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Prairie Rose Blush Lace Shawl

So, I actually finished this shawl just before the New Year, but I blocked it this week and finally took some photos.  I started knitting this just before I left Indiana and finished it a few months after moving to Oregon.  The yarn is some luscious Briar Rose Fibers Sea Pearl.  I had a limited amount of this as it was an “end” or a smaller “put-up” than Chris’ normal Sea Pearl.  I really liked the color though, so I snagged it at Fiber Fest last spring.

prairie rose shawl

If you’ve knit the Prairie Rose Shawl, you might notice that the edge doesn’t look quite the same.

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While I would like to pretend that it was intentional, we all know it wasn’t.  I ran out of yarn.  There, I said it.  I ran out of yarn.  I knew I only had 400 yards, but I knit with abandon and the result was shorting myself on the edging.

prairie rose lace shawl close up top

prairie rose shawl close up

Still, it doesn’t look too bad.  So, my fudging it a little and ending it in an optimal spot based on the chart I was in worked out.  Of course, this means that the next time I face the same situation, I will run out of yarn in a very very ugly spot.

Pattern: Prairie Rose Lace Shawl, Evelyn Clark, The Knitter’s Book of Wool
Yarn: Briar Rose Fibers Sea Pearl, 400 yards, bright orange coral (my own color name)
Needles: US 4 Hiya Hiya Interchangeable Circulars
Modifications: Unintentionally shortened the edging. ha

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Rick’s XOXO Scarf: Free Knitter Bunny Pattern

Rick’s XOXO Scarf was created for a good friend of mine. When the cold weather hit, I knew he needed just the right scarf to pick up his spirits and keep his neck warm!

I’ve always loved the simplicity, and yet the power of XOXO cables.I decided to make this a free pattern because Rick would love to know that there are people making “his” scarf.I love the squooshiness of Malabrigo Yarn Worsted, but you could easily use any of your favorite worsted yarns.

This pattern is meant for an adventurous novice knitter or a more experienced midlevel knitter as the chart can be difficult to
follow.

Both written and charted directions are included in this pattern. Please read the entire pattern before beginning.

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Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Worsted, 210 yards per skein, 2 skeins needed, 100% Merino wool, colorway Buscando Azul
Gauge: 4.75 spi and 5.5 rpi in stockinette
Needle: US 7
Sizes available: 8 inch width by 56 inch length, customize-able
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Sock Hunter Episode 88: Humming Socks

Again, in the course of my explorations in the Northwest, I continue to be surprised. Socks abound. It would seem to be a sock hunter’s paradise. Socks in bushes, and in trees, under hills, and in the leas. Socks wherever I point my lens. This seeming paradise proves to be too fruitful for a sock hunter. The thrill of the chase; the joy of the capture are gone.

So, I must seek out the more difficult to find socks. Having thus changed my routine to deal with the vagaries of my stay in the Northwest, I have become more aware of my sockly surroundings. Seeking out the rarer socks has proven to be perfectly diverting.

One of those diverting pairs was a delight *hummingsock. Unmistakable, the bright red hummingsocks are fast. They hover for mere moments before taking off again. Capturing them was a task worthy of a seasoned sock hunter. Waiting motionless, I adjusted my lens and snapped my shot as soon as the socks came into view. Having successfully completed my mission, I snapped a few more photos before taking my leave. Until next time, this is your Sock Hunter, signing off.

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* Louet Gems Fingering Weight in Cherry Red, US 0 Hiya Hiya Steel DPNs, Knotty or Knice Sock pattern (but knit top-down instead of toe-up)


Handspun, Handknit Silk Hat

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I’ve been trolling through the far reaches of my stash and gathering inspiration. This handspun 2-ply silk is from my earliest spinning days and has been sitting in my stash for years now.  I dusted it off (really, I had to dust it a little), and decided that the best thing I could do with it would be to make a lovely silk hat.  Silk is warm, and the orange is bright and cheerful.  The recipient was appreciative if a little surprised at the color.  I told her that this hat is her “Going Out” hat.  It’s for those times when you need a little nicer hat to keep warm because you are going out for dinner or to a movie with friends. 🙂

Pattern: My Own, basic hat
Yarn: My handspun, 2-ply silk, approx. 215 yards
Needle: US 6 Clover Bamboo DPNs


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2013 Knitter’s Yearly Review

Well, 2013 has been a year of even bigger changes than 2012. I am now: married, living in Oregon, a graduate of Purdue University (again), and jobless. I’m on the job hunt, but haven’t had much luck yet.

