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Hot off the needles followed by fresh off the blocking mats has given me a finished scarf!  I have been focusing on one project at a time and it is starting to pay off.

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This scarf is called Teresa’s Vacation Scarf and is a RomiDesign.

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The pattern is in a collection of patterns called 7 Small Shawls – Year 4: Friendsan e-book actually.

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The lace portion on each end spices things up a bit.

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The center panel is stockinette with a simple lace design making this project a relatively speedy one.

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I like the crocheted edge.  I learned a new way to ‘crochet’ without using a crochet hook.

That Romi!

I’m telling you, she has all sorts of knitting tricks up her sleeve!

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The yarn I used happy memories attached to it.  I bought it at the Salida Wool Festival last fall with a handful of knitting friends.  I was excited to see that one of my favorite unspun wool providers, Greenwood Fiberworks, also sold already spun wool.  This skein was called Paper Roses and although I haven’t been able to capture it with photographs, the wool itself has little flecks of sparkly gold spun in.  The scarf sparkles in sunlight and is very pretty.

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I give this pattern five thumbs up and plan to knit it again.  I think it would be lovely in a solid color and would make a special someone a perfect present.

Because I love both knitting and reading I enjoy joining Ginny and others on a Yarn Along every Wednesdays.  I’ve seen many beautiful hand knits and have added books to my ever growing book list by following all the Yarn Along links.

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I’m knitting by a roaring fire today because it is snowing outside and I’m working on a RomiDesign, Teresa’s Vacation Scarf.

This is part of the 7 Small Shawls – Year Four: Friends series.  The center part has a a simple lace pattern that is mostly stockinette but each end section has some beautiful lace which you can’t see.  I’ll show you in a follow-up post.  But today?  Well, today is all about  what book

I am reading.

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Hot off the press is a new Flavia de Luce novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley.  This seventh book in the series has another clever name, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust and continues the outrageous sleuthing career of its precocious preteen leading lady, Flavia.  This young chemist and aspiring detective retains her droll wit as she goes abroad to the boarding school her mother attended as a child.  I’m halfway through the book and it is delightful.

So, what are you knitting/crocheting right now?  Read any good books lately?

UFO Thursday and a finished shawl!

From fiber …..

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To lace ……

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Blocked aggressively……..

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Around the neck ……

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And off to town ……. in my Linkn

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Pattern:  Linkn (by Romi Hill)

Yarn:  Malabrigo Sock (color – Abril)

Needles:  Size 4 Chiagoo Lace

I’m really looking forward to Romi Hill’s next 2015 Mystery Shawl.  It starts April 1, 2015.  The last two mysteries were Cactus Flower and Red Rock Canyon and I am certain this one will be just as beautiful.  Click on the picture for more details.

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Reflections

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Unbeknownst to me, this Cupid Smurf has sat on my husband’s desk at work for thirty-two years.  It followed him through his career with each move lovingly placed beneath his computer monitor.  I gave it to him when we were dating and it has long been forgotten on my part but not by husband.  When he was unpacking his retirement boxes he brought it in to show me and ask me if I remembered what it was.  Such simple things touch the heart, don’t they?  Sweet moments,  Retirement brings one full circle to the inseparable days of early dating and now, here we are, thirty two years later inseparable once now that he is home. Loving it!

I have picked the secret word that will be knit into my CODE BREAKER socks.  I’ve assigned each letter a number according to my code breaking cypher.  This will be how many rows I will knit for each letter.  The next decision to be made will be whether to use only two colors or to choose one color for each letter of my secret word.  Since I want to use up some of my fingering weigh leftovers I have decided to use multiple colors.

My secret word has six letters so I have picked six colors of yarn that I think will work with each other.  I’ve decided to go ahead and make the cuff, heel and toes shades of gray.  I am hoping I have enough of the one gray I have selected but, if I don’t will just find another shade – not sweating this one.  I think any neutral would work for this.  Now keeping track of how many rows to knit for you secret word letter, knitting in the right color and following the knitting design pattern is a bit like patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time.  It will test your ability to write secret messages in your knitting but keep that pencil and paper by your side and I know you can do it.

CUFF

Using the long-tail cast on, CO 60 sts.

Divide sts as follows on your choice of needle:

4 dpn – 12, 18, 30

5 dpn – 12, 18, 12, 18

2 circular needles or Magic Loop – 30, 30

RIBBING

Join, being careful not to twist stitches.  Work *p1, k4, p1* ribbing for 1-1/2″.

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In case you have forgotten the code breaking cypher, here it is:

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Z

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Plain stockinette would have been too easy of a code to break so I added a pattern that seemed in keeping with the whole business of breaking codes.

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Rnds 1, 3, 5, 7, 9:  *P1, K4, P1, rep from *.

Rnds 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18:  Knit.

Rnds 11, 13, 15, 17, 19:  *K2, P2, K2, rep from *.

Rnd 20: Knit.

Repeat rnds 1-20.

Now I guess I would have enjoyed being a code-breaker because I really enjoy making charts and knitting from charts.  Here is the chart I made for CODE BREAKER.

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It just so happens that I was able to knit the entire “secret” word in the leg of the sock and now am ready to start the heel.  The sock is 7-1/2″ long, cuff included – a nice cozy length.

I have a long way to go in learning color combinations and sometimes I look at my colors is this sock and they please my eye and other times they do not.  I would absolutely be thrilled if others knit their own CODE BREAKER SOCKS so I could see (and learn) from their color choices.

Happy Knitting (and deciphering)!

Code Breaker Socks

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Bletchley Park, in Buckinghamshire, was the central site of the United Kingdom’s Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS). During the Second World War code breakers regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers – most importantly the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers. It has been stated that the “Ultra” intelligence produced at Bletchley shortened the war by two to four years, and that without it the outcome of the war would have been uncertain. The site is now an educational and historical attraction memorialising and celebrating those accomplishments.  If I ever make my way over the Atlantic to England again it will be on my list of ‘must sees’.

The theme this month in the Sock Knitters Anonymous group on Ravelry is Science/Math/Computer Technology inspired.  Having just finished a BBC series on Netflix called Bletchley Circle I immediately wanted to incorporate code deciphering into a sock.  Bletchley Circle is about women code breakers in WW2 who continue to use their code breaking abilities to solve murders.  I enjoyed the two seasons I watched.

My creative juices have been all awhirl thinking about breaking codes, using deciphering machines and all the secrecy involved in code-breaking.  I am going to create some Code Breaker Socks with a secret name held within its stitches and I will create them using my top secret cipher.  My sock will be a stripe pattern with the width of each stripe determined by the letter in the name or code word.  The design pattern I will be knitting within the stripes will be my interpretation of breaking a code.

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I’m off to break my code with my top secret cipher and, when I am done cracking the code, I will pass the pattern on to you!

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z

When I am done cracking the code, I will pass the pattern on to you!

We Give of Ourselves

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We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the heart – love, kindness, joy, understanding, sympathy, tolerance, forgiveness.

We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the mind – ideas, dreams, purposes, ideals, principles, plans, inventions, projects, poetry.

We give of ourselves when we give gifts of words – encouragement, inspiration, guidance.

Emerson said it well – “Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts.  The only true gift is a portion of thyself.”

Wilfred A Peterson

“The Art of Giving”

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