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The Ayes Have It

I finally got to cast on for Eunice with the yarn y’all choose way back in May. Great pairing!

Eunice in Koigu

Eunice in Koigu

These pics don’t really do the socks justice. In fact, they look a bit like a giant squid. See the creepy eyes?

Hopefully the next photos are a little less squid like and a little more sock like.

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I have overextended myself a little lately and consequently, I have been forced to rush a little to meet some deadlines.

We spent the weekend landscaping. It was some tough, let me tell you!

Hard Work!

Hard Work!

Another project taking up a lot of my time is the Cookie A. KAL project #2.

For some reason, I decided to knit a pattern this month that requires a little more concentration than is usually allotted during the tv hours in our house. Of course, with small children, all knitting related activities need to be jammed into those fleeting moments between the time that the kids go to bed and the time that I go to bed. And, this is prime time for both tv watching and snuggling with TG.

So, not a ton of progress is being made on these Marlene‘s, but they sure are pretty.

We need to be finished in six days!

We need to be finished in six days!

This is the first time I have broken into the Sundara stash and I must say, I love how it is working up. The subtle shading and firm twist really makes the twisted ribbing pop!

Of course, things would go a lot faster if I stopped sneaking away from the knitting to buy some new yarn. But how could I resist this?

Wollmeise in Poison #5

Wollmeise in Poison #5

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I’ve caught the sweater bug again. I guess it was only a matter of time really.

So, I cast on for Jane and hopefully this will sufficently scratch that sweater itch.

Simple Beginning

Simple Beginning

There isn’t much to it yet. But, I like it. Yes, I do.

And, I am still waiting to cast on with the Koigu sock that y’all so helpfully choose in the last vote.

But, I won’t be casting on with it until next month because the KAL people, in all their infinite wisdom decided to make this a free choice month.

This means that Eunice won’t begin until next month. In the meantime, hang in there, it looks like there will be a lot of stockinette sweater in my future.

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New Pedicure:

Check

Check

New Sock:

also check

also check

Finished baby sweater:

ckeck, check, check

check, check, check

Get your sweater details here.

p.s. I wrote most of this post last night and when I woke up this morning, it was snowing. Perhaps I angered mother nature when I threw caution to the wind and dared to get a pedicure…

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Dudes, I think these socks may be cursed. It’s too soon to tell, just yet; but look at the yarn barf that I ended up with yesterday.

Oy, the horror!

Oy, the horror!

But, fear not, all is right with the world again. I got it rewound (only took 6 tries, seriously!) and have cast on for Glynis.

Pretty, Soft, Snuggly

Pretty, Soft, Snuggly

I love this part.

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I have so very much to show you. I have been such a busy girl this past week.

Stripe-y Socks

Stripe-y Socks

The yarn? Hazel Knits in 117 Chuckanut Drive. Bought while on vacation in Seattle (the first time) and cast on the other night. Didn’t even know these were a self-striping. I suspect the dyer didn’t actually plan it that way. Apparently, I am a magic knitter.

Mmmmm.... Manos Silk

Mmmmm.... Manos Silk

Manos Silk Clapotis in Rust. I really like the silk blend much better than the plain old silk-less Manos. Is silk-less even a word?

Who cares? I can’t wait to start dropping stitches!

Itty-Bitty Sweater Piece

Itty-Bitty Sweater Piece

And, I cast on for a new sweater for Monkey. Hopefully this will encourage her to keep her mitts off of mine.

Speaking of my sweater, I bet you are still wondering when I will make with the photos of the Oh La La Vest. Soon, my friends, soon. I just need some good light and a willing model…

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An new vest cast it’s way into my heart the other day.

Retina burning red

Retina burning red

This is going to be the U-Neck Vest from Fitted Knits when it’s done. Right now, it’s just a bunch of circular ribbing.

And, at the guild meeting last week, I scored a skein of Wollmeise 80/20 Fluffy Wildthing in Indischrot from blogless Claire. She is my new hero. Oh red, how I love thee…

I wish this was edible

I wish this was edible

p.s. If you are wondering about the shawl, it’s been returned safe and sound. All is well in the world.

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Yesterday, I finished a Sock Monkey.

All Ready for Easter

All Ready for Easter

Don’t you just love the bows on her ears?

While I love the finished product, I did not love the process as much.

I don’t know why, but the whole thing seemed fiddly, tedious, and n0t at all portable like a good pair of socks usually turns out to be. Perhaps because these sock Monkeys are knit out of BMFA STR Heavyweight and so I kept thinking the whole thing should have fit a little easier into my knitting bag (which is absurd, really, since a sock monkey is a lot bigger than a sock) and I hated the part where I had to work around the stuffing.

However, the finished Monkey is really, very cute and will be well loved by my own little Monkey.

Pattern details here.

And, not to be left out, Bunny will also be thrilled that I have finally finished something for her. I cast off a new cardigan in the perfect spring color; yellow.

Spring, Here I Come

Spring, Here I Come

She picked this yarn out almost a year ago and asked for a sweater. Procrastination is expensive… I had to go back to my LYS and pick up a new skein because she has grown so much over the last year that I ran right out of yarn.

This pattern took me just under a month and although it was tedious at times, I have to say overall, I really like the finished project.

Pattern details here.

I seem to be in a spring-y mood. I cast on for a new spring sock.

Monkey in Repose

Monkey in Repose

The yellow and purple remind me of crocuses which will shortly be in bloom. I can’t wait.

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Last night, I turned the heel on the new STR sock club sock and in a flurry of knitting, worked my way almost to the toe.

I loved the slipstitch (purl) heel so very very much that I stopped mid heel to snap a few pictures for posterity.

Outside of Heel

Outside of Heel

Inside of Heel

Inside of Heel

The heels are made by slipping knit and alternating purl stitches and then purling back across. This means that not once do you ever knit a stitch when working the heel! Who would have thunk it, right?

And, it makes a very cool looking and very textured inside of the heel.

And, today I have one more thing to show you.

A year ago, Bunny & I went to my LYS and picked up some Butterfly super10 cotton in a pretty yellow color. Bunny picked out the color and it’s so sunny that it made me happy to cast on for a new cardigan for her.

Bunnys New Cardi

Bunny's New Cardi

Miles and miles of stockinette make for mindless (and somewhat soothing) knitting.

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I know last week I was all about the new Cat Bordhi sock, and while I had the best of intentions to stay loyal to that sock, this week everything changed when I went to the mail.

And found this:

BMFA Sock Club Kit March 2009

BMFA Sock Club Kit March 2009

I haven’t loved a kit this much since the Monsoon kit that came out in 2007.

So I threw everything else aside and gleefully cast on for the first sock.

Then I realized that I jogged my picot edge (or so I thought), resulting in a sock knit on the bias. So, I ripped the darn thing out, undid the picot edge, started knitting the leg again and realized that the sock biases all on it’s own.

Of course.

So, here is the progress that I’ve made so far. I keep trying not to think about all that work lost.

Rogue Roses

Rogue Roses

And, see, the little rosebuds? These socks are so girly, I could just about plotz.

Oooh, rosebuds.

Oooh, rosebuds.

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