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Some of the Knitting

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Back in January, I taught a class on how to knit the Wheaten wrap.  This is the project for which I won a Reserve Champion ribbon at the 2015 Altamont Fair:

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I’m proud of it, and had gotten many compliments on it, as well as requests for classes.  So many people indicated they wanted to learn to knit this, that I scheduled two sessions and they both filled right up and now there is a waiting list, waiting for me to schedule another!

Here is the work table during class:

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A big chart, highlighter tape, stitch markers, colored pencils, beverages.  All essential to this class.  The only thing missing was the chocolate.

And here are the projects, well on their way, at the end of class:

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The next session is coming up this weekend and I can’t wait to see the next participants’ yarn choices.  The third session will be scheduled pretty soon, probably for March or April, so if you are local and interested in taking the class, contact The Spinning Room!

I’ve been doing some other knitting too.  I’m making the Newsboy hat:

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Paul’s vest is on hold for the moment during this distraction.  What?  Like that never happens to you.

Finishitis

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I’ve got finishitis. I said recently that I wanted to finish one of my languishing not-done projects before I started another project, but now that I have finished one, I’m on a roll and getting some other things done too. Now, I want to finish ALL the things.  Sometimes you just get that spring cleaning thing in your mind… even though it’s the middle of July.  Plus, I did start a knit-a-long project and have two more projects to start this Saturday, as you will see, so getting more things done to balance those out is not a bad thing.

So, first up are the finished Through the Loops Mystery Sock 2014:

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In my last post, I think I told you I started them in “March-ish”.  Well, I was right if you consider January 15  “March-ish”. Love them.

Then I finished my Hidden Gusset Mitts:

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I only have a picture of one since one is in the yarn shop as a class sample, so, yet again you will have to trust me that they are both done!  A really fun knit, with some lifted increases to make that diagonal pattern.  Fairly quick too – they would make a great gift.  There are still spots left in the class I’m teaching for these, which starts next Wednesday so if you are local, call The Spinning Room to sign up!

And now I’m finishing my Knitter’s Brewing Company Mystery Sock VI: Cocktails for Two socks that I started January 31:

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I’m pretty sure these are supposed to be mirror images.  Hmmmm.  Notice anything?  I have no idea what’s going on or what went wrong.  And I’m pretty sure my friend Lisa’s – who also knit these socks and finished them a long time ago – do not look like this.  I’m pretty sure that cable-y looking part on the left sock is supposed to be slanting toward the left alongside that ribbed part.  I started the sock with the orange marker first and got to the point you see now, then started the one with the green marker and put it down after about two inches.  Just picked it back up after many months, and started knitting from where I left off.  I swear I’m following the instructions.  And I can tell you this:  I’m not starting over.  I just can’t stand the thought, and I’m so determined to get them done that I’m going to continue telling myself that if I’m following the instructions correctly, then it will all work out in the end and that this probably actually does look the way it is supposed to.  I’m such a weirdo. [And really, maybe I should consult with Lisa.  Who will probably tell me it’s wrong and that I should probably start the one sock over which I will probably think about and then probably do.]

Ok, but now on to the good stuff.  The STARTING of things!

I started the Wendy Knits Summer Mystery Shawl 2014 KAL last Saturday and had to first clue done on Monday:

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So far so good.  I love the colors in my Periwinkle Sheep Single & Looking yarn.  The colorway is called “Summer Garden”.  The second of three clues comes out tomorrow.

Also, The Spinning Room is having a Christmas-in-July-and-August knit-a-long, which starts tomorrow, to help us get a jump on Christmas knitting.  All I had to do was tell the shop what I was planning to knit and, if I finish, I get entered into a prize drawing.  Fun!  So I am going to knit the Sea Glass Cowl with this:

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(Autumn Wind Hand-Dyed in the “Lily Gardens” colorway)  And, since that is a very small project, will knit the What if….? scarf with this:

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(The navy blue yarn is Cascade 220)  I can’t start these until tomorrow.  I read that to mean I have to start both of them tomorrow.  Even though I have quite some time to finish them, and another knit-a-long to work on which I will need to finish a part of before next Saturday. But really, I’m just too excited, so I will have to.  If you are a knitter, you totally understand.  If you are not a knitter, it’s just another example of what a weirdo I am.

Snug

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Ok, this is just the cutest thing I have knit in a long time:

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Snug cardigan, made with Cascade Ecological Wool.  Love it. Perfectly named since it is snuggly.  So cute and cozy.  Comes in a worsted weight version too!

And here is a blurry picture of the progress from my two socks on one circular needle class (the magic loop method) this weekend (with stress-reducing peanut butter cookies contributed by Vicki):

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The knitting looks like a big mess, as it is supposed to at this stage, but everyone was well on their way to “getting it”!

And just in case my last post was just terribly negative about the weather, here is what’s good after an ice storm: Pretty, shiny things….

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Fingerless Mitts Marathon

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I am having an unintentional fingerless mitt marathon.  That is, if making two pairs of mitts counts as a marathon.  It feels like it.  I made the Maize mitts from tincanknits for my mother-in-law for Christmas.  They are from their The Simple Collection, and really were very simple.  One mitt each day and I was done in two days.  Here they are:

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Notice anything?  They don’t match.  They may look like it, because they look exactly the same, but they don’t.

Here’s what I did:  I knit the first mitt.   Then when I got past the cuff on the second mitt, I realized I had misread the pattern for the first mitt for the next section.   That stockinette-looking-but-it’s-really-ribbing portion along the side is supposed to wrap around the mitt and have the same amount on the other side, so when you wear both mitts they look the same.   I read the number of stitches to do that in a smaller size.  *Insert tip about circling the size you are making in all portions of your pattern prior to beginning to knit said pattern here.*   Thinking to myself,  “Oh well, so I didn’t do enough of those ribbing stitches.  I’ll just make the second one the same way so they will be the same.  They are not the same when you wear them on different hands!:

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(See? It really is ribbing…)

My mother-in-law is not the so-what-if-they-are-mismatched-I-have-an-eclectic-style-so-I’ll-wear-them-anyway kind of gal.  (But I know someone who is….)  I’ll be starting the Maine Morning Mitts for her this weekend.  Stay tuned.

And look. Look. LOOK!  at the results of the Moebius Cowl class I taught at The Spinning Room this week:

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A really quick pattern…. once you get cast on.  The whole class is to teach the Moebius cast on and then the rest of the pattern is knitting several rounds, purling several rounds, knitting several rounds etc.  Find the YouTube video here: Cat Bordhi’s Intro to Moebius Knitting

Try it!  You’ll love being able to knit a last minute holiday gift in no time. (A tip: The pattern in the link above says to use a 29″ circular needle.  You really need a 40″.)

Here is one of my finished cowls:

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