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Off my needles

My Magnolia Glen scarf is off my needles and unfortunately not without issues. In attempting to bind off loosely, I used an elastic bind off and went up one needle size and my edge seems a bit sloppy although it does have about the same amount of stretch as my cast on edge so maybe it will improve with blocking. A second issue is that my ends don’t match – I took out my beginning section and redid it. I thought I’d figured out what I was doing wrong but unfortunately it doesn’t match my end section so obviously I didn’t get it right. 

I’m still planning to block and wear the scarf and while not exact, I think they’re similar enough that they’ll pass when wrapped around my neck. I’ll consider this my humility scarf – I’d just started to think I was fairly good at this.  


Off my Needles

As promised, today has been a knitting day and Samantha’s scarf is done. 

Pattern – Yowza Weigh it Shawl

Yarn – Miss Babs Yowza worsted weight yarn

Size 9 needles  


When I was in GA, Becky asked me if I was going to make hats for Rae again this year so I ordered some yarn and it arrived while I was in VA. I’ll make two of them – one pink and green and one purple – and they’re now on my list of goals which has been expanded to include projects that I want to complete by the end of the year. 


On my needles

I knit a little each night and my scarf – Magnolia Glen – is growing! This one isn’t a free pattern but I am loving the drape and length of it knit in my cotton yarn. It should be perfect for Tampa!


Knit or sew?

I’m getting ready to head to Big Canoe and in between laundry, packing, and spending some time with Keith (a swim, happy hour on the porch, some TV in the evening) I chose to knit rather than sew. It was was easier to pick up and put down especially the shorter rows of the scarf I’m working on. 

I completely redid the beaded beginning section after making a couple glaring errors – normally I don’t rip out especially on something that is going to be scrunched around my neck but since it was in the beginning of the scarf I decided to do it over.  


Things started moving faster as I got to the stockinette section … The first photo captures the beads better as they reflect the light better than this progress shot from tonight. 

The yarn is a 4 strand cotton that is not plied … Which means you’re basically working with 4 tiny individual strands which slows me down a bit especially when lifting the stitch off the needle to add a bead but I love how the colors shift throughout the skein of yarn. This particular skein starts with the maroon and one strand at at time changes over to green which will then change one strand at a time and end up with solid navy. 

I’ve got an 8 hour drive ahead of me tomorrow so I’m hoping I can get some sleep tonight. 

Off my needles

It was a race against the clock yesterday – Keith’s flight kept getting delayed as I was finishing up my scarf. I debated whether I’d have time to finish the picot edge before he got home and it was time to go to dinner and decided to risk it. (I like to do my bind off all in one sitting if possible.) I knit this one pretty quick – cast on July 18 and I thought I’d probably give it away but I really like it so I think I’ll hang on to it for a while and see if I have an opportunity to wear it this fall/winter. If not, I’ll give it away or donate it. 

Pattern: Be Simple – variation 

Needle size – US 6

Yarn – Wollmeise Pure, fingering weight


The picot edging takes a lot longer to do but I love how it looks. 


On my needles

It’s simple and knits up gorgeous — and it’s a free pattern. Win-win-win!

Be Simple Variations

I think I just have one or two pattern repeats left and I love that I can knit this one until I use up my whole skein.  


Cast on

I’m traveling tomorrow so I cast on a new scarf. I love this green/purple colorway. This is just my second project in Wollmeise and I’m trying to be less picky about the projects that are Wollmeise worthy since I’ve collected quite a bit of it. The project is simple, free, and takes just one skein. 

Pattern: Be Simple – variation 

Needle size – US 6

Yarn – Wollmeise Pure, fingering weight 


I really, really need to get a several of my finished projects blocked. That seems to be my stumbling point in my knitting. I know that some of you don’t block but I’ve got 2-3 that NEED blocking to open up the lace. 

Off my needles

I’m trying to get back in the habit of knitting a little each day. The Tour de France helps but the last two days I knit at night after Keith went to bed rather than when we were watching the tour and I finished my Lace Ribbon Scarf. It’s a free pattern and you can find it via this Ravelry link

This one definitely will need blocking to open up the lace and I love the pattern of the lace and the color of the yarn.  


Megan asked what I was going to do with my knitted items now that we’re living in FL and I answered that I hoped to wear some knitted lace items like this scarf and some of my shawls especially those knit in cotton here in Tampa but I’ll also be able to wear some of the warmer items when I travel or when we’re up at Big Canoe. 

More knitting

Last night I worked on the purple scarf but had some minor errors so decided to go for easier knitting tonight while watching the Tour de France. I keep knitting but the yarn ball doesn’t seem to get smaller.  Hopefully the Tour will get me back in the habit of knitting some every day otherwise I won’t ever make any significant progress on my projects. 


On my needles

Progress is being made on my big red shawl but that ball of yarn doesn’t look much smaller!

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