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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.


October 19, 2009

And the world will come to me.....

So lately I have been yearning for an exotic vacation, which would include sand and salt water. I hope sometime in 2010 Jimmy and I will take the long over-due honeymoon we never had when we married in April 2003. In the mean time I can bring exotic places to me through my Sony eBook Reader.

I have had my reader a year now and I attempted to make a felted sleeve for it last year. That sleeve fell short of my expectation. My stitches were not loose enough, which didn't allow enough friction during the felting process. The resulting pouch allowed things to poke through when in my purse.

Saturday night I cast on 50 stitches using leftover Harmony bulky wool. The reader is about 5” by 6.5”. The yarn gets approximately 3 stitches per inch and I added about 30% for length and width for felting.

I should have knitted a few more rows before binding off half the stitches to create the flap but I am ok with the finished result. I decreased 5 stitches and then increased on the next row to create the button hole. I went button diving and found one that reflects a partial view of a globe. I thought it was appropriate.

I am happy to say there aren't any holes to allow things to poke at my reader while in my purse.

New Year a Comin'

I realized this morning there is a new year chasing me. Time to start thinking about goals for 2010. What are you thinking about for your goals you would like to accomplish next year?

October 13, 2009

Deux Elm Row

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Pattern: Elm Row
Designer: Anne Hanson
Yarn: Misti International Pima Cotton & Silk

This scarf is amazing. I can't wait to wear it tomorrow!

October 8, 2009

Snickerdoodle Luxe Update

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To date I have placed the front, back, and both sleeve stitches on scrap yarn so that I can work the collar. I want to try this on to determine how much longer the front and back should be and where I want to start the sleeve decreases. I added some stitches into the sleeves to accommodate my chunky upper arms but I don't want to carry that many stitches down to the lower arm.

October 5, 2009

Deux Elm Row

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Molly, for my birthday last year, gave me two hanks of some soft yellow Misty Pima Cotton & Silk. I have spent a great amount of time petting this yarn. It is so darn soft. I was having a very hard time finding a pattern that was worthy of this lovely yarn until this weekend.

Last year when I knit the Elm Row I knew I wanted one for myself. Over this past weekend I finally connected the dots. Why not knit the Elm Row with the Pima Cotton & Silk yarn?

This pattern is stunning all by itself but with this yarn it is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

October 4, 2009

3.14159... Shawl

It was one of those weeks where it seemed like I was busy but looking back I can't really call to mind what I was busy doing. I know I was able to spend a couple evenings in my studio and I love it! Been knitting up a couple of humble dishcloths.

The front of my Snickerdoodle Luxe has reached the same length as the back so those stitches have been slipped to waste yarn. I have cast on the right sleeve and had to frog it back last night. It has been reknitted past the point where I had to frog and it is on the right track now.

I finally cast on the EZ Pi Shawl I have been itching to knit for months now. We drove down to Huntington yesterday, Jimmy went to the Marshall game while I hung out with the in-laws, so I had lots of knitting time. I am calling it my 3.14159 Shawl.

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