Category Archives: Works in Progress

The Coziest Granny Square Blanket

I'm free! The holidays have passed and I have wrapped and mailed the very last of the knit things since I last posted. But now that's all done with (until my mid-July panic about making presents begins again) and now I can move on to projects that I've squirrelled away for quieter times. I have a box of the special buy Chroma Worsted stashed since this year's Cyber Monday sale (oh all those lovely blues!) which I've finally been able to start dipping into.

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Oh my Biggo!

We're going a little Biggo crazy here - if you get our emails (you should!), you'll know that for this week, every order over $5 gets you a free hank of squishy, delectable Biggo yarn! But what can you do with just one hank, you ask? Well, at 110 yards per 100 gram hank, it doesn't seem like much - but with Biggo, a little goes a long way. For instance, it's plenty enough for some fatty mittens, a fluffy earflap hat, or this double seed stitch scarf I'm making for my niece!

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For the love of Andes del Campo

I have a new yarn love and it is Andes del Campo. It's probably rather silly since it's not a new yarn at all.  And I had played with it a bit when it first came out & thought it was lovely.  But I hadn't used it in a project until recently & now I'm head over heels.

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Hearts Forever!

A certain little lady has requested a heart scarf in pink or purple for the holidays. After much hemming and hawing over yarn I finally settled on Dolly in Stroll Hand Painted and White in Stroll Sport. I wanted to makes sure it would still be pretty easy to wash (especially after I imagined it getting dunked in a sloppy puddle or dragging on the ground behind her as she runs for the school bus) and both Strolls are machine washable, perfect for what I had in mind.

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This is what happens when I stop baking

I have been committed to a gluten-free diet for about four months. (Medical disclaimer - I am not a doctor) I decided to give the diet a try after reading blogs covering the gluten-free lifestyle. So far, I have been very happy with my results with one HUGE exception. I absolutely love baking! I don't necessarily eat everything I bake because I use baked goods as gifts to friends and family. It's the act of baking that gives me so much pleasure. It is possible to bake gluten-free at home but I feel like it is just too involved so I've given up baking. Would you believe I have had withdrawal symptoms? Not for sugar and calories but for the act of baking. I've found myself getting up on Saturday morning having to fight the urge to whip up scones, cookies and a pie. Don't even get me started on my urges to bake bread. Over the Labor Day Weekend, I decided to focus on having my knitting and spinning as a healthy way to distract me from baking. As much as I love my fiber world, I've been astounded at how it has been an effort to have it replace my baking urges. Once I got myself settled, I did enjoy the the hours of uninterrupted knitting.

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Some Quick Projects

All this hot weather hasn't stopped my needles, but it has put a size limit on what I'm working on. That means no blankets, sweaters or scarves until the temperature drops below 75! It's just too hot and sticky to be hauling around projects that large, let along having them in my lap as I work on them. NO thank you. Instead, I've been delving into my stash of quick projects. Over the last three days I started and finished a pair of Matilde Skår's Abra Alba Wrist Warmers, made a Teeny Tiny Knitted Toys white bunny to go with my little vegetable garden from two weeks ago and cast on some nice, plain black Capretta fingerless mittens from the Knitting Venture's Leap! pattern. And it's only Wednesday!

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I’ve decided on my travel project

The Five-Way Cable Shrug is designed by Lily Chin. It is a free pattern!! (it's also available in her gorgeous book Power Cables.) It is a simple design that is made stunning and practical by strategically placed buttons and crocheted loops. This so completely appeals to my love of useful knit projects.

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Endless Summer Braid

(photo from Endless Summer Braid pattern page) Remember when I was thinking about knitting a collection of headbands to use in Mexico instead of hats? Well, last week I found myself without any projects in progress. Except for a pair of socks, I didn’t have anything ready for me to knit.I scrounged around in our office yarn stash but I only came up with a couple of matching colors in anything I found appealing. It was exactly the incentive I needed to try some of the headbands in my Ravelry queue

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Relaxing Knits

Have you ever had one of the months where you've been pulled in all different directions? I've been having a crazy couple of months (here's hoping July slows down!) and I'm finding myself only working on semi-mindless, relaxing knits to distract myself. And using up my insane amount of sock yarn stash is a bonus. Lately, I've been working on different shawl/scarves that are garter stitch with some neat construction to keep it interesting. I wrote about my Color Affection a few weeks back. I finished it (but I haven't had a chance to take photos of the whole thing). I really loved working on it.

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Fightin’ Words in Progress

Well! We're back from our adventures at TNNA and finally settling back in to this time zone. Between the airplane trip out and the little bits of down time I was able to snag at the convention center, I finished one of the Fightin' Words mitts I mentioned last week!

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