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Nerd Wars

I say, it’s been quite a while since I updated my blog.  I joined Nerd Wars (not the TV show or movie) on Ravelry and have been quite busy knitting projects to fulfill nerdy challenges.  I’m on team Most Amused and it’s been great fun so far!  Here are some of the projects I’ve knit for the different challenges:

The Octoberfest socks, this time for my Mom. O’zapft is!


The Octoberfest socks yet again, this time in yellow for Markus.  I can’t get enough of these socks. Three Sisters socks


Some little grey wristwarmers for me. (Spatterdash Wristwarmers by Dagmar Mora).  I am just so pleased with these mitts. I will surely knit more pairs.


A lovely shawl for me. Dear Alan, it’s never the blue whale (Schmetterling by Adrienne Ku)Image


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Hi. So here’s what I’ve been up to (instead of blogging…) First of all, my yellow November synesthesia socks are DONE! Hooray!

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Pattern: Penuche Twist Socks by Cynthia Levy (my project name is Bachateo Twist)
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select Semi Solids in the colorway wheat
Needles: US 1½ – 2.5 mm
Notes: These turned out quite nicely. I love the golden yellow color, it’s so cheerful and reminds me of the characteristic guitar sound in bachateo music. Not to mention that it is the exact shade of yellow as November. The pattern was well written/charted and I only made a few modifications. The first was to replace the heel flap listed in the pattern with an eye of the partridge stitch. I also made the heel flap longer than I normally would (by accident) and ended up with a large gusset. That worked out just fine, actually, and and they fit well.

The second item recently off the needles is a shawl that I am giving as a gift. It turned out gorgeous!

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Pattern: Dover Castle Shawl by Judy Marples
Yarn: The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! in the colorway robberfly
Needles: US 6 – 4.0 mm
Notes: I loved knitting this shawl and I will definitely make another, perhaps in the same yarn and colorway. This stitch pattern is fun and easy to knit, and the lace has such a lovely textural quality. I used just shy of 1 skein of Bugga! I did 11 reps of the chart and it measures about 51″ wide.

I have more photos of these projects in my Ravelry notebook. Next up, December socks- the 12th pair this year. Where did the year go?

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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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Did you know that the music from the movie The Creature from the Black Lagoon was written by Henry Mancini? Not only is The Creature a fantastic movie, but the background music is top notch. Why am I telling you this? Because Thanksgiving is few weeks away which means, (cue trumpets) da da daaaaaaaaa… Creaturefeature! Can you tell I’m excited? Oh yeah, the rest of Thanksgiving is good, too. Like pie.

So I neglected to blog about a project I completed this summer. I knit a shawl for my aunt as a thank you present for letting us spend our vacation with her on Cape Cod. It turned out lovely! I call it my Ojos Que No Ven shawl named after the song by Alexis y Fido. It’s inevitable, all my projects have some reggaeton tie-in. 😉

Pattern: Feathers fichu by Elena ArsUna. Free Ravelry pattern
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Serena in colorway 9796 Mermaid (60% Alpaca, 40% Cotton)
Needles: size 2 US (size 5 for cast on edge)

Notes: The pattern didn’t contain gauge info so I swatched with size 2 needles and liked the drape of the fabric. I modified the pattern by casting on only 305 sts, and it turned out to be about 55″ straight across from tip to tip at the widest point. The colors in this yarn were amazing and my yarn choice worked out beautifully in this project. I highly recommend this shawl pattern and this yarn.

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That’s right, I did.

Pattern: Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2011: Earth & Sky
Yarn: Louet Gems sport weight, 100% merino
Color A: Willow
Color B: Steel Grey
Color C: Pewter
Needles: size 6 US
Measurements: Size small, 16.5″ deep by 40″ wingspan (tip to tip)

Had I seen the design beforehand, I would have chosen different colors. The shawl is currently blocking, and it now looks far better than when it came off the needles a few days ago. Who knows, I may decide to keep it for myself.

I also finished the button holes on the skirt and sewed on the buttons. My sewing machine does have a button hole attachment. Fortunately I made some practice button holes first. I had one of the settings wrong and the thread kept breaking. Once I got it sorted out it was smooth sailing.

Now to start some new projects! My next sewing project will be a the Staggering Strips quilt, also from Sewing in a Straight Line. I plan to use more woodgrain fabrics, this time in orange, pink, yellow, light green and dark green. Because I will not stop until everything I own is covered in woodgrain fabric.

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it’s a mystery

What I did this week:

  • got the reggaeton album Los Verdaderos by Zion & Lennox. Great great album.

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I’m very excited about this mystery KAL (knitalong). I’ve never officially participated in a KAL, let along a mystery KAL! And to top it off, some friends from the Shadyside SnB and I will be participating in the KAL as a group which means double the fun! For those of you wondering what a mystery KAL is, starting August 1st, participants receive the first set of knitting instructions. In the following weeks, we receive the subsequent set of instructions, etc. So right now I have no idea what the design looks like. This does make it a little challenging to choose 3 colors of yarn from my sock yarn stash, but more on that another time. I’ve never been one to throw caution to the wind, but Stephen West’s designs are so interesting and unique that I’m sure I will like the outcome.

Stephen West, a mystery KAL, and SnB! Drei Wünsche auf einmal? Das geht nun wirklich nicht!

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My test knit is complete! Ain’t it pretty??

Pattern: Monongahela mini-shawlette (not available to the public just yet)
Designer: Gabrielle Marsden (gobbism on Ravelry)
Yarn: Used about 243yds / 57g fingering weight superwash sock yarn (100% merino)
Gauge: approx 4 sts = 1″ using size 5 US (3.75 mm) needles
Blocked dimensions: From center neck to edge point: approx 11”
Width from one edge to the other: approx 30”

My mini-shawlette has 4 lacebands and starts off with 12 pattern repeats.

There’s nothing better than a design that uses less than one skein of 100g sock yarn. Perfect for those impulse sock yarn purchases! I blocked this sucker to within an inch of its life, and it looks like it will be a really nice sized shoulder shawlette.

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