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Poking My Head Up

I haven't done much knitting that I can talk about -- I am knitting, but it is for a yarn company, and they neeeeeeed it, so that has been what I have been doing. 

But, in the days since my last post and before the stealth knitting began, I worked on the Turquoise Zebra Blanket, which is now half as wide as it should be:


Line and Shadow was zooming right along:


Last February, Lynne and I went to Spa Knit & Spin in Freeport. We went shopping at Mother of Purl Yarn Shop in Freeport and saw a shawl there that we both liked. So this year, we both started this shawl together:


This is Close to You by Justyna Lorkowska, a simple knit with gorgeous yarn. We are both knitting it with Schoppel-Wolle's  Crazy Zauberball  in color Frische Fische (Tropical Fish). It was knit in the same color and yarn in the shop, and it was beautiful. It has a really cute tag for the yarn: 


Nicky would be proud. 


Of Endings and Beginnings

My brown Norderny is done!


I've already worn it twice. and it fits perfectly. Good thing we have had some warmish weather this week, because it is only 25% wool and the rest is acrylic, so it isn't very warm ... just stylish :)

Theodore loves his new hat:

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My turquoise zebra blanket is coming right along:


So far I have one and a half feet of the width out of a total of four feet. This blanket is going to be a monster ... a warm, cuddly turquoise zebra monster.

I started the KAL for Elizabeth Elliot's designs in the Unique One group on Friday. I am knitting Line and Shadow shawl which looks like this when it is finished:


©Gale Zucker 2016

I am using three skeins of Swans Island Sterling Collection fingering yarn in Amethyst (I know. Purple.) and Filatura di Crosa Superior in black:


After a day of knitting I did this:

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It looks Victorian. I was going for classy. Maybe it will be classy Victorian. 

I also started a year-long knit along in the Beginner's Knit-Along Group (hey, we are all beginners at something!) to make a 2018 Colourwork Scarf. I have a lot of fingering weight scraps and odd 50-gram balls in various colors (well, hmmmm mostly purple) to use up, and this seemed like the perfect project for it! You get a new chart every month and knit merrily along. Some people bought two colors of yarn for their project, and others like me are using up odds and ends. Then, just in time for Christmas, you have a pretty scarf to give away!

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A little handspun and some scraps of fingering weight yarn

I plan to knit six inches a month and that will give me a five foot scarf, though it could be longer. This first month is a pretty simple design for beginners. I'm using it as my TV knitting, so that is fine with me!

Did you see the Challenge tab on your projects page in Ravelry? It's new. I have filled mine up with 30 projects so far. My brain might explode!

Brrr! It's Cold!

It was -4°F this morning! But it will warm up this week; by Friday maybe the temperatures will hit 40°F --- woohoo! 


So, while it was bitter cold, I made a little hat for Theodore:


I felt warmer knitting it :) The pattern is in Robin Hansen's Favorite Mittens book (and in Flying Geese & Partridge feet also). I used scraps of sunny gold/yellow Hauk from Dale of Norway and orange that was leftover from my handspun Orange Maluka.

I got a sleeve done on my brown Norderny sweater:


Actually the sleeve is all done, and I have about three decreases done on the second sleeve ... but I am too lazy and cold to get up and take a picture of it. It will probably be done for my next post. 

 Stay warm everyone! Keep knitting!