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Today I downloaded: A hat!

 

Okay, full disclosure, I actually downloaded this last week. But “Sometime last week I downloaded a hat and I’m almost done with it” is a really long title for a blog post. This project is more about the story behind it, though.

The Unicorn Sock

Normally I would think of some creative and inviting way to introduce you to the post topic. Something sneaky that gets you to click the “read more” button. But these socks. I love these socks so much that I can’t think of much more to say than “I love these socks.”

Today I downloaded: House Scarves

 

This past weekend we had dinner with family. Fidgety Daughters are the absolute favorite people in the world to my youngest nephew. My nephew is a new Harry Potter fan so during dinner (where they insisted he sit between them), they introduced my nephew to Pottermore so he could be sorted into a house. In passing I said, “Hey, maybe I should make you guys house scarves.” Yeah, guess who is now making house scarves.

Choose your own sockventure

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I love Knit Picks. I haven’t purchased much of their yarn (I’m trying to stick to a yarn diet), but the yarn I did purchase, I loved and made my favorite thing ever. But every needle (Options interchangeable in nickel) and cable I own is from them. I look forward to their catalog every month. It may or may not be possible that I look forward to an opportunity to purchase something new.

I also love socks. They’re just so pretty and portable and people are super impressed when I whip out my magic loop, two at a time socks to work on while I’m waiting. So with the recent catalog focused on socks, I looked a little closer. …

Slouchy Hipster Hat

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One of the fun thing about working at a post-secondary school is that students will oftentimes work in your office. They’re not always skilled labor for the tasks at hand (though sometimes they are) and they always get the grunt work. But it’s really fun getting to know students at the place you work (especially if your job isn’t student-facing). Our office, Marketing and Communications, has been very fortunate in the student workers we’ve had and I have made some very good friends of many of them. So when our current student worker asked if I could make him a “slouchy hipster-style hat” I agreed. When he asked if I could make a set of matching hats for him and his best friend, I lept for joy because how adorable is that? …

Friday night question: What should I do with this yarn?

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Okay ladies and gentlemen. I have beautiful yarn I purchased during the 2016 Yarn Shop Hop. I purchased these two skeins specifically to go together. I’ve always been drawn to the patterns where there is a neutral gray paired with a colorful yarn that shifts as it’s knit. When I purchased these yarns, the hope was to find a beautiful shawl pattern to do just that. So I’m looking for some suggestions:

Friday night question: Blanket help

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Okay everyone, I need your help!

I’m making the super adorable Leaf Blanket for a friend. Well, eventually for three different friends who are all due at about the same time. So I stopped by one of my favorite yarn stores to see what good superwash wool I could find in pretty greens. I decided on cost vs. softness to go with Cascade 128. I love Cascade and this is a super soft yarn. But I can’t get gauge.

Lambing Mitts

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Recently I offered to knit fingerless gloves for a friend. I didn’t even realize it wasn’t my own idea until about 10 minutes after the conversation. But truthfully, I didn’t mind making these. I was between projects and had been itching to try this pattern.

In Minnesota, winters get cold. Really cold and hand knit items add extra layers for inside and outside. Sometimes we need something to keep our hands warm but fingers accessible. This pattern allows the wearer to cover or uncover as much of their fingers as they like. …

Finally wore those boot cuffs

I’ve finished my Christmas gift knitting. Well, mostly. I still have socks for my brother. But I knit them too big and he took forever to send me his actual size, so I’m waiting until I’m on Christmas vacation and have daylight to unravel the socks by. I don’t have any portable projects or WiPs  that I want to pick up right now. So I’m taking this time to rest my wrists (something I like to do every now and then). …