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29.9.14

Birthday

I celebrated a big birthday recently.  It felt good to celebrate, too--I made it!  Jim and I celebrated with a nice supper and then birthday cake.  On Sunday Ben and Jim had an open house for me.  It was so nice to visit with friends and neighbors--and another delicious birthday cake!  I got a Fitbit from Ben and a 15-inch Cricket Loom with a stand from Jim.  I did a small weaving and will warp the loom today.  Photos to come...
Cricket Loom--just going on another path down the rabbit hole.

Jim had me wear the baseball shirt Ben and I had made for him in April.  The decorations were inside and outside the house. 
It also feels good to finish class samples.  The first is a child sized double knit ear flap hat in Pure Wool Worsted by Rowan and Liberty Wool by Cascade.  The pattern is sized for newborn to adult XL, and proceeds from the pattern go to charity.  The P Chullo hat is a free pattern with alphabet charts for the body and ear flaps.  One can fit a message into the 168-stitches around the body of the hat.  The original pattern calls for ten colors, and I am working the sample in five colors.  I made it through the first row of my message--fingers crossed that I stay on track!  Above the message there is a chart for a gryphon and a fox and the crown has waves and a snake, which I will change to a sheep.

One hat.

Another hat--two in one!
The FO (finished object) for the week is L'Enveloppe by Sally Melville.  I am teaching a class, which started out as a one to one and grew to include two other instructors and another student.  It is a project that is not difficult to knit, quick to knit, and looks wonderful on every body type.  Deciphering the pattern can be a challenge.  I made some notes on my Ravelry project page and Sally has a thread for L'Enveloppe help on her Ravelry group page.  We all agree that there will be more L'Enveloppes in our wardrobe!  The weather has turned cool and this will be a good week to  wear it.

Noro Yutzen yarn was the perfect choice.
A shape folded in half, one short seam is sewed on the long side to make a sleeve.
On the other side of the sleeve, stitches are picked up and then the side is knit with short rows.
Another fun project is Wavelength, a scarf that reminds me of giant rickrack.  I am working this in Anzula Dreamy, 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk--a dreamy yarn!  The colors are brown (Sexy) and yellow-green (Temperance).  

Start with one chevron and then keep adding one chevron to each end.  The contrast
colors show off the texture nicely.

2.9.14

WIP Monday

I figure if I post this it will get finished.  Tangled (my name for it because of the yarn--the pattern is Kasuri Chanchanko) is finally back on the needles and in the last stages of finishing.  Once I finish the last seven rows of the inner font band/collar of the vest the armholes will be easy.
To the right of the red section is the purl ridge for turning.  I have to get the curled edge under control before I sew the band to the inside.

Greta is coming along.  The sleeves are ready and I cast on the 231 stitches for the body.  The K1 P1 rib is slow going with size US 2 needles.  I have three more rows of ribbing before I can go up to the size US 3 needles and work the stockinette stitch body.
Sleeves and the endless 1 by 1 rib on size 2's!  The yarn, Rowan Finest, is a dream to work with and the sweater will be gorgeous when it is finished.

Yesterday I cast on for the Timber Mittens.  Plymouth Homestead is a lovely wool yarn.  I chose gray, dark green, and light green for the sample.  The loop stitch is fun to work and when the mitten is finished it will get a haircut.  Buff mittens were worn by loggers and teamsters in the Adirondacks, Canada, and New England.
I took the mitten to knitting group today and now the mitten is ready for the thumb.    I think these would be great as sheep mittens!