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    #76
    qfknit Your allium foliage is so different from mine. I thought you would be interested in seeing what mine looks like.

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    Naperville, IL - Growing zone 5b

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    • lovestostitch
      lovestostitch commented
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      pinesprairie - The best part is that our dogs discovered a rabbit's nest under the bushes I trimmed and where I whacked the hose. It was not good news for the babies they pulled out before I saw what they were doing but they didn't get all of them so there are definitely rabbits right there to blame.

    • qfknit
      qfknit commented
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      We have a variety of alliums.
      I believe the small stand of alliums I posted photos of are "globemaster" alliums.
      Possibly our most interesting alliums are the "Nectaroscordum siculum."

    • lovestostitch
      lovestostitch commented
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      qfknit - I looked up that Allium. That is neat. Alliums have proven themselves to be one of the best rabbit proof plants in my garden.

    #77
    It rained all night.... and this is after 1/2" evaporated once the sun came out!

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    • pinesprairie
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      Char, yep, there's one of those too & wooden spoons so you're on the right track. I haven't gotten to where I play them all at once yet though....always something to learn!

    • Kathy7661
      Kathy7661 commented
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      Songwriting! Well, we just learned something new about pinesprairie !!
      I admire people like you with such talents.

    • pinesprairie
      pinesprairie commented
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      Kathy7661 Thank you. I don't play as often anymore but the writing is still in there. It causes you to look at things a bit differently and that's why it sometimes "spills" out. It's funny because I admire people here with all these expert crafty talents - how many times have you seen me say "I'm not a (fill in the blank)"?

    #78
    Finished this Asymmetrical Shawlette today. Knit with Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball, I used about 2/3 of the ball.

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    Kathie from Indiana

    2020 Stashbuster MAL: WTD + 5, YTD + 156

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    • pinesprairie
      pinesprairie commented
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      You seem to use Shawl in a Ball a lot, is that a favorite?

    • Natalia
      Natalia commented
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      Beautiful!

    • knitter131
      knitter131 commented
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      Thanks, everyone 😊. pinesprairie the Shawl in a Ball yarn isn't my favorite, but it gives plenty of yarn for even a good sized shawl. The colors are beautiful. This is just my 2nd shawl with this yarn, and I have 3 more balls to use on shawls.

    #79
    And I started this Shawlette today. I’ve knit this pattern 2 or 3 times, but can’t find my printed pattern to give the name. Piping on the straight side, and increases on the other side, with 100% wool sock yarn, Debbie Bliss Botany Lace.


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    Kathie from Indiana

    2020 Stashbuster MAL: WTD + 5, YTD + 156

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    • pinesprairie
      pinesprairie commented
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      This is a wonderfully nice, rich color but I don't think I'd have the patience you do for the lace weight.

    • knitter131
      knitter131 commented
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      Thanks everyone. I also really like this yarn, it has such a wonderful feel to it, but not squishy as I would normally use for socks. It was shouting shawl, so that’s what I’m doing. Sock yarn is probably my favorite weight of yarn to use whenever i can, as it’s easier on my hands.

    • Kathy7661
      Kathy7661 commented
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      Sock yarn has become my favorite too, ever since doing the Battenberg Blanket. So much easier on the hands and I really like the drape and final results using it.

    #80
    Good morning! Last night I finished one direction of my stitching together the granny square. Today will be the length wise. Trying to decide on a boarder. Hmmmm

    (Kitty photo bomb! Size Wise keep in mind Bailey is 17+ pounds - so a large bread cat)

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    Knitting is happening here! ❤️

    Stashbuster MAL 2020: WTD: +10; YTD -258

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    • Char
      Char commented
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      I am thinking one single crochet of the variegated, then dc cream, and maybe a dc green after that? Still letting it roll around some. Anyone have suggestions?

    • Hellokitten
      Hellokitten commented
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      Connection looks good. I would favor a simple dark border.

    • lovestostitch
      lovestostitch commented
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      I can't tell what color the dark is. Is the dark join the same color as the dark in the squares? It looks great.

      ETA - just saw the answer below!

    #81
    Here’s a close up of the joins - not green, but hopefully still meets the approval :-)

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    It is the variegated I used in the center of the squares:

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    Knitting is happening here! ❤️

    Stashbuster MAL 2020: WTD: +10; YTD -258

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    #82
    Pretty. Glad you were able to use the join.
    Susan from NJ is glad to be here

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      #83
      So, I'm wondering what everyone thinks of carrying yarn when doing colorwork? I don't like to see the carried color through the stitches and aside from using bobbins, haven't found a solution. Is there one?

