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WIP Wednesday – Wolf In Alpaca Clothing

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I have a whole new kind of fiber to share with you today!  I’m knitting my first ever project in wolf.  Yup!  You read that right … wolf fiber.  It is very much like the samoyed blend yarn that I knit with quite often … the same beautiful softness and loft … but in a gorgeous taupey-grey. It is a real privilege to get to knit with something like this.

The recipient is looking for an chullo style hat with an alpaca motif on it so I did a little searching and sketching and came up with what I think is a fun mix of patterns and motifs.  The hat has  intarsia stars on the earflaps, a wave pattern for the brim, and I’m in the process of knitting some happy looking alpacas.    Despite a few false starts (and pattern re-writes ) it is working up fairly quickly.

What have you been working on this week?  Have you tried a new fibers or material lately?  Do tell!

WIP Wednesday – It’s A Mystery

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Today’s work-in-progress Wednesday post is a little different than normal because you don’t actually get to see the WIP.  What?  But that’s not fair, right?  You will eventually get to see the project but this is a test knit for someone (not telling who either! he he he) so it has to be kept under wraps until the pattern is released.  I am, however, showing the yarn that I’ve picked for the project because it isn’t the yarn the pattern calls for.  Tricky, tricky!  Pictured above is Palette in Wallaby, Briar Heather, Finnley Heather, and Hazelnut colorways.  I know that it isn’t much of a clue but let me tell you, it is going to be gorgeous!

Enough teasing for now … Hope you all have a crafty Wednesday!

East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon Cowl

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It is no secret how much I love colorwork knitting, and when the opportunity arose to do some test knitting for Anne Podlesak’s newest book “Legendary Knits, Volume Two”, I jumped at the chance.

The pattern is called East of the Sun, West of the Moon Cowl.  It comes in two different sizes (mine is size small) and is worked up in fingering weight yarn.  I chose to use Knit Picks Palette in various shades of green, yellow, cream, and grey and 3.25 needles.

The pattern is beautifully written, the charts are a dream to knit, and the finished cowl is colorful and bright … the perfect thing to wear for those of us who are (not so) patiently waiting for the arrival of spring.  It keeps my neck wonderfully cozy when I’m out for my quite crispy morning walks.

What fun crafty things have you been up to?  Are you making anything bright and colorful as you dream of spring?  Do tell!

WIP Wednesday – Criss Cross Applesauce

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I’m giving you a little sneak peek in today’s WIP Wednesday post.  As I mentioned in a previous post some really great mitten charts “found” me and I am in the process of converting them into some cute stranded colorwork hats.  This one is going to be called “Criss Cross Applesauce” after a game my cousins and I used to play when we were young.  I figured that it is very appropriate because of the criss crossing of the colorwork pattern and the color that I picked for the hat reminds me of applesauce with lots of cinnamon.  So far, I’ve gotten about 2/3 of  the hat knit and I hope to have a picture of the finished hat for Friday’s finished object post.

Happy knitting all!

Flower Garden Hat Pattern

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I was planning to post this tomorrow but I’ve had quite a bit of interest in the pattern so I thought that I would share it a little bit early :-)

This hat pattern is actually an adaptation of a mitten chart that I found one afternoon on a folded up piece of computer paper, tucked inside one of my second hand knitting books. There are three mitten charts on the paper and, try as I might, I have not been able to find any further information on these charts, such as who has written them and when. If you know who has designed the charts, please email me so that I can give credit where credit is due.

It is a quick little project to work up as you use DK weight yarn and since you use 3.5mm needles in combination with stranded colorowork, it makes a nice cozy fabric.  I love the cheerful flowers sprinkled throughout the pattern.  It makes me daydream even more about the arrival of spring.

You can download your free copy by clicking the ravelry button below:

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Stay tuned over the next week or two as I hope to have the other two mitten charts adapted into hat patterns and available as free downloads as well.

Happy knitting everyone!

Karlakór in Handspun

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A quick shot of the progress made with yesterday’s storm day knitting. It has been a while since I’ve used bulky weight yarn and 6mm needles so this sweater really seems to be flying.   It would be wonderful to have this lopi finished by the end of the month!

Hedge Fence Pullover Finished!

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Today I have some pictures of the finished Hedge Fence Pullover to share. Many thanks to my husband for being the model for the shots :-D

An Almost FO Friday Post – Hedge Fence Pullover

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I am positively giddy sharing this post today.  J’s Hedge Fence Pullover is ALMOST finished.  Only about 1″ of ribbing to go and one end to sew in and this baby is in the bag.  I know that I’ll have it finished before this evening is up.  Finishing both this sweater and the set of thrummed mittens I shared earlier this week was my goal for the 2014 Ravellenic Games and I am super pleased that I will be meeting that goal! Is there anything quite as satisfying as polishing off a couple of long standing WIPs?

Hope you are enjoying this years games and that you meet your goals as well!

WIP Dancing – Thrummed Mittens

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I love the Ravellenic Games.   The excitement, the plans, all the amazing inspiration … it is a great opportunity to try those projects you haven’t been brave enough to start yet, to learn new skills, or, as is my case this year, to finish up a couple of WIPs that you may have stalled on.

Going in this year,  I had super high hopes of finishing both my Hedge Fence Pullover and a pair of thrummed mittens that I have been working on for quite some time.  Today I am very excited to say that the mittens are finished (doing a little happy dance here!) and I am getting closer all the time to finishing the sweater.

Are you participating in the games?  What events/projects are you working on?  I’d love to hear all about it!

WIP Wednesday – Hedge Fence Pullover

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While the picture may be less than awesome, I am super-de-duper pleased with the progress of the Hedge Fence Pullover that I’ve been working on for J.  The cabling is easily memorized and, if you chose to cable without a needle, the sweater works up at a nice pace.  Both sleeves are finished and I’m trucking right along on the body.

I am hoping to finish both this sweater and if I’m really lucky, a pair of thrummed mitts, in this year’s Ravellenic Games.   To me, it seems like a fairly tall order, but only time will tell.  It will be really great to finish those two WIPs :-)

Are you participating in the Ravellenic Games this year?  What events are you planning on entering?  I’d love to hear all about it!

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