And You Thought I Stopped Knitting

The queue of finished projects waiting to be blocked is staggering.  Instead of continuing to stare at the mountain of FOs gathering dust, I need to take some action.  Unfortunately, this summer has been hot as hell and I’ve tried to spend the better part of my weekends in the mountains where it’s cooler.  My niece is visiting from New Jersey so we took her up the canyon near our house on Saturday.

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It was nice and cool but windy!  I almost lost my hat, and my footing, at the top:

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When we got home, I summoned the energy to block two scarves that I finished months ago. My daughter came over for dinner on Sunday so I threatened bribed enlisted her to model for me.  She wasn’t thrilled to stand on the edge of the hot, dusty, almost-finished backyard so, unfortunately, she didn’t put much effort into posing.

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This scarf is one of my favorite recent projects.  I used a skein of Colinette Jitterbug and and skein of Shibui Staccato.  I love knitting with Staccato and it blocks out so nicely.  The Jitterbug, on the other hand, was a disaster.  The skein was full of knots and it bled so much when it was washed that I swear it changed color.

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Pattern: Graphic Kerchief
Ravelry project page here

Next up is a scarf I knit from Brilla, a cotton/rayon yarn that I’ve had in my stash for a lifetime.  I’m still not sure I’m sold on the color combination, but I like the finished scarf better than I thought I would as I was knitting it.

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Pattern: Diving In
Ravelry project page here

I also got my niece to model a shawl I started and finished last week. This project was spared a multi-month stint in the unblocked pile because it’s slated to be gifted to someone tomorrow.  The yarn, NatureSpun Worsted, is a great work-horse wool.  I *cough, cough* still have a few skeins stashed.

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Pattern: Shaelyn
Ravelry project page here:

And even better than the fact that I knit and blocked this shawl in just three days, is that I used almost every last yard of yarn. Huzzah.

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7 Responses to “And You Thought I Stopped Knitting”

  1. Cheryl S. on 05 Aug 2013 at 8:19 am

    That’s more yarn than you usually have left, but I guess those final rows were pretty long.

    I particularly like the graphic kerchief.

    And the boulder.

  2. Carole on 05 Aug 2013 at 10:33 am

    Great patterns but boy, Hannah doesn’t pose like she used to! Mine doesn’t either, the little brat.

  3. margene on 06 Aug 2013 at 5:32 am

    I just thought you’d stopped blogging. You’ll never stop knitting as you wouldn’t want all that wool to go to waste. I like where your yard is going.

  4. Janell on 07 Aug 2013 at 8:15 am

    Graphic Kerchief is in my favorites– I may need to move that up. I love yours.

  5. gale (she shoots sheep shots) on 14 Aug 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Great to see/hear from you. Lovely shawls! I hope this inspires me to block a shawl finished since early June….

  6. Heather on 26 Aug 2013 at 7:58 am

    Susan! Your blog is updated! YAY! I have enjoyed all the mountains etc on your facebook but miss seeing your knitting.

  7. Nicole Montgrain on 03 Sep 2013 at 9:35 am

    Very nice pics!!