Ladies and Germs, after two years in the making, much procrastination, and a lot of work, I present to you, Auburn Camp Shirt, completed!

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Ain’t she a beaut? I started it in about March 2009, and it’s now January 2010. The specs again are: 2nd size up from the smallest, I think it was 5 or 6 skeins of Knit Picks Gloss fingering weight in “Sage” (but it’s more like a deep turquoise to me), 3 mm straights and circs, 6 buttons for the front, and 4 for the sleeve cuffs (but I realized afterwards that I could have gotten away with only 2). The only alteration I made to the pattern was the sleeve cuff. As you can see here, it lays flat against the sleeve, but it was not intended to do that. Here is a picture from the magazine:

http://www.interweaveknits.com/galleries/bonus/spring-2008/Auburn-Camp-Shirt.asp

It was supposed to be done that way to look like cuff links on a man’s shirt, but I chose heavier pewter buttons, and the sleeve flap was dragged down by them, and made me look like I had wings, and with my slim arms, that’s just wrong, so I tacked them down flat, and I’m very happy with the change.

Also completed in the past couple weeks are Flying Trapeze Socks, also designed by Chrissy Gardiner, the designer of the lovely sweater above:

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Flying Trapeze made in the toddler size for Morgan (who loves them by the way!), and I used Scheepjes Invicta Extra sock yarn in a deep magenta shade (it looks more red in the picture). These socks didn’t use a full ball between them, I think around 2/3 of a 50g ball. I’m going to knit a pair of toe-ups with the remaining at some point, dividing the yarn into two equal portions, casting on toe-up, working a short row heel, and then just knitting as much as I can on the leg. Good way to conserve yarn, n’est pas?

And my SKA socks for January’s Texture challenge were completed as well:

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Say hello to my new favorite pair of socks, Pomme de Pin (Pinecone in French) by Stefania. The pattern is a little hard to capture on camera. In person, you see not only the colors, but also the texture very, very well, but no matter how hard we tried, no matter the different lighting, posing, or anything else we tried, the texture just would not show up properly on screen. I assure you they go together like bread and butter, and that the colors don’t hide the pattern like you can see here on camera. They are perfect. And the yarn is Fleece Artist 2/6 Merino, colorway is Origin. It says 100% Merino and “machine washable” on the label, but these babies will not be hitting the washing machine anytime soon.

I tried 3 new techniques on these socks, Turkish Cast on, which I now prefer to Judy’s Magic Cast On, a short row heel, and a Kitchener Stitch cast off. If you click on any of those techniques, you will get a link to tutorials of each. The only thing that is not explained in the Kitchener Stitch one is how to use it as a cast off. Here’s my extra bit of instructions:

When you do a kitchener stitch cast off, get 2 extra dpn’s of approximately the same size, and slip the knit stitches onto one needle, and the purls onto the other (my sock ended with a k1,p1 rib), and yes, it will be fiddly and tricky. Once you have done this, cut yourself a LONG tail, and then follow the instructions as for kitchener stitch. I found it really easy to do this because I worked Magic Loop for my sock, so I only had to do this set up for 2 needles worth of stitches, 30 on each side. I loved the technique, it made my sock stretchy, but still able to hold itself up.

Now, I am working on Fauxbius, which is (another) Chrissy Gardiner pattern that was done exclusively for Embrace the Lace 2009. My mother signed up for the program, and when she got this project, found it not to be quite to her liking, but it had me written all over it. At first she thought she would make it for me, but then decided that I would enjoy it more if I knit it myself, which she is *so* right about. I started it on Friday, and it’s a beautiful, intricate project that requires all of my attention. Attempting to watch tv or carry on more than short, basic conversations while working on it has resulted in me picking back at least 100 stitches to where I made a mistake earlier in the row. However, it has captured my heart completely, and I can’t wait to share some pictures of it with all of you when I’ve made more progress.

And, on a side note, I have decided to participate in this year’s Ravelympics. I am part of Team Austentatious, the Ravelry group I spend the most time with, and my goal will be to work on Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s Snowdrop Shawl. My goal is NOT to complete it, not even to get half-way or any of that. My goal will be to just simply get as far along on it as I possibly can. I will not be working on any other projects during the Olympics, not even a plain sock. When I am home, if I am not cooking or taking care of Morgan, I will be knitting. If I go somewhere for a long period of time, I will be knitting. I will simply try to do as much as I possibly can, and just see how far I can get.

I will be using Diamond Luxury Collection baby alpaca lace yarn, which is 100% Baby Alpaca. I am making it in a natural color, and I am especially pleased with it, because i got it for a great deal at a local yarn shop (this shawl will have cost me less than $25). I have 3 skeins at 400m a piece, and the shawl calls for exactly 1200 meters! (Thank you Yarn Harlot for using metric measurements, this yarn does not show yards).

The Snowdrop shawl is going to be very special for me for two reasons. The first is that my paternal grandmother’s name is Eirlys, which is Welsch for Snowdrop, and ever since I discovered that, I’ve wanted to make this shawl. The second is that also from the second that I saw this shawl, I realized that I wanted to pair it with a gorgeous vintage dress and wear it to my wedding, whenever that comes around. Specifically, a dress almost exactly like this, but without the jacket, and not in that hideous green color. Once the shawl is finished and blocked, I will pack it away carefully, and the next time you will see it, is in my wedding photos.

Okay, so enough with the dreaming…I’ve got a Fauxbius to work on! Happy knitting everyone!

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