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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Well Fan and Feather me!

I'm going to be honest here, I'm having a bit of a struggle with my stash busting.  Sort of.  Ok, not really, but I REALLY WANT to buy some yarn to knit a pair of socks.  I blame all you crafty knitters out there making fabulous socks.  They are so tempting and really, I do need more socks.  I'll just add that to the "someday soon" list.

I am making slow progress on my second Ramona tank top.  I blame the not very nice yarn and the fact that it is a duplicate.  I just don't really like making something twice.  


I'm going to try to focus on it the next few days, because **announcement** I am going back to work (outside the house).  I'm going to be a tour guide for the season at a local distillery, which I think will be really fun.  I get to be active (I like), meet new people (I like) and make a bit more money (I really like).  The only down side is that I will have so much less time to knit.  That, I do not like.

Isn't is pretty? I first visited the distillery in my early 20's, gasp! Never in a million years did I think I'd end up working there.



Anyway, moving right along with the WIP's, and stash-busting, I decided to cast on for a lap blanket.  Yes, I am already thinking (and dreading) next winter.  This stone farmhouse is COLD.  And heating oil costs a fortune.  I am not exaggerating.  




I picked a very easy fan and feather pattern so I can just boogey right along with it, and ended up messing up the pattern twice!  That is definitely my M.O., I like to make the easy into hard.  So I  ripped the rows I messed up twice, and then when I got about 6 rows in I noticed that in the picture there is a garter stitch border.  That isn't in the directions for the beginning, but reading ahead it IS there for the end.  Sigh.  So I ripped the whole thing out and started over.  Now I do seem to be sailing right along, so perhaps it was all for the best.

I've got loads of the cream, which I'm going to stripe with navy blue and forest green.  Yay for using up loads of yarn!

Now I've got to run because it is my girls 6th birthday today!  I've got a cake to ice.  See you on Friday.


32 comments:

  1. Wow! I love the feather and fan pattern, It will look great when finished!!

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  2. That fan and feather is absolutely gorgeous. The colours bring out the pattern really well, look forward to seeing that done! Congrats on the job, and the place you will be working at looks incredible, must have a lot of history behind it.

    x

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  3. Love the look of your lap blanket :) Such a good idea too - using up yarn and making something warm for the home to save money in the long run!

    Congrats on the job - that's great news. Even if it may cut into the knitting time a bit!

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  4. good luck with your new job! I love your ripple blanket. Your house is absolutely gorgeous, shame its difficult to keep warm

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  5. I almost never make things twice, because you're right, it gets a bit dull. Sounds like a great job - distillery tours! Pretty, pretty architecture. The garter stitch border really makes a nice edge on the blanket so I think you were right to restart it. You're away to the races now by the look of it!

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  6. You have so much going on! A tour guide job sounds great for you! The fan and feather pattern is really pretty and the yarn you chose to go with it looks wonderful (great stitch definition). Also, some people may really disagree with this suggestion, but you can make some fun socks with DK or worsted weight yarn. Some of my favorite pairs are.

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  7. Sitting here in my own little granite house, I am still staggered by how cold I am in the evenings, despite this wonderful part of the world being the warmest in the country during the day! Congratulations on your job - sounds fabulous!

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  8. Love the blanket! And that job sounds awesome! I hope you have a lot of fun with it!

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  9. Ooooh, lovely fan and feather pattern! Have fun at the distillery!

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  10. OOOOOOOOooooo! I ADORE navy and cream together, and that pattern....

    Congratulations on your new "adventure"! That distillery is in a GORGEOUS building!

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  11. That navy & cream looks sooo good together! Great choice and the pattern is great. (I like the pinks together too.) Thanks for sharing on my WIP Wednesday.

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  12. Well done for getting a job, it's hard to find anything at the moment. I've been debating trying some feather and fan myself. Seeing yours definitely makes me think it would be a good idea.

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  13. I totally hear ya. SinceI followed all those knitters' blogs I have the urge to buy so much stash to knit up socks and more socks...sigh!
    Loving the look of the Ramona top so far already and the Fan & Feather pattern looks amazing!

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  14. Oh I really like that pattern for the lap blanket!

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  15. I'm on that don't-like-to-make-it-twice boat with you. Maybe that's why I'm not interested in sox? Congrats on your interesting job! Let us know how you integrate knitting with the distillery tour!

    Love the cream and navy! The green will look so pretty in that combo!

    :)

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  16. I think it's funny that you don't like to make things twice and you made twins! I think you'll have to get used to it ;) Happy Birthday to the girls! Did you make 2 cakes?

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    1. Ha Jocelyn you are so right! I LOVE having twins too. The girls had the best birthday, but only one cake. I made 2 last year, but they were having a party!

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  17. The feather and fan pattern is gorgeous. I also think that tank is very cute.

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  18. I like your new job. You forgot to list the fragrance. Love visiting distilleries. I am with you on the knitting two things the same. Groan. Also struggling with the stash busting (can I admit that I've visited a wool shop recently. Shh)

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  19. Projects are looking good! love the colours! Good luck on the new job, sounds fun. I hope she had a good birthday!

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  20. I love feather and fan ... there's something so delicate about the design and it often feels like magic when it starts to knit up. Your color choices are great! Congratulations on the new job ... sounds like great fun and I bet you're going to meet so many interesting people. But make sure you sneak in some knitting time -- we knitters can't go for very long without a few knits/purls.

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  21. The tank top might be slow-going, but it's looking lovely. And the blanket is fantastic. I bet you'll love being cozy under that next winter!

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  22. Wow, that distillery building is amazing! So is your cute stone house. :-)

    I'm looking forward to seeing the completed lap blanket :-)

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  23. Sorry you had to rip out your feather and fan. I'm working on a scarf, such a pretty pattern. Sounds fun being a tour guide.

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  24. Twins! What fun! You are very creative, indeed! lol I came to your blog from Froniter Dreams. My project this week was an itty bitty dress for BabySister, due in early July! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/03/squirrelys-nutty-brown-owl-dress.html

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  25. This really makes want to knit a blanket.
    Love your blogs.

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  26. I love the feather and fan! Happy Birthday to your girls!

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    1. Thank you, they had a great birthday.

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  27. These yarn along posts do make it tough to stick to our stash busting plans, don't they? Such beautiful and tempting work. I find myself in the same predicament! :)

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  28. Love them! especially love the blue and white!

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