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Knitting in November

Well, it’s been quite awhile since my last post. I apologize, things have been hectic and crazy busy. There have been a lot of new developments in my life, but I won’t bore you with the details. Instead, here are a few projects that I have been working on lately.

This is a brioche scarf that I am knitting out of Mini Mochi. It’s incredibly soft and squishy. It will be so nice to wear around the neck. I think I have about 3 balls and have only used one so far. I’ve been knitting on this one for a while, but other things have come between it and me. But I will pick it back up soon!

I made up this simple wrap pattern. The yarn is Dream in Color Classy, which I adore. The bottom is seed stitch, with a garter stitch center. The seed stitch border will go all the way around the garter stitch and will close with three small teal colored metal buttons. This is one of those travelling projects because it is rather mindless, but still a good project to knit on while chatting with friends over coffee.

This is a sweater that I am working on for Matt. The pattern is called Reese from Queensland Knitting. It’s a nice pattern, but it has seams. I have yet to do a seamed sweater, so it should be interesting. The yarn is also Dream in Color Classy. I love that stuff.

This is one of my favorite projects! It is the Peaks and Valleys Scarf made out of my homespun. The fiber is blue-faced leicester hand dyed by Dicentra Designs. I navajo-plied it so that the colorways would stay together. I am really loving this scarf, but need to spin up another 4 ounces before I can finish it.

Another wonderful pattern from Ysolda Teague, Snapdragon Flip Tops. These are fingerless mittens that have a flip-top cover to protect the fingers from the cold. I have already made the Snapdragon Tam which I have posted about several times, so I can’t wait to get these mitts finished! I have one done, and only one to go! *Also made out of Dream in Color Classy*

This is the Travelling Woman Shawl. This is also made out of homespun and is a mix of Merino and Silk. It’s nearly finished, but there are a few more repeats to go. This will be a nice evening shawl or summer shawl because of its lightweight.

The Wave Scarf which I started sometime ago. I tried weaving in some ribbons as I knit, but ran out quickly. I will have to find some more ribbon before I can finish this one. The yarn was bought from a store in Seaside called Creative Beginnings. Very cute store! The yarn is very soft and has a good weight to it, I think it is called Lava Paints, or something to that effect.

And finally, my Wicked Sweater. I have been knitting on this since 2008! Although I haven’t been really knitting on it, it may have been finished long ago if I would have just kept my nose to it. Now it’s nearly finished with only one sleeve left!

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. Let me know what projects are on your needles! I’d love to post about it and share it with the world!


First of Vintage Pattern Series: Simplicity 2572

You may remember the mysterious pattern box that I was lucky enough to receive the other day?

Well, I’ve finally been able to go through them and look at all of the fabulous-ness within! It is so much fun to open up the envelopes and smell the old paper. . . it really takes me back to when my grandmother was still alive and I would watch her sew or cook. Her name was Alice, we share the same middle name. I always thought that made us even closer than normal. ^_^

Being able to go through all of her old patterns and see what she wore really is an amazing experience. I have gone through some of her old photos and adore some of the pieces that she made. I wish I would have been able to get to this phase in my life while she was still around, but at least I have these to remember her by.

So, to start off a new series, I will be posting one pattern every few days. The first pattern is a random pull from the box. I will show the front and the back of the pattern, as well as post some brief info about what the pattern’s description says, size, etc.

Simplicity 2572
Waist 24
Hip 33
Copyright 1948


Misses’ Skirt: The skirt is styled with a fitted yoke over the hip which joins to a waistband. A soft flare, seamed at either side, is released from the yoke.

Pattern includes – Primer with illustrated instructions for alterations, cutting and sewing.


A Quickie

There has been a lot that I want to blog about, but I have to finish my homework first. . . and it might take me a while. Statistics for Hypotheses. . .arg.
Anyway, I wanted to share a few things with you, but since I don’t have time for a proper post, I’ll just post some pictures with brief captions. So here we go. . .  

I bought these at the local Saturday Market antique booth for $5!


My Mini Moo cards came in the mail today! I designed them myself, not bad for a first try but they can only improve!


A got a scrapbag from Keykalou Patterns the other day and can't wait to dig into these beauties!


The piece de resistance! Two boxes full of my grandmother's vintage sewing patterns!


After I wade through all of my homework, I will post more in depth about these topics, so stay tuned! ^_^


Helping Haiti

There are a lot of great people out there who are helping with the disaster relief efforts in Haiti. One way that you can contribute if you are a knitter is to purchase a pattern from Ravelry. They have a special search function that will allow you to search for patterns based on designers that are donating a percentage of their profits to disaster relief. To find out more about this, please visit Ravelry and check it out!

I just purchased this pattern that has been in my Ravelry queue for some time. It is so cute! I can’t wait to get started on it. It makes me feel good that I can give in even a small way to this cause.

One of the blogs that I regularly visit and rave about quite often is Ysolda Teague’s blog. She is donating an overwhelming 80% of her pattern sales and 50% of her book sales towards this cause. If you haven’t seen her patterns before, I urge you to check them out! Her Snapdragon Tam and Flip-Tops are my favorites.