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Summer Projects July 6, 2014

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Since it’s summer here in the northern hemisphere my projects are all for the warmer weather.  For this week I’ll share about this sweet little tank in a book from the library called “Mesh Layering Tank” from Veronik Avery’s Knitting 24/7.  Even though library books are free to borrow, it usually costs me something because I decide to knit something from the book. And that requires a trip to the yarn shop.

So off to Blazing Needles I went to get some yarn. I thought I’d walk there to save gas and be green. And I’ve always wanted to be within walking distance of a yarn store. Walking there was a savory experience down a few tree-lined streets, beautiful! About Blazing Needles, they don’t have just yarn, they have sumptuous stacks and hooks filled with fabulous fiber. And they’re nice. Oh, and they enjoy selling yarn! But that’s not hard, since most women (and guy-knitters too!) walk in to buy yarn. It’s akin to taking candy from a newborn. I’ve worked in a yarn store…I know this for a fact (large retail smile on my face right now)!

 

Here’s a photo…this cursed English Mesh Lace stitch has me in a tizzy in some rows, since I want to always put a yarnover after a decrease. It would help if I weren’t watching every FIFA World Cup match and being too into football/futbol/soccer (chose your word there to make yourself feel better) to pay attention to my knitting.

 

Longfellow Socks May 30, 2014

I’m so tired of this happening at the end of dude socks:
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“This” being that I run out of yarn as I’m ready to knit the toe of the second sock. This is not the first odd toe that I’ve knit.  I only started running out of yarn after the guys I knit for cried out for longer socks!  AND I’m even using a yarn that has generous yardage (Cascade Heritage Quatro–437 yards/400 meters, color way: Brown Bear).

So being smarter than the average brown bear, I came up with a pattern that uses different yarns for a short cuff, heel, and toe. I’m calling this free sock pattern Longfellow Socks.
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Oh, and I always have my knitting with me, even at (close to) the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park. I couldn’t justify risking my life and ending my knitting career in order to hold on to chains for the last part of the hike!

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To get the link, go to this Ravelry page:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/longfellow-socks

Happy knitting, wherever you may be! And here’s to longer socks!

 

Thaynes Canyon Cowl May 17, 2014

 

 

Thaynes Canyon Cowl is named after a canyon which connects to Millcreek Canyon outside of Salt Lake City.  At the beginning of the trail, most people head right to the Salt Lake City overlook trail. But going left on the trail takes hikers to the less traveled Thaynes Canyon, a beautiful hike on a mostly tree-covered trail. The free knitting pattern is below:

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Cowl or neck warmer made in a simple 2 x 2 ribbing with about 100 grams of yarn

Materials: About 100 grams of Bulky Yarn (I used 2 colors Brown Sheep’s Nature Spun Chunky leftovers from some slippers I made for Christmas presents), Size 10.5 circular needles, 29″ long, tapestry needle.

Pattern:  Cast on 80 stitches; I suggest you search Youtube for “super stretchy cast on.”  Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches on this first round.

Work in 2 x 2 ribbing (Knit 2, Purl 2) until piece measures approximately 6.5 inches. I knit 2 rows of the main color, and 2 rows of the contrast color, not cutting the yarn, but carrying it up the back. When I ran out of the contrast color, I continued knitting the main color until I only had enough for a stretchy bind off.

Bind off using a super stretchy bind off (once again, youtube is useful here).

You’ll want both the cast on and bind off to be stretchy. The ribbing stitch will help the edges of the cowl keep its shape.

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“That” Look! February 14, 2014

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You know that look, right? That look someone gives your handknit sweater, wishing they had one too. Well, recently while back in Indiana, my mom gave my sweater that look. Ok, I get the hint. It’s high time I knit something large and meaningful for her, not just socks or a scarf. I owe it to her.  I mean, she kept three of us kids in mittens (her specialty) and hats while we were young. I’ll never forget that variegated red, white, and blue yarn, probably Red Heart, and the mittens that could work on either hand. If we lost one, she would dig into her stash of already-knit mittens. No more cold hands. (Although, for the life of me, I can’t see how Red Heart yarn would keep anything warm!)
So, Mom, this one’s for you, and it’s my pleasure!

