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What's On (and off) the Needles

You'd think I'd be doing more knitting when it's blowing snow outside, when I can curl up in my chair with some soft merino in my hands, right? Sadly, when I have more time to knit is during the Summer months, when angora sticks to sweaty hands and even silk feels too heavy and hot. A chair in the shade or near some air conditioning, some podcasts, and a pitcher of ice tea help. So do roadtrips.

Here's a silly ruffled scarf in Malabrigo Silky Merino, colorway Nocturnal.

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This is my current favorite pattern, Grapevine by Heidi Kirrmaier . I added the lace pattern to the hem and cuffs in addition to the neckline. This designer does great shaping, and the Silky Wool worked up beautifully with nice drape after washing and blocking.

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My favorite I-can-do-it-in-my-sleep easy lace in variegated Malabrigo Sock, colorway Indicieta. Thin yarn, big needles for an open fabric. I like how the colors shift from blue/violet to green/lavender.

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Another silly pattern, the Lions Neck Cardigan by Wendy Bernard. I did this in some crimson Cascade Venezia Bulky I got on sale a few years ago. It's a silk/wool blend with a slight sheen. Very cozy and warm, although I feel like a giant ruffly tomato.

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Still in the works:

The February Lady Cardigan ate the internet a few years ago. I’ve been eyeing this pattern for a long time, but have not liked how it fits many women. I made some modifications to get a closer fit in the torso and arms than the original, which is swingier than would suit me. I'm also using a simpler more vertical lace pattern on the lower portion and the lower sleeves because the original fought with this yarn too much. Love the yarn, Silky Merino colorway Cumparsita.

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Another bulky sweater, Iced by Carol Feller is a doublebreasted jacket. I'm doing it in a bright yarn, Beatrice colorway which is pinks, orange, blue and lavender.

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I just got some lovely soft merino/alpaca yarn in a dark teal, and am thinking about a pullover with lace on the sleeves, with a detachable lace cowl. The Derry Pullover and Cowl by Cecily MacDonald Humn...this one may need to wait for cooler weather.

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Comments (2)

Amy, you ara amazing. They all look beautiful!

Colleen:

Wow - lots of knitting going on over there! I love the "silly" ruffled scarf. Beautiful colors.

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