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FO Friday

My new favourite shawl! Finished just before Christmas. I was thinking of giving it to my MIL, but my Hubby insisted I keep it for myself. I am really happy he did.

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Pattern:  Cladonia

Yarn: Austerman step classic

Indigodragonfly merino sock

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FO Friday – it’s Just a Little Late

In a perfect knitting world, every time you picked up your needles, you would know that everything would always work out.  You’d always get gauge.  You’d never run out of yarn or have to frog a project back.  Any gift you knit would always be the right colour, size, and fit and the recipient  would be worthy of the work.  The gift would also be on time and you would meet all your knitting deadlines with ease and grace.  Sadly though, we aren’t talking about the perfect knitting world.  We are talking about my knitting world and in my world my BFF received her Christmas present a little late.  Yesterday actually.  (But we  won’t deal on that).

She had already seen her gift as I had given her the option of having me knit it in front of her thus spoiling the surprise but greatly decreasing the length of time she would have to wait for the finished object.  Maybe I should do  the same thing for her birthday gift.  Sigh.

The pattern is Earth & Sky 

And I used Silky Wool

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She’s being a little camera shy.

One last note on a perfect knitting world. You wouldn’t have my SIL’S pooch trying to help you  with your knitting  by sticking her nose smack in the middle of every ball you pull out of your knitting bag just long enough to sneeze in it. Every. Single. Time.

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My name is Daisy. I steal birthday cupcakes and lick socks.

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FO Friday – A Lovely New Pair of Socks

So in my last life I had time to knit and finish things.  And I had the mental fortitude and creativity to write blog posts about my lovely finished items.  But then real life went into overdrive and both those things kind’ve disappeared  for a while.   (But I do have a cunning plan up my sleeve to at least keep up the blogging in the autumn though I make no promises about the Finished Objects).

But, all that aside, this week I have an FO to share and I wasn’t going to pass up the chance to start my day by drinking a coffee and writing a post because that is a relatively enjoyable way to start a day.

So here it (they) is (are).  My second completed pair of Jaywalkers.   And the yarn is Candy Skein fingering weight in Halloween Treats.

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I love them.  This really was a perfect pairing of yarn and pattern. The colours didn’t pool in any unpleasant ways and the base is lovely to work with.  I have made this pattern before. It’s simple and mindless and if it wasn’t for my wrecked right thumb, (it’s improving every day), I can make these in under two weeks.  But, a word to the wise…..heed the warning about this pattern not being very stretchy as it is written.  It is not.  I have made both my pairs of Jaywalkers on 2.5mm and followed the large size.  It makes a sock that is snug in all the right places and really fits like a glove or a sock should.  And ’cause I know at least one person will wonder, I have long narrow size 8 1/2 Canadian feet with long toes to match.

BTW – if you’re new to sock making these are a great intro pair.

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FO Friday – Different Lines

It feels like forever since I’ve posted a Finished Object on a Friday.  As usual this has been finished for a while but it needed to be blocked and photographed.  I used one skein of each colour and could have easily added a few more stripes as I had a very generous amount of yarn left over.

The Pattern: Different Lines

Yarn: IndigoDragonfly MCN Sock (Colour Kathleen Turner Overdrive)

IndigoDragonfly Merino Sock (Colour Captain Tightpants)

Overall, this is a very easy, fast knit.  Almost too easy as I think that part of the reason it’s not longer is that I needed to move on to something a little bit more challenging.  But, I’m please with the final product and happy to have it for the autumn.

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Fishy!!! FO Friday & a Dishcloth Update

A few weeks ago I discovered the fish Tawashi on Ravelry. I immediately had to resist the urge to cast one on. They are cute, fast, stash busters and can be used for the Dishcloth Challenge.
But this week, I could no longer resist and had to make one. The pattern calls for “a small amount of yarn” so I took what I perceived to be a small amount of yarn out of my stash and set to work. A very short period of time later, I had this. It’s a fish scrubby ready to scrub my dirty dishes clean.

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It is clearly a fish. And it’s cute and fast. But what shocked me was the minuscule amount of yarn it did actually use.
So I decided to make another one. I started by bringing out far less yarn. 22 grams to be exact.

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This is what 22g of Mission Falls ends look like.
Another very short time later I had this little guy to match the first one.

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And after weighing the yarn that was remaining I discovered that each of these little guys only uses 12 grams of yarn.  That’s a tiny amount.  Really tiny.  I see a few more of these in my future very soon to use up the itty bitty ends that I thought were too small for anything.

