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Just Seconds

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I had been going along nicely on my Maluka shawl.  In fact, going along so nicely that I bound off yesterday.  It looked like this:


….which, you may not be able to tell, but that is pretty small.  The border is very stretchy but the inside and top are not, and therefore it is not very wide at all.  I read many, many, many Ravelry comments (there are over 1400 projects on Ravelry for this shawl) and many of the many said that it was small so they did a modification with wraps and turns, rather than the ssk/p2tog thing that was in the pattern, to make the shawl wider.  But, I don’t love doing wraps and turns and picking up the wraps, and couldn’t understand why the pattern instructions would make it small, and since I put three more repeats on the border, mine certainly would come out ok, right? So I knit by the patterns instructions.  Wrong.  So….. click down there:

Ripping Out

It took mere seconds.  Seriously, less than a minute, to unwind a few hours of knitting.  I’d like to think I simply “took one for the team” as a way of verifying for the students in my class for this shawl, that the pattern instructions are not ideal and the many, many, many Ravelry comments I chose to ignore were, in fact, right and it might be a good idea to give them a little more credit next time.

I am now back to here:


…ready and totally excited to do some wraps and turns.  Stay tuned for the second, and final, result.  Ok, and by the way?  Isn’t that a totally ingenious way of ripping out and getting a nice, neat ball of yarn to re-knit from?

Meanwhile, back at the yarn shop, I finished teaching the Pieces of Eight Mitts class, which had to be cancelled because of the tornado weather around here last week.  Here are the almost-done mitts from the students in class:

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And my finished pair:


So cool.  But if I knit these again, I would use a striping yarn with long colorways to get a more dramatic looking figure 8.

Around the house, this is happening:

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Digging up cement foundation pieces and hiding them in the woods waaaaaaaay in the back of our property somewhere.

And this:


…minus the broccoli which is still in the box with the flowers that are waiting to be planted because, for some reason, I mistook green things with no flowers to be flowers.  Currently, there are regular tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and onions.

And this red-winged black bird who is wreaking havoc, chasing all the other birds around:


And this frog that was sitting there:


And this turtle digging a hole right there in the middle of the yard and we’re wondering if it will lay eggs:


Coming up…. I’m excited about a day-long knitting class that I’m teaching which includes lunch that I am making this Sunday.  2 socks in 1:


…. so stay tuned for all the details!


Forcing Spring

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We were so sick of being stuck inside by the cold that we decided to stick ourselves in the car for a ride to Lake George last weekend.  We had a great dinner:


Then went to look at the still-so-frozen-that-people-were-snow-mobiling-on-it lake:

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And then, because Martha’s Dandee Crème opened that day, and it IS supposed to be Spring and getting warm, we decided to try and force the issue by getting an ice cream cone.  It was 35 degrees.  And this is what we encountered:IMG_2097

LINES!  Long lines.  Tons of people wanting the same thing.  Not just ice cream.  SPRING.


It was yummy.

How about some knitting?

Remember that cool Pieces of Eight mitts pattern I showed you in the last post?  It was definitely challenging, needing double pointed needles and a circular needle at the same time.

Here is my first mitt:

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Sorry – the pictures could be better.  But this was so fun, because it was so challenging.   This is one of those patterns where you wonder how in the world the designer figured out how to make this.  This will be an upcoming class at The Spinning Room!  Speaking of The Spinning Room, did I tell you that I’ve got another part-time gig?  I’m working there as a shop girl now!  Just a few hours a week.  Yay!

I also started the Shadow Spiral Scarf and am about halfway done.  This is the coolest thing.  It’s a striped scarf:


But…. when you look at it another way, it’s got a spiral in it:


Another upcoming class.

And I’ve got another project in the wings for a summer, short sleeve cardi-with-no-buttons thing…. stay tuned for that.

But first, I’m off to work on my other part-time gig:  Mending a scarf and an afghan and finishing (seaming) a sweater.  I will be ignoring the large amount of snow still outside my window, hopefully until tomorrow when it is supposed to be 50 degrees and maybe half of it will go away.

ALL the things…

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I’m in yet another one of those paralyzing I-want-to-knit-ALL-the-things phases….


I’m completely glued to the computer (of which the keyboard is apparently very dusty, according to that picture….).  I look on Ravelry and there are eighty million patterns I want to knit.  I’m looking for things to knit for upcoming classes and I want to teach ALL the things.  In the meantime, I have many things I’m already working on and they are languishing.  But I want to knit them too.  So while I’m looking and finding all these patterns and trying to decide what to knit, I’m not getting much knitting done.  And don’t get me started on spinning.  I went to my spinning group today, after not having been for two months, which means for the next few days that’s all I’ll want to do.  And one of the spinners was knitting socks with her handspun yarn.  Which is totally what I want to do.  Someday.  When I can spin my yarn finely enough to make fingering weight yarn.  Which makes me want to spin more so I can get better at it and then knit those.

I’m obsessed with these mitts which look pretty challenging but so cool.  And this cowl by Wendy D. Johnson, which is also cool and perfect for sock yarn leftovers.  I love this funky-but-so-cozy-looking sweater, but I’m still working on my Charleston Tea  sweater so that would be silly to start.  Right?  And I’m totally obsessed with something in this book, with this yarn:


The Baby Sweater on Two Needles.  So cute and a really classic looking pattern.  Wouldn’t it be great in that pink?  Ok, so can you see why I get like this?  I need eighty more hands and eighty more hours in the day and eighty less chores to do.  I also wish knitting burned more calories because then I wouldn’t have to waste time on the treadmill.

I did start and finish the Bridgeport Cowl, which will be for an upcoming class:

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Made with Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca (gray) and Cascade Alpaca Lana D’Oro (purple).  It is nice and cozy and sized for small and large.  I made the large, which I now wish was a little longer to make it twist around my neck twice.  So, that will be a suggestion for my class: cast on more stitches if you want it to do that.   If you are in my class, you’re welcome. I learned that lesson for you.

I also started the Hitchhiker scarf, which I think will also be for an upcoming class:


I’m making it with Ella Rae Cozy Soft Prints, a nice DK weight wool/acrylic blend.  The pattern calls for fingering weight but I liked these colors.  So there.

And now, I have some decisions to make.  While I’ve got all my projects-in-progress, the knitting for upcoming classes takes priority and I have to get crack-a-lackin’ and find some more class projects since April is coming and I have no classes scheduled yet….

Calming me down this morning was taking a walk in the yard and seeing, despite all the frickin’ snow that is still there, these views:

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