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February 2016

walk with me

Have you ever noticed that when you see something, like a particular model car, you begin seeing them everywhere? It happens with lots of things, like a song as an earworm. Colors can be like that, too.  Yesterday, while I was hanging around in the woods with Willy and Sam, I noticed a beautiful, iridescent feather on a bed of moss and lichen.

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My kind of colors.  Believe me, this picture can barely do it justice.  After a bit more poking around, we walked up the hill and I went back to work.  The first batch of yarn on the table waiting for me to tag was this one.

 

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See what I mean?

 

ps. I'm thinking it'll be this way with Stopover this weekend.  Anyone wearing one at the NETA SPA ? Thought so.


coffee an'..

'Raglanify'

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I'd no sooner clipped the ends from 'Stopover', which btw, I really enjoyed knitting (what's not to like about big needles and hand spun), then I was off to find yarn for another project.  I'd been searching for a simple raglan pattern, preferably top down.  Along the way, Raglanify came up in a conversation.  

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Raglanify, in case you've been living under the same rock I was, is an app that generates a custom raglan sweater pattern.  After filling in a simple form with your gauge, needles sizes, desired fit and body dimensions, the app sends an email with the pattern.  I changed it to a pdf and loaded it into my Knit Companion app.  I love this stuff!  

This won't knit up as quickly as Stopover.  I chose size 8 needles.  My wrists are complaining.  9's may have been a better choice.  I have time to change after I get through the yoke increases.  I wanted the a bit tighter.  So here's my question....

Anyone want to join me?


It's raining

not snowing..  What a difference a year makes.

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Imagine, February 3rd. and the sap is beginning to flow.  I'm still checking for ticks and allergy season never ended.  Come on Mother Nature, it's not to late.  Just a little winter.  Ignore the ground hog.  What does he know?

 

Remember, there are only 5 1/2 wks. before  daylight savings returns.

 

 


Stopover and KAL

Bang Out a Sweater is a great idea and I joined right in but this sweater has been years in the making.  

I began spinning the yarn I'm using in November 2014. It is a lovely soft Romedale spun into a squishy 3 ply aran wt. 

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The dark blue brown blend was carded and spun last summer. Not for this project specially, but with the idea of using it in a sweater as a contrasting color.  

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The Ocean Shetland blend was carded years ago when most of two pounds was spun as another 3 ply yarn that I apparently have stored in a very much too safe a place.  I know it exists, I have pictures.  Lucky for me, I had a batt or two left in an unsecured location and was able to spin, ply and wash it over the weekend.  

Knitting began this afternoon. 

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It's going to be fun!