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Project: Hermione Socks for me
Pattern: Hermione’s Everyday Socks
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in Indiecieta
Needles: US 1 1/2 (2.5 mm)
Started: April 5, 2015
Finished: May 27, 2015
Modifications: I made the cuff only 15 rounds. I knit these on dpns instead of circular needles. I treated needless 1 and 2 as the pattern needle 1, and 3 and 4 as pattern needle 2. It was not a hard conversion.

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This yarn is so soft. It is so lovely to knit with. I understand why people love it. It is like butter! This pattern is also so wonderful! It is easy to knit with just enough to be interesting. The texture is lovely and the socks are my most comfortable. This pattern may become my new go to pattern!

I was originally worried that the texture was lost on this yarn, but it isn’t lost at all. I think this pattern would be fantastic for a pooly yarn.

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This round of the HaldeCraft Yarn Club’s theme is Farscape. This month’s installment is called “Soft, yes. Weak, no.”

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The yarn is so luxurious!! It is a merino, cashmere, nylon blend. My boys saw it and tried to claim it. This yarn is so very soft that I may make something like arm warmers or a shawlette. It should be were out can be petted!

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This is a little more color true. The blues and greets are really pretty.

The yarn also came with a handmade lotion with the same name. It smells clean and just a little floral. I love it!

This past week was really difficult. A couple I am very close to and work with lost their toddler in a very tragic way.  Most of the week, I was in a bit of a daze. For two days, I couldn’t even focus long enough to work on simple projects.  I finally started to come out of it, and being able to craft became very comforting to me.  As a result, I was able to get a lot done.

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First up, my DH’s birthday surprise blanket!  I decided to do this a few days before his birthday. I told him that I was going to make it for someone else. I had him help me pick a pattern to go with the yarn. I thought that it would be so fast because it was bulky.  It was not. In part, it took me a long time because I decided to make it so big!  So here are the details:

Project: Secret Blanket

Pattern: Marshmallow Crochet Baby Blanket

Hook: Size N

Yarn: Bernat Blanket in Mallard Wood (7 skeins)

Started: April 24, 2015

Finished: May 15, 2015

Modifications and notes: I started with a chain of 103 to upsize this to an adult blanket.  It came out 41″ x 56″. I didn’t expect it to take so much yarn, so there are several different dye lots. Only one stands out as very different.  I should have gone up another hook size. This is a little stiff. That being said, my DH has used it every night since it was completed to cover his legs while watching tv (that was what I had intended it for).

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You can see the stripe of the differing dye lot in this picture. My husband didn’t really notice (or care), so that is all that matters. This blanket is super soft and warm without being stifling (it is breathable because of the pattern).  I really like how it came out!

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On Saturday, my husband’s little cousin announced that she is pregnant. My husband gets to see her once a year, so he asked me if I had anything for him to take up for the new baby. I didn’t, but I had been seeing the Wee Fast, Wee Speedy, and Wee Sweet patterns on Ravelry and Craftsy.  I quickly glanced through and picked Wee Fast. I happened to have a skein of bulky yarn on hand. This wee sweater is so cute and took me around 2 hours to complete (that is a guess given the number of interruptions I had).  The pattern is simple. It would have gone faster, but I used bamboo needles. That never works out well for me!  It slowed me a down a lot.  So here are the details:

Project: Wee Fast

Pattern: Wee Fast

Needles: 10 1/2 and 11

Yarn: Lion Brand Baby First in the Honey Bee Colorway (about 1/2 a skein)

Started and Finished: May 16, 2015

Modifications: My only modification was to start with a size 10 1/2 instead of a 10. This was because I grabbed the wrong needles and was not intentional.  I used a button from my button jar.

