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Welcome to NaBloPoMo day one! NaBloPoMo, wherein I attempt to post on this blog every day for the whole month of November. Last year I got about five days in before I accidentally skipped a day and the year before I think I made it two whole weeks. Maybe this year will be the year I accomplish it. Or maybe I’ll totally forget tomorrow. One of those.

Anyway, we’re starting the month off right with a finished object. And not just any finished object, but a sweater!

Pattern: Camille Cardigan from the Winter 2012 Knitscene
Yarn: Recycled super bulky 70/30 cotton/wool, the whole sweater (seriously, there are like ten yards left)
Needles: US 11/8 mm
Mods: Welllll, I followed the directions for the shoulders and sleeves (the Contiguous method) and then I just sort of made it up as I went. It’s a pretty simple cardigan, and I’ve made cardigans before. I did so some of the short rows in the collar, but I did leave a lot of them out.

You guys, this sweater is number twelve for the year. TWELVE. True, this one took me five days to knit BUT STILL. TWELVE. Everything from here on out is a bonus (and I’ll probably be making at least one more because who doesn’t need more work cardigans?) I’m completely thrilled with my number twelve, and I’m pretty sure I will wear it all the time. It’s simple, well-fitted (but roomy enough for clothes underneath), and classy enough for work.

Let me tell you about this yarn, y’all. It’s gigantic. My gauge is like 2.5 stitches per inch. It’s recycled (of course), and it used to look like this:

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I have no idea what the yardage is (probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 500), but I used almost every single yard. I was a little worried I was going to run out when I did the button band/collar, but it worked out alright in the end.

The buttons, incidentally, are also recycled. They came off of this sweater:

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Except I apparently had another button that matched, because this sweater appears to only have five buttons and I definitely sewed on six to my sweater. Maybe there was an extra button sewn into the tag at the side seam. Some sweaters have those.

Anyway, I love my new sweater.

It’s warm and snuggly and soft. I even like the bright red color, even though I tend towards cooler colors usually. Love this thing. LOVE.

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So… I sort of fell of the NaBloPoMo bandwagon. Well, I tried anyway. And I did pretty well, I think. I posted most days, and I would have posted more often but I had trouble getting photos during the daylight, especially over Thanksgiving break.

Anyway, the third item of my OliviaGoddess WWFY trade finished drying over break and I finally mailed everything off:

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Pattern: Cloud Bolero
Yarn: Claudia Handpainted and CEY Jil Eaton Minnow Merino
Needles: Big. Whatever the pattern calls for.
Mods: None. Made the XS.

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This came out well but HOLY HELL is the pattern difficult to follow. It’s confusing and jumbled and really difficult to decipher. I’m pretty sure the only reason I could do it was because I made Liesl first (which is very similar). I considered just making a shrug out of Liesl, but OliviaGoddess said Cloud, so Cloud I made.

As for the yarn: The Claudia Handpainted (the variagated) is lovely, wonderful, dense merino. Like the best handspun and also gorgeous. LOVE. It’s hella expensive and it will never grace my fingers again, but damn is it pretty. The other stuff, the Classic Elite on the bottom, is okay. It’s a pretty basic wool single, though a bit too fuzzy for my taste.

So yeah. So much for NaBloPoMo. BUT: The future: more shark mittens (three more pairs by Friday), maybe some socks, HOPEFULLY a sweater for the boyfriend for Christmas.

Christ. It’s finals week next week and I have a ton of knitting to do. Good thing I only have two finals.

So… I forgot to blog yesterday. Bad NaBloPoMo participant. Oh well. One of these days I’ll do two posts to make up for yesterday. But not today because it’s already after four and I have plans tonight. What plans, you ask?

HARRY POTTER PREMIERE, OF COURSE.

That’s right, folks, I’m going to the premiere of the seventh Harry Potter movie because I am completely obsessed with Harry Potter. I’m sort of dressing up (I’ll be Slytherin-themed with a grey and green striped sweater dress and black tights) and I’ll be drawing a dark mark on my arm. Hopefully I’ll have some pictures of other people’s costumes for tomorrow. : )

As for the WIP:

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It’s the Cloud Bolero for a WWFY swap. I think I’ll be casting off soon, but I have to make sure it’s long enough for the recipient’s daughter. I also finished the mitten part of a pair of shark mittens (still need to do mouths and fins). That’s the first of three pairs that were ordered from my Etsy shop the other day. One of them will be in acrylic though, which my brother is sending me from home since I don’t have any grey acrylic yarn here at school.

