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This is a looooong scarf. I have never made a scarf this long. The total length is supposed to be like 70-some inches. I’m probably somewhere around 40-some inches right now. Strangely, it simultaneously feels like this thing is knitting up quickly and taking forevvvvver to get done. Really, I only cast on two weeks ago, and I’ve been working on it a little bit just about every day since then — longer on weekends. (Actually, now that I’ve made that statement, it seems like it’s taking forever to get done. But it really does seem to go fast… oops, there I go again.) Pardon the crappy photo of the scarf on the green sofa — it was nighttime, in the living room, and the photo came out really dark so I had to photoshop the heck out of it. The photo from my previous blog post is closer to the real colors.

Anyway, I’m really loving this yarn. It’s Araucania Ranco, one hank of multi and one hank of solid, fingering weight sock yarn. I really, really, really want to make socks out of it too. And speaking of socks, I can’t wait to start another pair of socks. Really. I was thinking of starting another pair of socks before finishing the scarf… but I’m afraid I’ll get all caught up in the socks and the scarf will end up taking a long snooze on the needles. Gotta get the scarf done first. I mean, it’ll be done in no time — it knits up so fast! (But it seems to take forever… hmmm, that sounds familiar.)

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Well, I now have my second (and third?) FO of 2008 — a pair of socks! I finished off the second sock on Sunday, 1/20. These were really easy to make — just plain stockinette except for the ribbing at the cuff and the slip stitch pattern in the heel flap. And really, this yarn is too busy for a pattern anyway. I will confess, I’m not nuts about the yarn — the look and the feel. Not really the most beautiful colors, but it will be fine with jeans. As far as the feel, it seems a little on the scratchy side right now, but maybe it will soften up with wear and washing.

I started my next project of 2008 before the socks were done (dangerous, I know). Like most crafters, I have my stash of UFOs (unfinished objects). But I figured I was moving along well on the socks and decided to cast on for the Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. The real reason I started this before the socks were finished was because I needed something to work on during the monthly Knit-In at Yarns R Us, and I didn’t feel right working on something I hadn’t purchased the supplies for at the shop (just my own silly reasoning).

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In my knitting life, I have actually made a couple of sweaters… but they didn’t turn out so great and I don’t have photos of them. Other than that, I’ve made numerous garter-stitch scarves (boring, but fast, and I’m thoroughly tired of that now), a whole lotta swatches (my very first knitting practice swatches have turned into coasters scattered throughout the house), and one knitting techniques sampler following the instructions in The Sweater Workshop by Jacqueline Fee.

Two years ago, I signed up with Volunteer Services at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center to knit infant caps for the nursery. I’m finally on my last skein of yarn from the initial supply. You can get a heluvalotta infant caps out of a skein of Lion Baby Soft.

These hats are a very simple k2, p2 rib pattern. Knitted on a US5 16″ circular needle the whole way up till the decreases start (there are only two rows of decreases with a row of k1, p1 ribbing in between) and then I switched to dpns. (This was before I knew the glory that is knitting on two circular needles… or for that matter, one very long circular needle, which I haven’t learned yet but will soon.) I’m kinda bored with the hats, though. Maybe the hospital has some other volunteer knitting possiblities…

Since I already knew how to make an infant cap, I made one for my new baby nephew in December 2007 to go along with the baby blanket I wove for him. This was knit using Bambu 7, a bamboo yarn which is quite thin — kind of like the thickness of unseparated embroidery floss. First off, I made it way too big. It doesn’t stretch nearly as much as the acrylic yarn used for the hospital caps above. It’s also very, very floppy and doesn’t hold shape very well. My SIL was nice and said he’ll grow into it eventually. 🙂

Now that I finally finished making some stuff for other people (I made 3 baby blankets between October and December), I decided to make some stuff for myself. First on the needles was Odessa, a hat designed by Grumperina. To keep things simple, I made it without the beads. When I finished it, my DH said, “It actually looks pretty good,” which for him is a supreme compliment (crafty stuff is just not his area of expertise). I had to make some adjustments because my gauge wasn’t coming out right, and I’m not 100% happy with the fit. But I do generally like it. I recently bought more yarn and beads to make another one, and hopefully it will turn out better the second time around.

In the new year, I’ve also expanded my knitting horizons to include socks. So far I’ve finished the first one, and am about a third of the way through the second. These are Lydia’s Socks from Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: A Good Yarn. This is where I learned to knit in the round using two circular needles. I like it much better than juggling all those dpns. The fit is pretty good in the foot part, the leg part gets a bit baggy/bunchy at places, but overall it fits well.

I have a little bit of a yarn stash started for socks and yet-to-be-determined projects, so there will be more to come!

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Diving right in…

Well, seems like pretty much everyone else on Ravelry has a blog… so I figured I’d start one too. Since my Verizon site has all sorts of stuff on it (house renovations, weaving projects, etc.) I decided this blog will be exclusively for knitting. I’m planning to use it for more details on the projects I’ve posted on Ravelry, as well as knitting-related, non-project stuff.

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