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WIP Wednesday

Published November 21, 2012 by kazkitty

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Geysir Stretch – knit in Cephalopod Yarns Traveller (San Francisco Bay, Sherwood Gardens, and Casco Bay)

Not that I should be starting any new projects when I have eleventy billion (slight exaggeration here) WIPs on the needles already… but when I saw another Stephen West KAL popping up, I had to sign up. At least I’m knitting from stash. 😉

WIP Wednesday

Published June 13, 2012 by kazkitty

Knitting:

Aquaphobia Socks – knit with Miss Babs Northumbria Fingering BFL in Country Girl Bouquet (aka Barbie Barf)

I’m loving the look of all the slipped stitches.. it really helps break up the colors in this yarn. I pulled it out of my stash a couple of months ago and had a total WTH?! moment. I remember Rhinebeck.. and being high on yarn fumes.. and somehow coming home with this uber bright pink crazy skein. After knitting most of the leg when I started these in April, I put it away until the other day when I “found” them again. I’ve since finished the leg and am halfway through the heel flap. Still on sock #1 though…
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Jeweled Cowl – knit with Malabrigo Lace in Tuareg

Still slooooooowly plugging away at this. I’ve got 31 of 52 beaded rows done. It’s a little scary that although this is taking forever to knit, I kind of want to cast on a second one in handspun. Someone stop me before I drive myself crazy.. please?
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Sewing:

Ruby, Pearl, and Opal Quilt

In timeout. I was cruising along.. until I found some pieces cut incorrectly.. and then some seams that needed to be ripped out and redone. I got mad at it and put it away in the spare room until I’m not mad at it anymore.
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Hello Luscious Quilt

Getting there! Just need to sew the rows together, add borders, quilt, and bind… I was a little unsure of this as I was piecing the blocks together… but when I laid it all out to take the pic, I fell in love. Can’t wait to finish this one.
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Modern Medallion Quilt

Class quilt for the Handstitched Class that I’m taking. Last week’s lesson included instructions for making the center block. I haven’t gotten that far yet, still working on stitching the Dogwood Blossom center. It took me FOREVER to decide on the fabric arrangement.
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Spinning:

Ummm… I haven’t really been spinning lately. Not since guild anyways. I’ll probably continue to neglect it until Tour de Fleece starts at the end of the month.

And since I just discovered this last week, I’m going to link up to WIP Wed over at Freshly Pieced.. stop by and check out all the projects!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Ever have one of those days?…

Published June 11, 2012 by kazkitty

Where it doesn’t seem to end…

And you’re really tired and just want to go home and crash…

But you decide to go have dinner with your parents…

Who you haven’t seen in over 2 weeks, and they blab at you for almost two hours…

Which REALLY makes you want to go home and just relax because you’re convinced your head is going to explode…

But you go to knit night anyways…

And then some shenanigans occur with random yarn cakes…

That result in a piratey yarn man…

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Which totally makes the day better!

Not to mention hanging out with awesome people while actually getting some knitting done.

😉

Published May 14, 2012 by kazkitty

I’ve been slowly working on the new quilt, cutting most of the sections I’m going to need, and have been piecing the blocks together bit by bit.

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I’m completely in love with this fabric… the colors, the prints.. everything. Like an idiot, I cut the first few pieces too small (MEASURE TWICE, STUPID), but I *think* I’ve managed to fix that in the sewing. Crossing my fingers that nothing falls apart…

While searching for something in my sewing bins, I came across a bag of blue and green fabrics. Some were already cut into shapes, and the rest was bigger pieces. Puzzled, I pulled it out and tried to remember what I had been attempting. A quilt of sorts, I imagine.. but it had to have been at least 5 years ago (probably longer than that) that I had begun working on whatever this was.

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Being me (slightly insane, and likely to make stupid choices), I had the “brilliant” idea that I wanted to make hexagons. Yes! Little tiny hexagons that I can take with me and make anywhere.. then piece together later. A portable sewing project!

But wait.. this is starting to sound familiar…

Oh yeah.. that’s because I’m already doing the same thing in yarn.
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And I’ve only been working on that project since AUGUST. I never learn, do I? And why do I have this crazy obsession with hexagons???

At least I’m making some progress on the hexipuffs… I’m up to 71 now.
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I found the little hexagon templates at Jo-Ann Fabrics. And they were on sale! 50% off! They were calling to me, I swear.
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Come on… look how cute they are…
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I know.. I think I’m starting to lose it too…

But I’ve still been knitting. Making slooooooow progress on the Jeweled Cowl. Beads + Mal Lace = Pretty awesome.. but a slow knit.
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And I’ve been spinning!

Spunky Eclectic Club Fiber (Merino/Bamboo), colorway Beach Day. Currently being spun on the Bristlecone St. Patty’s Day glindle, and Dragon twindle.
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Corgi Hill Farm Merino/Yak in Marsala. Currently being spun on the Bosworth Moosie.
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I’ve got plans for more knitting projects.. just want to get some of this older stuff finished up first. I also have to pick out some pretty fiber to spin for Tour de Fleece, which will be coming up soon. Can’t wait for that to start!

