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A Few FOs

I have a few FOs to show off (2 of mine and one that my sister made while she was here). Let’s start with the one my sister made, shall we?

My sister is an early intervention and preschool special educator which means she spends a good deal of time working with kiddos in their home or preschool environment. She mentioned that she had seen a fabric memory game on Pinterest. There were a couple of different ones, but we ended up following this tutorial. Instead of using a printable icon of some sort, she just picked out one semi-solid fabric to use on all of the squares.

Adorable, right?

I let her go crazy with my scraps and she fussy cut 15 different fabrics for 30 total squares. She also made a drawstring bag for all the squares.

Next up is another sample knit for Stash:

Pattern: Turbulence Cowl by Laura Chau

Yarn: Shibui Merino/Alpaca in Suit and Ash

Modifications: Why, oh why am I always running out of yarn?! I aimed to knit this cowl in one skein of each color, but I ran out of the main color (Ash) with 4 rows left of the cowl. Instead of breaking into a second skein for 2 rows with that color, I bound off 4 rows early. I think the culprit was using a yarn that is more dense than the suggested yarn. At any rate, if I hadn’t pointed out that there were 4 rows missing, I doubt anyone would notice.

Yes, I realize it somewhat resembles a tube top. However, it is not. 

I actually made my blogging debut over on the stash blog today, and you can read more about the Turbulence Cowl and the fabulous Shibui Merino/Alpaca yarn over there!

And last, but certainly not least….a new pair of socks! I knit these as part of a Knit-a-Long at Stash and finished them up just in time (the deadline is Wednesday)!

Pattern: Paper Moon Socks by AnneLena Mattison from Knitty, Deep Fall 2011

Yarn: Sweet Georgia CashLuxe Fine in Savory (I think…I’ll have to double check at Stash)

Modifications: No intentional modifications. But honestly? The gusset and heel flap directions could have been more clear. I did what I thought the pattern was telling me to do, but my gusset looks a little bit different and I think there was an extra row that resulted in a little hole (which I closed up by picking up a stitch from the row below and knitting it together with the next stitch). I’m pleased with the finished product, but I think next time I would start with fewer stitches, as the toe is a bit boxy for me.

I love the look of the garter stitch on either side of the cables.

 The Sweet Georgia yarn was a true pleasure to work with. The resulting fabric is really soft and squishy, but seems like it will hold up over time. One of the socks survived a trip around the yarn in Sailor’s mouth today, so I consider that a win. And the colors are gorgeous. I think I’ll be picking up one of the other colors we have at the shop to make a shawlette or possibly even a summer sweater.

Perfect St. Patty’s Day Socks, I think! 

In other knitting news, I’m still plugging away on my Julissa sweater and am finally working on the sleeves. Tragically, one of them needs to be ripped out because the yarn I started using is much lighter and it’s pretty obvious. Thankfully it’s only about half a sleeve’s worth of ripping and not the whole thing!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!


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It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks here at Casa de Grey Poodle. My FIL was in town for close to 2 weeks adding a bathroom to our house and my sister was here for 5 of those days. I don’t have pictures of the finished bathroom quite yet, but we’re hoping to have it all painted and really done by this time next week. I can give you a little peek at it, though.

Backsplash to the sink

I had purchased some glass tiles for an accent strip in the shower and we had quite a bit left (the shower ended up being slightly different dimensions than we thought, so our calculations were a little off). We had to create a little bump out wall for the vanity to hide the plumbing and we thought it would be a perfect way to use up some of the leftover tiles. Seth came up with the design and it looks fantastic! We’re hoping to use more of the leftover tiles to frame a mirror, but first I need to find a mirror to fit in the space! Easier said than done, apparently.

Once we get the correct light bulb for the shower, I’ll take some pictures of the shower.The linen “closet” is filled with tools for the time being, so that’ll have to wait to be photographed, too!

Seth’s Dad requested a pair of hand knit socks that he could wear rock climbing, so I spent a good part of the last week working on those. I managed to finish them just in time for him to wear them home on the plane!

Pattern: Classic Socks for the Family by Melinda Goodfellow

Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight (I tossed the ball band without noting the color)

Mods: This pattern is written for several different gauges and sizes. I followed the instructions for the cuff of the largest fingering-weight size. Once I finished the gusset, I decreased an extra 8 stitches over 3 rounds (2 decrease rounds and 1 straight round in between). My FIL wanted a snug fit on the foot, but needed the ankle to be a little bit bigger than the foot. He also wanted an ankle sock, so knit the cuff until he said it was long enough and then did the same amount of rows on the second sock (I think it was about 16 knit rows after the ribbed cuff, maybe?).

