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Yarn Along – A New Project

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A mystery complete, a project done.  You know what that means!  Time to cast on a new project.  Ok, it could mean that I pick up a project that’s languishing in the “to do” pile, or the hibernating pile, but nope, today it means, I started a new, easy, relaxing knit.  Voila – I give you Cameo!
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cameoYou may recognize the yarn as the jewely-toned beautiful skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock, Farmhouse, that I bought at Maryland Sheep & Wool at the beginning of the month.  Here, let’s take a closer look:

farmhouse2Just the happy colors I’m in the mood for after the basement full of poop disaster this weekend!  In this photo, you can really see the nice twist to the yarn – it’s really squishy, and I love it.

You may be saying to yourself, hmmm, that shawl looks very similar to Color Affection, and didn’t you already knit Color Affection?  Well, yes I did.  But, Cameo is slightly different.  First, I’m doing one of the solid colors in a multi.  The multi will then transition to the striped section, and finally will end with a solid for the lace section.  So, it’s different – slightly.  This pattern also has picots every fourth row.  So, yeah, different.  Lace and Picots, totally different.

But, I do have a devious plan in the works.  I know my mother covets my Color Affection.  I’m thinking that if I finish this, and present her with both Earth and this at the same time, and tell her to pick, there’s a good chance she’ll be seduced by the colors in this one (as opposed to grey which is not really her color), and I’ll get to keep Earth.  That’s fair, right?

I definitely hear a Greek chorus singing, “Right!”

On the reading front, I read another book on Crazy Quilting, but I’m off from work today, and I really want to sink into a really really good book.    I think I’m going to buy this one, since I loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry:

Apparently, it’s not exactly a sequel or a prequel, but a story that takes place at the same time as the first book, running parallel in time I guess.  I’ll report back next week because I hit the “Buy with One Click” as I was snatching the link.

And, back to knitting for a moment (because I can always go back to knitting for more than a moment), you know I’ve been on the Mystery Knit bandwagon, and I‘ve offered up my tips and advice for picking one, so I thought I’d throw this one out there for anyone who thinks they might be up for a good mystery – the Shetland Trader MKAL.  Now, it is Gudrun Johnson’s first MKAL, but I have faith in her as a designer that she’s going to pull it off.  I already have yarn for her current pattern Wickerwork in this month’s Twist Collective, and I don’t think there’s a pattern that she’s designed that I don’t love or at least respect.  So, I have it in my queue, I just haven’t totally committed yet.  Mostly because the only yarddage I have in my stash that would work for this is kind of earmarked for something else, but since I’m buying yarn for Water, that starts in July, I don’t know if I want to buy yarn for two projects when I kind of have it in my stash.  I know you get it.

Thanks for stopping by!

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If You Yarn Along Long Enough . . .

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. . . you end up with a finished project!!!

Sometimes they don’t turn out so good.

And sometimes they do.

This one definitely did!

I give you my finished Earth KAL Shawl designed by Fiddleknits Designs.

Ta da!  The project took four and a teensy bit of a fifth skein of Quince & Co’s Tern, which is a yummy wool/silk blend.

And, in a moment of daughterly love and goodness, and even though I had already gotten her a Mother’s Day gift because the shawl wasn’t quite finished it yet, I promised it to my mother.  And, she has already picked out her winter outfits with which it will look fab.

And I am a truly horrible person, because I am filled with a tinge of regret (small, really  small, I’m not that horrible) that I’m not keeping it for myself.  Sigh.  I tell myself that maybe I’ll make another one, but I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen.

Oh well.  I’m sure I’ll visit with it, and when I see her wearing it, it will make me smile.

As far as what I’m reading goes, I’m spending my time studying up on Crazy Quilting, as I mentioned in the last post, and I’ve been reading this book:

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The book is a little hard to follow In digital format, as there’s a lot of flipping back and forth.  The finished hexagons are in the front of the book, with each stitch, bead, detail labeled and catalogued so that you can recreate the block.  The instructions for each stitch, though, are in the back of the book.  I’m a big fan of my Kindle/iPad Kindle reader, but this is one case I’d like a floppy paperback.  But, I’m working my way through it, following along with the diagrams and all and all, I think I’m learning a lot.

So that’s all for this week! Thanks for stopping by!

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