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Vegetables are important

Yarn Harlot - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 20:34

Thanksgiving came and went this weekend, and we all magically got through it. Our first holiday without her, and there were moments that were just fine, and moments that were awful and we missed mum so much our hearts were fit to break. I’m finding this grief like that. Everything will be completely okay or completely horrible, and then something swings it the other way, and there’s no predicting what it will be. I’ll be standing there, and I’ll see Elliot learning to sit, and think my Mum would love that was happening and then cry for her so desperately, or realize my mum would like something else and then laugh out loud thinking of how she’d enjoy it.

Do you know, that in as much as my mother was a completely reasonable person and frighteningly bright, for some insane reason, she would never, ever put out more than a single can of corn for 14 people at a family diner.   A few years ago I told her that it was time for the unreasonable and inexplicable corn rationing to stop. Perhaps when we were little, a single can cut it -but now we’re all grown and she has grandchildren and I pointed out that corn is cheap and Erin really likes it and that Erin could eat practically a can herself, and that the single can system was being mocked pretty openly.  “Loosen up mum, buy more corn” I told her, and she did. Mum very reluctantly bought two cans, doubling the number of kernels each person could have to a whopping nine or so, and nothing on this earth would convince her to so much as consider a three can solution. Things were already pretty out of control, to her way of thinking. Three can’s would have been MADNESS.

When I arrived at Erin’s on Sunday, she hustled me into the kitchen, lifted the lid off a very large pot, and proudly showed me a veritable vat of corn. “Holy Cats” I breathed, rather awestruck. “Eight cans” she said, and her face shone.  “Mum’s gone. We can stop the madness now. Everyone can have all the corn they want.”  At the end of the night (and despite having 16 people for dinner) the leftover were corn, corn, some corn and about three more or less incinerated Brussels sprouts.

(Photo emailed to the family the next morning as the reality of how much corn Erin had began to sink in.)

We stood there – looking at all that corn, and agreed that while mum hadn’t been right, we guessed we weren’t either. We still don’t have the magic number. It’s somewhere between two and eight cans though, and I can’t tell you how much Mum would love that.*

*Truly, I’ve been the model of restraint, because I have not emailed my sister 47 recipes that use corn, or started a pinterest board called “Too much corn” and sent her a link, and neither have I suggested several craft projects using laminated or dehydrated leftover corn – although really… That’s what mum would have done.

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No-Think Socks? I Think So!

Knit and Tonic - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 00:16
My mom was a woman of short cuts. If there was a product out there labeled "instant," she'd be on it. Once, she painted the living room and kept changing the color because it wasn't quite right. Then, all the... Wendy
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Modification Monday: First Colorwork Sweater

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: 164-23 English Afternoon Knitter Extraordinaire: Nunu (Ravelry ID) Mods: Changed the original 4- color stranded design into a 2-colour design instead. Details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: How many of you have looked at a great colourwork design, and found it a bit too intimidating to

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Knit chat about blogging...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 13:04
Happy Sunday! Hello there. How was your week? It has been a tough week/month/year on our hearts with hurricanes, floods and senseless killings. I may blog and chat about yarn and not mention how my spirit breaks with all the tragedies going on in our world-not because I don't care... Andi
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Ombres & Gradients: 5 Fresh Ways to Create Your Own

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 12:30
In recent months, we've been exploring ways to create your own custom DIY gradients, ombres and fades. Whether you use purpose-bought yarn or yarn from stash, they're the perfect way to leverage singletons or orphans and put leftovers or odd balls to good use.

Because gradient is a more inclusive term, I tend to use it more often than ombre in these how-to posts. Briefly, here's how I distinguish between the two
Ombre schemes focus on one color family and incorporate varied shades that progress from saturated to pale or dark to light, whether the yarn has been dyed in graduated hues or features colors you've selected for a custom effect.Gradient schemes, on the other hand, can incorporate shades from any color family, related or radically different. Both simple and complex gradients typically feature a transitional section that blends one color with the next.In the first overview, Ombres & Gradients: 5 Ways to Create Your Own, we explored strategies ranging from basic to five-stage gradients. Today, let's pick up where we left off and look at five fresh ways to mix yarns to create custom ombre, gradient and fade effects.

