Welcome to 2017! I’m so excited for 2016 to be over already. Some hardcore celebrities and childhood hero’s died over the last few months that melted into the holiday season…so…I dunno, not a whole lot I can say that hasn’t already been said.

But as far as feels go. Have you seen Finding Dory? ToT Yes, that’s right. Crying text emoji. Pixar working that magic again, and me crying like a pathetic broken person in front of my husband (whom’s idea it was to rent it from Amazon to begin with). Thanks dude.

And speaking of movies, we also watched The Secret Life of Pets. That’s a fun movie that could have been better if it was pg-13. And then that infamous Rogue One. Oh yes, that movie…that Star Wars movie. THE prequel we all wanted and had to suffer 3 horrifying films, and 3 horrifying remastered upchucked splice edited originals…if you don’t know how I feel about ep. 1-3 and the 90’s edition ep 4-6…NOW YOU DO! Any time I’ve ever seen A New Hope playing on cable tv they neeever play those shitty 90’s releases, so I know I’m not alone in my opinions regarding that…stuff… Continue reading Happy 2017!

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Back from vacation and back into knitting! Not that the knitting ever left me to begin with. ^.^

As you may not know, @caterpillargreen did a shop update a few weeks before I went on vacation. I ordered right away because her self-striping yarn is super popular! I got two skeins of the Shawl Stripes in Concrete Remix. One for me and one for @norichanknits. The idea here being that we were going to make the Playground Shawl as a part of our June knit-a-long in our own little Ravelry group. Coincidentally, a few days before my return @caterpillargreen announced a Playground Shawl KAL of her own! Of course I’ll just have to join in!

The base: MCN Fingering

The type: Shawl Stripe

The color:  Concrete Remix

The KAL itself begin yesterday the 15th and will run through the end of July. This leaves plenty of time for me to finish up some quick projects, two sweaters and a wrap, and still be able to finish the shawl in time. The shawl itself is a basic construction of garter and lace sections. Interestingly enough the garter section is done with a ssk along one edge which elongates the edge loop to simulate a top center triangle shape whereas this is knit from bottom right corner. I actually really like this and am pleased that the pattern includes a different construction technique. I have not gotten far into the first section of lace, but I have successfully set up for the first color transition.

The pattern notes give a suggestion to continue the last garter RS row as normal and then purl back the next row, maintaining increases as normal garter WS row. This will make sure that there are no colored purl bumps on the RS of the final piece. From there, continue with the lace pattern until the colored section of yarn switches back to gray.

At this point I may put down a life line to see if I like starting garter in the middle of a row (if it happens), or if I will continue with the lace, or if I will just flip the work and begin part way through a row in the opposite direction.

Cast on: check out my instagram photo! XD


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