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August 15, 2019
Borealis Socks from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

My sock blockers are hiding from me today and that might not be a bad thing. I didn't care for this combination of stripes while the socks were on the needles but on my feet it's much less obvious. 

The yarn is Deborah Norville Serenity Sock in the Borealis colorway. 

They kept my hands busy and  now they'll keep my toes warm.

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July 31, 2019
Pink Fair Isle Shawl from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

This was more yarn from the Hobby Lobby 2019 clearance sale. I cast on eight-five stitches and knit it up in stockinette with a garter stitch border. Happily, that guess at the stitch count was enough to make the self-patterning yarn do its thing.

Yarn: Yarn Bee Fair Isle 

Despite a knot in one of my skeins, I kept the pattern more or less consistent. That required losing some yarn from middle of the skein so I didn't have two stripes of the grey and white pattern right next to each other.

It's a shawl.  Hopefully after a ...

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July 28, 2019
Splashing Fun Bookmark from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I finished the bookmark and the point, while it isn't perfect, wasn't as tricky as I feared it might be. 

I just love the shading on her dress and hair! 

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July 24, 2019
Another Calendar Towel Project Bag from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I made myself another zippered project bag from a calendar towel. This one was in a box of red cotton scraps from an estate sale  and the fabric isn't nearly as worn or faded as  the first one...which might not be a good thing because the colors are almost painfully bright. Would it be completely ridiculous to just throw a towel through the laundry every load until it fades? 

This bag isn't lined with fusible interfacing because I've only got a yard left at the house and I have plans for using it up and no ...

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June 30, 2019
The Goblins Will Get You from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I absolutely love the way Goblins came out! 

Pattern: Goblins (Cross Stitch & Country Crafts September/October 1995)

This one has been kitted up in my stash since before Quinn and Leif were born and I probably wouldn't have started it if I wasn't randomly grabbing projects for Stitch Maynia. I put in ten or so stitches on the bottom border, then set it aside to go deal with something outside and twisted my ankle.

It was a while before I picked it up again and started over and I'm so glad I did. From the magazine picture ...

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June 19, 2019
Montavilla Socks from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

They don't look the same color at all in this picture, but they're from the same skein of yarn. I'm pretty sure it's just contrast against the color of the porch boards or a trick of the light. 

Yarn: Knitpicks Hawthorne, Montavilla 

These have been on my needles for weeks. I know I had them on the coast trip back in March. Or maybe I just had the skein of yarn with me. At any rate, they're done now and I love the colors and I'm glad I added that simple bit of lace ...

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May 15, 2019
I Don't Like This Shawl from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I made another shawl and I'm not at all happy with it. Except for the colors, which are gorgeous. And the pattern, which I'll definitely be following again.

This is going to be more of a yarn review than a post about a finished project.  Yarn Bee Wildstreak comes in gorgeous colors, but it's loosely spun and I had to focus on every stitch to keep the tips of my needles from going through the yarn. The second of three skeins had multiple knots and stretches where the fiber wasn't twisted at all.

I need to ...

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April 27, 2019
I Stitched a Thing... from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I'd been carrying around the pattern and fabric and floss in my project bag since January. Sometimes it seemed like the most appropriate thing I could possibly stitch. Some days things were going smoothly and I was happy with hedgehogs and snowy scenery. 

A week or so ago, I really needed to work on something that was simple and one color and didn't requite much concentration. So it got stitched. 

Pattern: Swearing Helps, a free download from Glowfall Love & Craft

There should have been a swag of flowers across the bottom, but leaving those off meant that it ...

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April 3, 2019
Halfway Home, a Second Time from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I could honestly see myself knitting this Halfway Home shawl over and over. The first one I knit was supposed to be for the prayer shawl ministry at my late Aunt's church, but I fell in love with it and kept it for myself. 

I hate to say it, but I love this second attempt even more. I am not keeping it for myself, no matter how much squishier and denser and warmer the slightly thicker yarn (Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn) made it. What I do wish is that I'd bought more of this yarn when ...

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March 30, 2019
Red Chili Socks from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Yarn: Drops Fabel, Red Chili

I started knitting these with Valentine's Day in mind and wound up finishing them a lot later than that, but the nice thing about knitting for myself is that there's no deadline. And I've got pretty red socks that will keep my toes warm...and a fair amount of leftover yarn to incorporate into a future pair! 

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February 19, 2019
Fireside Shawl from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I had plenty of yarn left over after knitting the Campside shawl, enough to knit a second one. 

There's no pattern for this one. I made a triangular top down shawl, switched to k3p3 ribbing when I thought there was enough yarn left for a wide band of it, then kept knitting until I was down to what I thought was enough yarn for casting off.

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February 11, 2019
Cat With Clock from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Those dire warnings about the weather continued all day Sunday. The plan was to stay inside and work on All is Calm, but I wound up finishing Cat With Clock instead.

I am absolutely smitten with this piece, especially when I lay it out with my three possible  frames. For a kit that only included nine colors, there's so much fun shading and detail. Did you notice the cat's shadow on the table cloth? And the flame in the lantern? 

This is the first of my Riolis kits that I've actually finished and it turned out that ...

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January 31, 2019
Dark Water Socks from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

This is what happens when I buy sock yarn because it's on sale and looks good in the skein. It's pretty, but there's no way I could have predicted those triple blue stripes. And there's no picture of socks knit up in this colorway on Ravelry or anyplace else I could find...not that I actually bothered to look before I started knitting. 

Yarn: Premiere Serenity Sock Yarn, Dark Water 

They were meant to keep my fingers busy and they'll  definitely keep my toes warm. I'm just glad I knit them in plain ribbing ...

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January 30, 2019
Nail Polish Bottle Zipper Bag Tutorial from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

You know how they put displays in the checkout line so that things will jump into your cart? The Dollar Tree had glittery red vinyl pencil cases and as soon as I picked one up I knew I wanted to cut it apart and sew something with it. It came home with me. 

It took half the drive home for me to figure out that I was going to make a zipper bag shaped like a nail polish bottle, and another couple of days to figure out that I'd need a second red glittery pouch and a black one ...

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January 24, 2019
Girl With Cosmos from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I love the way Girl With Cosmos turned out. She's kind of huge and in hindsight, maybe I should have stitched her on 18 count aida instead of the fabric that came with the kit. I've got two other Janlynn projects with this same little girl waiting for me to stitch them, so remind me when I start talking about starting one of those. And remind me when I start another project with this much white shading. The effect is totally worth it, but that was way too much white and almost white to keep track of. 

This ...

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January 20, 2019
Open a New Box (Daily) from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

This one was a kit I found at Goodwill the Halloween before last while the boys were looking for costumes. It didn't have a picture, but through the clear plastic I could see a packet of JABC buttons and those aren't cheap. I also don't use buttons often, but let's not quibble about silly things!  (For anyone who's curious, the buttons and chart are selling brand new for $15.92.)

As soon as I searched the pattern name online and saw that it was a box of crayons, I was pretty sure I wanted to ...

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