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I finished my Bigger on the Inside Shawl!

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Pattern: Bigger on the Inside
Yarn: Lambswool/angora/nylon blend lace, recycled and dyed by someone in WWFY.
Needles: US 2
Mods: I knit as written though the proportions are a little wonky.

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I think I did more decrease rows that increase rows so the top bit is kinda wonky. I love how it came out.

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TARDIS!

I went down a bunch of needle sizes because the shawl calls for fingering weight and I used lace weight. The resulting shawl is still really airy and light. It’s a bit more like a scarf than a shawl, but I can still sling it around my shoulders when the AC is up too high.

Since finishing the TARDIS shawl, I’ve started sweater number six for the year, a tank top I’m designing for the Designer’s Challenge group on Ravelry. Still working on the vanilla socks (for which I’m going to do a crystal heel from the latest Knitty) and I’m almost done with the leg of the first one. The next socks in the queue are some TARDIS socks because I’m a huge nerd. I’m planning to make some fingerless mitts with the lace I used for Bigger on the Inside held doubled. I can be completely nerdy and matchy at the same time. Y’know, in six months when the weather is no longer a billion degrees.

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I currently have three projects in the works plus another small one for Etsy. First up, the vanilla socks:

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I’m doing an afterthought heel which is why they look oddly long.

Next is a Bigger on the Inside shawl from the most recent Knitty:

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It’s a recycled wool/angora blend that I had dyed through WWFY. I love it.

And finally….

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OMG. Spinning. I know. If you’ve just started following the blog… any time in the last year, then you probably didn’t know I did that. BUT I DO. I was watching the Knit Girllls podcast and felt the urge to spin. I got out some Romney I got from an OWS swap a while ago. I’ve missed spinning. I really love it. Because I clearly don’t have enough yarn as it is.

In unrelated fandom news, I’ve finished reading the Hunger Games trilogy and am going to see the movie this afternoon. If you’d like to hear my thoughts, hop on over to Twitter.

So I didn’t do a lot of knitting at the beach, but I did make enough progress on my Multnomah that I finished it up on Saturday afternoon.

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Pattern: Multnomah
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Silkie in Nodding Violets
Needles: US 4/3.75 mm KP options circ
Mods: Only eight feather and fan repeats cause I ran out of yarn

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So this is the prettiest shawl ever and you should be jealous. Also, it was super nice to make and the pattern in really easy. Also, this yarn is fantastic–soft and shiny and silky and slinky. Delightful.

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I hit the shawl with some steam to open it up a bit. I used a smaller needle that I usually would with a fingering weight shawl, so the garter stitch is squooshy and dense. LOVE. Can’t wait until it’s cooler so I can actually wear it cause I would wear it all the time. : )

In a fit of startitus, I cast on for All the Things. Okay, just two things I wasn’t already working on, but still.

I started some socks in KP Stroll (Well, Essential cause I’ve had it for while, but it’s the same)

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It was a 100g skein I split and as you can see, the outside was a different color than the inside. Which is possibly why it was on sale when I bought it. Luckily, I don’t mind mismatched socks.

I also started a Multnomah shawl in Socks that Rock Silkie.

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It’s the prettiest shawl ever, and you should be jealous.

Also, there’s these socks I’ve been working on in Jo Ann Sensations Dolcetto (which has been since discontinued)

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They’re currently knee high and I have about 20g for each sock left, so I’m going to switch to ribbing and see how far I get.

I have FO shots of the most recent Leah vest and when I do that post, I will have some Things to Say because I am thisclose to scrapping the whole damn project. It turned out too big and I had to sew some darts and yeah. Anyway. Look at the socks and shawl!

So the other day I finished and blocked my Haruni shawl, and I must say that it came out quite well!

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Pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/haruni”>Haruni
Yarn: Plymouth Baby Alpaca Lace
Needles: US 4/3.75 mm
Mods: None

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I really really love how this shawl came out. I want to drape it over myself and rub it on my face and snuggle up with it. Unfortunately, it is a hundred degrees outside (the thermometer said 104 yesterday), so alpaca, no matter how light, is just Too Warm for the season. It is delightfully soft though.

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The pattern was really easy to follow and the designer explains everything wonderfully, so you can see what’s going on. There are both charted and written directions, which is great when one or the other isn’t quite making sense. The crochet cast-off was incredibly fiddly but that’s not the designer’s fault and it is pretty (so it was worth it). It blocked pretty easily (I used steam and an iron) though I may reblock it when the weather gets colder before I wear it (I’ll probably wet block it next time).

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The yarn is absolutely delightful, as one would expect from a baby alpaca yarn. Super soft and cozy. I have another skein in red in the stash and while I thought about combining the two, I’m glad I went with this color for Haruni. It’s super pretty and I love it.

Currently on the needles is the Great Gatsby Dress from IK Summer 2009. I am desperately in love with it and will jabber about that later.

I finished my handspun Swallowtail!

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Pattern: Swallowtail by Evelyn Clark
Yarn: My handspun superwash merino. Pretty.
Needles: US 4/3.75 mm Knit Picks Options circ
Mods: 19 Budding Lace repeats.

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I love this thing, guys. It’s wonderful. It’s soft and light and warm and I SPUN THE YARN. I love this pattern (this is my second, and I don’t really repeat patterns often), and I love the yarn. The colors are gorgeous, and they worked really well with the pattern, which sort of surprised me since I knew it was going to stripe. But it worked out so well.

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WONDERFUL. I really love it. It’s the perfect light layer when my arms are a little cool and it’s SO PRETTY.