Color Affection

Published April 22, 2012 by kazkitty

My Color Affection is finally finished!!

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This shawl is HUGE. It’s easily the length of our couch.. I didn’t carry the yarns quite loosely enough at the edges, so it curls in a bit.. but you’ll never notice when it’s being worn.

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I love that it can be worn as a shawl or a generous scarf.

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I knit it from Woolen Rabbit Harmony Sock Yarn in Raven, Stormy, and Oh Ruby. Originally I purchased them at Fiber Revival last year to make an Earth and Sky shawl.. or a striped cardi. The yarn was fabulous to work with, and I really like this color combo. I almost can’t wait for it to be cooler again just so I can wear this!

FO time!

Published March 18, 2012 by kazkitty

Whaaaaaat? I actually finished something?!

Try TWO somethings. 😉

Both are projects for Malabrigo March. That means I now have 2 of 4 projects completed… yay! I’m probably going to have to queue a few more though since I still have more Malabrigo to play with.

First up, I have Amalthea. It’s a pretty little shawlette with fringe, knit side to side. The fringe is knit as garter rows up the side, then unraveled at the end to create the loopy ends. I had a lot of fun knitting this, and I really loved the unique construction. I knit it with a little less than 2 skeins of Malabrigo Silky Merino in the Nocturnal colorway.

When I first saw this pattern, I knew I had to knit it. Why? Because it’s a nod to one of my most favorite childhood movies: The Last Unicorn. During the movie, the unicorn is turned into a human, and she goes by the name Amalthea. And her eyes are the most gorgeous purple. I remembered I had this yarn hiding in my stash, waiting for the perfect project.. and BAM! I had it.

Here she is in the beginning stages:
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Finished but not yet unraveled:
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Being used as a kitty blankie:
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Unraveling:
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Washed, blocked, and finished!
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Project numero dos is a pattern called Camp Out Fingerless Mitts. I am a sucker for fingerless mitts. They’re just so darn useful… and quick to make. I used Malabrigo Seleccion Privada in K. This was yarn I got from a Stitch n Pitch a couple of years ago, and I’m still not too sure how I feel about the color..but hey, it was free Malabrigo!

The mitts were really easy to work up, and they’re super soft and cosy. I think they might be growing on me. 😉

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The other two projects I have going on are the French Braid Cowl in Malabrigo Twist, color Azul Profundo

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And the Jeweled Cowl in Malabrigo Lace, color Tuareg. The beads I found in my stash (5 tubes!) but I can’t remember what they were supposed to be for…. so they’re being repurposed. I like the matchy effect on the tuareg.

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I already know this cowl is going to be one of those projects I HATE.. but will love the final result, so I’m determined to finish it.

My Color Affection Shawl has been put on hold until Mal March is over… not like I’m going to be able to wear it with the weather being so warm anyways.

An update of sorts…

Published February 26, 2012 by kazkitty

Just when I thought I was doing well with the blogging, I forget for most of the month. In my defense, it has been one of those months… heck, it’s been one of those years so far.

Anywhoo… what have I been up to?

Well.. for starters, I’ve been playing with my lovely Dragon Twindle. My project for the month for the Spindle Candy Spinning Club on Ravelry was the 2 oz of Spunky Eclectic Merino/Cashmere in Mermaid.

I started off slowly…

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And just kept spinning…
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And spinning…
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And somehow managed to fit all 2 oz on that little spindle.
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Winding the plying ball took forever…
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But I plied it on my Traveller and ended up with appx 360 yds of a light fingering weight yarn that’s super soft and squishy. I have no idea what I want to knit with it yet.. for now I’m pretty content to cuddle it.
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I’ve also acquired another support spindle… a glindle this time. This was my Valentine’s Day prezzie to myself… that makes it ok, right? 😉

Empress of Hearts: Bloodwood with glass focal- came with her own spinning bowl
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The focal has little white hearts and blue swirls all around the outside.
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And if you hold it up to the light, you can see that the inside is a gorgeous blood red.
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I haven’t really had much of a chance to play with her… the sample fiber that came with her somehow got thrown in the wash and felted.. I totally blame Nico, since it was in with his stuff. I do have a pretty Corgi Hill batt that I need to finish spinning, so at some point I’ll use that.

I haven’t been really knitting all that much.. just a few hexipuffs here, a few rows on Spectra there, and then some work on my Color Affection Shawl. I’m up to the last section with the short rows, and trying to wrangle three balls of yarn at once is a little annoying… but I know the end result is totally going to be worth it.

I’m using Woolen Rabbit Harmony Sock in Oh Ruby, Stormy, and Raven. I’m completely in love with the shawl so far, even if it’s nothing but miles of garter.

Almost done with section 2 at this point…
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And it also make a good kitty blankie.
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I’m trying to finish it before thursday, so I can join in right away for Malabrigo March. I have a few patterns lined up for that so far, and I’m going to be knitting only from stash yarn. More on that next post.

That’s all I’ve going on for now… hope everyone has a good week! 🙂