47) Square dance

The latest Lizard Ridge square (square 5):

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This is the second entire square I've managed to get out of the first ball, and there's still some yarn left! It's sibling is this one.  It's weird that I easily got two squares out of this ball, but I had to make up the weight from a different ball for this second square.

That blue-green in the top right hand corner is the next one – cast on but so far unknitted.  This is the second half of the ball from my second square.  Since I used some of this skein for the make-weight just mentioned, it will be interesting to see how far the yarn goes on this square.

Of course, I could just assume that there won't be enough, and insert the leftover purple from this square in the middle of this new one…

36) Having a Bad Key Day

Seriously, how does this sort of thing happen?

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Also, I was dashing out of the house this morning – always behind in the mornings these days – and couldn't use my car key.  Because it had threaded itself through the top of my bike key.  That would be that little hole right there:

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You'll notice how the hole is barely wider than, and not much thicker than, the business end of the car key to the left.  How??  You can bet it didn't want to come out again.

I seem to be able to tangle headphones simply by picking them up (or putting them down) and electrical cables of any kind automatically knot themselves when they enter my presence.  Why, then, do I spend a significant amount of my spare time playing with various kinds of string?

Speaking of which, it sounds like the rest of you like my new square, too!  :)  To answer Tempewytch, I'm making a blanket with them, probably for use on the sofa, so I need quite a few.  The original used 24 blocks, but her's were 8 stripes high, and mine are only 6.  I guess I need to measure the sofa and work it out, really.  Oh – and I'd like to full the squares gently before making up the blanket, too, to avoid dog claws getting caught in it (for the benefit of all concerned).  That will shrink it slightly, but not TOOO much.

The next one has, in fact, already been cast on…  I *think* it's the second half of the ball that made Square 1, and is mostly orange/red/purple colours – the madder spectrum, and not quite so vibrant as this photo makes them appear:

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I do like being able to knit at my desk.

35) The other end of the ball – a little something from the 70’s?

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The fourth Lizard Ridge square is complete!  And doesn't this camera angle show off the 'egg box' texture well?  This (mostly) is the other half of the ball that gave the 'My Little Pony' square of various purples and blues, aka Square 3.  The only bit that doesn't belong to the same ball of yarn is the blue stripe to the right of the photo.  Just to remind you what Square 3 looked like:

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Hard to believe they're related, eh?  I definitely prefer this second square, even if the orange/yellow/green thing does remind me of some curtains my parents used to own.  I loooove the rich, jewel-like colours; to me they are exactly what Noro yarns are all about.  And I think the variety in the colours is well-suited to the Lizard Ridge pattern, too; more colour families are involved, and they play well together.

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NOM!

25) Haven’t seen one of these for a while…

Lizard ridge square #3:

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And would you believe that it's from this ball of yarn?

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Sneaky Noro.  Well, I cast on for the next square right away, with the remnants of this ball.  Let's see what come out this time!

3) Lizard Ridge progress

This is my second lizard ridge square:

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Made from an all-blues ball of Kureyon, I had to break a colour off one of the ends of the ball, because otherwise there would have been next to no contrast between the first two bands.

I realised when I was most of the way through this square that I'd made the first one 'wrongly'.  You're supposed to use four pattern repeats (a total of 8 bands of colour) for each square; I've only done three on the first square.

Rather than go back and splice in more yarn and extend my first square, I've just decided that this is the way my squares are going to be.  Apart from anything else, this way they take *just* less than half a ball of Kureyon, so I can get two squares from each ball.  Bonus!  Though this one might not get the opportunity; it's very, very blue and might end up being a bit of an 'odd square out' in the final scheme of things.

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Here's my next Lizard Ridge ball.  Yum!  I cast on today and have done one repeat (two 'bands') already – mostly in my lunch hour.  Surprisingly, the first few colours out of the ball have been a mauve-y colour, the pale blue you can see in the centre of the ball and a soft magenta-y pink.  For such a jewel-toned ball of yarn, the colours so far are surprisingly 'My Little Pony'.  Surprises at every turn!

My First Lizard Ridge

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Photographed on the train on the way back from my parents' house this weekend: my first Lizard Ridge square!

I intend this to be a long-term project, collecting odd balls of Noro Kureyon as I go, to make a large, comfy afghan for use on the sofa…  Perhaps more than one.

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