You’re Not Seeing Double

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That’s not the same Hitchhiker you saw last week. Since I decided to give that one to my barber, I’m knitting myself another one from the second sock blank.

And my next Spin The Bin yarn is in progress. It’s Shetland that’s been in my stash forever.

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Have I told you lately how much I love my Norwegian? She’s such a sweet¬†machine to spin fine yarn on. It does take really frequent oiling to keep the bobbins from rattling, but I’m willing to make that trade off. Actually, I might pick up some white lithium grease and see if it holds up a little better. I ordered 4 more bobbins for her that should be here tomorrow. I know I paid a little too much for her, but I’m so in love with her that I don’t mind.

54 days since my Last Stash Acquisition. I don’t count the Gale’s sock blanks since they were ordered and paid for before I started Cold Sheeping.

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Zipping Along

Last week I started a Hitchhiker finally. I’ve been wanting to knit one for years, but had never actually done it. Not only did I start one, I finished it too.

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Got the 42 points, and even had yarn left over.

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It hasn’t been washed yet and was done using a sock blank, so the stitches look really uneven. But – there’s always a but – my awesome barber admired it yesterday so once I get it washed and dried I’ll give it to her. And knit myself one from the other matching blank I have.

My sister in law told Mom a couple of weeks ago that she’d sure like to have some socks too. Mom told her she just needed to ask, and last week she finally did. So I’ve started a pair for her. It’s my No Diving Allowed pattern, out of BMFA STR Lightweight.

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And my sheep are still chilly. Between knitting and donating I’ve got over 9,000 net yards out of my stash so far this year. The goal is 10 miles, or about 17,600 yards. Obviously I won’t donate that much yarn every month, but it’s a good start.

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Important Things First

Nutella Mug Cake. 4 ingredients, 3 minutes to assemble and cook. Seriously. Do it.

Now that we’ve covered what’s important, lets get on with the normal stuff.

Finished the Black Cherry Loop! bumps. There’s about 610 yards of puffy soft worsted-ish weight yarn. Don’t know what it’s going to be yet. Pre-bath:

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And after:

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That’s the first of my Spin The Bin yarns for this year, and it went wonderfully quickly. I did a sort of double draft long drawish thing on it – not sure what I’d call it exactly. It’s not perfectly even, but I really like it.

I got the Sandbank washed and spread out. For a little perspective, that’s a queen sized bed I was standing on to take the picture.

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Freaking HUGE thing, but squishy and soft and I love it. I do realize I need to start using my Wollmeise lace for projects that don’t take up the entire skein. I can always use the leftovers for something. Anyway, I wore it last week and it wound around my neck twice, I was able to take it over my shoulders and part way down my back too, and it was FABULOUS.

Leftover lace would be good for making scarves for a charity I found here in OKC called Threads of Compassion. I knit the first one for them this week, although I haven’t washed it yet before delivering it. See?

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Yes, that’s 600 yards worth of seed stitch on 3.5mm needles, but I’m only a little bit slower at seed than regular knitting since I carry my yarn in my left hand.

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Totally made up pattern. Once I got it long enough (minimum 65″, mine is somewhat longer) I still had quite a bit of yarn left so I picked up down one side and made it wider. I’ve been looking for something to do with some of my yarn that can do some good locally, and I’m glad I found them.

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They’re Done Except The Blocking

Go me!

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I’m always fascinated by how stripes change on identical stitch counts. I guess Mom gets these since they’re a little short for me.

But hold the phone – when I said “They” I didn’t just mean the socks. The knitting on the Sandbank is D.O.N.E.

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Since I finished two things, I decided I could start something else. I found a pattern that fascinated me (more later) and quite literally spent hours going through my stash trying to decide which yarn to knit it with. I finally decided on some beautifully colored yarn that’s been in my stash for maybe 10 years.

A word about this dyer – she used to vend at camp, and was very popular. I’ve knit with some of her stuff and been very happy, and I had one batch of yarn I was very unhappy with because it had what looked to be rust spots on it. I didn’t go back after her for it, because by that time she had flaked out and started taking people’s money without sending merchandise. I had to cancel a credit card because she kept charging me for a monthly sock club without sending the merchandise. She didn’t return phone calls or voice mails, but magically about a week after I turned her in to the BBB one of the three kits she owed me showed up in the mail.

Okay, that was more than a word.

Anyway, this yarn was bought before all that so I hoped it would be okay. It was a gorgeous skein of 50/50 Merino/Silk, that was supposed to be 600 yards.

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TWENTY FIVE knots. And it wasn’t that she mechanically wound the yarn, many of them tied two completely different colors together. TWENTY FLIPPING FIVE. The yarn is now in the trash. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

I haven’t worked up the umph to check the two other skeins in a different color that are in my stash.

So I called it a night last night and regrouped. This morning I got out some other yarn I bought from a camp vendor and wound it up. Lovely 600 yard skein with exactly ZERO knots. Aaah, that’s better.

The pattern is KizzleKazzle from Twist Collective. It just looks ridiculously fun. It’s available for purchase through Ravelry or through Twist.

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This yarn is BaaBoo, a superwash Merino/bamboo/nylon blend from Hearthside Fibers.

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As for the pattern, if you don’t know how to knit/purl onto left needle you need to learn before you tackle it. Not very fast knitting, but it’s a fun looking scarf. I may donate it to a particular charity if it comes out long enough. I twiddled the width of the scarf so it will come out longer than the pattern says but I’m not sure by how much.

OH! Speaking of charity, I mailed off 5,000+ yards of yarn last week to various people who knit for Wool-Aid. They were yarns I realized I’d never knit up myself, mostly bought when under the influence of yarn fumes and big discounts. It felt good to get them to someone who would put them to good use.

Happy Sunday!

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Isn’t That Against The Laws Of Physics?

I’m pretty sure it’s not supposed to be possible for me to keep removing yarn from this ball but the bleeping thing doesn’t seem to shrink.

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I mean, I really do know it is shrinking but it sure seems like it’s doing so very slowly. I’m well into the edging of the Sandbank. Finally.

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Speaking of against natural laws, I changed my mind yet again about the Cold Sheep thing. I’m doing it. Along with its sister LSG thread, Knit Your Shit. I needed a little break from the Sandbank, so I picked up the Wooly Fishie Socks again. Why the heck I knit the first sock in the spring¬† November of 2014 and haven’t touched them since I have no idea.

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So since the only yarn that’s supposed to come into my house is the sock club I’m already part of, here’s this month’s offering.

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The colors are right up my alley, but I’m not sure yet what this one wants to be. Eventually it will tell me.

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