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Knitting Finishes!

I have been in a scarf/cowl knitting frenzy for a couple months, mostly because there is such luscious yarn to work with!  I have mentioned my “Dark Side of the Moon” scarf, from the rainbow colorway by Must Stash Yarns: image  I used a simple pattern to knit a garter stitch scarf which lets the yarn shine.

Next was the Bar Hopping Cowl in a limited edition Lorna’s Laces colorway inspired by Frozen.

image  This was a gift for the director of my daughter’s holiday ice skating show.

The most recent finish was a moebius cowl using a pattern by Cat Bordhi.  This was a gift for a fellow math teacher.  I used Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, which is deliciously soft.  With 47″ needles, the circumference of the cowl is only about 15″.


I do have another shawl on the needles.  My daughter’s group was invited to take their skating show to a nearby town for a performance on New Year’s Eve, and that means rehearsals every day between now and then.  Prime knitting time for mom!  I grabbed a skein of multi-colored sock yarn which is turning into a pretty hideous shawl.  A reminder for the new year: Life is too short to knit with ugly yarn!



I looked over my UFO pile, then glanced at the calendar, and decided to finish a Christmas quilt.

imageMany years ago, I collected Christmas fabrics, several in batiks, and put them together with the Turning 20 pattern. Now, I have to come up with a backing.  I would love to buy some extra wide fabric and not mess with piecing a back, but I am trying to stick to a budget and use up my stash.  So I dug around for some of the leftover prints and calculated a patchwork layout that would fit.

imageThe top is 65 x 80, so I am making the backing about 70×88.  I cut 20 squares at 16-1/2″ (the size of my largest ruler, lol) and added a 6.5″ strip in the center.  I sew all my backing seams at 1/2″ and press them open.  I will need an 8″ strip across the middle to get the right size back.  I have a new pantograph with poinsettias and holly leaves, so I should finish this today.  Stay tuned!

I have spent much more time knitting lately.  I was able to gift this cowl (infinity scarf) for one of my daughter’s skating coaches.

imageThe yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in a limited Frozen colorway.  The pattern is the Bar-Hopping Cowl.  I knit to a width of about 8″ and a length of about 60″ – perfect to loop twice around your neck.

I am making progress on Stephen West’s 2014 Mystery Shawl.


This section uses two color brioche, which is a fairly easy stitch with fabulous results.  However, my stitch count was off at the end of the section and there was no way to add stitches without throwing off the whole pattern.  So…I ripped back the whole thing 😦  Hopefully things work out better the second time through!

We are enjoying a few days of vacation as we get ready for US Thanksgiving.  We have an invitation to a friend’s house so I am relieved of cooking duty, for which I am VERY grateful!!

Happy stitching!




Knitting Progress

I am dividing my time between two projects.

For me, the Dark Side of the Moon Diagonal Scarf:


I love this colorway of yarn!  It is sock-weight, and the pattern is straight garter stitch.  I am having fun watching the bright yellow inch across the stripes.

#2 is the Bar Hopping Cowl in Frozen-inspired yarn


This pattern uses yarn-overs and slipped stitches to create a lacy effect.  I have been trying to alternate between these two projects, keeping them both in the car for my wait in the parent-pick-up lane at my daughter’s school.  The Frozen cowl is a gift, so that has a deadline.

[By the way, this blog-every-day-in-October goal has become quite a challenge!  I have to really plan ahead to schedule posts during the week when I am busy with club meetings and skating practice.  Speaking of the prep that needs to be done…I should go take pictures for the rest of this week!  You get to see alot of old stuff since I really am not that prolific.  My silly day job gets in the way!!]

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