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Romi, the designer of Muir, Waves of Grain, Ice Queen, Verdigris, and so many other pretty patterns, is giving away a copy of her Bluebird pattern! Isn’t it gorgeous?


Anyhow, she’s also running some sort of sale which I am totally ignoring as I am BROKE, but go check it out!

As for designing, I am desiging a knit SOMETHING that I hope will be Knitty.com worthy. It is possible, yes? So I need testers. I need someone to use sport weight yarn, about 250-300 yards, someone to use fingering weight yarn, about 400-500 yards (375 will probably be fine too! :P), and someone to use laceweight yarn, I have no idea how many yards. Like, anywhere from 400-1600? lol

I am knitting the prototype in Chewy Spaghetti sport yarn, one of my prizes from Sheri at The Loopy Ewe. I need to take a picture of the yarn cake, the colours play sooooo prettily! Anyhow, I am knitting it up and I LOVE it. 🙂

So if you are interested test knitting the pattern for me (I’d REALLY be happy if it could be written, tested, and submitted to Knitty by Dec. 15, but I’ll not hold my breath!), email me at Secret Agent Knits at yahoo dot com or ping me on Twitter (@SecretAgentFibr) and we’ll talk! Being able to take pictures is a plus, but not a requirement. 🙂


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Sand Dollars | Originally uploaded by km6xo

If you are a grandparent of mine (although I am not sure how you got the URL for my blog, because I haven’t told any family yet! :P), or if you THINK you are one of my grandparents, or if you can’t keep a secret and you know or THINK you know one of my grandparents, don’t look!

Anyone else, come on in, I want your input! (more…)

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The past few days haven’t been so awesome! First, on Thursday I discovered a dreadful error in my Jane Austen Lace Scarf. It’s very pretty, so I am majorly disappointed in having to send it to the Frog Pond. Here’s a picture taken before the disaster:

JA Scarf

Isn’t it pretty? The shiny round things are pinheads, because I couldn’t keep it from curling up. 🙂

JA Scarf

Then I have this hat I am making for one of my brothers. I promised these hats last year for Thanksgiving, and this is only the second of four! *headdesk* Anyhow, don’t blame me for the colour, that was Alden’s choice! lol

Alden's Hat

I made this for my new little sister. However, Gianna’s head is far too small for this hat! It should fit her next winter, though!
Gianna's Hat

My aunt recently had a baby, so I am making a blanket for baby Sophie. 🙂 My own design, too!

Sophie's Blanket

A gerbil:


And that sock. Gah. This was taken before I noticed my error in chart reading. I ripped back to the ribbing, and started again. I repidly caught up, and I had about twice as much done, but THAT DOG wrecked said progress. At this point I don’t have the heart for fixing it. It is hibernating.


So much for Seasons of Lace, eh?

Don’t forget to spread the word about the contest!

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30 views for the giveaway post, and NO ENTRIES? I will cry! *sniff*

Please? 🙂

Also, I am totally drafting a post for which I need to take pictures. Until then:

(Taken at my LYS for Photography Class!)

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Ugggg, the last few days haven’t been fun. First I have been having trouble with getting textbooks and stuff, and I am way backed up on my chores (which I get paid for if I do them, so no chores done = no money, but also chores done = no money because paychecks are arriving late which is CRUMMY), and stuff I need for school is lost amidst piles of clutter, and assignments are not getting done quickly, and we got home late on Sunday so I didn’t have a chance to upload pictures from the Yarn Store on Saturday for photography class so I woke up this morning and panicked because I hadn’t completed my assignments and so I emailed the professor and begged for mercy and then waited on pins and needles for hours and then my professor said that it wouldn’t affect my grade so YAY!

And that was, quite possibly, the longest runon sentence I have EVER written. Nice.

Anyhow, so all I want to do is curl up on my bed and sleep, because I am very low on sleep, but I can’t because OH NOES I HAVE TWO COLLEGE EXAMS TOMORROW AND THEY ARE THE FIRST EVER AND OH NO I JUST REMEMBERED THAT I DIDN’T CALL TO SEE IF THEY ARE OPEN TOMORROW! Arg. And I haven’t had a decent cup of coffee today because we are out of milk, and I am a wimp who cannot drink black coffee, oh yeah, and somehow I missed lunch. So not my day.

BUT. Found pretty kitty drinking water, yes!


And then this is amazing.

