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…since my last post! A sin, I know but there’s been lots brewing.

Here’s a little peek…

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More to come… Promise…

 

Any fans of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar?  It’s one of my favorite movies and as I sat down to write this post Ms. Vita’s line came to mind.

But before I get into that, I wanted you all to know that the cowl has been delivered and will be loved…to death!

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Doesn’t it look great on her?  And so does that hat!!!!  Yes, I finally finished “the hat” that was on needles way to long.  Its done and once again as I asked my sister to model it I thought…not a good idea.  She wanted to keep it of course but I couldn’t blame her it matched so perfectly with the cowl.

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Look at the ribbing, so twisted and perfect!!!

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This hat, Windschief by Stephen West, was supposed to be fitted, like a watch cap but when I saw this version on Ravelry and loved it.

I also added another mod.  I used a tubular cast on.  The effect of the stitches appearing to roll over the edge never fails to thrill me.

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And did I mention how warm it is?  I used 2 strands of fingering weight (Unisono, colorway 1164) held together (on a #7 needle) to get the gauge…worked perfectly!!

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I don’t have any pictures of the wrestling match that ensued as I tried to get the hat off my sister…suffice it to say…I won!!

Now let’s re-visit a past knit for a moment.  I’ve had a few questions lately about the Lucy Hat.

Downtown Abbey KAL - The Lucy Hat 2013

Downtown Abbey KAL – The Lucy Hat 2013

If you remember while I was very happy with this hat and the project in general the only “complaint” was it wasn’t deep enough.  So I did what all crazy knitters do I ripped back to re-do the crown.

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Now to answer the questions of a recent comment by Brittany.  Yes I simple wore the hat backwards, to hide the seam/the color jog, which placed the flap on the left.  As mentioned in the original post.

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I used a german twisted cast on.  It blended so much better with the purl stitches that followed.

Now regarding the short rows, which another reader had a question about.  I honestly don’t think I can shed much light on that one, except to say don’t over think it.  If the directions say, knit to 2 stitches before the last wrapped stitched that means the second stitch from the wrapped stitch.  I don’t know if that helps but I don’t think I can explain it any more clearly than that.  There are quite a few videos on YouTube and on Ravelry that can help.  I think the problem with short rows it just over thinking.  Do exactly what the directions say and you should be fine.

I hope this helps everyone…and remember the beauty of knitting is you can rip it out.  Once you cut fabric, for example, you’re done…no re-dos….

Happy Hat Knitting Everyone!!

…And Another…

My sister saw the cowl I made for our cousin and guess what? Yes…she wanted one too, saying it has been sooooo long since I knit her anything.  Here ya go sis!!

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A big thank you to my friend Carolyn who so graciously modeled for me.  And just happened to be wearing a beautiful baby blue sweater that matched perfectly.

Vern SS Cowl

Pattern:  Gap-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley

Yarn : 1 skein, Rasta by Malabrigo Yarn, colorway #75 Garden Gate (I kept an eye on the tag this time!!)

Needle: 13, 32″ circular. (I used a 32″ circular on this one instead of a 24″ and there was so much more room on the needle)

Modifications:  I cast on 109 stitches, seed stitch for 11 rounds then bound off in pattern.

Hope you like it sister?

Overdue

My cousin has been complaining for a number of years now (and rightly so) that I’ve never knit anything for her.  I have no idea how that is possible but she’s right.  So what can I make for a 21-year-old, drama student living in the east village of NY, who’s “bible” is Vogue Magazine?

The Gap-tastic Cowl, of course…

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and not only does it fit the bill for fashionable, it’s super warm and (the best part for me) super fast.

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Before…

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After…It’s a perfect project.  Oh and did I mention it took only one 90 yard skein.  I love that!

And my cousin is happy…best part!

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Now let’s talk about the yarn for a second…it’s Rasta by Malabrigo Yarn.  Again, 90 yards per skein and the colors…AMAZING!!  There is quite a lot going and it’s beautiful!!!

Details:

Pattern:  Gap-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley

Yarn : 1 skein, Rasta by Malabrigo Yarn.  (I hate to tell you this but I can’t find the tag with the color name/number.  But I’ll keep searching.  I’m so annoyed at myself)

Needle: 13, 24″ circular.

