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Jan Hicks Creates Flosstube #12

Back to my regular updates!  I covered lots, and below you will find the links to everything and more pictures!

Slide show of Antelope Slot Canyon at beginning

Flosstube channels to check out:
Doodlebug Stitcher – did an interesting version of Maynia. Started 16 or 17 new ones, and then went back to them for the second half of the month. Bought some fun fabric for finishing/bags. Really pretty stuff.
Hobbies up to Here – Katie V and her mom Dorie have had a quilting channel, but have added Flosstube. Katie is new to stitching, her mother is not. Great vibe and another great mother/daughter duo. Very talented quilters.
Cute little stitch – proves that we are all still the same, no matter where, religion, culture. Arabic speaking woman, understand words like cute, finish, biscornu and cross stitch! Lovely projects and finishes!
Cross My Stitches – great finishes and projects. Loved the fabric dying and she makes it seem easy! Showed some projects she made with her Silhouette. Very talented lady! And she has an RV!
Ninja Chickens – not stitching, but knitting. Beautiful setting in the NC mountains. Filming outside, finished projects, WIPs, but most interesting was history of Edisto Beach, and her knowledge and samples of Eco printing – scarves, sock blanks.
Stitching the high notes – Joanna, another knitter and stitcher, also an opera singer with the San Fran symphony. Lots of fun projects, both knitting and stitching.
News:
Stitching Round Robin hosted by Country Stitchers Deb and Liz –
Start of the Eliza Bell Cox SAL on June 1. So we’ll be starting to see that beauty being stitched.
No finishes or FFOs, NO surprise there!
WIPs
Harbor Haven by By the Bay Needlearts – Sky blue hand dyed linen 36 ct, 1 over 1
Floss subs GAST: 3052 = Shutter Green, 503 = Tropical Ocean, 829 = Old Hickory, 3363 = VMST Southern Mint
Snowman ‘10 by Lizzie Kate – 32 ct mystery linen, 2 over 2. Floss substitutions DMC 3854 instead of
Sally Spencer – 36 ct Confederate Grey linen by Weeks Dye Works – I substituted all of the colors as follows: GAST Claret for GAST Buckeye Scarlet, GAST Midnight for GAST Black Crow, old Needlework Necessities Cornflower for GAST Brethren Blue, GAST Highland Heather for GAST Melon Patch, GAST Pineapple Sherbert for GATS Buttermilk and VMST Southern Belle for GAST Tropical Ocean,
Mabel Pullover by KittyBeaKnitting
Caramelized Cowl with Laura Nelkin of Nelkin Designs for The N Club
That’s So Kelly on Etsy for the Bitzy Bob
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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!