Up, Down, All-Around!

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I have so many exciting things to share today! First off, I just got a copy of this amazing book, Up, Down, All-Around by Wendy Bernard. This wonderful book features beautiful full color photographs with at least one full page dedicated to each stitch pattern. The book also features directions for how to work the stitch patterns in the round, and for some patterns how to flip the pattern and work it in the other direction too!

One of my favorite features is that the book is spiral bound, so that it’ll stay open to the page you’re using all by itself–an important feature that none of my other eight stitch dictionaries have.

So, instead of doing the long laundry list of things on my to do list I worked a swatch from this beautiful book…because when someone sends you a wonderful book and two skeins of one of your favorite yarns what else can you do?! Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes is one of my favorite yarns ever. It is incredibly soft, and has a bazillion plies that makes the yarn round and durable. The yarn is great for every project, and has wonderful stitch definition.

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I worked my swatch in Charcoal and Putty, in the diamond tweed pattern from the colorwork section of the book. The bottom half of the swatch shows the lighter color as Color A, and then I switched the colors for the top half to the swatch. I think this stitch would be great for a cowl.

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Here’s how I would calculate a cowl pattern with this yarn.

My gauge: 4.5 sts per inch on US 9 needles in diamond tweed pattern.

Let’s say you’d like a cowl that’s 24″ around. 24 x 4.5 = 108.

This pattern calls for an even number of stitches in the round, so that number works perfectly.

CO 108, join to knit in the round.
Work 5 rounds in garter stitch in Color A.
Work diamond tweed pattern until your cowl reaches the desired length.
Work 5 rounds in garter stitch in Color A.
BO all sts.

And voila! A fun and easy cowl!
Oh, and here’s a photo of the back of the swatch–because for some reason nobody ever shows you the reverse side! I like the back too.

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Giveaway

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Thanks to Blue Sky Alpacas you can enter for your own chance to win a signed copy of Up, Down, All-Around by Wendy Bernard, a Pretty Cheep Project Bag, and three skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas yarn!

You could win all three of these fabulous yarns! Alpaca Silk in Mango, Melange in Cotton Candy, and Suri Merino in Seamist.

To enter leave a comment on this post and tell me what you’re procrastinating with your knitting. I’ll pick one random winner on June 20, 2014 at 11AM EST. Don’t forget to check back and see if you’re the lucky winner! 

Be sure to check out all the other stops on the Blog Tour! 

May 20: Blue Sky Alpacas Blog
May 22: FreshStitches
May 24: Hey Jen Renee
May 26: Very Shannon
May 28: Miso Crafty Knits
May 30: The Sweatshop of Love
June 3: Stockinette Zombies
June 4: Mari Knits
June 6: Lattes and Llamas
June 21: Wendy Bernard on the Ready, Set, Knit! podcast

152 Responses

  1. Jacquie Willson
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    I always procrastinate blocking my finished objects! Somehow getting out all the materials seems daunting.

    • Mari
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      I love blocking! Then I know it’s really DONE! I like to block several things as once, and then my husband gets to play “the floor is covered in knits” game.

    • Anne
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      Procrastinating knitting a linen coco knits sweater

    • Nancy Fischer
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      I don’t usually procrastinate; but lately, I have 3 or 4 projects going and I’m not finishing anything. I want to go back to knitting the way I used to.

    • deborah mindick
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      I have been working on a swing jacket since last year on and off – using bulky orange Blue Sky Alpaca yarn – the jacket is lovely but I am stumped on the short rows in the sleeves – I took it tonight to my knitting group and I am still procrastinating – mostly out of fear
      that I will goof up and I spent a gazillion on the yarn!

  2. Lynn
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    Oh, that is a good question. Procrastinating with my central park hoodie. I need to finish, as it will be mine. I am going to look at it today. Ha! Thanks for a chance in this awesome giveaway! Lynn

  3. Angie S.
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    This book looks absolutely fantastic! So, aren’t we always procrastinating when it comes to knitting? When you do something for fun I think any time it gets a little unfun it’s easy to set it aside for something else. I am currently procrastinating on making gifts for friends and family which I like to do all year when possible…but that hasn’t happened this year. I can’t stop making stuff for me! I also have a bag that is 95% done that I could be using right now if I would just finish it! I ran out of yarn and got distracted by pretty things while I was waiting for the additional yarn to arrive and haven’t found the time to get back to it now that I have the yarn I need. Sigh, the life of a knitter.

