Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Today on my needles

The Hawthorne scarf is growing, albeit, slowly.

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Hawthorne Scarf
 The majority of my recent knitting time has been overlapped with email reading time and I don't trust myself to do the 'knit 2 together's' while I read so I haven't spent as much time as I'd have liked on this project.

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Hawthorne Scarf
Although it may be coming along slowly, I'm still happy with the way it's turning out.  I absolutely love the color combination and the shaping is working out as I'd hoped too.  As you can see, one end is currently 'skinny tie' width while the other end is becoming 'shawl' width.

And then there's my 'at work' project.

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Striped Hat
This one's pretty boring to knit.  It's plain stockinette in the round, on #US2 needles.  So, yeah.  Lots of knit, knit, knit, over and over and over again.  But that's okay.  All those knit stitches mean I don't have to concentrate so it's super easy to set down & pick back up when work interrupts my knitting.

It also means I can read and knit at the same time.  I'm getting lots of trashy romance novels read while I knit.  I just keep praying that the security cameras are focusing in on the fact that I'm reading while knitting, and not focusing in on what I'm reading.

But about the hat....  Like I said, it's just simple stockinette, round and round and round on US2 needles.  The yarn is Paton Kroy Socks in the Eclipse Stripes colorway.  I'd bought the yarn with the intention of knitting socks, not a hat but .....   I love the colorway so much I'm going to have to buy more so I can knit the intended socks.  Actually, I might order enough to make arm warmers too.  Even though it's quite masculine, I really do love the striping.

And off the needles...

hand knit VCU Rams hat with pompoms
VCU Rams Hat
It's a VCU Rams hat.  In real life, it's not yellow, it's VCU gold.  A year or two ago, I stumbled across Red Heart Team Spirit yarn in local school colors at my neighborhood big box craft store.  Even though it was acrylic and Red Heart, neither of which are my favorites, I bought a few skeins.  Knitting this reminded me how much I dislike knitting with acrylic yarn but I did get to play with my pompom maker, and I used up an entire skein from the stash pile so I guess it's a win.

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On a totally different note.... Thursday is my birthday & I'll be throwing myself a party in the Etsy shop.  Stay tuned for the details.

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