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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!


WIP Wednesday

I am keeping the focus on my Star Light Star Bright quilt.



I am using 12 of the sixteen blocks in this top.  The rows are complete, and I am adding the sashing to finish it off.  It will be on the small side of the QOV requirements, but I am sure one of our veterans will enjoy it as a lap quilt.  I have a pantograph in mind when it comes time to quilt.

I am loving my Dark Side of the Moon rainbow yarn!image

I did go up to size US4 needles. There is good stitch definition and it’s not too lacy. It will be fun to wear this with a variety of solid color tops.

Happy Stitching!


On the Dark Side

A few weeks ago, Steph Pearl McPhee was knitting a sock, a common occurence which she chronicles on her blog The Yarn Harlot.  I was immediately smitten with the yarn, which made perfect rainbow stripes.  Smitten enough that I scrolled through the comments until I found a clue about the yarn dyer and where to purchase this fabulous colorway.

The yarn is called Perfect Sock from Must. Stash. Yarn and the colorway is “Dark Side of the Moon,” inspired by the classic Pink Floyd album cover.


Must. Stash. Yarn was taking pre-orders for a new batch of this colorway, and I happily made my purchase, then started searching for a pattern.  My sock knitting phase is over, since I never actually wear the socks I’ve made.  Plus, this yarn is too pretty to hide in a shoe.  So, I settled on a scarf, the Diagonal Garter Stitch Scarf, to be exact.  I did not want an intricate pattern to compete with the beautiful yarn.  My order arrived yesterday and I cast on right away.

image It’s so pretty in the cake!

image If you choose to make socks, the skein is nicely divided into 2 hanks so that the stripes will match.  Since this is fairly thin sock yarn, I cast on with US1 needles, and now I am worried that I will run out of yarn.  Yes, these are the worries of a knitter, even with only 8% of the project finished!  I think I will use the second cake to start on larger needles and compare.  I like the fabric that I am getting so far…I don’t want anything real lacy, but we’ll see how it turns out.

Self-striping yarn in a colorway you adore makes for an addictive project – it’s so hard to put down because you want to see the next color emerge.  Just one more row…

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