  4. Andi
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    Hmmm…I fear I put off many things for my knitting. Cooking, cleaning, and especially laundry. :)
    Thank you for the lovely giveaway!

  5. Carmen N
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    I really need to sew some buttons on a cardigan I “finished” last week. I also have a couple of UFOs packed in my closet I should revisit.

  6. Christine
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    Right now, I seem to be procrastinating about finishing what I’ve started. I have a ton of projects on needles, but can’t seem to make myself complete any of them. I’ve made a promise to myself to complete at least one thing before summer is over, so we’ll see how that goes. :)

  7. Sara
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    It’s not so much the knitting of a baby sweater, but the finishing that I’m procrastinating on. It needs ribbon ties, a good blocking, and possibly some decorative ribbon or fabric to hide some not-so-nice edges on the inside.

  8. Jayne Miller
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    I have 4 baby blankets on needles and need to finish them!

  9. ali
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    I’m avoiding attaching my sleeves to a yoked sweater. Attempted it but ended up frogging and haven’t picked it up since.

  10. jane H
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    i really need to finish my poncho i started for the knitting olympics but the winter olympics have ended….and there’s that hat, shawl, oh and i what about that sock yarn in the stash?

    • Mari
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      Haven’t you heard, sock yarn doesn’t count as stash! It’s just like if you eat cookies standing in the kitchen! :)

  11. MelodyJ
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    I was suppose to do cables, use circulars and double pointed needles this past winter. I still haven’t really started.

  12. D Perry
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    I need to sew on the (short) sleeves of a cardigan finished 2 months ago. I don’t think I will. Going to pick up the stitches instead.

  13. Gabriel Heidi Levin
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    I am procrastinating in two things. One is fringing my afgan that I have had done for a month (and also it is a Christmas present from 2013, Really????) and the second project I am working on is done with a ribbon yarn which is annoying. PS I got 2 baby blankets done and another afgan done between the procrastinating projects. Love your website!!!!

    • Mari
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      Thanks Gabriel! Well that sounds like productive procrastination! :)

  14. Kelly Conaway
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    I love to knit, but hate to sew it all together! I have a bolero, all knitted since January….still sitting to have the sleeves sewn in.

  15. Ted W
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    Having serious “second sock syndrome”, I completed the first sock a couple of months ago; I still haven’t cast-on the second one. Plus, I have a pair of socks on magic-loop, that I have to finish, especially since the “Mystery KAL” finished in March.

  16. Bonnie S.
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    From Colorado: I started knitting a cable knit sweater for my son-in-law and I am having trouble getting motivated to finish because I just found out they will be moving to Austin, Texas for a year or so. Not sure he will need it in Texas. I want to start another project but feel I should finish the sweater first! :(

    • Mari
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      He’ll need it when he comes to visit you though right? I always have multiple projects going though, so what do I know?

  17. Jeanine
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    Right now, totally procrastinating on casting on a sweater I want to finish before it gets too hot!

  18. Nancy G
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    I am procrastinating buying some fine quality yarns. I’ve used inexpensive yarns for years, and have acquired a collection of them. I figure if I start knitting alpaca or other yarns, I’ll never go back to the inexpensive yarns.

    • Mari
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      Nancy,
      Life’s too short for bad yarn. It’s true once you try the nice stuff you won’t go back, but you won’t want to!

  19. Pam
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    I always procrastinate those tiny finishing details, especially if I don’t know the project as much as I thought I would!

    • Pam
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      oops – especially if i don’t LOVE the project as much as I thought I would!

  20. Lynn
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    I had knit a sweater set for my friends twin baby girls ..when I got to the booties I just couldn’t figure them out and I put them away. Luckily I sent off the sweaters and hats as I never did get back to those booties! Reading all the other comments makes me realize I’m not the only person who procrastinates..that makes me feel so much better.

  21. Cait L
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    Right now I’m procrastinating the second sock for my dad and *ahem* a couple other half done projects. I have two tests to finish then my plan is to finish up the WIPs by the end of the summer. Hopefully lol. They’re all cold weather stuff so it would be nice to have them done.
    Offbeatchic on Rav – Tech editor.

  22. Martha C
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    I put off finishing many knitting projects to get my hands on the latest pattern and newest yarn. I have about 20 unfinished objects waiting for assembly. We won’t mention the state of my housework…it’s a little embarrassing !