 

It’s going to be a cardigan–I had to talk her into a cardigan. Its going to be a little longer–I had to talk her into that too. I think she knows cardigans are more trouble, and longer sweaters take more yarn. It’s ok, Mom. It’ll make up for all those mittens we lost!

 

I am not a fan of the garter-stitch button and buttonhole band. They need to be seriously blocked so they are the same length as the sweater. What pattern am I using? I’m just kind of winging it. Who knows? Maybe I’ll write it up someday, like I did my Olympic sweater. And speaking of my Olympic sweater, I still need to finish the back, as in, stitch on those 2 moose and 1 Christmas tree (see photo below).

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Around Sochi February 4, 2014

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More info tomorrow–or look on Ravelry for “Around Sochi” pattern!

 

Held Hostage, Part 2 October 9, 2013

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  I’ll admit it. I’m a stash and project hostage.  Through the process of moving I saw my accumulation of yarn. The quantity of that yarn stash was paltry by some standards, but it was just too much. (As I teach my students who are learning English, that word “too” followed by a quantity word is never a good thing, e.g. I ate too much, Its too far away, etc.)  I questioned myself: Why do you have so much? What are you missing out on by already having a lot? 

By having that stash, I’ve missed out on yarn trends that I really wanted to try. Like knitting something, anything with Kauni Effektgarn, any new lux fiber, something in Spud & Chloe, a little Madelinetosh number, anything and everything! I’ve passed up simply because of all that yarn that used to be in my basement. I mean, how can I justify spending more? I hope you can feel how long this guilt has gone on, I mean, some of this yarn has been out for a decade! 

So I gave away and sold lots of that bondage in those cute little fiber balls. I still have 2 smallish tubs full (yes, that kind of full, the kind where you almost have to sit on the box lid!), but it’s still only 2 tubs. In the meantime, I’ll continue to finish and knit, and when I do, I’m going to participate fully in trends and fibers, classes and shops. 

Sorry to wax so philosophical here for two posts in a row. Let’s get unserious now. Here are a few UFOs that I’m motivated to finish with accompanying captions below the photo:

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Socks for my brother who, strangely, wears out the toes! Just search for my basic ribbed sock pattern.

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The knitting is done on this nine patch mitered square blanket, but I have about 5 squares worth of weaving in those darn loose ends!

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I don’t want to knit gloves…what was I thinking? Too much fussy-work on the fingers. So I’m making a change to:

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MITTENS! Once I decided to change from gloves to mittens, I was suddenly motivated to finish these. 

And last, but certainly not least:

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Yes, the famous moose hats. It takes about 1.5 hours to duplicate stitch each moose on the hat…x 4 moose = 6 hours just of duplicate stitch! My son better not wash this, or it’s curtains for him!

Now I’ve pared down my UFOs.  What about you?

 

 

Held Hostage… September 16, 2013

Filed under: My Knitting Life — nancyknit @ 8:39 pm
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   Big life changes here…we sold our big house on the prairie (Jackson Prairie, to be exact) in Indiana, loaded a truck and drove to Salt Lake City, Utah (for the second time, I might add) to begin life anew here in a 7th floor 2 bedroom condo. Image

 

                                                                 Big House on the Prairie

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Little Condo in the City

So much of that old life was holding us hostage: too much stuff in the house, too much outside maintenance on a house that was now too big for us. We sold, doled out and donated to anyone who wanted what we weren’t taking.  Why?

   It all started two years ago when dear hubby and I were walking. I had just posted on Facebook how I missed seeing the mountains. He noticed that the clouds on the horizon, the very flat Indiana horizon, looked like mountains and said he missed living in the west. Now two heads are better than one, as they say, so we began to consider, think, pray, talk, and pray some more about moving. 

   Oh, I could go on about how hard leaving was. I cried 3.72 rivers on the way out of Indiana, but began to get excited as the U-Haul chewed up the miles. Let’s face it, this is kind of exciting for a simple person like me.

   That’s all I’m posting for today, but stay tuned for another post next week when I explain about my stash holding me hostage!

 

 
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