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December 30, 2009

2010 goals...

These are some of my 2010 personal goals. Well the ones I am willing to share here publicly.

Knit, at a minimum, 6 items for donation. I am donating all my knitting time during the 2010 winter Olympics to charity knitting.

Read 12 books. Going to try to pick books with a bit more substance than most of my 2009 reading list.

Spend more time listening to friends and family and less time talking.

Box of yarn and some things....

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Yesterday was Christmas all over again.... A box of yarn and stuff arrived from Knitpicks. What was inside?

13 balls Camel Heather Swish Superwash - for Jimmy's vest

16 balls Cream Palette - to be combined with some lace to make a Thermal

4 balls Nutmeg Swish DK - glove yarn that may not be gloves after all (more later as this story develops)

1 Wood Needle Tips Sz 7 (4.5mm) - can never have too many needle tips

1 Needle Cables 24inch - seriously where do all my cables go?

1 Needle Cables 32inch - Poo did you run off when them?

December 29, 2009

32 books read in 2009 - goal for the year was 24!

I far exceeded my goal to read 2 books a month this year. I am planning to read at least one book a month in the coming year.

December 28, 2009

2009 Knitting FO's

Here is an inventory with Ravelry project page links and some of the photos of hand knitted items I started and finished during the 2009 calendar year. WOW I should try to estimate the yardage of yarn used. On second thought it is probably best I don't.....

Started 11/22/09 finished 12/28/09

Balaclava # 2
Started 12/20/09 finished 12/24/09

Bountiful Bohus (Jalapeno Steeks)
Started 11/7/09 finished 12/23/09

Balaclava # 1
Started 12/16/09 finished 12/19/09

Maltese Fisherman's Hat
Started and finished 12/14/09

Huggable Hedgehog # 3
Started 10/09 finished 12/13/09

Felted Clogs
Started 11/1/09 finished 12/13/09

Encore Worsted Kids Socks
Started 12/8/09 finished 12/9/09

Slouchy Hat
Started 12/5/09 finished 12/6/09

Pastaza Skull Cap
Started and finished 11/27/09

Sideways Rib Cowl Modified
Started 11/15/09 finished 11/21/09

Not so itchy fingerless mitts
Started 11/13/09 finished 11/19/09

Hourglass Eyelets
Started 8/22/09 finished 11/15/09

Surprise BDAY Gift (Scarf for Mom)
Started 11/5/09 finished 11/12/09

iPhone Headphone Felted Case
Started 10/2009 finished 11/11/09

Christmas 2009 - Gift # 7 (Pond Vine & Leaf Beret)
Started 10/31/09 finished 11/7/09

Christmas 2009 Gift # 6 (scarf)
Started 10/30/09 finished 11/1/09

Christmas Gift # 3 - 2009 (Kitty Catnip toys)
Started 7/10/09 finished 11/1/09

422 Bella's Mittens
Started 10/25/09 finished 10/29/09

Christmas 2009 Gift # 4 (purple yarn stash busting)
Started 10/28/09 finished 10/28/09

