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OH SNAPS!!! It’s a real WIP Wednesday!!

Hey everyone, I made it to WIP Wednesdays. Lol I have been knitting and contemplating on my next projects. This is going to be a three part blog. First WIPs, future project aspirations, and recent acquisitions.

WIPs

Currently, I am working on the Fade to Flax, (formerly known as the Everyone Loves a Green Dragon), the White Walker Dragon, and the Liz’owl sweater.

The Fade to Flax is coming along. I finally brought more stitch markers for keeping track of counting. It appears that I have some weird numbers going on. I think I am going to try the sweater on to see when I should start decreasing. I feel that this sweater is going to be a little modified. ūüôā

The Liz Owlsweater has been going slow…because I am in the woes of sleeves. But because I am doing them two at a time, I am grateful to only having to go through the woes once. No progress pictures to show as very little has been made.

Lastly, is my Joji Locatelli’s Dragonflies sweater. Originally it was titled Everyone Loves a Green Dragon because of the forest green color of the 4-ply mohair blend from blacker yarns. Although I got gauge from swatching, I wasn’t satisfied with how the pattern was knitting up. The yarn was too see-through because it is a fingering weight. I considered going down needle sizes, however, worried about running out of yarn because of the tighter gauge. So I decided to use long time stash yarn from knit picks in the colorway of dove heather, thus the new name The White Walker Dragon. Today, I had a set back, I wasn’t happy with the neck line and was having too many mistakes in the pattern due to poor concentration (tired and failed to make it a travel project) I ripped back. Below are pictures before the rip back. I know this will grow as I get back in the grove. But this is an at home project for sure.

Next on Needles

If you have been following this blog this year, you know my goal is to knit at least 6 sweaters. I have finished two sweaters and have four more to go. You are also aware I have purchased a ton of yarn from Edinburgh Yarn Festival. I have also purchased yarn before going to the festival and need to get the stash under control. Next up to be cast on in the next couple weeks is the Joji Locatelli’s Radiate Sweater and the Blafjell by Skeindeer Knits.

I am love Joji Locatelli’s sweaters and the Radiate is such an interesting colorwork sweater. Below is my awesome project bag and the yarn I plan to use. Stay tuned for my updates:

Skeindeer knits has an awesome podcast on YouTube about living in London as a Norwegian knitting and obtaining a PhD. She is very funny and I was happy to had briefly met her in Edinburgh. Here is a link to her channel.

She has been designing lately and being a fan and getting more into colorwork, I decided to try her Blafjell sweater. It is going to be interesting but I am excited to try it. Below is the project bag and yarns I am planning to use (finally using some Edinburgh yarn).

Acquisitions
FINALLY….New acquisitions. After Edinburgh Yarn Festival, I decided to go on a yarn diet for a long time. I am committing to only knitting from the stash. However, before the festival, I signed up for Lady Dye Yarns monthly mini skein box for the black panther theme. It came this week and did not disappoint. I am so so happy. She also threw in a surprise project bag which I absolutely love. The skeins are 500 yards (100 yards a piece) at DK weight. Before I get into pictures, Lady Dye Yarns is a small dye black woman own business. I came across the business after reading a blog about the lack of diversity in tthe yarn industry. It was refreshing to find her business and blog. This also lead to me finding GGMadeit. I plan to do a blog devoted to my yarn influencers. Definitely check out Lady Dye Yarns!

Without further ado, the pictures of awesomeness. Enjoy! Happy Knitting!!

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Yarn Hauls

Hey all just wanted to give a glimpse into my stash since March 2013… a lot of sales and a lot of yarn. Starting with the most recent:

5/25/13

Shop: Yarnphoria located at 1016 Pine Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Brand: Lamb’s Pride

Weight: Bulky

Content: 85% wool and 15% mohair

Color: M-115 Oatmeal

Price: $3

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Cascade Yarns

Magnum

100% Peruvian Highland Wool

Lime Green

Price: $23.50

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Manos Cotton Stria (Manos del Uruguay)

Worsted (?)

Lilac

Price: $10

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I also got buttons for my Jacqueline Sweater and a metal gauge plate.  This shop is amazing!! It just opened 5 months ago..  the owner is super nice and down the earth (very hippy chic). The shop has so much yarn it is ridicules (OMG). It also has bulky yarn and so much sale yarn, it is out the ying-yang. I will never have to shop online because of this shop. She is just starting to get her foot off the ground, as far as marketing, and for now she only has Facebook and a knit map mention. Here are the pictures of the buttons and gauge plate.

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5/18/13

Rosie’s Yarn Cellar Sidewalk Yarn Sale

Location: 2017 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Rosie's Yarn Cellar10 Skeins of Schulana Accordion

80% Schurwolle Merino and 20% Kid Mohair

Bulky

Greyish Blue

Price: $8 x 10= $80

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2 skeins of Mirasol Hasa

50% F.S. Alpaca, 40% Merino, and 10% Bonretta Silk

Bulky(?)

Sky Blue and Grey

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2 Skeins of Manos Rittenhouse

100% extra fine Merino

worsted

Color way: 599 purple-ish mixed

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2 skeins of Louisa Harding Kimono Angora

70% Angora, 25%Wool, and 5% Nylon

pale pink/peach

lace (?)

Price: $4×2 = $8

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5/4/13

Loop Location 1914 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146

4 skeins of Sheep Shop Yarn Company

1Bulky and 3 worsted

Hand painted… colorway

Price: $6×4= $24

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I also got the cutest tape measure… eep!

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April 2013 Rosie’s Yarn Cellar

Manos Maxima

Worsted

Aqua

100% merino

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Knit Picks’ Wool of Andes

Dover and Heather Sage Bush

Kit

$24 (estimated)

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3 skeins of  Full Circle

Blue Moon

Worsted

$16 (estimated)

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March 2013 Rosie’s Yarn Cellar

Manos Wool Clasica

Worsted

100% Merino

Blue

$8

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 7 skeins of Manos Rittenhouse

Worsted

100% extra fine merino

Cinnamon

$8x 7= $56

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2 skeins of Manos Clasica

Rose

Worsted

$8×2=$16

1  Manos Maxima

silver

worsted

$14

1  Manos Silk Blend

30% silk and 70% Merino

DK

$8

All of this items were used in a hat and cowl here is a picture:

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Misc Yarn Haul

2 skeins Manos Clasica

Worsted

multi color (blues and golds)

$16 (estimated)

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As you can see it might be time for a yarn diet… time to starting knitting only from the stash got to get back down so I can rebuild…. muah hahahahahahahaahahahhahahahahaha (evil laugh)… what yarn hauls have you done lately? Have a great day!!!!

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