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Finished: Diamond Rib Socks in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Hydrangea. Soft, cozy, scrumptious.

Size 2.25 magic loop needles.

Started: Peruvian Poncho. The pattern is Wrapped Up by Susanne Sommer (Sosu). The yarn is various skeins of baby alpaca that I bought on our trip to South America last year. These are from Lima, Peru. I’m not sure if I’m going to use all 7 skeins. They are all different colours and it might be a bit much, but then again it might work. I’m making up the colour progression as I go.

Yarn is 4 skeins of Indiecita Alpaca DK and 3 skeins of Inka Tradition DK, all 50 grams each. The needles are 4.5mm circulars. The garter stitch really makes this soft and cozy. That seems to be my requirements lately. Soft and Cozy.

I’m trying my hardest not to cast on another project. But I may slip up and do it anyway!

Vintage Needles

A number of years ago, my friend Nancy gave me her mother’s needle collection… mainly straight needles and a few dpns. I keep them in a jar in my craft room, but hardly ever use straight needles. I love my circulars for most projects. But when I started this project, the ZickZack Scarf, it seemed very appropriate to use Nancy’s mom’s vintage needles. I like having them on a rigid needle to better see how the project is coming out.

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I needed a size 3US, 3.25mm. These say “Fingertip 10”. Not knowing what that means, I measured them in my needle gauge and voila, perfect 3s! They are a nice smooth needle and perfect for this project.

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This is the ZickZack Scarf. Originally I was going to knit it using 2 skeins of Crystal Palace Yarn’s Sausalito in Mediterranean and 1 skein each of Hibiscus and Borealis. I started it but wasn’t happy with the colours together. So I put the Mediterranean away for another project and got a ball of Crazy Zauberball (in my stash) in Flussbett… a greeny-brown-teal and I’m much happier with how it’s looking.

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It will be a long-term project. It is a daunting 850 yards of fingering weight on size 3.25mm needles, but it’s an easy pattern to pick up and do since every row is the same.

I guess I’ve come down with ‘startosis’ because I have 2 more projects that are new this week besides the ZickZack.

Hygge Cowl. I bought this yarn last year at Tolt Yarn and Wool in Carnation, Washington, and loved the feel and colours of it.

The pattern calls for this specific yarn, but just two balls. I have three, so it’ll be a longer shoulder-hugging cowl-shrug. It is a simple lace pattern that goes pretty quickly.

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I’m about 1/2 done.

Now, I know I started a blanket a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve started another one. I love blankets because I’m always cold, even in the summer. Cascade Knitterati Knit-Along. I posted a little blurb about it in my last post but it is to celebrate Cascade’s 30th anniversary. 30 different designers will create 30 different blocks and the money from pattern sales will be matched and sent to the charity, Haiti Babi, a non-profit that helps young mothers earn a sustainable living wage.

This is square one. I’ve dithered back and forth on the dpn/circular debate. I really don’t enjoy dpns but for the first 20 rows it seems to be the most logical way to do it. But it gets very crowded on those needles and I’m afraid of dropping all the stitches off, so I transferred them to circulars to finish it off. The yarn is Cascade 220 superwash.

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Moorland Blanket. I didn’t get much work done on my Moorland this week. I left it at home when I travelled down to my sister’s to do our marching and haven’t had a chance to pick it up since I’ve been back. I’m on 22nd colour change.

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I’m afraid I’ve got too much going on now and how will I decide what to work on this afternoon?

On The Hook

Is it Wednesday already? I guess I need to set a schedule out with alarms and alerts to remind myself. It may take awhile to get back in the groove of regular posting.

This week I started my Moorland Blanket, a pattern and crochet-along being offered by Lucy at Attic24.

As soon as I saw her initial post on this project, I was enamoured with the colours and the stitch pattern used, and I ordered the yarn pack through Wool Warehouse in the UK. 15 skeins of yarn.

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I did a small sample to get the right hook size and settled with a 3.75mm, which is the same size I’m using for my Granny Stripe Blanket.

I decided to make mine a bit narrower… it will be 42″ instead of 48″ and I started with an initial chain of 161 stitches instead of 181.

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I’m enjoying getting into the groove of this pattern and watching the colours progress. I’m in the greens, which frankly I haven’t seen a lot of around here lately. It’s refreshing to see so much green!

The PussyHat Project. I’ve completed 7, including one for me out of handspun and some of my hand dyed fingering weight doubled. I stopped by the yarn shop yesterday and bought a few skeins of discounted bulky pink yarn and have another one going. I’ll keep knitting these until we march!

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I’m still working on my Feelin’ Groovy socks. As boring as the process is, I do love the crazy striping of the yarn and that it is a super easy project to throw in my purse and knit when I have a few moments to spare. So it is nice to have something like this on the go. And I can see that there is progress being made.

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I didn’t work on my Granny Stripe blanket this week, but I did get it out and into my view. It’s currently 42″ wide and 32″ long. So I have quite a bit still to go on it and I love the bright cheerful colours of this.

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Finished: My Tea Cozy Poncho! I was only a couple of rows from the end and I’ve already worn it to a recital on the weekend. I need to get a photo of me wearing it, but here is Josephine..

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What are you working on this week?

On the Needles

Okay, looks like I’m back at it.

This is a quick look at what I’ve got going and a reminder to myself to get on the ball and finish off some of these projects so that I can start more! Not that the number of WIPs has ever stopped me from casting on a new project.

Tea Cozy Poncho. This was the pattern offered by the yarn shop The Tea Cozy that participated in the Puget Sound LYS Tour last May.

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I’m very close to the end. The yarn is a gorgeous merino and silk fingering-weight yarn: Glen+ by Bumblebirch in Eggplant, 600 yards. My only modification has been to eliminate the last row of eyelets because I’m running too close to the end of my ball and I don’t want to lose at yarn chicken.

Pussy Hats. I’ve made 4 and have about 4 more to make. We (my sister and I) will be marching in the Women’s March on Seattle on January 21st. We have a request from some of her friends to make hats, so we will provide as many as we can get off our needles!

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Most of the hats I’ve made were out of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal, in Fuchsia. I also have some stash yarn, a nice light pink, that is Rowan Cashsoft Baby DK that I doubled. I dyed some bulky as well and knit a hat with that.

My modifications to the original pattern has been to knit them in the round. I cast on 72 stitches and make it about 8.5″ high, joining the top with a 3-needle bind off.

Granny Stripe Blanket. Oh, I love this one. But it’s been sitting in my basket for many months while I’ve been doing other projects. I need to get it finished because I may have ordered more yarn to make Attic24’s next crocheted blanket.

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The yarn is Stylecraft Special DK. I ordered this from Deramore’s in the UK. It amazes me how fast their yarn comes as opposed to things I order in the US or (ahem) Canada. Royal Mail is awesome.

My only modification to the pattern is that I am changing the colours on every row rather than every second row. I’ve also been very diligent and have been weaving in my ends as I go along.

Feeling Groovy. These are tube socks and they are boring as heck. So yeah, they’ve been languishing in my basket for too long. One sock is done. The second is about 1/3 done. I’ve got to finish them!

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No pattern for these. They are k1/p1 ribbed from the top to the star toe.

So that’s it. I hope by putting this out there, I will have at least one finished by next Wednesday.