FO: Bow Down to the Crown

Since I’ve been sick for the last 2 weeks this has pretty much been my view.
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Jellybean didn’t leave an inch between us every single day. If I coughed she’d put her paw on me like ‘it’s okay, it’ll stop soon.’ And Cher on the other hand was like ‘you’re coughing too loudly so I’m going to leave and take a nap elsewhere until you get this under control.’ LOL I love her but at almost 13 years old Cher likes a bit of solitude sometimes and I respect that. But I can say that today is the first day in a while that I woke up feeling like myself. Thank goodness. I’m not 100% but I’ll take 80% Dana over the 20% I had been functioning on for the last 2 weeks.
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But in between naps and doses of medicine I accomplished some good mindless knitting and I made two small crowns for Maddie and her baby sister Olivia.
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When Maddie was a baby her Dad used to love this little pink crocheted headband and he’d put it on her all the time. He asked me early on if I could make a bigger one once she grew out of it. I searched for a while to find a knit crown and just couldn’t find an easy one and then suddenly I found the Circlet pattern and I was super excited to whip up 2 crowns. Oh and the bear as a model? That’s my childhood teddy bear Arlana. I still have her and few other choice dolls and they’re all in pristine condition.
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For Maddie I used some of the scrap yarn from my sister’s Seagrass cardigan. Maddie loves all things sparkly and pink and girly so I thought this was a good color for her. Added bonus this yarn has a lot of stretch to it, so much so I need to take out one of the peaks since it’s just a tiny bit big.
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And for Olivia I used the scraps from the Clap Your Hands yarn I used on the Acid Rain Shawl. Since I used dk weight yarn I used a size 5 needle on both of these and just knit until I got the inches required for each age. The pattern calls for sport weight but also says you can substitute for any yarn weight you want. You can whip 1 up in a hour! And it’s a super cute little add-on to a baby gift. Oh and did I mention the pattern is free? The sizes go from baby to adult, so you can even make one for yourself if you’re feeling fancy. I love cutesy little knits like this.

FO: Acid Rain

Thanks for all the well wishes on Monday you guys. I’m still sick and I think this cough is going to linger for a bit but I’m hanging in there. I took the day off of work on Monday but still had class that afternoon. Fortunately for me I had a guest speaker, the Global Digital Communications Director for Christian Louboutin. I met her years ago with my old blog and we’ve always stayed in touch and when I asked her if she’d be willing to talk to my class she quickly said ‘sure!’ She gave a great talk to my students, they asked insightful questions and it was a strong finish to my series of guest lectures for the semester. And since she came all the way down from NY I knew I wanted to knit her something as a thank you for doing this for me. So I made her the Rain Outside Shawl.
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It’s funny, I was kind of nervous to make this for my friend. We’re internet friends who haven’t seen each other face to face for years so I don’t know her like I would my BFF Jess, but I know she’s stylish and cool but I worried she wouldn’t like it. And then my BFF Jess reminded me, everyone loves a beautiful hand knit item. And she was right. She loved it.
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For this shawl I did one thing different than I did before, I made a swatch. LOL The previous two came out smaller than I expected, they still work but I wanted this to be a bigger shawl and I got that but think I’m still slightly off on gauge. It’s not as big as some but this one definitely was bigger than my previous two versions (shawl one and shawl two).
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For the main color I used two skeins of the Madelinetosh DK Twist in Clap Your Hands I still had in my stash (I’ve got one skein left…what will it become?). And for the contrast color I went with Berroco Weekend DK in black. In my first version I loved the contrast of the metallic yarn with the matte grey yarn so I wanted to play with the matte black and vibrant rainbow of the Clap Your Hands. And with the rainbow and all of the black, it kind of makes this shawl a neutral in my book but it also has a great striking contrast so it’s still a bold accessory.
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I really do love this shawl and the pattern. The lace panels break up a lot of garter stitch to give it interest and it just has a unique look and feel to it. It’s not an old school shawl, it’s kind of like a work of art. I’m sure I’ll make another as a gift for someone in the future.
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And in the end I’m just happy I was able to give a great gift to a friend.

Stitching Status: Acid Rain

Despite being a little under the weather lately (I can’t tell if it’s allergies or a cold) I’ve been in a really good mood. Work is the same and nothing special has really happened but I’ve just been happy and I’m not complaining about that. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been working with one of my favorite yarns lately?
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I could write a love letter to Madelinetosh and all of her amazing colorways. One of my favorites it ‘Clap Your Hands,’ this is it in DK weight and you may remember it from my Under the Graffiti Bridge cardigan. It’s like a beautiful rainbow that’s a little gritty and dirty. I love this color. I want to be a yarn dyer that’s as awesome as Madelinetosh is to me.
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I’m working on another The Rain Outside shawl (view my first and second) as a gift for a friend and decided to use Clap Your Hands as the main color and a matte black of Berroco Weekend in DK weight. I’m loving the contrast.
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The black is so strong against the white/rainbow and the lace panels are all black. I’m contemplating doing the last panel is a super bright pink but I think I may just leave it as is. I always fear I don’t have enough of the contrast color but it’s making it’s way to the end. I have to trust myself more and stop worrying. I’m so excited to get this one off my needles (should be finished over the weekend)…
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If I could just get Cher to stop sitting on it. We shall see. Have a great weekend!