Snickerdoodle Luxe
Started 9/4/09 finished 10/25/09

Sony eBook Reader Cover with Button Closure
Started 10/17/09 finished 10/18/09

He is a Hot Head (made two hats for Jimmy)
Started 10/16/09 finished 10/18/09

Deux Elm Row
Started 10/4/09 finished 10/13/09

5 Dish Wash Rags
Started and finished in September

Black September
Started 9/20/09 finished 9/24/09

Kauni Ribbed Mitts
Started 8/30/09 finished 9/12/09

Kauni Raha Scarf
Started 8/21/09 finished 9/6/09

Cherry Air Raid
Started 8/8/09 finished 8/17/09

Slipped Stitch Iron
Started 7/21/09 finished 8/4/09

Woven Stitch Socks
Started 6/23/09 finished 7/19/09

Christmas Gift (hedgie) # 2 - 2009
Started 5/11/09 finished 7/14/09

Alpaca Cozy Softy Socks
Started 7/4/09 finished 7/8/09

Jubilee KAL with Molly
Started 6/29/09 finished 7/5/09

Garter Ribs Socks
Started 6/12/09 finished 6/21/09

Clap 2x's
Started 3/16/09 finished 6/20/09

Pour me a Bordeaux Eunice
Started 5/11/09 finished 6/9/09

Started 5/12/09 finished 5/28/09

Christmas Gift (hedgie) #1 - 2009
Started 3/12/09 finished 5/10/09

Woodsmoke Do Over
Started 2/8/09 finished 3/6/09

Komet KAL with Molly
Started 2/16/09 finished 3/2/09

Molly's Knitted Flower Project
Started 1/4/09 finished 2/24/09

Ragg Hiker Socks
Started 2/4/09 finished 2/7/09

Top Down Hat II
Started 1/14/09 finished 1/15/09

Top Down Hat
Started 1/10/09 finished 1/11/09

Cold Tea is Sad
Started 1/3/09 finished 1/3/09

A good fit....

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We finally nailed a good fit!

That look.....

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This was the look on Austin's face when he opened his hedgehog. Priceless.......

December 23, 2009

1,000,000 Giraffes....

One Million Giraffes by 2011.... That is what is being collected over at the One Million Giraffes website. It started as a bet that turned into a big deal. Check it out here! Currently they have collected 465,758 and need 534,242 in just 373 days before 2011.

The perfect hat....

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I am on a mission these days... To make Jimmy the perfect hat. Sunday after hanging out with Kristie at Panera for breakfast, we went to Knitters Merc and he picked out this amazing yarn. The brand is Ty-Dy and let me tell you this yarn fits the bill. It is going to make a vibrant hat. I really really hope this on fits like a glove!

December 21, 2009

Steeking done

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I finished steeking my Jalapeno sweater this weekend. I have also finished the button hole band. Now I have the other button band to knit, sew on the buttons and weave in ends. Not long until it is finished.

We did take many many pictures of the steeking process I used so stay tuned for a detailed blog posting.

Wow! Just WOW.....

Today's Knitting Daily email provided a link to this video. WOW!

What is wrong with this picture?

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December 17, 2009

Unused Wool?

This week is my husband's and my annual goal setting week so I have been thinking about my personal goals for 2010. I have decided to donate my knitting time from 2/12/10 through 2/28/10, the time frame of the 2010 Winter Olympics, to creating only charity items. I have joined Team Global Knit for Ravelympics 2010 team. If you are a knitter you should check out the Ravelympics on Ravelry. I have heard it was lots of fun during the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Here is where you can help!

Do you have any odds and ends of wool (content must be 70% or greater of wool or animal fiber) laying around that you wont be using? Do you want to provide the yarn and I will do the work of knitting?  If so please contact me at and we can make arrangements for gathering/shipping.


Global Knits

December 15, 2009

Poo and Hedgie.....

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I can't stand how cute this picture is!


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Disclaimer: My strong opinion will be reflected in this posting. DON'T JUDGE! ;-)

Last week I met up with Heather at Staufs for coffee and knitting. I love to people watch at Staufs and that evening provided a great deal of "goofy" people watching. So sometime during our conversation I confessed that I really HATE hats with ear flaps. Now I think they are darling on little kids. Adults not so much.... Just my opinion.

OK so one of the folks in Staufs that night was a grown man wearing an ear flap hat with a cow head. Heather and I decided that he must have lost a bet. It was good laugh material anyway.

Friday morning Jimmy drove me to work and it was wicked cold here in Columbus Ohio. Early in the drive I noticed Jimmy tugging at the bottom edge of his hand knit cap. He turned to me and said can you make me a hat with ear flaps?


Later that morning I emailed Heather to share Jimmy's request. Below is the email thread!

