What's This? Knitting?

Wow, I feel like I have fallen off the face of the planet for a minute. Things have been stupid busy here the last couple of weeks. You know the kind of busy--it keeps you up at night thinking about it yet somehow it is hysterically funny that you are so busy because you mostly did it to yourself. Ah, the life of me--stupid busy.

Anyway, among all the busy, I did manage to get some knitting done.

I will start at the beginning.

The other week, me and some of the ladies of the Northwest Suburban Knitting Group went over to Mosaic for a day of knitting. While there, I managed to finish my Faux Cable Socks. Hmm, I can't find them right now. Hold on. . . .

Ok, found them. Here they are:

And, here are the specs on these:

Pattern: Faux Cable Socks, made up by me on several post-it notes which are now all over the apartment
Yarn: Crystal Palace Panda Wool, two skeins (I got this yarn in the Ravelry Yarn Gift Exchange)
Needles: Size 2
Result: Another nice pair of socks. I enjoyed the faux cable a lot. I may explore them more soon! These socks are super soft and super warm.

While at Mosaic with my knitting buddies, I was talked into (not like it was hard) getting one ball of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran for another pair of Fetchings by Tasha (Rav link there). A day later I had these: The second picture is the actual color of the mitts. I did these with just one ball, but I had to cut out two rows on each one. I think I might be addicted to knitting these things. I find myself at work thinking about how I can get to a yarn shop to get my hands on more of that yarn for more Fetchings!

A few days later I met up with some more knitting buddies (this time Jenni and Tia) for some learning of the magic loop method. None of us had done it before, and we thought some hand holding would be good. So far, I find this method a little fussy, but I am still practicing. When I first started knitting toe up socks I hated it, and now I adore it so. I think this will be the same way. Here is what I have so far:A couple of toes. Not too bad. I am going to try to work on these some more this week. Jenni, the fastest knitter I have ever seen is already to the heel. I better get crackin'! I would have been a lot further if not for this:
An Unoriginal Hat. I couldn't take it anymore. I just had to knit one. I knit the whole thing yesterday. The hat is too small for me, but fortunately I have a friend with a small head. Some specs:

Pattern: The Unoriginal Hat by Stephanie Pearl McPhee
Yarn: Patons Chunky Shetland Chunky Tweed
Needles: Size 10
The Result: I love love love it. I am going to knit one to fit my head very soon. Probably if I would have used the right needle size it would have been fine for me. But, I laugh in the face of gauge swatches and reading patterns for correct needle sizes, so that's what I get.

There are other things on the needles too. I have started another Pinwheel Baby Blanket. It's not much right now, so I don't have anything to really show. And, things are being planned for the needles too. There might have been yarn ordered today for a secret knitting project. I can't talk about that now though. Oh, it's going to be good.

I am still destashing on my etsy site. The latest addition is one skein of Colinette Jitterbug: The yarn seems great, I just thought it was going to be a little darker. Get it before it's gone! You can find the details here.

If you are still reading, I am super impressed. Happy knitting! :)

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