(Most of the bold titles below contain two links: Click the gradient one to read more about that specific technique. Click the project name to learn more about the project shown.)


1. Six-stage gradient: Colsie Plumberry


Strategy: Solid colors are separated by transitional sections consisting of two-row stripes. To achieve a similar look:
  • Choose three colors that play well together. 
  • Arrange them in your preferred sequence.
  • Work section 1 with CC1.
  • Work section 2 with CC1 and CC2.
  • Work section 3 with CC2.
  • Work section 4 with CC2 and CC3.
  • Work section 5 with CC3.
  • Work section 6 with CC3 and CC1.

2. Seven-stage gradient: Colsie Green Gradient



Strategy:  Solid sections are connected by transitional sections with two-row stripes. To achieve a similar look:
  • Choose four related colors. 
  • Arrange them dark to light or light to dark.
  • Work section 1 with CC1.
  • Work section 2 with CC1 and CC2.
  • Work section 3 with CC2.
  • Work section 4 with CC2 and CC3.
  • Work section 5 with CC3.
  • Work section 6 with CC3 and CC4.
  • Work section 7 with CC4.

3. 9-stage or double-take ombre gradient: WIP swatch

Strategy: Double the number of ombre stages by working a series of solid sections followed by transitional sections featuring alternating two-row stripes. This works with any number of colors, but to achieve a look similar to what's shown:
  • Choose five related colors and arrange them light to dark or dark to light.
  • Work section 1 with CC1.
  • Work section 2 with CC1 and CC2.
  • Work section 3 with CC2.
  • Work section 4 with CC2 and CC3.
  • Work section 5 with CC3.
  • Work section 6 with CC3 and CC4.
  • Work section 7 with CC4.
  • Work section 8 with CC4 and CC5.
  • Work section 9 with CC5.

4. Five-stage mirror gradient: Colsie Mirror Gradient



Strategy: Turn two shades into a five-stage mirrored gradient. To achieve a similar look:
  • Choose two colors. 
  • Work section 1 with CC1 only.
  • Work section 2 with CC1 and CC2.
  • Work section 3 with CC2 only.
  • Work section 4 with CC1 and CC2.
  • Work section 5 with CC1 only.

5. Three-stage variegated gradient: Colsie Berry Tonal Gradient

Strategy:  Each section is worked in alternating two-row stripes. To achieve a similar look:
  • Choose one variegated yarn and three related solid shades that blend with the variegated.
  • Treat the variegated yarn as the MC, because it will appear in each section.
  • Work section 1 with MC and CC1.
  • Work section 2 with MC and CC2.
  • Work section 3 with MC and CC3.Do a mismatched pair: 

Infinitely adaptable and completely customizable, ombres, gradients and fades never become boring, so hopefully, these strategies will inspire you to look at your stash or next yarn acquisition with fresh eyes and a sense of adventure.
Over the years, I've used these techniques in countless projects, and with three gradient projects on the needles as we speak, there's no doubt I'll be using them in many more to come. I hope the same will soon be true for you, too.



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Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Lila is currently obsessed with watching videos of fruit bats on YouTube. They are surprisingly adorable! Here’s one eating a banana, and here’s one with a bunch of baby fruit bats swaddled like burritos and using little pacifiers. You can strengthen your resiliency, just like any other muscle.

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I think I joined up

Yarn Harlot - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 21:33

You know, unless they’re darned fancy, I never really think of socks as a “project.” I mean, they’re sort of peripherally always there, and I work on them when I’m walking, talking, waiting, flying, taking the bus, waiting for the subway… and they just… get done. I think of them like they sort of fall off me. I’ll turn around and whoops, there’s another pair. This last weekend I went to Knit City (what a lovely event, and such a gentle re-entry to the world of the working) and I had lots of time that I was travelling, walking, listening, waiting, and the very first three minutes I was on my way there I had one pair of socks all done…

Pattern: I faked it. Yarn: Must Stash, in the fab colourway “Happy Snowman”. Needles 2.25mm.

and turned my attention to the next pair. I knit the first one on the plane,

On the bus,

when I took myself out to dinner. (I ate in three really good vegetarian restaurants this time)

I started the second while I was walking.

