Featured Finished Objects: Wood Warbler Cowl and Ruschia Hat

After sitting the lovely August pattern out because of moving craziness, I was excited to jump back into A Year of Techniques in September and October.  September’s project was Martina Behm’s Wood Warbler Cowl, which taught garter stitch grafting.  This month’s was the Ruschia Hat, designed by Woolly Wormhead, which featured short row shaping, but also, building on last month’s project, used garter stitch grafting — I know I’ve talked about this before, but I love how the sequence of AYOT designs build on each other, giving you chances to practice and reinforce the skills you learned in previous months!

What was extra fun about these past two projects was that they shared some features — squishy, delicious garter stitch with clever design to keep it interesting — which meant that they were both really addictive (and quick!) to knit and lent themselves to making a non-matching, but coordinating set (my favorite kind) — just in time for autumn weather for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere!  I finished my hat this past Sunday and have already sported my new, purple-hued pair of projects around town a few times!

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Featured FO: Talmadge Cloche

Yesterday evening, just as the last bits of color were fading from the sky, Mr. N and I decided to take advantage of the dry evening and pop out for an evening walk.  Even though it’s only early September, it’s already feeling quite cool in Lancaster (or “fresh” as I’ve noticed the weather reporters are calling it).  Unfortunately, the delivery of our things from the US has been delayed, so I don’t even have a jacket with me at the moment, but as I was about to walk out the door, wrapped up in my Starting Point, it occurred to me that I do have a woolly hat with me — my Talmadge Cloche, which I finished just before we left Los Angeles!  So I popped it on and resolved I’d remember to tell you a bit about it before the weekend was out.

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My new favorite sweater

Usually, I’m pretty happy when I finish a project.  Casting off is such a rush.  Blocking and weaving in the ends–while tedious in the moment–gives such a sense of accomplishment.  And in that initial euphoria, I think I’m always predisposed to (temporarily) overlook a FO’s faults and declare it an unmitigated success.  And usually, the longer a piece has been finished, all sorts of little faults present themselves (which is as it should be — I love learning from projects and figuring out how to improve).  The love cools to a more reasonable like.

But friends, I think Vatsland is going to be different.

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Once Upon a Sock: June edition

Once Upon a Sock: June edition

Oof, the days go fast, don’t they?

It’s the first Thursday of the month again, so time to talk about socks.

So, I have a confession to make … for the first time in maybe a year, I don’t have a pair of socks on the needles!

Don’t get me wrong, I have plans … some plans I am really excited to share as they take shape.  But the combination of lots of WIPs and Stage 1 Moving has not been conducive to Starting New Things.  Especially if those things require a bit of thought.

So instead, I have some pictures of my finished Favorite Socks to share (as if you haven’t seen enough pictures of them in progress) (on Ravelry here)

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