My FIL was a foot model in a former life

Check out our new tile floors in the new bathroom! 

Socks that Rock has a super tight twist, and the socks feel pretty bulletproof. I think (hope!) they’ll hold up well!

I’ll be back soon with another shop sample for Stash, a fun project that my sister did while she was here and bathroom pics!

How about one last parting shot of my favorite grey poodle hanging out with my FIL:

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Wild West Coast Weather!

We’ve had quite a wild weather week since I was last here! We’ve had snow, flooding, and high winds! It rarely snows here (it’s snowed about once a winter since we’ve moved here), and it’s always  kind of exciting when the white stuff starts falling from the sky.

Sailor, of course, loves the snow and gets a little crazy as soon as there’s enough in the yard to run through! (he also got a haircut…doesn’t he look handsome?!)

After the snow we had ridiculous amounts of pouring rain that left western Oregon in a bit of trouble. Thankfully, most people in Corvallis made out alright and only had to deal with the inconvenience of roads being closed. The trails were closed for a few days due to landslides, but the rain slowed down at the end of the week and the rivers have all started to go down.

Unfortunately, I don’t have much crafting to show off on the blog (my biggest excuse for being absent from this space for over a week!). Not that I haven’t been working on things, because I have. My Julissa sweater is coming along nicely, and I have about an inch of ribbing left on the body before I’m ready to bind off and start the sleeves.

Stash just started it’s first Knit-A-Long, so I do have  a little something to show off! The KAL has knitters either working on the Paper Moon Socks or the Hado Slouch hat. I’ve been dying for an excuse to buy some of the new sock yarns at the shop, so I choose the socks. I cast-on last Wednesday at Stitch Night and have made really good progress on the first sock. I have about 8 more rows and I’ll be done with the first sock!

I LOVE them! I’m planning on finishing tonight, so I can cast-on for the second one at Stitch Night (or possibly before) and hopefully I’ll avoid second sock syndrome.

The garter stitch on either side of the cables is a nice touch, I think. 

I promise I’ll be back soon with more exciting craftiness!

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A pile of WIPs

Knitting is in full swing around here and I have a pile of works-in-progress (WIPs) that are in various stages of completion. I have trouble working on just one knitting project at a time, so I frequently have at least 2 different projects on-the-needles.

Since it is prime sweater-wearing weather, I have a fantastic sweater in progress using some Quince & Co. Osprey:

It’s buzzing right along, and I have about 10 inches of the body done so far. Since it’s a bottom-up construction, I’ll have to knit the sleeves before I can start on the yoke of the sweater. Thankfully, they’re 3/4 length sleeves…so hopefully I won’t completely stall out when it’s time to do the sleeves!

One of Seth’s co-workers is expecting a baby in a couple of months, so I’ve been working on a little something for the office baby shower.

Adorable, right?! 

I need to finish the sleeves and then I’m hoping to have time to make a matching hat.

Last week I finished a sock (no, not a pair…just a single sock) that I’ve had on the needles since February. You see, I had planned to knit a pair of socks per month for the entire year. I was clearly delusional when I decided that, since I’ve only managed to finish 2 pairs of socks this year. Ah, well. Anyways…the sock that had been ignored for so many months only took me a couple of nights of knitting to finish. But, of course there is a second sock to be made. In the meantime…have a look at the one I’ve managed to finish!

Well…my WIPs are calling me, so I better get back to knitting!

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Happy Halloween!

Pattern: Loosely based on the AfterThought Heel Socks by Laura Linneman

Yarn: Blue Ridge Yarns in a Merino/Silk (70/30) blend

Modifications: I knit for 4 inches before placing the scrap yarn for the afterthought heel. After placing the scrap yarn, I decreased 8 stitches (2 on each needle) to make the foot more form fitting. I also did less decreases on the afterthought heel because I found that as written, they were a bit too large.

I knit these in just under a week and finished them just in time to be festive today!

I think I need a pair for every major holiday! In holiday appropriate colors, of course.

I seriously missed my spinning wheel when I was away, and I just finished spinning up a lovely braid of fiber today:

Padfoot on Polwarth dyed by Two if by Hand 

Approximately 275 yards of dk-ish weight yarn

I was hoping to have my Shadow sweater finished by now…but I’ve run into a few problems. First of all, I had some issues with the collar and had to undo and reknit it. THEN, there’s the issue of the really bulky seams. I need to pull out all of the seaming and find some light weight (and stronger) yarn to seam with. Here’s a quick shot of what it looks like right now (in a big pile):

 I really think I’m going to love it…but it is certainly trying my patience!

I have a couple of other things on the needles, but those should be done and blog worthy in a few days!

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!



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