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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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Finished just in time



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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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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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Miss V's afghan

It’s hard for me to believe my third is turning 3. I’ve been racing to finish this afghan for my wee one, I want her to have it for her birthday. It’s a garter stitch cotton with no pattern but my own. She really loves her afghans, but all of the ones she received as a baby are acrylic, she loves them so much she refuses to give them up during summer – I have had to peel them off her on hot summer nights to find her puddled in sweat! Hence,  the cotton. I had been hunting for the perfect yarn and found this yarn in a vibrant range of colors for a  great deal at my LYS.

It’s nearly complete, a few more rows, weaving in the ends (there are quite a few, I like to stripe) and a good washing. Last night I as I was thinking about how long I’ve been working on the blanket, I think I’ve taken it just about everywhere over the summer, soccer practice & games, work, picnics, vacation, playground, and beach. The wee one asks every other day for me to size it on her (who knew afghans needed to be sized properly?). We hold it up and give it an appraisal, I know she’s gonna love it more when it’s finally off the needles.

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Alpaca Farm Days 2009

Alpaca have me in awe, so do their owners. We ventured out the other weekend to a local Alpaca Farm that was participating the National Alpaca Farm Days. Our chosen day was less than stellar, with a steady mist punctuated by bouts of showers, but the farm family was very welcoming. I learned quite a bit about Alpacas, but the thing that stood out the most was the smell, or the lack of one. Some of you may nod your heads when I say I was not looking forward to the scent of wet farm animals, but there was none, not even a bean smell (that’s what they call Alpaca manure). The kids had fun, my parents came along and enjoyed themselves too. I wanted to bring home six or so.

Alpaca with child

But of course a trip to see Alpaca would be incomplete without a stop at the yarn barn! Oh so soft & squishy, and the colors, I love the natural colors, but there was a wide range of colors too. Belinda was demonstrating spinning for us on her wheel, I could get into that! It looked very relaxing and the endless possibliites of color and fiber combinations. Yet another thing to add to the Christmas wish list….

Alpaca skeins

Look into visiting a local Alpaca farm in your area, great people, interesting animals, shy but so lovable, you just want to knit ’em up!

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