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Off the Needles: Finished Projects Update

November is National Novel Writing Month, and Danny and I have taken on the NaNoWriMo challenge, which is to write a 50,000 word novel during the 30 days of November. We’re both attempting this daunting task to challenge ourselves and to hopefully stir up some inner creativity. The daily goal is to aim to write around 1667 words, and so far we are on track. It has been taking up quite a bit of my free time, which sadly includes craft and knitting time, but, as Danny reminds me, bettering ourselves sometimes requires a few sacrifices.

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Danny and I spent our Saturday in the SF Mission District to hang out in a favorite of ours, The Atlas Cafe, to have lunch and to write for a while. Danny was very good and typed away practically the whole time. I confess, I mostly worked on a crochet bag, a commission project due this week, but I did manage to cram in some writing time later in the evening at home.

I wore the chunky Wasabi cowl, designed by Cassandra Dominick, that I made a couple of months ago, and Danny got some nice detail shots of it while we were out walking around. The texture of the hand dyed Yarnarchy handspun yarn is really awesome.

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Like a lot of others, I’ve started in on a bit of holiday gift knitting. (Can you believe it’s November already?!) I’m not planning on taking on quite as much as I did last year. I’ve mostly been working on hat projects. The Alokananda Beret is a really beautiful hat pattern by Jillian Newhall, which I knit in Malabrigo Twist.

I had a little emergency while knitting this project: I was only four rounds away from finishing the crown when I ran out of yarn. Very, very poor planning on my part. After scouring other Ravelers’ stashes, I was able to find a small partial skein that someone was willing to part with. (A big shout out and thank you to littlegoat!) Once that arrived in the mail I was able to finish up the beret and wet block it on a dinner plate. And voila.

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While I had been waiting for that partial skein to arrive, I knit up the Slouchy Beret by Sandra Oakeshott with half a skein of West Yorkshire Spinners BFL Fleece Variations yarn. I can see myself making many more of these as gifts for folks in all kinds of colors. Very simple, fast, yet unique looking with the swirl pattern.

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I finally did finish up the Trillian shawl (Martina Behm) during my New England trip last month. Still haven’t blocked it. Not sure if I really need to, because I thought the shawl showed up great as is in the photos. The yarn is I Knit or Dye BFL sock yarn and the teal is a mystery yarn that I found at the bottom of my stash.

(That hat I am wearing in these pictures is the Rose Red beret by Ysolda Teague that I knit up in March. A new favorite, and one that I will be knitting up again for sure.)

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And finally, here is the Weekend Wrap vest by Cocoknits, which I posted about in September. I wanted to go ahead and post some better pictures of it. The vest was fun to knit up and works great with the two yarns I used together: Stitch Sisterz cashmere yarn, leftover from Bethany’s wedding shawl, and Habu Tsumugi silk. I really like the flowy front panels, but I’m not thrilled that the back of the vest doesn’t cover – er – my prominent derriere at all. I might try wearing it with a dress or skirt in the future to create a more flattering look.

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The Nine Dwindling Cables beret by Yarn Owl is currently on my needles. The yarn I’m using is A Verb For Keeping Warm’s Annapurna. There are a couple more hats in my queue and a shawl that I want to try and get done before Christmas. Updates and photos to come.

A quick note on my mini yarn line in the works: I took my 6 fleeces of mixed breeds to Yolo Wool Mill a little over two weeks ago, and I am currently waiting for them to finish processing them. Half of the wool will be spun into a worsted weight yarn and the other half will be bulky weight. I am super excited to see the results! Once the wool is all finished processing and I pick up the yarn, I hope to get dyeing right away. 😀

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