Here’s Jackson!

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Fresh off the needles!

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Perhaps I went a bit overboard with the blocking… but that picot edge just forced me to. And I’m one of those weirdos who LOVES blocking, so…

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Tadaaaaah!

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I LOVE the way it drapes. The ends curl in such a pretty way. I was a bit hesitant blocking it in that shape, but I love the result.

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Taking pics of yourself modelling a shawl: a lot harder than it looks.

 

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Striiiiipes.

Look what’s finished!

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And the flock:

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You may think that’s enough self-striping socks, especially considering I have several more skeins stashed (including these two lovely ones I bought only last weekend).

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The other week I managed to see a skein of Lollipop Yarn in The Rainbow Connection (which is even BETTER than this one I was craving last year) being destashed on Ravelry. I’ve had terrible experiences trying to get my hands on Lollipop Yarn and found the owner really quite rude, so I’d pretty much given up on ever getting a skein, but I managed to be the first one to go GIMME GIMME GIMME and lovely Marie sent this beauty my way:

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I just want to sit and stare at it.

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Brimstone Butterfly pattern released

So the Brimstone Butterfly Fingerless Mitts pattern is finally released on ravelry.com

Feels kind of nice to have that done! Thanks Tove for reviewing it for me!

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For skipping down rainbow road

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Photographing your own feet is HARD. Commissioning your poor mother who has a slipped disk to get on the floor and take pics for you is kind of even harder.

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Look at those books in the background! Matches perfectly.

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Very basic 60 stitch stockinette cuff down sock, with black yarn used for cuff, heel and (a tiny bit of the) toe. I did a fish lips kiss heel for these and quite like it – not sure I prefer it to flaps , but it’s definitely a nicer way of doing a short row heel than the way I’ve been doing it before. Heels is a whole science!!

I used two full repeats of the rainbow per sock, which worked out to 50g exactly – so I have half the skein left! Wheeee!

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All mine

So I thought I’d try to actually USE some of my handspun yarn for something. Mine and Helena’s first coproduction yielded a decent amount of mostly-even off white yarn:

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I plied most of it, but one bobbin’s worth I left as a single.

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I also had the brown and grey (one of them is Romney but I can’t remember WHICH) yarn from the spinning class Anneli and I took this autumn.

So this….

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… became this:

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It’s extremely funny looking when on its own, all lumpy and uneven. I didn’t bother with gauge; just picked 28sts because it seemed like it’d work and knit all the yarn on 4.5mm DPNs, regardless of weight. All the colour changes are based on 6 rows (6, 12, 18 etc) and while they may look misshapen off the hands, I actually think they look pretty good on!

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I’ve never really got the point of mitts before but I think these changed my mind. They’re super warm (a little itchy though) and one day as I was walking home, hands jammed in my pockets against the wind, I remembered I had these in my bag.

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Totally made a difference. I may be a mitt convertee yet. And I feel really proud of these, my first handspun knit! They’re very post-apocalyptic chic. Very Hunger Games. I’m calling them my Bad Wolf Moment mitts.

I kind of love them.

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And then they were two

I’ve finally finished mitten number two!

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Tove was happy to assist me in taking some lovely pictures of the finished mitts. With the mitts that nail polish is not too bad, without the mitts you kind if wonder if she went nuts with a highlighter… (I doubt a highlighter would stick and have the same gloss however. Just a random thought. That wage memory of trying it once must be my imagination…)

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Now I just have to finish the pattern notes (and sort out a question mark or two). All in good time.

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