April FO’s

I started off the month is a crazy, finishing frenzy and it was all downhill after that. So, first off the needles this month were my Arne & Carlos socks, which I love!!  I did plain vanilla socks with a fish lips kiss heel and a round toe.  Of course, the fish lips kiss heel is a pattern by the Sox Therapist.  I used the round toe which is included in Sock Architecture by Lara Neel.  It was my first time for both of these heels and toes.  I loved the heel but I did have a little issue with a weird bulge at the end of the heel so I’m guessing it’s something to do with my gauge but I’m just not sure.  I’m going to t keep experimenting. I loved the round toe as I despise the kitchner stitch.

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Next I finished the Girlfriend Cowls by Churchmouse Yarns.  I cast this on right after the US Supreme Court decision regarding gay marriage was announced.  Someone on Instagram had started a rainbow-along.  I had this yarn in my stash – it’s America the Beautiful by Destination Yarns so on the needles it went!  The patterns is pretty simple and really did some fun things with this yarn.  I loved how, once I started knitting, it became apparent that as the skein went from primarily reds/yellows to blues/greens.  Sadly, even though it’s April, I’ve worn it quite a bit 😦

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The last FO of the month was a quick little test knit I did for Kino Knits.  She happened to e-mail on a snowy Saturday so I cast it right on.  It’s a free pattern on Ravelry which is so awesome.  I had some troubles with Judy’s Magic cast on as I had never done that one before but otherwise it was a super quick knit.  Mary has written it so you can use any yarn you have.  She did hers in sock yarn and I used a worsted weight.  It’s called Rybka (Wee Fishie) and if you are looking for a quick gift knit definitely check it out!

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Confession – I knit the fish on April 9th and have finished nothing since 😦  Lots of fun stuff on the needles so here’s hoping I have something to talk about at the end of May!

What’s on My Needles This Weekend (Rainbow edition)

Well, it’s Independence Day here in the US and I would say a good majority us feel like we have extra cause to celebrate this year with last week’s Supreme Court ruling bringing us into modern times as it relates to marriage issues.  Last Friday was truly amazing.  If you checked Ravelry you would’ve seen in the Hot Now patterns a ton of rainbow themed projects.  Instagram was awash with pictures of rainbow dyed yarn and indie dyers offering discounts on their version of rainbow yarn or dying a special colorway to mark the occasion.  The Knit Girllls started a #lovewins knit-along and if you check out the hashtag #lovewinskal you will find some super colorful projects.  I was not immune to the “must cast on rainbow project” frenzy, especially since I have always had a certain love of rainbow dyed yarns so lucky me I had a couple of choices when I got home that night.

I went with my America the Beautiful colorway dyed by Destination Yarns (you can her on Etsy here).  She is local to my area and I could not think of a better name for this rainbow colorway.  I then headed over to Ravelry and checked for patterns requiring 200 yards of DK weight yarn and came up with the Girlfriends Cowl by Churchmouse Yarn.  I figure you can never go wrong with a Churchmouse pattern.  So far, I’m loving it!

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So, if you’re here in the US – I hope you are enjoying this long holiday weekend.  And, a belated Happy Canada Day to my friends up North!  Now, back to that rainbow yarn 🙂