Archive for the ‘knit’ Category


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I don’t know about you, but I enjoy and good pair of fingerless gloves. This city doesn’t get freezing cold, but we do tend to bundle up if the temperature drops below 70 degrees! The point is, my hands don’t need full coverage when it’s “cold,” so fingerless gloves are perfect. Wearing fingerless gloves reminds me of the extra long sweaters I’d wear in high school – the ones that went over my wrists and covered my hands. Also, these gloves are perfect for keeping your hands warm while maintaining use of your fingers to check your phone, take a picture, knit, or anything else you need your hands for!
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Raveled here.

These were knit in good ol’ Malabrigo Rios – one of my favorite yarns. It’s affordable and the colorways are vibrant and expensive looking. I wanted something easy, so I went with Peakaboo Mitts and, for the first time with gloves, I knit two at a time! I used the method shown here and let me tell you: I’m never knitting gloves one at time again! In fact, I think the last time I made gloves, I only made one and never got to the second, whoops!
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Can we talk about blogging for a moment? I miss it. I miss the days of updating my Livejournal with the boring events of my day. Remember when they were called weblogs? I always want to revive this blog, but what will I write about? Knitting, obviously. Life, maybe. My biggest challenge, and the one that keeps me from writing, is finding a balance between my privacy and what I want to share. I want my real life to be separate from my online presence (like it was in the old days!), if that makes any sense. So instead of writing, I get paralyzed by the fear of, “what will my friends/co-workers/cats think of me if they read my blog?” I’ve been thinking about this and you know what? The only way to find balance and tackle my fears is to write. So here goes nothing.

The best hat!
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I love this hat. I saw the pattern ages ago, added it to my Ravelry queue, admired it, but was too intimidated to actually knit one. I never really looked at the pattern, but the pictures were enough to make me think it would be too difficult. Little ol’ me too intimidated by the PHOTO of a pattern to actually try it? That sounds about right. I mean, the peak, the ears, how’d they do it?!?!?! How would I do it?
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But finally I decided to read through at the pattern and it actually looked doable! It’s a pretty neat construction. You knit the back and ears and then pick-up stitches around the back piece to knit the front. The pattern suggests you do this with straight needles, but please do yourself a favor and use DPNs, there is no way this can be done with straight needles!
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One warning though – this hat is super adorable. Be prepared to have strangers talk to you when you take your baby out in it! People can’t help but to tell you how gorgeous your child is!

It’s 2011! I’d hate to sound cliché, but 2011 will totally be my year! I mostly say this because this is the year I finally finish college! After that, I will have full freedom to knit to my hearts desire. I don’t know why, but the closer I get to finishing the less time I have, but I did manage to squeeze in some knitting in 2010.
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Gloves
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These gloves are the bees knees! I made them late in the summer and I cannot even express the excitement I had as I knit them! I had kicked around the idea for these for sometime and to see it come to fruition, exactly how I envisioned them was quite exciting. I think I can say without a doubt that these were my favorite knits of 2010.
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Someday, I hope to write the pattern up and share it with the internets.
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Cowl
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Mmmmm, Envy. I received this yarn as a birthday gift a couple of years ago, made a too short scarf, and then put it in a box to be frogged. More than a year later, I finally frogged it and made me a nice cowl. This pattern was quick and easy – I made mine  during a marathon of Daria marathon on Logo. A perfect evening, if you ask me.
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Hat
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2010 was also the year I properly learned to do things I failed at in the past. For one, I conquered the spindle. And I also conquered yarn dyeing with kool-aid. I tried this a few times in the past, but always ended up with a orangy-red hot mess. This time I, just like with the spindle, I was much more patient and ended up with much better results.
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Kool-Aid dyed yarn
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Kool-Aid dyed yarn
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I can only imagine the adventures I will have in 2011, especially once I finish school! Happy new year everyone!

I haven’t fully regained my knitting mojo, it comes and goes, but I try to squeeze something in every now and then. Like tiny cozies for tiny ice creams.
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Because, why not?
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Yes, it works.
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No more cold fingers!
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I even did some knitting for a school project, but more on that later.
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I’ve noticed that as graduation (what, really?) gets closer for me, I find myself with less and less time to knit, but the next three weeks I’m on break, and I’ve already started perusing my Ravelry queue for ideas on what to knit. For a while though, I’d just look and look at patterns and not knit anything, always feeling too tired and just straight burnt out. But I think I’ve finally returned, even if it’s only for a short bit until the next quarter starts.

VICTORY!!!
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I can’t believe that I finally finished my sister’s Christmas 2008/Birthday 2009 scarf!!! I remember sitting on the sofa, looking at the tiny ball of yarn that I had left to finish the scarf, still in disbelief that I was finally going to bind off. I thought this scarf would never end. I even took my time to properly block the scarf, using these instructions I found at TECHknitting (love this blog, so resourceful!).  Don’t I look so cozy in it?
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Blocking
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There is my patient little cat, Apple, making sure I’m pinning things properly. She’s such a good supervisor.
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It doesn’t usually take me 18 months to finish a scarf, but while all those cables look beautiful, there were a pain and a bore after a few rows. And once I showed my sister what she was eventually getting for Christmas or her birthday, I felt obligated to stick to the pattern and finish it out. But let me tell you, NEVER AGAIN will I make this scarf!!! This is also the first wool scarf I’ve made for her. I gave her a HUGE lecture on why she should never put this in a washer or dryer. If this thing ever turns up felted, I will be very angry and may have to start interviewing for a new sister.
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I’m just saying… this was a lot of work!