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Knitting Content!!

Yes. Your eyes are not deceiving you — it’s a slew (or is it slough?) of FO’s!

Topmost is the Tudora Ruff– or Tudorica. 😉  

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I think this picture turned out quite funny – I was actually trying to avoid a triple chin but…it makes me look kinda threatening.

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Great Canadian Traveling ScarfI joined a traveling Scarf Exchange, which is pretty fun – we just mailed off the second section. You start a scarf – knit the 1st 6″, send it on to the next knitter, they add 6″ and so on. Finally your scarf is returned to you and you knit the final 6″. Voila!  A complete scarf. And this way you – ok I – totally avoid the dread that comes upon me about 8″ in to a scarf — that certainty that the scarf is not growing – a fact that seems to be proven by measuring! Does anyone know how that works? How can you measure something at 8″, knit 10 rows and remeasure and it is still 8″?? I don’t know how it happens but it has happened to me more than once.

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I used the leftover wool from Tudorica and chose a pattern from the Stitch Dictionary my Mom gifted me. This is not the best picture. At least I hope it’s the picture.

I also joined a Granny Square Exchange and this is a terrible pic of the one I sent out. (at least there is a bit of a theme to the post!)

AND last of all: Aunty K’s Amendment Thrummed Mittens

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So named because they were to make up for the socks I made her for her anniversary that fit her granddaughter! (I’ve seen her wear them twice already!)

Thrumming was much easier than I thought and it is super-duper cozy. I might have to look into a pair for myself for next season since, you know.

Knit while watching: Lost Seasons 1&2; True Blood Seasons 1&2

Tudorica & Amendment Thrummed Mittens were projects for the BSG Fleet Power Battle (on Ravelry). Go Galactica!!

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Ta-Daaa!!

Now that winter is here — recognizable by it’s driving rain — it’s kinda drafty upstairs, what with the wall of windows.
So yesterday, I made these:

Ta Daaaa!

I was kind of amazed at how expensive curtains are, and I was not checking out the costly kind either.

For $22 I was able to make these. Such a relief. The timing was really good too because a windstorm came up last night – last year there was an actual breeze from the single paned wall ‘o windows – this year? Just cozy time spent watching Lost and knitting calluses onto my fingertips.

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Kira’s not quite as enthralled:

Thank you Google

The funny part, I didn’t think curtains would be possible because of the angle of the windows. Fortunately greater minds are not so challenged and I googled the issue.

Ahhh…angle the curtain rods you say…genius!

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Shocking isn’t it? If you saw the Ravelry input you’d know that this little number took 11 months! Oh my goodness.

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Despite how long I took, I’m really happy with this sweater. It’s cozy, it feels good, it hangs well and the button holes worked! What next for my knitting?

Wellllll – if you believe it, I joined NaKniSweMo. Which is National Knit a Sweater in a Month. I seriously need to get faster – let’s see if I can do it!

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Nothing’s too flattering when you have this shape but…I’m still pleased. And yes, it’s missing a button. I bought 2 packets of buttons but when I got home I had 1 packet. Irritating. So now I’ll be making another trip to the store. Blergh.

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Ta Da!

FO's!

See, there has been some knitting around here!  While I was away my lovely landlords looked after my place. And my cats. And my chickens. And my fish.
Kind of a lot to look after.
As a way of saying thanks, I knit her some Mason Dixon Ball Band dishcloths (I love the way the colours pooled!) and added a jar of my Accidental Plum Sauce*. On the morning of my 1st piano lesson, I brought them with me. Her surprise was well worth the effort. 😀

I am also trying my hand at quilting. See below:

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I’ve finished the top. Now the applique begins! Someday.

I accidentally cut out some of the fabric the regular way, not knowing what “on the bias” meant. My mother educated me and…I had to pick up some more fabric. Once I cut that out I discovered, I don’t own any pins?!?? So I had to make a trip to Wal*Mart and pick some up. By the time I got home…interest had waned in favour of The Office Season 3. So…there you have it.

scan001001A little closeup of the binding strips dividing the panels. Love the little ladybugs.

Now I wanted to make a gift for a friend who had a new baby, oh 6 months ago (yes Queen of Procrastination am I) and I love this little coat. So darned cute. I decided to make one for the new baby and one for her toddler sister. I cast on for the 6-12 months size and made quick (for me!) progress.New Project? YIP>5/365

I really like the fabric the seed stitch creates. As I was knitting and watching the Battlestar Galactica Miniseries premiere, I became increasingly uneasy with the piece.

Check this out:
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Umm that is my February Lady Sweater placed below the Smock Coat. And yes. They are the same width.

Ahh…I’m a plus-sized gal and this baby is decidedly typical, size-wise that is. 😉 I don’t know what sort of monster this coat would fit! Maybe this guy: So I was going to scrap it completely (though I did wonder if I kept on if it might fit me…)but after reading boards at Ravelry etc. Debbie Bliss’ patterns would seem to run wide. So now I am thinking this might be ok for the toddler and I could make the next size down for the baby?

What do you think?

