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It’s August in Texas, which means that it’s pretty hot. Granted, we’re having a cool summer overall, but not cool enough to explain why everything I’m working on is for winter.

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Mittens, bound for Wisconsin and a real winter. The pattern is “Tiffany” from Knitty.com.

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A sweater for me, the Green Tea Raglan from the Spring 07 issue of Interweave Knits. I’m making it in Shine Worsted from knitpicks.com, and I’m having gauge issues. My first swatch came out OK until I washed it. I hung it up to dry, and it stretched considerably. I swatched until I got something that came out at gauge after washing. This was all well and good until I got to the part of the pattern where it says, “Work in pattern until piece measures 13″ long.” Um, I have no idea how long this should be in the pre-washed gauge. I think that I need to sit down and crunch some numbers. Any suggestions?

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Pattern: Rose Whirl Doily

Materials: Cordonnet size 40 crochet thread

Hook: Size 10 (1 mm) steel hook

Started: August 11, 2007

Finished: August 16, 2007

This was made as a gift for my mother-in-law. For whatever reason, I seem to make all of my thread crochet for gifts, and keep most of my knitting for myself or my husband. This is soon to change, as now I have two sweaters and two more lace shawls planned as gifts, plus a pair of mittens which are already in progress! That should keep me busy for a while.

I worked the foundation chain on Saturday, while at my knitting group. By Sunday evening, I had this:

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The roses on the border were each worked individually. Then, the last row of the flower joined it to the body. My understanding is that most traditional Irish crochet was worked in this modular fashion.

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Materials: Plymouth Yarns Encore Worsted Weight, 1 ball each of red, green, white, pink, and black. 4 grams fingering-weight angora, origin unknown.

Needles: size 5 circulars

Pattern: unpublished pattern, supplied by purchaser

Cast-on: July 1, 2007

Finished: August 1, 2007

This is a contract knitting project, replicating the purchasor’s childhood Christmas stocking. This stocking is the first of four ordered.

The pattern is quite challenging. The top down to the brickwork is knit back-and-forth, using mostly intarsia, with a little bit of stranded colorwork here and there when appropriate. Then the sock is joined to knit in the round with a standard top-down gusseted heel and toe shaping. The recipient’s name was worked across the top in duplicate stitch, after I took this photograph, for privacy.

The purchaser is very happy with the stocking. Now, onward to the next three!

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Melon Shawl

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Materials: Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud, color “Tide Pool”

Needles: um, I don’t remember!

Pattern: Melon Shawl, from Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby

I thought that the pattern was fun to look at, but not so fun to knit. Five rows of boring stockinette stitch, followed by a row of “melon stitch” that involved passing three stitches over three more stitches and then increasing over those stitches… monotonous work that I nevertheless had to concentrate on. Feh. At least it looks cool.

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Green socks

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Materials: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, color “Douglas Fir,” 2 skeins

Needles: Size 0 circulars, using the Magic Loop technique

Pattern: Standard toe-up sock toe shaping, heel (lightly modified) from Baudelaire by Cookie A., and lace pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks, by Charlene Schurch.

Good socks. I’m particularly fond of the heel shaping because it comes up and hugs my extra-high arches.

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Manly Mitts

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Materials: Knitpicks Merino Style, colors “coal” and “fog”, 2 skeins each

Needles: Size 6 DPNs

Pattern: Manly Mitts from the Summer 2005 issue of Knitty.

 Nice mittens for my husband, for the 2 actual cold weeks we have in the winter.

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Materials: Jaggerspun Zephyr, DK weight, color “lilac”

Needles: Size 5 circulars and DPNs

Pattern: Cable-Down Raglan by Stephanie Japel, Interweave Knits Spring 07

My very first sweater. It is awesome.

 What I like about this yarn is that it isn’t too heavy or warm. I’ve worn this sweater on 80 degree days and not been too hot. Given that I live in a very warm climate, this is a good thing.

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