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Knitting Like Crazy For Christmas…

Yes, it’s almost here.ย  Or so it feels like, anyways!ย  I have so many things I want to finish up and a few things finished, so far…

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These are my ‘Inspired By Colour’ mittens using Marks and Kattens ‘Trend’ (party colourway) and Patons ‘Kroy Sock’ 4 ply (black). They knit up to a medium woman’s size with a snug, cozy fit and a longish cuff to keep your wrists toasty all winter.

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I’ve made sweaters for two of my girls…the first is ‘Amused’ by Jordana Paige (from knitty, winter 2008).ย I knit this with Patons ‘Classic Wool’ (where did you go merino?) in Jade Heather.

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The second is ‘Egret’ by Norah Gaughan, available as a free pattern from Berocco.com. I knit this one also in the Classic Wool, in Cognac Heather.

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The buttons were just perfect!

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Off to knit a pair or two of slippers…the list is far from done! Happy knitting and have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

Inspired!

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I’ve been working on a new pattern – for stranded mittens – for my daughter for Christmas. The pattern was inspired by a really beautiful yarn. It has everything stranded mittens need (in my opinion of course!) – great colour, fingering weight, a bit of ‘grab’, superwash and wool. For what more could I ask?

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I’ve paired it with Paton’s ‘kroy’ sock 4 ply in black – to give it a chance to do it’s colourful thing. Oh yes – the yarn – it’s Marks and Kattens ‘Fame Trend’ in the colourway ‘party’. I found it at the Knit and Quilt in Barrie a week or two ago. Beautiful! I will definitely be back for more!

I’ve finished the pattern and have knitted the first mitten. I’ve posted the pdf pattern, if you’d like to use it –

The pattern;
InspiredByColourMittenPattern

My mitten (unblocked)…

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Please let me know how it works out for you!
Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

Something Bright!

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I’m a little sick of Christmas knitting – I needed a break from the pressure, lol. So, I started this with acrylic scraps to lighten the mood. It will be a blanket, some day! I’m winging it, making each square as it comes with two colours – trying not to repeat myself too much, lol. The basic knitted mitred square was a little tricky to figure out at first but I’ve got one I like now. (I decrease at the centre three times every four rows, every row for the last four rows). I’m using smallish needles so it’s a little hard on the hands (3.25 mm with worsted weight yarn).

Seriously, I need to lay out all the things I’ve made for Christmas and fill in the gaps — money is tighter than tight and our Christmas is going to be as small as it’s ever been this year. The knitting isn’t the ‘little gift on the side’ – it’s the main thing.

I tried making apple studel yesterday, for the first time. What a beautiful thing! I didn’t realize (my recipe was one that didn’t include cooking times) and probably undercooked mine a bit so I’m going to be trying again. It was delicious though ๐Ÿ™‚ The dough is so weird – you stretch it like pizza dough but it’s unleavened and it stretches paper thin.

I suppose I should decorate for Christmas but I’m hesitant. Not sure if it will feel more festive or more depressing since we don’t have any gifts this year. Guess I should do it for the kids. Thankfully they are old enough to understand our situation. I wish that meant they wouldn’t be dissapointed. I know they’ll try not to be.

Who Knew?

I finished up the second mitten this morning and learned something I had no idea about!

I’m a knitter who has learned from books and by reading on the internet I’ve learned so much more BUT I had no idea that floating a colour on the bottom vs the top of the main colour had such a BIG effect on the results!

I’ve learned that I like to float the pattern colour on the bottom and let the main colour be on top. It makes the pattern colour so much more prominent!

These are the fronts – you can’t quite see the difference, or at least not as well…

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And the backs…LOL…where you can surely see the difference!!!

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The one on the right…I like that one ๐Ÿ™‚ It has the coloured floats held to the bottom. The one on the left? Not so much. Black is the prominent colour and the brights are almost lost. They are staying as is though…a learning experience and I’m not big on ‘re-dos’.

The moral of the story? Writing down your float orientation IS useful IF you tend to pick up and put down projects or (gasp!) get sidetracked.

Lesson learned ๐Ÿ™‚

Pretty Mittens

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I’ve started knitting another pair of mittens (more for Christmas!). I’m using knitpicks ‘palette’ in assorted colours, from my stash. They’re turning out really pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m hoping I don’t run short of the black. I definitely need to get myself a bunch more…I love having the palette around for all kinds of colour work and felting. It’s great to have all the colours to choose from! Maybe Santa will bring me some more…

A New Project…

I’ve found another pattern I *need* to knit.

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Pretty huh?

It makes me want to design something geometrical, something of my own…! Another perfect use for the palette sampler pack I’ve been knitting down. I couldn’t sleep last night, between the wicked thunderstorm, my son’s nightmare, the daschund crying(because of said wicked thunderstorm) and the ideas crowding my brain. Why do all good ideas seem to come at about midnight?

Another find…the Knit On The Net E-zine. Really, HOW did I not hear about this before now — issue #6?!

They offer free patterns, interesting articles, a blog (haven’t checked that out yet), AND (drumroll) they offer a knitters graph paper generator which you can set to your gauge, amongst other things! I’ve yet to read the whole thing but I recommend it to anyone knitterly ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m beginning to feel knitters guilt. I look at my wip page on ravelry and it’s like TWO ROWS or so. I haven’t touched the medallion sweater in about a week, nor the apres surf hoodie, NOR my son’s cabled sweater! I keep telling myself it’s ok to play — it’s summer! Pretty soon though — unless I want to stress myself right out — I’ll be getting back to the sweaters. A fair goal is finishing them before fall ๐Ÿ™‚

And spinning, I LOVE spinning yet my wheel is sitting dusty while I explore all the OTHER things I love. Soon, dusty baby, soon.

My garden is growing beautifully, especially considering it’s growing on the front steps, in pots on the deck!

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I water frequently (these are the plants I started as seeds in the house this spring) and also fertilize frequently with a vegetable safe fertilizer. I’ve even started to get tomatoes! Some of the tomato flowers are rotting off though – not sure why, maybe too much water? Too much something, I’m sure.

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Oak Leaves Pullover

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This is the “Oak Leaves Pullover” that my mom picked up part-way finished at her second hand store.ย  I’m finishing it for her.ย  I picked it up midway through the leaf design and it has a line through the knitting — I assume because it sat on the needles for nearly forever.ย  I guess I should have taken out a row.ย  Since I didn’t, we’re going to make this the back…so mom never has to look down and see that line ๐Ÿ™‚ย  The pattern is from Mary Maximย and uses dk weight acrylic.ย  I do love the colours!