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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Lanikai, FO

Pattern:  Summer Flies by Donna Griffin.
Needles:  size 8
Yarn:  Hand spun cotton grown in Ewa Beach  by Linda Sjögren,  Spun on my Majacraft Rose, two ply.  Hand dyed in Procion dye, turquoise.    Held together with Lontue by Araucania, colorway greens.
Comments:  I ran out of hand spun just before starting the ruffle, so I held two strands of Lontue together.  The variegated Lontue made the turquoise more interesting.  I'm happy to say this first attempt at spinning cotton worked pretty well and did not fall apart!
I am calling this Lanikai for the the beach on east Oahu.  On a sunny day it is incredibly blue and green!

Really there are two of these socks.  I had fun using up some sock yarn stash.  This is a plain vanilla toe down  64 stitch sock  on size 1 needles. 
I'm calling them Melody for the recipient, who is a very colorful, multi-talented person that comes together nicely.  She loves crazy socks and they fit her fine.  She does have two feet. 
I keep little balls of sock yarn.  I bet I'm not the only one.  I have the Bee Keepers Quilt pattern to knit, but after knitting half a puff I could see a future of sewing in ends.  If there is one complaint I have about the crazy sock, it that there are two ends to weave in every color change, I do not like sewing in ends! 
More hats.  Two more Noro Hats and one more Graham
I used the Earflap Hat Pattern Generator bu Lucia for the Earflap hat in Cascade 220.  The Earflaps have a very unusual construction, as another knitter described, like knitting toes.  The flaps and band are double layers.  My count was off so I wasn't able to find a color-work pattern to fit, but the stripes worked fine.  The final hat has a short braid of all 3 colors coming off the top.  I am hoping to get a picture of the hat in action.

As the end of the year rolls a long, I plan to take a break from knitting until Downton Abbey starts.  I'll see how that goes.  The plan is to organize the stash and put away Christmas before then.

***update 1/31/2013 I've wound the Blue Heron Rayon Metallic for the Downton Abbey Mystery KAL 2014 which starts Jan.5.  So there will be knitting in January!

I wish you all a Happy Holiday and Happy New Year!

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