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Additionally, if you’d like to say hi in the comments, we’d love that! This is us saying hi at an 18th century fair at an old silver mine last weekend:

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(Anneli would like to point out that she’s not always in regency gear. She works it, though!)

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Heaven of blocking

The infinity scarf was the first item I blocked with t-pins. I’ve kind of wondered why Tove liked blocking so much. Every time I block my fingers are hurting and the pins bend and makes a general fuss. So welcome to heaven of blocking! As it turns out t-pins are the shit.

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Force majeure

Sometimes you’re on a yarn diet and a strict knitting from the stash regime. And then sometimes you accidentally visit the Madelinetosh shop and find that they’re selling a perfect non-retail shade of green on Eyre Light (single ply merino/alpaca/silk fingering weight) and, well.

I’ve already had three people confirm that I cannot be blamed for ordering a skein. Some things are just meant to be.

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My infinity scarf is finished

When I decided to knit an infinity scarf I didn’t plan an infinity project. Somehow it turned out a bit like that. Well, because someone, ehrm, got a crush on moss knitting at the very beginning of the project and enthusiastically knitted too many rows. Ran out of yarn (yay…) and had to solve this somehow. Tove has secretly been feeling a bit guilty for suggesting ripping up the cast on. But, really, how was she to know some nutter had knitted too many moss rows and had to rip those as well?

Lazy in the best sense. I determined not to pick all stitches up again at once and took a couple of DPNs and did a few at the time. (The ONLY benefit of frogging from the wrong direction is that the live stitches don’t drop.)

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Commuting with my sister comes in handy when you need a model for your completed project. She ended up ordering one for Christmas which is ideal since I’ve decided to call the pattern December.

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Just perfect for folding twice around your neck. (Scratching your nose at the same time is optional…)

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The bird is from BluebirdsGlass on Etsy (where else??).

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Close-up during blocking. The pattern really do look like sheafs!

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Trial and error

I’ve found that even in knitting trial and error proves a good method. For some reason the mind can deceive you, well, at least my mind deceives me all the time.

So when what you planned turns into snake eyes…

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and the best beads fit the wrong skein.

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It’s best to start over.

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(Lord knows what the lady in the yarn shop must think of me though: “Indecisive creature that one”. Or maybe she’s just happy to sell yarn.)

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