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August 17, 2019
Blue Sand Progress from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This sweater started out being made from the Blue Sand pattern but now I’ve changed it enough that I probably should come up for a new name for it. Yesterday I finished the ribbing and binding. Before bed, I picked up the front band and collar stitches. There’s a chance I could finish that today....

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It's officially finished!! lots of photos from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

I said to myself - I'm not posting again until Danielle's quilt is finished because you would all be sick of getting updates showing so little progress.  Well, it is done and dusted and as I type it is winging its way up to Danielle in Te Awamutu.  Our youngest son and his family are going up to visit his siblings up that way, so he is loaded down with the quilt and five beanies for delivery!!!

I'm sure most of you think I have fallen off the planet as I didn't realise it had been quite ...

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August 16, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

This week I spent some time cranking socks.
On Monday, I cranked these wild socks with some yarn I picked up during the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in May. It's so much fun seeing how different yarns knit up. I paired it with some highlighter yellow for the toes.
On Tuesday I put together this cart for told hold my yarn.
I'll fill all those levels with yarn shortly.
I even worked on my next pair of hybrid socks.
Wednesday I cranked these socks using Knit Picks Felici in the colorway called Time Traveler.

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August 15, 2019
Trip Projects – #5 from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This is getting comical because we all know probably nothing will get finished . . and there may not even be a lot of knitting. This is Stained Glass Cowl and I think I’ve made a bit more progress. I didn’t even look in the bag to see but I would like to finish this...

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The White V-Neck Sweater from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This is a bad picture but it’s dark outside, lighting inside is not great but I got the fronts joined and the sleeves off so it’s straight knitting now. I did a swatch with this 100% organic cotton yarn, and I’ve been carrying it around for several days . . in my pocket, in my...

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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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August 14, 2019
Trip Projects – #3 & 4 from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I’ll combine projects 3 and 4 since they’re almost identical. The other one is the white one and today I should get the sleeves separated off and be able to start knitting in the round on it. Both of these will be very easy to work on while visiting.

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Trip Projects – #2 from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The second project I’m taking is Blue Sand. This is the one that I took apart in June and was going to shorten it, add the ribbing, then do the sleeves and then decide what to do about the button bands because I don’t think I want it to be like the pattern shows. I...

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Trip Projects – #1 from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Trips are a great time for me to start new projects . . several new project . . and finish none of them. I definitely have a bad case of startitis (starting things I don’t finish). There are several sweater patterns that I want to start. Most of them have lots of cables and I...

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Finally Finished! from Thread Head

I am so thrilled to be finally finished this vest!


The pattern is lovely - it is Capture a Cozy Moment by Carol Sunday. It was quite easy, with a nice Brioche band to liven up the knitting. It just seemed to take f-o-r-e-v-e-r. I started it last December, but did take a break from it to knit another sweater.

I spun the yarn three years ago, and did start a few different projects with it (probably part of the reason that the whole project seemed to have been around forever).


The fibre is merino that I bought on sale. The ...

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August 13, 2019
So Faded Blocked from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

While I had the blocking mats out, I soaked and blocked the So Faded Pullover that I finished in June. This one is also very wearable since it’s fingering weight yarn and the sleeves are just to my elbows. This one will be great in summers in Texas or in Fall/early Winter in a place...

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August 12, 2019
100% Cotton Yarn from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

There are so many different yarns – different weights, different content, different twists, etc. and I’ve been in a rut buying a lot of the same yarn. Malabrigo Rios . . I could make a ton of sweaters with what I have here but several years ago, I said I was going to start using...

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Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I promise, the blog will not become all socks, all the time. Even if it feels like it right now. Sitting down to learn a new skill takes time and dedication. You won't get good at something doing 15 minutes of it once a month. You have to practice consistently to get good at something. Crafting is like that, too. I've focused a great deal on the machine sock knitting, and I think I've learned the basics well enough to somewhat reliably get a sock when I try to make one. Not all the time, but most ...

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August 10, 2019
The Next Project from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The next knitting project . . I’m using Queensland’s Kathmandu which is an aran weight yarn so this project should go quickly. The pattern is a basic raglan V-neck pullover but the pattern is pretty basic itself. It’s a free pattern and it says it “If you prefer to think of it as row by...

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Easterly Finished! from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This is the test knit for Laura Aylor. The knitting is done. The ends are woven in. I had planned to soak it and get it on the blocking mats tonight but I think I’ll wait til tomorrow. It will look totally different after blocking. This is probably going to be a sweater I wear...

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August 9, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

All aboard the sock train!

When I'm trying to accomplish something I roll from one sock right into the next. This is what I call a sock train. Knit a sock, add some waste yarn, knit another socks, add some more waste yarn, repeat. This way I really only have to set up to knit once. From there I can just keep adding to the train. This was my Saturday afternoon sock train. It looks like four socks, but there were only two good ones in there. The other two were wound back up and are ready to be ...

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August 8, 2019
Additional Gray Yarn from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The extra skeins of gray yarn that I ordered for Vince’s sweater arrived a day or so ago. They’re very close to matching but it isn’t a perfect match. That’s a chance you take when it’s almost two full years between dye lots. I kinda feel like my eyes are deceiving me. Do you see...

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Less Than Accurate Lace Knitting from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I need something to keep my hands busy while I heal from Monday's dental work so easy lace socks it is! One of the rows seems to have become a combination of two different patterns but I wound up with the right number of stitches and no one is  going to be looking at the top of my foot that closely. 


If it all goes horribly wrong, I can just unravel and cast on again.


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The Big Sock from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

You’ve probably heard me talk about the big sock I made for Vince. Well . . here it is compared to one of my own socks. I hadn’t been knitting socks long so this happened probably in 2007 or 2008. I looked at Vince’s feet, I looked at my feet. I didn’t have a pattern...

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August 7, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I knit this pair last week. One on Tuesday, and the other one Wednesday. So many socks waiting to be finished.
I managed to finish sewing up the toes on a couple pairs from last week. This pair with the contrast heels and toes came out great!
Then, I tried to knit some socks and it just kept not working. I don't know if it was the yarn, or the tension, or what. But I used all three set-up bonnets and made a big mess. 
In the end, not one single socks. All of it ripped and wound up ...

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