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“L” is for Love Nest Pattern

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Here’s the finished pattern image for “L” is for Love Nest!

It took me longer than usual to make my mental picture into an actual 3-dimensional item, but in the end, this is one of my personal favourites. I can’t wait to knit a few more of these, perhaps one in a combination of white and silver?!!

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“K” is for Kite (& also for Kangaroo)!

I am on a roll! I finished “I”, “J” & “K” in just 4 days, please don’t expect this level of speed to continue!

As part of my “A” to “Z” Knitting Challenge, I chose to knit a kite for K but I wasn’t sure what type of critter to use for my kite flyer, and then I received a commission from a friend to design a kangaroo! Perfect timing!!

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Just for fun, here are some other knitted critters enjoying the kite!

I enjoyed designing and knitting the kangaroo so much that I have decided to make it available in my stores as one of my patterns for sale. I will be posting the pattern in the next couple of weeks!

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Next up, “L” is for Love Nest!!

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“A” to “Z” Knitting Challenge – “H” is for Hat!

Another one of my “A” to “Z” Knitting Challenge items is complete! I am super happy with this one, not only is it the first hat pattern I have ever designed, but I also created the mosaic stitch pattern, and I knit the whole thing on double pointed needles! Crazy as it sounds, I have never knit anything on double pointed needles in my over 40 years of knitting!

So, that’s two more items I can cross off my challenge lists, knitting something on double pointed needles is one of the items on  my Knitting Goals for 2017. I have attempted knitting on dpns many times but found it awkward and uncomfortable, so instead of sticking with it, I either avoided patterns using dpns or converted them to straight needles.  This time I stuck with it and I am slightly embarrassed to say that I really enjoyed it once I got over the beginning awkwardness!  I am looking forward to doing more with dpns and have already started the 2nd hat using solid colours to make the mosaic pattern more defined.

Next on the “A” to “Z” Challenge is “I” is for Inchworm. I have a really fun idea for this one so please stick around to see the results.  It might be awhile as I am working on multiple other projects as well. It is impossible to knit only one thing at once! Well, isn’t it???!

 

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“F” is for Frost Flower

I have finally finished the next entry for my “A” to “Z” Knitting Challenge!

The Frost Flower lace pattern is one I have wanted to try for many years but was rather intimidated by the idea of a 24 row pattern in which every single row includes pattern stitches, no nice easy purl rows in between to provide a break!  But, here it is at last, my “F” is for Frost Flower scarf!

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As an added bonus, completing this project also allows me to cross off another of my 2017 goals, #8 – Tackle a more complex lace pattern that I have never tried before. I do however, plan on adding a part B to this goal as I have decided to give myself the challenge of trying to design my own original lace pattern!!

I added a beaded edge to each end of my scarf to provide a little extra glitter and the yarn I chose has a lovely metallic thread throughout.

For this project, I used Lion Brands “Shawl in a Ball”, Metallic Moonstone which I purchased from YarnCanada.ca (love this online store!)

This is a yarn I would definitely recommend. I have used yarns before which include a metallic thread running through them, and I have previously found that they split, gather or tear. This yarn did none of these and was lovely to work with. I was very happy with the progression of colours throughout the ball and yardage is amazing, 518 yards per ball!! I completed my looong scarf and still have at least 1/3 of the ball left over for another awesome project!

I will be making my Frost Flower Scarf pattern available for sale in the next few days.

Now it’s time to start planning for “H” is for Hat. For those of you who missed it, I went a little out of order and have already completed “G” is for Granny. I have chosen two shades of Lion Brand’s Landscapes yarn, a solid colour and a self striping, for my hat and will be designing a mosaic motif!  Can’t wait to get started 🙂