FO Friday

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I’ve just finished Blue Sky Alpaca’s Two Harbors Poncho and I adore it! It’s very boxy, but it’s also very warm and snuggly – perfect for those cold New England days to curl up with a book and a cup of tea. πŸ™‚

I’ve also begun a Lacy Baktus, made with Marion Foale in grape and love that as well. It’s very easy to work on while watching tv or sitting with the family. πŸ™‚

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Oh the weather outside is frightful…

My drive home from work (2+ hours early) was uneventful, which I am so so thankful for. We’ve already had about 8 inches of snow and it’s still heavily coming down. The roads are dreadful and visibility is even worse.

I have a new office at work. Where I was sitting previously was a shared office and had a lot of traffic going through. It was nightmarishly distracting and noisy and I had NO space. Plus, I’m closer to the door when families come in, deliveries, etc. I got settled in today, mostly, and I’m starting to love it.

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And finally, I’m also working on a delightful poncho from Blue Sky Alpaca using Blue Sky Alpaca Extra in red. I’m just loving it. I’ve never done a three needle bind off before, so I’m looking forward to something new. Β And the yarn! So lush! I just love it.

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Stash Additions and Wishlists :)

I’m not sure I’ve ever really done a stash update here before, but here we go.Β  πŸ™‚

I keep telling myself I’m going to be good. We’ve gotten some new yarn at the shop and I’m making myself wait to stash bust a bit of the heavier yarns before I get any, but it’s hard! I have gotten some sock yarn recently, and a few other miscellaneous bits….

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This is a recently finished project with Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Hand Dye. The yarn is absolutely amazing and I want to roll in it. SO soft! However, try as I might, I can’t get into the current length. I used two hanks and put the buttons on instead of sewing/grafting the ends together and it isn’t quite enough. I grabbed another hank and have plans to add on as soon as I get 2 seconds.

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Two new additions, even though I swore I wouldn’t. πŸ˜› The Trekking is a new line at the yarn store and it’s green, so I just had to check it out. I’m thinkingΒ Linda Welch’s Spring Forward socks for this.

The Lana Grossa to the right I actually have more than pictured. I even have a plan for this! Several years ago, I made the Annual Eat-Fest Sweater out of Reynolds Garden Tweed linen. It’s adorable, but not the right yarn for the project, so it was worn once and has been laboring in my closet ever since. (Doesn’t everyone have a project like that?) I’ve always wanted to remake it and have been trying to find the right yarn and then lo! I found this for the Lace Border Top.

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Nothing exciting in the plans for this Lana Grossa yarn. πŸ™‚ At some point in the near future it’s going to become the Avalon Cabled Hat.

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I really might have a thing for Lana Grossa, but it works up so nicely! πŸ™‚

Recently I saw Mary Scott Huff’s Dragons scarf and fell in love with it. Then the hunt for the perfect yarn began! I was really trying to venture outside of the purple and orange combination that she used to make it a little different BUT. That bright orange was calling to me and I had to have it. The purple just worked so well with it and the grey is something I had left from a previous project.

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This is actually a Current WIP of something we just got in at the store. The pattern is by Tutto and the yarn is Isager, which I’ve never used before and am completely in love with. It’s just a basic triangle in garter, an increase at the start of every row. It’s so light, it’s barely there. I like this project because it’s a good “tv in the evening” sort if I can’t focus on something more complicated, like cables.

20150226_071304Last photo! πŸ™‚ For Christmas, I got a set of Karbonz interchangeables and I absolutely LOVE them. I also got a set of DPNs and love those too. BUT I prefer circulars when I do socks and I always have a pair on the needles, so. The Interchangeable set only goes down to 3 or 4 – obviously not small enough for socks. I made big sad eyes at the yarn store and she ordered these for me. Hurray! So excited to start using these.

And if you’ve made it to the end, I appreciate it! I always love to see what others post for recent stash additions, it’s how you discover new yarns, so thought I’d share this morning! πŸ™‚

Ta Dah!

So, I finally finished something besides a hat. In this picture, I am wearing a slightly modified version of the Keeping it Simple Stockinette Cowl because I did not have as much yarn as I thought I did.

You see, once upon a time there was this amazingly gorgeous Blue Sky Alpaca yarn and a herringbone cowl. I love the herringbone look, but this yarn and the way I’d done up the original project just weren’t working for me, so I was on the look out for the right pattern to frog and reuse the yarn. And I found it!

You might have heard it’s been a wee bit snowy and cold in the Northeast recently, so I cast this on late last week and sewed the last button on it Monday morning, just in time to wear it! πŸ™‚ (I’ll Soak it, but in this case, I’m not too concerned about blocking it)

Now, you may recall from a couple of paragraphs back that I said it was slightly modified and indeed it is. In the original pattern, she has the ends joined together, but because I’m a dingy and I had less yarn than I thought, I was trying to figure out a way to end it smaller and still make it work.

I ended up doing a row of buttons instead and think it works perfectly. You can even see yours truly in the picture. πŸ™‚

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A Knitter’s Bandit

FINALLY I have some decent light for a post holiday photo. πŸ™‚ I made out like a bandit at Christmas. My family knows me so well.

From my hubby, I got the Knitter’s Pride Karbonz interchangeable set, which I just LOVE. From a dear friend, I got the Knitter’s Pride Karbonz DPN set. My sister got me Blue Sky Alpaca Melange, which I am just chomping at the bit to find the perfect pattern for. πŸ™‚ And my mum got me this spectacular project bag. I’m in love with it all! πŸ™‚

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Then I had this last minute gift to whip up for a friend’s daughter in Rowan Pure Wool. πŸ™‚

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As soon as I get a chance, I’ll do my year end knitting wrap up post. πŸ™‚

Much more than a 1 Hour Cowl

I saw this cowl I don’t even remember where. Pinterest, perhaps? And I really liked the look of it, so Wednesday even at my knitting group at my LYS, I picked up this absolutely lush yarn by Blue Sky Alpaca. The cowl took on a life of its own between the first cast on and now – Instead of just a cowl, I wanted an infinity scarf, but the first time around I didn’t cast on enough, so I frogged it and cast on again – it may be a little long now, but it will still work beautifully. In the pattern, it said to cast on 100 stitches. I cast on 200. I used not quite two full hanks of yarn. And now? I want to do a hat to go with, though not in herringbone, just the same yarn.

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