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Tam

I made a tam from left over Shetland wool for a birthday present. The pattern (Modern Selbu) is free on Ravelry. Jamieson and Smith Shetland wool size 3mm needles.

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Bella Botanica Shawl

I made the Bella Botanica Shawl (by Karen Strauss - free download on Ravelry) for a friend of mine here in Morelia. I used Tosh Lace in the colourway "Tart" and 3.75 mm needles. Quick and easy. The top is 84 inches and the depth is 36 inches. It took about 750 yards.

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Blocking Acrylic

Do you guys block acrylic and if so how? A new great niece/nephew arriving in January and I want to make some things. Or maybe you can direct me to washable wool products. I guess I could use sock yarn.

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Favourite

What is your favourite method of nupping?

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Joining yarn with a knot

Have any of you guys used this knot?? I usually use the spit join but am knitting a shawl with Madelinetosh superwash merino and it doesn't felt. My sister-in-law sent me the link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=-nq_7EXTWHE

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Socks

I spent my time in Canada knitting a shawl for my niece but will block it and gift it in the fall. In between time I knit three pairs of socks. The ones on the left are knit with Zauberball from Germany, the middle with Patons, and the ones on the right with a yarn I bought in Germany a few years ago. All are 80% wool and the rest nylon. Those in the middle are interesting because the first sock of the pair was knit about 5 times. My heroine, Jean, from Scotland has been experimenting with socks and this has fostered quite a discussion on her blog.

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Vest

Just finished blocking a vest I made using Shetland wool that was left over from other projects. I used a 3.25 mm needle. It was knitted in the round with steeks for the the front and arm holes. I didn't bother securing stitches but just cut the steeks open and picked up stitches for the border. It was a fun and fast knit. I used the Fibonacci Sequence and made a sort of bell curve with 8, 5, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8. ......
Sorry the before cutting picture is blurry.

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Square Shawl

I made another square shawl for a niece. Although I have made lots of these, I find them interesting and relaxing. This one is made with Jamieson and Smith Shetland wool (colourway - Periwinkle) on 4.5mm needles. It measures 68 inches x 68 inches. I finished it with a sideways garter stitch border that I found in my "knitting book" and have no idea where I found it. It is pretty and only an 8 row repeat. I would use it again.

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Zauberball Socks and a Toque

I knit another pair of zauberball socks (2.25mm needles) and had enough left over to make a spring toque on 3 mm needles. I used my mother's recipe for decreasing which is done in about 5 or 6 rows and was able to use up all the yarn. I am going to Canada for a visit and will use this for the cool evenings in the spring.

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Signature Needles

I have heard much about Signature Needles and would like to ask you guys your opinions. I am interested in a set of 5 sock needles and realize I have a choice of length and also of the type of point. Have you used them? Do you know anyone who has?
OR - what kind of needles do you use. I have tried 3 different kinds of wooden needles and do not like them.