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Whoa, almost two weeks since my last post! Sorry dudes! I, uh…I got my Ravelry invite awhile ago and I have to say, the rumours are true; Ravelry can tempt you into more drooling than knitting. But I did get a few pieces finished:

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A Tomten for my pseudoniece, Sofi!

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Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Tomten Jacket

Materials: One and some skeins of STR Puck’s Mischief; maybe half a skein of STR Scottish Highlands, both Heavyweight (I knitted two ridges of PM to one ridge of SH, because I’m not such a fan of yellow)

Needles: 3.75 mm Addi Turbos (I think…I can’t read the wire anymore, and I don’t have a gague thingy yet!) I was pretty meh about these needles (too clickety clackity for me)

Sadly, I don’t have any action shots to share…the Tomten might actually be a tiny bit too incredibly huge for her yet, plus it’s been really hot here lately. Maybe later.

The heat has also stopped me getting an action shot of the second, much smaller (I fear maybe too small!) sweater I made for her (I’m a proud auntie!):

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(skein of Noro for scale; a future hat for the mister!)

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Pattern: heavily adapted from EZ’s February Baby Sweater, with the stitch pattern used in minty’s Leyburn socks

Materials: Maybe 2/3 of a skein of Fleece Artist Sea Wool in Hercules

Needles: 2.75mm Crystal Palace Bamboo Needles (which I ADORE!) and some 2.75mm bamboo DPNs

It took a lot of trial and error to work out the numbers, and even then I’m not sure if it worked out in the end. Her mama assures me it will, but it remains to be seen! Ah well.

Next up: a little something for me…

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Some Fleece Artist Merino sock yarn, perfect for a pair of Pomatomus! A little ambitious for my Second-Ever socks, maybe, but when has that ever stopped me?

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My Socks That Rock order arrived today!!

I ordered them in pairs with the intention of making a couple of chevron scarves from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, but now I’m not so sure…anyway, here are the pics!

First, Socktopus and Puck’s Mischief:

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then, Rolling Stone and Scottish Highlands:

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I really really love the Sockto/Puck mix, but I’m feeling kind of meh about the Scottish Highlands colourway (and yes, I bought it primarily because of its name). It’s just so…yellow! I am not a yellow girl, me. Maybe this duo is destined to become a present for someone who will really appreciate it…after all, do I really need *two* almost-identical scarves? I do not.

mmmmmmm…I really, really, REALLY love the Socktopus. In fact, I don’t think I will be able to resist ordering some more…when I get a job to pay for it. Some sweet, distant day…

Just so you don’t get the (not *entirely* unjustified) impression that I am all stash-build and no stash-bust, I have to say in my defense that I have a lot of WIPs, but not a lot of time to work on them. Right now on the needles, I have:

  • The blue and white cardigan I photographed earlier (in the koigu post…I still need to source some buttons for this one)
  • a pair of green merino socks for my dad for Father’s Day (I couldn’t finish them until he tried them on, and he couldn’t try them on as WIPs until I “gave” them to him, so that’s that excuse)
  • a new brown wrap sweater of my own design, in Knitpicks Woods Heather (so soft!)
  • a surprise that I cannot divulge here, just in case the recipient reads this before it’s done!

Stupid school getting in the way of my knitting…

After many long months of searching and pleading and surfing and waiting, my Handmaiden Seasilk has finally arrived! And it seems to have been delivered by frog!

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Seriously, I have been trying to track down some skeins of this stuff since February, when I decided I would tackle the Sarcelle as a Mother’s Day gift for my mum. After careful consideration, I settled on the Nova Scotia colourway, and set off on my search.

Of course, everyone in everywhereland has been out of Nova Scotia since sometime last century, so I had to wait until well after MD before someone finally got some in. I really really wanted to pick out the skeins myself, in person, but my LYSes are not actually very local to me at all, and it turned out they were too far and hard to get to for me to pop into every week and harass them to get the colourway I wanted. So I ordered a couple of hanks online as insurance, just to be sure I’d get some before it all sold out again everywhere. I figured, even if I didn’t like what came, I could sell it on, or save it for another project or something.

And then yesterday, it arrived!! Now, to be honest, I was surprised by what I pulled out of the envelope. The dye was a lot (a lot!) paler than I’d expected.
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I picked the Nova Scotia colourway because I adore (and wear a lot of) green and blue, as does my mum, and also because I so admired the beautiful work done by this blogger here. I don’t know why I was expecting it to be darker because I *know* she striped in some Ocean, but still. Anyway, after my initial surprise wore off, I decided I quite liked it, and that my mom would totally love it. She has a much paler skin tone than I do, and suits these colours down to the ground. So everything is awesome.

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Besides, I’d already wound it into a ginormous ball. I couldn’t ask that poor little guy to carry it all the way back to Newfoundland now! Ah well. Now for the next drama: getting the proper needles to start the Sarcelle pattern (I’m thinking some Addi Lace circulars…I really like the normal Addis I just got, even tho they do clickclickclick a lot more than the bamboos I’m used to. But I can’t go back to the bamboo plastic cables now that I’ve experienced the flexiness of the Addis!) Oh, and I should probably finish (or at least start) that 60+ page paper I have hanging over my head. You know, the one that’s due really soon and means I get to graduate from my MA program and move on with my life? Yeah, that one. Wish me luck!

Imaginary Readers, I have been doing a lot of knitting, honest I have. It’s just that none of it is really ready to be photographed, even as WIPs. They’re so infuriatingly close to being done that I just. can’t. do it. But I can show you this one panel of the cardigan I’ve been working on…that is, until I realised I didn’t have enough yarn and had to re-order from knitpicks…it’s Panache in “Dusk” and “Cloud”. The drape is a little bit heavier than I expected, but I’m reserving judgment until I’m done the whole thing. It’s knitting up nice and fast, anyway (well, until I ran out of yarn…)
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Fans of the Winter 2006 issue of Interweave Knits might recognize the motif from this sweater by The Eunny Jang. Um…it might look better in Jameson sticky DK weight yarn than this chunky, slippery stuff. Ah well. It looks fine from the distance most people will be viewing my chest.

To make up for general lameness of this fuzzy picture, here are some pics of my Koigu collection!

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Koigu in the sun!

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A closeup of the 314 I didn’t think I would like, all knitted up. Turns out it’s actually quite pretty!

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And a closeup of the 323, which I thought was going to be more intense, but it’s still quite nice.

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With silver bells and cockle shells and pretty skeins of Koigu all in a row!

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