 *I tried to preserve plums according to directions – they had only cooked 12 of the 38 minutes and were mush already — plus they were supposed to be processed for an additional 10 minutes! madness — my Aunt shared a simpler, more effective recipce with me that might have done the trick. You prepare syrup, fill hot jars with plums, pour the syrup over and then process the jars. The plums still softened up but at least they retained their shape! I’ll let you know later in the year how they taste === looking forward to that. Mmmm….

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 If you said “Time Traveling Bunnies, then yes. You’re right.”

I was originally going to put a little bunny from this book on the bag and then…the Lost lightning struck. And while I watched The Tudors

(honestly – could Henry the 8th even have dreamed of looking that good?!) and a mini Food Network marathon (I am so jealous of Jamie Oliver’s wife) I stitched this Time Traveling Bunny onto a PC Green bag.

I’m storing this bag behind my Anthuriums!

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Here is a pic of the model Time Traveling Bunny:

Am I the only one who hears this whenever the Casimir Effect is mentioned? Really? I am? Probably not anymore. 😉

In other Lost/Bunny news I started to read Watership Down this weekend. During this season’s loooong hiatus I am going to read some of the books referenced in the show. This is one of the most overtly referenced books in Season 1.

No major insights yet. I will be amazed if I make it through this one. I tried when I was young but was too upset for the rabbits. Fiver’s disturbing vision of the warren filled with blood doesn’t bode well for these buns – or me. I had a pet bun and it is hard to not have her in mind while reading.

Lengthier Lost posts to come…

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This knitter has completed a project.
And then photographed the project.
And actually posted it – on her blog.

So very flattering, taking your own picture in a bathroom mirror.

You can see I couldn’t wait until I had added the collar and woven in the ends. I had to try it on. I did have someone else take my picture in my new sweater – but they were even less flattering. They all turned out to have either a vacant expression or my mouth open explaining how to work the camera.

Here is the best of those attempts:

See what I mean? Call 1-800-TIPS is what I’m seeing.

It is done, reblocked and resting – waiting to be worn to work tomorrow. If I ever get a better picture than on the back of a chair…I’ll put it up here.

I’m really, really happy with this sweater. It’s cozy, it’s comfy and I made it in less than 1.5 months! I might always work with Size 11 needles from now on.

I love the Sand Stitch that embellishes the cuffs and the fronts. Excuse the poor lighting – the colour is exactly as pictured on the back of the chair (for some reason seeing my sweater laying there like it’s just been taken off feels so good! like this is a real sweater)

I watched a record amount of television programming and movies while knitting this. But probably I will associate it with Knocked Up – which I watched two nights in a row (thank you Movie Central) as I finished the collar, redid the collar and then wove in those ends. Seth Rogen is so adorable. But, to quote B-Nessa, “I digress.”

I am still struggling to catch up on my blog reading (sorry folks – I’ll get to you – though it may not be safe). Some of my reading is leading to immediate action.

Mmmm….Elvis cake.

A rich, moist banana cake with incredible Peanut Butter icing. Honestly, I am tolerating the cake so I can have more icing! I never thought I would be the weird person in line at the grocery store with a jar of Marshmallow Creme but people – one taste of this icing has let me know it is worth cringing in the baked goods aisle as you add this totally kitzchy ingredient to your basket of organic snap peas, soy milk and eco friendly dishwasher detergent (though I’m thinking the energy it takes to run our old dishwasher probably negates the benefit of phosphate free soap).

Anyways, if you want some of your own you’ll have to go here and then get in line for the Marshmallow Creme.

 

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I’m going to start with the yarn. The lovely, lovely yarn.

So soft. So pretty. Spun with Silver!

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This gorgeous skein of fibrey wonder is from Woolgirl. You can buy yours here.
I am not sure what this extra special yarn will become yet. I am waiting for it to whisper it’s innermost dream to me. In the meanwhile I watch it glimmer in the light.

Which should be good because…I’m going to be frogging soon. Maybe not tonight. I might not have the heart.
This is the last time you saw the 2nd Anemoi Mitten:

Last night I finished it. Even the thumb as I watched Dexter on network television and laughed over Doaks’ vehement declaration that Dexter was a “MotherLover!”.

I’m not laughing now. Earlier that day I had been talking to my Aunty Elaine, the recipient-to-be of the Mitts. Joking about how much tenser I must be one year later, because the 2nd glove seems tighter and smaller than the 1st.

Oh. Ha, ha, ha. I thought some severe blocking would make the difference. But as I held the finished glove up to the 1st the small stitches really hit me. With sickening dread I referred back to the pattern.

See the picture below?

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That is where I should have stopped. But oh no, I pressed on. With my head cold & cough and lack of sleep.

Yeah. Right there is where I was supposed to switch from 2.25 mm needles to 2.75 mm needles. Only, I had gone up to 3.00 mm needles with the 1st glove – and dutifully written that in the margin of my pattern.

My Aunt came for an emergency fitting today. Not a chance on earth they’ll fit. It’s a good thing she loves me. And it makes it a little easier that it was 15 degrees out today.

I think I’m going to cast on a new sweater instead tonight!

Comfort Blanket Update: We have 11 knitters/crocheters volunteering to make squares. Thank you so much!  If you aren’t able to make squares, would you link to the project on your blog?

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