Friday, November 21, 2014

FMM - Starring My Pretty Paco

On the needles:  I'm pretty much finished with my Christmas knitting (exception being one skein of yarn that I'm waiting on, but it's for a local gift, so I'm not stressing).  Now, it's all about things for me!  I'm knitting the Duotone cowl, using one skein of Madelinetosh DK in Baltic, and one skein of Knitted Wit worsted in Autumn Rainbow:
It's a double-sided cowl, so I'm knitting in the round, which makes it go pretty quick.

One thing that I've discovered with cowls is that I prefer to have them long, so I can double wrap them and style them a bit better.  Naturally, all of the cowls I've made up to now were on the shorter side.  So, I'm on a cowl-making tear - which works nicely considering how cold the weather has been.

I've also picked up my mohair scarf again - the last skein of mohair kept sticking to itself and was a royal pain to knit with, so it had gone into a months-long timeout.  I finally retrieved it and made it through to the next color, which is really pretty:
See the blue edge?  Loving this.  But in all honesty, the scarf is boring to make - just knit, purl, ad infinitum.  Plus the yarn is slippery and if I'm not careful, my needles slide out when I'm close to the edges.  I can't wait to be done with this project.

I finished my latest hat:
 Pattern is Field of Wildflowers, and the yarn is Knitted Wit Worsted in Autumn Rainbow.
 Close up - I love how the stitch pattern really shows off the variegated yarn colors!

I've already shown you pictures of me wearing my Autumn Leaves shawlette, but I had to do my traditional pictures with Paco modeling it:
This is his pensive, staring off into space pose...such a model!
And this is his "I know I look good" pose.  I have to say, orange works on Paco.

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Tomorrow is our running club's longest run of the season - 12 miles for the half group, and 21 miles for the full group.  Naturally, the weather forecast for Saturday has been terrible all week - heavy thunderstorms.  As of last night, it finally seems to be easing up on that prediction, so I think we're going to be able to do the run (USAFit's policy is no official running when lightening is present).  I've been coordinating volunteers to work our water stops, stressing about the weather, gathering fuel (all kinds of GU and chews and donut holes), stressing about the weather some more, printing maps and figuring out when the volunteers should be at certain mile points...oh, and I'm also going to run 12 miles!  Needless to say, I'll be really glad mid-morning on Saturday, when this all should be completed (weather permitting, fingers and toes crossed on this).

Have a great weekend!

19 comments:

  1. I love how all your knitted projects came out. I especially love the orange shawl. Paco is a great model.
    Good luck on your 12 miler tomorrow. Have a great weekend.

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    1. I love that orange shawlette, too - have worn it several times and it's the perfect amount of warmth for me. :)

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  2. Oh my, I know that mohair has been a pain but what pretty, pretty colors! Paco KILLS me as usual - and you're right, orange is his color (but don't tell him lol).

    12 Miles - woot! You're ready for that race now!

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    1. The colors in the mohair scarf are what made me start it, and honestly, that is why I keep going at this point!

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  3. Does Mohair itch? Fuzzy sweaters always look itchy to me LOL. I adore that hat, too. Love the colors.

    Paco is such the model. You need to enter that photo of him looking over his shoulder into a pet photo contest!

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    1. Mohair is super soft and doesn't make me itch.

      I should enter Paco in a contest. He loves to pose, that's for sure!

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  4. Paco--what a guy! I have four dogs, and can't think of one of them who would hold still, much less POSE for photos like he does!

    That mohair scarf? Boring, but the perfect project for long phone conversations or when you are knitting in a group. Keep going, because it is beautiful! Love all the projects you've shown here. That new cowl will go well with the hat, won't it?

    TWELVE MILES!! And it seems the longer you run, the less able to eat. Fortunately, there's always another appetite coming along :)

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    1. I confess, instead of saying "work it, work iiiit" as Paco models, I'm actually saying "wait, waiiiit" so he sits still. Then he gets treats afterward, so you know he's motivated!

      Yes to all your reasons on why I should have a boring project on my needles, especially as I tend to lose track of what I'm doing when I'm in a social knitting situation.

      Twelve miles - I figure my appetite will be back on Monday. Kinda nice to have a mini-diet right before Turkey day, I guess. ;)

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  5. Love. Love the hat, unique stitching.
    My Mom was an avid knitter, so I'm stepping into memories when I read about your projects. Sentimental.
    Paco.
    Trying to steal the show. It's a draw, Paco, you're cute, & scarf is too. (I can just hear him in the pics saying--"I cuter than this orange hankychief ting Mom. You no I iz. I show errybody dat."
    Enjoy the run!
    Chrissy

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    1. You interpret Paco-speak very well! I can't wait for you to take on another picture, but that will have to be in January - no Christmas present spoilers on here.

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  6. Look your knitting esp the hat. One thing about cats, they don't model.

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  7. Good luck will be thinking of you :-) No turkey trot this year?

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    1. We'll be doing the Turkey Trot for the fifth year in a row! :)

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    2. Doh! I was thinking Thanksgiving was last week; it is this week! (We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in New Zealand). Yay for you guys...

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  8. Looks to me like BOTH models are stealing the show! Have a great run tomorrow!!!!

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  9. Some older teachers I use to work with taught me how to knit and I really enjoyed it but when I wasn't with them, I totally forgot how to do it. I hope I can start up again someday. your creations are beautiful!

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  10. Love the hat, so beautiful. Happy running this weekend.

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  11. You've got such talent with your knitting! I love the shawlette on Paco! The shawlette itself is beautiful!

    Happy running!

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  12. Awwwwwwwwwww Paco. I wish I could Bella to pose like that. He's so adorable.

    I love all the projects but the mohair one the most. When I used to knit (long time ago when I was around 16/17 years old) I always used mohair because it's so soft and it's so nice to wear.

    Hope the run went great.

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