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Hi, friends. Haven’t been blogging, but clearly, I have been knitting. (And writing, and even running/working out.) Not quite settled into a summer routine, but closer than I was a few weeks ago. And I’m pretty sure this blanket pattern is helping. I’ve got such a backlog of wedding gifts to knit, and this pattern is perfect: easy enough to knit after a long day, fun for playing with color and yarns in my stash, and really, really lovely when it’s all done. Here’s my latest:

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The colors are more accurate above, but here’s one shot with the flash on:

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It’s a bit grey and rainy, so there isn’t as much natural light for picture-taking as I’d like, but you get the idea. With this one, I worried less about the amount of yarn I had for each color, and just picked colors I thought might be nice. I really like the mint green Malabrigo stripe in there, and with the switch to some darker greens and blues near the end, I think I’ve changed who this is for! (Not to worry, though. I’ve already started a third…)

Other stuff happening around here?

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Morning “helping.”

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Our first of many weekly walks en route to picking up the farm share. (Paws/toes in the water.)

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Lots of water and mist after some steady rain.

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Boh, mid-yawn. Love this dog.

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Tada! I love how this turned out, and I finished it in time to give it to M. and J. on Sunday. I’m bummed that I won’t be able to attend their wedding next month, so it was nice to at least get to give them their present in person.

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The blanket, folded.

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Boh, napping.

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Happy dog, after a walk that got cut short by a downpour!

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Stunning sunset.

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More napping.

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Farmers’ market flowers.

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Boh with a ball of yarn that’s attached to colorblock bias blanket #2!

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Yep. This one is also a wedding present.

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I’m absolutely loving these colors together. Hoping to make some serious progress on my overdue wedding knitting this summer. (You know, in addition to making progress on my dissertation…)

 

Hi friends! I’m destashing some dear-to-me Hello Yarn fiber to help fund my (final?!) summer of dissertation writing. There’s a post with all the details in the Swap, Destash, and ISO thread of the Hello Yarn Made Ravelry Forum, but thought I’d mention it here as well in case any of my readers are interested!

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So I didn’t cast on another Turnstile right away. Still thinking about the next color combination, and I also realized that I should really get working on some wedding knitting. (Some folks have been patiently waiting for longer than I care to admit, and others have no idea a wedding blanket is in the works.) Anyway, I came across the Colorblock Bias Blanket by Purl Soho, and decided that this might be a great candidate for a wedding blanket. (I do love the pinwheel, but I’m looking to mix it up.)

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I’m knitting it out of greys and greenish turquoisey shades.

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I’m not following the yardage estimates for the pattern. Instead, I’m using what I’ve got as a guide, and hoping the size of each colorblock feels right.

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I’m so pleased with how it is turning out.

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I like this so much that I might want to keep it — but it is going to be a gift.

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I even brought it to the porch yesterday to work on with my coffee.

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And this guy. Just had to show you this napping pose. That ear! I love it. Happy Friday!

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I LOVE this. And I can’t wait to make more. I might cast on another TODAY.

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I snapped these pictures very late last night. I figured I’d kitchener the two ends of the tube together right after dinner and then have plenty of time for other things.

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Wrong. The grafting took hours — in part because I haven’t kitchenered anything in quite a while, but also because to kitchener many many stitches you need to have a pretty long yarn tail, and it kept getting caught on the other needles, tangled, etc.

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But worth it? Totally. The stripes are addicting, and I anticipate wearing this (and any others I might make) a lot. My handspun eternity scarves might be the knitwear I wear most frequently, and I think this pattern (or some variation on it) is a great way for me to use beautiful sock yarn. (You know, because I’ve realized that I mostly wear socks with boots, so you can’t see them.)

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In other news, I took this dog on a great walk. It was clear we were going to get pretty muddy — this is a before picture.

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Doesn’t this picture just look like spring? So much growth in the woods.

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Happy dog.

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We were muddier than this toes/paws picture lets on. And we¬†were quite content. (Though Boh needs to work on actually sitting on the blanket I keep in the back of my car for post-walk muddy dogs. He just moves it out of the way…)

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Also, we’ve reached that point in the spring where I can put on a fleece and take my coffee out to the porch. See that new french press? My dear friend D, the person who goes with that adorable dog who visited us last month, remembered me saying that my beloved stainless steel french press was on its last legs. The mesh ripped, so my coffee was rather gritty. That was a year ago. So when D came to visit, he brought this: a bigger press, which is stainless steel on the inside, but has an insulated bottom and handle so I don’t burn myself on it. And the lid has a screen, so there’s no chance of coffee grounds getting into my coffee. Also, no spillage while pouring, which means I can bring it out to the porch. Perfection.

 

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First of all, to give you a sense of the kind of excitement happening around here, this is what I did last Saturday night. I took whatever was left in the bottle of rye (not much) over to my friend M.’s house, she made me a (delicious) Manhattan with chocolate bitters, and we both proceeded to continue writing our dissertations. I’m not complaining; it was better than attempting to keep putting words on the screen at my house…

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This face pretty much captures the general malaise that is the end of the semester.

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Lila in action. I like it over the top of other layers like this.

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Snapped this picture for my mom, as this dress was a present from her last year. And also because this is my professor costume. (Thanks to K. for that description.)

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Boh! I know it looks like he’s growling, but I actually snapped this at the tail end of a yawn. We took a walk in the arboretum earlier this week just before the skies opened, so we had the place to ourselves.

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And, as my post title suggests, more turnstiling.

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I really love the stripes.

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Snapped this yesterday while writing on the porch. (Handspun eternity scarf number 2.)

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This guy brought his ball and his bone out to the porch, but spent most of our time out there looking at me and pleading for belly rubs. Tough. Life.

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A new section — back to orangey-red and yellow stripes, and after that, one more solid orangey-red block…

 

While Lila was blocking, I may have cast on something else: turnstile. Warning, folks: this pattern is addicting. There’s something about the helical stripes that makes it impossible to stop. And the pattern provides some amazingly effective advice on how to switch colors for super smooth striping.

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I chose three colors I love, and cast on.

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And pretty close to immediately, it was time to start striping. (It certainly didn’t hurt that I was binge-watching Veronica Mars at the time.)

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I love these colors, and I’m thinking this is going to be perfect for late spring and for all summer activities that include air-conditioning!

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Boh doesn’t seem to mind this project, either.

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I’m making the largest size (but in fingering weight yarn instead of sport), and I’m about halfway done. Here’s hoping I can maintain this knitting momentum!

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