Mercury socks

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Happy Monday!

I’m very excited to say that I have finally finished my Mercury socks! yay! They took me a bit longer because I made a whole other pair of socks in between and also I was away all last week, so that made me a bit slow.

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Here they are! I’m actually pretty excited that they are matching so well. I’ve already cast on another pair (cause you know I love starting projects!), but I’ll talk more about those on Wednesday 😉

On other news, who is watching GoT??? I’m watching it right now, and it’s good! And also thanks to Tami and Rebecca I’ve started playing the Sims again 😁 lots of fun!

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Weaving with Cards. What?

Not Just Alpaca

We have survived the heat wave and a hailstorm; all in the same week. Our vehicles and holiday trailer did not go unscathed though. There is more heat to come, but I’m okay with that. As long as it doesn’t bring more storms (yeah, okay I can dream) then I’ll be one happy camper.

Speaking of camping, it’s not something we will be doing until we fix the window and the top vent cover. GRRR! As the trailer is an older one, the pane of glass shouldn’t be too expensive to replace.

I have always liked weaving, and like to try new methods from time to time. I bought a small loom about three years ago, plus made my own peg loom and weaving sticks. I have made some rugs from wool and alpaca yarn on the loom, and a fabric one on the peg loom. My weaving sticks…

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Ripple blanket 

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Happy Wednesday readers!

My best friend’s birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I really wanted to make him something special. He was a bit depressed because we are leaving the “youth” age group, so I knew I had to make something happy and bright.
I’ve settled on a marine themed blanket, so I’m using the ripple stitch to imitate waves and I will have 4 different shades of blue, with smaller amounts for the lighter blue and a lot of the darker blue to imitate the different depth of the sea. I’ve already finished one of my skeins of yarn, the lightest blue, and just started on the second one. I think that I might need to go buy some more at that rate but I’ll see once I’ve finished this second colour.


My idea is then to apply appliqué fish, shells and other marine creatures to…

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Green and Yellow Nuno

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I mentioned in my last post that I liked the effect of the plain green fabric so much I altered another piece I laid out. I can’t even remember what my original plan was, but I made a flat piece with various greens. I added some strips of the green fabric which looks like a chiffon (I haven’t tested to see if it’s silk, yet), and strips of cotton gauze and scrim. I overlapped the strips in places. This is how it turned out:

I always think angled photos show some textures you can’t see straight on:

I need to look at the fabric (headscarf) I tore the pieces from, it seems to have a texture or pattern to it I hadn’t noticed, like a basket weave pattern:

I liked the different textures that resulted from the fabrics overlapping:

Two pieces of scrim, usually very open weave, became a dense…

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Weekend-ing, and some knitting surgery

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It’s hard to believe, but Mr. N and I only have two weekends left until we hit the road, starting our road trip East and, ultimately, our trip across the pond!

So this weekend has been all about recharging our batteries after a very busy first half of July and finalizing details for our trip (and hoping my visa comes through soon and doesn’t through a wrench in our plans!)

And as much as there’s still stuff we want to see and do in LA, it’s been nice to have a slow-paced weekend.  We did venture out yesterday to Gather DTLA … I wanted to see about buttons for my Talmadge Cloche (unfortunately, they were out) and check out the Long Dog Yarn trunk show. She had so many pretties, but I restricted myself to a skein of her Sock yarn in Wild Child and this adorable mini skein of…

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Once Upon a Sock: May Edition

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Hi friends!

It’s that time again … the first Thursday of the month, the day a little knot of us talk about knitting socks.

So, I’m still working on my Emily’s Favorite Socks.  I think I’ve said for at least two months that they were going to be finished before the next first Thursday. Once Upon a Sock is becoming an object lesson for me in knitting expectations versus knitting reality!

But I have made some progress on the socks, thanks to another week of travel, mostly by train — great sock knitting time!

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There’s not much to report since the pattern’s pretty simple and I’ve been knitting these since February!  I always love to see what hand-dyed yarn looks like in plain stockinette — so I’ve been admiring the sock soles. Viola Yarns are so gorgeously dyed … I love the subtle flecks of color that appear, even in the solids:

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