I’ve been knitting a ton, especially on this and this, but I don’t have much to show for it. I did finish two objects: a scarf for a very special person at my kids’ school and a little surprise to pack in my daughter’s suitcase when she goes on a school trip — very far away. (Luckily, she doesn’t read this blog so this won’t spoil the surprise!) I’m hoping to finish up that throw and that sweater before tooooooo long.

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IMG_8333Cabled Leaf Pullover — DONE! Very happy with how this turned out. Here’s to more successful sweaters in 2016! And onward to this and this.

Although I haven’t posted in awhile, I promise I’ve been knitting. I was on a hat-knitting tear for the annual school craft fair:

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And I’ve also been furiously knitting holiday gifts for school advisors, etc., including this pair of fingerless mitts:

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Meanwhile, I’m working away on 1) the Cabled Leaf Pullover (working on the final piece of this pieced sweater), 2) a big cabled throw (one panel completed) and 3) this sweater I’ve been coveting for ages (I bought the yarn — that counts as work, right?).

I whipped up some preemie hats with leftover sock yarn…

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…and made this cute little bag.

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I’m onto a sweater, which, as longtime readers know, is a huge risk. Wish me luck!

So I have a history of making pretty wonky-looking toys. But somehow this guy turned out perfect.

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It’s a Mr. Bakery Bear for a friend who just had baby #3. I’m now working on some preemie hats with leftover sock yarn.

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These socks took way longer than necessary. Being out of my house for the summer because of a huge house remodel has really messed with my knitting mojo. (It’s tricky to write, do yoga, knit, watch trashy tv, etc. when all four of us are living in a teeny one-bedroom apartment.) I’ve also been quite busy promoting my new novel. But we’re moving back into our house this weekend so hopefully I’ll have more space and time to knit. Anyway, these socks were made with my current favorite sock yarn: Stricken Smitten Sinful Sock. This is the third pair I’ve made with that yarn. I’m now working on a Mr. Bakery Bear for a friend about to have her third baby. What’s on your needles?

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I finished a sweater! This is the In Stillness pattern. Overall, I’m happy with it. It’s slightly baggy and the sleeves are a hair too long. But I’ll definitely get wear out of it. One other note: I put it outside to block in Lake Tahoe on a hot, sunny day and although it dried quickly, the front faded so it was a totally different shade than the back. And it lost that “hot pink” tone that I loved. (You can’t really tell from the photo above but it’s more of a peachy pink than a hot pink now.) At that point, the only thing I could do was turn it over and let the back fade as much as the front. I am relieved that I got them to match but I wish I’d thought to turn the sweater inside out before leaving it in the sun to block. Oh well — live and learn.

I also finished a hat to wear to Giants games. In San Francisco, you need to wear knits to the ballpark even in the summer (some people would say especially in the summer!).

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I’m also deep into a pair of socks.

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What’s on your needles?

 

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