Springing into March

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Hi Knit friends,

I am sooo tired on Thursdays. Maybe this Springing forward business is catching up with me. I feel like a superstar or at least an awesome because my knitting schedule is looking good. My status for Then Come Spring Shawl is going well…up to the third section.

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I had a minor snafu with the stitch count. I ran to the forum boards to get help. Long story short: I have to learn to read charts. I only use charts for colorwork. I have a love/hate relationship with knitting. I love it for its “exactedness” by creating beautiful garment through a sequence of stitches. On the other hand, I HATE it when I am ‘forced’ to learn something new. My new discovery included undoing a cdd (center double decrease). I have Chiago interchangeable needles to thank for untangling my yarn.
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Raspberry March

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Hi Knit Friends,

I had an enjoyable weekend. The craziness of Springing forward in which I will be a crabby bear tomorrow morning. I will need 3 cups of coffee for sure.

I spent my cold, rainy weekend making food runs and knitting. My spouse was against going outside because it was cold. I swear I thought I was the ‘delicate flower’ of our relationship (smiles). We both are ruled by the weather. I’ll keep trying to make her into a knitter, but I’d have better luck with the cats. Speaking of cats…my Pumpkin (AKA Punky) did a nice job posing. Both furry boys have done well mending from neutering surgery only 2 weeks ago.

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I’ve put my Lilli Pilli Shawl in the backseat (literally) of my car as I will get some coaching later this week. I’m not too trilled about my color choices. The grey seems to dull the rest of the pallette. I can’t see myself getting through the lace. I’ve found a sweet orange to lighten the shawl (future pics next time)

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I guess my knitting mojo came back. I found my new sock project on Addicted to Sock Knitting magazine. Wanderer Sock by Mariah Giles. My love for socks are endless especially since each time I make a sock I learn a new technique. What’s on your needles friends?

Dirty Kitchener Friday

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Hello Knit Friends….

My grin is big because I didn’t stress myself about the ‘dirty’ Kitchener. I recruited a knitting friend to do the Kitchener for me. (Don’t judge knit friends…I’d pick up stitches for your knitted socks). Veteran knitters know that you have a list of things you enjoy doing and then you have a pile of WIPs that are sitting in the closet because you despise a technique. Kitchener is not something that I enjoy or even want to get acquainted with, but it is a necessary thing to learn how to do. Whenever I hear the word ‘Kitchener’, my stomach rolls because I am reminded of 3 beautiful color-worked cowls I made back in 2013. My lovely cowls of 2013 have never been worn because I refused Kitchener. Should I feel guilty about this— YES and NO. Yes— because I ‘should’ learn the ‘dirty’ stitch and  NO–because I should have asked my knit friend ages ago to help out. My blood pressure has dropped.

This beautiful cowl, Taimana Cowl designed by talented Françoise of Arohaknits. There is such wonderfulness to this pattern. It was a beautiful and painless process to knit. I will definitely knit it again. New notes (from my knit finisher): go up 2-3 needle sizes in the main colorwork motif of the Taimana Cowl (Te Reo Maori for “Diamond”). I forgot that when I knit stranded colorwork, it constricts. My next colorwork combination will probably have light blue, white, and golden color. I super excited.

It’s official, I’m obssessed (like a dog with a bone) with Françoise’ designs because she never disappoints as she just released a new pattern, Pātiki Hat and Cowl. The colors are so striking. I may just choose another color using the dark/light contract. Everyone knows I’m allergic to pink.

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New Projects:

I’m learning a new technique, wrap and turn (w&t) for making short row toes/heels. It feel super uncomfortable, but my knit friend Steph patiently supervised me as I tried to record the process into muscle memory. It also helped that I wrote notes . I am AGAIN using YouTube for knitting help. The amount of times I re-wind the clips give me a headache. Look at the lovely Tempting Ewe below in Raspberry Cordial. definitely going to have to get more of this beautiful colorway. I hate pink…but there are only hints and the purple and red tones push me over the edge. Sparkles also give it pop.

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Cure for Knitting Blues

Hi knitting friends,

I enjoy knitting as a form of meditation. The ability to lose track of time or to turn a skein into a master piece is such a wonderful experience. I’ve seen several articles on social media confirming what all crafter know: knitting as healing benefits. I can also admit that I experience a small sense of sadness whenever I finish a knit project. In my earlier years of knitting, I’d feel so sad to finish a project– I’d then make two just to carry on those sparks of euphoria. So this also explains why I have an obsession for socks. The first one is a trial and error period and the second sock is when I coast through.

Instagram is my weapon to beat my self-diagnosed ‘knitting blues’. I made a draft board of photos to share shawls in my Ravelry queue. Special thanks for Kelsey of Primrose Yarn Co. For introducing me to beautiful colors and shawl. I’m probably going to learn brioche soon to make some exciting knitwear. What shawls are burning a hole in your queue friends? What’s your favorite yarns to make shawls?

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