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New needles

If you read my other blog at LanternMoon.com, you know that the new ebony and rosewood interchangeable needle sets have come in to the warehouse. I’ve been knitting with a prototype of these needles. The joins are really smooth. My yarn doesn’t catch on them, and I haven’t had any come apart while knitting with them. (This used to happen to me with other my Boye aluminum interchangeable needles, a long time ago. I’ve become a wooden needle convert since then.)

The needle tips I’m knitting with are the new Featherlight wood, which is certified as sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council. The interchangeables won’t be in this wood, at least not for now. I just happen to have gotten lucky and borrowed these to play with. Check them out.

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I knit my Mini Mochi fingering weight Infinity Entrelac Infinity Scarf with the size 4 tips.

And I’m now knitting another Noro DK weight version with the size 7 tips.

I like them a lot. They’re not quite as slick as my ebony needles, but I like the slate gray color and slight texture on them. I haven’t been knitting too much this week; the view is a distraction.

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Stay warm!

Infinity and beyond

I wore the Mini Mochi Infinity scarf yesterday, doubled as a cowl. It was perfect for the chilly, rainy day: a soft warm cloud of coziness.

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TheTeen took some more pictures for me, because I didn’t love the ones we took before. I had been in a hurry to catch the last bits of daylight on the last non-rainy day this week, and although I didn’t love the pictures, they were all I had. I like these better, so I swapped them into the pattern, and into my previous post.

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And I also played with the cowl/hood look. I like it!

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I haven’t knit a stitch since I finished on Monday. I’m not ready to start the two design projects I have in my head; I’m too busy this week to put that much thinking into it. I just want to knit something. It’s too strange having empty needles. I think I want to knit another Infinity! I love entrelac; each little square or triangle is like a mini-project. They go so fast, and you can really see your progress. I’ll knit a shorter version of the Noro Infinity in the same yarn. I already have the yarn; I bought a bag of 10 balls at Sock Summit last year. I used four in the original, three are going to a contest winner, and that means the last three can be mine!

Knit on…

Infinity, revealed

We were away for Thanksgiving weekend, and I had some time to knit. There was even a little snow.

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It was cold enough that a tiny snowman might need a scarf.

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The snowman is wearing the fingering weight version of my new Infinity infinity scarf, in progress. No, I’m not repeating myself. It’s named Infinity for the infinity symbols on the center rectangles, and it’s an infinity, or loop scarf. Here’s the first version, in DK weight Noro Silk Garden Lite.

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It’s really long!

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It doubles up to make a wonderfully cozy, drapey cowl.

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I finished the fingering weight version; it’s knit in Crystal Palace Mini Mochi. I knit it shorter than the Noro version, and I love the length. It doubles to make an airy, light as a cloud cowl.

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I’ve been dying to show these to you, ever since I finished the first one! The pattern is available through the Infinity pattern page.

To celebrate my new design, I’m giving away two copies of the pattern, along with yarn to make your own Infinity. One will come with 2 balls of Crystal Palace Mini Mochi (in the green and purple colorway shown) and the other will have 3 balls of Noro Silk Garden Lite (as shown above). The Mini Mochi is enough to make the scarf as shown, and the Noro will make a shorter (but still plenty long) scarf (I used 4 balls for the sample, but I think it’s longer than it needs to be). Do you want one? Leave me a comment and let me know which one!

Don’t wait to buy the pattern if you want it now. If you’re a winner, you can choose a different pattern from my collection, and I’ll send it when I send the yarn for Infinity. Of course, you can knit anything you want with the yarn; I won’t send the knitting police after you if you choose to knit something else!

Contest closes next Tuesday, December 7, at midnight. Go!

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Christmas? At least in some circles. I found this in my box of teaching pieces.

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It’s a Christmas stocking that I started while teaching last year’s Snowflake Christmas Stocking class at Twisted. I’m teaching it again this year on Saturday, December 4, 1 to 3 p.m. The class covers turning a heel, reading a chart, and learning to knit stranded colorwork without tangles. We even cover carrying two colors in the same hand. Contact Twisted if you want to register. Already know how? The pattern is available here.

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Here’s a contest that I ran across (I have a google alert for Lantern Moon, and they’re featured in one of the prize packages): WEBS is having a huge giveaway to celebrate the 200th episode of their podcast, Ready Set Knit. Check out the amazing array of prizes and enter to win!

And don’t forget to check out my drawing on the Lantern Moon blog, too. I’ll pick a winner after Thanksgiving weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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…but I can’t really show you yet. Here’s a little peek.

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Look at this gorgeous yarn I got from Lorajean (Knitted Wit) last week!

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A perfect cloudy gray…

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with sparkles! We have a little project in the works…

Have a great Thanksgiving. I’m not cooking…but I’m in charge of gravy, comme d’habitude. I can handle that. It’s been a rough month, but I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m lucky to have my family, an interesting and rewarding job, and to be able to knit for fun, design a bit, teach knitting, and blog both here and for Lantern Moon. I’m having a little giveaway on the Lantern Moon blog; click over and enter.

