done with the pattern so now that I'm not in school full time for summer I should be able to finish her up soon.

Now the crazy part is I think I picked out my next project: Wedding Ring Shawl

It is a Shetland lace shawl that is knit out of gossamer weight yarn (for the non-knitters gossamer weight is about the thickness of sewing thread). I have been looking at this shawl pattern for months and I think I'm actually crazy enough to attempt her. And not with any old yarn either...if I am going to drive myself that batty I'm using Cashsilk which is a cashmere/silk blend. I'm thinking if nothing else this shawl might be my knitting project for the rest of my college career.
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Well all the blocking got finished drying just in time!

I know I said I wasn't going to do anymore gift knitting. So this year I only did one project (Hey I'm getting better) and made Jeff a hat and scarf set.

For the scarf I wanted something challenging enough to keep me interested in the project and yet not too fussy of a design. I picked the Triumph scarf because I love to cable and thought it was both intricate and sophisticated looking. Also he rides a triumph bonneville so he'll appreciate the reference.


Here is the scarf:
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And a detail shot:
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Pattern: Triumph Scarf by Smariek Knits
Yarn: Cascade 220, just over 2 skeins
Needles: Denise needles size 7
Pattern Notes: I made 23 repeats of the pattern and then did 8 more rows of the pattern so the design would look the same at both ends. Finished scarf after blocking aprox 76" long.

As for the hat I decided to go with a basic Seaman's Cap. It's a good all purpose cap and he's a sailor so it's fitting. He also likes to snowboard and this should keep him plenty warm!


Strait on:
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Side view:
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Pattern: Seaman's Cap by Needle Beetle
Yarn: Cascade 220, 1 skein
Needles: Denise Needles size 6 and 7, Clover Bamboo DPNs size 7
Pattern Notes: I made the hat exactly to pattern in the Large size. It fits just a bit loose on me so it should be perfect for him.

Now I may just go off and make myself that hat too....it is super warm and snuggly. I just hope he likes them. I'm apprehensive about making gifts for people because not everyone is appriciative of the actual work involved and it's just "oh...wow...a scarf". He's an artist though too so I'm taking a chance that he'll appreciate them.

Merry Christmas to all of you. Hope everyone else got thier holiday knitting/crafting done on time too.
spookygrrrly: (knit skull)
The sweaters that Mr. Rogers used on his show were all hand knit by his mother. Also he had 24 of them over his whole TV career.
spookygrrrly: (knit skull)
I am now on to my fourth knitting mystery. This one is by a new author.

Died in the Wool by Mary Kruger


So I've now read:

Knit one, Kill too
Needled to Death
and A Deadly Yarn all by Maggie Sefton

I'm waiting on her fourth book: A Killer Stitch but I'm still 14th in line to get it from the library. So it isn't just me reading these things. :P

(Oh and I also have Knit Fast, Die Young on hold too. It's an addiction really.)
spookygrrrly: (knit skull)
I am finally at the half way point on my afghan! Yay!

Last night I cast off on the 10th block on my afghan. It's all down hill from here baby.

I know this post would be more exciting with pictures but my new USB 2.0 port is still in conflict with my computer so I can't upload any pictures off my camera at the moment. *sigh* One of these days I'll get that fixed.

Still I'm excited at my progress and felt I should post for those knitters in the know about how long this afghan is going on.
spookygrrrly: (knit skull)
I have one mitten to finish for my Mom's Birthday present, one sock to finish, and a dish cloth on the needles. I really should be finishing my Mom's mitten so I can send her present off...her birthday was only last November. I just can't bring myself to knit though.

I really want to crochet instead. I don't know why...it isn't so much project avoidance as much as knitting avoidance. Sometimes I just get this way. Bah.

I wonder if it has to do with my wrists. My wrists have really been bothering me lately. Just a bit stiff and sore. It goes away pretty quick at work though they feel very sore after I'm off work. The knitting seems to aggravate it a bit but crochet doesn't.

*sigh*

I probrably should go talk to the doctor about it...but I'm totally scared of hearing that it's the start of carpel tunnel.
spookygrrrly: (knitting)
I just logged into bloglines (for the first time in forever). I have 614 unread posts...
...and they are all knitting blogs.

Huh. That's alot of reading to catch up on. I think I shall just mark them all as read and start over.

Though I did finally update my knitting blog. If ya want check it out here: http://spookysknits.blogspot.com/

One of my goals for this year is to actually keep up with my knitting blog. (fingers crossed)

ETA: I just made a post in my knitting blog showing the first block I'm working on of the Great American Aran Afghan (or GAAA). So if you would like to see what I'm currently working on...click the link above.
spookygrrrly: (knitting)
Why oh why is the UPS man taking so long to get here????? Doesn't he know I have serious knitting to do????


(For those not in the know my Knitpicks order of yarn should be comming in today and I've never been good while waiting for packages)

Though I did finish the star blanket for Ruth's daughter; so I can be good and start on my new afghan as soon as the yarn arrives.

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