  23. Tonya
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    I’m procrastinating steeking a sweater I have finished. I’m about 1/2 the way through crocheting one side of the steek. It’s just slow going and I totally keep pushing it off to do other things.

  24. Theresa
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    I have several finished projects, where I procrastinate is with getting all my ends weaved in & blocking.

  25. Teresa
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    Sadly, I’m procrastinating my knitting with knitting. Projects scattered across the house. It’s like a knit-war zone around here!

  26. Jos
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    I’m procrastinating on frogging two projects.

  27. Kim
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    I have a pile of finished projects waiting to be blocked. I just never feel like tackling this chore. But I’m hoping that blocking them all at once will actually be more efficient.

  28. Alice
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    Ohhh please I need this stitch dictionary!!! I have so many projects in the works I’ve been procrastinating on- a crochet shrug, a diagonal knit blanket, a dog sweater, a mongolian knit hat, a short row knitted pleat skirt, crochet beach bag… And a long list of projects I’d like to start! Aughghg. :)

  29. Vickie
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    I need to sew some buttons on a sweater and block an afghan!

  30. Julsknits
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    I procrastinate on seaming. I try and choose projects with few seams, but sometimes you just have to buckle down and do it! I am currently procrastinating on finishing a lace dress for a 4 year old. I am loving knitting it so much, I have slowed my knitting on the last bit.

  31. Lisa McMeekin
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    I’ve just moved & have uncovered several projects that I stopped in the middle of. I one gorgeous, lucious warm sweater that ended up being too big, so I’ve froged(sp?) a big section of ea sleeve & were in the process of re-knitting in a smaller size. My round needle were there so long that I actully took the needles off & capped off the cording….now if I can just remember what size needles I used? I guess you can see why I’m procrastinating

  32. Sharon
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    I have problems finishing projects. I’m always getting distracted by something new and fun.

  33. Audrey Berger
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    I have yarn & patterns for small lace scarfs but I procrastinate they look
    complicated I keep telling myself if I don’t start I won’t know. I have made
    afghans & washcloths with different stitches so I need to get on with it.

  34. Catherine
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    I am currently procrastinating at pulling apart a hat that I started before Christmas. There is a mistake in there that I have to fix! It was supposed to be a Christmas gift…sigh.

  35. Diane Lsughlin
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    I am trying to procrastinate starting new projects until several already on needles are done!

  36. Mia
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    I am procrastinating on my son’s green socks. I stopped at the heel flap of the first one and just can’t get motivated to pick it up again.

  37. Dena
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    I get things done, blocked and then they sit there. I have two sweaters that need to be seamed and yet, there they sit. The excitement of casting on a new project gets in the way!

  38. Diane JB
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    I’ve procrastinated on finishing some little “lovey” blankets for friends’ grandkids (due this summer) and a few market mesh bags that I’ve started. Instead, I’ve started newer, more interesting projects for myself and my own kids!
    Even if I don’t win the book, I think I’ll try to buy it soon.

  39. Beverly
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    I am procrastinating finishing a heavy winter pullover. Now that warm weather is here, I find that I’ve lost the motivation and have been knitting light weight items instead.

  40. mary
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    Blocking, I always procrastinate on the blocking. I have a collection of mushed up, but finished, knitting just waiting for a good soak.

  41. BlueTulips
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    I always have a stack of blocking to do that I just keep putting off.

  42. KittenWithAWhiplash
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    To stop procrastinating I posted a pic of a pile of yarn on my blog with the promise that “ALL THIS YARN WILL BE USED BY THE END OF JUNE OR IT WILL BE GOTTEN RID OF. Donated, dumped, digested, whatever.” So far I’ve started a sweater and slippers, have some designated for potholders and hot pads, and keep changing my mind about the rest. Wish me luck! Meanwhile, back at the giveaway – I’m really excited about this book! I like to design my own sweaters, and looking thru stitch dictionaries is really inspiring – until I remember that I want to knit the sweater top down. Of course, I’ve alway selected a stitch pattern like the Tree Of LIfe, which upside down looks like the Dustmop Of Doom. For some it’s easy to reverse the directions, others, not so much. So, again, I[m really excited about this book! And that yarn is beautiful, and I’m going to need some more by the end of the month anyway/

  43. Barb T.
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    I want to knit a worsted weight sweater with yarn I bought last year at Rhinebeck; I just can’t find the right pattern!

