Lost in Yarnland — Knitting

Rhinebeck Sweater 2018 Part 2- The Steek Is Strong With This One.

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To start off with... I feel like this cardigan may have sucked one year of my life away. There were many times when my confidence was shadowed with doubt and anxiety over weather or not I had the skills to achieve what I had envisioned in my head. I even picked up the book AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary mid way through to help me out. And I will say that up to this point I was really quite impressed with myself and how well I was doing. I did notice that in the top my stitches were a little too tight...

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Rhinebeck Sweater 2018- May the Steek Be With Me

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I sometimes wonder if people already have their sweater planned for the next year as soon as they walk out of the gates of Sheep & Wool. Personally, I tend to have a general idea of what I would like to have the following year. But there always so many awesome patterns released all the time that it's hard to stick with one decision. And I think everyone stresses about their Rhinebeck Sweater because that is the event I think in which the item you plan to wear not only shows off your yarn skills but you as well. Its a fashion...

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My Adventures in Stranded Colorwork- Part One

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As a knitter I am always looking to knit the next best thing or challenge my skills. Because at some point I would like to at least hold the title of 'Master Knitter'. The trend in knitting this year seems to be colorwork knitting. Which is drastically different compared to last years obsession with all things fade. And don't get me wrong, I still love the idea of melting colors together. But there always seemed to be something mysterious about stranded colorwork. Working with more than one color at the same time seems like a daunting task especially if those multiple colors are not...

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Afternoons at Longbourn- FREE PATTERN

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This shawl was created to utilize the Regency Collection colors inspired by the world of Jane Austen.  When imagining the colors I saw myself walking through the fields just like Lizzy Bennet or spending the afternoons chatting away with Miss Lucas. I wanted a shawl that would almost be like a blanket, something to wrap myself in as I imagined evenings by the window or of long afternoons walking the grounds of Longbourn with the Bennet sisters in tow. This is a simple triangle shawl with lots of fringe. The stitches used make this shawl reversible while also allowing you...

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To Frog or Not to Frog- part two

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Ok- so as some of you know I was knitting the Shusui Shrug by Susanne Sommer and had joined the KAL going on through Instagram. I seriously love this shrug and was so very happy with my new color choices. But-I have no idea why I have such a problem with brioche. Its like we are fr-enemies. I know how to do it and I like to think I am good at it but every single brioche project I knit has mistakes--- errrrr--- design elements. And for the most part they are the kind of pattern where you can fudge your...

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