i haven’t made a terrible ton of progress on knitting in the past week or two, despite time off work for the thanksgiving holiday…primarily because of these:

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tatted snowflakes. my grandma taught me to tat ages ago, but i haven’t really done much with it since. but i wanted snowflakes for christmas decorations, and while looking for patterns (initially i was thinking crochet), i found a simple tatted snowflake pattern. which led me to search for other patterns. the small snowflakes come from an old mc’call’s needlework magazine my mom has and the larger snowflakes are from tatting patterns and designs, which i borrowed from my grandma. the round one in the lower left actually has an opps! – apparently i can’t count and did 9 repeats instead of 8.

i haven’t completely neglected my knitting, though. my dad’s hat is just past the half-way point and i hope to finish this week.

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however, i have a major distraction.

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from blue moon fiber arts, laci in the korppi colorway, arrived on saturday. it’s a 100% merino laceweight and wonderfully soft. almost so soft i didn’t want to wind it up. however, irtfa’a was calling.

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i’ve only just started on the edging, and i can’t wait to do more. i’ve loved all of anne’s patterns that i’ve attempted thus far, and this one is so gorgeous (although, i have to admit, the pretty yarn did it’s fair share of selling the pattern!) that i had to start it right away. other knitting? what other knitting?!


what's one more?

i’ve had a bit of startitis lately. i couldn’t restrain myself, and finally swatched for the dickinson pullover from the fall 2007 interweave knits. in an unheard of (for me) turn of events, i got gauge on the first try. row gauge, stitch gauge, perfect. that never happens. however, it also only further reinforced my notion of myself as a loose knitter. the pattern calls for a “bulky” yarn (7wpi) and us 9/5.5 mm needles. i’m using an aran weight (10 wpi) and got gauge with us 6/4.0 mm needles. by my reckoning, the math shouldn’t work out – with a lighter weight yarn, i should actually be using closer to the size the pattern calls far, if not larger. instead, i’m…well, i’m a very loose knitter. i’ve actually gone down a size, as i don’t like the finished size options for the sweater – 33-1/2″ is too small and 40″ seems too large. by going down a needle size and knitting the 40″ i hope to make a slightly smaller sweater. so far, i’m about 6-1/2″ into the first sleeve.

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i am a little worried about having enough yarn. i don’t quite have enough for the 40″, according to the pattern. however, i’m planning to shorten the sleeves by about 2″, and maybe the body as well. keeping my fingers crossed.

of course, having 1 new project, as well as all the old wip’s couldn’t possibly be enough…

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my dad requested a winter hat, so i’m obliging. he’s worried about wool itching (even though the cascase 220 superwash i’m using is unbelievably soft) so i’m making an outer layer (the blue, #813) and an inner liner of a cotton/tencel blend (the gray, #0499). hopefully this will be a quick project, because…well i need to finish something! further complicating matters – anne just released her latest shawl pattern – and as soon as my yarn arrives, i’m casting on!

what’s one more?

i’ve had a bit of startitis lately. i couldn’t restrain myself, and finally swatched for the dickinson pullover from the fall 2007 interweave knits. in an unheard of (for me) turn of events, i got gauge on the first try. row gauge, stitch gauge, perfect. that never happens. however, it also only further reinforced my notion of myself as a loose knitter. the pattern calls for a “bulky” yarn (7wpi) and us 9/5.5 mm needles. i’m using an aran weight (10 wpi) and got gauge with us 6/4.0 mm needles. by my reckoning, the math shouldn’t work out – with a lighter weight yarn, i should actually be using closer to the size the pattern calls far, if not larger. instead, i’m…well, i’m a very loose knitter. i’ve actually gone down a size, as i don’t like the finished size options for the sweater – 33-1/2″ is too small and 40″ seems too large. by going down a needle size and knitting the 40″ i hope to make a slightly smaller sweater. so far, i’m about 6-1/2″ into the first sleeve.

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i am a little worried about having enough yarn. i don’t quite have enough for the 40″, according to the pattern. however, i’m planning to shorten the sleeves by about 2″, and maybe the body as well. keeping my fingers crossed.

of course, having 1 new project, as well as all the old wip’s couldn’t possibly be enough…

DSCN1731

my dad requested a winter hat, so i’m obliging. he’s worried about wool itching (even though the cascase 220 superwash i’m using is unbelievably soft) so i’m making an outer layer (the blue, #813) and an inner liner of a cotton/tencel blend (the gray, #0499). hopefully this will be a quick project, because…well i need to finish something! further complicating matters – anne just released her latest shawl pattern – and as soon as my yarn arrives, i’m casting on!

not quite morning glory

the knitting hasn’t been so exciting lately. the socks are on hold until smaller needles arrive. mystery stole hasn’t been tempting me. and i’ve decided i absolutely love working on morning glory so much – the pattern is fun and slightly challenging while still allowing for t.v. viewing and the yarn is wonderfully soft – that i’m dreading actually finishing it. so i’m putting it off – making morning glory my ‘reward’ knitting. which means i’ve been working on this:

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i’m probably about halfway or so on my everlasting bagstopper. i thought i might have a bit of the problem with the yarn – it’s 100% hemp and a bit rough. (i understand it softens once washed.) however, the yarn really hasn’t been much of a problem. it’s a nice lacy patterns which opens up rather nicely…so, given my fondness for lace you wouldn’t think that would be a problem…

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…except it’s so incredibly boring! the pattern is only 2 very simple rows. and i’m bored out of my mind when i work on it. i find stockinette stitch more entertaining. or at least more relaxing. i usually can only stand about 2 rows in a sitting, which means it’s going incredibly slowly. at least there’s still morning glory, tempting as a reward…