From: Cath
Sent: Friday, December 11, 2009 9:00 AM
To: Heather
Subject: don't laugh

so this morning..... jimmy drove me to work. he put one of the hats on I made him and said "for some reason this hat doesn't fit me anymore and I want a hat with earflapssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss" OMFG I have to knit a hat with earflaps. can you believe it? I didn't have the heart to tell him the conversation I had with you last night. i thought you would get a kick out of that...... i am off to hunt down a pattern and yarn for a hat with earflaps. ;-)


On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 11:57 AM, Heather wrote:

Karma, my friend. Karma. Make fun of a cow hat with earflaps and it comes back to haunts you every time!



Yesterday I knit Elizabeth Zimmerman's Maltese Fisherman's Hat. I like this hat because it isn't just ear flaps. It actually has a band that continues around the back of the lower neck. Jimmy thinks it looks like the old fashioned football helmets or a vikings hat.

I hope it keeps him warm!

December 14, 2009


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I walked in the door tonight to this...... I felt so spoiled.

Finishing Christmas Gifts Knit-Together

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Heather hosted a little knitting get together on Saturday. She had asked me to help her finish a hedgehog she was knitting for her niece and I had another I was working on too.

Kristie and Heather knitting away on Christmas gifts.

Even Heather's kitty Squeak modeled Duchesses Calorimetry.

Joanne was quite festive with her Christmas hat.

By the end of the evening both Heather and I had the knitting finished on our hedgies. We had great food, Christmas music and wonderful conversation. Thank you Heather for opening your home to us. I had a GREAT time!

December 11, 2009

Hat happy....

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I just love gifting knitted items made from my hands. Rachel was so happy with her birthday slouchy hat. That smile says it all! :-)

Check out my project page on Ravelry here...

Renaissance - nope!

I really think this yarn, which is Knitting Notions Classic Merino Sport, I bought on a clearance rack at A Wool Gathering: 

wants to be the Renaissance from Knitty:

But upon further investigating I discovered that the pattern calls for an Aran weight and this yarn in my stash is sport. Back to the drawing board sam!

December 10, 2009

An evening of gross

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Ever wonder what trace germs are on the money in your pocket or in your hand? I had this $5 bill in my pocket this evening and it took a nose dive into the toilet. I was left with the decision to flush it or pull it out. Well I went after it. I proceeded to scrub the bill along with my hands. I still feel like I need to have a scalding shower though.

Later when I arrived home I discovered my angel kitty Kiki puked on our kitchen table. Now you will never, well 99.9% of the time, never see her on any of our counters/tables. She only does this when we are not home but normally there isn't proof. Today she left proof. I know it was her because of the black fur ball tucked nicely into the puke (see the upper portion of the pile).

Why am I sharing this with you? Well in the name of transparency I don't want you to feel left out! Hey I have to share this crap with someone so why not you?


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So a few weeks ago Heather asked me if I would knit some socks for the Cedar Foundation. The socks are being sent to disabled orphans and adults around Bulgaria. She even passed along a hank of Peace Fleece yarn to knit them with. The hank had 200 yards so I decided to make some kids socks. These are so darn cute and I finished them in 24 hours. The best part is I still have over half the yarn left so I am going to make another pair after the Christmas and New Years.

Pattern: Encore Worsted Kids Socks

December 8, 2009

I love hand knit socks.....

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There is nothing better than hand knit socks drying. Well perhaps wearing them.....

December 2, 2009

Sock 1 finished - Rivendell

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I finished the first sock of my Rivendells last night. I immediately cast on the second sock because I really was feeling the pull of second sock syndrome. I have to march through and get it done! Go here to view the Ravelry project page for details.

November 30, 2009


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I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I just love receiving boxes full of yarn. This is destine to be a gift for someone(s) very special. I can't divulge details since they may read this blog. I will be able to share more after June of 2010 though. If you are on Ravelry you can check out the project there. ;-)

November 25, 2009

The paperclip isn't just for holding knitted stitches.....

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It is a new fashion accessory today. The screw fell out of my glasses so my coworker improvised so that I could drive home. :-) Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

November 23, 2009

Cowl is born...

