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Found this locally today!  I know the picture doesn’t do it justice, but this is some beautiful yarn.  From Pagewood Farms.  Very cool!

Alrighty, I just finished a sock using these 3 videos.  And, I must say, the toe fits perfectly, the heel is nice and smooth and the cuff is super nice and stretchy.  So, I’m putting all of these videos here for my ease of reference.  (I know I posted two of them before…but seriously, the awesomeness bears repeating.)  Hopefully, you’ll enjoy them, too 🙂

Toe – cast on:

Heel:

Super stretchy cast off:

In fits and starts is defining my creativity these days.  After a rough summer, a topsy-turvy fall, and with winter looming on the horizon, I just can’t seem to get my head in the {quilting} game.   Sure, I’ve worked on stuff, but it was in a half-assed fashion with my brain saying “Don’t fall behind on your own self-imposed deadlines.”

This is where I stand with quilting – multiple projects in the works, no gumption to work on them.  Self imposed deadlines and demands making my quilting time slant towards work instead of fun/relaxing/stress relief.

So, what is the logical next step?

Knitting socks, I guess.  Well, that’s what I’ve been doing with my {rare} spare moments of time.  I’ve finished two pair.  Started a third pair.  Turned a heel today and am looking forward to the seemingly endless rounds of knitting as I move up the leg.

Létt-Lopi Vest by Védís Jónsdóttir, as knit by Sheepurls

*photo links to pinterest*

I really want to try out some color-work knitting.  Maybe not on a sweater…but possibly some mittens.  I think mittens might be a little more manageable for a first try at this.  That way, when I mess up, I’ve not lost a bazillion hours of my life or if I decide to scrap the entire project, I’ve not wasted as much yarn.  Hmm…I’m off to find some kind of pattern or direction or tutorial or something.  Anyone have any  recommendations?

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Garden Gnomes

I found this video  & use it for casting on and toe increases.  I think its nice, simple and easy to remember.

Then, I found this video of Cat Bordhis Sweet Tomato Heel.  Awesomeness!

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The sock & I spent a fair bit of time together this weekend.  I’ve turned the heel and am getting ready to start the leg.

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I grew Luffa Gourds in the garden this year.  I finally got around to picking them.  I was surprised with how many gourds I harvested.  They’re a tropical plant and they grew very, very slowly until late July when they really took off.  Now, I just need to figure out how to harvest the centers and what I need to do to prep them for use.

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I’m all about variety, the spice of life and all that. So, I started a pair of toe up socks.  The last two pairs I made were cuff down.  Livin` on the edge, I tell ya.

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A bundle of Fort Firefly from Birch Fabrics made its way to my house this week.  I bought it with no specific plan or pattern in mind – just the thought that I will use it one day this winter while it’s snowing and cold outside.  I really, really love the prints and the colors in this line.  I don’t think I’ve been this is excited about one line of fabric for a looong time.

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