Knitting, Wool, Wraps/shawls, Yarn

Working on Other Projects 

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I have spent a lot of time lately working on knitting socks, so I have spent part of yesterday and all of today working on two of the three scarves I have in the works. 


I decided to measure both of these scarves earlier so I would have an idea of how long each is. The blue scarf is roughly 1/3 of the way done, and the pink and grey scarf is roughly 2/3 of the way done. 

The blue scarf with bits of red I being knit up with two strands of Malabrigo Lace weight Yarn. It is 100% baby Merino Wool, and is so soft, and warm yet not overly heavy or bulky. Like I said I am knitting it two ply, and I am using size 3 needles. I also love that this yarn is not stiff at all, nor is it scratchy. For this particular scarf, I am using a knit 3 purl 1 pattern. I am hoping that once I get it blocked, the pattern will be a bit more visible on the right side. As it is, it looks like I knit all the way across the right side and purled back on the wrong side. The pattern kind of shows up in the pictures. 

The pink and grey yarns are berroco by folio, and they are 65% superfine alpaca and 35% rayon. I am knitting two strands together and using size 4 needles. This scarf is also very soft, and lightweight, yet still warm. The berroco yarn is a dk yarn that is not at all stiff. I am using the seed stitch (also known as the British Moss Stitch) for this scarf.  It is working up into a scarf I am sure I will enjoy. 

Knitting, Personal Project Tuesday, Scarves, Wool, Yarn

Sunset Over The Ocean Scarf

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I have had this scarf in the works for a while. Working on it has been slow going. While the pattern is not complicated, it does take a bit more concentration. The pattern I am doing is: (RS) Knit 3, Purl 1, and knitting the last 3 stitches, (WS) Purl 3, Knit 1, purling the last 3. I am also using two strands of Malabrigo Lace Weight Yarn to knit it up. 

I don’t have the tags anymore telling me what the colors are. At first I was totally unsure and on the fence as to whether I even liked the color combination. Then one of my friends pointed out that it reminded her of the sun setting over the ocean, which I can totally see. The color combination has grown on me. 

I am definitely needing to work on it and get it done so it will no longer be a WIP, and will be come a completed project. 

I had posted this picture on social media, asking for input as to which side people liked better for being the side that shows when I wear it. Let me know which side you all like the best!


I am also liking how this scarf is feeling, it is so soft, and warm, yet it isn’t super heavy. While I love my bulkier wool scarves when i will be outside in the cold for a while, or when it is really cold. I also like the lighter weight ones, as they fit better if I don’t want them hanging outside of my jacket, and / or on a typical Portland winter day, where it is chilly and wet. Portland winter days are chilly and wet, to the point you want something, but not down right cold enough to need to bundle up super warm. If I wanted an even warmer and bulkier scarf, I could totally put 3 or 4 strands together, and go up to a little bigger needle, so the gauge / tension wouldn’t be too tight, but not so much bigger that would negate the point of adding extra stands. I may have to try that some time. 

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Winter Time Projects

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This is my favorite time of year to be working on knitting projects, when the weather is cold, and it gets dark early. There is something about  curling up with a good movie or tv show, a cup of hot tea and my knitting that I just love. 

I know I am crazy since I have four projects going, three of which are scarves and one is a knit for kids Sweater, which I am trying to get done before the end of the year. 

Even crazier, well to non needle crafters is having a knitpicks order on its way, which I will blog about when I get it in. 

One of the scarves I am working on, I am using acrylic yarn. I honestly don’t know why I am using acrylic other than that I had it, and I plan to use the scarf as more of a utility / work scarf when I go outside to work or am going to be doing something where I don’t want to wear one of my nice woolen ones, as I tend to do more elaborate designs in them. Yes I am fully aware that back in the olden days people made everything out of wool and when it wore out they made another one. I guess my generation is showing a bit, but at the same time it’s not. I was taught that when you have something nice you take extra care of it to help make it last longer since nice things cost money and money doesn’t grow on trees. 

I am also trying to spend less time attached to my phone and computer and spend more time knitting or reading books. I love reading, but the last few months I have spent way to much time wasting time on my phone and computer. Due to that waste of time I am now trying to spend more time doing what I love, getting projects completed and working through my plastic tubs of yarn. I would love to be able to use up all the yarn I have in my acrylic – for sweaters tub. All the kids that could get a nice warm sweater from the yarn would be amazing. 

While I was looking for work a few years ago, there was a year in which I had knit up 17 sweaters. I am still amazed that I made that many, yet at the same time I am not. I was bored, jobs were (and still are) scarce, and needed something productive to do. I really enjoy working on projects for kids in need. 

