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WIP Wednesday: Hipstamatic and Marion

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I've taken some time off of designing for a bit here, and am working on some gift knitting and selfish/UFO knitting.  I'm attempting something a bit on the crazy side, but I'm hoping to knit up hats for all of my coworkers at the optometry office.  On the less crazy side, they will all be Hipstamatics.  I'm using a range of bulky weight yarns, and discovering just how different "bulky" really can be!!  Here's my current one in progress (with mystery bulky weight that has been sitting in the stash for awhile:

And my other project that I'm actively working on is Marion by Andi Satterlund.  My gauge is fairly far off, but I did some calculations that indicate that it will be just fine post blocking with some negative ease built in.  :o)  The yarn is Bumblebirch Forage in Fog.  This one I'm calling a UFO, even though it hasn't been sitting around as long as some others, but I started it in May, and then got distracted before I could finish it up.  

I can't wait to get this done and blocked to really show off the fun cables along the front!  Also, it's kinda the perfect weather these days around here to wear this over dresses.  I used to wear this one white cropped sweater with all my dresses, until one day, I finally had to admit that it just wasn't truly in great shape anymore.  I've been on the search for a replacement, when I finally decided that I had to just go ahead and make one (or maybe a bunch...).  I'm going to be so excited when this guy is completely off the needles!  :o)

What is everyone else working on?  Anyone else trying to get some Christmas knitting done?  

Mindless Knitting

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As I finish up some designs of my own, the need to do some "mindless" knitting increases.  I think it's because the last part of designing involves math, formatting, and waiting to hear back from testers and tech editors.  The joy of working on projects where the math has already been worked out for me and I can just go with the flow is definitely appreciated at these moments.  While designing has its own joys, it is a job, and sometimes I just need a break.  :o)

The first project here is Stippers by Ashley Knowlton.  It's a bulky weight slipper pattern made with a fun construction.  They're super fast, and I think I'll be done with a pair of these guys by the end of the week, even just knitting idly on them.  They're perfect for recharging and feeling super accomplished!  And the StitchJones yarn is making me super happy!  So bright and fun.  This particular colorway is actually from one of her 2012 Yarnageddon shipments, so I don't believe it is a repeatable colorway.  I'd been holding onto it for something perfect, and I think these are definitely the thing!  

This second WIP is something that has been on hold since August 2014.  I said that I was going to get a move on with my UFOs, and this guy is the first of many.  :o)  Sadly, the pattern is not available.  It has an unusual construction, in that it begins with a provisional CO at the ankle, then you knit the foot, kitchener the toe, then undo the CO, and work the leg upwards.  I am not sure how I feel about it, but I am now done with one of the socks, and have CO for the second!  Can't wait till I can call this UFO, now WIP, a FO!!  

Second Paulette Shawl

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I decided to knit a second version of my Paulette Shawl.  :o)  I, unsurprisingly, chose pink and green as my colors.  Thoroughly Thwacked's Vixen comes in Forest Shadow, a dark green, and Cotton Candy, a bright and cheery pink.  The contrast between the two is quite striking.  

The lighting when this picture was taken does make the color difference seem even more dramatic than it is in real life, but it is still an eye turner in person as well.  

Here's a close-up of some of the fun texture in Paulette!  

WIP Wednesday: Seeds to Flowers

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As I'm finishing up writing a pattern, it`'s nice to have some "mindless" projects going, as well.  This one is a great one as it's got lots of things going on, so it keeps me entertained, but because it's been a well written pattern so far, I haven't had to actually think about what I'm doing other than following a chart!  The pattern is called Seeds to Flowers by Kristina Vilimaite.  It is the July KAL that we are doing in the MegaKAL group created by myself and myusic.  

I chose a long repeat, self striping yarn for mine.  The yarn is called Crazy Zauberball and is a 2ply yarn with each strand slowly striping.  I am in love with the result!  I want to play around with this yarn some more... definitely a fun one.  :o)  

Instead of going with matching beads, I decided to go with coordinating beads.  I actually really like how it's coming out!  Of course, pink and green is my favorite color combination... so I don't think this could get better.  :o)  


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This weekend I went to my hometown in California.  My brother and I planned a secret trip to surprise my parents.  It turned out to be a big success, and we all had a good time.  We went to a great Japanese restaurant, then got some homemade flautas made by my mom on Sunday, and a chicken katsu curry udon made by my dad on Monday!  A great weekend for food and visiting.  :o)  In the end, I forgot to take pictures... so you'll have to settle for this progress pic of my shawl.  

Here's a pic demonstrating the lace coming along.

I liked this angle because it shows off the textured pattern nicely.  No other reason for adding this pic.  ;op

A little further...

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Here's another shot of my shawl.  It's very slow going (despite my goals) due to my final move happening, and obtaining all our stuff.  Unpacking has been an exhausting ordeal, and so I haven't gotten as far as I'd like.  

Tomorrow we're going to go attempt to purchase a few items that we can really use to help organize this place, get to seriously go grocery shopping, and unpack some more.  I'm hoping the pattern is ready for testing by May 8th.  Wish me luck!  

Half FO: Soo Sock

Well, this one is only half done, as I've only completed one of the two socks needed for most of us.  This gorgeous sock is by Kitman Figueroa (of whom most of us who recognize her name would know for her gorgeous shawls).  This is her first sock pattern, and it is definitely not for beginner sock makers.  But for anyone used to her intricate lace patterns and sock making... the final product is definitely worth the effort.  It isn't a difficult pattern, but definitely wouldn't want to be a first pattern for either a newbie lace knitter and being familiar with sock construction would certainly help.  Anyways, without too much more further ado, here's sock number one!
My Soo Sock
Pattern: Soo Sock
Yarn: Nichole by Schaefer yarns. I lost the ball band, so I don't know the colorway.  According to ravelry, it is a discontinued brand of yarn anyways...
Needles:  US 1.5 Hiya Hiya Sharps dpns