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Teensie’s Aria

So, I finished up my second ’12 in 2011′  item last month, and when I originally put my list of 12 items together, I had a specific person in mind for this little number.

May I present, the Aria Delicato!

I cannot begin to relate how much I loved knitting this scarf! The designer is unbelievably amazing and talented, the pattern was so clear and well written, the yarn I used was so scrummy to work with, and the end results were beyond my expectations! I was actually kinda bummed when the knitting was done.

The stats:

Pattern: Aria Delicato by Anne Hanson

Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss Fingering Weight (70% Merino, 30% Silk) in the color ‘Sea Spray”

Needles: US Size 3

Mods: The only mod I made was I did 41 repeats of the lace pattern instead of the 38 the pattern called for.

Size: After blocking – 8″ wide x 47″ long (pre-blocking size – 5.25″x33″)

Even without being stretched out, I really liked how the pattern was coming along as I was knitting –  it could almost be worn without washing and blocking it. This is the perfect spring/summer/early fall scarf. It is so lightweight and delicate, it adds just enough warmth to make a chilly evening comfortable.

Before washing and blocking

 

After washing and blocking

I’m just so thrilled with this little project (can ya tell), and even more pleased it came out so well, because the recipient is someone very sweet. Teensie is my Poppa’s special traveling companion, and has become someone very special to us all (and I can’t wait to meet her!!).

Poppa & Teensie (how cute are they??)

 Here’s hoping that this little scarf keeps her warm when the evenings are cool this summer.

woof

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12 in 2011

So, here it is, May 1st, and I’m just now getting around to talking about some New Year’s Knitting Goals that I have for myself. Turns out,  I tend to get distracted somewhat easily, and forget about what I originally intended to do. To combat this, I resolved that this year, I would try to be a little more organized and realistic in my knitting endeavors.

At the end of last year, I joined a new group on Ravelry called “12 in 2011”. The basic  function of the group is to encourage its members to do 12 projects in 2011 – preferably ones that you already have yarn for in the stash. Or maybe, some new techniques that you haven’t tried yet. Or even still, some long languishing works-in-progress that you would like to get finished up.

My game plan for my “12 in 2011”, is to  a) tackle some projects that I already have the yarn for, or b) that I have been putting off starting for one reason or another.  This will, I’m hoping, also encourage me to finally try some new techniques that I’ve yet to learn, such as some Fair Isle/color stranding work, more lace projects, and my first pair of socks. 

Back in January, I sorted through all the different projects and patterns I had earmarked on Ravelry to come up with my list of 12. I posted my list to the group, and started going through and sorting my  yarn stash (another post for another day!). I printed up my patterns, matched them with the yarn I wanted to use for them, and put together little project bags.

The “12 in 2011” system, for me so far, is working out great! I didn’t start knitting my list until March (I had some other projects I wanted to finish up first), and I’ve already completed two items (the first was the Brandywine Shawl from my last post), and have cast on for my third!

My project bin

 

And, of course, I have Boomie’s full support –as long as my goal doesn’t interfere with his walkies or belly scratches! Priorities…

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