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Goodbye July!

July…

July has come and gone! Where has it gone? I thought I’d have so much time to write and work and dream, but I did a lot of running around with the kids- getting to VBS and sports camp.  We also spent a week with my in-laws, enjoying some quiet country air and avoiding the NE coast heat wave!  So now we’re into August and I can’t wait to tell you what I’ve been coming up with!

   

Primarily, I’m working on an inventory, both for my Etsy shop and for a local Indie Craft Market that I’ll be selling in this December!  I am so excited to show some of my work!  I have tons of prototypes to share, and I hope you will be willing to give me a little feedback on what you like and what you think might be more popular.  I’m sure there are some fashion gurus out there! I’ll be posting pictures in the near future- as I’m still in the creative phase.

I’ve also been contracted to create a sweater for my friend’s children!  I am thrilled to be making the first sweater, and I am plugging along in writing up the pattern as well.  Here’s a sneak peek…

I am enjoying the process so far.  The colors are fun, but it has been difficult to work with wool during the heat of the summer.  Knitting waits for nothing!

Thank you for keeping up with me.  Can’t wait to share more soon!

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I finished my shawlette last week.  I am LOVING the results!  I used about 300 yards of Regia 4ply color in a slightly varigated pastel shade.  I have had this yarn for years, but really never had a good use for it until this shawlette.  I’m just so happy with it!

The pattern was just complex enough to keep me interested, but small enough to keep me interested.  🙂  I really like the “top down” design.  It made it so much easier to complete as the rows were bigger while I was still initially motivated.

I think it blocked out very nicely- all the yarn overs are easily seen.

Thank you WendyKnits for a wonderful, fun knit-along!

Specs: Size 5 aluminum needles.  Sock weight yarn.

And what else have I been up to?  Stay tuned…

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Summer Mystery Shawlette

I’ve been working on the mystery shawlette from WendyKnits that is so popular this summer.  I’ve been watching video podcasts for the past few weeks so I don’t have to use so much paper on the sock clues (for the Sock Knitter’s Anonymous Artichoke mystery sock) and it seems that most of the women I’m listening to are joining in on this shawlette.  I can’t say I’m a huge shawl fan, but this one is done bottom up, so it gets smaller as you go and is much more manageable than starting small.  I (and I’m sure many of you) get bogged down as a project grows and I tend to give up before I’m done.  This one?  Well, take a look and see. I finished the third repeat of Clue C tonight and I am LOVING the results.  My yarn is actually quite a bit lighter than this picture, but I like the way the detail of the stitches is showing up in the picture.  I’m using Regia Color 4 ply in a light neutral colorway.  I’m glad to have found a project for this yarn- I wasn’t having much luck finding a sock pattern that I liked with the very subtle color changes.

Clue D comes out tomorrow- I can’t wait to see the finished product!  After that it’s back to Artichoke.  I finished sock one and I’ve had a bit of trouble with the pattern.  We’ll see if it’s actually the pattern or if I just can’t read as I get into the foot of sock two.

 

 

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I’ve got a hankering for some pretty things- new spring tops, fun whimsical items.  But we’re in the process of figuring out what to do with a bum car and so the extra spending must slow.  Gotta make do with what I’ve got.  Not that it’s a bad thing to wear the same clothes for two years (oh no!), but you must agree that a bit of freshening up can help.  Especially when it’s been raining for 2 days and it’s not expected to stop for a week…

So what does this mean?

I did some browsing around Anthropologie today.  I love the jewelry and general style of their lines.  Somewhat vintage with a little modern thrown in, yet simple.  I’ve been inspired.

 

These two sweaters in particular caught my eye.  I love the braided features- cables without being bulky.

I can see this one as being pretty fun to work on, too.

