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WIP Wednesday

Since it’s usually some time between FO’s over here, I thought I would try regularly posting WIP’s.

My Trapeze Jacket is my exclusive Lost knitting and since I am waiting until Sunday to get Season 3 back…it has been languishing. Soon my pretty, soon.

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I have started the 2nd Anemoi mitt for my Aunty. I’m already into the charting. Working the chart is so fun! I am enjoying the process much more the second time around.

Anemoi 2

I started a blanket for Kira using spare/leftover sock yarn. She shivers quite a bit when we travel in the car – and since she often works with me, she is in the car almost every day.

Kira’s Car Blankie

I have 6 more squares worked. 14 to go! I made all of the smallest and all of the largest. So now I just have 8 squares of 4 rows and 6 of 6 rows to go.

This is loosely based on Babette. Loosely, because variegated, or self striping yarn just doesn’t have the same affect. Also, some pretty vivid sock yarn seems to have crept into my knitting! Some of it was gifted and some of it was due to the wonder that is online shopping .  😉 Apparently, it can be hard to capture true colour in photos.

I’m enjoying the simplicity of the pattern. Crochet is so easy and fast! Of course, these are just simple squares – I’m not truly following a crochet pattern like I would be if this was a garment. Even so, it’s fun to hone a rarely used skill.

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So it was the first Long Weekend of summer (well, not technically – but it always feels like it)

I stuck around home, my cousin finished the hardwood on our stairs – oh, I should take a pic of that…coming soon! We hung out, talked ’til the wee hours, bbq’d, walked, played simultaneous Sudoku {I got her hooked last summer} and watched a lot of movies/tv.

Somebody is learning to walk! Kai started cruising around awhile ago – everytime he is getting a little braver – but it is good to have Mom right there. You never know when you might need an encouraging hug.
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Some quick movie reviews: Notes on a Scandal – Excellent! Dame Judi Dench is startling and unnerving in this movie. Sadly, the topic is timely – something that has been in the news all too often these days. Might not be the best choice for sensitive viewers.

The Departed: Not sure if I have already reviewed this one here or not…At any rate. I had already seen this but my cousin had not. It is certainly violent, and the language leaves a lot to be desired but…if you can get past these things, it is an excellent film. I love Jack Nicholson, I think he is hilarious and let me tell you, some of his lines in this movie are priceless – of course his delivery makes all the difference. DiCaprio and Matt Damon are great and aside from their love interest, the supporting actors are superb. I have to say though, the rat scurrying across the balcony rail at the end is too cheesy.

Little Children: One of the best films I have seen in a very long time. The voice over narration, and a few sub-plot characters, add a bizarre bit of humour to this story of the complications that arise between people/families in a small neighborhood. Sensitive themes of morality are covered – so again, possibly not a good choice for the faint of heart. It seems clear this story was written by a man – the ending is far too tidy and uncomplicated by emotion to be otherwise — once you see it, I think you will know what I mean.

Oh – did you think I didn’t do any knitting all weekend?

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A dear friend came up for the day on Saturday (we went for lunch and then lingered at Starbucks – wonderful!) We got talking about knitting and she asked if I had ever made dishcloths. She mentioned she might like a few someday so…Idipped into the stash, knit her 3 and sent them home with my cousin today. I have one on the needles, and plan to make a few more for her. I love how quickly dishcloths knit up.

I have to get cracking on my Stacy pullover front if I want to wear it to the Fibre Festival…perhaps tonight – ooh and tomorrow night during the Lost season finale – I am so excited for that I can hardly stand it. I hear there is going to be a major shakeup that sets the tone for the whole next season. Yay — although I have also heard that it is not coming back until February – yikes! Long, long time from now.

Oh – and I found the yummiest things at the grocery store. A great big bag of peeled and sliced Sweet Potato Fries – just season them and pop them in the oven. 1 cup for 1 point! They are so delicious, filling and easy-easy-easy.

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Tell me how it is that a four day weekend passes by so quickly?
Maybe because they are so full.

