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the crawl :: wip.fo monday

courtney spainhower

i suppose i should start with the socks that i didn’t finish.

HA!  ya, it became the bedside project and those creep.  i mean, CREEP.  that’s alright though because working two rows per sitting is better than no rows, right?  it’ll get there.  and when i’m sick of looking at it chances are i’ll buckle down and knock it out just to free up the needles.

this little bird was a surprise project that fell into my lap when one of my old college instructors sent me the pattern.

intarsia has never been a real strong suit of mine though if i put my mind and my fingers to it, i can usually pull it off without any major tension issues.  i mean… remember nate’s hat i knit years ago?  ya.  i hadn’t been knitting all that long when i decided to take a stab at that!  the only issue i really had was the size of the head added to the intarsia with all the yarn going this way and that.  it was cumbersome and clumsy.  i actually tore it out and worked it again three times until i felt like it was perfect.  the body was a breeze.  so.  here is a link to the pattern.  i’d love to see a flock of these sweet birds emerge from my knitterly friend’s hands!

this bag.

i haven’t knit up a bag in ages, but i saw the pattern and i thought it was about at sweet as could be.  here’s the link for you.  i didn’t have all that much sock yarn on hand and i wasn’t about to go buy some so i used a bunch of worsted yarns i had sitting around.  the outside bits are actually two different camel colors but i think they look mighty fine together.  this bag is really close to finish - only the strap remains to be knit but you know how i do that thing where i read a pattern and suddenly feel the urge to simplify it?  ya… that feeling took hold something awful with this one.  i’m resisting though.  i’m going to finish the strap and call it a day.  it will be gorgeous and done.  but.  if you’re interested in whipping up one of these quick little bags and you’re dying to know what my brain contrived… 

the pattern has you knit four triangles, then join them side by side to knit the body, then decrease sections into triangles, then sew all the triangles together.  it’s not hard.  it’s not stupid.  she wants you to block this and for that reason it makes complete sense to knit it flat in this manner.  i don’t think it needs blocking really.  i think you could easily cast on four stitches and work in the round by knitting into the front & back & front of each stitch increasing to twelve, then place markers and work increases on either side of the marker all the time working in the round until the body where you would then begin working in rows.  rejoin for opposite side and work the decreases back down to four stitches.  no seams.  yum.  the flip side to that is purling.  you’d be purling every other round to maintain the garter on the sides.  that doesn’t bother me in the least - i’ll take purling over seaming any day!

the wavy kid crescent

this is eventually going to be a recipe of the month.  not a beginner pattern mind you, but simple enough if you have some experience.  it’s a sweet little crescent shawlette for little ones with a twisty wave border.  it’s pretty much the cutest.

hmmm.  what could this yarn be for?  details coming soon!  (don’t you hate when people do that?)

 

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tomorrow i’ll be posting about our weekend and all of our adventures.  i can’t wait to share it with you!  

happy monday sweet friends xo