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      • TexasPurl
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        None that I've found. I think I've tried every which way to bobbin my yarn. They're all cumbersome.

      • Char
        Char commented
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        Knitting isn't "so bad" (I know - I say that...) Knitters can do intarsia or fair aisle - or even double knitting if you want both sides pretty. Crochet... I wonder if there are intriguing gingham patterns that would have good techniques to use.

      • DJM
        DJM commented
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        Not a fan of my own carrying yarn colorwork skills. Glad to hear I'm not the only one who would like to find an easier way.

      #84
      I agree with you pinesprairie I would rather have many bobbins going (actually I don't use bobbins) than see the yarn carried peeking through the stitches of another color. When I have a lot of quick color changes, I work with long strands of yarn rather than balls or bobbins. In this way, when it gets tangled, as it will, I just pull that strand up and out of the tangled mess freeing it.

      Another way to see what I mean is picture a single width stitch (sc, dc, whatever) of color 1, then a single stitch of color 2 and then back to a single stitch width of color 1 again. I would work with three strands of yarn working them up on each subsequent row rather than carry yarn 1 across yarn 2 to be used again. There a few more tails to deal with, but for me, it's worth the extra effort.

      What say some of the more experienced people here? How do you all deal with this situation?
      Susan from NJ is glad to be here

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      • pinesprairie
        pinesprairie commented
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        I don't use real bobbins either - I'm really old school and just use wooden clothespins. I can clip them to the bottom or sides and keep them from tangling. I used your exact method on the Fiberkind heart for the Birthday Blanket but sometimes when there is only a single stitch for a long in a color it's hard to hide the ends. I just keep thinking there's got to be something better.

      • susanwayne
        susanwayne commented
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        @pinesprairie: I tried the clothespin method but I'm too lazy to clip and unclip each color. I let the balls, strands tangle as they may and every once in a while, I take a little time to untangle them. There's something satisfying about doing the untangling too. Like untying knots or a skein that has barf in it. Yes, I'm the gal that is willing to do that for others.

        If I can find it, I'll post a picture of what my yarn can look like before I de-tangle it.
        Last edited by susanwayne; 06-30-2020, 02:59 PM. Reason: Added a thought.

      • pinesprairie
        pinesprairie commented
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        susanwayne I used to do that but eventually got tired of the untangling. It seems we all find a way to do what we want in a way that works for us. I also find the more I crochet, the more it's become about the process as much as it is about the finished piece.

      #85
      I have finished the joining and a sc crochet border, but can’t decide what I need to do further on the boarder.

      Suggestions?

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      Knitting is happening here! ❤️

      Stashbuster MAL 2020: WTD: +10; YTD -258

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      • FreedomLover
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        This looks wonderful, I can't comment on a border as I don't crochet.

      • pinesprairie
        pinesprairie commented
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        Maybe a broader round of either of the dark colors so it'd be like a picture frame?

      • lovestostitch
        lovestostitch commented
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        I vote for more border. I think it can be either a thick dark border or the cream color.

      #86
      Maybe like this? A little pin stipe?

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      Knitting is happening here! ❤️

      Stashbuster MAL 2020: WTD: +10; YTD -258

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      • lovestostitch
        lovestostitch commented
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        I need to read the whole thread before posting. I like your sample border.

      • Char
        Char commented
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        lovestostitch - its ok! I ended up doing the edging shown here. It was just soaking in softener and washing now, soon to dry and pack away. :-)

      • susanwayne
        susanwayne commented
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        Perfect edging. You have a good eye! Thanks for sharing it with us.

      #87
      Love your squares. I think the picture frame would be a nice finish. Even two or more rows of the granny stitch in black would do it. I think the whole thing would pop.

      But it's great just as is....just a matter of how much more you want to put into it before starting your next project! haha
      Susan from NJ is glad to be here

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      • Char
        Char commented
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        Yes - I have purple, white and gray hexagons calling me!!! And - I can't take too long as this is for my nephew who is getting married Friday.

      • FreedomLover
        FreedomLover commented
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        Congratulations to your nephew and his intended!

      #88
      Char Cutting a bit close aren't you? You must be a fan of yarn chicken too. :}
      Susan from NJ is glad to be here

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      • Char
        Char commented
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        Lol - I’ll finish with a couple days to spare. Considering I didn’t find out 10 days ago, I was pushing it to start with.

        Need more notice next time. Lol

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