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Saturday, May 31st, 2008

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve posted to this blog and I apologize to anyone who has been reading and has become frustrated with my non-bloginess. My life blew up last November and I’m still trying to find my place in this new world. My husband decided he didn’t want to be married to me anymore and the whole thing has left me quite unsettled, to say the least! I’m trying to move on and thought getting the blog going again would be a great place to start.

I’ve been knitting quite a lot. I joined a group on Ravelry which is titled the “Year-Long-Gift-Along” and I’ve been knitting gifts for Christmas as well as all the smaller ones that occur through out the year. Here are some of the gifts I’ve knitted so far:

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These socks were for Meagan’s birthday in March. The pattern was “Sailor’s Delight” from the book “2-at-a-time Socks” by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. The yarn was Misty Mountain Farm Jubilee in the Sandy Foam colorway. She really liked them and they were really fun to knit. I knitted them on dpn’s instead of one long needle, but I am going to try the one needle technique soon.

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I’d never knitted a lace shawl before and I always wanted to, so when I found this Calypso (be sure to scroll down) pattern at the Sewing and Quilting Expo in Cleveland, Ohio, this spring I had to buy it and make it. It used two skeins of Aussi Sock yarn in the colorway Faded Valentine. The colors remind me of melted chocolate, strawberry and vanilla ice cream. I loved knitting this shawl and want to start on another one immediately. I made it for my mom for Mother’s Day. It fit her perfectly!

I have discovered that I LOVE knitting lace!!! I started the Icarus Shawl, but don’t have much knitted on it yet. I’m using Cherry Tree Hill Merino Lace in the “Old Rose” colorway and the yarn is knitting up into a lovely and very soft fabric. It is SOOO very nice!!!

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I’ve finished several smaller projects and have stashed them away in my “Christmas Box”. What a great idea to have gifts already knitted up and ready to give to someone if a present is needed in a hurry. Not to mention the less stress at Christmas when gifts are already knitted and all ready to be wrapped. I knitted a prayer shawl for my aunt who has lost two of her children in the last four years. I gave it to her for Mother’s Day because I knew she would be missing her sons a lot. She really liked it and uses it often. I want to knit up another one to have on hand for someone who may need it in the future. I like the idea of prayer shawls and think they are a real comfort to anyone who is going through a hard time.

I’ll leave you with a picture of two of my new little friends. Hope you enjoy!

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Christmas Presents I Received!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

I received some wonderful presents this year and thought I would share some of them with you. My daughter, Meagan, made me a beautiful scarf from the book 101 One-Skein Wonders.
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She used a mohair-linen blend by Louet in my favorite color green and I LOVE it!!!

She also made me a soft, cuddley and “oh so warm” fleece and flannel throw! Isn’t the doggie flannel just the cutest thing?!?!?!?
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My mom and dad gave me a Cobra GPS navigation system so I can get around without getting lost and I am so thankful for them! My mom also gave me these way-cool knitting notion bags! (Okay, they are really cosmetic bags, but they will be PERFECT for knitting notions and knitting projects and knitting….)
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I bought myself a super-cool present! Meagan and I LOVE watching the “Gilmore Girls” and were sad when the last season was over. I saw that a 7-Season Set had been produced that had the entire seven seasons and was supposed to look like a “Barbie Doll Case”. I was innocently looking around at the mall, when what jumped right into my hands but this little case! I HAD to get it and here it is!
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The cover opens up and has all the seven seasons in individual “booklets” on the right-hand side. The DVD’s are all pink and there are pictures of the characters on each booklet.
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There are two booklets in the set. One has an episode index with lots and lots of pictures and the other is a “Gilmorism” dictionary of sorts!
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It is SOOOOOOOOO fun!!!!!!!!

I received lots of other wonderful presents and am so thankful to everyone for thinking of me this Christmas season!

Socks and More Socks!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

I have been working on my several pairs of socks out of Cat Bordhi’s new book, “New Pathways For Sock Knitter’s, Book One”. I’ve now finished three of the baby socks, and a pair of Coriolis socks.

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Here is the “Charlie’s Wiggle Sock!

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And here are the Coriolis Socks all finished. I used Trekking XXL, Color 100, and held two strands together and got 7 stitches per inch using two 3.0 mm 24″ circular needles.

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I read somewhere that the socks from this book look a little funny until you put them on your feet. This is very true! I have taken some on the foot and off the foot pictures so you can see what I mean. These socks fit so well, though, after you put them on. It is very easy, after you learn the architectures of the various socks, to customize each pair to the person you are knitting them for.

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I am working on the leg of the first sock of the Woven Ridge Socks with a strip of linen stitch going up the top of the foot. I’m using two 2.5 mm fixed circulars and getting 7 stitches/inch. This yarn is from the Sheep Shop Yarn Company and is 30% silk and 70% wool. It is very soft and has a beautiful sheen.

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And… I started a pair of the Philosopher’s House Socks (5 sts./” on 5.0 mm circulars) and am up to the arch expansion on the second sock. I just can’t help myself!!!!! These are so much fun.

I am finally getting a pretty good handle on the technique and don’t have to have the book right there with me at all times. There are some errors in the book and a page of corrections can be found on Cat Bordhi’s website. Most of them aren’t that big of a deal and you catch them after you know how the patterns go. Hope you enjoy the pictures!!!!! The socks are a dream to wear!

Cat Bordhi’s New Sock Book!

Monday, August 20th, 2007

I’m in love again with a new book! It’s Cat Bordhi‘s new sock book: New Pathways for Sock Knitters – Book One. This book is tremendous. My employer at Art Fibers gave me a copy for an early birthday present this past week. I had borrowed her copy and had to reluctantly give it back to her and the next day the shipment of books came to the store. I am so happy that I have been bringing it back and forth to work with me rather than leaving it at my house during the day. I knitted the first two baby socks that she has you do to learn the new techniques and here they are:
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These little socks were SO FUN to knit and I cannot WAIT to start on the next one!!! I have a couple of other socks in the works for now, but may begin swatching for the Tibetan Socks on page 56 just to get started! This book has some fantastic instructions for left and right leaning increases and wonderful short-row directions. I have used her techniques already in my knitting classes at work. This book would be great for non-sock knitters, also, because of the great tips and techniques that are given. Cat Bordhi sure knows her stuff and explains everything so very clearly. Can you tell that I LOVE this book?!?!?!?!

Well, I’ve been on this computer all morning and need to get some knitting done, not just read about it!