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This took a few months to photograph and write up. There has not been a lot of opportunities for the recipient to wear the Christmas necktie. I finished this back in November as an early Christmas gift to my other half. He requested a knit tie and I was able to use the recommended yarn. Overall, I made the tie less long and wide than the pattern. It helped that I modeled after a tie…

This winter has been a slower knitting one. I still have a knit tie that I haven't posted about because the recipient has not been wearing it much. I'll have to get that one out in the next few weeks. After finishing my wedding shawl in September, I was inspired to plan for more lace shawls and sweaters in my future. I took stock of my large yarn stash and realized that if I wanted…

This lace pi shawl was my heirloom knit. How do I define an heirloom knit? I think it's one that I wanted to invest a lot more in terms of the material and the time. I did invest more in the yarn and pattern, but I had to rush to finish it as my September became hectic. I was knitting it everyday for about a week to finish it. I even had a little cramping.…

Socks are a good projects. Very straightforward and useful results. I have enough sock yarn stash for more than half a dozen pairs of socks. Even though I've stopped making my Barn Raising Quilt, I need to keep using sock yarns. I wear them a lot when running in the cold months. I actually need to darn some handknit socks at some point. The pattern is interesting with the Guernsey pattern. I did not memorize…

Originally, I had bought this yarn for Sylvi, a big cabled coat. I started it, but it was on hold for years. In the end, I decided to frog it and use the yarn for other things. I usually think of sweaters first when I have an abundance of yarn. I wanted a cozy, easy house sweater. This is an easy and straight forward pattern. It's a top-down raglan with pockets. I even made it…

This project took me nine years to finish. I knew that it would take awhile going in as it's made completely from scrap sock yarn that I either used myself, were gifted, or samples. I made 57 squares for this blanket. I used 54 in a 9x6 quilt. Many of the squares were doubles and they are represented twice on the quilt. All of the yarn had a wool or alpaca percentage at 75% or…

A fingering weight top-down raglan that took many months as I expected but could have been done faster if I didn't have a lot of other things going this past winter. I usually choose more fitted sweaters but I wanted to go out of my comfort zone and Veera is one of the few pattern designers I trust with sweaters. Originally, I was going to make a Featherweight Cardigan with this yarn, but I thought…

Books and Reading My goal for 2018 was to read 32 books. 2017 was not a good reading year, but 2018 was much better. As of this writing, I read 45 books! The following are books that I dumped: Georgette Heyer mysteries - I read the one that I owned then I tried to read one more from the library, but gave up. I enjoyed Heyer's Regency romances, but her mysteries were rather flat.The Queen's…

I am knitting a lot of socks lately and will continue too. I do have a lot of great sock yarn including this one that I one from a Ravelry group in 2013. The tweed and yellow colour is sweet. I do like some yellow socks. Eternal Spring Socks, started May 1, 2018, finished June 18, 2018. Pattern: Eternal Spring Socks by verybusymonkey Yarn: Younger Yarn Shire String in Second Breakfast - 85% Merino, 15%…

Awhile back, I made my friend Mark a cowl and for his May birthday, I would knit him a hat in time for the Australian winter. I had three skeins of this Briggs & Little yarn creating two mens' hats and one cowl from it. I love a nice blue. The knitting of this project did not take three months, but I did put it aside for some socks in between. I modified it to…