2014 Gift-a-Long!

The Indie Designer Gift-a-Long is afoot!  Hundreds of patterns are 25% off until Thursday.  And the best part is all of the knit-a-longs and prizes!  I bought a few patterns this year, but am not sure how many I will get around to during the gift-a-long time frame.  I thought I would recap what I made from my purchases last year!  And all of these patterns are on sale again this year!

This is the Camden by Kristen Fanning.  My Rav page here.

These are the Medusa Mittens by Annie Watts.  My Rav page here.

By the same designer, I also made the Waneka cowl.  My Rav page here.

I actually had thought I had made more items.  I did buy quite a few sweater patterns that I just haven’t gotten to yet!  And this year, I bought the Persian Curled Toe Slipper pattern, a shawl pattern, Amille, and a sweater pattern, Antrorse.  I am hoping to get to the slippers this holiday season.  And also finally knit up a few of those patterns I bought last year!

Next post I am going to show you what I won last year, and what I did with it!


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2014 Dishcloth Swap

I’m still catching up on old things.  I participated in the 2014 Dishcloth Swap again this year.  I always say that I am not going to, but then I give in.  I am so tempted by all the cool dish/wash cloths that people send in!

The way the swap works, is that you make 5 of the same cloths in different colors.  You send them in to swap headquarters, and you receive 5 different cloths back!  And if you are lucky (like me!) you get to help out and then you get some choice in which ones you take home.  It’s the best kind of swap because you don’t have to worry about people flaking out.  There are no sign-ups beforehand, so if you get them in on time, you are participating in the swap.

I ended using the Sinkmates pattern for my dishcloths.  It is a fairly simple pattern, but I was happy to buy it, as all proceeds go to the Special Olympics.

My Rav project here.

Yarn: Knit Picks Dishie in assorted colors, and Sugar ‘n’ Cream for the white.

Needles: US 7 and US 9

Start Date: August 10, 2014

Finish Date: August 18, 2014

The striped ones kind of ended up looking like the dishcloth incarnation of an 80s rugby shirt.  Not intentional.  It was very easy to stripe.  I carried the yarn up along the side.  There is a slip stitch edging on the side, so I just changed the yarn inside of that slip stitch and you can’t see the carries at all.

Now get this.  I even blocked these washcloths before sending them out.  Crazy.  I guess there is a first time for everything.  The main reason is that I did not get an actual square with these.  Mine are more diamond shape, and tend to want to tent up a little down that center spine.

The best part?  The cloths that I got back in return!

I love them all!  Of course I probably won’t use any.  They’ll just go into the pile with the rest that are too pretty to use. 🙂

I am super behind in sharing these with you.  But it is almost timely.  Because… you are just in time to participate in the Winter Scrubbies swap!  This is done by the same group as the dishcloths, but it is even easy.  You just need to send in three (just 3!) scrubbies in, and get three back.  I am not sure if I will participate this time around.  Read all the details here and then send in your scrubbies by Dec. 19.

Another fun thing going on on Ravelry right now is the Indie Design Gift-a-long!  It kicks off this evening.  There are about 300 designers participating, and you can get 25% off of many of their patterns for the next week.  Then just knit up projects by those designers until the end of this year and play along in the K/CALs and win prizes!  I knit along with them last year and I totally hit the jackpot.  I won two skeins of merino/pearl yarn and a free pattern.  I also got a discount on a bunch of patterns (many that I haven’t knit up yet…) and knit up a few gifts.  You don’t want to miss it!  I have a few patterns in mind, and will go shopping in a few hours!

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FO: On the Road Again

Hi all,

I feel like my life kind of went crazy for awhile, but it is calming down.  I have been knitting but somehow not being as prolific as I would prefer.  My office went through a huge move.  And then I took some random furniture home from work so I have been rearranging my apartment and stash instead of actually knitting.

I finished this one a little bit ago.

My Rav page here.

Pattern: On the Road Again by Joji Locatelli

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in Piedras, a little more than 5 skeins.

Needles: 3.5mm and 5.0mm

Start Date: August 18, 2014

Finish Date: September 17, 2014

It has a detachable cowl, but I didn’t manage to get any pictures without the cowl.  And I really only got a few photos.  I wanted to get more taken at a later date, but never got the chance.  I alternated skeins throughout the whole thing.  The length feels more like tunic length, though it seems to look shorter in the photos.  I don’t think I made any alterations to the pattern at all!

I worried about how variegated the yarn was, but I think I like it anyway.  The fabric takes on a different appearance in all environments.

A month ago I went up to visit my family, and my Mom and I went to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival.  We didn’t take any classes this time, just shopped.  I bought a few items, but was pretty restrained.  We also visited with the sheep and angora bunnies.

It was a nice weekend home.  I also went because my high school volleyball team was being honored by our town’s sports hall of fame.  I had kind of dreaded it because of all my anxiety about high school.  But it ended up just being a really pleasant time seeing my old teammates.  Kind of a mini reunion.

Well, that was my little toe-dip back into blogging.  I’ve got more to show you!  In fact I need to take some FO photos this afternoon!

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FO: Reverse Psychology

Here is another Knit-a-Long project!  It turns out I really respond to outside motivation.  This one was in the Fans of Wolle’s Yarn Creations group.

My Rav page here.

Pattern: Reverse Psychology by Mindy Ross

Yarn: Wolle’s Yarn Creations Color Changing Cotton, 100 grams in Peachy 2

Needles: US 5

Start Date: July 11, 2014

Finish Date: August 8, 2014

I used TOHO 6/0 beads in a frosted peach colorway.  I also used a 1.00 mm Fleegle Beader to apply the beads.  This wasn’t always super successful.  Maybe some of my beads were a little small.  Some of them were a little tough to get on all four strands of the yarn.

