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Glitz at the Ritz

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love. Love. LOVE my Glitz at the Ritz shawl!

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All my mess-ups and tear-outs were totally worth the final product:

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Even the really, really, really long beaded picot bind-off that took 80 hours.  Not really 80 hours.  It took three quarters of a Lifetime Christmas movie.

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Made with Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors  sock yarn.  75% merino wool, 25% nylon. 460 yards/100 grams.

And also, I finished a Loved knitted crown:


Now I have two, ready to give at Christmas.

And finished my Sweet Tomato Heel socks:



And worked on and sent off my next Travelling Socks:


One more set to go, then I’ll get mine!

And started and finished a Super Basic Hat to donate to The Spinning Room’s tree for the Festival of Trees in town:


Super basic and super quick to knit.  It was hard on my hands, though, and I found out later it was because I was using a smaller needle than the pattern called for.  Duh.  But, it resulted in a very dense and therefore very warm hat!  After the festival is over, the hats and mittens will be donated to a local shelter. Bonus!

Lots of finishing.  Now on to lots of starting,,,,

Testing My Patience

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My knitting mistakes give me plenty of content for this blog.  So does my patience (or lack thereof).  Need an example?

I’ve been working on my Glitz at the Ritz Shawl. It was coming along nicely and I was even showing it at my class last weekend (see below about that…).  Everyone was ooh-ing and aahh-ing about it.  Then I took it home and did the next row.   Here is what I saw:


My beads were going in a nice diagonal (see red oval).  Then, on the next row, the beads did not follow the diagonal (see yellow circle).  Since that section was ending, I knew this couldn’t be right.

Let’s back up a tiny bit.  On the second bead row from the bottom of that diagonal, something didn’t line up right at the end, but I was able to continue the pattern until I ended the row evenly. I figured it was just a little mistake in the pattern, but I didn’t look up on the computer to see if this was the case.  The other rows went on in a nice diagonal, giving me confidence that I had done the right “fix” myself.

So, when that last row of beads didn’t fall in line with the diagonal, I figured there was a problem with that row, so i looked it up on Ravelry to see if there was any “errata” (mistakes found in the pattern and fixed).  Sure enough, there was some mistake documentation.  But not for that row.

Apparently, it was for that whole diagonal bead section.  After the first bead row, I was supposed to knit some non-bead rows.  The next time to add beads was to be on the last row.  So, that last row was correct.  It was the other three rows of beads that were wrong!  I wasn’t even supposed to put beads in those rows at all.  The bead rows take soooooooo long.  And I didn’t even need to do them!!!

I stuffed everything back in the project bag and gave it a time out.  I just couldn’t stand the thought of having to take out all those rows.  And all those beads.  My patience gets tested with things like that. I try and think of all the shortcuts.  Can I fudge it?  Will it look ok, even though it’s wrong?  No, to both of those.  The beads aren’t supposed to be there.  No getting around that.  So, I went to knit night, and in the good, chatty company of other knitters, I ripped out the whole bead section to prepare to start over.

The next day during the doodlebugs’ naptime, I started re-working that section, thinking that it wouldn’t take long since I didn’t have to put in all those beads again:


And in my excitement about getting it started again, I put the first bead row in two rows too early!   Seriously???  The bead rows take sooooooo long.  And I had to take it out.  Again.  My impatience kicked in and I considered getting a pair of pliers and cutting/breaking all the beads off.  That’s how much I didn’t want to take it out. I decided that probably wouldn’t be the way to go — First of all, I didn’t know where to find pliers at my doodlebugs’ house and it needed to be done immediately (of course – couldn’t wait a couple of hours to get home, right? No way.).  Second, I’d probably make a huge mess of exploding, broken beads and that wouldn’t be good around 2 1/2 year old doodlebugs.  Third, knowing my luck, I’d end up exactly that many beads short at the end of the shawl.  So, since naptime was still in progress, I did it while watching Days of Our Lives.  I haven’t re-picked it up yet. Can you blame me?

In other knitting news, as I mentioned above, last weekend I taught a class on how to do Cat Bohrdi’s Sweet Tomato Heel for socks.  It was the first time I taught this class and everyone seemed to like it.

