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From Dusk Till Dawn Shawlette

dusktilldawn-3Pattern: From Dusk Till Dawn Shawlette/Scarf by Tetiana Otruta (ravlink)
Yarn: ~429 yds Numma Numma The Usual in Griddle Grits
Needles: US 6
Started: October 6, 2013
Finished: October 18, 2013

A pretty straightforward little shawl. I’m not 100% sure the stitch counts/chart were right on a few rows, but that may just have been me. The only change I made was to knit one fewer repeat of charts B and F and one more repeat of charts C and E.

dusktilldawn-7I wasn’t sure I liked this as I was getting to the end of this and was actually worried I’d have to knit a replacement, since this was destined to be a Christmas gift. Luckily, a good, hard blocking really opened this up and I like the stripes that come and go. I’m happy to have gotten another Christmas gift off of my to-knit list already.

From Dusk Till Dawn Shawlette

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Weekend Yarn Winding

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After finishing up the Dusk Till Dawn Shawlette yesterday (FO post to come!) and having some time to myself after going to the really, really great Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry today, I decided to wind some yarn for the next few things I’m planning to knit.

Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere

First up is some vacation knitting: two skeins of Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere to make the Cowboy Cowl by Pam Powers. I’ve liked this pattern for a long time and I think it’ll look pretty and autumnal in this yarn. Plus, the cashmere should make it a nice piece to have next to my skin. I’ll eventually start angsting over what buttons to use for the back, but that’s at least two weeks off.

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The gray yarn at the top of this stack is Tempted Hand Painted Prissy Grrl Sock in Moonlight. I’m pretty sure I’m going to make my grandmother Orchid Thief for Christmas, and this light gray should be a nice, classy, simple yarn. It is 437 yds, so that should be more than enough, especially considering I’m a pretty tight knitter. I had initially planned on using String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Caper Sock in Pewter, but it’s only a 400-yard skein. I’m still going back and forth on this one, especially since the Caper Sock is a far rounder, bouncier yarn, which should make the pattern pop a lot more. Decisions, decisions…

Next up is a “One of a Kind” skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock that I bought at Stitches in August to make Dalice the Dorothy Day Shawl. Since the initial pattern was pretty large and made in worsted weight yarn (and knit on US 10s), I’m moving it down to a fingering weight yarn and knitting more of a shawlette. I’ll probably knit it on US 5, so the 420 yds I have should be more than enough. I am going to cast this on tonight so that it can be my travel project until I go on vacation.

And last but not least is Rainy Days & Wooly Dogs Strychnine – Gothsock in Winterberry from the December 2010 GothSocks Club. I pulled this one out randomly because, well, Christmas is coming and this is just a fun-looking yarn. I don’t have a specific plan other than making myself a pair of socks, probably something Jaywalker-ish to play with the striping. I’ll be tossing it in my suitcase next week, even though there is almost no chance I’ll have the cowboy cowl done before I get home. Haha!

Isabel and yarn cakes

Cats and yarn forever!

That’s about all for now. I should have an FO post up in the next few days and, hopefully, another one for my Color Craving shawl done soon, too. The days are getting shorter so it’s difficult to get shots in decent light, but perhaps I’ll get some Color Craving beauty shots done tomorrow. Here’s hoping!

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Christmas knitting has begun

I have a decent-sized list of things that I’ll be knitting for Christmas gifts this year. I don’t think my family really checks this site, but just in case, I’ll be vague in the cases where I think I may need to be…

  • something for my sister-in-law (done)
  • a shawl for my aunt (done; see below)
  • a shawl for my grandma (have yarn and pattern)
  • a shawl for my mom’s cousin (working on it)
  • something for my mom (underway…just over halfway done)
  • something for my brother (have a few patterns picked out)
  • Dorothy Day Shawl for Dalice (have the yarn)

Not a ton, but definitely enough to keep me pretty busy. I’m glad I have two things done already. Speaking of which…

Sea Leaves Shawl

Pattern: Sea Leaves by Sue Schreuder (free pattern on Ravelry)
Yarn: ~584 yds The Sanguine Gryphon Eidos in Phaedo
Needles: US 6
Started: September 22, 2013
Finished: October 6, 2013

This pattern was pretty straightforward. I think the incr3 on each edge made for a bit of a tight top edge for me. There’s also a bit of wonkiness in the plain section, but I wonder if that’s because I went with the stockinette instead of the garter. Hmm… The only other change I made was to repeat the leaf lace pattern three times instead of two. I did end up using about 40 percent (~164 yds) of a second skein in order to make it larger, just FYI. I used Jeny’s Super Stretchy Bind-Off as recommended.

Blocking

As for the yarn, Eidos really isn’t my favorite. It’s pretty tightly spun, which would probably be great for socks, but it feels rough on my hands. Not a ton of fun to knit with. I also used it to make my Trillian (Ravelry), and it’s just not my favorite thing. I do have one more skein (in a rather fantastic bright green-y yellow), but probably wouldn’t get any more.

I know these pictures aren’t the greatest, but it’s getting to be that time of year. Maybe I’ll wait for the weekend for my next FOs.

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Oana Shawl

I’m going to start this blog the old-fashioned way: with an FO!

Oana ShawlPattern: Oana ShawlSource: Knitscene, Winter 2011
Yarn: ~435 yds Cascade Eco+ in Scarlet/8450 (~310 yds without the fringe)
Needles: US 10 1/2 (but probably should’ve gone up a size, since I’m a tight knitter)
Started: August 3, 2013
Finished: September 22, 2013

I’ve wanted to knit this shawl since I saw the pattern back in 2011. I bought the yarn at Stitches Midwest about a year later and it just sort of sat around. (I have a bit of an Eco Wool problem.) Over the past few months, all I’ve wanted to do is knit, so I finally went ahead and started on this. Plus, it would get one of the four-plus skeins of Eco Wool/Eco+ out of my stash.

Oana Shawl

It was a great, and quick, knit. Of course, there were hundreds of pieces of fringe to cut, so this sat around for a while until my mom volunteered to cut them for me. She cut a little bit extra (~19 yds/10 g), but it was a huge help. I spent most of an evening attaching all the fringe with a crochet hook and I’m pretty happy with how it looks. I think it’ll be really cozy once colder weather hits. Starting a bulky-weight shawl in August in Chicago doesn’t really make a ton of sense. Ha!

Oana Shawl

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