Stashbusting again!

I have a ton of these Cherry Tree Hill yarns in my for trade stash that I’d love to sell, trade or knit something to sell or trade. I was bored, so I knit up Carina Spencer’s Brush Creek Cowlette again. This time with Cherry Tree Hill Yarn Broadband Supersock Select Merino in colorway African Grey.

This was a nice knit, but I had to pay attention because it’s lace. I’ve gotten spoiled with no-brainer knits so this one took more attention than I typically give to a project. My project notes are here if you want more details.

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And this lovely is ready for Spring and for sale in my Etsy shop!

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Pink Cactus Caracol Cowl

Sometimes the things you seek are right in front of you.

Case in point, I was trying to find a pattern I wanted to knit up with this beautiful Knit Collage Cast Away in colorway Pink Cactus. I purchased this yarn from Loops of Tulsa, OK.

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The uniqueness of this yarn makes it a tad challenging to find the perfect pattern for it, particularly for just one skein of 68 yards.

So, after hours of surfing Ravelry for other projects using this yarn, I realized that I could use my own pattern, Caracol Cowl, modified for the yardage.


It turned out quite nicely, I think, and the lace pattern does show up, makes the yarn shift a bit, creating a different line of color. My project notes are here.

And this bandana-type cowl is for sale in my Etsy shop!

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Xenon One and Done!

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I love to test and sample knit for Casapinka. Here’s another one I did for her with her beautiful and easy pattern, One and Done!

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I knit it with Knitwhits Freia Handpaints Ombre Shawl Ball Merino fingering in colorway Xenon, a new gradient color.

I have to give it 👍 👍 for an easy knit that can take a lot of interruptions. Perfect for social knitting and traveling. And only TWO ends to weave in!!! 🤣

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Take a look at One and Done on my project page and visit Casapinka’s One and Done pattern page for more details!

Stay tuned!

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Sporty Gilet Vest with the Addi Express Pro

Some of you may know I acquired an Addi Express Pro knitting machine. It’s a pretty cool gadget! With it, I test knitted the Sporty Gilet Vest pattern by Jimenez Joseph. Here it is!

I wanted to try using a widely available and reasonably priced yarn, so I purchased Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted in colorways Spa and Cream. I have used this yarn before and it takes a licking, but continues to look great. It’s really soft and warm.

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Well, it turned out fabulous! The Addi Express Pro had no major issues with the yarn. If I knit it again, I would probably do so with Merino wool to see what that’s like.

But here’s the important thing . . . It took only FIVE DAYS TOTAL to knit this vest to completion. The Addi did all the boring stockinette knitting that I would never have done if I had to knit that all by hand.

My project page has all the details if you’re interested. The pattern was EXTREMELY well-written and frankly, the layout was quite beautiful. I highly recommend this pattern for someone interested in making a very nice clothing item with their Addi Express Pro. Check the Sporty Gilet Vest pattern details out here!

Also, get 20% OFF with coupon code “sporty20”. The offer ends midnight GMT 22nd March 2017.

Okay, back to work on another pretty thing!

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21 Colors (42 Ends-to-Weave-In) Slouch

I picked up this cool striped hat kit, 21 Color Slouch that included all 21 colors of Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok, from Yarn Shop and More as an impulse purchase because it was all over the internet.

Between projects, I knit it up and was generally happy with the outcome. As you can see, it looks very nice.

However, the yarn colors to be used for each stripe often ran out before the stripe was completed so I had to substitute other colors (visit my project page for details). No big deal, but it was kind of a bummer. And I saw other knitters chose to cast on fewer stitches because they, too, ran out of yarn and found the hat a bit too loose with the specified 110 stitch cast on.

I did make one alteration to the colors intentionally because I thought it would look less . . . odd, to me. The pattern called for ending at the center top by pulling the yarn through the last stitches to make that little hole in the center. A chocolate brown stripe encircled the red-puckered center hole. I chose to close out with a nice yellow green and was happy with the result. 😆

But as any knitter would know, knitting with 21 different colors for this hat would result in having to weave in 42 ends of each yarn stripe. 🙄 That took an entire evening to do.