Abbie is calmer than last year, and I only want to strangle her every few weeks. It’s usually when she tracks mud into the house because she doesn’t sit on the rug when she comes in. Seriously, you need to remember the routine, Abbie.

The rabbits have settled in to the new climate and barn, but I haven’t. I am missing Indiana more and more. The muck, mud, and mire out here are just disgusting. Hence, the frustration with Abbie and the mud. In Indiana, you have mud, but it’s not every day for months. In western Oregon, I think all you ever have is mud. This is bullshit. Every time I clean Abbie’s paws, I hope that the midwest is in our future.

My knitting tally was low again this year, but really, I’ve been busy with other things. As it stands, I have knit:

  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 3 shawls
  • 2 adult sweaters
  • 1 baby sweater
  • 1 tiny Dutch rabbit
  • 1 sterling silver hair clip
  • 1 hat
  • 1 scarf

So, only 15 knitting projects.  I did, however, start my own Etsy shop, tat a jillion bracelets, earrings, and bookmarks, and read my way through some really fantastic books.

A few of those hand knits haven’t made their way onto the blog yet, but the posts are coming.  The Sock Hunter is creeping towards 100 episodes.  I think when I hit 100 I might have to have a contest and celebration.  It’s hard to believe that I am still blogging after 7.5 years.  I think it’s my way of keeping a “diary” and helping me to remember some of the important things in my knitting career.  I’m not sure there are many people reading my blog any more, so I keep it more for my own use. My favorites from 2013:

Cerisara

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tiny dutch

piret full crop


Sock Hunter Episode 87: Hundred Acre Wood Socks

“Wherever there be socks, there ye’ll find a Sock Hunter.” ~Dr. A. R. Gyles

I think about this quote often as I am tracking socks. There is something about the hunt for socks that takes me to a different plane. My worries fall away, my fears subside, and my entire focus is on the hunt. The flash of a toe, the hint of a heel; my heart beats faster at the very thought. The hunting is fierce in the northwest. There are so many socks begging for the hunt and few enough hunters looking for them.

It comes as no surprise that I have found many socks on my hunts in this dripping temperate rainforest. The socks face many challenges such as toe rot and creeping heel fungus. Yet, the socks flourish here.

On this outing,  I focused my efforts on ground socks.  With luck, I spotted some *Hundred Acre Wood socks, known for their love of lightly wooded areas.  They tend to nest on the ground, and can produce several pairs of socks per year. I quickly snapped my photographs before searching unsuccessfully for their offspring.  With any luck, the young socks will find their way before my camera soon.  As I search for my next subject, I must bid adieu.  Until next time, this is your Sock Hunter signing off.

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* Hundred Acre Wood Socks, Lab Rat Fibers in Plum Velvet, US 1 Hiya Hiya DPNs


Sock Hunter Episode 86: Ivy Socks

Having traveled the wilds of the northwest before, this sock hunter was not surprised to find socks in abundance. The challenge lay in finding an unusual pair. Through fog and mist and strangely green trees, this sock hunter searched for socks both high and low.  There were many sightings of more common socks, but the lesser known species were managing to hide very well.

Finally, after copious amounts of tea, muddy knees and shoes, I spotted a glimpse of bright heel in the greenery.  Could it be?  Perhaps a more rare specie of socks?  With careful timing and a steady hand, a pair of ivy loving *Cabin Socks were sighted and stealthily captured. I snapped many photos before the socks sensed my shutter clicking and escaped my lens. Until next time, this is your Sock Hunter, signing off.

Cabin Socks

*Cabin Socks, Fleece Artist Seawool in Bronze, US 1 1/2 Hiya Hiya Steel DPNs