So, no pictures of knitting this time. BUT. I did take pictures at the yarn store, so here is one!

DSCN0237 cropalacious

Plymouth Yarn Encore in b&w! Was playing with settings. 🙂

ALSO. Found THE SOFTEST YARN EVER. Got one ball to make a baby hat for baby sister Lefse. (and don’t ask me why she get’s THAT nickname! *giggles*) Also. Need to make a baby blanket for my aunt’s baby girl! Need to come up with a nickname for her. lol

Okay, feeling better, not so ranty now. 🙂 I’ll go finish studying/sorting coupons/listening to podcasts/dreaming up designs, yes?

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lettuce leaf scarf | Seasons of Lace | Jane Austen Yarn Club

A while back, I ordered Castle Fiber’s Sense & Sensibility Sock yarn. OH MY. This yarn is so lusciously pretty! In fact, I decided it was entirely too lovely to use for the sock pattern included. I tried using the lace pattern from the cuff to make a scarf, but it didn’t quite make me happy. No matter! I went hunting for the perfect pattern. I wanted a scarf, I wanted lace, and I wanted to use my size 4 needles. Oh yeah, and it needed to be free. Ugg. You would think the knitiverse had conspired against me!

I had begun to think I would have to design my own pattern for the yarn when I stumbled across the Lettuce Leaf Scarf from Madelinetosh. Eureka! I love how it allows the colours to play across the scarf. 🙂

So, here’s the yarn:

And the glamour shot. 😉

The yarn holds up admirably to the frogging I have done, and the colours play so beautifully across the yarn!

But I can’t knit on it yet. Why? Seasons of Lace hasn’t started yet! This is the first time I’ve come across it, and I do hope that Ravelry membership isn’t a requisite, because I do NOT need another time suck right now, and I am NOT going to join until I graduate! So there! 😉 Anyhow, I am waiting to see if my registration went through, so hopefully I will be participating!

Also? SO not feeling the love for the gift knitting I am doing right now. Yes, it’s almost a year (yes, you read that right) late. Yes, it is something of my own design. But COME ON. What was I thinking, promising to make FOUR somethings that require miles and miles (slight exageration, more like inches and inches) of 2×2 ribbing on size 5 needles with worsted weight yarn? *facepalm*

So what project are you longing to do? And what project feels like molasses in winter as you slog through?

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Today’s kinda special. See the date? And this is my 9th post! (totally freaked me out when I realized that!)

So, here are 3 lists of 9.

(These are in no particular order. Have you ANY idea how hard it was to narrow down the lists to 9?)

9 Knitty Patterns I Want To Knit

  1. Twist + Shout (Cardigan)
  2. Waves of Grain (Shawl/Stole/Scarf)
  3. Surface (Cardigan w/ Wrap)
  4. Fern Glade (Hat)
  5. Amelia (Cardigan)
  6. Mr. Greenjeans (Cardigan)
  7. Urchin (Hat)
  8. Grecian Plait (Pullover)
  9. Froot Loop (Socks. Not sure why they aren’t called Fruit Loop.)

9 Favorite Yarns

  1. Filatura di Crosa Zara | a dk weight merino wool that is SO soft and elastic!
  2. Vickie Howell Love | so silky soft! a bamboo/silk blend
  3. Plymouth Yarns Royal Llama Silk | Love!
  4. Lion Brand Homespun | Great for afghans!
  5. Bernat Natural Blends Bamboo | This is amazingly soft, and surprisingly soft!
  6. Caron Simply Soft | This is a great basic yarn for afghans, baby stuff, and accessories!
  7. Buffalo Gold #12 “Lux” | I linked to the Pine colourway, because that is what I have, but you can easily choose your favorite colour!
  8. Frabjous Fibers Recycled Sari Silk | I received this yarn as a RAK from Heather Wardell and it is beautiful. 🙂
  9. Elmore-Pisgah Peaches & Creme | I love this yarn for crocheted baby blankets. Using a K hook, it takes only one cone!

9 Favorite Designers

  1. Ysolda Teague
  2. Norah Gaughan
  3. Marnie McLean
  4. Amy Swenson
  5. Robynn Weldon
  6. Rosemary Hill
  7. Jordana Paige
  8. Stefanie Japel
  9. Nancy Bush
    (Why yes, that is an affiliate link to my favorite Nancy Bush book. ;P)

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