Monthly Archives: November 2013

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Sometimes I see my life
through an amber light-
outside of the glass, peering:
peering into what unfolds
before me.

The pit of my stomach
Gnaws at my innards;
reminding me that I am not
quite whole. 

Caught in the middle-
can’t go back – forward- sideways.
Look left, right, down-
I’m going to fly, fly away.
Breath(eless) boneless.
gone.

 

Infinity Cowl Pattern

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For my baby sister’s Christmas Present this year I decided to make her an Infinity cowl! However, this semester I’m all about the simple patterns that look super intense (but are really not). I managed to find a pretty amazing, simple cowl through a ravelry search. I came up with the “Barbara Cowl” by Shannon Cook, which looks SUPER IMPRESSIVE but is one of the simplest patterns in the whole world. I bought three shanks of Pink Berroco Lustra at Webs in Northampton in one of their closeout sales.

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Things that you will need to make this cowl:

  • 400 yards of worsted weight yarn
  • Size 9 needles (either straight or circular)
  • Tapestry Needle

The Pattern:

Row 1(RS): K3, *sl 1 pwise wyif, k3; rep from * to end. Place removable stitch marker on this side of your work to mark your right side.

Row 2(WS): K1, *sl 1 pwise wyif, k3; rep from * to last 2sts, sl 1 wyif, k1.

Repeat these two rows until you have 55″ or until desired length. Bind off, and sew the two ends together, and voilá, you have an infinity cowl.

I have about 15″ after about 4 hours of work, but I wasn’t exclusively focusing on the knitting, and I figure that this pattern will go by super quickly, keep your eye out for pictures of the completed project, and the continuation of my first sweater (which I’ll be posting the pattern of very soon!)

Edit, 12/4/2013: Here are the completed pictures of the scarf– modeled by yours truly!

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The supplies I used for the chunkier version of this particular scarf can be found here.

Rainbow Blanket #2

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So I promised to make a graduation/christmas presents for one of my very good friends, Andrea Spain because he is now living in Japan, in the North where it gets a bit chilly during the winter! Unfortunately I was unable to finish it before he left in the beginning of August, but his lovely girlfriend (and one of my very very good friends) is going to send it in her care package that she is sending at the end of the month!

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This pattern is SO SIMPLE (and an Amalia original :D). I used Valley Yarns Northampton with this pattern, though any kind of worsted weight wool yarn should do the trick! You can purchase it online from the same store that I used right here.

Supplies needed:

  • 2 balls of each color that you want to use in the rainbow (I skipped indigo with this particular rainbow, but it is ok to include!)
  • Size US 9 (5.5mm) circular needle, 60″ long
  • time. Seriously, this blanket was a bit of a monster.

First, determine how long you want your blanket to be. I accidentally made mine a bit longer than intended, and CO about 360 stitches (approx 6 ft.)

Then, knit 27 rows of the first color. When you reach the end of the 27th row, join the 2nd color and knit 27 rows, etc. At the end, cast off and VOILA, rainbow blanket!

Even though I didn’t account for exactly how long this blanket was going to be, it is the perfect blanket to roll up in! The yarn is super snuggly (and as an added bonus) super warm! Stay tuned for my next rainbow blanket, which will include a white cloud border (which I’ll be making for a different friend’s christmas/winter holiday present!

Projects everywhere!!

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Forthcoming in the next few posts will be ALL THE PROJECTS that I’ve been working on and not updating about!

As a quick “what is going on in my life” update:

~Currently taking 5 classes (including writing a thesis!) and working 4 jobs

~Completing many many many knitting projects

~I am now single for the first time in 6 years

~thus am throwing myself into work and projects.

Keep an eye out for all the knitting things (which will be forthcoming in a few minutes)

-A.