What a Fantastic Surprise!

What a Fantastic Surprise!

So yesterday, I checked my email to suddenly have quite a few notifications of new subscribers. I do get some new folks here & there that have made their way here one way or another, but I’ve never quite gotten such an increase in one day before. When I popped in to see what was going on, imagine my shock when I found that in one day, I had about 5x the number of daily visitors that I normally have!  LOL

It was a wonderful surprise & all due to a link from a site that I wasn’t even aware existed until now, Knitting Paradise.  So if you’ve found your way here from there, welcome! I’m very happy to see all of you.  :)  If you are like me & haven’t visited the site before, do go take a look around, they have some wonderful links & pictures of terrific projects there!


*peeking out from between my fingers in shame*

Need I say more?  LOL  In my defense, I’ve been battling a return of my migraines lately (we really don’t need to talk about succumbing to the temptation to linger in bed on some days, now do we?). I’ve also now started a class for Ruby on Rails that is keeping me a bit busy in my hours away from work, as well…

Oh, fine. I’m full of excuses.  I know.  I’ll get out there, I promise.  LOL


I have been knitting, though!  :)  I finished my sweater – I did find a mistake here & there, but I actually decided to leave them alone instead of ripping back & fixing them. I’m not going to let them bother me because overall, I’m absolutely thrilled with it!  :D

Pattern: I Heart Aran

Yarn: Cascade 220 Tweed (about 3.5 skeins for a size 36 sweater)

Needles: Size 7 & 8

Notes: I’d definitely go down in stitch number & needle size for the cuffs if I were to knit it again. I’d also go for picking up stitches & knitting on the sleeves rather than set in sleeves, I seem to stink at that. I believe that I’d knit it longer, as I like longer sweaters.

I’ve also started a new Socky Slouchy Hat for the manlet, as he has lost his other one. He actually told me “you NEED to make me a new one, I can’t find mine”. There was no asking. In this case, I do not mind one bit – I’m actually thrilled that store bought hats no longer satisfy him! :) Happily, I still have plenty of the yarn leftover from his last one to knit another. I’m getting close to having the new one finished already.

Today’s Ravelry Search

I decided to do something fun for the search today. In organizing my stash, I discovered that I have a bit of a Chroma stash, more than I thought I did. LOL So I thought I’d have fun & show you some highlights of patterns/projects of what folks have done with this gorgeous yarn from Knit Picks! None of these are mine – click the pic to go right to the Ravelry pattern page, as always. Enjoy!


Lollipop Zebras?! ZOMG, awesome! :D


I love this hat. I really do - how can you not, it's fantastic!


* What a truly unique idea! Picking up the stitches would just be worth it when they turn out so cool looking!


* Oh wow. This pattern has long been one of my favorites, but WOW!


Very cute scarf idea!


* Chroma stripes up perfectly for cowls, I'd say! Just adorable.


* I actually don't know which I love more - the story behind the pattern or the pattern itself! :) It's definitely gone into my faves, though.


SO incredibly gorgeous. So pretty & the pattern price is unbelievably reasonable!


* Cute! Colorwork is always fun & using Chroma & a solid color is a good way to get your toes wet with it before trying to tackle fair isle. :)


This pattern is actually from the same crochet designer as the last crochet pattern. SO pretty & also incredibly reasonably priced on the pattern!


Stunning. :)


O.M.G. I can't even begin to say how cute I think these booties are. :D I had to have the pattern.


* Lanesplitter always looks fantastic, but it looks really great with Chroma!


* Here's another really pretty shawl that looks fantastic with the long color repeats.


* Awww, this hat is utterly adorable!!

* Free Pattern

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

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11 Responses to What a Fantastic Surprise!

  1. Isn’t Chroma just gorgeous?? It seems that all the projects for it are stunning. I just finished a shawl in Lollipop and I am oh so in love with it.

  2. Lauren says:

    I’m such a sucker for rainbows! I’ve never used Knit Picks before though. Maybe I should in the future when I am letting myself indulge in new yarn.

    • H3Dakota says:

      Oh, I do love Knit Picks for affordable yarns. I really love their bare superwash. I have some that I dyed that has been through the washer & dryer countless times & it has survived & remains soft without felting to this day. Their sock yarns (especially the Stroll) are nice & last well too. The only downside to the Chroma is that it will felt, so you have to use care with it.

  3. stitchcrazy says:

    Great job on the sweater. :)

  4. Joe says:

    RoR, eh? What enticed you to learn that one?

    I’d harass you about not running, but I’m in the same boat.

    • H3Dakota says:

      I’ve been wanting to learn it for some time, but haven’t taken the time before now. It’s going to be a useful skill in my new job though, as I understand we are looking to move towards it. :-) I’m taking the class along with my boss and a coworker.

      As for running… we both need to just get our feet going, now, don’t we?! LOL

  5. peony67 says:

    You know, how I LOVE rainbows…and rainbow colored stuff (you should just see how much rainbow colored wool I have ;-) and you missed my rainbow sweater :-P

  6. free pattern says:

    I could not resist commenting. Well written!

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