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Challenge Square No. 1: Quilted Triangles

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Needles: US 8 Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Eco in woodland Finished Dimensions: 8" x 8" And the knitting challenge begins! I completed the first square of the afghan last night. I started with the first pattern in the Encyclopedia, the quilted triangles. Its a very simple pattern of knit and purl stitches that alternate to make triangles. Once the pattern is understood, it's easy to remember and know what comes next. It definitely forces you to pay attention to what you are doing since there is a new combination of knits and purls every row. I like how it turned out, but I'm not sure if I would use the pattern again in something else. Possibly a baby blanket because it gives it some texture and is simple and knits up fast, yet the blanket would be small enough you wouldn't get bored with the pattern and the triangles aren't too overwhelming. 1 square down, 62 to go.

Turning My Work

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I'm back from my travels out west and it was a lot of fun. The weather was nice and I absolutely love the mountains, so that was awesome to see. When we went to L.A. we cruised Hollywood Blvd. and saw the stars and the Chinese theater, put our hands and feet in some prints, felt like I was closer to the movie stars. As for my knitting, I didn't get quite as much done as I would have hoped. My flights all went very smoothly so I had hardly any time in the airports to even think about pulling my knitting out, and with my past experiences in airports, I'll take it as a great thing. Then when I was on the plane, I totally underestimated the amount of elbow room you get in those seats. none. I was scrunched in my seat usually next to a person who liked to take up his fair share of the arm rest and I had to forget about trying to manage my long needles. I did get a chance to knit some when I got to San Diego while I was sitting out by the pool. Ahh, it was nice. I would say I ad

Travel Knitting!

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Tomorrow I leave for San Diego to visit my boyfriend and I couldn't be more excited. Last time I saw him was for a couple days in Chicago about two weeks ago, and before that I hadn't seen him for about six weeks. We knew going into the summer that a long distance relationship would be hard, but no matter how much you prepare yourself mentally, you can't anticipate the heartache you go through. But we've made it this far and I still have faith that we can make it work, our situation has to get better at some point and I can't wait for that day! Since I will be gone for two weeks and spending extended hours alone on a plane and in airports, the travel knitting is coming along. I have been looking forward to getting back to this project and I have a feeling I'm going to be making a lot of progress the next two weeks. The best project for travel knitting is something relatively simple, but not so much so that you get bored with it, and the rows aren't too long

Me vs. the Yarn Swift

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Yesterday was hard on me mentally, definitely letting things get to my head and feeling a bit down. I think it was because I didn't knit so I couldn't comfort myself and feel productive. I did get a chance to wind up my new sock yarn. Since my mother has a ball winder and a wooden umbrella contraption to hold the big loop of wool, I figured I would go ahead and give it a shot. I've used the plastic ball winder before and have seen the wooden thing in use before, but I was having so much trouble with it. It was going alright for the most part, but the damn wood thing... I finally figured out how to get the thing to stay open with the yarn on it like an umbrella (slide up a wood piece that has a screw-in part to hold it in place) so then I thought the thing would spin as I cranked the ball winder - not so. Technically speaking, the fibers weren't strong enough to create the right torque to overcome the friction on the wooden contraption (I later found was called a wooden

Bentley (J.Crew Inspired) Sweater

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A few years back, I was shopping in J.Crew looking for fun summer clothing since school was out and I HAD to have new swimsuits and cover-ups for my many summer vacations. I did some browsing in the clearance section when I came across a cotton stripped sweater that had buttons along the raglan sleeve edging. I tried it on and I loved it! I liked the style of it unbuttoned leaving an asymmetric flap hanging down. After looking at the price tag, although it was on clearance, I still had to put it back. From that moment on, I wanted to have a sweater just like that for upcoming fall. I looked everywhere and could not find anything like it, so my mother suggested that I just knit one for myself. Perfect! Now to find a pattern … not so easy... We tried searching through all my mother’s old pattern books and magazines and the only thing close was a simple raglan sweater, but I wasn’t sure how to do the buttonhole closure so it was real (not just buttons sewed on along the sleeve). We made s

My Current Situation

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I know it has been a long time since I have posted anything but I plan to get back into the swing of it and post something new every week with updates on my current knitting projects and the knitting challenge. I am currently working on a sweater for myself, a nice fitted cardigan with a v-neck opening and long cuffs on the sleeves and k3 p3 ribbing along the edge. I found a nice wool-silk blend yarn that I absolutely love. It is a worsted weight and I'm working on size US 7 needles. I finished the back and the front and now am working on the sleeves. I plan to let you know my progress on the sweater along with the other projects I am working on and thoughts in the moment along the way. The purpose for the blog is to encourage other knitters out there to keep up the good work. I know that it can be stressful at times because it takes so much time to finish a project and usually, you want it finished so you can wear it NOW. Trust me, I have felt this way many a time before. My tip