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I always finish the project...even if it's 2 years past due

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Two years ago, when I was approximately 8 weeks pregnant (I had just found out), I attended a friend's wedding. And I had *plans* to knit a big beaded lace stole for her wedding. But this plan kept getting pushed aside as I progressed in my first pregnancy, and then the birth of my first squish, then a month long trip to Korea to see my dying mother, and then almost moving to Pittsburgh for hubby's work, and then... you get the picture. Life happened. 

But, you know, it's always better late than never. Rather than designing it on my own, I bought a pattern from such a talented designer, Boo Knits, called "Out of Darkness." It's beaded, and it's my favorite shape of shawl, crescent. And the way the edge is done, with beads, looks so sexy. 

So I cast this on 2 weeks ago, and I love it. I skipped all the beads in the beginning, went with the Stockinette stitch option instead of the garter body like the sample. In the last 2 lace sections, I started beading. 

Pattern: Out of Darkness by Boo Knits 

Yarn: Handmaiden Sea Lace

Needles: Hiya Hiya Sharp US 6, 7, and 8 (4.0mm, 4,5mm, and 5.0mm)

Crochet hook 0.9mm for the Size 6/0 glass e-beads

If you're new to beading, see how I use my crochet hook to thread the glass bead. 

I am 18 rows away from finishing this thing. As most lace shawl projects, the more you progress, the more stitches you work with. It'll get slower but I am happy to be able to finish this! 

Review: Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock

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I almost didn't want to write this post. 

Because.

I don't want to share or fight over this gorgeous yarn with anyone else. :D

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock in "OOAK Sea Slug" colorway, exclusive colorway.

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock in "OOAK Sea Slug" colorway, exclusive colorway.

Name: Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock in "Sea Slug" Exclusive Colorway for A Good Yarn Sarasota

Fiber Contents: 80% SW Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% sparkling nylon

Yardage: 400 yds/100g

Recommended Needle Size: US 1~3

Washing Instructions: Hand/machine wash & air dry

This colorway, "Sea Slug" and other exclusive colorways in the Purl Diver Collection was inspired by A Good Yarn Sarasota's shopowner's husband's underwater photography.

Sea Slug colorway is a variegated yarn, with a little bit of deep red wine color, earthy browns, and different shades of burgundy, and the sparkling nylon is embedded all over, making this yarn specially pretty and festive.

Did you hear that the Color of the Year in 2015 is going to be Marsala, a red-brown fortified wine color? This Sea Slug colorway is right there in the Marsala range, only prettier, because it's a yarn and more saturated and has sparkling nylon all over. 

To test the yarn, I decided to make another version of my Lady Sybil socks, except with longer legs and with short-row heels.

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This 3-ply (4-ply if you count the Sparkling Nylon) yarn has just enough twist for excellent stitch definition, as you can see here in the Lady Sybil's lace pattern. And even though the color changes occur frequently enough to be variegated, the colors work so harmoniously that it almost works like a semi-solid colorway. 

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The sparkling nylon, or Stellina fiber yarn, is all the rage this year and with cashmere and merino contents, Serenity Glitter sock yarn is just perfect for that soft, luxurious sock project. In the skein, you really can't feel the full potential of this yarn. Once I finished the first sock, I tried it on and felt like my foot was wrapped in clouds.

I am seriously in love with the glitter and all the deep rich red colors in this yarn. Can't wait to finish the project! 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me to review by Stitchcraft Marketing and A Good Yarn Sarasota, an LYS located in Florida. The opinions in this post and blog are entirely mine, and I was not otherwise paid, compensated, contracted, or obligated to review this product. 

Happy new year & a new design!

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Happy new year!! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.. now that craziness is over, what better way to begin the new year than sharing a new design with you!

The new Spring 2013 issue of Interweave Knitscene preview is up now and in it, you'll find my new design, Lost Garden tee.

Made with Knit Picks Comfy yarn, the change of gauge does the shaping for you so that even the very beginner knitter can make this sweater! Check it out when the magazine comes out on Jan 22. The Ravelry page is already up!