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1  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
2  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!
3  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:

Thanks for looking!
4  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.   
5  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

6  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.

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/#
7  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

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Little Elf Slippers on: December 08, 2013 09:24:03 PM

The Christmas season is upon us.
It's time for cinnamon cookies and hot cocoa, prancing reindeer, snowflakes and jolly "Ho Ho Ho's!"

My little guys needed something woolly to keep their chilly tooties from going frigid while keeping with the spirit of the Holidays.

What's better than felted Elf slippers for Santa's Little Helpers?

Jake loves hugging his brother, by the way. This photo is unbelievably priceless. Smiley

Project: Felted Slippers by Midnattsol
Yarn: Paton's Classic Wool, 1 skein of "Leaf Green" & "Plum Heather"
1 skein of each color will make two complete "toddler slippers"
Needles: size US10 straights

The boys loved slipping these on themselves and strutting around like the good little Santa's Helpers that they are.

I did have to bribe them with little M&M candies to stand still long enough for these shots!

It's imperative to use some sort of glue or suede fabric on the bottom of the slippers because felted slippers are very slippery on smooth surfaces. I did little fancy "Ho Ho Ho's" and wavy scribbles on mine. It will take a couple of days to completely air-dry.

If you would like to read more about this...or see more adorable photos, see my blog post at: http://www.knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2013/11/little-elf-slippers.html
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / BSJ: Halloween! on: November 08, 2012 06:23:01 PM

Here's my Baby Surprise Jacket, Halloween style!

Unfortunately, I only had enough yarn for one sweater, and I have 2 year old twins... It fits perfectly this year, do that puts a damper on making next year easier.

If you want to see more photos of this, check out the post on my blog: http://www.knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2012/11/bsj-4-halloween.html
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Spiral Sashay Shawlette on: November 08, 2012 06:17:10 PM
My Spiral Sashay Shawlette is complete!

It came out beautifully and I plan on selling this as one of the showstoppers at my KUAS knitting booth Nov. 17 at St. Paul's Craft Show (Gurnee, IL). This pattern was inspired by Karinknits' Kelp Forest Shawlette, that really is nothing more than knitting with the Sashay Yarn in a circle (or spiral). I took some liberties of changing how to start the beginning of the spiral because my yarn brand was different and it formed more of a "basketball hoop" than a shawl when following her instructions to a "T." I spaced out which holes to knit in and which yarn loops to use as the spiral grew.

Pattern: Modified version of the "Forest Kelp Shawlette."
Needles: US 11's (but the size is not crucial to the shawl, so much as to which loops you use from the yarn).
Yarn: 2 skeins of Red Heart's Sashay Yarn.

If you really like this yarn, and plan to use the Sashay Yarn rather than the "Katia Triana," here's what I jotted down on my Ravelry page:

"Using Sashay instead of the designers yarn throws the pattern off a bit, and can land you with a narrow tube for the beginning, even following the pattern/video tutorial to a T. Heres my hints, after dozens of failed tube attempts:

At the beginning, spread open the lacey yarn and fold the beginning of the yarn in half lengthwise (hotdog style) so that the wide band edge is to the left. Only cast on 3 sts along the frayed edge of the eyelet fold to reduce bulk. Make sure you dont cast on right at the frayed edge, but along the row under ityou dont want to have those stitches ripped out by over-fraying. Then do your bind-offs to reduce it to one stitch, like the pattern asks you to.

IMPORTANT: For Sashay yarn, dont use the very next thin lacey loop as working yarn. Use the second loop and later the third loop once your diameter is larger (about the 3rd bind off ring) This helps reduce rufflage. At least for my shawl. Also, bind off very loosely.

To start, I completed 13 sts worth of skipping every other wide band hole (if you have no clue what I'm talking about, one side is "lacey," the other side is a thicker "wide band")  instead of doing that for 10sts of every other hole.

Then I worked in the 3rd wide band hole for 26 sts.

Then I worked in the 4th wide band hole for 52 sts.

Then I worked in the 4th-5th wide band hole and started using the 3rd thin lacey loop (working yarn). Continue working the 5th "wide band" hole and 3rd "lacey loop" until you run out of yarn. "

Thanks for looking.  Tongue
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