Modifications:  I cast on 109 stitches, seed stitch for 12 rounds then bound off in pattern.

Easy peasy, as my cousin would say…

And that poor hat I started weeks ago…still not done!!

So if you remember, 20 days ago, I started a new hat to keep me occupied during a snow storm.  Well guess what I’ve made next to no progress on it but for good reason.

My husband, who I can’t get enough of, gave me a late Christmas gift.  It’s the gift to top all gifts, at least for me.  Are you ready, cause I wasn’t…

I’d like to introduce you my new sewing machine.  The Bernina 750 QE (Quilters Edition).

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You’ve all heard and used the expression that there are no words to describe a thing.  Well I have no words to describe how surprised I was, excited I was/am and how unbelievable this machine is.  It’s a behemoth and I’m totally in love with her!!!

Ok, I can hear the question being yelled at me.  Did I really need another sewing machine.  Absolutely not!  But am I blessed with a husband who loves to spoil me, see me smile and has always indulged my hobbies.  YES!!! Am I happy? YES!!!  Is it an incredible machine? YES!!!  And the best part…has it made me bold, has it made me step out of the box?  YES!!!

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Look at the size of this girl…HUGE!  It doesn’t even fit in my sewing table.  on top yes, but not inside…no matter… I still love her!!!

I’ve already started a few projects.  This is a start of a single Irish chain quilt for a friend.

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And here are some HST (half square triangles).  I have no idea why I haven’t tried them before but I swear this machine has given me wings.  Dramatic I know…but I’m going with it.

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I’m happy…very happy…and that poor hat.  Going to have to wait a while.

Thank you Darling…thank you so much!!!

On cold, snowy, winter days (and nights) I often wonder what people do who can’t knit (or sew, quilt etc).  I know there are movies to watch, books to read, cookies to bake but there is something so wonderful about having warm, sweet-smelling yarn in your hands.  That extra added warmth and the soft click of the needles, it is so endlessly comforting.

As soon as I heard about the pending snow storm headed our way I thought, time to cast on!!!  And what a great excuse to knit a hat to accompany my new cowl.  I have a bunch of hats but none really “went” with it.  I needed something dark and simple, but still interesting.

Enter Windschief! I knit this pattern (the cowl version) 2 years ago this month, under very similar circumstances…a bit of deja vu!

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It’s a quick knit and will hold my interest just long enough to get through this “stay in” weekend.

Anyone else snowed in?  What are you working on?

A Warm Welcome!!

You all know my feelings about New Years!! I’ve written about it quite a lot over the years.  My routines, traditions, customs, goals, resolutions, etc.  This year I’m keeping things simple with a single theme.  BOLD MOVES!  That is my intention for 2014 in all areas of my life!!

Now I was going to do the usual picture montage, recapping last year’s accomplishments, finished projects, etc but then thought why… Let’s just start with something new…something BOLD,  a bit out of character and something I’m totally in love with.  Not to mention perfect for the upcoming drop in temperature and snow storm…

The first finished item for 2014…

Inspira Cowl by Graphica, Mesa Rock version, modeled bravely (it was freezing this morning) by my beautiful sister.

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I could write about how much I love this for page after page but I’ll let the pictures speak for me.

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I can’t take the credit for how beautiful it is…It’s the pattern and the yarn…Noro Silk Garden, colorway  #349 & 359 (2 skeins of each) The long repeats blended so perfectly!!!

For the bind off I tried a couple of things and decided on a twisted applied Icord bind off.  It worked like a charm.  The goal was to keep the neck from “slouching” without being too tight.  Mission accomplished!!

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Can I just say again how much I love this cowl.  And the yarn!  It’s the first time I’ve ever knit with Noro yarn.  I know, I can hear the gasping.  It’s always felt “scratchy” to me and not “plied enough”, I know, I know…I’m an idiot.  But now it’s a definite favorite…better late than never!!!

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COLOR…BEAUTIFUL BOLD COLOR!!! Yet still earthy…

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Even though she’s not smiling she was very smitten with this cowl.  I was just shy of wrestling it off her.  She wanted to “wear it awhile”…not this one sister!!!

This one is for me.  A reminder to step out of my comfort zone, try something new and to be bold!!!

Happy New Year Everyone!!!  Make it a great one!!!

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