Around Christmas time, knitty came out with another fantastic Franklin Habit pattern, a plaid (yes! PLAID) scarf! I immediately printed it out, read the blog post, found some stash yarn (yay me!) and got to it. I have fond memories of knitting on it while watching  Brisco County Jr with B and while sitting next to the tree with a glass of pale yellow wine. *sigh*
Then I messed up on it, and after feverishly knitting for a week or so, I had a small hissy fit and stuffed it in a drawer. Everything had been going so well! I used stash yarn, even when I ran out of a color I used a new one, boldly transitioning into a color that didn’t “match” but nonetheless looked wonderful. I punched through that pattern in like 9 days. During the holidays. With kids. BAM.

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See those vertical stripes on the right? That's where I messed up. They're too short, although you can't tell in the picture.

Ugh! SO rather than throw it across the room after my own mistake (went too fast, didn’t think it through) I put it away for later. When I wasn’t mad. My journal entry says “I’ll get back to it soon”.
Aaaannnd, cut to 6 months later. Franklin Habit has a new article in the First Fall Knitty 2014 and I thought of that damn scarf again.
If I were to make another one, and honestly I might, I would not connect the cowl until I finished the final stripes/weaving. Then I would notice if it was too tight and could stretch it a bit as I wove, so it would fit better the first time. I didn’t do that this time, but I can fudge it. Like any good crafter, and like many crafty people before me, I’ll repeat to myself “I can fix this” as many times as I need to. ;-) I may have to frog it and start over…as in take the whole thing apart…sigh…I hope not. It would most likely sit in the drawer for another 6 months/years.

My friend Beth gave me this pattern awhile ago and I finally found a neat colorway I like for it. It’s Atlantis from KnitPicks Imagine yarn. Pretty…

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I call it my grass vest, due to the color. My other score from TWF last year. The sample vest was on display at the entrance to their booth (Bijou Basin Ranch) and no on could resist petting it and ooo-ing over it. The collar! The colors! The lace! The drape! I had an epiphany that I should wear more vests. No idea what kind of shirt to wear underneath…but who cares? I decided to think about it after walking the whole fairway. Penny convinced me green was the way to go, so when we got back, there happened to be just enough green left for a couple vests. I got enough for mine, and bought it (pattern included-it’s how they hook you I think) and went on the hunt for some needles. I found some amazing carbon fiber double points at a booth down the way. These needles are so bad ass. They’re light weight, cool to the touch, and so shiny. mmmm…carbon fiber. I’m almost done with the back piece, which is the largest piece. I think I got a little freaked out once I reached the neck decreases, and put it aside for now. I’m 0 for 3 of sweaters/etc that actually fit. I made a sweater for B that fit. So far nothing I make for myself that’s bigger than a sock fits me. It’ll happen! If I change the type of yarn I use (acrylic is not the way to go for sweaters I guess) and be careful to match gauge (go figure) I might get one accomplished this year. Anyway, the vest will fit, I know because I took my measurements three times, measured the vest as I worked it constantly, and double-triple checked the gauge and size measurement. That plus sheer stubborn willpower might mean I’ll wear this with pride to TWF in October. :-) Cross you fingers!
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The bag is one Beth made for me, covered inside and out with sugar skulls and doily-fied sugar skulls. <3 It’s a nice big bag too, big enough for this kind of thing. The yarn is made of angora fiber and a little rayon for strength. Seriously soft and warm! Also, here is a reference to an angora rabbit, for giggles.
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So poofy!!!

Mmmmm…cashmere and silk. I splurged at Taos Wool Festival last year and got this yarn. It is unbelievably soft, like it isn’t even there. It’s ethereal. I haven’t worked on them in a few weeks though. The pattern is super easy, one that can be adjusted to any weight yarn, I bet.
I was standing in line at the coffee hut at TWF, in the cold, and started chatting with the lady in front of me. After 15 minutes in line I realized they probably didn’t take cards, and I didn’t have cash (as usual). Oh well, I stayed and talked to my queue friend anyway. She bought me a coffee :-D and I helped her carry all the other coffees she bought to her booth, Jabberwocky Farms. The ladies were so nice and I couldn’t resist the yarn…well…I did resist a little, but figured why not. I should try cashmere once! The pattern came with the yarn and I cast on right away. So the mitts have lots of warm fuzzies for me. I think of Taos in October (talk about ethereal), good friends, warm pastries, soft yarn, and wonderful people.
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(These are fine lace weight mitts, size 1 needles.)

I only work a little on these one at a time, remember. This one is in my project bag at the moment though, I’ve been working on it a lot. The good part about starting so many things at once is that I usually finish them all at once too, and that is an incredible feeling. Knitter high? Yessss….
Juicy Top
Found this in Crochet Today July/August 2013. Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby is one of my favorite designers of all time so I searched three or four stores for this magazine before I found it in a bookstore. Go figure. I went with the original colors for the shirt which surprises me, but I think it will look cute. It’s an easy pattern to veg out with. Very zen. It was super exciting when I got to the stripes!
I really never thought I would wear something like this, but SMB designs clothing for any size and shape, so I’m sure it will look nice. It seems that crochet can lend itself to a lot of unflattering shirts, but I think those are just the ones that get publicity. There are lots of pretty crochet shirts too, I just had to look harder!
I’m using Lion Brand Microspun and what I think is Red Heart Luster Sheen (I lost the ball band/label). The bright colors are so cool!
I stress about sizing a lot beacuse the last (well, ok, ALL) of the sweaters I made were not the right size. I measured about 6 times for this one, and came to the conclusion that I don’t have to start over (nopenopenope not happening) but I am in between their sizes. So…I decided I may add some color on the sides as a vertical stripe. Cool! We’ll see how much of each I have left but I’d love to have a pink strip on one side and orange on the other. :-)
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I have big plans for next month. I’m going to finish my Bat Shawl while watching the Olympics. All that’s left is the border but I need to concentrate on it, so February is all about finishing that stupid shawl.