CO Monday: Sea Drift Toque, Happy Green Fyllyrd, Jan 2012 Mystery Lace KAL

There is nothing like a big UFO purge and Ravelry Queue clean-up to make me really want to cast on something new! ūüôā

First up: a Drift Toque from my Christmas copy of¬†Weekend Hats. I’m using some stashed Happy Feet DK — the color is gorgeous, and a little hard to capture with my camera. ¬†I love the up-down cables and the sideways short-row construction. ¬†I opted to use the called-for needle size (instead of going down a size, which I usually do, thanks to my loose knitting habits). ¬†I have a huge head, and thought this might be enough to make the hat the right size for me. ¬†Alas, it looks like it might be coming out a touch small … but, I think I can add an extra “wedge” of hat + short rows and make it fit.

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Next, I’m doing a Fyllyrd as part of the January KAL¬† in the Beginning Lace Knitters group. ¬†I’m using my newly liberated Dream-in-Color Smooshy in the “Happy Forest” colorway. ¬†I have already used as much yarn as I frogged … SO the right decision. ¬†I just finished the first nupps repeat, and I am really enjoying it. If it looks like a neat pattern, join in the fun! ¬†This is an open KAL that will be running all month (and, usually, afterwards as people finish up).

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I am using my other skein of DIC Smooshy (“Dusky Aurora”) for a different KAL (this one closed yesterday, so it’s too late to join in). ¬†SusannaIC’s January Mystery KAL features nupps, beads, and a cast-on of 300+ stitches. ¬†Fun times!

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Cast-On Monday: Kensington Mitts, Bubble Hat, Advent Garland, and Jellyfish Bodega

I’ve cast on a number of new projects over the last two weeks. ¬†The first pattern is from the new “Jane Austen Knits” special-edition magazine from Interweave Press. ¬†I’m making the Kensington Mitts with a skein of tonal green Dream in Color Smooshy.

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I also cast on (and finished) this adorable Bubble Hat using some Swish Tonal left-over from my Marilla Shawl. Meg, if you’re reading this — this hat is for Susan, of course!

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Have I mentioned that I recently started working at the Hub Mills Store, now in Billerica, MA? ¬†In addition to the retail work, I’ll also be teaching knitting there. ¬†And, making samples for the shop! ¬†While we were setting up the yarn in the new shop, a shipment of new yarn came in, with packs of an unusual fiber called Bodega. I took some home to make a sample for the store — it is very, very interesting! ¬† Below, you can see my first attempt at a Bodega scarf, using the pattern that came with the yarn. ¬†I wanted something fuller, so I started over yesterday … just wait until you see the jellyfish awesomeness of the new version.

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Last but definitely not least, I cast on for the Advent Garland that Frankie Brown is offering for Christmas 2011.  Every day of December until Christmas, Frankie is releasing a new tiny ornament pattern, and a bunch of my knitter friends are all doing the ornaments together.

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