Here’s a closeup of the beads:

The pattern was written out line by line.  It was a fun pattern.  A little random, so I feel like I could have done it a number of different ways and it would turn out close enough to the same.  I had a bit of yarn left over so I did some of the rows of the extended pattern.  I wanted to use up as much yarn as I could because I wanted to use all of my last color.  I blocked my shawl pretty straight across, but I could have added little points too.

It’s a slightly weird shape.  Extremely long and narrow.  It’s not quite a natural shape to wear.  It involves a lot of arranging.  But I am pretty happy with how it turned out.  I love the colors.  This skein of yarn was the most umm, vagina-like of all of my Wolle’s skeins.

I was going to rotate that photo but then got lazy.

A perfect little scarf/shawl/necklacey thing for the summer!

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FO: Medallion-Edged Shrug

Better late than never, huh?  I finished this guy last month.  I had been wanting to knit up the pattern for a while and was inspired to start by the Yarniacs‘ Colors of Fall KAL.

Rav page here.

Pattern: Medallion-Edged Shrug by Katya Frankel from knit.wear Spring 2012.

Yarn: Forbidden Woolery Pride Lace in Goldilocks.  About .7 skeins.

Needles: US 4

Start Date: June 17, 2014

Finish Date: July 24, 2014

Notes: None really!  I knit this exactly as written.  Before starting I had assumed that the lace edgings were knit at the same time as the body.  But the edgings are picked up and worked afterwards.  I guess this makes sense, but I wasn’t thinking about that.  Which means the body and sleeves were pretty mindless knitting.  Good think that the sweater is cropped!

The yarn has little sparkles in it due to the Stellina content, but it is hard to see in the pictures.  The yellow is pretty close to Misted Yellow, one of the Pantone Fall 2014 colors.  One of my favorite knitting podcasts, The Yarniacs, is doing a Colors of Fall KAL with the Pantone colors.  I decided to join in with this one.  I have a bunch of other projects in the pipeline in Pantone colors, but I don’t think that I will get to them before the end of the Knit A Long.  Also, I’ve gotten really into podcasts recently.  There is a lot of time at work where I do mindless labor and podcasts are perfect for keeping me entertained!

Not much else to say about this one!  This should be a good layering piece for most of the year here in Los Angeles.  I have more to show you soon.  I have had a lot of anxiety about almost everything in my life and for some reason that includes blogging.  It feels overwhelming beforehand when it is actually easy and fairly stress-free when you actually do it.  So I’m hoping that I’ll come to my senses and get back to a regular schedule.  I have actually been putting off posting things on Ravelry because I didn’t have the energy to blog them!  For goodness sakes!  I need to get out of my head.

See you soon!  Really, I mean it!


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iPhone pictures

I basically thought I posted this a month ago, but realized I hadn’t.  And I don’t feel like waiting for a better time.  So here it is.  Two posts in one day!


Here are some of the notices left on street posts of recent times that I felt like taking pictures of:

It’s a little hard to read in this picture. And to be fair, in real life too. “FOUND SKTBRD”. Seems like an unnecessary abbreviation given the size of the paper. That was in a residential part of Venice.

This one is driving me crazy. I have to imagine this is a fake sign. The phone number has too many digits:

Posted right outside of LACMA. Art installation? Or is this a reference to a movie that I don’t remember/get?! That girl seems so familiar, but I can’t place it!!

This one is an easy reference. To one of my favorite movies of all time!:

That was outside of Amoeba Records in Hollywood. By the way, while I was taking that photo, there was a line of people waiting for Weird Al to sign their records. If there was no line I would have gone in. My parents used to love his videos!

And this has nothing to do with anything, but I am currently obsessed with this Iggy Azalea video. I can’t explain it. But I love her crazy outfits and wish I had that tiny waist and big booty.

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FO: A Very Braidy Cowl

A coworker recently retired and I realized I had never knit anything for her over the last nine years.  This was the perfect opportunity!  But as always, I didn’t make a plan until a week before she was leaving.

I was able to churn this little guy out in that time frame:

My Rav page here.

Pattern: A Very Braidy Cowl by Maryse Roudier

Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in Burgundy, just under one skein.


Start Date: June 18, 2014

Finish Date: June 25, 2014

I didn’t do any real modifications.  I did one more repeat of the pattern because I thought it could still use a little more width and I wanted to use up as much yarn as possible.  I still had a little bit of yarn left over, but not enough to do another full repeat.  I used a provisional cast-on and then grafted the ends.  I decided not to worry about grafting in pattern since there are only a few purl stitches.  It is amazing how the graft really disappears.  It was hard to find it once my ends were woven in.

Oh, this project did have a “first” for me.  The first time I’ve used a row counter!  I get that they are useful, but still never bothered to use one.  Trying to be a tough guy or something.  Although I have the ability to count my rows while cabling, it isn’t obvious to me like in stockinette.  And boy was it easy just to check my row counter!  I also usually cable without a cable needle, but for such big cables it worked better to use a cable needle.  8 x 8 stitches!

It fits somewhat snugly around the neck but it is still easy to slip over the head.  Even without messing up your hair.

My co-worker really liked it!  She had no idea what a “cowl” was.  It surprised me a little bit.  Is it possible that non-knitters haven’t heard of cowls?  I think it’s probably a fluke. 

It was a quick, economical project.  In fact, I had recently received this skein of yarn at a giveaway of sorts at my knitting guild.  So this didn’t cost me anything!  The color is most accurate in the top picture.  An actual burgundy color.

I want to show you some WIP stuff soon.  I finished my Lyra, but I need to take pictures still.

Have a great weekend!


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