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*Asterisk* Shawlette Now Available

I'm rather fond of this design.  Not just because Emma is a very cute model.

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This was the first offering for the Indigodragonfly Smart Ass Knitters/World Domination one skein club.  It was very fun to design and the Merino/Cashmere/Nylon lace yarn was amazing to work with.  

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If you were in the club, you've got the pattern and yarn, but now, you can buy the pattern on Ravelry.

 

Or in a kit from Indigodragonfly (really, use the yarn, it's great).

If you're not on Ravelry, and wish to purchase the pattern, email me (link is in the sidebar). 

And while you're over there, sign ups for the 2010-2011 Club are on now.  Take a peek.  It's been great fun anticipating those packages and then knitting them up. The little artisan swag extras have been awesome little surprises too.

 


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hat in our 'hood, originally uploaded by Dr. Steph.

I wrote up a free pattern for Xander's 4x3 Top-Down, Hat of Power (aka 4x3TDHoP).

It's an easy beginner knit for someone wanting to start knitting in the round. I've indicated spots where you can modify the size, though it's pretty stretchy and should fit most older kids to adult size melons.

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You can find the pattern on Ravelry here: download now.  If you don't use Ravelry, you can grab the pattern right here:  Download 4x3TDHop.  

If you're looking for the yarn I used, it's Indigodragonfly MCN Sport (the colour pictured is Herb Tarlek Jr.). One skein for the hat. 

I knit it in a couple of evenings.  I know it's spring, but there are still some hat wearing days left, or you could get a jump on holiday knitting.


Extreme Makeover: Bohus Edition Part II

I finally did it.  

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I got held up because I had to seam the sides a second time because I decided it wasn't small enough.  I took off another inch total at the hem and chest so it ended up as 39" around.  I couldn't do more, even if I had wanted to because it would start affecting the yoke.  I'll need to think about that proportion when I knit my Wild Apple because I am broad shouldered but not chesty or very large in the middle.  

As you can see above, there were two seams.  I decided it was easiest to just cut up the middle to start.

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Notice I said "easiest"?  It wasn't easy cutting into those pretty, hard won, tiny stitches.

But once I got started, there was no turning back.

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I kept cutting until I was at the end of the sleeve stitching up and then I had a pretty large, floppy bunch of extra knitting.

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I then cut just inside the second seam to remove the excess.

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What's left is a nice smaller seam that just folds out of the way and doesn't leave any bulk.

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Here I am in the improved Grey Mist Bohus.  I love it all over again.

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#Womanwhogetsshitdone

If you're not on Twitter, you might not be familiar with the hashtag.  It's a way to categorize tweets by a topic so others can see what's "trending".  They are also turning into a way to be quite pithy in tweets as hashtags are often used to label one's own tweets or be sarcastic or just add something else that's a bit random.  For example:

I vote that all Monday work be replaced with naptime. All those in favour please signify. #motioncarried #adjourned.

I love hashtags and the way people use them.  I started the #womanwhogetsshitdone hashtag over the summer when I was doing home reno and it's carried to other parts of my life and other twitter folk have started using it too.  While I'm often #womanwhositsonherass it's nice to feel like there are productive times, even when I don't sit down to blog about them.

Today, I'm using #womanwhogestsshitdone on the blog because I want to write down the fibre stuff I want to get done this month:

Write up the hat pattern for this:

 

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As requested by Xander, a floppy green toque aka Hat of Power (kid named it, not me).  He wears it night and day since I finished it and thought it would be a nice free pattern to have around.

Finish my Stage Door Cardi (just the sleeves to go).  I ran into some trouble with this because I didn't read the pattern closely enough and had to do some ripping.  Now I'm determined to get this finished asap so I can wear it a bit before the weather gets warm (it will get warm, right?).  

Nice colour eh?  Indigodragonfly Merino Silk in Edward discovers that wood chippers make excellent juicers (who can resist wool silk yarn with a name like that?!)

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Spin. Spin. Spin.  I have some lovely shetland/bfl lamb first shearing on the go right now and I want to get it done and then make sure I have some spinning on the go all the time so I can keep practicing.  This is like any other manual skill, it needs regular practice to improve.

Get back to work on my Staked socks.  They're fun, but fiddly.  So many twisted stitches in a dark yarn.  I just need to commit a bit of time to them.  Besides I haven't made myself socks in a while.

Blog about the Bohus mods.  They're done.  They're great.  I just want time to compose a proper post.  Soon.

Reseam my Tempest Cardi.  I need to remove the waist shaping.  It doesn't suit me.  I'm going to give it the same treatment as the Bohus, but might use the sewing machine to stabilize stuff because while the yarn is grabby, I'm not completely convinced it will hold.  Me and sewing machines aren't the best of friends so this might take a bit of time to finish.

And I hope to spend more time here writing stuff down.  I always remember how much I like blogging while I'm doing it.  I just need to make time for it #womanwhostatestheobvious

adjourne