FO: Pointy Elf Hat

I’m still feeling displaced from my yarn after our move. I’ve yet to find a shop that feels like home and my moments with yarn are not as plentiful as they once were. I’m not sure where I saw this hat, but it was on one of the blogs I read. I saw it and went, “Hey, I have that pattern.”  I grabbed the book, dug through my boxes for a yarn of the correct weight, and went for a quick knit.

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It worked up fast on size 13 needles. A mini-marathon of Bob’s Burgers and I had a finished hat. (It took me three days to find my tapestry needle.)

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Rex loves it. He tore it out of my hands as soon as I finished weaving in the ends, so these pictures are pre-blocking.  After a gentle wet blocking, it fits much better.

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The yarn is some of my own handspun. It feels like a merino, but I don’t know for sure since the tag is long gone. If you want more project details, just pop over to Ravelry.

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FO: Tama for Rex

I’m pleased to share Rex’s new sweater!

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Pattern is Tama by Kelly Brooker.  I was gifted this lovely pattern and the one for Beyond Puerperium** by my lovely (blogless) friend Jen for my birthday.

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This little sweater was a treat to knit.  I worked it up in (new to me) Berroco Vintage Chunky, color #61191.  It took less than 3 skeins, despite the yardage requirements indicated on the pattern.  I have quite a bit leftover from the last skein, enough to make a hat for sure.  I made a slight modification by adding in the missing buttonholes.  The original has one functional buttonhole and the other two buttons are sewn through both layers.  Knowing my boy does not like things tight over his had, I decided to add in the other two buttonholes.  You can read all of my notes and modifications on the Ravelry project detail page.

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Buttons are from Babyville Boutique (#35056) and were also purchased at Twisted when I bought the yarn.  (I had a plan and stuck with it!)  I used this youtube video on sewing buttons onto handknits to attach my buttons. I found it very thorough and easy to follow.  I used small, clear-ish backing buttons out of my stash.

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I tried the sweater on Rex as it progressed (Picture me, chasing a 21 month old around the house in a one-sleeved sweater, still attached to a ball of yarn…), so it fits like a dream!  I’m hoping he’ll get some good wear out of this before spring is over.  And yes, I’m already plotting my next Tama.  I wish it was available for my size!

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*She also designed the pattern for the Puerperium Cardigan that I knit Rex when he was first born.

**If you love both sweaters, you can get them in an e-book for a great price!

Actual Yarn Content

Remember when this blog had yarn and knitting and crochet?  Don’t despair!  Those days are returning, complete with crappy cellphone pictures!

I had a blocking fit the other day and blocked four items that have been waiting patiently for months.  The color in the picture is way off, as is the focus, thanks to the horrific lighting in the craft/guest room.   Once they’re dry and the sky stops trying to drown us, I’ll get some proper pictures.  (Let’s be honest here; You may be waiting a while…)

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Also off the needles is a Tama for Rex. I’m pretty pleased with this one.  It knit up in 3 days and just needs buttons (which I’ve already purchased).  Once it’s dry, I’ll add the buttons and then try to get in-focus pictures of a busy toddler wearing it.

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I have plans for another one of these, but in the short sleeve version and a more spring weather friendly yarn. I can easily see this pattern being my new go-to baby sweater pattern.  I veered away from the instructions a few times on this sweater, but I’ll go into those details when I do an FO post.  In the meantime, you can see all my notes on Ravelry.

There’s also a Super Secret Big Project that’s blocking/drying right now, but I can’t show you that until after it goes to its recipient. I know, I know… The suspense is going to kill you.  Go have a cookie, you’ll be alright.

Amazing and Hilarious

I can finally cross something off my imaginary bucket list!  I HAVE MET THE YARN HARLOT!  Sure, just a brief book signing encounter where I paid beer tribute and grinned like a fool.  But, still!  She spoke at the Powell’s at Cedar Hill Crossing, the first stop on her latest tour.  After years of trying to make it to one of her book signings, I finally live in the right place at the right time.

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Thanks to the combined powers of my awesome friend/neighbor, Jen, and the fabulous husband, I was able to go ALL BY MYSELF!  I left in enough time to be there early (gasp!) and even managed a great seat.  On top of that, I made a new knit buddy (Hi, Emma!) and saw some great knits.  Stephanie was utterly hilarious and I laughed until my sides hurt.  I love her brutal honesty that turns reality into hilarity.  She may very well be my favorite author.

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When the time came, I passed along a bottle chosen by Sam for its similarity to beers she drinks and shatter-resistant bottle.  (He asked if she was demanding beer tributes now.  She said no, but she should.)

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I now have a beautiful signed copy of The Amazing Thing About the Way It Goes and I can’t wait to dive into it.  Powell’s sold out of the book while she was there and we filled the place with knitters in every aisle. I’m so, so pleased about finally meeting her and I really appreciate that she takes the time to sign and say something nice to each and every one of us.  Some people are just amazing and she’s one of them.

Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival

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Despite the torrential downpour, we braved the 17th Annual Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival on Sunday.  We made a quick tour of it, but still had a good time.  I picked up a bag of alpaca neck fiber from an animal named “Cocoa Puff” and 8oz of hand dyed colonial top. Rex wanted to live the Alpaca Lifestyle, but we couldn’t fit one in the trunk.

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Sort of Brilliant

Sometimes I feel sort of brilliant.  I figured out a way to store my shawls without folding, wrinkling, and otherwise undoing the hard work of blocking.

Tada!

Shawl Storage

I used a Brallis hanger from Ikea and draped them in alternating order.  I have additional hangers for my cowls and scarves.  I love when an idea actually works!

Speaking of blocking…  I blocked a few projects over the last few days.  In no particular order, here is a parade of knits.

Saroyan

Sock Yarn Saroyan

Hermosa

Hermosa

Ghazal Cowl

Ghazal Cowl

22 Little Clouds

22 Little Clouds

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Woolly Wormhead Mystery Beret A from 2010 aka Bellefleur