Is anyone else going to see Harry Potter tonight? Are you dressing up? Tell me in the comments! (No, really, I’m interested. I love people who dress up for movie premieres.)

So… the day got away from me and I didn’t get a chance to snap any pictures of the thing I finished knitting yesterday or the things I was working on today. I’m heading out to a party in a little bit so I don’t have time now (and it’s dark anyway), so today marks NaBloPoMo day number one with no pictures. I did make it all the way to day thirteen though, so go me!

The party I am going to tonight is a masquerade ball, which means I had to make a masquerade mask. I was going to knit it but time got away from me, so I made it out of cardboard and leather. I want to show it off (as well as the one I helped my boyfriend make), but I’ll do it when there’s more light (tomorrow probably).

Coming up this week will be FO posts about a couple of little things, WIP posts about a new WWFY swap (for some really awesome thing), and SOMETIME this month I want to do a tut on grafting in pattern (which I figured out how to do from grafting the cabled top of my Red Riding Hood cape). I haven’t seen a tut like this around (I know, I was looking for one), so I’m hoping when I get it up, it’ll be a pretty valuable resource.

Til then, cheers!

And I’m still working on Leyburn, so instead you get a bad self-photo of what I’m wearing today!

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Sweater: Owls, knit in Cascade Ecological Wool
Shirt: Hand-me-down from my sister, who is both larger and younger than me. It does not appear to have a brand tag.
Jeans: Thrift store, pegged by me for wearing in boots.
Boots: Steve and Barry’s, before they went out of business. $9. Hell yes.
Jewelry: Two Disney rings from my grandmother (that I always wear), blue Pocohontas-ish necklace that was a gift from the boyfriend.

No worries, I don’t anticipate making this a regular feature of the blog. Unless you want me to. Mostly I am all about the swaps and the finished knits and sewing projects and whatnot. Tomorrow will probably be more sock. Or something. Later this month I plan to do a tutorial on grafting (Kitchener stitch) in pattern (like seed stitch or cables or something). I need to write it up though. Along with the pattern for my Halloween cape.

So yes. NaBloPoMo!

Day two of NaBloPoMo. So far so good, albeit late.

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Pattern: Brambles from the latest Knitty
Yarn: Cascade 220, probably about 2/3 of a skein.
Needles: US 6
Mods: None. I worked the small brim size and the medium length cause I was concerned about yarn (I think I would have had plenty for the longest size)

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So I like this hat. Think it’s cute. And I needed another hat. Though it occurs to me that I need another hat that isn’t blue–I have like three blue ones and a grey one and a brown one. I like the pattern (I love the flower-ish shape on the top) and Cascade 220 is always good. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough yarn, but I had plenty. Not that I anticipate making this again (I don’t often repeat patterns), but if I did, I would make the shortest version as that’s really all that’s necessary.

Anyway, yeah. Knitting. I started some socks, which I will show you tomorrow. I’m expecting some WWFY stuff, which I’ll show you when it arrives. Hopefully I can get pictures up every day of this NaBloPoMo thing and hopefully they won’t all be this late. It’ll be interesting at least. : )

So I’ve decided to participate in NaBloPoMo for the month of November. NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month, is a challenge to post on your blog every day for the month of November. So I’m going to try. I might have to do a couple of silly memes, and there might not always be pictures, but I’m going to try. Because why the hell not?

In other news, I have a swap thing to share today. I did a personal swap with craftsunderground/Maria for a sewing accessory. I received the pin cushion she made for me today:

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I think it’s super cool. : ) She asked me to pick from several themes, and I picked chess or champagne (clearly she went with the former). I love that it’s sort of heavy so it won’t fall over and there’s plenty of room for pins. Yay!

I finished the thing I made for her, but I haven’t sent it yet, so I’ll post about that after she receives. I also finished the Brambles hat I mentioned the other day. It’s currently blocking, but I should have pictures of that tomorrow.