Saturday was spent reading — hey check out the new page dedicated to books. Located at top of page, 2007 Reads — finishing the first Jaywalker and dogsitting.

I took care of Hunter
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and T-Bone for a night.
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They are such great dogs. Kira was much better this time. No growls, not once. This is progress for a testy little dog who is very possessive of her ‘Mommy’! She didn’t really play with them either, but still – Good Dog! No pics of them together – they were all blurry, and I mean bluuuurrrry.

Here is the 1st Jaywalker. You will have to click on thumbnails to enlarge – still navigating this new blog site. I really love this pattern. I am thinking that I might do all of my PS2 socks with this pattern. The foot is so generous that I hardly had to knit it at all (lengthwise – I have wide feet). In fact I was so absorbed in Tony Soprano’s coma that I knit a lot farther than I needed to and had to rip back.
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A closeup of the heel – I love the effect that knitting and slipping makes here.
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In other news – I am starting WW’s tomorrow. Let’s just say that the hike, combined with realizing that my weight is the same as Tony Soprano’s (if you watch you know – and isn’t that a doozy??) has more than motivated me. A co-worker is also starting tomorrow so I won’t have to go to the meetings alone and we can provide some extra moral support to one another. It hurts to think of paying $15/wk just to step on a scale…we’ll see how long I can justify that part.

Next post – nothin’ but Yarn Pron!

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Where did the time go? This time last year I was pretty new to blogging and joining Flash Your Stash really expanded my blog connections — also my knitting horizons! I had no idea the amazing stashes out there…such as TurtleGirls. Seriously, go check it out. Totally incredible.I decided to just Flash the Stash that I have acquired (and not knit) since last year.

Starting with my Sock Yarn. Here is my sock yarn from Spunky Eclectic’s Sock Yarn Club.

Here is the rest of my sock yarn. Various gifted skeins from generous Secret Pals and contest prizes (thank you). Some of my own hand dyed. 1 skein of Stitch N Snitch. 2 skeins of Sundara. 1 skein of Sunshine Yarn and 2 of Perchance to Knit. Fabulous stuff.


And here is all the rest. Mulder couldn’t resist the photo op!

A little closer here. The big difference in my yarn purchases is that I now buy enough for entire projects – no more skein at a time buys. Or loads of acrylic because I don’t think I know how to knit properly.

When I gathered the yarn all into one spot I noticed that I was really into tweedy yarns this last while. Hmmmm…and yet I have made nothing other than a pair of slippers from tweed yarn. Interesting.


This comes right on time for the colour change at Project Spectrum 2. Now I have all mine yarns located and projects ready to begin. See all that tweedy pink on the left? Destined to be the Stacy Pullover from Big Girl Knits. Time to start!In Other News

We have our winners! Big thank you to all 33 of you who commented at my site this month – your support and insight is very appreciated!!

Charity is our 200th comment winner.
Deb is our 201st comment winner.

And for the draw…

If you are one of the winners please send me an e-mail at lmartin7@shaw.ca

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I am hosting a contest!

This little blog is very, very close to receiving it’s 200th comment!! Let me tell you, I did not expect that to be happening – and certainly not before the end of this month…I thought maybe mid-April. But readership and/or commenting has grown over the last few weeks and the time is now.

The lucky people who leave the 200th, and then the 201st comment, will win some knitting swag!
200th Comment: Oregon Felted Tote pattern and yarn.
201st Comment: Scarf or Sock Kit – pattern, yarn and needles – your choice

And, because I appreciate all the commentors who visit, I will place everyone’s name from this month, in a draw for 2 seperate sock yarn or felted bowl projects (winners can choose!) I will even give you a choice of colours.


Here are some of the items you may win:


If you have been reading here for awhile, you know that I refer to myself as a Slow Knitter. Am I? Really? Perhaps I am just a considerate knitter?


This was how we spent much of yesterday – lounging, finishing Season 3 of the Sopranos and trying to get some of my Ravenclaw House Scarf done. I am sure you can imagine how difficult it is to knit with a pup sleeping under your arm! But she was too cozy, not to mention cute, to move. So little progress was made – just a 2nd set of silver stripes.