  44. Denise Stanton
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    I am a new knitter and get easily discouraged. About 2 weeks prior to Mother’s Day I started a beautiful lacy shawl for my mom. I showed her the picture and said hopefully I’ll finish it by next Mother’s Day!

  45. Sheila
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    I am terrible about blocking. I just hate to do it, so I put it off, sometimes well after the project is done.

  46. Eunyoung
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    I always procrastinating for the choice of yarns that I like to knit. I have thousands of ravelry favorite, it gets bigger every time I visit though. I can’t find right yarn for my project. Once I found the match(yarn and color), it is breeze to finish up.

  47. Julie
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    I have a top on the verge of being finished, all it needs is for the sides to be seamed. But it’s fingering weight yarn and that just seems unappealing at the moment. Maybe tomorrow…

  48. Mary
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    I keep putting off sewing some seams. Starting a new project is much more fun!

  49. jen massey
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    I am procrastinating everything. I started to learn and haven’t got back to my first project. I need some new motivation!!

  50. florapie
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    I hate sewing on buttons, so that’s where I procrastinate. I have a sweater that’s been finished for a month, and I’d love to wear it, but the thought of sewing on nine buttons is somehow more daunting than knitting the sweater!

  51. shaena
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    I would really love to knit myself a winter sweater. looking at Alicia plummer’s birchbark pattern. Deciding on yarn and cost is why I’m procrastinating, but it’s such a beautiful project, I just have to do it! :)

  52. Beth
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    I procrastinate picking out patterns and just getting started on projects. Love to just feel and look at my beautiful stash. Want to make sure I match the yarn to that perfect pattern!

  53. Gina
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    Procrastinating finishing a sweater that I’m not sure I have enough yarn for the sleeves. It requires a bit of math to figure out if the sleeves can be full or quarter length. The math is always the worst part for me.

  54. Mau
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    I’m procrastinating finishing up a lap blanket I started knitting for my mom nearly a year ago. I loved the colours of the yarn & thought it would be perfect for her living room but the yarn isn’t the nicest to work with. Have to get it done soon though – my maternity leave is almost over & there’s very little chance it will get finished when I’m back at work!

  55. odessa
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    I have a sweater on the needles that has been there for far too long….

  56. Ampersandebeth
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    I’m procrastinating some ripping…in the hopes that if I wait long enough I won’t have to do it. It won’t end up like that, but I hate ripping!

  57. Mary Kay Smith
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    I am currently procrastinating on the last sleeve of a sweater that I started last summer. It is really ridiculous because all the hard parts are done! And it’s a summery sweater that I could wear now if I could just finish that sleeve!

  58. Vicki
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    My second bobble sheep pillow. I almost finished the body, but somehow was off a stitch or two w/ some decreases; then distracted myself w/ other knitting projects instead of taking a few aspirin and checking things over. Actually finished those projects, but now I HAVE to tackle the bobble monster. Hubster suggests I could just bind off as is and it would make a lovely bathing cap–clearly he jests!

  59. Faith
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    I’m always wanting a throw for my sofa but I’m always putting it off. I’ll start something put it down then find a new idea for a throw then I’ll get distracted by a new yarn … it’s a terrible cycle. But I love the new concepts and yarns which come out each season.

  60. Vicki
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    My second bobble sheep pillow. I was off some stitches during the decreases in the body, then decided to start some new projects instead of taking a few aspirin and figuring it all out. Hubster suggests binding off as is and use as a hat or bathing cap, but that is clearly NOT the answer!

  61. Debbie
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    I am a new knitter and I am procrastinating on my next class – increasing and decreasing! While I love knitting so far, this next ‘step’ seems daunting!

  62. Jessica Thibodeau
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    Procrastinating on Annika Sue, Susan Mills beautiful vest. So close to finished, but fearing it will be too long. Stalled x one year……

  63. millufos
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    I have a few, which I revisit, from time to time. My current procrastination is BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie. WIP since Feb. 20, 2014. Have taken time out for granddaughter gifts, and test knit. I’m at about 95% completion for this cardigan, and looking forward to seeing/wearing this sweater.

  64. Jennie Kaderabek
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    I am usually procrastinating housework :-)

  65. Alta
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    I absolutely hate sewing pieces together so that’s why I am always searching for patterns knitted in one piece. Some of the finished pieces sit for months before I get the motivation to sew them up.

