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Happy Birthday To ME! March 6, 2009

Posted by cozystitches in Cozy Ramblings, Patterns.

Today is my birthday and figured “why not blog?”  It’s been forever since I last blogged, but it’s my blog and I can do what I want…lol

I like my birthday.  Actually, I like getting presents…need to figure out how to get more presents…lol… 😀  For my birthday my hubby bought tickets to Mama Mia which should be fun.  My parents/sisters got me a GC to Cracker Barrel.  My friend Llewellyn is making something chocolate. 😀  Good birthday so far. 🙂  I bought myself some yarn.  I may buy myself more… 🙂

On the school front:  Still going.  I have 2 full semesters (actually 3 if you count the extra science classes I need) plus student teaching, then I’m done!  I’ve done 1.5 semesters so far.  My brain is currently in summer vacation mode and I still have 8 weeks to go!  This is not good.  Spring break comes up in two weeks during which I need to catch up on my online class.  Sigh.  I just want to be done.  I have expanded my horizons in that I am more open to teaching in public school; not TUSD, but perhaps Flowing wells or Foothills.  Charter schools are still my first choice. We shall see what happens in the next few years; I may not be able to teach because of budget issues; etc.

On the knitting front:  I’ve picked up some cobweb yarn.  MAN!!!  This stuff is THIN!!!  I’m shocked at how thin it is.  I’m looking at doing a 1/2 or 3/4 pi shawl.  I’m swatching now.  I’m still plugging away on my graduation ‘ghan.  It’s coming along nicely.  I’m doing it a bit more modular than following Shelly Kang’s version; but this way I can read (in theory; I haven’t done much reading on the couch been reading at the laptop so I can do notes at the same time).  I’ve done some other projects and have been active on Ravelry.

Sorry, no pics in the post; but I don’t have recent pics of anything…


Help a knitter out! January 8, 2008

Posted by cozystitches in Cozy Ramblings, Patterns, WIPs.
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Well, I could say how buys I’ve been and all that, but blah.  I say I refuse to feel guilty that I’m not a great blogger. 😀  So, that being said…here’s my dilemma:

I’ve posted this a few places and want some honest opinions…here’s a bit of background: I started a sweater for myself using Sock yarn and 2.75mm getting 7.5spi (yes I know some people knit socks at this gauge). Now, as I am a size 18w, I figured this would take some 3+ years to complete, which was fine, as I am in school and need extra-boring-able-to-read knitting. Plus I’ve always wanted one. I also live in the desert and thick sweaters aren’t needed much (they make lovely coats though).
So, I started the “Never Ending Sweater” on Oct 18 (or there about). Here it is today:

 (sorry for the grumpy face)

and here

NES Side

Now if this was your sweater, which of the following would  you do:

A. Continue knitting, make it the best sweatshirt/sweater throw around in the world.  It’s sock yarn!  Love how socks feel, imagine a sweatshirt/sweater!

B.  Make it 3/4 sleeves.  Sock yarn is fun and all, but 3/4 sleeves will suffice, you always run hot anyway.

C.  Stop knitting NOW!!!  You live in the DESERT and you are always HOT how many sweaters should you have?  Seriously, quit while you are ahead.

I’m itching to start a new cardigan (top down, v-neck, set in sleeve) using absolutely beautifully dyed just for me yarn again in fingering weight from http://www.littleturtleknits.com set off w/black. And school starts in a mere 14days, so if I’m going to start something new, I need to hurry… 😀

Please help me in my dilemma!  Shout out in the comments. 😀 😀

Phoenix Shawl August 18, 2007

Posted by cozystitches in Cozy Ramblings, Patterns.

Phoenix Shawl

Phoenix Shawl

I love shawls. They make great accessories, add extra warmth and can look elegant. What I don’t like bout most shawls is that they tend to slip off my shoulders and they point to an area I’d rather avoid.

In steps the Faroese Shawl Design. Solving both the slippage and pointing issues and still looking great at the same time. Armed with both Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting and Myrna Stahman’s Shawls and Scarves book and encouragement from Myrna herself a shawl was conceived.

The shawl is made up of a variation of Feather and Fan called The Ostrich Plume and stockinet. Simple enough for an advanced beginner, this lace shows off the beauty of variegated yarns.

Phoenix is shown in a fingering and DK weight yarns. The fingering weight is a much lighter shawl, where as the DK weight is both heavier and larger. Kona is widely available as undyed so you can dye your own color way for a truly unique shawl. Or for those leery of dyeing their own yarn, there are several places that will custom dye Kona for you.

Phoenix Shawl

Phoenix Shawl

Phoenix Shawl

Specifics on the shawl:

Finished Measurements:

  • Fingering Weight: 72” across the top, 30” deep
  • DK Weight: 104” across the top, 40” deep


  • 1200 yds Fingering Yarn; Yarn used: KnitPicks’ Bare Merino Fingering in Natural or
  • 1600yds DK weight, yarn used: Henry’s Attic Kona DK dyed by Little Turtle Knits
  • US 6 or US 7 knitting needle (or size needed for desired drape)
  • Stitch Markers
  • Needle for weaving

Price: $6.50


Note:  The center markers migrate as the shawl grows, following the Faroese shape.

Lace Row 17 :  K4, yo, k16, m1, k2, m1, k16, m1 * (Lace B) k2, yo, ssk (twice), k, k2tog (twice), (yo, k1) 5 times, yo, ssk (twice), k1, k2tog (twice), yo, k2 *, m1, k16, m1, k2, m1, k16, yo, k4.  111sts

Aurora Shawl Pattern August 7, 2007

Posted by cozystitches in Cozy Ramblings, Patterns.

Aurora is Here! First the pretty pictures:




Aurora is a Top Down Knit Shawl with shoulder shaping. It is easily customizable. It is fully written and also contains charts to suit both those who like words and those who like charts.

I would rate this shawl at an Advanced Beginner to Intermediate, however, do not let the “rating” scare you! It is all Knits, Purls, Decreases, and Yarn Overs. 😀

Finished Measurements: 60″ across the top and 30″ deep

Yarn: Approx. 560 yds Fingering Weight yarn.

Needles: US 5

Pattern available for $6.50 and is payable by PayPal.

Pattern will be delivered via PDF download after receipt of payment. All pattern purchases are Final, NO refunds are given. Placing an order is an implied full and complete agreement with the policies. If you have any questions, please email me privately.