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If you would like to get more info or purchase this lovely hat that took FOREVER to knit and weave in the ends, please visit and give it some love in my Etsy shop!

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Thank you and there’s more to come!

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Towanda! Test & Sample Knit for Casapinka

I’ve not posted in a while because I was busy knitting a top secret pattern that published this week where I had the pleasure of testing a sample shawl for Casapinka, Towanda!

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We agreed on a combo of Indigodragonfly MCS Sock in colorway Sonic F*cking Death Monkey for the main color and Hedgehog Fibres Sock in colorway Exploding Peacock for the contrast color.

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Once again, Casapinka designed a quick and fun knit and I was able to knit along with another tester, Astrid, while we group-texted with the tech editor, Deb, and Casapinka! So much fun and it was really cool to see the progress of Astrid’s shawl, too!

I’m quite happy how it turned out!

The shawl shipped to Casapinka and will get a world tour as I believe it’s making its way to Edinburgh Yarn Festival for its debut!

Get the story about what Towanda! means on my project page. And make one with your own creative twist!

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Perforated Sweater for Miss Babs

I had the honor of knitting a sample, Suvi Simola’s Perforated Sweater, for Miss Babs to take to Stitches West.

I loved the new colorway, Pink Grapefruit in Katahdin, 100% Bluefaced Leicester. My project notes are here.

 

I’m really happy with how this turned out. The pattern was very easy to follow and well-written. The yarn was heavenly and blocked well. And not having knit a raglan sweater before (I’ve knit cardigans, but not pullovers), this was really easy to execute and quite a comfortable fit without looking sloppy.

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I highly recommend Perforated Sweater by Suvi Simola and Miss Babs Katahdin. Please check them out and give these good folks some business.

Until next time!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Take 40% off on any pattern in my Ravelry store today only with coupon code Valentine2017!


Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Organic Merino Capelet

Just recently finished this lovely and warm capelet with Elliebelly Naiad Organic Merino Wool in colorway Bouquet. It is for sale in my Etsy shop here.

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The mock turtleneck and stretchy wide ribs are soft and comfortable and the organic merino wool is toasty and warm. Very feminine and pretty.

Modified the FREE pattern, Eyelet Round Capelet by Kathy North. My project notes are here.

Stay warm, my friends!

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Announcing Silken Diamonds Scarf Pattern and 50% off Code

From now through 11:59 PM Central time, Monday, January 16, 2017, get 50% off my Silken Diamonds scarf pattern by entering code SilkenDiamonds at checkout. (Make sure the total is zero before committing to the purchase because I cannot refund if a code was not entered.)

For all you stashbusters out there, I have a pattern for you, Silken Diamonds!

Do you have one skein of DK weight yarn, but don’t know what to make out of it? (Bonus points if it’s variegated!)

Do you dislike purl stitches? But don’t want to be bored knitting garter stitch forever and ever?

I have something that may interest you!
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Silken Diamonds is knit with one skein of swanky DK weight yarn that has been waiting to become the perfect accessory.

This is a purl-free scarf that’ll be great for travel knitting or something to do between more complex projects when you want a quick knit that isn’t boring.

Silken Diamonds is adjustable and reversible ~ the interlaced eyelet diamonds look great no matter which side is showing!

Materials
• 220-240 yds 201-220 m DK weight yarn
• US size 5 & 7 3.75 & 4.5 mm needles
• Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Techniques Used
K – Knit
K2tog – Knit 2 stitches together
Sl1 wyif – Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front
YO – Yarn over

Helpful Videos
Cynthia Spencer’s long-tail cast on without a slipknot
KnitFreedom’s how to neaten your last stitch in your bind off

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I hope you enjoy this newest pattern of mine! Happy knitting!

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