I’ll be back…

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Mysterious Sockage

I’ve been working hard on lots of projects. In fact, my Lanesplitter is blocking and just about ready for seaming!  So excited for that!  So, as it dries I’ve been working on Clue 2 of the Sock Knitters Anonymous Mystery Sock for the May Sockdown.  It’s called Artichoke and has subtle beading on the cuff.  I’ve decided to use a muddy brown (lightly varigated) yarn I’ve had lying around for a while with some goldish iridescent beads.  I think I bought the yarn with the intention of using it for Nate, but I’m actually enjoying the organic feel of the color as I create a flower/plant on the side.

Can you see the little flower blooming?  Color is not quite right, but close.

It’s been a long time since I’ve done any mystery knitting.  I’m enjoying the deadlines- having the pieces broken down into manageable segments and the intrigue of what it will look like, ultimately.  I do hope I win part of the drawing this month.  There are some BEAUTIFUL prizes- as always.

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This is the biggie.  Sweaters!

This is the Diminishing Ribs Cardigan from Interweave Knits.  I love it. Cozy and pretty flattering, I think.  Plus, it only took me a month!  I am somewhat disappointed in the neckline.  It turned out too big for me- could be my shoulder slope, but I either need to pin it overlapped or create lapels, in or outside the sweater.  I used Encore Worsted for this project.  I think this may be one of the last worsted weight sweaters I make for myself.  Our new town tends to be slightly warmer than I expected and I really don’t have much use for a bulky sweater.  I think I have enough to get through the dark days of winter.  I’m going to focus more on DK or Sport weight in the future.

For M’s birthday I made the Child’s Swing Cardigan from Easy Kids Knits.  I love the color and the yarn was easy to work with.  It’s Happy Feet DK, which should wear well.  I think it could have been a little bit longer in the torso, but if my girl is happy, then I am as well!

This is the boy’s birthday sweater.  It is Striped Outfit for a Stripeknight (found on Ravelry), but I added a train because there’s nothing more important to this boy than his trains! The train is just appliqued with adhesive spray and blanket stitch. Very simple. The hardest part was finding the fabric that was the perfect orange and finding an image. The boy wears the sweater very frequently, and the train is holding up very well in the wash.  The best part of this sweater is the rolled edges, which can be easily lengthened as he grows. I can see this being an integral wardrobe piece for some time! Made with Encore Worsted.

Thanks for joining me on my trip down memory lane!  Any questions? Check the links on my Ravelry project page (weesheep) or send a comment.

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More catching up!  On with the FO’s!

Hats:

  

  

 

Lots of stash yarn used here.  From top to bottom: Kurbis baby hat, pumpkinized for K’s Halloween costume. Shorty Bucket Hat made for the elementary school holiday raffle.  Lilly- for a friend’s new grandbaby.  It was her coming home hat.  What an honor! The Wee Baby Hat from Swiss Army Librarian for another new baby. My own ear wrap pattern, based on a magazine picture.  Easy in bulky yarn- warm and toasty! And more baby hats- Rib-Knit Baby Hat, the Striped Hat (from the set in Zoe Mellor’s Adorable Knits for Tots), and Mr. Bassil’s Hat (from the hat and blanket set).  I love to give hats as gifts.  They are quick, easy to use, necessary for wee ones and there are so many wonderful choices out there!

Scarves:

    

Again from the top: Wavy Lace Capelet from Interweave Knits using a thick-n-thin yarn found on sale at the LYS. Two Kindergarten Kits– neckwarmers for the kids.  I used a button and split neck on the second.  I think I like the turtleneck better, overall.  These are VERY handy to keep little necks cozy! A Drop Stitch Scarf found on Ravelry.  Easy and pretty using Jojoland Rhythm Superwash.  Loved the color on the ball- not so good knitted up, unfortunately.  I might enjoy it more in a stockinette rather than a lace pattern.  Finally, the Fresco Basket Whip Cowl from Classic Elite.  So pretty.  I used some Heilo from Dalegarn.  I thought it was a little scratchy for a cowl, but the recipient seemed to like it.

Watch for Installment 3…

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