Weekend roundup

Giveaway winner

This week's giveaway winner was @nikkimccain, who entered via Twitter. Nikki, message me on Twitter or email me with your address and I will send you your belt right away!

Weekend Wants

I recently stumbled upon RetroRageVictoria, which sells costume jewelry, and absolutely fell in love. The prices are amazing (even with shipping from Canada!) and her images are total eye candy. I pretty much want to buy everything in the shop.

Gold tone feather brooch by RetroRageVictoria | $7.50
How ridiculous would it be to buy this skirt, and then chop like a foot off the length? I feel like, for $9, I can do whatever I want with it.

Wine-red cotton blend suspender skirt by Sammydress

On the needles

I finished my two-tone moebius cowl a week or so ago but it is still sitting around waiting to have its ends woven in. Note my use of the passive voice because I HATE weaving in ends and I am hoping the End Weaving Fairies will come along and do it for me.

My entrelac scarf on Ravelry
I recently dug out a project that's been on the needles for literally years — an entrelac scarf knitted with Noro Kureyon sock yarn. I cast this on back when I was still going to weekly knitting group, back before I got promoted at work and started working crazy hours, back when we lived in our old house, back I think even before we got Dog #1, let alone had a baby ... it honestly feels like a lifetime ago. I am determined to finish it this year ...

This is, loosely speaking, Danica by Jesse Loesberg, which is a great introduction to entrelac for even a relatively new knitter. It looks terribly complicated and difficult, but if you can knit, purl and pick up stitches, you can do entrelac. I actually think entrelac is a wonderful technique for new-ish knitters to take on, because it really helped me learn to "read" my knitting. A lot of entrelac projects use two (or more) colors to make a checkerboard pattern, but I feel like Noro and entrelac are a match made in heaven. The slow color changes make for a wonderful harlequin pattern without any effort on the knitter's part.

This project is, in a way, symbolic of much of the knitting I do. You hear people talk about being a "process" or a "product" knitter, and in a way, I'm neither, because I knit things that I honestly don't think I will ever wear, like this scarf. It's more just the desire to create something beautiful. I will probably give this away when it's done — which makes me happy in a way, too. In fact, I have another handknit that I am going to feature in this week's giveaway, so be sure to check back tomorrow!


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