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At 5a.m. this morning, our little sister called to say that she was on the way to the hospital to have Baby T!  Her contractions were 5 minutes apart, but sadly slowed once she had gotten to the hospital.  They ended up sending her home to wait it out, which we are all pretty bummed about.  But since I was up so early, I decided to use the extra quiet time to finish these:

{Owlings, by Kerrie James}

{Owlings, by Kerrie James}

I used the Malabrigo that Jaime brought me back from Oregon, and boy, did these knit up fast!  Knit on size 6 needles, this yarn feels like velvet, and are doing an excellent job of keeping my hands warm and toasty as I type this.

{sweet little owls}

{sweet little owls}

There is something about owls that is slightly fall-ish, and with the weather around here hovering in the 50’s and 60’s, these will be perfect for standing at the bus-stop with kids in the morning. I made two modifications to the pattern, casting on 35 stitches instead of 45 so that they would fit my narrow hands snugly, and instead of the sewn bind-off, I just did a regular, loose bind off.

{a close-up of the top}

{a close-up of the top bind-off}

I have a pretty good amount of yarn left over, so I may work up a cowl that matches…there are a couple of ideas floating around in my brain…

{hoot!}

{hoot!}

Here are the details:

Here’s hoping Baby T will decide to make an appearance sometime today – we are all so incredibly anxious to meet him!

~Jenny

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{Pattern - Owlings by Kerrie James}

{Pattern - Owlings by Kerrie James}

How can I possibly be expected to accomplish anything today?  The temptation is too great…

~Jenny

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{the newest additions to the stash}

{meet my new babies!}

My darling sissy took a little trip out to Oregon this past weekend to visit with Mom Jodie, and she was sweet enough to bring me back a few surprises!  Let’s have a look, shall we?

First up – two skeins of Misti Chunky Baby Alpaca:

{hello, chunky!}

{hello, big blue!}

Besides being super-soft, the colorway is fantastically quirky – it’s a tealish-navy with flecks of magenta.  It’s got a retro-80’s vibe to it and is begging to be knit into a chunky seed-stitch scarf for winter.

Then there’s this:

{Debbie Bliss Silk Aran}

{Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran}

This amazingly silky yarn will most likely be turned into a simple winter hat and mittens.  There is a certain luminescence about it, and it should do a good job of brightening up my pale complexion.

Next up:

{Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK}

{Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK}

I am debating what to use this for…maybe a lacy scarf or a special pair of socks.  Either way, this yarn is perfect for something worn right against the skin – it’s so soft!

And last, but certainly not least:

{Malabrigo Worsted, a.k.a - "crack for knitters"}

{Malabrigo Worsted, a.k.a - "crack for knitters"}

I am SO excited about this particular skein, as this yarn is exalted among knitters.  This will be knit into some Owlings, which are fingerless gloves based on the ‘Fetching’ knitting pattern.    This time, I’ll make sure they fit…

Speaking of Owls, Jaime also brought back a little something for herself:

{hoot!}

{hoot!}

If I had to guess, this will most likely be made into something for Erin, as she is the resident night-owl.

In addition to Jaime’s amazingly generous offerings (thank you, thank you!), Mom Jodie was also kind enough to send back a few things.

She sent me a gorgeous cashmere sweater:

{vintage nordstroms!}

{vintage nordstroms!}

Which I think was a peace offering, because she also sent these:

{University of Oregon Duck Football Whistles}

{University of Oregon Duck Football Whistles}

Thank you for the sweater Mom Jodie!  I love it so much – it is the first cashmere sweater I have ever owned, so I promise to take really great care of it.  I cannot, however, promise the same about the duck whistles.  They will most likely be smashed with a hammer on the back deck before the day is out*.

Thanks again to both of you – I cannot wait to get knitting today! ~Jenny

*{just kidding.  almost.}

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I was knitting my lace scarf in the studio last weekend, and after completing the 9th repeat, I stretched it out on the chair.  I turned to Jaime, who was ironing some fabric right beside me and asked: “Do we like this yarn in this pattern?”  She looked at it for a second and matter-of-factly replied: “No.  We do not.”  I love sisterly bluntness.

{Lace Scarf by Védís Jónsdóttir}, Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 09

{Lace Scarf by Védís Jónsdóttir}, Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 09

I wish I had taken a picture of it at that point – it reminded me of tiger stripes, which was definitely not the look I was going for.  But I immediately started frogging the scarf, being very careful not to damage the silk and mohair.  Then I sat on the floor with the massive pile of yarn and played with it for a long while, trying to figure out if there was any rhyme or reason to the color repeats.  (No such luck.)  After repeated swatching with different needles and crochet hooks, it became evident that the yarn needed something more open, something with lots of yarn overs so that the strands wouldn’t be so close to each other….

Then I remembered that my Last Minute Knitted Gifts book Jaime had bought me had a pattern called “Airy Scarf” – perfect!

{Airy Scarf by Brenda Overstrom}

{Airy Scarf by Brenda Overstrom}

The pooling is much less noticeable, but the tiger-effect still lingers a bit along the edges:

{must.embrace.pooling.}

{must.embrace.pooling.}

This will be a fairly quick knit – it’s mindless garter with a dash of easy lace thrown in.  One part of the pattern repeat calls for 10 rows of straight knitting, but I modified it, bien sûr, to add more yarn over rows:

  1. Rows 1-5: knit
  2. Row 6: lace row
  3. repeat rows 1-6 until desired length, ending with row 5.

It also says to bind off after 32 1/2″, but I’ll continue knitting until all of this soft yarn is used up.  The new pattern blends the blues and greens together much better than first lace scarf:

{left: old, right: new}

{left: old, right: new}

I still love Védís Jónsdóttir’s pattern, so that will go back into my Ravelry queue to be knit up in a solid color yarn – maybe in some yummy malabrigo:

{orchid, blue surf & sapphire green}

{potential candidates: orchid, blue surf & sapphire green}

Now I am off to work on a baby hat for my niece Ana Sophia – her first birthday party is this weekend!

~Jenny

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