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I finished up 2 projects in the last week- my April synesthesia socks and the alpaca shawlette. I appear to be crushing on green at the moment.

Pattern: Ka’ana Shawlette by Jennifer Weissman (my project name is Estoy Enamorado after the song by Wisin & Yandel of course)
Yarn: Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist in light green (color 4001)
Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) and US 8 (5.0mm)

This was an impulse project. I knew I needed to knit this shawlette the instant I saw the pattern in the Ravelry database. The Alpaca yarn from my stash was great for this project. It’s soft, squishy and exceedingly warm. I haven’t yet decided who the recipient of this shawlette will be, but whoever it is will never be cold again, that’s for sure. I recommend this pattern, it was fun to knit. I may make another gasp!

Pattern: Cadence Socks by verybusymonkey (my project name is Bunny Manders after the sidekick in the Raffles stories)
Yarn: Fiber Optic Foot Notes in the colorway Meadow
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm)

Somehow I ended up knitting sock #1 twice so the socks aren’t mirrored. They still turned out lovely and I just LOVE how this yarn knits up! Now on to my May synesthesia socks in orange…

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My “Bunny Manders” April socks are growing, albeit slowly. According to the pattern, both socks are knit exactly the same until somewhere in clue #3 where one is supposed to do something different on the second sock. I missed that part of the instructions somehow and ended up knitting two “sock #1s”. I guess my socks will be identical rather than, uh, whatever they’re supposed to be- mirrored? No matter, they’ll still be cute.

My sock progress has been hampered by a new shawlette pattern. It’s the Ka’ana Shawlette by Jennifer Weissman. I just knew I needed to knit it and wanted to use my alpaca with a twist yarn from my stash. I’ve named my project Estoy Enamorado, partly because it was love at first sight, and partly because I was listening to the song Estoy Enamorado by Wisin & Yandel while knitting this swatch below:

This is a night photo so the quality is poor and the color is off. It’s more of a lighter green. I’m partway through knitting the body of the shawlette and will take some better photos once it’s finished. Then maybe I can get back to sock knitting.

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One of the designers I really admire is Connie Chang Chinchio. Her sweater designs are really top notch. When I first saw her Sabbatical sweater published in Twist Collective, I just knew I had to knit it for myself. Isn’t it lovely? It’s been such a long time since I knit something for myself, especially a sweater. So the first order of business was to decide on a yarn. Done!

Alpaca with a Twist. The same yarn I’m using for Kate’s Cardigan. And when I say “the same yarn” I actually mean “the same yarn”. Yup, it’s Kermit the frog time… I think Kate’s Cardigan is a pretty sweater and Elizabeth Morrison did a smashing job designing it, but somehow I’m no longer motivated to work on it. The back and fronts are done, but I have no desire to finish. *sigh* Therefore I will be repurposing the alpaca yarn for Sabbatical. Connie’s sweater calls for more yarn than I have, so last weekend I went to Natural Stitches to see if maybe, just maybe, they had some of this color in stock. Not only did they have the same color, but they had the same dye lot! Talk about luck!

I just have to finish up Markus’ mittens (already halfway done with mitten #2) and I can cast on. Yay, new project!

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