Are you knitting for the holidays? I’m not! Too much pressure. There may be gifts, but I’m not obligated to knit for anyone. Gifts happen sometimes, but mostly incidentally or by inspiration. That’s how I roll…

Ain’t no sunshine…

It’s been days since I’ve seen anything this pretty…

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I just happened to look out the kitchen window, and there it was. Since then, it’s been rain, rain, rain, and darkness at 5 p.m. with the change back to standard time. But I haven’t been idle. I’ve been making lots of little squares.

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Here’s what’s left after four balls of Noro Silk Garden Lite. Yes, two little balls, because there was an abrupt color change at a join in the middle of the fourth ball (how very Noro), so I cut it out and joined the yarn back in when the color repeat made sense.

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I really like how this turned out. I’ll be writing the pattern up soon. I need it to stop raining so I can take some modeled pictures! In the meantime, I’m working on a second version in an alternate yarn. I took it to knit night tonight, and finished a ball of yarn. I also brought chocolate chip shortbread, with some crystallized ginger in them. If the combo works for scones, why not for shortbread? Delicious, although I think I like the scones better.

Baby O was at knit night, too, and LJ finished a Meathead hat for him. Cute!

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And Sharon brought her beautiful birthday present from Cathy.

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Cathy asked friends to send her 10 words or less about why we love Sharon, and came up with this brilliant presentation. The notes are printed on hand made rice paper, and backed with flags of other hand made paper. A bit of gauzy ribbon ties each note to a grosgrain hanging ribbon. This was hanging in Sharon’s office on the morning of her birthday. (It was more spread out there; the ribbon is very long!) The little lights add just the right sparkle.

What’s sparkling in your life?

still feeling bookish…

I have another new knitting book to show you. It’s 1000 Fabulous Knit Hats by Annie Modesitt. This copy is from the library, but I want to get a copy of my own.

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Why? Partly because it’s beautiful, and partly because I’m in it! Well, not me, exactly, but some of my hats. Last year, Annie Modesitt put out a call for pictures of knit or crocheted hats. She was hoping to get a thousand to put into a book. And she did. She chose 10 to feature with their patterns. The rest are eye candy and inspiration. And there is a lot of inspiration here. A hat is a perfect project; small enough that it gets done quickly, and big enough to be a canvas for a new stitch pattern or color combination. Who doesn’t love a hat?

Here are my Pippi hats:

pippi blue

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And my watermelon baby cap, which is a free pattern here on my blog:

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And my spiral rib cap, also free.

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My Elsa would have been in here, too, but she hadn’t been designed yet.

I’ve spent some time paging through, and I want to knit more hats!

summer to fall

It’s transition week here in Portland. We have summer flowers and fall leaves.

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The Japanese anemone is going strong. I planted a few of these several years ago, and now they are taking over my yard. I took out most of it this spring, but it’s all back.

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My cosmos died this summer, but I think it re-seeded itself and came back up through the anemone. The first batch wasn’t nearly as spectacular as these are.

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Here’s what’s happening in the neighborhood:

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There won’t be any fall color on my flowering plum tree, though. It’s dead. Half of it bloomed this spring, and then the whole thing died. This bird (flicker?) was enjoying it the other day.

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Oh! I never showed you the October Single Skein Club package. Here it is:

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A sweet pattern for fingerless mitts by Shannon Squire, a ball of Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in one of my favorite colorways (I have 5 balls of this in the same color, different dye lot in my stash from a design idea that didn’t pan out)…

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and some really cute stitch markers.

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I can’t work on these right now. I’m completely obsessed with one of the things I showed you in the last post. But I can’t show you yet…

Two steps forward…

Fall has arrived. I love the crisp cool days we’re having here in Portland. The leaves are beginning to turn, and the days usually start with a bit of fog. This is the morning view from my bedroom window.

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The cooler weather has inspired me to knit. I’ve got several ideas spinning in my head, and it’s a little overwhelming trying to decide which one comes first. Everything is in the swatching stage.

I’m playing around with an entrelac idea with some Noro Silk Garden Lite and my Lantern Moon US 7 ebony circulars.

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After this picture, I knit on it through a meeting last night. I made it far enough to know that it’s not quite what I want, but now I know what I want. I have to start over. That’s progress!

I’m playing around with a different idea on another ebony circular (also size 7). This yarn is worsted from Pico Accuardi Dyeworks. I’m far enough to know that I’ve messed up the stitch pattern! But not far enough to know if my sizing is right.

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And swatching another idea in sport weight wool, also from Pico Accuardi, and ebony Sox Stix in size 4. I’m far enough to know that the sizing is definitely not right.

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Two steps forward, one step back. Eventually, I’ll get there. I’m usually a monogamous knitter, so it’s pretty strange to have all this going on. I also have an idea for some yarn I’m getting from Lorajean (Knitted Wit), but that yarn isn’t in my hands yet. It’s a good thing that I have a lot of needles!

What’s on *your* needles this fall? Or spring, for my friends down under?

Pacific Shawl, published

I keep forgetting to post this, but the pattern is officially up!

Pacific Shawl, details here.

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I saw Anna’s last night at book group. The lighting wasn’t ideal, but the shawl is gorgeous!

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She used Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu, and it is a bit heavier, lovely and drapey. Anna’s shawl is the large size, and the yarn is heavier, too. It’s very cozy, but elegant.

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You can kind of see the beads on the left, here. They’re much sparklier in person.

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Thanks for knitting, Anna!