Last week was rough. My husband was out of town for a conference.  Millie had a potty training accident that required me to bathe her and mop the floor. Then Wyatt had a tummy troubles which caused him to have an accident. I had to wipe down walls and floor and kid.  My sister’s husband started drinking, kicked her and her children out, and posted about it in a very scary way on social media. She lives a long ways away, so that was how I learned of it.  I thought he had hurt her when I first read it.  I also had to do two things that cause me enormous anxiety (get my car serviced and go to the dentist).  By the time my husband got home on Thursday night, I was wrung out. Friday, I took half the day off. I went shoe shopping, went to Michael’s (and started a new project), and bought some stuff at Bath and Body. I also got my hair cut and got a massage.  I was feeling a bit more like a human again. Saturday morning, I went to Young Living party. It was nice to hang out with grown ups. I love essential oils, but have been dissatisfied with the brand at my health food store, so I am pretty excited about my order!  We then had a family day. I finally felt refreshed again.

Needless to say, with all that was going on in my life, I wasn’t knitting on my Temperature scarf. I did jot down the high from the day before each morning.  This weekend, I was able to get caught up with the knitting part.

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Despite how rough my week was, we really did have lovely weather.  Lots of 80s.  Yesterday and today, it is getting cooler again. I have been  hoping for warmer weather (something I would never do otherwise) because I would love to see a new color added to the scarf!

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While my husband was in Las Vegas, he won some money.  Given that I had such a rough week, he gave me most of it (he is really sweet). I had a little shopping spree on Friday.  I ordered two Amy Herzog books.  One is a Kindle book (Knit to Flatter), so there is no picture.  The other is Knit Wear Love.  It just arrived last night. I am super excited about it! I haven’t read either yet, but I will and will talk about them later.

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I also made a little order on Gnome Acres. It is a grab bag of 10 mini skeins for my sock yarn blankie! They came packaged so cute and had a little temporary tattoo with them!

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Aren’t they lovely. You can’t tell, but a couple of them are sparkly! They also arrived last night. I am hoping to wind at least one tonight.  I am going to have to do a little digging to figure out what colorways I have, but they are so fun!  I had a massive migraine last night. Seeing all these cute little bundles made me wish I could stay up and knit even though I was hurting!

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I used to have a kitchen scale that I used for weighing yarn. It broke a year ago, and I hadn’t replaced it. I decided my kitchen scale was just not good enough. So, I got a new scale. It is the one from KnitPicks.

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It arrived just in time! I am doing a trade with another person on the Yarngasm Podcast Group on Ravelry. I was able to make some little mini skeins! They are all ready to mail out! Trading is so much fun!

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My scarf still completely charms me. We have had a string of high 80s followed by a string of low 80s. You can see that is the most common temperatures for this time of year. Soon it wool be hot and I will have lots of pinks and reds!

This is a big project in that there is a lot of yarn involved. I keep most of the yarn in my office in a tub. I only keep the most likely to be used yarns near my knitting spot.

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The project lives in my Loopy Ewe tote. I got it in 2009 when I was in the Loopy Ewe sock club. It has just enough room for 6 skeins, the scarf, and the needles. You can see the side pockets with the calendar I keep track of temps in.

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I also keep a pen in the side. The tiny pocket had a set of folding scissors, too. It is perfect for this project!

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I finished these socks on Easter Sunday, but needed to wash and block them. That didn’t happen until yesterday. So here are the details.
Pattern: Time Traveler
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Franklin’s Panopticon
Needles: Knit Picks nickel plated dpns size 1 (2.25 mm)
Started: March 5, 2015
Finished: April 5, 2015

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When we left for vacation, I was only part of the way up the foot. In the car, I finished the foot. I also started the gusset. That night, I finished the gusset and turned the heel. This is Saturday morning. I worked on the leg all day. That evening, I started the cuff, but Easter Bunny duties prevented me from finishing. On the car ride home, I finished the last 5 rounds of the cuff and wove in the ends.

A month for a pair of giant socks is not a lot. My husband sees me knitting, but didn’t realize the time commitment of doing a pair for him until he really watched the progress last weekend. Now he really appreciates them!

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