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Zuzu’s Petals

I’ve finished this project a couple of weeks ago, but had to wait for Mother’s Day to post it since it was a gift for my Mom. I saw this pattern right after it was released and knew I wanted to make one (or a dozen!) and the more finished projects I saw on ravelry, the more I wanted to knit it!

Pattern: Zuzu’s Petals by Carina Spencer

Yarn: Three Irish Girls McClellan DK in Buckingham

Modifications: The pattern calls for either sport or worsted weight. I used a DK weight and followed the directions for the sport weight. Other than that…no mods! It was a very quick and satisfying knit and I love the finished product…and thankfully, so does my Mom!

Is it a cowl or a shawl? Sort of both…you knit the “body” flat and then join to work in the round for the edging. You get the look of a shawlette but without having to keep adjusting it so it doesn’t fall off! It’s actually sort of genius.

The TIG McClellan was totally dreamy to knit with. The bamboo gives it a lovely sheen and amazing drape. I have another skein in a semi-solid purple which just might become a Zuzu’s Petals for me!

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Dancette

Our most recent Knit-a-long at Stash was a choice between the Dancette Shawl and the Ishbel Shawl. I knit an Ishbel a couple of years ago, and while I love it I really wanted to do something with stripes…Dancette was just the thing! I got a bit of a late start to the KAL and then had a couple of false starts, but made up for lost time by finishing the shawl in 6 days!

Pattern: Dancette by Irish Girlie Knits

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Adorn in Devin (green) and Swans Island Fingering in Natural

Modifications: Instead of a p2tog bind-off like the pattern calls for, I did a sewn bind-off. I initially bound-off per the pattern instructions, but found that when I went to block the shawl, it was too tight. I wasn’t able to pull the top of the shawl straight across without getting rid of the points at the edge. After it dried, I ripped out the bind-off  (ugh, I know) and then did a sewn bind-off instead. I won’t lie….the sewn bind-off took me 2 hours, but it was well worth it in the end.

Both yarns were incredible to knit with, and even more incredible after blocking. My stitches weren’t as even as I would have liked and a good soak evened everything out and both yarns bloomed beautifully. I have a TON of the Swans Island left (their skeins are a generous 525 yards each!) and am already plotting what I can do with the leftovers.

The pattern was easy to follow and had very clear directions. The stripes keep it an addictive and interesting knit, but there isn’t a single part of the pattern that can’t be done while watching a movie or listening to an audiobook.

Irish Girlie Knits has another chevron-inspired pattern out called Fiar, that I think I might need to knit in the near future! Let the plotting begin….

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Iceling Baby Set

One of our camp friends, Amanda, is expecting her first baby at the end of February. Since she lives in Minnesota, she asked if I would make her little guy a sweater to wear after he arrives to keep him warm during the long Minnesota winter (and probably through some of spring!). Of course I said yes! I’ll take any excuse to knit adorable baby things! I wanted a cardigan so that it would be easier to get on/take off as well as something that was manly enough for a wee little boy. I found a perfect pattern that came with directions for a matching hat, so of course I had to make the set (his little head needs to stay warm, too!).

Pattern:Iceling Sweater and Hat by Carol Feller

Yarn: Dream in Color Classy in Happy Forest

Modifications: None!

I just love the buttons! This sweater sat in my craft room waiting for buttons for over a week. I wanted something fun and when the Wooly Moss Roots buttons arrived at Stash, I knew they’d be perfect! And the little matching hat is pretty cute, I think:

Adorable, right?!

I also have another gift knit to share. This is for the friend of a ravelry friend’s daughter who was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. I found some super duper soft yarn and made a slouchy hat that she can also wear with the brim flipped up for more of a beanie look.

Pattern: The Big Easy by Vivian Aubrey

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Bamboo Cotton Worsted in “How Not to Dry the Dishes”

Modifications: The yarn has a fair amount of drape to it due to the bamboo content, so I used one needle size smaller than the pattern required for the stockinette section of the hat. The felt flower is from Frabjous Fibers purchased at Stash. I also included a blue flower with the hat in case Emma wants to mix things up a bit.

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Atlantis

For July’s Stash Menagerie shipment, I received 2 gorgeous skeins of Atlantis on Roslea Organic Merino:

I knew immediately that I wanted to use them to weave a scarf and I certainly wasn’t disappointed with the result!

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Roslea Organic Merino in Atlantis

Notes: I wasn’t sure if the Roslea Organic was going to be too thick to weave or if it would lose some of it’s softness when woven. It actually ended up being perfect. It’s wonderfully soft in woven form and makes a really warm scarf! Now, if only I could get my hands on some more Roslea Organic!

This is headed to the “holiday craft fair pile” 

In non-fiber arts news, we took a little drive to the coast today with some friends of ours. The main goal was to buy some tuna off a tuna boats for canning! Yes, we’re canning our own tuna (apparently I’ve become the crazy canning lady!)….more on that after we actually do the canning tomorrow! After picking up the tuna, we headed to Seal Rock State Park to eat some lunch and let Sailor run around like a crazy dog. And run like a crazy dog, he did…

Not only was there running around, there was also some not-so-sneaky food stealing! bad dog. 

Sailor wasn’t the only one running on the beach:

E showing off her leaping skills

There’s a good possibility that I made her do this multiple times just so I could snap a photo!

