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Knitting Hits and a Miss

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I was a knitting maniac this past week/weekend.  Remember I referred to this hat on Saturday?  It’s the Garter Ear Flap Hat by Purl SoHo.  So. Stinkin’. Cute.


I started this on Saturday at 5pm and was done by Sunday at 2pm.  AND that included an emergency trip Saturday night to my mother-in-law’s house with Paul to fix a frozen pipe.  He used a hair dryer that she has had for 46 years.  FORTY-SIX YEARS!  It worked great.


(Try to ignore this creepy Styrofoam head. It took me forever to find one online and it’s actually pretty small – not an adult head – and I think the face is creepy. I need to get a different one.)  Seriously cute hat.  I love the little tassle.  This hat is a “kids” size. The pattern comes in many sizes, baby to large adult, which is nice.  I think I’m going to make an adult one too.  Easy and quick quick quick.  Also, I saw my doodlebugs at dinner on Sunday night and tried to get them to try it on since they are “kid” size.  No dice.  They’re two and a half so I don’t know why I thought they would do so willingly.  When I asked each of them if they wanted to try it on they said, “No fank you, Auny Wiz.” (read: “No thank you, Auntie Liz.”)  At least they were polite about it.

Next was finishing the Steek This Coffee Cozy fair isle knitting:


Now it’s ready for the steeking which we will do in a few weeks at the next workshop.  The little section on the front shown in this next picture is the part we will reinforce and then cut:


And see all those ends?  Ugh, weaving in galore, right?  WRONG!  Apparently, if I read the instructions correctly, they are all in the steeking section and something miraculous will happen where I won’t have to weave in the ends.  I think. (I hope).

Before the weekend started, I had knitted the clues for the Jimmy Beans Wool Downton Abbey Mystery Knit-a-Long:


It doesn’t look too terribly different but it’s coming along.  Now, I’m working on the next set of clues.  There are only 6 rows in this next set, since there are eleventy-thousand stitches on the needle at this point.  Eleventy-Thousand.

I also finished the leg clue for my Through The Loops Mystery Knit-a-Long:


A pretty intricate pattern for what I normally do – it’s been fun to see how they are turning out.

My next mystery knit-a-long starts this Friday: the Knitter’s Brewing Company   Mystery Sock KAL: Cocktails for Two.  Still haven’t decided on a yarn yet, but stay tuned.

I also finished the second Snow on the Laurel cabled arm warmer:


You’ll have to take my word for it that this is actually the second one. I can see how you may have doubts since I only recently finished the first one and I tend to procrastinate on knitting the second of anything.  However, the first one is at the yarn shop as a class sample so I can’t take a  picture of the pair.  Honest.  I had been done with my knit-a-long clues, looking for something else to knit and decided this was as good a time as any, and then I could cross it off my list. Took me just a couple of days.

Next, I knitted up the two-color brioche swatch which I will be teaching as a class at the shop:

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If you look toward the bottom of the swatch in the bottom picture you’ll see a little row of white stitches where I messed up.  I left it so I could use it in class as an example of what NOT to do.  So nice that I can USE my mistakes.  As a reminder, this is the two color swatch which will go with the teaching of the brioche stitch scarf:


And, finally, I worked on the weaving section of the Princess Franklin Plaid Collar:


A few challenges with this one.  Trying to weave the strands while keeping them loose-but-not-too-loose is hard.  Even paying close attention and trying to stretch it out a little, I ended up with some puckering.  You can see it at the top of the picture.  Then, just for “fun”, I decided to try it on to see what it looks like.  I apparently have a huge head, and a ton of hair which adds to the circumference of my head, because I had a hard time getting that woven section pulled down.  I tried putting my hands inside and gently stretching to make the woven strands looser, to no avail.  If I had stretched any more, the strand ends would have started unraveling.  Once I did get it over my head, it looked pretty good and was comfortable on my neck.   I’ll just need to re-do my hair after I put it on.  So, now I’m revising this pattern and will only weave about another inch, so that I can still wear it.  Since it is a rather tall cowl, about half of it will be folded under while I wear it anyway so why not make it easier to put on, right?

Whew.  That’s it.  Not much really.  (Ha! No wonder my hands are sore.)

Future Fodder

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See this?


That’s the heating guy installing the much awaited piece for the heater in the new garage.  AND it’s going to be 50 degrees here tomorrow.  Know what that means?  Painting of the floor will likely take place this weekend. (As long as the temperature of the floor is ok.)  Painting an epoxy floor appears to be a somewhat complicated process. Hence, the need for me to view a DVD about it.  Lots of mixing, timing the mixing, painting, then re-painting, timing the time between those paintings, then more mixing, then throwing paint chips, then the next day putting on a clear coat.  On a 1400 square foot area.

While you await the very-likely-good-fodder-for-the-blog story of the painting of the floor, how about a knitting update?

I’m on a starting binge.

I started my Jimmy Beans Wool Downton Abbey Mystery Knit-a-Long shawl on Sunday:


It’s not much to look at until I get the next clue this Sunday before the next episode.  Stay tuned. Ha!  That joke never gets old.

I also started the Snow on the Laurel arm warmers :


It looks a little weird, right?  That is because they are knit inside out!  Here is the “right” side:


A pretty, basic, arm warmer with an easy cable on a reverse stockinette background.  Since the knitting is all purling except for the cable part, they are knit inside out so you can knit most of the stitches instead of purl them.  So cool.  Hoping to make these a class.

I also started the Easy Brioche Scarf:



I’m hoping this will make a good class too since it would be a good introduction to the brioche knitting technique.  Very easy, one line pattern!  It will be a short class.

And, finally, I’m making progress on Princess Franklin’s Plaid cowl:


The first section is done – knitted stripes in garter stitch.  Now, on to the garter stitch grafting, which I have never done before.  Then on to the weaving – using a yarn needle to weave 74 strands of yarn horizontally across that piece above.  I can’t wait to see what it will look like!

Now, I’m off to re-view the epoxy floor painting DVD.