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So recently I have admitted to myself that I am just not a hat person. They look goofy on me. Yet I kept trying and trying. I started seeing other knitters make cowls and thought they just may be for me too. They are versatile and so I knit one up with some Elsebeth Lavold Baby Llama. My oh my this yarn is amazingly soft, however I had to axe the cable ring from mien. This yarn is so buttery the cable got lost so I went with just the ribbed part of the pattern. Check out the project here:

November 19, 2009

Knitting in the News: A Sweater Ripoff?

By Sarah E. White, Guide to Knitting

 Thursday November 19, 2009

Four years of legal wrangling between a French knit and crochet designer and the house of Chanel are set to be resolved next month. The designer, Carmen Colle, sued the fashion firm because she says it stole the design for a crocheted jacket that she had offered the company but it rejected. In the time since she filed the lawsuit, she says her work designing knits and crocheted clothes for Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix and Jean-Paul Gaultier, among others, has dried up. Which is a shame, because her business, World Tricot, once employed 90 women, mostly immigrants looking for a new start in France. Colle has asked for 2.5 million Euros in damages; a ruling is expected December 11.

In other knitting news, if you're planning holiday knitting this year but haven't yet started you could probably use these tips for quick holiday knits. Bulky yarns, small projects and one-skein projects are all good ideas to save both time and money.

And on the charity beat, check out the story of knitters and bakers whipping up goodies to sell to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. This is a great idea for a way to support a charity without actually knitting items to be donated to that charity.
Article found here:

Happy Birthday Mom!

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Today is my mom's birthday. I knit her a scarf but realized today I didn't take a finished picture of it. This is the in progress photo. Mom if you are reading this would you please please have someone take a picture of you wearing the scarf and email it to me. :-)

Click here to see the Ravelry project page for project details.

November 17, 2009

Dictionary word of the year: 'Unfriend'

By Doug Gross, CNN

November 17, 2009 12:10 p.m. EST

"Unfriend" beat out "sexting" and "hashtag" to become Oxford's word of the year.
"Unfriend" beat out "sexting" and "hashtag" to become Oxford's word of the year.
  • Oxford dictionary names "unfriend" its word of the year for 2009
  • Term means to delete someone as a friend on Facebook or other networking site
  • Other finalists: "sexting," "hashtag" and "birther"
  • Some online say the term "defriend" would have been better

(CNN) -- It's prone to cause drama in the online world.
And, according to the New Oxford American Dictionary, it's the word of the year.
"Unfriend" beat out a tech-heavy field that included "netbook," "hashtag" and "sexting" to take the annual honor.
"It has both currency and potential longevity," said Christine Lindberg, a language researcher for Oxford's U.S. dictionary program. "In the online social networking context, its meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form makes this an interesting choice for Word of the Year."
Oxford defines "unfriend," a verb, thusly: "To remove someone as a 'friend' on a social networking site such as Facebook."
Every year, Oxford tracks how the English language is changing. Researchers debate the merits of newly birthed terms and choose their word of the year "to reflect the ethos of the year and its lasting potential as a word of cultural significance and use."
A hashtag is the symbol (#) used on Twitter posts to allow them to be found more easily by other users, a netbook is a small portable laptop, and "sexting" is the act of sending sexually explicit texts or photos on a mobile phone.
Other tech-related finalists this year were "paywall," a way of blocking parts of a Web site to all but paying customers, and "intexicated," the state of being distracted while driving because of sending a text message.
The economy provided "zombie bank," a financial institution still operating even though its liabilities are greater than its assets, and politics brought us "birther," which Oxford describes as "a conspiracy theorist who challenges President Obama's U.S. birth certificate."
On blogs Tuesday, debate about the decision was ongoing. Chief among the issues of dispute: whether "unfriend" or "defriend" was the proper word for weeding someone from one's online circle.
"Frustrated that 'unfriend' is the word of the year. It's definitely 'defriend' when referencing Facebook," one Twitter user wrote, adding the hashtag #dictionaryfail.
Others defended the choice: " 'Defriend' makes me think of 'defoliate' and, well, I dunno, it sounds weird," one wrote.
Oxford spokesman Christian Purdy said researchers found that "unfriend" was more commonly used.
For the past few years, Oxford and other dictionaries that pick words of the year have leaned heavily on the digital world.
In 2004, Merriam-Webster kicked off the trend by adding "blog" to its lexicon. The Webster's New World Dictionary went with "overshare" last year, inspired in part by the habit of spewing too much personal information on social networking sites and blogs.
With gas prices spiking, Oxford's word last year was "hypermiling," the act of conserving gasoline by making fuel-saving changes to one's automobile and driving habits.