Here is everyone’s heel-in-progress:


A fun way to do a heel, if you need a non-heel flap option.  Nice and smooth.  Pretty easy once you get the hang of it.  No pickup stitches which I find fiddle-y and no gusset decreasing which I find endless.  Try it!

[As an aside, and apropos of this post, I’ve been told that I’m an extremely patient knitting teacher.  Go figure, right?]

I Love Yarn Day

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According to the Craft Yarn Council, today is “I Love Yarn Day”.  So, I’m going to tell you about some yarns I love. In no particular order:

1) Moonshine from Juniper Moon Farms:

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50% Alpaca, 50% Wool.  I just used this for a fair isle hat and I just love it.  Soft and not scratchy.  Very warm.  I want to make all the other things with it.  Not sure what yet.

2) Watercolors II from Periwinkle Sheep:


Karin from Periwinkle Sheep is a local kettle dyer and that picture has other blends in addition to the Watercolors II but that one is my favorite.  I love the colors she does and am always picking up an extra skein because I just can’t resist.  There is a pink one at The Spinning Room right now that is calling me.  Watercolors II is  75% superwash merino wool, 25% nylon – perfect for socks but also other things too.  That item on top is my Glitz at the Ritz in progress.

3) Peace Love and Yarn

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Liz is another local dyer – she does hand-dyed yarns as opposed to kettle dyed.  I just love Love LOVE the colors she does.

4) Tosh Merino:


Worsted weight yarn by Madelinetosh.  I made my first Mystic Spiral hat with this yarn.  Love the color blend and love the feel of the yarn.

5) Merino Worsted by Malabrigo:


A wonderfully soft single plied merino wool.  I love working with it so much that I’m making a toddler sweater and telling the mom to give the sweater to me when it is needs washing so I can hand wash it for her.

Two more yarny things since it’s I Love Yarn Day.

1) I finally tried Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel using one of her basic patterns from her ebook:

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It is an easy, short-row heel made in wedges and is supposed to be very smooth, like a tomato skin, hence, the name.  And it is very smooth.  I circled and outlined the wedges in the bottom pic to make it a little more obvious.  You might notice the right and middle wedge are a little wider than the left wedge.  The left wedge is the last wedge and you stop short of a full wedge for most heels.  Some may need a full wedge, so it’s nice that you can customize it to your own foot!  I’m doing this heel for all my future socks.  I used to do a heel flap heel and it is quite tedious.  This is much easier.

2) My first Loved crown is ready for finishing:


Ugh.  Lots of ends to weave in and some sewing.  that left side gets tucked and sewed inside to give the crown some heft so the points will stand up.  Now I have two things ready for finishing.  I better get to it.

And, lastly on I Love Yarn Day:

The pole building is done! (Ha! NOT a yarn thing….)


Except for some filling in around the edges, a floor and a garage door and door opener…..you know, not much:




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It’s a little chilly today and I. LOVE. IT.  Fall is here!  (not officially, I know)  So, since it’s Fall, I went to Indian Ladder Farms and got my favorite Honey Crisp apples:



I got a whole peck.  A peck equals this bowl times two.  Apples with caramel, apple crisp, just plain apples, here I come!  LOVE them.

And while I was there….



Who could resist apple cider and apple cider donuts?  Mmmmmmm. (Note to self: don’t take a picture of an item that is the same color as the background….)

And also, there are these:


Pumpkins and Cranberry Chutney candles.  I couldn’t find any candy corn yet, so I had to settle for the pumpkins, which are just as good in my book.

Wow, that was a lot of food related fall stuff.  Stay tuned for leaf pictures and other fall things…

In the meantime, here is my progress on my Glitz at the Ritz shawl:


Look at all those beads!  Don’t ask me why I thought this one tube would be enough for the whole shawl:


I only now looked at the directions and it says I need 600 beads.  I have no idea how many are in that tube, but I’m pretty sure it’s not 600 since I am only a third of the way done with the shawl.  So, I got two more tubes.  And don’t ask me why I didn’t look at the directions BEFORE I bought the first tube.  It’s one of those mysteries of how my brain works (or doesn’t).