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FO Friday #13 – Make Waffles


I’ve been bitten by the Indie Gift-A-Long bug! That combined with a request from my aunt for a cowl with buttons led me to knit Make Waffles. The pattern is a simple textured cowl in a bulky weight yarn. It went shockingly fast for a girl who generally knits socks on size 1 needles. (I used size 9 needles – can you believe it?!)

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The yarn is Malabrigo Mecha, and it was really delightful to work with. It makes me want a bulky cowl of my very own, maybe with cables! It took me a few days to find the buttons, but I did and now it’s ready for gifting after a quick blocking.

Cranking out FOs in heavier weight yarns is much easier. 😉 Stay tuned for next week, when I hope to have another project to share.

FO Friday #12 – Viola


Well, luckily I cranked out another FO in time for FO Friday this week! It’s the Indie Design Gift-A-Long, and when I heard my lovely friend Noriko was also participating, I decided to knit one of her patterns.  This is the Viola hat, which I finished on Thanksgiving at the beach!

As I sat on the couch knitting, my 2 year old niece, Clara, came up and declared “Hat!” I looked at my mom, surprised, and said “Actually, I am knitting a hat!”

… And then I remembered. Last time I saw Clara, my sister told her I was going to knit her a hat. And I had one planned, but not this one. This one was supposed to be for me.

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But I had a cute and willing model. 😉 Of course, the hat somehow went home with her instead of with me, but I think we can remedy that with a hat trade soon.

Also, is it sad that a hat knit for me fits a 2 year old? I guess I do have a small head!

FO Friday #11 – WitchyWeen 2016


Earlier in October, I decided that I should make some Halloween socks with some Vesper striping yarn from deep stash, and so I did. I got a lot of comments about how bright they are.

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And with that, we’ve run out of pre-knit projects for FO Friday. I’ll need to be cranking them out if we’re going to have any more this year…

FO Friday #10 – Das Paar Socks


One of the bonuses to working in a yarn store is that I get to knit samples. Sometimes this gives me a chance to knit with a yarn that I might not buy, like this pair of socks knit in Das Paar:

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Personally, I’m not a huge fan of self-patterning yarn. I love stripes, but the faux Fair Isle isn’t really my thing. Plus, I have tons of sock yarn that needs to be knit into plain socks. So it was fun to knit these for the store. And, since I don’t have to wear them, I could use a short row heel!

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The concept is similar to the Regia Pairfect yarn I shared earlier, though this yarn comes in two separate skeins instead of using a contrasting “leader” like Pairfect. Once again I was a bit disappointed that the matching was not 100% exact, (yes, I know I have unreasonable standards!) but it was very close.

FO Friday #9 – Color Play Cowl


Another project I knit at Bad Woman this year was the Color Play cowl. This is a kit from Baah! Yarn, the Lucky 7 kit. However, I only used 6 of the skeins because I couldn’t make all of the colors work in a way that I liked.

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Because I’m me, I also counted the rows knit in each color to make sure all the stripes were exactly the same size. 😉

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It was an easy knit, but fun. I like the stripe sequence too! If I was knitting it for myself, I’d probably make it a little narrower and use fewer colors, since the resulting cowl is quite large.

FO Friday #8 – 2016 Birthday Socks


I have developed a little birthday tradition – knitting socks for myself in Trekking XXL. I cast on each year on my birthday with one of my coveted skeins made up of different colored plies – they seem to have stopped making colors like these – and finish them sometime later.

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A couple years ago I went and bought up a bunch of skeins off of Ravelry destashes, so hopefully I can keep this tradition going for a while yet.

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Nice simple socks like these tend to become my purse project. This pair accompanied me to many of my knitting groups and other knitting opportunities away from home. They even got to hang out with my knitting student’s first sock ever!

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They sampled Tim Tams at Friday movie & knitting night.

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And eventually, they were finished. And photographed to test out some sock leg mannequin + light box options.

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FO Friday #7 – Mitt Envy


This pattern has been in my Ravelry queue since Ravelry began. The designer is someone I knew online through the knittyboard back in the day, and who doesn’t want a cute pair of fingering weight fingerless mitts? Yet somehow it took me this long to knit them (and even then, they were a gift).

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I knit this pair in Wollmeise Twin as part of a Ravelry swap, and they turned out really well! I should probably make another pair for myself. They were so fast I didn’t even get a WIP photo!

FO Friday #6 – Mrs. Watson


Another Bad Woman Yarn project was Mrs. Watson – a really fun pattern by Martina Behm which I knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light.

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This project was a little tricky. You start out and you’re thinking “Hey, I know how this goes!” and then it all changes.

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Suddenly the pattern that you’ve been following turns a corner – literally – and you start knitting a new shape!

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It was a fun project, and I love the finished shawl. I’m thinking I might have to make one in fingering weight, which would be a bit more scarf-like. You know, in all my free knitting time. 😉

FO Friday #5 – Wendel


The Wendel socks already got their own post, but I’m including them to make my FO series complete. I didn’t really enjoy knitting the socks, though the finished project turned out well. At least I got one of my favorite knitting pictures out of it!

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That was taken quickly and without a lot of planning as I finished up the toes at a local coffee shop, but it turned out really well!

FO Friday #4 – Bubbles Sock


My friend Stephania from Three Fates Yarns and I met up at Madrona. She gave me some of this new sock base and asked if I could knit a quick sample sock. Of course I could! The pattern is Bubbles by Cookie A.

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We met up a few weeks later for the Rose City Yarn Crawl (in Portland, OR). I took the train down and used my knitting time wisely.

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We had a great time visiting all 11 stores, seeing a lot of familiar faces, and battling with huge knitting needles.

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I had the sock done by the end of the day. I believe I even did the Kitchener stitch at a sushi restaurant.