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There are pretty pictures of spices over there :0

This blog is moving…

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Elsewhere.

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I know you want to hear about that hot scarf up there…

I’ll be leaving soon…

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Once I stop breaking things!

I’m trying to build a wordpress.org site, and move on to bigger and better things… but shoot if all this php, css, htp, cyberduck, etc stuff isn’t really, really confusing!

Anyway. That’s what I’ve been up to – and what you can expect to see sometime soon-ish. Once my life calms down. It’s August, which means that I have no life for a bit while I’m training and while my staffers are in training.

Oh wait. This is a knitting blog. Hmm. Here go:
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I have been watching the Rainey Sisters start knitting this and in a really wise snap decision, I rushed out and got enough yarn to start my own.  I’ve knit even more than what you see there – I’m only 5 inches from the point where I get to do an armhole (how did I find the time to get that far, you ask?  I have no idea.) and I love this knit.  The errata makes things a bit confusing, but I’m liking it.

So yay.  Knitting:  Success.  Blogging:  Failure.  Life:  Busy.

I’m a Swatch-lete!

Barred Knit Pattern

I was going to resist doing the knitting olympics this round… but I decided that a swatch a day should be doable (and easy enough to “work ahead” – which I guess is like I’m doping, but don’t tell!) and so… we’ll have a swatch a day… but probably only occasionally on this blog.  I’ll post them each day to the WTP blog, however.

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash
Needles: US #8
Gauge: 5 st/inch after blocking
Pattern: Barred Knit Pattern
Stitch Count Repeat: Multiple of 6 stitches
Book: A Treasury of Knitting Patterns
Page: 152

Comments: easy and pretty fun.

Secrets and Obsessions

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I finished a blanket!! And, by my deadline! (check out Rav for the details.)

I’d been wanting to make Babette (which is crocheted! ::gasp::) because it’s just so freaking pretty – and it reminded me of the blankets that my grandma used to have – but with a nice new modern feel. But I knew that if I made the blanket for myself, it would take years. Probably even longer than my log cabin did.

So I pitched the idea to my mom (the one with the mad crochet skillz) that we BOTH work on it and present it to my sister as a graduation present. She liked the idea and one awesome yarn-shopping-trip later, we were all set to go. I did crochet some of the squares, though my mom did more than her share. I had the awesome job of seaming, weaving in the ends and making the border. The fun stuff right?

It was worth it. My sister likes it, and as a friend said: It’ll be perfect for those movie nights.

Next up:

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I started a new, mindless sock.  I lurve it.  The yarn came from a sock blank swap that we had over on Ravelry and the package totally made my day.

I know that I promised that I was going to design a sock and show you the whole project along the way… but there are a few things stopping me right now, only one of which is that I haven’t yet come up with a stitch pattern that I want to use.  The other thing?

I have an addiction.  An obsession really.

I’ve become a twilight fan.

Luckily, I only started the series 2 weeks ago so I haven’t had to wait that long for the final book to come out (tonight.  Midnight.  Eeek!) – but I’ve re-read all the three books and I can’t stop thinking about it.  I joined a Ravelry group and it’s more than 3/4 of my posts (out of the last 30 days) on Ravelry now.  At knitting night last night, I was yelled at more than once for checking out some of the latest posts on the topic.

As you can imagine, reading about 2,000 pages twice (and daydreaming about irresistible vampires) has seriously cut into the knitting time.

Anyway.  I was ashamed and hiding my addiction, but now I just don’t care – I fully acknowledge that I have an addiction.  Kalani reminded me that this is the first step.  This should all be over in a few days and then I’ll hopefully be back to my knitting self.

And Mom?  You still cannot read these books.  Edward is mine and I don’t want him in your head.  I’m just not comfortable with that. Really, I’m just trying to protect you from this terrible addiction.  Yea.  That’s it.  I’m just looking out for your best interest.

Popsicle! Limesicle!

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I’m pleased to be able to announce one of my secret projects!

Yay!

Here we have Popsicle (Rav link), a new sock pattern that features a mirrored patterning across the foot. I designed this for Three Irish Girls yarn company and their Sock Yarnista sock club.

I’m incredibly proud of this design and the way it turned out. It’s pretty easy/simple… and the swooshing off the foot makes me hope that people will be able to avoid some second sock syndrome. Just doing my duty, you know…

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One of the design challenges in this sock was that I had to figure out how to do the gusset decreases (since the instep had it’s own party going on, I didn’t want to crowd it with your typical gusset decreases).  I knew that as Cat Bordhi explains, I could place the decreases where ever I wanted in the gusset section, just so long as they existed…  I tried a few options and finally found a perfect solution… along the bottom of the heel.  You can see a photo here that illustrates this.

Um, so yay!  I love this pattern and I hope you do too!

Here are some specifics:

Popsicle, Designed by Nicole Hindes
Gauge: 30 sts over 4 inches (36 rows over 4 inches)
Yarn:  Three Irish Girls Kells Sport Merin
Needles: US 2 (But use what gets YOU gauge)
Download available: at the Three Irish Girls Website ($5.95)
The inspiration:  This sock is an homage to the summers of my childhood. It’s a fairly simple, top-down sock with a heel flap. The interesting element to keep you out of the heat is the way the pattern melts off the top of your foot like a popsicle during the dog days of summer.

My Holiday

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What a great weekend! We’re a great, crazy bunch. Here’s how the weekend went:
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I at some raspberries. Fresh from my mom’s bushes.


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We played some cards and ate some yummy food.

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We hung around and waited for the fireworks to start (there were 30 of us watching the fireworks).

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They were bright.

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And a little crazy.

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And beautiful.

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All these photos taken by me. On my honor. With help from this tutorial.

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There were babies.

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Adorable, very photogenic babies.

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Such cute babies.

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There was some intense cardboard boat building.

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Some intense boat racing.

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A huge crowd to cheer on the boaters.

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We don’t actually know who the people in the real boats are. Apparently they thought racing cardboard boats was an oddity worth watching.

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There were some prizes. My team won the titanic award. We literally went down in flames.

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There was the charity auction. My sleep mask brought in $55. The bottle of Oliver wine that I donated at the last minute brought in $70! The total donation from the auction? $5,600!!!!
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And because we’re not fun enough… we had a pinata too!

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Whew. I’m exhausted. Click over to the flickr set for more photos.


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Stuff on the needles – to complete, sometime.

Christmas Gifts to Finish
Mom's Sweater (the body is done)

Socks in progress...
Grandma's Socks
Koigu Scruncher
Monkey
Raindrop Lace

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Lace Leaves Scarf from Scarf Style
The Behemoth Log Cabin
The Swallowtail Shawl
Stupid Ugly Mitten
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