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I don’t think I’ve mentioned this on the blog yet (though at this point I’m quite sure what I have/haven’t told anyone so don’t feel left out), but I’m moving on Saturday.

And then again on Wednesday.

Basically, I’m headed back up to school with a pit stop at my parents for a few days of sleep, laundry and repacking.

But all of this moving and packing and repacking and leaving, is giving me the feeling like I need to hoard things. Things like yarn and knitting projects of course. But also things like ideas and feelings and possibilities, mostly in the form of sketches and charts and swatches. I sort of feel like I’m stock piling these ideas and this yarn for later. For a time when I’m out of yarn (ha!), or out of ideas, or both.

Whatever the motivation, these feelings have led to yarn buying, and yarn swatching. And we all know that yarn obtaining, means a post with lots of pictures, and who doesn’t love that. So, onwards to pictures and yarn!

Piles of washed and blocking swatches. I always get a warm, fuzzy feeling when I see a pile of swatches (or any pile of knitting really). There’s something about a large quantity of knitting all in one place that somehow simply makes my day better.

One skein of Madelintosh Prairie in the colorway Chamomile. This skein is 840 yards of a heavy single ply lace weight, and is destined to become something bright and cheerful in the middle of December or February, when everything is grey and drab, and knitting a lacy little thing in bright yellow will feel fantastic.

Two skeins of Cascade Heritage Silk, in black and an electric blue to be knit into mittens. A second sample of the not quite argyle mittens. Speaking of the not quite argyle mittens.

They’re done!

(they’ll get their own post once I wash them and weave in the ends, but they are done)

Part of a skein of Wollmeise Lace-Garn, won (awhile ago) in a blog giveaway from Wendy Knits. I’ve never used or even seen Wollmeise before and I’m super excited to get the chance to work with it. I’ve got about 500 yards that will become a shawl/wrap of some sort. This swatch was worked on a US 5 (3.75mm) needle, but I’ll probably go down to a US 4 (3.5mm) or even a 3 (3.25mm) for the actual piece.

Another ball of new to me yarn that I’ve been eying for a month or so, and finally picked up. It’s from Alisha Goes Around, in the Riches (of Martens) Fingering base. I don’t know the colorway, but it’s stunning shades of purple, and I simply can’t wait to work with it.

Three skeins (one is hidden under the swatches) of Madelinetosh DK in the colorway hearth, that is destined to become a large cushy, comfy, not quite lace, sort of circular shawl, perfect for fall.

Some beautiful yarn that will be worked up into a pair of cushy, warm fair isle mittens. I don’t have the name or colors of the yarn with me (sorry!).

And finally a small sweaters worth of Cascade Greenland. It’ll become a simple stockinette, top down, hip length, short sleeved sweater, with skinny white stripes starting at the waist and finishing at the hem. Finished off with an i-cord cast on around the neck, and ether i-cord or a hem around the sleeves, and a need finished hem. Closed with a large metal statement of a zipper.

I’m also making good progress on my sanity keeping garter stitch shawl, and I’ll try to get those mittens washed, blocked and posted this weekend (can’t promise though). Either way I think that’s enough for this morning. Until next time.

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Ta-Da! Tumbling Deco is now available for purchase as a download, for $6.00 either on Ravelry, or directly through the blog by clicking the buy now button.

Stacks of blocks tumbling down. Falling from and back into little fields of mesh, leaving simple serenity in their wake.


Referential of the art deco movement, this shawl is knit all in one piece from the top down. It begins by casting on 11 stitches at the back of the neck and continues down, increasing eight stitches every other row to create a crescent that drapes beautifully across the back of the neck and flows over the shoulders. Just before the bind off and eyelet-increase row is worked to ensure that a thorough blocking is possible.

Yarn: Madelinetosh ‘tosh lace,’ 950 yards (968 meters), 100% superwash merino, 1 skein, shown in ‘robins egg’

Needles: US size 2 (2.75 mm) 40 inch (101 cm) circular, or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: 4 stitch markers, tapestry needle, 1 coiless safety pin or row marker

Gauge: 6.5 sts/inch; 10 rows/inch (6.5 sts/2.5 cm; 10 rows/2.5 cm) in washed and blocked stockinette

Blocked Dimensions: 18.5 inches (47 cm) down the center back

Skills Used: reading charts, casting on, binding off, knitting, purling, slipping stitches, yarn over, k2tog, ssk, k3tog, k3togtbl, k2togtbl, sl 1-k2tog-psso, weaving in ends, blocking lace

This pattern is only charted. However, written directions may become available at a future date.

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(click on any of the images to see them larger)

 

Pattern: My own (pattern available soon-ish)
Yarn: Madelinetosh, Tosh Lace, colorway Robin’s Egg
Yardage: one 950 yard (868 meter) skein
Yarn Source: Knitty City
Needles: 2.75 mm 36″ circulars
Gauge: 6.5 sts/inch; 10 rows/inch

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All I want to knit right now is garter stitch. Simply knitting, back and forth, with great yarn and good needles.

For the moment, life is simply too nuts for anything else (plus I’m getting tired of purling back across on those reallllly long rows at the end of a top down shawl.)

So I’m knitting a shawl. In beautiful yarn, and great needles. Entirely in garter (plus a handful of eyelet rows). And it is the only thing keeping me sane right now.

(that’s the swatch, not the real thing. I’ll see if I can get a couple pictures of the real shawl posted within the next couple of days or so, when there is sunlight and I’m not blogging at midnight)

 

 

A more complete update coming soon-ish. Just as soon as life calms down a touch. (but expect some FO pictures over the weekend, which FO? you’ll have to come back to find out)

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