On the flight home…

when I was walking downtown,

and voila. Another pair fell right off me.

Pattern: I faked it again. Yarn: String Theory in “Trifolium.” Needles: 2.25mm

I just started another pair, and I suddenly feel like I’ve properly signed up for Socktober without even thinking about it. Let’s see… shall we?

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Modification Monday: Tantramar Cardi

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:00

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Original Pattern: Tantramar Toque Knitter Extraordinaire: Tanis Lavallee (Ravelry ID, Blog) Mods: Using the chart from the original hat design, Tanis improvised a child’s steeked cardigan. More details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: Sometimes playing around with colourwork can be as simple as finding a great design, and

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Ribs & Revelations

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 16:50
Here's the scoop. Recently, I was sorting through recent FOs, works in progress and projects in the planning pipeline. The goal was to set some priorities, but instead I made a strange discovery.

In addition to my long-standing obsession with ombres and gradients, I appear to be equally obsessed with ribby knits and rib stitches in all their forms. Here are just a few of the many examples that led to this revelation.

Colsie Mitts
 Colsie Berry Gradient Mitts
I've made ... wait a minute while I go count ... five pairs of mitts featuring this super-easy slipped rib stitch, and another pair is on the needles. In addition to being a great way to blend colors into a DIY gradient of my own choosing, this stitch produces a wonderfully stretchy fabric that's perfect for mitts, hats, cuffs, cowls and anything else that requires elasticity.

Colsie Cowl

 Starting Over

In spite of the fact that I have too many projects already on the needles, winter is coming. I need all the cozy knits I can muster, so I went ahead and cast on this cowl-scarf. Worked on larger than typical needles, it features an adaptation of the same ribbed slip stitch used in the Colsie mitts, and it's producing a fabric that's light, lush and flexible.

Kintra Mitts

 Kintra Mitts Nearly Neutral
This pattern is yet another example of my ribby obsession. It includes two slipped rib stitches, both of which are useful and adaptable. I love all my Kintra mitts (X pairs and counting), and I'm wearing this pair as I write. The neutral mitts above are my current favorites, however, which leads me to my next example ...

Kintra Cowl


Okay, technically, this isn't a project yet, but the yarn is sitting out waiting to be cast on, so I'm including it in this mini-roundup. The goal is to create a cowl or scarf to complement my nearly neutral Kintra mitts, as part of my plan to create coordinated sets that make the most of the knits I have.


Wyndfael Mitts
Wyndfael Turquoise Mitts
I know, I know. You look at this design and think: Wait, those are cables not ribs! And you're correct. This simple little stitch produces mini-cables on the front side and 2x2 ribs on the back. As a result, it's suited to afghans, bands, cuffs, collars, hats, mitts or anything that calls out for a decorative touch coupled with a bit of stretch.


Riblet Afghan


This project is also in the planning pipeline. I've worked countless swatches in search of a stitch that's reversible, easy to execute and produces an attractive, plush texture, and so far this one is at the forefront. It, too, is a slipped rib, and due to the way it's worked, it's moderately stretchy, holds its shape and produces a slightly syncopated effect I find appealing. As an added plus, you can create interesting effects by working it in two colors (more on that later). 
If you're like me and knitting is woven into your daily life, it's likely you have an obsession or three of your own. Meanwhile, I'm off to pursue this passion for ribs see where it takes me. 
What knitting passions are you pursuing this week? 
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September loves...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 13:34
Hello loves! My very favorite month has come to an end. :( But all is not lost as we are quickly approaching the most beautiful seasons. With them comes cooler weather and hopefully castonitis for all. While I know that not everyone is experiencing cooler temp, sorry parts of Canada,... Andi
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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 22:18

