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It’s hard to believe that a whole month has almost passed since I’ve last posted…I promise to post more often now that I’m settling into the new job. This is the Shetland shawl – I finished one whole repeat of the lace chart this weekend! Only three more repeats until I move on to the border lace. I am thinking of using Jared’s technique of skipping the final patterned row (and purl row) for a more subtle scallop on the edge.  Tell me – what are you all working on? I am anxious to catch up!

{p.s. Dona – I totally owe you an e-mail – it’s coming, je promets!}

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Working the last few rounds of decreases – loving how the crown is just rows of concentric squares. At this rate, it should be completed by the time I’m finished my morning coffee. ~J

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…I’m knitting a Jared Flood pattern. It seems odd to me that I’ve never knit one of his patterns before, considering how much I love them. I’m sure it won’t be the last time. ~J

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{photo via Ravelry, by Jared Flood}

I am in love with this new line of American Wool by Mr. Brooklyn Tweed himself – Jared Flood.  It’s a 2-ply, worsted-weight yarn made from fleece grown in Wyoming and spun in a New England mill.  There are 17 rustic, earthy shades with clever names such as Long Johns, Button Jar, and Pumpernickel.

All of the colors are pure Jared.

The skeins are 140 yds. each, and retail for $12.50.  There are a few patterns to go along with the release – here is his Terra Shawl/Scarf knit in the Homemade Jam colorway:

{photo via Ravelry, by Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed}

You can buy the wool on Jared’s brand new website.  Also, you must read about his journey of getting the yarn produced, here.  It’s pretty amazing.  Congratulations, Jared!  I am sure this is just the beginning of wonderful things to come.  ~J

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Cedar leaf Shawlette, by Alana Dakos

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Damson, by Ysolda Teague

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Juneberry Triangle, by Jared Flood

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Springtime Bandit, by Kelbourne Woolens

It has been damp, cold and rainy around here over the past couple of days, and these cozy shawls are calling my name.  I want to knit them all!

Ravelry Links for Patterns:

Cedar Leaf Shawlette, Damson, Juneberry Triangle, Springtime Bandit (free!)


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October marks my One Year Knitting Anniversary.

{2008-2009 projects}

{2008-2009 projects}

According to Ravelry, I have knit a total of 38 projects since that very first cast-on.  It was Jaime who patiently taught me how to cast on and how to do the knit stitch.  It was last October, and our Mom in the hospital and was very, very sick; we were spending 8-10 hours a day just sitting in her room waiting for her to get better.   One morning Jaime showed up with some bright blue yarn and a pair of size 8 bamboo knitting needles.

{the crazy turquiose yarn}

{the crazy turquiose yarn}

She patiently showed me how to do a long-tail cast-on and the simple knit stitch.  She thought knitting would be a good way to pass the time, but it ended up being so much more than that.  Slowly, the conversations shifted from heart illnesses and transplants to dropped stitches and Mom’s stories about how she used to crochet growing up.  It was therapeutic and uplifting for all of us, I think, as we sat and giggled about the hideous blue monster growing on my needles…

By the time Mom was released, I had really gotten the hang of knitting and purling.  Jaime and I decided to visit a local yarn store called Stitches with Style.  When I walked in, I felt amazingly at home – there was so much yarn in so many different textures and colors – it was like being a kid in a candy store, a feeling I still get whenever I walk in there.

{my wonderful little yarn shop}

{my wonderful little yarn shop}

After walking around for at least an hour, touching the skeins and looking at the beautiful work displayed around the shop, I finally settled on some Lanaloft Wool in a reddish-pink colorway.   It was with this yarn that I knit my first real scarf.   While admiring my finished creation, I noticed that the first half of the scarf looked slightly different from the second half – I made the rookie mistake of not checking the dye lots.  I still buy my all of my yarn from that little shop.  They are always so helpful and nice and happily, they are just down the block!

{My first real project}

{My first real project}

Since that first real scarf, there have been lots of other ‘firsts’ – the first baby hat:

{Sunshine Baby Hat}

{Sunshine Baby Hat}

The first lace and sweater:

{Shaped Lace Camisole}

{Shaped Lace Camisole}

The first cables:

{Eyeglass holder}

{Eyeglass holder}

The first knitting in the round:

{Baby Beanie Hat}

{Baby Beanie Hat}

What a joyous moment that was – no purling!  There was the first charity knitting, for Lucinda and her Cooper:

{A sweet little blue bird}

{A sweet little blue bird}

My first original pattern:

{Perla's Cloche}

{Perla's Cloche}

It would be impossible to list all of them.  Each project has been a learning experience, and each mistake has been invaluable in helping me become a better knitter.

Knitting sometimes conjures up images of little old ladies sitting in rocking chairs, so I was completely surprised by the huge, amazingly talented community of young knitters that are out there.

{Clockwise from top left: Ysolda, Jared, Wenlan, Susan}

{Clockwise from top left: Ysolda, Jared, Wenlan, Susan}

Ysolda Teague, Jared Flood, Susan Anderson, Wenlan Chia – they are all classic and edgy and vibrant, and continue to be a true source of inspiration.   There is never a day when I am not browsing the amazing knitting on Ravelry – the creativity that is out there is simply astounding.

I am so excited about this next year of knitting and for all of the new ‘firsts’ I’ll get to experience.   And I will forever be thankful to my sister for giving me this wonderful gift.

Have a great weekend! ~Jenny

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That’s right, Jared Flood – I’m talking to you.  You just had to post this gorgeousness on your blog:

{Shetland-Inspired Blanket} by Jared Flood

{Shetland-Inspired Blanket} by Jared Flood

Which led me immediately here…which led to this showing up on my doorstep a few days later:

{a bowl of Knit Picks City Tweed}

{a bowl of Knit Picks City Tweed}

Oh, and in order to get free shipping, I ended up buying some of this as well:

{super-soft organic cotton}

{super-soft organic cotton}

(which I’ll probably make washcloths with…)

So this haul put me over my yarn budget for the month by an additional* $52.37.

(*I say additional because I was already over my yarn budget for the month by $42.50.  But that’s not important.)

{thanks a lot}

{thanks a lot.}

So, Jared – I know you must just feel terrible about all this, so if you wanted to send over the pattern for this beautiful blanket, all will be forgiven:

{elegant!}

{pretty please!}

Thank You.  Oh, and congratulations on your MFA! ~Jenny

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