Article obtained here:

November 16, 2009

November 15, 2009

Sock drought over....

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Hourglass Eyelets finished.... It is odd though. I started these socks while on vacation in August. I got my tattoo during that vacation too. Today I finished these socks, which are the only socks finished during that time. They are something like my 12th pair of socks for the year. Still don't see why that is odd? Well in case you don't remember that tattoo is sock knitting related. I feel like my sock mojo is coming back though. Molly and I are going to be casting on a sock KAL later this month. :-)

November 13, 2009

Apple Blossom Amaryllis Plant

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The Amaryllis given to me by Arla and Steve is in full bloom and is beautifully stunning! Thanks again you two....

November 12, 2009

Waist Shape Done

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Poo is just as excited as I am to be finished with the waist shaping. :-)

November 9, 2009

Jalapeno Steek - Body Ribbing

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I finished the body ribbing last night. The 10 stockinette stitches in the center, marked at the center with the orange stitch marker, are the steek stitches.

November 7, 2009

Jalapeno Steek - WIP Introduction

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I am going to knit this cardigan in the round, take my very sharp scissors and cut up the front. This is also known as steeking. Stay tuned for more details as this project unfolds. The pattern is Bountiful Bohus found in More Big Girl Knits. The yarn is Jalapeno Wool of the Andes from

This sweater is being knit from yarn, 21 balls, I was able to purchase using birthday cash from Mom and my Mother-in-Law.

November 3, 2009

Rocking Birthday!

I love this time of year. What do I love about it you ask? The leaves. I love watching leaves change from green to brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow. I hate when leaves change to ugly shades of crunchy brown though. When leaves get to the crunchy brown stage I am finished with fall/winter. I am ready for spring. The crunchy leave stage usually occurs right at my birthday. It is like the grand finale of a good fireworks display. This year is no exception and I was spoiled.

It started oh about 3 or 4 weeks ago. Krisite gave me this amazing Blue Moon sock yarn Socks that Rock. That alone is enough to cause me to sequel however then she told me she bought it at Sock Summit in Portland. WOW...... This yarn is amazingly soft and RED! Did you know my favorite color is red?

I am pondering making the My Vampire Boyfriend socks with this yarn. Those tomatoes were the last harvest from my garden right before our first frost.

Molly's gifted me with Neighborhood Fiber sock yarn. This yarn is dyed by a local artist and she produces her product in the basement of Wonderknits.

The colors in this yarn are amazing. It reminds me of fall that has been iced over with a light gloss. I haven't found the perfect pattern to marry this yarn with yet. I am on the hunt. Also in the package was a ceramic mug from the Renaissance Fest (thanks Dave for the torture). I wonder if Molly has some how tapped into my brain here because three times I have clicked on a tea mug to purchase and for some reason been distracted to not purchasing. Also included was some Earl Grey Spicy tea and so yummy.

Tami's gift included a bottle of my favorite white wine, Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, wrapped up in a hand felted cozy with leather handles.  Also along the wine theme is a wine cork with leaver opening allowing wine to pour without having to take the cork out.

