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August!?! Already!?!

I think I forgot to post in July. . .

I suppose that means it's been a good summer. Busy at least. But now that I've got a few minutes to catch my breath it's time to get caught up on a few things.

First up, I'm very excited to have a pattern included in the most recent issue (Fall 2011) of Sockupied. The Sweet Maize Anklets are a quick, fun project perfect for those dog days. Small and portable, they'll fly off your needles whether you knit them at the beach, the pool or in the car on a summer getaway (not while in the driver's seat please). Or like me you may choose to knit them while listening to one of those college information sessions you go to when you cart your 17 year old child(ren) from campus to campus.

Sweet Maize Anklets 7

Sweet Maize Anklets 4

Of course these are not my summer knitting project. I designed and knit them last spring, with dreams of beachy weather dancing in my head. My go to project for this summer has been a fiery orange shawl that I'm designing using Studio June Yarns Super Cash Sock yarn that Jill sent for me to play with after we met at the Loopy Ewe Spring Fling.

New Shawl

I'm hoping to have the knitting done on this shawl by the end of the week. Then it will be pattern writing, editing and test knitting. Look for the pattern sometime in early Fall.

In the Works
Over in the Through the Loops Group on Ravelry we've been happily knitting shawls for the TTL Summer Shawl KAL. We've got some yummy prizes for a few lucky winners. First up is Sweet Fiber Yarn donated by the very talented Melissa. I cannot say enough good things about Melissa's yarn. Her colors are gorgeous and the base yarns she uses are of very high quality.

Two lucky winners will receive a skein each of Sweet Merino Lite in the color of their choice from Melissa's new jewel tone color range. Thanks Melissa for your generous donation!!


So what have you all been knitting this summer?


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I've been learning magic loop and am working on my very first pair of 2 at a time socks! Ya!

Looks like that new orange shawl is going to be another winner! I got so caught up in Abby's Blanket that I haven't gotten to knit a shawl for the KAL yet. whoops.

I have been slowly working on Citron, with many breaks to play with my busy girls....I wish that I could say I was done, but let's just say that I am "savoring" it.....

I'm happily knitting Coleus. Am I an absolute geek for loving those double decreases? It makes me happy to see how they pop up and give texture to the shawl. Since I have no design sense (yet), I am blown away by the vision that allows designers like you to create images and motifs with those two basic stitches and variations thereof. Thanks, Kirsten.

I have been working in a pair of Monkey Socks by Cookie A.

I've been knitting a baby blanket for my stepdaughter's best friend's baby boy. Almost finished.

P.S. Really enjoy your blog.

I've been knitting my first cardigan. It was going well but the heat wave in July made it tough to want to knit with wool all day long, especially a large amount of it! I'm going to pick it up again this week!

holly w

Love the socks, and the yarn is gorgeous!

I just finished Goodale cardigan in a ruby red color. I learned how cast off using the tubular method and I LOVE it! I'm also about 2/3 of the way through my second pair of socks ever! What's next? Oh yes! I am now working on finishing those other sweaters I've had in limbo for 1-3 yrs.

I too am blown away by how quickly the summer is passing... anyone know a good trick to slow down time?

socks on the magic loop,two at a time. long sleeve wool hoodie, short sleeve bamboo silk cardigan.... too much going on this summer, I knit to clear my head :)

I purchased your Hamamelis Shawl pattern from Down Cellar yesterday. It will be my first "Through the Loops" design that I am making & my first shawl :) I am looking forward to starting. I love being able to support my LYS AND local designers! It is also a BONUS having finished pieces in shops to be able to try. I am much more apt to take on a project that I know will look good "in real life" :) since I've had the pleasure of trying one on for size! Thank you!

I have been working on monkey socks and angee socks by Cookie A.

I have been knitting up a storm this summer! LOTS of infant hat &bootie sets, sweet ponchos in soft hand dyed wool and a few infant sweaters- have made a tiny little line for newborn through age 6 and have it in a local boutique. Here's hoping it sells! Thanks for the chance to win this yarn! it is GORGEOUS! what beautiful scarves it would make! (and hats, and sweaters.....)

I've finished my first adult sweater and it fits!! I've also been knitting alot of socks (6 pair) and am half way through a toddler sweater for my niece. Love your beautiful shawl, I can't wait for the pattern and the yarns are just georgous.

love the socks...the color is amazing! and love the shawl...that colorway is amazing too! so so pretty and thanks for sharing!

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