  66. Kate M
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    I use knitting to procrastinate doing things around the house! I procrastinate on my current project with another when it comes time to block and seam!! Thanks for the review of the book. It looks AMAZING and I can’t wait to get a copy of it!!!

  67. Andrea Johnson
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    Socks. I have several skeins of fingering but have never tried to make socks before.

  68. Jennifer
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    I LOVE knitting, but I’m not fond of sewing. This is why I procrastinate at anything that involves sewing in my knits, whether it’s weaving ends, adding buttons or sewing a seam. My wonderful mom sometimes offers to do the sewing for me. :)

  69. Elise
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    I procrastinate on quite a few knits especially during summer. Right now I need to finish a vest I started last summer

    Elise

  70. Chrissy
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    I’ve been procrastinating on starting my first sweater, I’m nervous. I have all the supplies, just not all the optimism.

  71. ummrania
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    I dont really procrastinate with knitting, I procrastinate with everything else to knit!

  72. nicole
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    I have not done lace. I tell my knitting group all the time that my next project will be lace. But I am afraid.

  73. Kristina
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    I’m procrastinating frogging 10 rows of lacework in a shawl I was supposed to have done for my best friend’s birthday in May :( Luckily she’s very understanding!

  74. Amanda
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    I’m procrastinating turning the heels on some socks. Not my favourite part at all

  75. Patty
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    I finally finished my Bird’s Nest Shawl and I am procrastinating knitting in all the yarn ends :)

  76. Shawna
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    I’m procrastinating my Viajante shawl:(

  77. Lindsay Leong
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    I have a MKAL from Ysolda sitting on my fave long circulars. But there are sooooo many stitches now!! Thanks for the give away!

  78. Kim
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    I’ve been procrastinating starting my cousin’s birthday Luchador softie (Rebecca Danger pattern), his birthday is the end of June!

    Xoxo Kim

  79. Emily
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    My procrastination problem is all about weaving in the ends. I have tons of items I’ve crocheted and knitted that still need to be all woven up. It seems that I just get too excited about my next project to finish up those pesky ends. :)

  80. susan holen
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    Procrastination is my middle name! I knitted a wool hat 4+ years ago. It still needs to be felted! Never tried felting before…so a bit leery. Looked at it the other day and heard a small voice say “felt me, felt me”! Guess it’s worth a try…some day (soon???).

    Thanks for sharing the great Diamond Tweed stitch and cowl patterns!

  81. Lilly
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    I usually procrastinate weaving in ends…but right now i’m procrastinating finishing a little stuffy. I don’t think amigurumi are for me!

  82. Katarina
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    I always procrastinate with weaving in ends and blocking – the moment I’m done with knitting, I just have to co for new project!

  83. knittingdancer on Ravelry
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    I have this lace shawl mystery knit-along I started back in March. I have about 70% of the shawl completed. It is sitting in a basket by my couch. It is a complicated lace pattern and short rows at the end. I hate to do short rows. I keep telling myself just knit 2 rows a day on it and get it finished. I did finished another shawl last night.

  84. Kathy ( Rav kattyradie)
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    Wow! What am I procrastinating in knitting???? It’s those color work mittens. I have 3 pair OTNs and I can’t seem to pick them back up again. I dubbed 2014 as the year to conquer stranded knitting. It was a do-or-die goal and I really started out with conviction then fizzled after a few months. I so want to get better at it so hopefully I will pick them back up soon.

    Thanks for the chance to win this great book and beautiful yarn.

  85. tww2005 on ravelry
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    I always put off doing dishes and laundry for knitting. It gets done, but usually by my husband.

  86. Eli
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    I am procrastinating on some socks now. I think I lost my sock mojo :(

  87. Jess
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    Right now I’m procrastinating on the finishing touches. I currently have three scarves to block, a cowl to sew up and I have to weave in the ends on all 4 of those projects as well as on another cowl. Instead I cast on another lace scarf that I’m going to procrastinate about blocking when I’m finished.

  88. Daniela
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    I have several orphan socks that are waiting to be finished but what I am truly procrastinating is knitting my DH his long promised sweater. Every time I am about to cast-on I start a completely different project. But I will definitely cast on by the end of the week.

  89. T.N.
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    I’m half way through seaming this sweater that I’ve been working on forever. Every time I think about finishing, I just pick up a sock instead.