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Looking for some ways to simplify your life? Here are seven suggestions, all of which are fantastic. This was  a fascinating look at emotions, and how different cultures experience different emotions – for example, in Tahiti, there don’t have a word for sadness. This was an interesting perspective

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catching up

Autumn Geisha - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 23:19
Exploration Station 

Madewell 



Sorry for the radio silence but things became crazy busy once August hit. My mom was here visiting from Vietnam which is always so fun. I miss her already. And then back to school happened and we are still adjusting to the change in schedule. Having to wake up super early is probably the hardest thing for us to get used to. Especially when I stay up way past my bedtime knitting. There has been a lot of that going on lately. I have been trying to finish up some lingering WIPs which is such a great feeling. But there are some new cast-ons as well so it all balances out in the end. I finally started a new sweater, my first for the year. I am making surprisingly fast progress on it, considering that it is knitted with fingering weight yarn. The color fading definitely helps to make the knitting more fun and compelling. I am also looking forward to the Speckle & Pop! Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL starting this Friday. Just need to finalize my yarn choice. I can't wait to catch up and see what you all are knitting & making! Are you giving into the urge to cast-on all the shiny new Fall things?
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one heel

Yarn Harlot - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 23:56

I would have predicted that yesterday would have been okay.

Most of the days have been okay, or okay-ish. I have been going to the gym, and I have been sort of talking to my friends and doing my work, and I have been… okay. I went to a bike rally thing, and I answered some of my email, and I have been knitting this pair of socks, and all they need is a heel.  It’s an afterthought heel. All I have to do is snip a thread, pull out the stitches in half a row, pick them up and knit a heel. It’s easy.

Then yesterday morning, Joe left for a business trip. That’s cool. I mean, we have to have a real life – one where we go to work and earn money and pay bills and take care of the family, and Joe’s been so great at that. I’ve been sort of a mess, and Joe has given me the great gift of being steady. It’s such a good word for what he’s done over the last few weeks. He’s been steady. I’ve cried and cleaned things with a toothbrush and been as wild as a goat, and Joe has made sure that there has been food and orderly things and been so sweet to our kids – and they’ve been great too. I feel so bad calling them “the girls” or “the kids” because they’ve been so grown-up, and so beautiful, and so terrifically, fantastically sweet. Their amazing grandmother is gone, and I know they are all gutted, but there hasn’t been a word of that to me. I’ve tried to have room to feel for their loss, but I’m not sure I’ve been great at it.  They have held me so lovingly, and turned to each other as friends and sisters, and not one of them has put their grief ahead of mine, and sometimes, as I cling to the life-raft that is everyone who loves me, I cannot believe how strong and beautiful they are.

Then yesterday morning, Joe got on a plane and left, and I was going to get up, and read email, and organize things and catch up with all of it and that’s not what happened. Instead, I got up and realized that usually when Joe’s out of town I hang with my mum, and I actually reached for the phone to call her and then some rogue grief train came out of the darkness with its goddamn lights blazing and I couldn’t get off the tracks fast enough and it hit me. Just like that.

I staggered through. I went to dinner with a friend and pretended everything was mostly  fine. I spoke with my sister and somehow managed to hold her sadness in me and hear it and know it and not lose myself entirely while I said things that I hope helped. I called the tax people and found out how much our bill is, and when I have to pay it (turns out it’s last week) and I bought toilet paper and tried to figure out why the hose in the backyard that’s supposed to be on some auto-thingie that Joe set up isn’t working right and I texted a friend who didn’t text me back and called a friend who didn’t have any time, and the whole time I worked at being a grownup and punctuated it with wild private sobs, and inconvenient jags of crying during which I held that damn sock and tried to knit one stinking heel onto the thing.

