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Knitting Quandary

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The 8 year scarf is done! In actuality, it took me 10 days.  I swear it seemed soooooo much longer than that.


Brooke’s Column of Leaves Knitted Scarf.  That is not the greatest picture, but you get the idea.  A nice, lacey, accessory scarf.  This was knit with 220 yards of DK weight yarn – others may want to use more yarn to be able to wrap around your neck again.  The yarn, Llambrosia, is just wonderfully soft and warm.  So, I’m happy with how it turned out, despite the 8 years it took to knit.  And it will be an upcoming class at The Spinning Room!

And in direct contrast to that, I designed and knit another scarf in a day and a half.   It was with aran weight yarn, size 11 needles, non-lace and a very easy pattern, but whose counting those things?  Sorry, no pictures yet.   I’m hoping to get my hat pattern and my scarf pattern finalized in the next several days!

Now, I’m in a bit of a quandary about what to work on next.  Projects for upcoming classes, like a top down sweater and a slipper-sock and a shawlette?  My knitting-for-others list like a hat for Paul, felted slippers for Paul, a hat for my mom and scarf for my mother-in-law?  Finish my Charleston Tea cardigan from last year?  Finish my Cocktails for Two socks?  Design something new?  Start something new just for nothing in particular?  There is no easy answer.  I don’t even know how to prioritize.  I want to do them all.  Now.  This is one of those times I wish I had 8 arms and 87 hours in a day to get more knitting done.  If you are reading this and you are not a knitter, please know that this is totally normal.  For a knitter. This is what all knitters go through.  I swear.    [side note: I had no idea quandary was spelled “quandary”.  I thought it was “quandry”.  I wondered why my computer kept auto-correcting my excellent spelling.]

In the mean time, let me distract myself from making a decision, by telling you some other things, like this mini-disaster that happened:


That there would be a broken double pointed needle in the middle of a row of knitting!  Ugh.  I was knitting along when I heard a tiny “click” and then, everything felt a little loose.


You might be able to see, just to the right of the break, a dark spot.  I think it’s a knot in the wood and that’s where it became weak.  I’ve used these needles for some time, so I guess it was bound to happen.  Good thing needle packs come with 5 needles and I usually only use 4.  Nevermind the fact that I have about 10 million sets of double pointed needles and it’s not like I would have been unable to find another.  That, and I work in a yarn shop in which needles are pretty handy to buy.  Luckily, I was able to not drop any stitches and get them all on to another needle.  Can’t really show you all of this sock, either, since it’s one of my sock circle socks and I don’t want the person who owns it to see it in detail.

And how about a little bit of Valentine cheer?   This is the window at The Spinning Room, which Christine diligently changes and knits for each season:


There is a space in there for that penguin’s sweetheart, which Christine is working on now.  How adorable is that?  And yes, those chocolates are knitted too!

All right, enough distractions.  I’m off to resolve my quandary.  Stay tuned.

A List With One Exciting Thing and a Few Not-As-Exciting Things

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Nothing much terribly exciting has been happening around here, so today you get a list!

1) Ok, one terribly exciting thing is happening: I published my first pattern on Ravelry!  You might remember me talking about this pattern before, but if not, here is a picture of it:


A cowl that I made to match my High Plains Poncho .  It is free for now since it is my first pattern and I’m trying to figure out how to do all this and set up PayPal.  You can find the Easy Cozy Cowl pattern on Ravelry here: Easy Cozy Cowl.   So exciting right?

**Edited to add:  the pattern is no longer free.  You can purchase it for $2.50 here:   (Look at that cool “buy now” button!)

Now, on to the not-as-exciting things:

2) I’m starting work on another design!  Stay tuned.

3) This week’s adventures with the doodlebugs involved watercolor painting, of which I forgot to take a picture, and stringing beads, of which I did not forget to take a picture:


They didn’t want necklaces, preferring instead to just swing them around or drag them around behind them, around the house.

3) I’m still working on my Cocktails for Two socks.  They aren’t done yet though, so pictures are being withheld.  HOWEVER, I did a teeny tiny try-on thing and, wait for it……. I think they might be too small.  Don’t even get me started.  I’ll go on and on about it when they are finished and the final try-on is tried.

4) I started the Brooke’s Column of Leaves Knitted Scarf in preparation for a class on basic lace techniques.


5) I’m reading All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr and it is very good.  Waiting in line is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.  My sister in law sent it to me as a thank you for knitting her a third mitten to replace the one she lost.  So nice!  Thank you again, Anita!

6)  That is all.