  90. Liz Bleacher
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    I have a tons of hats that are completely knit and ready to go except for sewing in the ends, I put that off forever. Scarves too. I just can’t make myself do it right when I finish knitting.

  91. Geraldine Scott
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    Ha! Weaving in ends and blocking….

  92. Lesley
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    I’m procrastinating the final stripes on a shawl for me because there’s so many cute kid knits to finish while they’re still little!

  93. IceBebe on ravelry
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    I keep putting off making the mate to a sock that made my head hurt when I made it, but. I have recently learned about fraternal sock pairs to get around this obstacle. Of course, there is also the pile of sweater pieces that need some sewing…yuck! :)

  94. Renee
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    I have several projects I’ve yet to complete…the biggest is a blanket I started for my baby…who is about to turn 2!!!
    Akspinedoc on rav

  95. Cat
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    Socks are the bane of my knitting. Just can’t seem to get the rhythm with the little needles then have to think about doing it again for the other sock. I want to do it but seem to find other knitting projects that use larger needles. I have told myself I will knit a pair of socks this summer. Hope I can keep that promise.

  96. ritainalaska
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    I’ve a plain, utilitarian sweater meant to keep me warm made but for one sleeve … for a while now it’s been at the bottom of the basket, waiting. i’m much more interested in stitching fun sox, lacy shawls, and an aran afghan.

  97. Natalie
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    Right now, I’m actually using my knitting to procrastinate! Knitting wise, I’ve been putting off finishing my Clapotis — it’s only been on the needles for nine years! One day…

  98. Maria M.
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    The scarf I promised my husband several years ago! I have had to rip it out a few times because of tension/needle size, etc. I never seem to get past a certain point with it. That is my procrastination project. Thank you for the chance to win this prize!

  99. Rachel McKinney
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    Finishing, I have a couple years of projects from when weaving in ends scared me.

  100. Maria
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    I procrastinate on the second sleeve. A second sleeve is apparently just as bad as a second sock.

  101. crafty one
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    I have started and unraveled a cowl I was knitting. I put it down altogether and began crocheting. I will try again pretty soon.

  102. Emily
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    I have a few projects which I have finished knitting, but need finishing work like sewing up seams and sewing in ends. I need to just sit down to do the finishing, but usually I’d rather sit and knit than sit and sew.

  103. Laura H
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    Procrastinating the throw pattern that lead me to your blog in the first place, lol! (The “Ripple Afghan” pattern I found on LionBrand’s site, that is in A Knitter’s Home Companion). Anyways… fantastic giveaway, thank you!

    • Mari
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      Well you are welcome to procrastinate here as much as you’d like! :)

  104. Sue
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    I am procrastinating finishing my husband’s sweater that has been on needles for a year and a half!

  105. AnneNyC
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    Procrastinating on Colormatic, a multicolor cowl which will be a gift. Trying to learn two color knitting but overthinking and getting all worked up about it probably for no good reason. Keeping my fingers crossed. :)

  106. Corinna
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    I am procrastinating knitting a linen Coco Knits pattern for me!! Not sure I will get to it Before the summer is over!! Maybe this winter I will get to it!

  107. Toni
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    Procrastinating… Nearly everything! Work and commute takes 12 hours out of the weekdays. So, by the time the weekend arrives (finally), it’s allI can do to get ready for the next week. I’d much rather be knitting EVERY DAY than getting burned out before I can finish the next project.

    • Mari
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      It’s too bad you can’t knit on your commute. I used to knit on the bus. Now my commute is walking to my desk.

  108. Becky
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    I am dragging my feet in finishing toe up two at a time socks! I need encouragement.

  109. Rebecca Rohrkaste
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    Procrastinating! Ha! Funny you should ask. There’s sewing the pretty simple shoulder seams on a top; blocking a scarf that’s longer than my blocking boards; figuring out where I went wrong with a lace panel; and working out the shoulder joining on my Broadway top. But instead I’ve knit a new scarf and half another one, and am still having a grand time knitting!

  110. Judy S in Michigan
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    Started my first pair of socks last year and still haven’t finished them. The pattern is for tube socks but now I want to add a heel. Found a tutorial, just need to be gutsy and try it. Wish me luck :)

  111. Debbie H
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    I procrastinate on all my ufos. I tell myself to get at least one done before I start something new, but it never seems to work!

