Flying Frogs

Much delayed but this is my post about my June 12 in 14 project. I mentioned in my Accidental Theme post that for some reason I was photographing this project with frogs. I took that, with the pattern name of “To Infinity and Beyond” and decided to call this project Flying Frogs.

IMG_2997This was my second go round using this pattern and I was very pleased with how this yarn seemed to suit it. I had selected Haldecraft’s Slave Princess in Tiptree which is a multi-coloured yarn but with limited colour changes so the pattern design doesn’t get lost. The rules of the 12 in 14 say that we must use 75% of the skein we select for that month’s project. So far that hasn’t been a problem.

IMG_3064I had trouble focusing on knitting last month. It’s generally a lot more fun to be playing with my sister’s Boxer, the lovely Keela. But I slogged away and managed to bring this one in under the wire. At ten minutes to midnight on June 30th I was uploading the photos to prove the scarf was done. I was panicking that something would go wrong and they wouldn’t make it in time. The photo to the left is a closeup of the pattern.

The pattern calls for five pattern repeats but looking at my yarn at the end of three I decided I had better weigh it and there was only 38g left. I knew then that I was only going to get one more repeat out of it and I was right, final total of remaining yarn was only 15g.

For my finished object photos I stepped away from the frog theme, a long ways away. This fabulous young lady is my niece and I owe her a huge thank you for stepping up to be my model.

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Flying Frogs infinity scarf, full length

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Flying Frogs infinity scarf, doubled

Yarn Club Round-up

Now that the latest session of Haldecraft Yarn Club has ended I want to share the wonder. This past round was inspired by some of the lesser known elements of Norse Mythology and I once again put myself in for the sock weight option.

IMG_3081The May offering came to us in what can only be called a glow. As explained by the maker:

“So who was Sif? Sif was Thor’s wife, Goddess of the Earth, and her famous long blonde tresses are said to signify corn or wheat, and the harvest. Thor much loved Sif’s hair, and Sif was extremely proud of her locks – almost vain, even. One night when she was sleeping, Loki snuck into her chamber and cut off all of her hair. Was there a reason, other than Loki wanting to cause mischief?”

I’ll not give away the rest of the story but leave it for you to read in full and enjoy. The sock weight yarn for Sif is Andre, a 80% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon blend and the swag was handmade Haldecraft stitch markers.

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June brought something from a completely different colour spectrum. Gleipnir is third of the fetters holding Fenrir, the giant wolf, and son of Loki.  Fenrir will remain bound by Gleipnir until Ragnarok, at which point he will escape and kill Odin. June sock weight was again Andre and this time the swag was coasters using various designs from the tv show Vikings for inspiration.

IMG_3079The third and final installment of this round of club quite seriously took my breath away. The colour is inspired by Yggdrasil, the Tree of Life. Again, I’ll leave it to you if you want to do some research, it’s worth your time though. If you know me, you know I love green and the fact that June’s sock offering was in my favourite Marion base, a 80% Superwash Merino/10%/Cashmere/10% Nylon blend, was like a special gift all for me. Then there was the swag, a project bag from Tuesday Tutus & Totes, also green and just beautiful.

If yarn club is your thing the next round is going to be Fantasy Literature. I’ll just leave you this final photo of the summer club, all together.

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WIPs, A Day Late

I might need to work on my writing discipline… or just stop playing with my ridiculous Boxer niece so I have time to write.

IMG_3073Regardless today I’ll share my current works in progress. The first isn’t particularly exciting but useful in so many ways. I decided I need to make some wash cloths, for so many reasons and people. I pulled out my monster ball of cotton and cast on. I’ve decided I’ll just keep an open project on Ravelry and add a percentage point for each one I finish. This is the first one, about half done.

IMG_3069This photo is my July 12 in 14 Halde-along project. This month’s yarn is That’s No Moon in TipTree, a limited edition colourway of which there is exactly one skein left in the shop. The pattern for these socks is called Luna’s Moonlight from Ann Kingstone’s Novel Knits pattern book.

If you’re wondering about my June project, yes it did get finished on time. I just need to find a model to get some FO photos and then I will do up a post about it.

My final WIP for this week is a mystery knit along (MKAL) of a pattern from Boo Knits. A MKAL is when the designer sends you pattern “clues” or instructions in pieces with no indication to the look of the finished product. I’ve admired Boo Knits patterns for some time and have many of them in my queue and/or favourites. When I saw this offering for a beaded shawl I couldn’t resist. It’s called Ocean Breeze and I have selected Blue Sky Alpaca’s Metalico in Silver and Platinum with blue beads. I’m still on the first clue but it does look gorgeous don’t you think?

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