Noro Scarf

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As always, I knit this scarf over 42 stitches and slipped the first stitch knitwise on every row. I think this makes the best looking edges for this pattern. The colorways of Noro Silk Garden are 8 and 358.

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This is one of those patterns that is both super fun to knit (oh hai I am easily amused by yarn that automatically changes color) and a very useful finished knit. I have two of these scarves and they both get tons of wear. Silk + wool is warm and with two of these scarves one is always going to match whatever I’m wearing. Because matching is so important. Ha.

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This scarf is going to live with a friend. It’s hard to say goodbye to such a pretty thing!

Noro Striped Scarf Project Page on Ravelry

Christmas Stockings

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I’m pleased as punch that I had the foresight last January to start knitting the Christmas stockings. They are done, all six, and I was never stressed about finishing. Now, it did take me nearly a year to knit what amounts to very little knitting but we are not focusing on that.

We have finished stockings, people, and that is all that matters!!!

The patterns all came from the Christmas Stocking eBook from Annie’s Woolens and were all perfectly written. The only tiny change I made was to add a picot edge at each top hem. I absolutely loved knitting short row heels and toes because it is a technique that I haven’t used much before. The instructions made it really easy to understand. Since I usually knit socks toe-up, it was also quite thrilling to know that I can do a mean kitchener, without even looking up directions.

I’m so glad that I bought the recommended yarn for this pattern: Barlettyarns Maine Wool. It is rustic and woolly and you know I love that. I remember doing some crude math last January to try and determine how much yarn I would need for all six stockings. Miraculously I got it right – I used every skein and didn’t run out. Came a little close with the green though.

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You can check out my pattern page for each stocking (basically just a bigger version of the pictures, not much else) on Ravelry.

Merry Christmas!

Nanook

20130812-_DSC2837I am knitting a cardigan, and with just 6cm left to knit I should say I am almost finished knitting a cardigan. What a nice feeling, and what a great way to spend my summer vacation. 20130812-_DSC2851The pattern is Nanook and the yarn is Shelter. If you’ve knit with this yarn then you will know that it’s rough and woolly but after I wash it it will be SO soft and perfectly woolly. I can’t wait to wash it.20130812-_DSC2859

In other news, if you are in the US have a look at my destash page on Ravelry. I’m trying to move some yarn out of my house and the prices are pretty good. And if you are in central North Carolina, have a look at my craigslist post where I am selling my Louet S10 Double Treadle spinning wheel. I am not even firm on the price listed, so if you’re looking to get into spinning then I am willing to make a deal!

It’s like spring cleaning, but in the thick of summer!