Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

Thank you to all who serve, to all who give, and to all who have given. Thank you for my freedom.

Thank you Dad, Grandpa D., Grandpa P., Uncle J., Uncle D., and to my father-in-law.

When you are out today… Say thank you, accept the poppy, make a donation, and wear the poppy proudly!

Can’t find a poppy? cosmicplutoknits has a quick pattern for you for the poppy below.  Laura Chau developed the pattern and was kind enough to share the picture too.



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Lunch alfresco

soup outside

Saturday I had the pleasure of dining outside for lunch. The kids were at my parents so that left me home alone on my lunch break from work. What a treat! Fall soup, white pesto pizza, sunshine, and a warm breeze.

soup out Thor

For dessert: knitting with my feet up. Love the puppy supervising and waking me as I dozed off. Good thing too, ’cause I was almost late getting back to work!

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Pink? for me?

Pink shawl beginnings

I’ve cast on yet another project, in the midst of the project coat. The yarn is a birthday gift from a friend, a wonderful chunky wool in a marled pink. I’ve never thought of myself as a pink fan, but I just love this, and I’ve always wanted to knit myself a warm ’round-the-house’ shawl. Some thing I could throw on to take the dog out, for a quick jaunt to the store or have handy for a cool soccer game. I believe the combination of this pattern and this yarn will be the perfect solution.

Now, if I could only find more time to knit, what with 3 sick kids, a full time job and other incidentals…..

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Finished just in time

, originally uploaded by libraryl0v3r.

I think I set a knitting record for myself, a hat in a week. I love it, and finished it just as the weather is getting cooler around here.

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Knitting basketEarlier in the week while it was still sunny, dry and warm, the monkeys were out playing, so I joined them outside with the knitting basket. Of Course!

l_1600_1200_ECB41BF2-BF1F-4BE6-9675-9C0677551FF9.jpeg Quickly the contents were snatched up an incorporated into the arranging and rearranging of the fall produce on the picnic table. The balls started to unwind and there I was spoiling all the fun, trying to discourage my monkeys from tangling themselves up in some beautiful locally raised and spun wool. I’m such a mean Mama.

l_1600_1200_EE467CC3-B31C-4DC7-A444-99A9499DAE93.jpegThis was the final masterpiece and I was summonded to take a picture. “Mama, can you see the face?” said my eldest, I really have creative monkeys.  I love this picture it has nearly all my favorites, except of course, my 3 favorite monkeys!

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p_1600_1200_909A8EE3-52E9-47F2-9D2C-94E8FB8987E2.jpegSo I cast on a hat the other night. I’m using this pattern I found for free on Ravelry with this yarn in cedar. I love the color. It’s knitting up so fast and I brought it to a meeting my husband and I had to attend. He couldn’t believe I was knitting during it, secretly I think he was jealous he couldn’t be playing on his iPhone and still have that be socially acceptable during the meeting.
I’m loving its progress, although I was a bit concerned that it would be too tight, but I tried it on today…. snug but I’m sure it will settle into its stitches as soon as its off the needles and washed. Perhaps this weekend some time….

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My first class

Clasica beginnings

I’ve signed myself up for my first ever knitting class. I need to give all the credit to my friend for the gentle push. I am going to knit the cover sweater coat from the fall issue of Interweave Knits. The instructor substituted the the yarn, we’ll be using this. I’ve choosen the milk chocolate brown and it has been a delight to knit with.

I must confess… I NEVER swatch! Never have, never until a few days ago that is. I originally cast on using the recommended needles and got about 1.5 inches along and started really sweating the fact I had NOT swatched. I purchased 4 skeins with 478 yards per skein = a LOT of knitting! I did not want to get close to the end and be severely disappointed. This is supposed to be a sweater for me, right? If I cried while frogging, would it felt?

So I broke the yarn, swatched as directed, and guess what? It came out perfectly to gauge! Relief, frustration, and now back to some serious knitting! I’m supposed to have 19 inches of stockinette done by Sunday for class but am only at 5 inches with 2 parties to prepare for…. I see a lot of coffee in my future.

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