Knits & Purls

On Matching

Matching.

When you wake up to this (again) (and on repeat) . . . 

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and your knitting looks like this (again) (on repeat) . . . 

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Around and around.  Over and over.  Day in and day out.

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The big difference?  My knitting has a happy, green pocket lining.  

(And winter doesn't.)

How about you?  Are you matching your stitching these days?

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Unraveling Away

I finished up my Christmas knitting and shipped it all off last week.  (Phew!)  I toyed with the idea of . . . maybe, just maybe . . . knitting one last gift item (for a friend here in town).  

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I cast on.  The pattern is easy, rhythmic to knit, and quickly memorized.

Or . . . so I thought.

Unfortunately, I quickly-memorized the row count between cable-crosses wrong.  
And didn't catch it right away.  
And had to rip WAY back.  
But I'm on track again now.  (Although probably not in time for gift-giving. . . ) (But that's okay.)

So.  Unraveling.  Re-raveling.  And actually just fine with all of it!

How about you?  What are you making right now?

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If you want to see my Christmas knitting, you can read all about it on Ravelry here, here, here, and here.

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All Wrapped Up

This pile of knits . . . 

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represents the sum total of my Christmas knitting.  Complete!

And this afternoon . . . everything will be wrapped and packaged and ready for shipping.  Yes, my friends.  Everything is all wrapped up -- with weeks to spare!  Which begs the question . . . 

Is there time for one more???

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Knit a Harvest

"But there's a full moon rising
Let's go dancing in the light
We know where the music's playing
Let's go out and feel the night"
                -- Neil Young, Harvest Moon

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So.  This year, I've been having WAY too much fun putting together monthly "care packages" for my adult children.  Usually, I organize each little package around a "theme" of some sort (which makes it easier to put them together, y'know?).  For October, I went with a "harvest" theme, and featured pumpkin stuff:  a pumpkin carving kit, pumpkin chocolates, and these . . .

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Adorable knitted pumpkins!  

Simple and quick to make -- and a big hit on the receiving end.  (Ravelry details here.)

There's still time to knit yourself a harvest this fall.  (Just sayin.')

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Take My Hand, We'll Make It I Swear

Let's set the tone for today's post.  

Knitting with linen . . . is not for the faint of heart.

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Because knitting with linen?  Well.  It looks like C.R.A.P. on the needles.  

The gauge is off.
The stitches are wonky.
It twists.
It puckers.
It is incredibly . . . not nice to work with.

You need to have faith.  You need to keep that washed-and-dried gauge swatch nearby at all times during the knitting.  Because it all feels so very, very wrong.

We've got to hold on to what we've got
It doesn't make difference if we make it or not
We've got each other and that's a lot for love
We'll give it a shot. . . 

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You knit on when you're knitting with linen.  Just hoping for magic to happen in the blocking (which often means the clothes dryer . . . instead of blocking pins).

Ohhhhh, we're half way there
Oh-oh, livin' on a prayer
Take my hand, we'll make it I swear
Oh-oh, livin on a prayer

And sometimes?  It all works out in the end!

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Me and Jon Bon Jovi . . . livin' on a prayer!

(Find Ravelry details here.  And once Tom gets back home, some better photos!)

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And here's something very funny.  Jon Bon Jovi and I . . . used to have the same hair!

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(Oh. . . those 80s. . . )

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Baby, Baby

I know you've seen this before (and - hands down - voted for the round buttons), but not in finished form.  The little guy arrived this week, so it was time to get those buttons sewn down snug!

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I think baby sweaters are so much fun to knit.  Tiny.  Sweet.  And full of hope.

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I hope this little baby has many happy hours of playtime ahead -- wearing this warm little sweater, knit with love.

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(Ravelry details here.)

 


Synchronicity

(Click here for a soundtrack to accompany today's post.)  (Weren't those Police boys dreamy???) (Just sayin.)

syn - chro - nic - i - ty | noun

the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible  causal connection

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Shades of grey.  Plus white.  And a mustard-y yellow.  
Summer.  Linen.
Color blocks.  Grids.
Flowing all together.

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With one breath
With one flow
You will know . . . 

Synchronicity!

(Raverly details here.)

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Knittin' on the Dock of the . . . Lake

I'm enjoying a relaxed approach to my knitting this summer.  
No mystery knits, KALs, or speed knitting challenges for me this year (tempting as they may be).

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Nope.  
This year it's just me.  
And some lovely linen.  
Locked in a rhythmic design.*

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Knittin' on the dock of the . . . lake.

Watchin' the ships loons roll in. . .
And then I watch 'em roll away again. . .

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This is a perfect summer knit.  Easy.  Soothing.  Cool.

Wastin' time. . . 
(I think not.)

 How about you?  What are you knitting this summer?

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*  This is the Albers Shawl from the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 6 - Transparency.  I'm knitting with Reed by Shibui Knits.  (And I only had to unravel once.)  (So far.)  (Because counting.)


One Week . . .

I'm not a fast knitter.  

I guess that's not it, exactly.  I just don't finish things quickly.  I am not one of those always-knitting people, y'know?  I like to knit a little every day.  But it's often just that . . . a little.

I don't think I've ever knit anything in just (cue soundtrack) . . . One Week

Until last week.

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Chickity China the Chinese chicken
You have a drumstick and your brain stops tickin'

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Like Snickers, guaranteed to satisfy

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One week!

(Ravelry details here.)

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