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The original idea for dishcloth challenge came from  Ruth.  Head on over to her blog to read all about it.


That Really is a Pink Elephant

Nerd Wars is in its final month for this tournament and so far I have turned in a record nine projects. (Let me just clarify that is a personal record. There are people who manage to turn in all six projects every month for three months.) My intention was to recap everything in one post at the end of the tournament but these little guys are too cute not to share today. Making their internet début are Angel and Spike my pocket elephants. These little fellows were created for the Geek Pride Challenge of Follow the Leader (making something that a player from another team made in Round one or two and taking that as inspiration).  Then for the extra points I  had to tie  them back to the show so it was suggested that I use the “elephant in the room” theory and it works perfectly as a vampire slayer in love with a vampire or two is a little bit of a sticky situation.    (I haven’t decided which is Spike and which is Angel yet.)

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They were fast and easy to make and I hope that they are less problematic than the minions are.

See what I mean? Those minions are nothing but trouble!

 

Pattern: Mini Elephant

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FO Friday – Three Finished Shawls

So I’ve been a little behind on the photos, but finally I have my latest three shawls to share with you.

First up, my Giant Flamboyen.

I'm not sure what the finished dimensions are, but I can assure you I will never be cold again!

I used approximately 1050 yards and it’s really a small blanket.

Next up is Flavia.  I really lucked out.  I know the designer and asked her to take the pictures for me.  Pro tip – do that whenever you can.  I love how she photographed it.

And lastly is Arroway minus the arrows. I realized three rows into the double stranded work that I had sort of just started making stuff up as I went along and decided just to run with it. I love how it turned out.

Overall, very pleased with all three and all three are very different.

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Don’t Fear Your Robot Master

So today’s post was supposed to be final photos of my last two shawls, but I finished Clink for Nerd Wars and I think he’s just too darn cute not too share.  He marks my third entry this round and completed the Geek Culture challenge.  Fans of Buffy know that there is a Buffy Bot that makes an appearance a few times in the series and I envision this little guy being her bff.  Sure, he might be all old school robot style, but with those big eyes and squishiness, how could it not work out!

I will guard the knitting books!!!

I see you!!!!

Do I blend in?

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An Imperfect Cowl

My slightly imperfect completed Reunion Cowl.  Imperfect because somewhere around the 3000 stitch mark I realized that the direction ” be careful not to twist” may have passed me by.  So, of course I had to do three more rounds, which took the stitch count close to 4000 just to be sure.  I spent about 5 minutes muttering very unladylike things to myself, (I was on the subway at the time so I fit right in), and then decided I would call it a mock Möbius  and carried on.  My cowl is also a weird hybrid of two different sizes.  It something between the medium and the large.  For all it’s imperfections, it’s wonderful and works very well.  The first night I wore it out I ended up with it wrapped around my head, neck, and face when winter suddenly decided to make an appearance.  Sorry, no pictures of that.

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Pattern: Reunion Cowl

Yarn: Indigo Dragonfly

Colour: Tardis

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FO Friday – Christine’s Little Lace Scarf and a Pattern

This year for Christmas I made my friend Christine a scarf.  She found out about it before hand when I found out she reads my blog.  We laughed about that.  I originally had settled on the Strangling Vines Lace Scarf.  I am not really sure what I was thinking since I don’t knit lace.  Sure a little bit here and there but not a whole scarf.  I realized I was never going to finish it on time so I morphed it into the final product.

Lace on the ends only! Speed up the process a lot.

I altered the pattern to only include lace on the two ends and continued the 3 stitch border throughout the SS middle section.  It went much faster and even with needing a heavy blocking it was finished on time!

If your interested here’s what I did. (I used two skiens of sock yarn for this.)

NOT QUITE STRANGLING SCARF

CO 42 stitches (I used 4mm needles)

K3, Place marker, K to last 3 stitches, place marker, K3

K 3 more rows

Lace repeat 

Row 1 & 3: K3, purl to marker, K3

Row 2: K3, *yo, k2,ssk,k2tog,k2,yo,k1* repeat to marker, K3

Row 4: K3, K1, yo, K2, ssk, k2tog, K2, yo* repeat to marker, K3

I made 8 lace repeat sections, (I repeated the last four rows eight time creating 32 rows of lace).

Middle section

First  row: Knit across row

Next row: K to first marker, purl to second marker, K3

Repeat last two rows until 5 inches before desired length

Using the same lace repeat pattern as in the first lace section, do 8 repeats of section.

Knit 4 rows

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You will need to block this.  It curls a lot.

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