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


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!




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.


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’s brand spanking new and I made 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!

Flash opinions needed

In community challenges, knitting on November 22, 2013 at 12:31 am


I’m looking for options and fast!

Tomorrow is pay day Friday and I need to improvise…that is to say, that I need to buy some yarn! I’m still trying to squeeze in a pair of mittens for the KAL. I need an opinion as which one of these coordinates. I already have 2 favorites but I don’t want to sway your answers.



The plan is to do the ribbing in the Fable Fibers Chloe and the body in a coordinating color.

I need answers by 8 pm EST 11/22/13 please 😀

Thanks in advance!

A little ambitious

In community challenges, knitting on November 19, 2013 at 9:17 pm

If you recall, I gave a whole laundry list of things I was planning to make for the Fable Fibers KAL. With all that’s going on in my life, I do not foresee the mittens and headband/earmuff being completed by end of the month, plus the yarn is almost done. I’ve used like 1.5 skeins out of 3, leaving me with a little over 300 yards.

What to make? Hmm. What a dilemma.

KAL beginnings and things

In community challenges, stash busting on November 2, 2013 at 12:18 am


November 1 marked the beginning of Fable Fibers November KAL. I started at work during lunch and when I got home, the Portuguese knitting busted out a good 4 inches! I’m working on my Barbara cowl first because it will require more yarn. The width on the cowl seems a bit small but I’m not sure. I’ll be doubling it over itself around my neck like an infinity cowl so I think it will be alright. What do you think?

About the pattern: Barbara cowl is so simple you can do it in your sleep (but I’d rather not). It was late when I was working on it and began sleepy head bucking/nodding so I put it down. I find that when I knit sleepy that my project becomes riddled with errors. (It’s the same for blogging sleepy…please forgive any errors). That’s so annoying to rip back.

About the yarn: It’s Fable Fibers DK Superwash Merino Biography in Chloe. Oh my goodness! This has made me a believer in variegated yarn! It works up beautifully, all without pooling and flashing. It’s also scrumptiously soft. The stitch definition is incredible! Of course I instagramed my progress and Lelah loved it. I’m not much a fan of lighter weight yarn and I asked if chunky would be available and she said yes! Woot woot! I can’t wait!

It’s not too late to join!