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In community challenges, finished projects, knitting, stash busting on December 9, 2013 at 10:36 pm

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As you know, I participated in Fable Fibers November KAL and I had an ammmmmmmazing time doing it! It was just what I needed at this time in my life….pseudo mindless. I was very protective of my yarn and placed a lavender sachet inside to keep bugs at bay but also to keep me peacefully knitting as if I have no care in the world! It was wonderful having that lavender scent penetrate the yarn, my nostrils and the space I worked in. It was so relaxing that a couple times I fell asleep!

I chose to do the Barbara Cowl because I thought it would not only showcase my yarn, but it would be quick. It was a mistake rib pattern. “Surely in a week I’d be done,” that’s what I told myself. HA! It is absolutely true that ribbing is a painstaking process! and the fact that the yarn was DK weight did not help, but once I found the rhythm it was an amazing journey! There were times, I admit, I thought it would never end! The result though was beautiful!

November 2 through November 27, 2013 I worked endlessly and tirelessly, but it was a task I would accept again in a heartbeat. I hope you enjoy my cowl as much as I do!

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Heart attack

In community challenges, finished projects, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on December 8, 2013 at 12:40 am

Situation #1

OMG! Let me telllllll you all how I almost passed out today! My heart was palpitating so much, you don’t even know!

So I’m rocking my new cowl (I know, I know…I’ll post about it soon, it’s drafted up but needs editting, but I will give a picture now so you can admire the beauty!) for the past week because its super cute. I decided to wear it shopping with one of college girlfriends today and show off my handywork.

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We’re at the mall, having a great time, trying on clothes and whatnot and I touch my neck realizing it was BARE! Where is my cowl?! Panic struck and I was angry. Why? Because 1.it’s brand spanking new and I made it. 2.it’s brand spanking new and I made it and its mine 3. it’s brand spanking new and I made it and it’s mine….I’m sensing you get the point! Seriously though, I was mad at myself for being so careless and absent minded about it. And of course I’m feeling some kind of way about it because its the first thing I’ve made and kept for myself in a long time. And I was mad that maybe someone stole it(so I was watching everyone’s neck within my line of vision ready to pounce!) I don’t know, it felt like (I can only imagine) when parents lose their children and are desperately searching to find them. My heart was in my throat! So after retracing our steps, thankfully, my cowl was found! I was relieved! I must say, I had admitted defeat before finding my cowl and had already resolved to just remake it with the remaining 1.5 skeins left which meant I would have no mittens.

No doubt that immediately upon its rescue, it was around my neck and there it remained until I came home. Believe that!

Situation #2

Upon returning home,with my beautiful cowl, wrapped tightly around my neck…I unwinded for the evening and went to Ravelry. I’m looking to make someone a hat and I wanted a pattern, but before I even did the search, I went to Friends of Fable Fibers group. Why? Because earlier in the week I inquired as to who won the FFKAL prize. So I went to the thread and don’t you know it that every single last person who participated in it won a skein?! OMG! I almost passed out! I am so thrilled and humbled right now! That was so unexpected and I am just really grateful! I emailed Lelah my address so probably in a week or so it will be at my home? In any case it’s just in time for Christmas. I’ll probably wait for Christmas to open it because I think (read:I know) it’s the only gift I will have. Seriously. So yeah, I’m really happy!

Cascade Kisses

In finished projects, knitting on December 4, 2013 at 12:02 am

Simply put, Cascade Magnum is great and the cowl is done. Now to block it. Ugh! I did find seaming with it to be tricky though. I found that it often separated and snapped when tugged. In addition, there was a knot in this skein. Oh well. I’m not easily deterred.

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Remember when…

In finished projects, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on October 10, 2013 at 8:30 am

…I posted about making a blankie with my stash and I asked y’all to vote? I still can’t find the winning stash yarn, so I started it on the GGH bulky yarn I had on hand…all the little bits and pieces. I was tempted to get into a ball of another color and begin a design element, but I decided against it. I love, LOVE bulky yarn and this did go very quickly!

