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Marian Cowl

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I finished my first knitting project of the season – a Marian Cowl! I’m so happy it’s finished and not sitting in a yarn lump on one of my shelves.

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Have you been knitting anything fun lately? I’d love to hear what you’re up to. Or maybe I should check out what’s going on Ravelry (find me @noodleheadsews)? I keep forgetting to do that.

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This cowl was started sometime at the beginning of last year and I abandoned the project because I couldn’t figure out how to do the first twist part. I started again this year (thinking that I had a little more experience under my belt) and it happened again – couldn’t get the twist to happen. Well, third time was a charm and it worked awesome. Of course it doesn’t take much time at all to knit up using the extra bulky yarn, so I’m happy to have this one done!

mariancowl2It was supposed to be a Christmas present, but in my usual form, it’ll probably be gifted as soon as I see it’s recipient again. I just can’t wait that long! Plus it’s already freezing cold here, and dang, this one sure keeps a neck cozy.

Pattern: Marian Cowl by Jane Richmond
Yarn: Rasta (Oxido colorway) by Malabrigo – purchased from Eat Sleep Knit

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My First Mittens!

You guys, I’m so excited!  I made mittens!  I’ve been busy scouring patterns and yarns and reading and re-reading instructions.  I finally found these Warmest Mittens pattern on Ravelry and just started!  They were awesome.  I had a great time making them.  Once I made one, I easily finished the second in a day or so.  I’m gearing up to make more, this time with a different yarn maybe.

I had gotten the Malabrigo from Eat. Sleep. Knit. as part of their free goodies program.  I love the color!  I think for next time I’ll pick a yarn with more ply to it?  I had finished these just in time for my mom to take them on her trip to Wyoming.  She said they were really great.  Warm and comfy.  They did come back a little worse for wear.  The pills!  Oh the pills!  I haven’t been knitting long enough to know that this happens and it’s okay (had to confirm it with Shannon).  Just need to get a little lint shaver and it’ll look better I hope.

Okay, well, I need to hop to it and figure out what pair of mittens I’ll be making for me!  yay!  Just in time before winter is over (hopefully!).

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My Spate Mitts: Journey Book

I struggled with these mitts (Spate pattern)!  But that just made finishing them finally feel so so good.  I started them just before heading to Camp Stitchalot and re-started several times after that.  I love the stitch pattern, but it took me a bit to get the hang of it.  After that it was a really fun knit!

I chose Quince & Co. Lark in Honey.  It’s such a pretty color (by the way, did you see Shannon’s sweater she knit for herself in this same color?!  Beautiful!) and not a very common one and I like that about it.

Hope they keep my wrists warm in this last bit of winter.  I’m having a hard time keeping them away from Natalie, she loves stealing them to wear.

Pattern: Spate Mitts found in the book Journey by Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook
Yarn: Quince & Co. Lark in Honey