FO: Royale

The following post comes to you after three years of wishing, dreaming, and knitting.

In May of 2010, Glenna published the Royale pattern. I immediately fell in love with it and added it to my Ravelry queue. There was only one problem.

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The problem was simple. I was not a good enough of a knitter (yet) to make this sweater. To make it, I would have to be able to cable without a cable needle, follow two (reasonably complex) cable charts, and a few other things. In 2010, there was no way I could have made this sweater. IMG_1542 So I queued it and bided my time. Then, last summer, I decided that my skill level had caught up to the sweater. I bought the pattern. In October, I bought seven skeins of Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label in the shadow colorway. And on a snow day in January, I finally started the sweater. IMG_1543It took me five months and two days to get from that snow day to the sweater I’m wearing in these pictures. It also took me 5.2 skeins of yarn.
IMG_1545 But regardless, the sweater is done. It fits like a dream. The cables are gorgeous. As you’ll see in the following pictures, I had fun playing with it in the backyard. (It was 84 degrees Fahrenheit when I took these pictures.) IMG_1547 IMG_1549 IMG_1550 IMG_1552 So I met my challenge. I completed the sweater after three years of dreaming. And I love it. IMG_1553

Next, I’m going to learn how to do colorwork.

Pattern: Royale

Yarn: TFA Green Label (Aran weight) 

Raveled here

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A Fortnight of Birthday

On July 1, I will be celebrating my 25th birthday. And since I am a big fan of Tolkien’s works, I believe in celebrating my birthday like a hobbit. How do hobbits celebrate their birthdays? They give presents to others.

Therefore, in honor making it 25% of the way to my centennial, I will giving you 25% off the purchase price of any of my patterns on Ravelry. Furthermore, because I’m a hobbit and I like to celebrate my birthday, this sale will last a fortnight-or fourteen days. Therefore, from June 24 until July 7, you will be able to get 25% off the price of any pattern simply by entering the code: happybirthday2ewe.

Why do you come here?

In light of the imminent demise of Google Reader, I recently had to migrate my Google Reader feed into a new source. I chose to replace Reader with Feedly because it came very highly recommended from people I trust. I am also experimenting with Bloglovin, and I’ll see which one I like more. By the end of July, I’ll probably choose one over the other, but for the moment, I want to compare and contrast.

However, as I have been working with the migration into Feedly and Bloglovin, I have been looking at which blogs I follow in an attempt to clean up my blog feeds. I have discovered that some of the blogs that I started following over the past few years no longer interest me. Blogs that were once primarily crafting blogs have become “mommy blogs” or “lifestyle blogs.” If this is what interests these bloggers at this point in their lives, that’s fine for them. However, it doesn’t interest me, so I simply won’t continue to follow them.

So why am I blogging about this? I want to know what brings readers to my blog. Do you want to read my posts about my life? Do you want to read posts about my faith? Do you want more photography? Do you want more knitting? I don’t want this blog to just be some floating void that no one actually reads. I want to know what interests you and what will keep you coming back to the blog.

Please let me know in the comments what you like, what you’d like to see more of, what you don’t like.

FO: Water St. Cardigan

In the spring of 2012, Glenna published the pattern for the Water St. Cardigan. I queued the pattern on April 1, and in October I bought yarn (Tanis blue label) with every intent of making myself a sand colored cardigan. It was going to be the perfect neutral for my teacher wardrobe. I was even planning on starting the cardigan over my spring break this year.

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But in late March of this year, Tanis posted an update in her one of a kind Etsy shop. In said update, there were four skeins of a 75% wool/25% silk blend in a color called “rosy haze.” I snatched them up, knowing immediately that I had to have them to make my own Water St. Cardigan.

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So, on March 30, I cast on for the sweater. And a more two and a half months later, I finally finished the sweater last night. I blocked it over night, and it’s perfect. I am in love with the sweater. The fit is amazing. The color is stunning. The feeling of the yarn is sublime. I am utterly in love with this yarn. It’s soft and snuggly and I’m pretty sure that it might have some sort of relationship to baby kittens.

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I lengthened the sleeves slightly to accomodate my own personal preferences. I also lengthened the bottom of the sweater by two inches to (again) accomodate my own personal preferences.

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To be entirely honest, I might make another one of these yet. And if I can ever get my hands on more of this yarn, I might have to make another sweater out of it.

IMG_1529More information (amount of yarn used, size of needles etc) can be found on my Ravelry project page.

 

 

The Mary Shawl

About two years ago, a book appeared in my house. My mom had bought this book, which in and of itself was remarkable because my mother only buys books she truly loves. Mom told me that I had to read the book, so I did. The book sounded interesting, and I figured that I had nothing better to do.

And then, I fell in love with the book. I’m currently on my third reading of Elizabeth Kostova’s The Swan Thieves: A Novel. But on my second reading, I realized that I was finding what I like to call “knitspiration” in the book. As I read, I found the inspiration for five new accessory patterns in the book. Each of the patterns will be launched individually.

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I’m starting with the first pattern, Mary, today. The character of Mary Bertison from Elizabeth Kostova’s novel, The Swan Thieves, inspired this lightweight shawl. Mary is an asymmetrical shawl worked side-to-side with alternating garter panels and lace panels. It is designed to reflect the cautious grace and almost-rebellious devotion that is integral to Mary Bertison’s spirit.

For more information, please see my Ravelry project pages (here and here)or the Ravelry pattern page.