  112. Ann
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    I procrastinate sewing up knits or fixing any little hole under sleeve or gusset of a sock when needed. I just want to slip it off the needles and be done. I also hate weaving in more than a few ends. I try to knit them in as I go.

  113. Lynn
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    I was procrastinating finishing a baby blanket But I Finished!!! Now….my most pressing knitting issue is which project to start next! I’ll just work another pair of sox till I figure out that one :-)

    • Mari
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      Deciding on a pattern and yarn is the best part!

  114. Carolyn P
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    I have 4 known Works in progress, one since 2011. I keep buying yarn for new projects. I need to sit myself down and finish out some of the older ones. Just because they got shoved aside does not mean they aren’t going to be lovely. I need to stop waiting.

  115. tracy
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    what fun!! i have multiple projects that i would like to knit simultaneously. my daughters are my knitting coaches- and they finish all of their projects!

  116. Jessica Broadway
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    I’m working on a shawl, but only on knitting group nights. Even though it is a simple pattern, I just can’t concentrate with little ones running around. So instead of knitting I just spin more yarn :)

  117. jaydawnrn on ravelry
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    It’s always the same thing for me. I procrastinate weaving in ends and blocking. I wait until the very last minute to do it. I finish the knitting, and I get startitis :)

  118. Maranda H.
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    I’m currently procrastinating a hat I’m designing. One reason is I’m waiting on my new needles to come in, as the current cheap ones have a cable that fights me so badly, it’s apparently one of the main causes of my serious shoulder issues from knitting. So that one is a necessary reason. The second is that I’m moving away from liking the yarn I’m using with it and I find myself just not wanting to finish it there. It’s really great basic yarn for many things; it’s just not feeling like my masterpiece colorwork creation. And if I’m going to kill myself on the colorwork, I think it needs to be something different. This contest post has actually helped me put that into words. So thank you!

    Another thing I procrastinate is the second sock syndrome another reader mentioned. I can get the second done for babies and children since they’re so small and being gifts I’m “forced” to finish them. My current lone sock is still lone probably for a similar reason to the hat. I didn’t know as much about striping and I hadn’t learned to do short row wraps quite right and so didn’t do wraps. I like the toe I came up with great. But I may end up having to frog it and redoing all the mess ups that I will automatically want to fix on the second one. Sorry for an essay!

  119. Carol Hanson
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    Thanks for the chance to comment and enter such a great giveaway. I procrastinate on just about everything in my life, but the knitting project I am procrastinating on at the moment is a beautiful pale yellow nursing shawl I am making for my daughter who is expecting her first baby in August. Got to get on it! The yarn is a lovely alpaca-merino blend, I’ve memorized the lace pattern and I’m sure she is going to love it and use it on cold fall and winter nights, so I don’t know why I am procrastinating. I keep picking up “quick and easy” gift patterns I can finish in a day or two. I also have two sweaters, knitted and blocked but not sewn together. ARRUUGGGGHHHHH!

  120. Dena
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    I procrastinate with finishing. Probably because I do not feel comfortable with weaving in the ends or sewing up the seams. I have almost 20 projects that are within a couple of hours of finishing. A shawl with 20 very short rows to knit. Socks that are top down and within 10 rows of the toes. Etc. I think I am scared to finish so I just start something new.

  121. Ellen
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    I started a shawl in April that should have only taken me three or four weeks to finish. I find myself dragging this project out because I’m enjoying the pattern so much! Also, watching the colors of the yarn unfold is amazing. It’s like falling in love with knitting all over again! It makes me want to use this stitch book to create my own amazing pattern.

  122. Pam Gardner
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    I have been knitting a very easy and pretty shawl but have not been doing much lately as I have spent too much time doing other things.

  123. Cheryl
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    I am procrastinating on a shawl I’m trying to make. It’s my first one ever and I can’t seem to get the time to sit down, pay attention and not goof it up.

  124. Collynda
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    I fell in love with Sawtelle (kids version) by berroco a few months ago. My friend saw it and loved it for her daughter. She bought the yarn and I agreed to make it. This was two months ago. I still am working on the body portion of it. I made a promise to myself to knit an inch a day. I swear my hands aren’t cooperating ….. Good thing I have until fall to finish

  125. Sarah
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    Right now, I am procrastinating finishing a pair of lace socks. I love cabling and twisted stitches, but I don’t always get along with lace :-)
    hotcheese on Rav

  126. sylphette
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    I’m procrastinating with the second sleeve of a sweater I started last year…and the second sleeve of a sweater I started in 2008!