I did cast with my PS2 dyed sock yarn, you know since there are like 5 days left in the month. 😀
I am going to try Grumperina’s Jaywalkers. I know, I am pretty late jumping on that wagon (ummm…2005?) but they look like fun.
I hope to get more done tonight – another cheesy episode of 24 is on and we are going to start Season 4 of Sopranos. (our plan is to catch up before the final season starts April 8th -we’re enjoying it – though our language has really taken a dive!)


Good luck everyone! I can’t wait to announce some prize winners!!

ETA: 200 and 201 have been written! I will contact the winners shortly. I guess I shouldn’t really hold the draw until Sunday morning to be fair to everyone, I did say ‘all the commentors this month’. Why must I be so impatient! What do you think?

Ok. All winners will be announced on Sunday, April 1st. — no mention of Fools —

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The Oregon Felted Tote

Pre-felting – for an idea of the size. Look at that bit of wool – that is all that was left after making the 2nd tie!

Drying in the sun (temporarily behind a cloud)

Dried and ties woven in.

I plan on learning needle felting to embellish this bag. Maybe some embroidery and beading as well. It is lacking something.

This is my 1st true felting project. It is such a remarkable thing. To have this huge, floppy bit of knitting become this sturdy, yet malleable, fabric. I would totally do it again. In fact I am making my cousin some felted bowls with the leftover yarn – using a pattern from One Skein. I plan on filling one of them with some of those delectable Mini Eggs…Mmmmmm. I also have a lovely hat pattern I just might try one day soon.

I leave you with a few other pics from our walk last night. Spring-y!!



When these flowers open the Hummingbirds will be here!! That is less than a week away. Glorious Spring!
This is how my baby looks after the rain – she curls up like mad. Doesn’t that wool look like it could be spun into something lovely?

You should see her when we get back from our walks. She runs around the house like a crazy thing, with her rear end tucked in, skittering all over the hardwood. It is a total riot. Though I do tend to be easily amused!

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Some of you may recall that I signed up for Stashalong on January 1st. Well. It has been nearly 3 months and here is how far I have gotten.

1)Sizzle: DONE – even though it didn’t fit : -(

2) Anemoi Mitts: 1 DONE

3) Baby Blanket: No progress

4) Shae’s Darling coat: DONE

** 5) My stinkin’ Noro hat already – Since the weather has changed I am going to switch this winter project out with 4 dishcloths: 2 DONE

6) Severus Snape Socks: 1 DONE

7) Mary Janes: DONE

8) Absorba the Great: DONE

9) The felted Oregon Tote that kickstarted my knitting frenzy 4 (I think) years ago: Felting as I write!! so…DONE

**10) The project that started the Blog: The Ravenclaw Raglan. WILL NOT BE FINISHED – does not even begin to fit so I will choose a different UFO
I am going to switch this out with socks 3 pairs as I have a LOT of sock yarn: 1 out of 6 DONE
(this might seem like an uneven switch – but actually the only thing left to do on the RRaglan was to attach the sleeves and knit the shoulders/neckline – total bummer)

11) Bejewelled: No progress

12) Purple Roving Scarf: DONE

13) Le Slouch: DONE

14) Uniscarfity: DONE

15) Surprise Baby Gift: 1/3 done

I have 1 strike at this time – which is fairly impressive for me!
I think this has been a great excercise in self-restraint for me…but I am not sure if it is something I want to do again!
Next time I am going to choose a method that allows me some free shopping days. This has been much more difficult than I anticipated – but has saved me money!
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As it stands I have: 1 mitt, 1 baby blanket, 2 dishcloths, 6 individual socks, 1 scarf and 1 baby gift to go.
Or: 10 items before I can buy some yarn.
Aaaarrrghhh. Just when I thought I was close to home free!

The socks will be perfect for PS2 since I had decided that I would dye sock yarn in each sections colours. Now I just have to get back into my socks. Shouldn’t be too hard.

ETA: Friends of another knitblogger lost their child in an accident last week. If you would like to help make a square for a comfort blanket please visit YarnIt.

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