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! I’ll be back with a finished baby sweater and a canning tuna update soon!

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Pure Awesomeness.

Before I show you this piece of awesomeness, let me tell you a little story. My dear friend Aimee learned to knit about 2 years ago, and has a serious penchant for bright, fun colors. Earlier this summer I had the PERFECT idea for her birthday. Unfortunately, my initial idea fell through. But fear not, friends….Sock Summit was a mere 2 weeks before Aimee’s birthday and I knew I could find something fabulous for her. While I was checking out the Three Irish Girls booth, this bundle of rainbow yarn practically leapt off the table and screamed, “AIMEE!!!”.

Photo shamelessly stolen from Aimee, because I apparently forgot to take a photo before I sent them to her!

I was so ridiculously excited about the mini-skeins that I wanted to send them right away, but I was able to refrain until closer to Aimee’s birthday.

The other day while I was on ravelry, I noticed that she had already knit a whole shawl out of the mini-skeins!!! And it is pure awesomeness. Check it out:

Again, photo shameless stolen from Aimee. 😉

Pattern: Faraway, So Close by Carina Spencer

Yarn: Bamboo/Cotton Worsted dyed by Three Irish Girls in “For Better or Worsted”

I love the way she placed the colors and how bright and cheerful it is! And can you believe she’s only been knitting for 2 years?!

Awesomeness, I tell you.

I happened to finish a project today, too!

Kindly disregard the crazy hair and bathroom pic (it was far too hot today to wear a hat outside!)

Pattern: Courtyard by Melissa Thomson

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted in Eiffel Tower (grey) and The Plucky Knitter Primo in Can Can

Modifications: None, surprisingly! I used leftovers from 2 other projects and still have enough yarn left for a pair of fingerless mittens if I use the grey as the main color and pink as a contrast color!

This knit up really quickly, and I partly attribute that to doing the 1×1 cables without a cable needle. 

I love the way the decreases on the top look! 

I’ve also been meaning to share some sewing that I neglected to take pictures of before I sent it off! I’ve had some inquiries about ipad cases, but since I don’t own an ipad I wanted someone else to test one out before I sewed any up for the shop. Well, I sewed one up for Nicole, a friend from my camp days, and sent it off to her! She gave me some excellent feedback (and took some photos for me!) and I think some ipad cases will definitely be making their way into the shop soon-ish.

Hmm, the photos are coming up really small…but you get the point. I’m guessing I’ll have some for the shop sometime in October after I finish all the bags for Stash!

Phew. I think that’s all for now!

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A little bit of Paris

No, unfortunately I didn’t take a weekend long trip to Paris or anything crazy like that! But I did just finish a knitting project with yarn inspired by Paris dyed by Three Irish Girls.

Pattern: Multnomah by Kate Elsa – sort of (see Mods)

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted in Parisienne (variegated) and Eiffel Tower (semi-solid)

Modifications: Many. Let’s see….the pattern calls for fingering weight yarn and I used worsted weight and size 10 needles. I began the pattern just like the directions in Multnomah and knitted the body until I ran out of Parisienne and had 199 stitches. Then I decided I didn’t want to do the feather and fan border, and that I wanted a ribbed border instead. So I did an increase row and kfb (knit front and back) in every third stitch. I knit in 2×2 rib for 2 inches and bound off in pattern. I kept the YO increases down the center through the ribbing. So it’s a Multnomah, but not.

I wanted a small shawlette that I can just wrap around my neck. Anything larger would be too heavy in worsted weight garter stitch, I think. 

The Eiffel Tower grey is gorgeous….I can see a sweater quantity of this in my future.

Since my spinning mojo has apparently returned, I also spun up some really pretty fiber from a new-to-me dyer.

Bee Mice Elf BLF/Silk in Stormy

I ended up with about 500 yards of fingering-weight singles. This will likely be headed for the etsy shop soon.

Apparently it was a crafty sort of day here, as I also finished a woven scarf:

Three Irish Girls Adorn in Driftwood

And now for a couple pictures of everyone’s favorite grey poodle:

Now, Sailor doesn’t typically make a habit of sitting on our bed. He doesn’t sleep with us, but is allowed up if only one of us is in the bed. The other morning he hopped up in bed with me when Seth was getting ready for work. A little while after I got up, I went back in the bedroom to see what he was up to (and to make sure he was staying out of trouble!) since I heard him barking. He was sitting at the head of the bed, resting his chin on the windowsill!

Goofy Dog….he loves looking out the window and keeping tabs on the neighborhood!

Hopefully I’ll have some sweater progress to show next time!

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Handwoven Kindle Cases

The other day I wound up some Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock yarn, warped the loom and started weaving. It became apparent pretty quickly that I was going to run out of yarn and my “scarf” was going to be pretty short. I used up all the yarn and cut the weaving off the loom and realized I was correct. I probably could have used it as a scarf, but it wasn’t long enough to wrap around more than once. So I put the scarf aside and thought that I would sew with it instead. It happened to be the perfect width to make a couple of e-reader cases for the shop!

I love the way these turned out! There are 3 of them up in the shop right now, but make sure to read the title and description. Two of them are padded with quilt batting and the third is not padded. Honestly, that’s only because I forgot to put quilt batting in the first one and realized after it was all sewn up!

Go check ’em out!

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