Some Updates, and SOCKS!

First things first, I started my first attempt at socks. So far so good, but I think I am going to run out of yarn. I’ve decided I’m okay with it, since these were really just something I wanted to try to knit, and not necessarily wear.

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I also finished a scarf and hat, before realizing that it’s getting warmer out, and I need smallish projects that I may actually use…

I’m still waiting on an order of some handmade wooden buttons to sew onto the hat, so it’s not quite done yet, but I’m counting it as finished.

I think the knitting group has really helped me focus (obsess?) on my knitting, so I’m more motivated than usual to get things done.

In other news, I’m starting to plan a trip to London in August, if anyone has been or is from around there, any tips or suggestions of where to go would be much appreciated! Especially yarn shops, and maybe also where to eat. Those are my priorities.

I’ve been very good about not buying any new yarn until I work my way through my stash, with the intention that I may bring home a whole suitcase full from the trip. If the mood should strike me.

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Finished Lunaris Shawl, and A New WIP

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More lace knitting! Hooray! I was going to start on my sister’s Christmas present, which is the Grace Clutch from Knitscene Accessories 2015, mentioned in an earlier post, but then realized I did not have the right size needles. (Why does it seem like I have to buy a new set for every project I start?) And felt the need to get some new addi’s, because after using those on the Afghan I made for Mum, I don’t want to go back to my collection of cheap bamboo needles. So, basically, I started this because my finger’s were itching to knit, and I couldn’t wait the two days for the needles to be delivered. I have every intention of putting it down to start work on the Clutch as soon as I get the needles, but…I might have to put that off for a bit, while I’m still exciting about this pattern, which is the ever popular Lace Ribbon Scarf by Veronik Avery. I’ve already messed up on a section, but I think it is not so noticeable that I have to start over. Or at least I hope it’s only noticeable to me. You guys tell me. I love this color of yarn, which is Madeline Tosh Tosh Sock in Worn Denim. I think it works really well with the pattern, and almost looks like flowing water.

Here’s the finished Lunaris Shawl. I think I will be wearing it like this, for the most part. Shawls aren’t really my thing, but there are so many beautiful patterns for them, it might have to become my thing.

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What do you think? Sorry for the bad iPhone photos. They look so cloudy, I can’t figure it out. My dad can take wonderful photos with his phone, but mine always turn out bad. Perhaps it’s just the lighting? I’m taking a photography class, so hopefully I’ll improve, or stop being lazy and use a REAL camera. Oh, the novelty. I’m also taking a class to get a Legal Secretary Certificate, in hopes that I can get a better job, so I  may not be posting as much, since I will have less time for knitting, but when it’s over maybe I’ll be making more money, which translates to more yarn. 😉

Onwards and Upwards, Sort Of.

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Here’s the finished blanket after blocking. It looks great on my Mum’s couch, and she said it was beautiful and worth the six month wait. So, yay for that. Now that this is done I’m feeling much more excited for knitting again, even if it is an hundred degrees outside.

So, I’ve decided to pick up my UFO from before I started the blanket, the Tuva Hat pattern by Tanis Gray. I’ve always wanted a hat with earflaps and a pompom on top. I’ve never actually made any pom poms, but I got one of those doohickeys to make them and it seems pretty simple. Now after having frogged the hat three times already, I think I will finally get it right, and should be done soon. Oh small projects, you are glorious!

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I’m using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in the “Christmas at Downton” color. Admittedly, I bought it for the name, but I’m glad I did. I rarely use a multi-colored yarn, but I think it’s really adding to the quirkiness of the design, you know? The teal color in it is just gorgeous, I’m in love with it. I wonder if they make a color that’s just that one solid, because I would love a sweater in it.

Next post will be devoted to some new adds to the queue now that I’m back to obsessing over knitting, my queue now holds 132 items. How much do you think one slow knitter can make in a lifetime?

Finished Knitted Skirt

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So, I finished the knitted skirt for my sister, and now that it’s done, I kind of want one for myself. That may be just because I love tweed so much. Not that I would actually wear it, I’m sure, since it’s barely been cold enough to wear a scarf here. I’ve really got to move somewhere that has a winter. So my skills stop going to waste. Or maybe I should start doing photography again to get out of the house more…

The good news is, my sister loves it, and I was afraid it was going to be too small for her, but it actually turned out to be too big. (Luckily, that is an easier problem to fix.)

I think my favorite part about it is the little bit of lace that peeks out that bottom. Even if I did have to use my poor sewing skills to attach it, it really turned out lovely, I think. And, I finally tried steam blocking. And I think it made all the difference. I don’t have much luck when it comes to wet blocking. But that’s probably because I’m doing it wrong…

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Lace Success!

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Huzzah! It’s finished! I think once I got the pattern memorized, it really went quickly. I think that’s what I liked the most about this pattern, it was super easy to memorize the lace. Although, I think I must have read something wrong in the pattern (or blocked it improperly) and it the scarf turned out much longer than it should have. But, really, is that the end of the world? To have a scarf that’s long? Probably not. I also overbought on the yarn, and now have an extra skein. Perhaps that calls for an attempt at socks?

Mom loved it, and is now requesting an afghan in a merlot color. Of course, by the time I get that finished, it will be too warm out to actually need one.

Something else I’ve realized as I’m writing this, I need to learn to use a real camera. iPhone photos are great on your phone, but not so much when you get them on the computer. Perhaps that is user error, though, and not the camera…

Where can I find good tips on how to take photos of your knitting? Any suggestions? Also, does anyone know where you can get one of those foam head things? If you know what I’m talking about? I’m not sure what they’re actually called.