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Small projects

We have been on a family vacation, and I wanted some hand work to take along for the plane rides and long trips in the car.

I am using a skein of Dizzy Blonde yarn/colorway Run Amok to make a scarf.

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I wound the yarn into two balls, and I am waiting to see how long it is after one ball before I decide if it is too wide.  I generally prefer skinny, long scarves, but I am trying to keep an open mind.  Plus, I am basically lazy and don’t want to rip it out to start over!

For my second project, I jumped onto the English paper pieced hexagon craze.  No scissors on airplanes, so I prepped a bunch of pieces before leaving home.

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I am making diamond units, and I plan to use an argyle pattern, so there will be solid color sections with white Xs.  These are 3/4-inch hexagons so this piece will probably end up as a wall hanging.

New Knitting

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Yes, I just shared new yarn last week.  My Dark Side of the Moon scarf is now about 8 inches long and continues to make me happy, which is the ultimate goal of any hobby!

But, there was this knit-along on Ravelry…

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Jimmy Beans Wool is a fabulous yarn store in Reno, NV.  I have to shop online, but their customer service is great – sometimes they warp the space-time continuum and I get my order in two days.  Unbelievable!  They have a very talented staff who design and run a variety on knit-alongs, many based on popular TV shows.  The above yarn was inspired by Elsa from Frozen, who has taken over the ABC show “Once Upon A Time.”  It is actually shades of icy blue and light teal, merging into pink and lavender.

I did not actually join the knit-along, shocking I know since I tend to join everything!  But my daughter has a solo part in this year’s Christmas ice skating recital, and they are doing Frozen.  So, I had the crazy/brilliant idea to make the director a cowl. The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, and it is so soft and cuddly!  I picked an easy-to-memorize pattern called “Bar Hopping Cowl,” and I will take better pictures once you can begin to see the pattern.  I have three rows done plus the seed stitch border.

And I have to mention the needles. You can barely see the red tips in the photo.  I made a cost-saving decision to try Knitter’s Pride Dreamz instead of my usual Addi brand.  So far, I am impressed.  They have very sharp tips which is helpful, although the tip is longer than I am used to.  The join on the circular is smooth.  Overall, a thumbs up.

Tis the season – are you doing any handmade gifts this year?

On the Needles

I haven’t linked up with Judy L. in a while, so today I will share my current knitting project.  I had a huge surge of knitting mojo at the beginning of the summer, and I finished two shawls and most of a tee.  August was full of temptation with several shawl knit-alongs on Ravelry, but I settled on Steve May’s Crossbones Cowl from The Fiber Factor.  You can find the pattern here.

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I’m not sure of the measurements, I’m about two-thirds of the way done.  I am using the recommended yarn, Kenzie by Skacel in the colorway #1013, a tweedy blue-teal.  The various basketweave patterns make it a very interesting pattern to knit, but easy enough to memorize once you get going.  I am using stitch markers between each 24-stitch pattern section and after about 10 rows of the chart I was confident enough to read my stitches and remember when each section changed from knit to purl.  I keep this project in the car and I get get a round or two done each afternoon in the carpool lane.

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