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:: Thursday, March 13, 2008 ::

Once a Month, Maybe?


Not ideal, but better than nothing, ne? A lot of knitting to show you. First of all, the Hemlock Ring is done.

Hemlock Ring - FO

Hemlock Ring Blanket
Pattern: Adapted by Jared Flood over at Brooklyn Tweed
Yarn: Cascade Eco Wool, color 8049, 2 skeins
Needles: Size US 9 Knit Picks Options
Cast on 1.17.08, knitting completed 2.4.08, blocked 3.7.08

I love this blanket. It was soooo much fun to knit. The Eco Wool was really nice to work with. The color is straight off the sheep and the entire thing is minimally processed, so I can feel good about it. It also smells like sheep, in a really good way. In a "yes, this really did come from an animal" way, not a "hey, I rolled around in poo just before I was shorn" way. The knitting was addictive and went quickly. The bind off was nothing more than fake crochet... so I crocheted it. Love the way it came out.

Hemlock Ring - Block Close

I ended up blocking the thing on a sheet on a rug on the floor (on the bottom of the sea). It stretched nicely, but because I made the blanket larger than the original it's not perfectly flat. Oh, well. It took a day and a half to dry. Also on the pinning front:

Kiri - Pinned

霧(きり)「Kiri」
Pattern: Kiri by Polly Outhwaite of All Tangled Up
Yarn: Misti Laceweight Alpaca. I think the color is tomato, but I'm not sure. 1.5 skeins, around 650 yds.
Needles: US 4 Knitpicks Options
Cast on 12.9.07, cast off 1.24.08, blocked 3.1.08

It looks great with my jacket, it feels great on my shoulders, and it even looks great over the back of my chair. I'm in love.

Kiri - Worn

The pattern is easy once you get the hang of it. The last few rows took forever (especially purling back!), but it was all worth it. I'm kind of surprised I don't have another shawl on the needles right now.

Kiri - Patterned Out

...I'm not done.

Hedera-esque - FO

Hedera-esque
Pattern: Hedera by Cookie A, found in Knitty
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in Some Summer Sky
Needles: set of 5 US 1 (2.25mm) dpns
Cast on 2.1.08, cast off 2.29.08

I like the way these came out--they just look cool.

Hedera-esque - Toes

Smooshy is a great yarn, but I don't know if it's a "Karla Yarn". I like my sock yarn a little thinner, maybe even a touch shiny. Think Louet Gems, Lorna's Laces. They do feel great on my feet though, and there's so much yardage I have enough left to do something interesting with.

Okay, I'm tired now... I'll leave the rest for later. ^_^

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