Groundhog Day Knitting

These started as my “must use up the cashmere” project. By the time I reached the first toe, though, I’d taken to calling them my Very Hungry Cashmere socks since the colors reminded me so much of Carle’s caterpillar.

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Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts purple label (Painting Jeans, Squash & Autumn Sunset)
Pattern: Yarn Harlot’s Sock Recipe

I’m smitten with them — even more so than I’d thought. I was about two pattern repeats into my Happy Street shawl when it occurred to me that something about it looked familiar…

groundhog dayWorse yet? I was catching up on FO shots this weekend and realized that I’d knit three projects in a row with blue, gold, and burgundy stripes. Here are my Follow the Yellow Brick Road socks, started during Izzy’s rehearsals for The Wizard of Oz.

Yarn:
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Solemate (Legen…wait for it..dary)
Pattern: Yarn Harlot’s Sock Recipe …again

I’d like to think I know it when I’m in a rut…

FO: Primavera Socks

It’s Friday night and I have a new FO — what better way to kick off the weekend?

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No chance of my new love affair with socks waning after this pair. These are now hands-down (feet-down?) my new favorite socks. To start, there’s the yarn — isn’t it lovely? Not sure how she manages it, but that Tanis continues to outdo herself with each Etsy update.

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Pattern: Primavera Socks by natalja
Yarn: TFA Blue Label in Yellow Tartan (OOAK)

Then, the pattern: Easy to memorize and with a six-row repeat, it’s the definition of potato-chippy. (Just one more repeat…) I also really like the look of the heel flap with the 2-stitch garter edging; tidy and makes picking up stitches easy-peasy.

Since this is a knitting blog, guess I should mention the two mods I made: Changed the p3tog to Sl1, P2 tog, psso (much easier on my hands) and added slip stitches between the garter ridges to make the heel sturdier.

FO Parade: Blue Iris Rivercats

So that sock pattern that wasn’t quite right for the If a Tree Falls colorway I got at Yarnover? It was perfect for this OOAK lovely from Tanis Fiber Arts.

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Pattern: Rivercat Sock by Brenda Patipa
Yarn: TFA Blue Label (Blue Iris)
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So success on that front, but I should have gone down a needle size. They’re a bit big inside shoes, but they will keep my feet toasty at home. Or be great layered over another pair for January outings. As you can see, they’re too pretty not to wear.

And this brings our FO Parade to a close. Hoping to keep up better in October.

FO Parade: Spiced Cotton Reels

Why, yes. You are correct. I did already knit another pair of fingerless mitts this year. But in my defense, I live in Minnesota.

Plus, I used fingering-weight scraps to create these. So I’m feeling all “virtuous” in a waste-not, want-not way. (What’s that, you say? My fingers are in my ears, so no, I can’t hear you laughing.)

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Pattern: Cotton Reel Mittens by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: TFA Blue Label (Plum and Spice)
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What do you do with your yarn scraps? I’ve got lots more itching to become something

FO: Katniss Socks

I wanted to try socks with cables and this seemed the perfect gateway pattern — two simple braids running down the front and back centers. Just the toe of the second sock was left to knit when I packed them for the cabin. I finished them up that first night then blocked them the next day in the sun.

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Pattern: Katniss Socks by Rose Hiver
Yarn: TFA Blue Label (Spice)

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Izzy (who’s a big Hunger Games fan) came up with the firepit backdrop, which I like even better than the kicked back lake shot we started with.

These were a really fun knit and I’m sure I’ll revisit the pattern sometime soon. Who’d have ever thought at the beginning of 2013 that I’d have four finished sock pairs done by mid-summer?

FO: Maroo Mitts

Not only did our week at the cabin afford me time to knit to my heart’s content, it also gave me a great backdrop to take pics of some FOs. These fingerless mitts were finished and blocked a few weeks before our trip but fell victim to rainy weekends when it came to photography.

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Pattern: Maroo Mitts by Ambah O’Brien
Yarn: TFA Blue Label (Olive, Squash, & Olive Truffle)

mitts1These were a fun, easy knit, and I’d like to give a special shout-out to the designer, who offered up the pattern for free on her birthday. May her generosity return to her throughout the year!

The other blessing about the pattern was that it offered the chance to use some of my scraps. I especially love the Squash OOAK with its pinkish hits in the gold. And since I gifted the shawl I knit with it, this way I get to still enjoy the color and touch of cashmere.

FO: Color Affection 2

Another June, another Color Affection? I seem to be a creature of habit even more than I realize.

This time rather than purchasing yarn specifically for the project, I went digging in my stash. How glorious to find three TFA lovelies seemingly meant for each other. Made me feel (slightly) less guilty about the size of my hoard.

Love this yarn and love this pattern. Nothing else to say, so let’s proceed to the glory shots…

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Pattern: Color Affection by Veera Välimäki
Yarn: TFA Blue Label OOAKs (Cornucopia and Olive Truffle) and 75/25 Merino Silk OOAK (Sprout)

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FO: Easter Bonnet (MN-Style)

izzy-leavesI was thrilled to have my four seasons back this year, waxing poetic about crisp fall days and snowy holidays. But now that it’s nearly April, I’m more than ready for winter to be over.

This morning began with a gentle spring rain. You could see the anticipation and relief on the faces of people out walking their dogs and in the aisles at Target. But not so fast, apparently. They’re calling for a return to 38&deg F (3&deg C) for Easter Sunday. So while this wasn’t intended as a holiday gift, it seems the FO timing is just perfect. At least the color makes it feel like spring.

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Pattern: Pressed Leavesby Alana Dakos
Yarn: TFA Yellow Label (Iris)
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FO: Lucky Penny Cowl

Like so many others, I was led down the Honey Cowl path by those Mason-Dixon pushers knitters. Not that I’m complaining. In fact, it was a great mindless/mindful knit and I suspect another one will grace my needles soon.

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Pattern: Honey Cowl
Yarn: TFA Yellow Label (Lucky Penny)

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And can I just say I’m completely in love with this new TFA color? Fighting the urge to order it in every base — but stash diving tonight so I can clear out some room…