I didn’t get it done.  I didn’t manage a thing. The hose is still broken. The bill is unpaid. My bedroom closet is a disaster, and I realized that I am not sure that I am ready to be without my people, and still, here I am. It’s Tuesday. Joe’s gone for a few more days, and I’m getting on a plane before that, and I’m here by myself – and it’s so weird to be at loose ends, because usually I really like this – being alone and rattling around our house by myself, and I can’t tell you how embarrassed and surprised I am that this late into my forties I cannot cope without my mother, and dammit, I really just want to finish this sock.

It’s one stinking heel. I’m going to try again tonight.

 

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Modification Monday: Royale

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Georgetown Knitter Extraordinaire: Melissa (Ravelry ID, blog) Mods: Changed the original plain collar for a cable pattern from Norah Gaughan’s Cable Sourcebook. Great details on how she substituted the cable chart can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: So many of us come across amazing cables in stitch dictionaries,

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How to Create a Double-Take Gradient

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 16:09
Technically, this post should be titled "how to create a nine-stage gradient, but I think of this as the double-take gradient for one simple reason: Work the colors as described below, and you can literally double the number of shades embedded in your project. 

If you have difficulty picking and pairing colors, this strategy is for you. Simply buy a pre-packaged gradient or ombre yarn collection and you're ready to get started. 


For this example, I choose a mini-skein pack featuring five shades of blue-green, but the double-take strategy works with any number and any color. Choose three colors and you can turn them into a six-stage gradient. Choose four and you can turn them into an eight-stage gradient. It takes advantage of the growing array of mini-skein ombre yarns, and helps you achieve a more subtle, gradual transition as each color fades into the next.

Let's dive in and take a peek at the particulars.

Double-take gradient: Shawl swatch

If you carefully study the photos, you can see the gradual shift of colors. (Try to ignore the loopy effect at the right edge. The yarn tails are tucked under the swatch to reduce visual distraction.)




Yarn. Mad Hatter Shillings & Pence (Wonderland Yarns by Frabjous Fibers)
Stitch. This features the fluted rib stitch. Not only is it one of my all-time favorite reversible stitches, it does a lovely job of blending colors.


Strategy.  Solid sections are worked plain, while transitional sections are worked in alternating two-row stripes. This works with any number of colors, but to achieve a look similar to what's shown:
  • Choose five related colors and arrange them light to dark or dark to light.
  • Work section 1 with CC1.
  • Work section 2 with CC1 and CC2.
  • Work section 3 with CC2.
  • Work section 4 with CC2 and CC3.
  • Work section 5 with CC3.
  • Work section 6 with CC3 and CC4.
  • Work section 7 with CC4.
  • Work section 8 with CC4 and CC5.
  • Work section 9 with CC5.


                  How easy is that? The swatch shows five colors worked in a nine-stage gradient, but you could quickly double it (hence the name) to a ten-stage gradient by working CC5 and CC1 together. This approach works no matter how few or many colors you've chosen.
                  Like all the gradient strategies we've discussed, this super-simple approach is packed with possibilities. The swatch features five very closely related hues, but from rainbow shades to neutrals, you could use any color combination that appeals to you. 
                  I worked this swatch to determine needle size and gauge for a shawl I'm itching to cast on, one that's been in my planning pipeline far longer than I care to admit. So, whether you're working with a pre-packaged yarn collection or using yarn from stash, give the double-take gradient a try. It's a fun, effective way to take simple projects to entirely new levels and create a custom effect that's completely your own.

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                  It's Fall...let the knitting start

                  My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 15:05
                  Happy Sunday! Pattern~ Vanilla socks Yarn~ Woolen Homestead in the color Nymphadora Tonks Tea~ Sakura Allure by Teavana Happy Fall! I know there are many of us that enjoy the beauties that Fall brings, mainly the weather. I think a close second would be the foods and possibly yarn colors.... Andi
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                  Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

                  Knitted Bliss - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:00

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                  My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Japan has a cat cafe train! 8 things you are probably spending too much money on. How to trick yourself into feeling awake after a bad night’s sleep. Trying to make a big change or struggling to cultivate a new habit? Why lifestyle changes are so hard. Don’t

