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#1 January 1st of the month KAL

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#2 January Mid-month KAL

Sometimes kicking small goals just keeps you in the game (can you tell it’s footy season again?!).  These are the two January cloths from the Yahoo Groups KAL.

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Modified Manly Socks

Wow – I am shocked to realise it’s been so long since I last wrote a post.  In that time there really hasn’t been a lot of knitting but I have finished the Manly Socks and started a new pair.  This time I am knitting socks to give away.  It feels kind of strange but I know that the person who I am knitting them for will appreciate them especially as they are such a special yarn.

These socks are Love Heart Socks in the IxChel Bunny sock yarn I received in the sock yarn club I was in last year and which I just signed up for again.  It’s amazing how lovely yarn just makes you want to knit and knit.

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Where I got to before pulling out.

I started the socks with 3mm DPN but quickly found that they were going to be too big – annoying since I actually did a gauge swatch.  I pulled them out & started again with 2.5mm DPN and still think I could have gone to 2mm DPN.  Anyway, they will be as they be and still look & feel great.  I just have to work out how long the recipients feet are without asking…..

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The ball here is pretty close to the true colours

 

 

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After another car trip away the first of the Moda Vera Manly socks is ready for grafting.  I have modified the pattern a bit so far and really am just using the broken rib stitch pattern.  At least this seems to be working out – the layette almost has me beaten!

This is an SOS – I am having so much trouble with this pattern as it decreases – thankfully I have been using lifelines as I complete a set but it is driving me nuts & so slow!  I am 2/3 of the way through the first 1/4 of the blanket which means I have another 3/4 to go once this one is finished.  Does anyone know of an easy way to chart a few hundred stitches onto a graph?  Would love some advise!

I started charting it using Excel but it starts with 289 stitches and I was finding it really hard because I couldn’t see all the stitches – should I keep persisting with this or try something else?

My knitting mojo is fading fast (but that may also be this seemingly unrelenting heat….).

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This month – luckily being a 2 month time frame – my book club is reading The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.  I have to say this book was hard to get into but now I cannot put it down and it’s significantly eating up knitting time.

It’s quite an intriguing story, a mystery on the gold fields of New Zealand.  I am now almost 1/2 way through and would highly recommend it if you are looking for a book to read.

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It’s back to socks but I am staying true to knitting some things from my Ravelry Queue even though it is significantly shorter than Ruth’s!

These socks are my Manly Moda Vera socks which are being knitted from the Manly Socks pattern by Hannah Six.  I officially commenced them on 8th December but I think I’d only done about 2 rounds – a visit to family a few weekends ago really pushed them along.  They are not getting a lot of time though as I am working on the Layette Shawl and the January Mid-Month dishcloth as well.

I feel like time is so short at the moment but the 40+ degree heat hasn’t helped that – we have been on hyper alert watching for fires which takes so much energy & it’s been so hard to sleep.  Even our beautiful straw bale house hasn’t coped with so many hot days & nights in a row and got up to it’s highest every indoor temperature of 30+ degrees.  Luckily we put in ceiling fans this year which has been a small blessing but on a week such as this I really wish we had air conditioning!

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