A Trip to the Frog Pond

I hate frogging. Every time I consider it, I suddenly have a Rain
Man-esque ability to remember exactly how many hours I spent knitting it
thus far, and it hurts.

The cowl was cast on in August 2010, while in… England? Stockholm? It feels so luxurious to be wondering what country/city I was in when I cast on. Which is why I’ve been clinging to this project, hoping it would magically become something I wanted.
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But you know, it’s just not going to happen. I love the yarn ( Knitpicks alpaca cloud) but this cowl is just… not working out. I know I’m not going to wear it. And what is the point in knitting something that you know you aren’t going to love?

This was supposed to be this caplet, but somehow it transformed into what is a very granny tea cozy, no?
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 (okay, this is a useless photo that is mostly showing the wrong side of the knitting, but trust me- it’s striping and looks dreadful)

Because that’s all I see when I look at this- a self-striping, granny tea cozy.  Which isn’t going to work for me. I do love the yarn (although it was a surprise to find out it stripes!), but it’s going to be shelved, and one day, the perfect project will present itself for this yarn, I know it.

Modification Monday: Girly Wurm

Original Pattern: Wurm

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jaana (Ravelry ID, Blog)

Mods: Added a picot edging and eyelet details to the ribbing for the body of the hat. Details are on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: The Wurm pattern is so lovely and simple, it’s great to see how a few small tweaks can yield such beautifully different results. I absolutely love the eyelet between the ridges of garter stitch, and the picot trim looks so pretty. I love this mod!! Might need to make one for myself when the weather turns cool again….

FO: Handspun Toasties

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Pattern: Toasty

Yarn: Pidgeonroof Studios roving, handspun by Tanis

Needles: 5 mm dpns

Notes: I. Love. These. Mitts.

They are buttery soft, toasty warm (true to their name!), and pure bliss to wear. I was originally thinking of a cowl when I saw the skein of handspun, but then I couldn’t bear to knit it up into something I’d never be able to see while I was wearing it.

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But I look at my hands. Actually, I look at my hands a lot.

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And these are pretty awesome to look at.

TTC Knitalong Redux

Saturday was the 3rd year in a row I participated in the TTC Knitalong, which was a blast. I was attempting to do more live tweeting, so I didn’t actually take any photos during the event that weren’t cell phone photos! But here is Team Purple at Americo (sorry for the grainy cell snap):

It was a very fun day indeed! I was pretty restrained, since my stash is already a huge storage problem to begin with, but I couldn’t resist taking home these goodies:

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I was feeling salmon-y pinks that day, I think! And I also scored a Gleaner, which I was pretty excited about.

My take along knitting for this fun day was a very simple pattern made from this amazing, gorgeous handspun:

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The roving is from Pidgeonroof studios, and was spun and plied by Tanis . As soon as I saw it, I couldn’t wait to knit something up- it’s so deliciously soft and cozy. Not that I need that right now in July, but that’s how amazing this yarn is- I couldn’t wait for chilly weather. FO photos coming very soon!

To conclude today’s post, here is a photo of Gatsby hiding under the barbecue:

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So fluffy. And he’s trying to stay out the sun to cool off, poor thing.

Modification Monday: Steampunk Wedding Veyla Mitts

Original Patterns: Veyla and Bo Peep Gloves

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tanya (Ravelry ID, Blog)

Mods:   Combined two patterns into one for a pair of beautiful, vintage-inspired gloves. Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome: I think you all know how much I  love a good pattern mash up! I don’t think it would have ever occured to me to put these two patterns together, but I can’t believe how beautiful the results are- the combination of the bo peep glove texture and the perfect lace cuff  of Veyla just look meant to be together! And those pearl buttons underline the delicate vintage beauty of these mitts. I’m in awe- they look so stunning.