Okay, I am going to stop gushing now.

Coming soon: swap things (Tuesday probably) and some fiber. I’m also knitting swap things, but I’ll probably post those all at once. Oh, and I’m starting a new sweater. More on that later. : )

Okay, so maybe I lied. Turns out I figured how to gain internet access, and that means you all get an early post! Whoo! Anyway, as I said, knitting has been happening:

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(Sorry for ridiculous edited photos. The second one (the next one after this) has the most accurate color.)

Pattern: It’s a triangle with eyelets. Do you really need a pattern?
Yarn: Combo yarn I got in a swap. I believe it’s silk and cotton.
Needles: US 10/6 mm Knit Picks Options circular

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(This is the most accurate shot of color.)

This came out exactly how I wanted it too: large and warm. It’s a lovely scarf. It’s cotton, so it’s not the best fiber for winter, but until I get around to knitting a wool triangle scarf, this will do. Plus I love the yarn. The light green strand, the silk, is shiny and soft and the cottons are nice too. The tweed bits are interesting (though I think I’d have preferred to leave them out).

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So what else is going on? Well, Ongoing Wish Swap is happening. I’m expecting two packages hopefully in the next two weeks, otherwise I’ll have to wait until I get back to school after winter break. I’ve also finished a hat, which I’ll hopefully post on Monday. I’m also working on a pair of vanilla socks, as I mentioned yesterday, I think, and those will probably show up on Wednesday. After the socks, there might be another break in posting as it’s the last two weeks of the semester starting Monday (a week of classes and then a week of finals), and I have a ton of schoolwork to finish in that time. But I’ll give you a better update then. Stay tuned!

Thing number one: A chapstick cozy:

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Pattern: Chapstick/Lip Balm Holder
Yarn: Lily Sugar N’ Cream, colorway was like, strawberry or somesuch.
Hook: F/3.75 mm
Mods: Probably? Added a loop to attach to my keychain.

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It’s functional, and that’s great. Whee, always having chapstick! I’m totally addicted.

Thing number two: A spinning FO!

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Fiber: Random wool I got with a spindle on Etsy. An ounce.
Weight: About sport, I think. 2 ply.
Yardage: About 88 yards to my rudimentary measurements.
Colorway: Raspberry

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Probably this will become some sort of lacy cowl because I love lacy cowls. Probably with buttons so it doesn’t have to be wide enough to get over my head. The yarn actually came out quite soft, probably due to its SOAK bath. I bought the Ravelry edition from the minimart, and I LOVE the scent. Really, it’s great.

Thing number three: A WIP shawl:

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I’m using some yarn I got in a swap (the Rainbow Swap if you recall). It’s a combo yarn with strands of cotton and silk. Here, look:

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The true green is the silk, I think, and the white and the teal/blue are cotton.

The shawl is looking to be quite large, which I’m cool with. I want to do some lacy edging on the edge, but I haven’t found anything I like, so I might just have a boring triangle scarf. The yarn is the prettiest part anyway.

Coming soon: Probably the FO post for the shawl cause we all know I knit like the wind (Bulls-eye). Maybe those dino mittens. Maybe I’ll knit another hat. Who the hell knows. At this point, I’m thinking about my shawl and final projects. Classes are winding down for the semester, so I’ll be studying (sort of) for finals. Fun times. Don’t worry though: Crafting will happen. Plus there’s swap things. So stay tuned. : )

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Pattern: My own! A stockinette triangle with a wave lace pattern and a simple edging. I’d love to share it, but I fudged most of the numbers to make the lace fit, so it would be difficult to write directions.
Yarn: Red Heart Heart and Sole, about a ball and a half in “Spring Stripes”
Needles: US 7/4.5 mm Knit Picks Options circ

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(It’s really not wonky, I just arranged it oddly on Elizabeth. It’s not crooked, I promise.)

I LOVE this shawl. It’s light but still warm, perfect for overzealous air conditioning. The colors and bright and lovely. I LOVE how the lace came out. It’s a simple pattern but because of the stripes in the yarn, it makes the colors pop and they don’t obscure the pattern tooooo much. The points didn’t block out as much as I’d hoped, but they’re pointy enough. All in all, the shawl came out almost exactly as I wanted it to.

Here are some more pictures (I really like macro mode):

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Currently being crafty: Inchie swap. Soon to be another swap. A cool knitting project. And a super secret project that I won’t be able to talk about in detail until December. Don’t worry though, I’ll have plenty of other things to show you until then. Stay tuned!

So I cast on for another project, even though I have yet to finish my Razor Cami. The baby cardi is done but still needs some sort of closure and possibly a blocking. And I really ought to start Christmas presents (or at least the birthday presents I’ve got coming up).

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It’s a little shawl I started out of Red Heart Heart and Sole sock yarn. One skein likely won’t be enough, but I’ll work with what I have at the moment. It looks pretty basic now, I know, but I’m going to add a lace edging and I might even write up a pattern for it. : )

And I only started this because I needed something to knit while in lines at Busch Gardens. That picture was taken while I waited for Kansas to play (they did a show at the park). While I was waiting, I also played with the macro function on my camera and took some lovely artsy yarn/knitting shots:

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Okay, that last one is my Swallowtail Shawl, which I brought in case it got cold (it did).

So this will likely be a wip for a while, cast aside while I work on other, more pressing things. But it’ll be nice to have a simple stockinette project on the side in case I get sick of the other projects I need to do. Including a stranded colorwork pillow for someone’s birthday. By when I go back to school. I could do it in a week, but I really ought to get started. Meh. It’ll happen.