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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Take two! Diagonal Rainbow Thrummed Mittens on: April 02, 2015 12:01:10 PM
Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectSmiley

RAAR grr ugggh! Thanks!

I have no idea how that got there! I didn't type that! lol!!!!!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Take two! Diagonal Rainbow Thrummed Mittens on: March 10, 2015 10:18:23 PM
Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectSmiley

Awesome! Thanks!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Take two! Diagonal Rainbow Thrummed Mittens on: February 18, 2015 01:22:45 PM
I finished the second pair for my other twin:



Pattern: Thrummed Mittens by Joan Janes       
Size: Child
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers Worsted Weight Wool, less than 1/2 a skein used.
Roving: Red, orange, yellow green, blue
Method: Magic-loop
Needles: Size US 5
Started: February 12th, 2015     Completed: February 15, 2015
Mods: 1x1 ribbing, 1 more increase for thumb, less decreases for mitten shaping


More eye-candy on the blog post: http://knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2015/02/fo-take-two-diagonal-rainbow-thrummed.html?spref=fb

Thanks for checking it out. Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rainbow Thrummed Mittens on: February 16, 2015 02:24:01 PM
I just finished these for my 4 year old twins:

My kids love sticking their hands in the warmest mittens they may ever own. It's like snuggling your hands up with a bunch of clouds. I have made a diagonal rainbow version for twin #2.

Pattern: Thrummed Mittens by Joan Janes     
Size: Child
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers Worsted Weight Wool, less than 1/2 a skein used.
Roving: Red, orange, yellow green, blue
Method: Magic-loop
Needles: Size US 5
Started: February 3rd, 2015     Completed: February 8th, 2015
Mods: 1x1 ribbing, 1 more increase for thumb, less decreases for mitten shaping

For a bunch for photos and info on this project, check out my blog post: http://knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2015/02/fo-rainbow-thrummed-mittens.html

Thanks for looking!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rippled Reading Afghan (original knitting design) on: February 16, 2015 02:11:29 PM
I have finally completed this project that I started years ago!



Pattern: Rippled Reading Afghan by Anna Maliszewski (KUAS Designs)
Yarn: 1500 yds of Yarn TreeHouse "Rhythm" in worsted weight, plus 480 yds in Jojoland's "Rhythm" Superwash Worsted weight yarn
Needles: size US8 dpns and circular needles (16'') and size US9 circular needles (19''), plus 1 dpn
Blocked Dimensions: 69'' diameter/18' circumference
Started: February 2008
Completed: February 2015

See this blog post to see more photos and hear my story behind it:
http://knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-rippled-reading-afghan-original.html

Thanks for looking!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mrs. Darcy Cardigan on: January 18, 2015 01:35:12 PM
After many years of this pattern sitting in my knitting wait-list, I finally decided to work on it. I heavily modified Mary Weaver's revised (seamless) pattern because I knew the fit was off in general for most people, but it still could use more tweaking. The whole bottom-up construction wasn't necessary. Next time, if I would like to make another, I will make sure to do it top-down and give it even more stitches in the sleeve area so that the yoke doesn't get pulled in the wrong way and fall of my shoulders.
Blog post on this project: http://www.knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2015/01/fo-mrs-darcy-cardigan.html


Pattern: Mrs. Darcy Cardigan by Mary Weaver (revised edition)
Size: Medium (with modifications)
Yarn: 3.4 skeins of Patons Classic Worsted Weight Wool (approx. 750 yds)
Needles: Size US9 circulars and dpns
Started: December 1st, 2014
Completed: January 14th, 2015
Modifications: sleeve increases (8 extra sts per sleeve), extra rows on the hem and collar and ribbing area, an extra button hole, waist ribbing changed to standard 1x1.   
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Pumpkin Ale Sweater on: December 09, 2014 08:00:30 PM
Thanks, guys! Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pumpkin Ale Sweater on: December 07, 2014 09:11:44 PM
Well, folks, I have finally gotten a chance to post photos of the finished Pumpkin Ale Sweater.

She's warm and snuggley, and just the ticket to complete a fall ensemble.

I barely scraped by, finishing it minutes before our last Thanksgiving dinner engagement. That's cutting it a little too close.

We had two Thanksgivings to attend, and I missed my deadline for the first one at lunch time. I was actually finishing the bind-off and pockets in the car! Try sewing with a sharp needle as a passenger in a car and count how many times you get stabbed.

I might have lost the time-battle, but won the war in the end.

One of the things that I like best about this sweater is that the cables are heavy in the back, and simple in the front. It's a yen-yang effect for knitting.

Project: Pumpkin Ale Sweater by Ysolda
Started: February 2014
Finished: November 27th, 2014
Needles: Size US5 and US7
Yarn: 11.5 skeins of Elann's Peruvian Highland Wool in "Harvest Heather"
Modifications: Needle size, and adding a couple of rows to the pocket and garter border


For more photos and info on this sweater, please read my blog post on it: http://knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2014/12/fo-pumpkin-ale-sweater.html

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "Forget Me Not" Shawl on: May 29, 2014 06:47:09 PM

It seems as if a century has passed since I started this shawl.  My grandfather just had stroke and was admitted into the hospital for heart surgery. I remember bringing my little knitting handbook with me, size US 6 circular needles, and some lightweight fingering yarn in the shade of deep red to pass the time in the waiting room while my entire family waited impatiently for any news during the long few hours. I knew I had started a shawl, but I didn't know what it would mean in the end and how long it would take for it to finally be completed. That was 2008.

Now, don't get me wrong. This shawl is simple in design, and beautiful for that reason. It did not take all those years to complete because of lacework, or construction. It was stalled for matters of the heart. I couldn't let go. It was a safety net, not finishing it.

It was worked on at the hospital, then put down. Worked on for "Ravelympics." Years later, it was worked on during vacation, while sitting with my (then) fiance, the same time my grandpa grew unable to care for himself and was moved from my grandma's home into a nursing home. It hibernated some more, and was worked on after my grandpa passed. It finally was taken out of hibernation recently when I decided that it was time to stop delaying the inevitable.

I learned that finishing the shawl was a good thing. It would not stop the flow of memories just because the needles stopped clicking, or if the familiar 20-row pattern left my mind completely. It was time to give it life by bordering it with the flowing texture of waves. It was time to give it peace by binding off the very last row. It would take on new meaning by wrapping it around my shoulders. Nothing forgotten. Just given new life.

  It is a perfect symbol of love and comfort.
To me, it represents a memory shawl.

  Project:
Pattern: "Forget Me Not" by KUAS
Needles: Size US6 circular needles
Yarn: 7 balls of Lavash Alpaca Yarn, fingering weight (about 1400 yds)
Start: Summer of 2008   Completed: April 2014



For more photos and info, please read this blogpost:http://www.knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2014/05/forget-me-not.html.

KUAS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/652480628149920/#
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Frozen River Slouch on: February 20, 2014 05:45:41 PM


Pattern: Frozen River Slouch by Anna Maliszewski (KUAS Design)
Yarn: 1 ball Wool-ease in a heathered blue
Needles: Size US9's circular needles (16'')
Started: 2010 (then hibernated)
Completed: February 20th, 2014



For more pattern information, see the blogpost: http://www.knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2014/02/fo-frozen-river-slouch.html



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