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friday favorites

if you actually made it all the way through yesterday’s video, thank you! I guess I can go on and on about my projects and chicken wings apparently. the poor black cardigan did get a little more attention since and I finally joined the fronts to the back. I’m already two inches into the body and I’m definitely not going to make it in time for this artic blast we’re having this weekend. but sitting by the fire with a drink and some bulky yarn in hand isn’t so bad either.

in the video (I have this mental block on calling it a podcast) I wonder why no one knits brioche blankets. and what pops up today but a BRIOCHE BLANKET!!  Continue Reading

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friday favorites

sometimes I wish that the knitting community followed a release schedule like the music or movie industries. let’s pick one day of the week where all of that week’s patterns are released. but if I’m being honest, I’m totally full of it, because I love looking through new designs every day. there are just so many! can we slow down a bit?

here are some of my favorites from this week.  Continue Reading

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skeino miss grace shawl

I’ve found that lately I don’t want to make decisions.

ok, out of context that sounds a little crazy or like I’ve given up on life. I just mean that I rather have google play pick a playlist out for me when I want to listen to music, nevermind the giant music library I’ve amassed. Netflix annoys me because I just want to watch something, not go through every genre to pick something. that’s probably why I watch so much hgtv when I can, it’s just easy and who doesn’t love a good property brothers marathon? with knitting, I’ve found myself looking at kits. it’s kind of nice to have someone do all the heavy lifting for you: here’s a pattern, here are a few coordinating skeins, go knit! this is especially true when you’re like me and love casting on every other stripey shawl you see.

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mountain meadow wool powell

I think my christmas gift theme this year is going to be hats in new to me yarns. we’ll see how far I make it since this is only my second one and Tom already claimed it as his. I can’t blame him, I was tempted to keep it for myself once I finished and tried it on.

this time the yarn is a new base from mountain meadow wool named powell*. it is a 4 ply worsted weight blend of rambouillet and alpaca. one of the things I love about this company, besides it being woman owned, is that each label tells you where the fiber comes from. in this case the merino is from the camino’s kid ranch in Johnson County, Wyoming. (the mill itself is in Buffalo, Wyoming) I first heard about mountain meadow wool from sarah’s fibertrek podcast and more recently from ashley’s woolful podcast. I even noticed their name in the madelinetosh website under the american ranch wool category (btw I’m so tempted to order some of that cosmic silver) and it looks like they are working with a few more companies.  I encourage you to listen to both podcasts where you’ll hear about how the company began and how they are creating and managing a sustainable mill. Continue Reading