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November 28, 2008
Moose Loves Roses

All other projects were put aside while I made these adorable mittens. Jorid Linvik has designed so many beautiful, unusual and whimsical mitten patterns, but to me, these are the best. This lone bull moose walking along reminds me of a site often seen during my many years in Alaska.

Moose Loves Roses

Pattern: Moose Loves Roses by Jorid Linvik (this particular pattern was given to members of the Jorid Linvik Designs KAL , but will eventually be available to everyone.)
Yarn: all leftover sock yarn - Elann Essential 4 ply and Knit Picks Essential Solid (8 gm dark red, 28 gm gray, 24 gm black).
Needles: 2.25 mm 40"circular
Size: 68 stitches with fingering made an 8" circumference. These fit a small adult hand or med/large child.
Modifications:Instead of a hemmed cuff, I used Liidia's Braid cast-on and snuck 2 Kihnu Vits braids into the cuff pattern for stability (both braid instructions are found in Folk Knitting in Estonia by Nancy Bush.). I also moved the thumb opening up 6 rows for a better fit - still had plenty of room for fingers.

Moose Loves Roses Moose Loves Roses

They fit everyone except for Dave - the boys and I will fight over who gets to wear them! For those who like to see the inside of stranded knitting - click here.

Moose Loves Roses Moose Loves Roses

The next of her patterns that I want to make is Tallulah's Heart - gorgeous!! but for now....back to my original plan of knitting at least one pair of mittens from each of my 5 mitten books. I want the next pair to be thick and warm, so will start with Favorite Mittens by Robin Hansen. The only pair I've ever made from this book are Chipman's Check Wristers, so there are many great options open - decision to be made in the next few days...
I also want to start a sweater, but decided to continue with smaller knits until after Christmas and THEN begin sweater knitting - that gives me a whole month to make the big decision!

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November 19, 2008
Golden Harvest Weave

My hearty whole grain harvest socks - I love them (I know I say that for all my socks, but I REALLY do!) The 8 row weave stitch panel in Mad Color Weave is easily memorized after 1-2 times through, so it becomes a simple satisfying project that knits up quickly with sport weight yarn. I've recently knit 2 pairs of socks in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport - the gentle color shading and heavenly softness/squishiness makes it perfect.

Mad Color Weave

Pattern: Mad Color Weave by Tina Lorin
Yarn: 74 gms (Just over 1 skein) Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in Harvest colorway from the wonderful Linda at Birds-n-Yarn.
Needles: 2 socks together on 2.75 mm circular
Size: 58 stitches around
Modifications:I changed the side left and right twist stitches to baby cable ribbing (pg. 40 A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker) - I just like it better. You can see the pretty little cables that split at the heel in this pictures...

Mad Color Weave

and a little closer....

Mad Color Weave

I'm showing you socks, but my head is chock full of mittens ! I had many different mittens planned, but I dropped them all when I saw Kathy's beautiful Moose Loves Roses mittens. (Scroll down a little way, but check out her new Selbuvotter gloves on the way down!) Just in the nick of time, I joined the Jorid Linvik Designs KAL and raided my leftover sock yarn to start moose mittens - not enough for a picture yet....soon though :-)

On the quilting front, I am finally machine quilting the Mother Goose Quilt - It has fun prairie point borders and a soft beautiful flannel backing. The machine quilting plan is developing as I go...

MOther Goose Quilt

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November 12, 2008
Swirls Hat

I'm going to make more of these! A beautiful hat pattern with so many color possibilities... I love the braids - love the swirls - a fun hat to knit and to wear!

Swirls Hat

Pattern: Swirls Hat by Carolyn Doe for Fibertrends
Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes 42 gms Black Cherry Heather and 27 gms Camel Heather, Elann Peruvian Highland Wool 12 gms Forest Glade Heather.
Needles: 16" circular sizes US 5 and 6
Size: 120 stitches around

Swirls Hat

Just when I was going to take a break from socks....my October Red Bird Knits SOM kit arrived. How could I wait to start this one?? Robyn has outdone herself with this gorgeous new pattern called Latvian Dances. My kit has beautiful gentle contrast with Ariquipa Paint and Solid ( 65% Superwash wool, 20% Alpaca and 15% Nylon). I am in the Sock a Quarter club, so have until January to finish these - don't think it will be a problem, since I am drawn to work on them anytime I have even a few minutes of "full attention" knitting time.

Latvian Dances

I also have my 5 mitten books pulled out - My plan is to knit 1 pair of mittens from each book this winter - should make a nice variety of mittens! (but I will WAIT to start any of them until a few projects are finished!)

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November 5 , 2008
Binsenkorbchen

I love the bright strong geometric pattern with the pizzazz of the fun pink/purple multicolor yarn. The great thing about slip stitch socks is that they are nice and stretchy and not as thick as stranded colorwork - so actually more practical to wear with shoes.

Binsenkorbchen socks

Pattern: Binsenkorbchen by Stephanie van der Linden - available as a free Ravelry download or through the Socken-Kreativ Liste yahoo group.
Yarn: 28 gms Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Iris Garden and 45 gms Lana Grossa Meilenweit in heathered grey #1105
Needles: 2 socks on 1 40" circular 2.25mm needle
Size: 64 stitches

Binsenkorbchen socks Binsenkorbchen socks

My version has a total of 5 chart repeats for a longer leg/foot. The only modification I made was to change the beginning of the round to the middle of the sole after turning the heel so the pattern-to-stripe sides edges would flow smoothly and it worked - a perfect smooth transition! Stephanie has some wonderful little details like putting a single purl stitch in the center of each rectangle - easy to see on this photo. Altogether wonderful pattern and fun sock - love those stripes on the bottom too!

Binsenkorbchen socks

The November SKA Sockdown challenge is slip stitch, and since I have just completed the mosaic socks, I decided to go with a one color slip stitch pattern. It was an easy choice for me because I have been wanting to make Mad Color Weave since the day I saw Stacey's gorgeous socks over a year ago. I'm using Lorna's Laces Sport in Harvest color for the November yellow/gold Solid Socks KAL.

Mad Color Weave

Now for a hat....

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