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                  And lo, such a thing exists

                  Yarn Harlot - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 20:52

                  As much as I thought it might not, time is starting to assume its normal course.  The days are starting to be the length that I expect them to be, not stretching out in front of me like a desert I didn’t bring enough water to get across.  For a while there I had to be so busy just to fill those days up. Walking, riding, swimming, cleaning, organizing… if I stopped too long and tried to do something like write or knit then I had too many of those pesky feelings all at once and had to clean out another damn closet. Now I’m mostly okay as long as I don’t think about how Thanksgiving is in two and a half weeks and I really don’t know how to manage that holiday if I can’t have it with my mother and where do we have dinner now for all the holidays and really I’m going to have to move because my dining room can’t hold everyone and… see. There it goes.  I’ll worry about that next week when it might not result in having to clean all the grout in the house with an old toothbrush after jogging 3km.

                  The point, before I started worrying again, was that things are okay enough now (oh man who is going to make the pies) that as long as I stay sorted, I can knit, and it feels like it helps a lot, and what’s really interesting is that this idea, that once the shock passes, that knitting is going to be a really useful way through grief… It’s not just me who thinks it. My inbox (thank you, thank you, thank you for the wonderful notes and letters and thoughts, I am reading them all, even if I can’t answer) is chock full (okay there are five) people who have written to me not just to suggest that knitting would be helpful (because there are a lot more than five of you who think that) but to call the kind of knitting they think would be helpful “Grief Knitting.”  These charming knitters have even gone so far as to cite the specific projects that they think would be the most helpful, and you know what’s interesting? They have a lot in common.

                  All the projects are challenging – challenging from the perspective of that particular knitter, for sure, but challenging none the less. They were kinda tricky for the knitter to complete, and they took up some of that scary mental energy that comes with grief. (Oh no mum always makes the turnips too.) All the projects are things that sparked a tremendous amount of joy and pride – the knitters think what they made was beautiful, and feel that they did a good job… and finally (here’s where it gets weird.) All of the projects but for one, were for babies.

                  Think about that. It’s a pretty compelling bit of information, and it makes me feel better that the two things I’ve knit since my mum died are both tiny things.  First the little hat, and now Elliot is bedecked in a matching sweater.

                  It’s beautiful to be sure – the yarn is Northampton, but with a bit of a twist. It was the natural colour, but I gave it to Judith to dye at the last Strung Along retreat, and it went for a swim in her indigo pot.  It’s a beautiful blue now, and reminds me of her when I look at it, which is really quite nice, and it suits Elliot pretty well.

                  The pattern is Gus, and here’s where it didn’t quite fit the bill to be Grief Knitting, it was pretty easy.  The pattern’s well written – so I didn’t struggle with anything at all.  I’ll have to try something from a less competent designer next.

                  I tell you this, even unfinished (which it technically is, I’m waiting for the buttons) it does spark a tremendous amount of Joy.  Part of it is that little face, and the other part?  It is the pockets. I can’t tell you how much I love pockets on a baby sweater. It gives me an unreasonable amount of happiness to think of two perfect, tiny pockets, in a proper, handy spot… all for someone who has absolutely nothing to put in them.

                  Delightful.

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                  New Pattern: Alicorn Cowl

                  Knitted Bliss - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:00

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                  The latest edition of Knitty just dropped – and I have a new cowl pattern in it! Alicorn Cowl The yarn I used for the pattern is June Cashmere laceweight (100% Kyrgyz cashmere) in ‘Silver Bell’. If you haven’t knit with cashmere before, I really recommend- especially for a knit like a cowl. Considering how

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                  Modification Monday: The Robin Meets Dotted Rays

                  Knitted Bliss - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:00

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                  Original Patterns: Robin and Dotted Rays Knitter Extraordinaire: Carmen (Ravelry ID) Mods: Using the Robin Shawl pattern to start, Carmen changed the garter wedges to stockinette,  and added yarn overs where the short row turns occurred, which gives the shawl the ‘Dotted Rays’ influence. Details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes

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