Have I told you I love the sock that Trekking produces? Well Tami certainly got the message and gave me my second skein. I haven't found a worthy pattern yet but continue to hunt. Perhaps a simple pattern out of Sensational Knitted Socks. Something simple to let the colors pop!

As for my birthday, Jimmy put together a few of our friends and we went to dinner at Casa Patron.  Arla and Steve gave me an Apple Blossom Amaryllis plant. I was acting a bit immature by refering to it as my "Dick Plant". Hey it was my birthday and I can act immature if I wanna. I can't wait until this beauty blossoms and will post pictures!

 There were many margaritas consumed and chips inhaled. It was a lovely evening of talk and laughter.

On Saturday Jimmy, Kristie and I went to Nazareth's for lunch. Rachel, one of the owner's daughter, gave me one of her hand made rice bags. What is a rice bag you ask? This one is made of flannel material and has several cups of rice sewn up inside. Pop this into the microwave and place it on any sore spot that is ailing you. Moist heat that works out the pain. You can also place it in the freezer for a cold pack. If you are interested in ordering one of these, and I highly recommend them, leave me a comment with your email address and I will forward Rachel's contact information. These make GREAT gifts.....


This is the card Jimmy gave me:

Inside the card suggests as we get older to limit ourselves to a couple glasses of wine ~ it doesn't perscribe the size of the glass. ;-)

My mom and mother-in-law gave me some cash. With it I have ordered some yarn. Big surprise! Right? It hasn't arrived yet but I will post it when it does. I have big plans for this yarn. Stay tuned!

Thank you everyone for a wonderful birthday. You all ROCK!

November 1, 2009

October 28, 2009

Let me in Daddio.....

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I received this picture from Jimmy today. He is in a training class behind closed doors in his home office this week. This is a picture of Poo trying to scratch (without claws) into his office from outside. How frigging cute is that?

October 27, 2009

Snickerdoodles for my birthday!

This post begins with a prayer. Last Tuesday my father-in-law passed away from complications due to cancer. Jim had been fighting cancer for a couple years now and he is no longer suffering. God please let him rest in peace.

Jimmy and I left for Huntington early last Tuesday after getting the call from his mom. While we were packing he turned to me and said something like, "make sure you get your knitting projects in order and pack them."  If anyone wonders why I love this man this is a good indication of one of the many reasons. :-)

We spent a lot of time sitting with family, in waiting rooms, and just car riding, which afforded me a ton of knitting time. I worked on two projects while we were away. First, was the 3.14159... Shawl and this sucker has grown to over 1,000 stitches per round. Yeah this is a great knit, knit, knit and more knit stitch project when you don't want to concentrate but need to keep your hands busy.
Second, was the Snickerdoodle Luxe Sweater. I spent a fair amount of time knitting on this while in the hotel and at my Mother-in-Law's house with family.  Sunday I finished the knitting and seaming on this beauty. Last night I finally finished weaving in the many ends. Tonight I plan to soak and block it. I hope it will be dry so I can have wear snickerdoodles for my birthday. I will take some pictures tonight while blocking and post.

Saturday I took a break to The Yarn Shop to knit and buy some yarn for a couple projects I have been wanting to knit. First, I purchased some Jo Sharp Alpaca Silk Georgette to knit The Vine and Leaf Beret. This hat is on the cover of Fall 2009 Vogue Knitting and I fell in love hard. I wanted to knit this hat right then and there. Well I contained myself. Saturday I decided it was time to purchase the yarn.

Picture obtained from Vogue Knitting Website.

I have been itching to knit Bella's Mittens. I love, love, love these chunky cabled mittens. Bonus, the pattern was created based on the mittens Bella wore in the movie version of Twilight. I didn't care for the movie and probably wont see New Moon unless I become so utterly bored someday and just need a good laugh. I will keep the book versions alive in my head at least for now. Anyway these mittens rock. At the time of writing this post I have finished the first and working the cuff on the second. The yarn I bough for these Reynolds Andean Alpaca Regal. This yarn is amazing and the first mitten fits me perfectly.


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