More to share and then back to task

The other half to my previous post is that I’ve had a lot going on. I’ve been ill all June. Breathing problems being one of the main concerns among many.

As a result although my knitting has still been productive it’s decreased a bit in speed that was noticable for me but, perhaps not to others. I was approved to be a late test knitter for Kate. I came across her Morning Dew shawl while on instagram and was so intrigued by the beaded border that I wanted to see how it was constructed.

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She knew I had other things ahead of her deadline and still Ok’d me testing. During which time I took about 12 days to complete. Now minus 4 days of not actually knitting and days when I could only do a half to two full rows of knitting at a time it was really about a week worth of knitting.

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I tried to take a better picture but, didn’t like the results so until then this is the best I can give. I am pleased. I used about 532yds of the 880yds I had in stash.
She was pleased with me as a tester and that’s always a plus.

Now earlier this month Color Coded incurred some significant damage. Enough to where I had to ship it back to the maker. Long story short my experience wasn’t an overall pleasant one and I won’t be purchasing from said individual in future.

I did as an exchange acquire what I’ve dubbed Honey Bee.

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Moving on.

I had an accident that resulted in me very aggressively hitting a wall with my face, arms, & hands. As a result I have bruising and poor range of motion. I’d show pictures but; won’t.

I borrowed a couple of books from my local library.

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So far the Jane Austen knits book seems really cool and I’d definitely love to purchase that in future. Knitting the novel I’ve read twice before but, it’s been a while and so as things go sometimes your taste change and I was curious to see if I’d still like it.

Decided to frog and repurpose the Howth Could You socks into something else. But as it is the only thing on the needles is my Emeraude cardigan.

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Stay tuned…

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Discuss amongst self

There’s always something to be discussed. Quite frankly the best conversations I’ve ever had has been done in my own head. There’s much I could share but, being one who doesn’t like definitive statements when circumstances can so easily change often keeps quiet until outcomes become gurantee.

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I made a purchase from Joann’s online and didn’t exactly mean to. That’ll teach me to play a little to fast and loose with my cart. As it happened, I purchased several different types of beads. The beautiful representations of the aurora borealis. I can’t recall what they were actually named but every time I look at them that’s what comes to mind.

I loved the color but the actual beads although many came out super tiny. They looked to be about size 10 beads. I didn’t think they could be used. But there was so many of them so I tried.

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Quite small but O so pretty. And they fit! Which was good because I’d also purchased some sky blue beads of like size.

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Here they are mixed with the remainder of the aurora borealis beads. Thankfully I also purchased some in a size I know I can use.

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But the reason for my accidental purchase was these

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The picture does not do them justice. They are a shell type textured and color button. I think they will go great with my cardigan. More updates to discuss later.

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New endeavors

I decided to do a brief update today instead of throwing strong all at once. This way I’ll have something to discuss when other things pan out. First up:

Grain of Salt – done

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It has been blocked and is just waiting to go to the recipient. The only modifications I made to this pattern was going down a needle size and I used two colors instead of one. I am very pleased with the outcome and size.  It’s longer than my wingspan and this would make a perfect shawl for me. This one is intended for a baby as heirloom shawl/blanket thing. Although the parents hoped to have the name stitched into the item I opted not to. This way any child they have can use it and since said child has yet to arrive name changing is most likely pre-signing of the birth certificate.

My cardigan is progressing beautifully. After only 10 days of knitting on it…

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I’m due to move on to the pattern section but since I was approved to be a late test knitter I felt that was more pressing.

I’m testing Morning Dew by Kateryna (Kate) Golovanova

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It’s a beautiful pattern and I’ve only worked on it two days and I’ve already completed two pattern repeats. It’s surprisingly fast to knit considering the amount of lace and beads involved.

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Using Knit Picks Shadow Tonal (discontinued)
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After day one (3hrs) of knitting

Doesn’t look like much but I think it’ll come out wonderfully.

More to discuss later.

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Two steps forward…

One step back. Grain of Salt has progressed beautifully. Into the gold, into the border, and almost finished except. I noticed last night when I got so far off in stitches I couldn’t discern whether I was on row 9, 11, or 13 that it was taking a turn for the worse in my attempts to have it finished after having only knit it for 2 actual weeks.

I started the 10th of May and as you guys are aware it’s been largely cast aside for Emeraude. I put Emeraude down on the 24th-25th and thus picked Grain of Salt back up.

To add worse injury. When going to put it down I realized my spine detailing on the border was weird. Apparently right at the start of the border I did something funky and now I have to rip back majority of the border and start it again. Needless to say it’s in a two day time out. (Here’s where I’d insert a picture but, I haven’t documented my shame yet.)

Emeraude?

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It’s further than this but this is the last progress shot I’ve taken.

Fearful that having messed up the babies shawl/blanket, I worried I’d mess up my other knitting. Including my Howth Could You gift socks.

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The recipient has no idea I’m making them but, she’s recently given indication of being knit – worthy so we’ll see.

I think I may have burnt myself out a bit with all the endless knitting to an extreme excess so I decided the best way to not mess anything up further is to

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Spin

That’s a bit harder to mess up. I however did manage to mess that up a bit and had to butterfly off Penny and Flaming Elder and rewind around their cops onto the shafts because they weren’t tight enough and started sliding off. How you can lose a cop while spinning on a support I don’t know. That’s just indicative of where I’m at so far craft – wise this week’s beginning.

More?

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It’s so pretty I just can’t settle on a decision on how I want to ply. And a great deal of it is very thin.

In doing this on several spindles I learned a few things.
Tipsy Elle
Reliable Beauty
And Purple Turk are from now on going to be plying spindles unless making thicker than my normal yarns.

Flaming Elder
Color Coded
And Penny all my supports spindles will be my spinning spindles.

O, after a month of hyperactivity I’m sick. June is so far shaping up to be a pain in the backside.

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