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On a deadline

Mike and I will be heading out in our RV in a couple of weeks, and I’ve decided that I need to get some of my many WIPs done before I do that. I will be taking several WIPs with me, of course, but there were three that I was determined to get finished before I left. I am happy to say that I did finish two of them!

One is the Butterfly/Papillon shawl by …. What a fun project this was! And it’s one of those that looks more difficult than it is. For this, I used Lang’s Mille Colori Babyhttp://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/lang-yarns-mille-colori-baby for the color changes and Anzula Cloud in Elephant as the solid. I am so pleased with how this came out!

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The second is the Trastavere Poncho Top. This is a Filatura D’Crosa pattern that I bought when Stacy Charles visited A Good Yarn for our anniversary party back in 2014. I got Zara ArtYarns for it and started it right away. And then it got lost in the startitis shuffle and say that for a year and a half. But I finally got it out and got it finished. Go me! And I love it! It’s going on our trip with us, out to the chilly Rocky Mountains!

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The third project I’m determined to finish is The Joker and The Thief. I started this as a KAL at the store last summer and never finished it. But I’m going to finish it now! Here’s where I left off last summer.

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Wish me luck!

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Hitofude

Two years ago, I made the popular cardigan Hitofude, but I hardly ever wear it because it turned out rather small.

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So I was pleased to get a chance to make another one, even if it was for the store. This time, however, it was going to be longer…much longer. In collaboration with Prism yarns, we had created gradient kits with Prism’s Merino Mia fingering weight yarn. These gradient kits have over 1500 yards in them, plenty for a nice sweater. I had seen a long Hitofude, and knew this was the perfect pattern for this yarn.

Knitting Hitofude is a breeze. It’s really just the same lace pattern, repeated over and over and over….and over and over….again. The shaping is interesting, but not difficult, and the result is a fun piece that’s easy to wear.

As I mentioned, this one was a sample for the store. But I will be making one of these for myself in the not too distant future!

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Brioche Owl Cowl

Brioche Owl Cowl

Every once in a while, Susan, the owner of the yarn store I work at, A Good Yarn in Sarasota, asks me to knit a sample for the store. My most recent sample is this sweet brioche cowl, knit in The Fiber Seed’s Sprout DK. I love knitting brioche. Combine that with some of my favorite colors, and this project was a total join. It took me under a week to knit. Another win!

Brioche Owl Cowl