  127. Evie H
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    I have been working with a friend on making lap afghans for people in wheelchairs. She is limited in her knitting skills plus she is 87 years old and to help her achieve her goal I have her knit basic panels and the I have been getting so many great ideals from various web sites, books, and magazines regarding new stitches and every time I think I am going to start making lap afghans I come up with a creative ideal to try to incorporate the patterns and make her basic panel outstanding. I have changed my mind so many times on the last panel that I am thinking of how I can make her work spectacular looking using her basic panel, making her happy and the person that receives the lapgan special. ( made up my word). I get to challenge my creativity and work with a special friend.

  128. Judith Greer
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    I am procrastinating finishing a lace scarf I have designed for my nana because my one year old pulled out the needle while I was busy cooking dinner. Urgh. Okay, enough procrastinating…..I only have five short repeats to go it’s just got a bad mojo to me now. Hate when that happens.

  129. Donna
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    It seems that procrastination seems to be on projects for myself because I get distracted on gifts for others. There is only limited knitting time since I have a full-time day job plus family activities (2 very active boys). The knitting of my Ginny cardigan has been done for awhile, but I still need to sew on the buttons; a shawl I started last summer will hopefully be resumed this summer; an afghan for my couch which will not be touched until winter due to heavy weight of yarn (good project to knit while I watch football).

  130. Emily C
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    I procrastinate finishing. For some reason that last couple rows take forever.

  131. Kemper
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    I’ve been working on a Uniform cardigan for months now at a snail’s pace. My goal is to be done by Christmas…but we’ll see how that goes. Right now I’m too addicted to knitting socks!

  132. Betsy Pratt
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    I really want this book! I love Wendy’s designs + BSA yarns! I am procrastinating on two WIPS right now – a scarf that I completed the beautiful textural hem for and need to dive into the lace portion (lace “chicken” since I seemed to end up screwing up my lace projects when I was a newbie) and I am adding a thumb gusset to an existing fingerless glove pattern that was gusset-less. I guess I just need to put in lifelines and kick things into gear! Thanks for the opportunity to talk it out, and for the giveaway. ;-)
    Betsy in partly sunny/partly sprinkles Seattle

  133. Judy Vierra
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    Hmmm! What don’t I procrastinate on. I have to agree with others on the finishing projects and the blocking projects statements others have made. I love picking out the yarn and knitting the project but when it comes to weaving in the ends and blocking I just can’t get my seem to be motivated to completely finish projects. I get excited about the next endeavor and “on I go”.

  134. Susan
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    I procrastinate sewing sweaters together – go figure – its so close to being done but I just hate sewing things together! Maybe its because I don’t see the stitches right to put them together but really I think I’m just lazy. I enjoy the knitting more than the stitching together. I love taking a ball & actually turning it into something which is why I usually look for patterns that don’t require seaming. Love 3 needle bind off for this reason I guess and its why I don’t do sweaters even though I could do top downs, one pieces & seam the under arm/side. Maybe I’ll get better after I get to my goal weight which is a long way off so am keeping my fingers crossed. The book would be a great addition to my library since I really don’t have a good one for a stitch dictionary & off course all yarns are welcome to my stash!

  135. Ellaine
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    I have an icelandic coat I started back in November and I want to switch the sleeve style even though its nearly all finished. I just need to rip back 6 inches and reknit it. In Aran weight it would just be one evening’s worth of knitting, but somehow I keep putting it off.

  136. Susie
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    I have a lot of “ones” in my finished pile—one toe up, magic loop sock; one baby bootie done on DPNs; one fingerless glove. Which means I have a lot of “ones” to finish! In my defence, the second sock and second bootie are on needles already. I started knitting two years ago and chose projects or classes to learn new techniques, but I get impatient and start a new technique before finishing the previous project. I’m working on that.

  137. Kay
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    Need to finish a baby blanket……….

  138. Samantha
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    I’m super procrastinating the sleeves for a sweater I made! ughhh so bored of stockinette after doing the body!

  139. ikkinlala
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    I’m procrastinating about weaving in ends on some of my older projects (I’ve started doing it as soon as I finish on the newer ones, but a big stack of it all at once is never appealing).

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