About the pattern: I thought it was easy as pie; well written; rhythmic and easy to memorize. I modified this pattern slightly, just making the middle knitted segments into one larger segment. Not a big mod. This was not as painful of a task as a blanket might have been and not at any moment did I feel overwhelmed.

Because of the shortage of yarn, I had to make some cuts on widths of the border. I had to pull out my cast on edge, just in the event I had to go with a design element option. I’m telling you, I almost didn’t have enough to bind off the cast on edge!! Which I think is just weird, but I made it by the skin of my teeth.

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The good news is, it MAY have a home to go to! I found out today, that one of my co-worker’s is preggers so in a few weeks I’ll know the sex….And that will determine if this blankie will have a home or not. Cross your fingers for me.

Toot, toot to me

In finished projects, knitting on October 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm

This morning, I woke up to a lovely surprise in my Ravely inbox (I love Rav mail!). There is was, bright and bold…to me it was blinking “hello there”!…It was a request to have my mindless knit project photo featured on the designer’s page! You don’t even know how I just squealed with excitement in my bed! This NEVER happens to me! But today it did! I am so honored! Thank you! I had, and continue to have, the biggest cheese smile on my face! Hurray!!!!!!

This is ALL the inventive I need to take good pictures! Toot toot!

You can check out my project here.

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Mindless knit complete

In finished projects, knitting on October 5, 2013 at 7:00 am

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I finished this sweater the end of last month. Finished as in buttons selected and sewed on; ribbons selected and sewn in and the sweater seamed and ends weaved in. The actual knitting was only a few days. My only issue was the bind off on the last sleeve. I have a solution for next time though. I bought a book on sale on various cast on’s and bind off’s. More on the book later!

One UFO down…

In finished projects, knitting, portfolio on July 25, 2013 at 9:37 pm

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I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like having unfinished objects just hanging around. It’s eating valuable yarn stash space, and I just can’t have that! But I’m sure like me, you have several! I’m making a diligent effort to getting that almost double digit amount down.

I decided to start here. It’s been laying around for a good 4 months. Here’s the back story….

Back in January of this year, I entered a contest that Knitting Fever held on Facebook and I won! I actually won! Yipee! I’m still excited because I don’t typically win ANYTHING!

What I won was the Ella Rae Booklet 120 Lace Merino Chunky. Looking through the book, I was just beaming; grinning from ear to ear, because everything is so beautiful and so practical. What I need to knit must not only be cute, but also practical. This fits the bill.

Imagine…It’s the dead of winter. It’s cold. And I had been rocking scalp all winter! My head was exposed and I’m surprised I didn’t get sick.

I have big hair. Really BIG, curly, afro hair and I needed a hat. No hats I have seen in stores come even close to satisfying my need. I have been looking on Ravelry also for slouch hats, and found a few, but I wanted something quick aka bulky yarn. And to be truthful, some weren’t me.

Of course, I went to my LYS, La Casita, and I bought Malabrigo Chunky in Verde Esperenza. This was actually meant for another hat I thought might work, but ultimately, did not. So I had to use it right? So by default, I guess, back to the simple project from Ella Rae.

I started this project and in the same day, in a matter of hours, the skein was done. I had no more and my darling shop had no more. So I scoured near and far and I finally found it at, of course- Eat, Sleep, Knit (I swear they have everything I need at all times! I love them!) You guys saw the order I placed the other day. It was for this hat. I noticed that the dye lots weren’t the same, but I didn’t worry about that. It would still work regardless.

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It was only yesterday, I worked up the nerve to break out my swift and cake that skein. It.was.a.disaster! You hear me? Utter disaster. It kept coming off the swift and becoming a big tangled mess! I ended up winding it by hand. I brought it to work today and I cranked out the final few rows I needed to complete this UFO. I had some minor set backs, but it was corrected and hat complete in my apartment.

Working with Malabrigo Chunky was like a dream! OMG! So soft and sqooshy! Although it had some variagated qualities to it, it did not pool. It’s really the first time I’ve used such a luxurious yarn. I always touch them and I know how they feel, but to work with it is a whole other experience. I love it! Where had this yarn been all my life!?!?! That’s the snobbery rearing its head! Sorry! LOL

Here’s the completed hat that I have decided to name … b r o o k l y n .

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