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It took me 3 years to buy the yarn after falling in love with the pattern, and 4 months to actually knit the scarf. Well worth the wait.
How long it took me to fall in love with the pattern: 5 seconds. How long it took to buy the yarn: 3 years How long it took to knit the scarf: 4 months How long it took to block and sew on the buttons: 3 weeks I think it’s safe to say that this scarf has been a long time in the making. Mostly because it took me years to get the yarn even though I knew exactly what yarn and what color I wanted. I’ve got absolutely no excuse for ...
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The Show Off Boomerang free pattern for that one special skein of yarn, handspun or hand dyed, that’s a show off all by itself.

I wasn't planning on coming up with a pattern over the weekend or releasing this week, but that's exactly what happened. :)
I finally finished a couple of long-term works in progress last week, and decided to reward myself by casting on for something new. The yarn I spun during this year’s Tour de Fleece has been taunting me, specifically a wild combination of dark grey merino and random mini batts. I may or may not have wound the yarn at 11 PM. Okay, I definitely wound the yarn that late. I stayed up watching movies and cast on for a beautiful shawl. Unfo...
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Self-striping yarn (these socks are made from TurtlePurl Yarns - colorway Absinthe) mixed together with afterthought legs make perfect socks. 
I rarely walk out my front door without knitting in my purse. Having a simple project to keep my hands busy while I’m in line or killing time in a waiting room is a must. Plus, I enjoy it more than playing the same game over and over on my phone. Vanilla socks are my favorite purse projects, but a pair can hang out for so long that I get incredibly bored with them. I try not to chuck the offending socks into a WIP bin never to be seen ...
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My second rule for going Cold Sheep is: Knit from the stash, but only the yarn you still like. Don't feel guilty about it either.

Since I went Cold Sheep in June, I’ve only had one rule: Don’t buy yarn or spinning fiber. I’ve mostly followed that rule with the exception of 88 yards of t-shirt yarn joining the stash 18 days later. I made it another 30 days before buying 6 oz of fiber to play with on my new-to-me drum carder. I don’t feel guilty about either of these purchases because, while they were impulse buys, there was a project waiting for them. I’m going to ...
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I didn’t finish all of my Tour de Fleece spinning, but the past 3 weeks have been a great success. I made over 500 yards of awesome yarn, and made spinning a regular part of my routine. Sounds like a win to me.
I started Tour de Fleece this summer after a long spinning drought. I had set up my wheel and cleaned it, but never picked out anything to spin. Something else always came up. The daily spinning challenge that is Tour de Fleece turned out to be just what I needed to get moving again. I’ve spun for the Tour every year since 2012 and I wasn’t going to skip this one. Three weeks later I’d spun a pound of fiber into 3 skeins of yarn - with ...
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This past week of Tour de Fleece has been all about sock yarn! My big challenge was to spin 2 skeins of matching sock yarn. I'm almost finished spinning the 6 plies I need and then I can ply. In the mean time, here's how I prepped the fiber for easy spinning. 
It’s the second week of Tour de Fleece and I’ve spun a lot of yarn. Definitely far more than I expected to for this point in the tour. In the first 5 days, I drafted, plied, and skeined 200+ yards of bright colorful goodness. I’ve haven’t stepped away from the wheel since I’ve also been spinning the 6 plies I need to make 2 matching skeins of sock yarn. I am so glad I did all the prep work for this handspun before the Tour. It’s made ...
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Took me a while to knit this garterlac kitchen towel and almost 200 yds of cotton, but this cloth is one of my favorites. Definitely making more. :)
The last lingering work in progress* is finished! I cast on for this kitchen towel way back in April, knit a good chunk of it, and put it down to work on other things. Part of the reason I stopped working on it was because I wasn’t sure if I liked the extra square and width I’d added. Turns out, yes. The other reason was that I had other things I wanted to knit and do over the summer. So garterlac, as addicting as it is to knit, went ...
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Scarves, socks, and kitchen towels! Oh my! I’m finishing up a bunch of projects so I can start new ones.
Finishing the Turtle Purl socks a couple of weeks ago has put me in the mood to finish the rest of my lingering works in progress. Add on plenty of nights spent watching movies and catching up on tv, and I’ve been a very busy knitter. I picked up the Vertigo scarf again thinking that it’d be nice to have a new scarf/cowl thing for the winter. Temps are still in the 80’s, but there’s going to be snow on the ground soon enough. And I ...
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I took my knitting on an adventure to Rocky Mountain National Park!
The Bearded One and I went on adventure to Rocky Mountain National Park over the weekend. We got a late start to the day but still had time to stop in Estes Park for caramel corn and a visit to The Stitchin’ Den. The weather was absolutely perfect for driving the Trail Ridge Road and making frequent stops to enjoy the view. I probably could have finished knitting the pair of socks I brought with me, but the mountains and sky ruled the ...
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Plied the last of my handspun and set the twist! Now I’m really finished with Tour de Fleece. And ready to get knitting too. :)
My spinning wheel and I spent a lot of time together last week as I finished plying my Tour de Fleece yarn. Glad I did too because, not only did I free up all my bobbins, I added some lovely new yarn to my stash. This Tour de Fleece handspun has really taken the edge off going Cold Sheep last month. 23 days and counting… After the plying, it was time to set the twist for every skein. All the yarn got the same treatment. First, a 15+ ...
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The Tour de Fleece sock yarn didn’t turn out exactly like I wanted, but it’s still a success. Plus I've got enough yardage to knit a giant pair of socks. Whew!
The last week and some change of my Tour de Fleece spinning finally moved to the next step over the weekend. I finished drafting all 6 sock yarn plies and rewound them onto storage bobbins so I could spin them from the same end. I only have 3 regular bobbins for my wheel which wasn’t enough to leave the plies as they were. Also, it was an attempt to hack my brain. If I stopped midway to ply the first skein, I knew it’d be harder for me ...
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My first skein of Tour de Fleece 2016 is off the bobbins! I've wanted to spin a yarn like this since last year, and I'm so glad I finally did. 
Tour de Fleece kicked off 5 days ago and I’ve been at the wheel for every one of them. It’s been an absolute blast. I’ve gone stash diving, spun yarn that’s been on my list for way too long, and am pushing myself to become a better spinner. The Tour came along at the right time to be the perfect motivation I needed to get going again. It’s been months since I’ve spun anything at all, and I didn’t realize how much I missed it until now. ...
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