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Knitting A Lot

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I have been making progress on my projects this weekend. 

Yesterday the power was out for 8 hours, so besides going and getting food, about all I could do was knit and listen to music. I also spent most of this afternoon knitting as well.

  I am working on getting a chunky, thick scarf knit up at the moment. It is currently (as of writing this post), 68 inches long. I am almost done with the second skein of yarn and have one more skein to use to finish it up. At this point it really doesn’t get cold enough where I live, to really use it. I am looking to find a new job and move somewhere where I would use it, and all my other hand knit winter woolen goods on a regular basis. 

I spent most of the weekend working on knitting my Knit for Kids sweater for World Vision. I got the body of the sweater done. I knit the back and front together, using a stitch marker in the middle the. Knit the sleeves separately. I am to the point where I can cast on the sleeves on the front. I have the hard and longest part of this sweater done. This particular sweater is a size 8. I am using red heart super saver yarn in fall colors.  

 Knitting, yarn and all that goes along with the craft is something I am passionate about. I love it. I am totally intrigued by the whole process from raising and caring for the sheep, goats, alpacas and other animals raised for their wool, to the sheering, or fiber collection as it is shed from the animal. The whole process of cleaning it, carding it, and spinning it to be sold to people like me who knit it up into cute winter wear. It all fascinates me, and if I ever had the opportunity I would love to be more involved in the process, rather than just the consumer. 

Pattern Friday, Patterns

8 Strand Braided Cable

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I had a request to post the pattern for the 8 strand braided cable, as used in the scarf I shared in yesterday’s post.

The pattern itself has 28 stitches within it

Row 1: Purl 2 Knit 24 Purl 2

Row 2: Knit 2 Purl 24 Knit 2

Row 3: Purl 2 Slide 3 to Cable Needle Hold to Back, Knit 3, Knit 3 from Cable Needle, Slide 3 to cable needle, hold to back, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle, slide 3 to cable needle hold to back, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle, slide 3 to cable needle hold to back, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle Purl 2

Row 4: Knit 2 Purl 24 Knit 2

Row 5: Purl 2 Knit 24 Purl 2

Row 6: Knit 2 Purl 24 Knit 2

Row 7: Purl 2 Knit 3, Slide 3 to Cable Needle hold in Front, Knit 3, Knit 3 from Cable Needle, Slide 3 to cable needle, hold to front, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle, Slide 3 to cable needle, hold to front, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle,  knit last 3 Purl 2

Row 8: Knit 2 Purl 24 Knit 2

Repeat these 8 rows until the item you are working on is the correct length

*Note: For scarves I cast on an addition 6 stitches for a 3 stitch border on each side, and I knit 3 garter stitch rows at each end for a 3 X 3 border around the pattern.*

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Finding my Zone

Good Evening to All,

I finally decided to invest in the first five seasons of Downton Abbey, hoping on the off chance that I would like the series. I had not seen any of the parts before purchasing the five seasons that are on DVD. I received them in the mail yesterday, and have so far watched parts one and two of season one. I have to say that i have not been disappointed.

After I get home from work, get dinner and make my lunch for the next day, I have been settling in to watch a couple vlogs on youtube, then watching a part (what each episode is called) of Downton Abbey. While watching the part I have been working on my knitting projects. It has been quite relaxing. Last night I worked on the baby blanket I have in the works for my cousin and his wife who are expecting a baby, and tonight I was working on the scarf I am working on for myself. The scarf is a new project. I am using Fishermen’s Wool in Oatmeal. I am knitting it flat, and then going to sew the ends together to make it an infinity scarf.

I have been facinated with Scotland for years. While Downton Abbey is set, and takes place in England, it is close enough for me to get my fix. Not to mention that the first series (season) starts off in 1912. Between the history, and the costumes, and the sets, and the Castle are all amazing, and I am absolutely loving it.

I love the combination of watching a historical fiction British TV show and knitting to calm my nerves, relax, and zone out before going to bed to then start another day at my day job.

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Christmas Gifts

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I have been making progress on the Christmas gifts I have been knitting. I got my friends gift completely finished. I just need to work on my mom’s gift.

Beings that I am well on my way to completing the Christmas gifts that I am hand making I have started working on more infant hats. I have been making a lot of progress on the yarn I have sitting in my knitting area. Once I get this yarn used up I will post a picture of the hats that I have completed. It has been a while since I have worked on a sweater. I do kind of miss working on sweaters but my attention has been elsewhere for the past few months. I haven’t given up or quit making them though. I plan to return to them once I get Christmas gifts and infant hats done.