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Of myself. I finally managed to finish the GM Tablecloth. It only took me 3 days to clean off the table so I could put it out.

Pattern Galadriels Mirror by Susan Pandorf

Knit with Royal Crochet cotton

Needles 2.5mm in every size from double points to a 60″ cable needle.

Beaded and knit as a full square. Pattern adjustments are available thru the designer.

Click on any of the pictures to enlarge.




Now I’m off to work on some other projects that need some love and attention. Happy Knitting


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I’m still here. As always, life gets in the way of my good intention to blog more often. I have made some progress in the last week. I’m now four rows and the bind off away from finishing my GM tablecloth. I’ve been working hard on getting it finished. I’m hoping to get some good pictures when its finished.

I did manage to knit up a quick little sweater for my DGD. She needed a little something to go with her new dress for her birthday pictures. You never know how cold the AC will be.

   Baby Shrug

  Pattern made up from a stitch directory. The pattern was named Feather Lace. I used a 3.5mm needle and cast on what ended up being the center of the shrug. I then knit both sides out at the same time using a long circular needle.

Tour De Fleece has finished. I did manage to cross the finish line but I was a few days behind the rest of the competitors. I wanted to spin the green fleece that I got from Rhinebeck last year. I managed to finish the green, then I came across some of the pink that I got at the same time. (it had been hiding from me) I finally finished the pink today. Maybe now I can start spinning some of the fleece that has managed to find its way to my stash.

   150 yds. 2 ply

I’m pretty proud of how well this came out. It’s a little thick and thin, but mostly even. I plan to make some baby blankets out of these smaller pieces of handspun. I have some white bucle in the stash that I think will look great. Someday. Definitely not today.

Well, it’s work week. And I have something else going on that’s slowing down my knitting. I still have hopes of putting in a good showing on Summer Stash Dash. I think I can get close if I can work on GM.

Happy Knitting.

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Caution: this post is heavy with links many from Ravelry and pictures.

It’s time for me to issue an accountability update. It’s been a slightly productive time but I don’t have much to say about it.

1. Ply on the Fly yarn. Someone on Plurk sent me this great tutorial. I’ve never seen this before but knew instantly that this would be the thing for me to master. Amazingly I did. I got 32 yards of Navajo plied yarn on my first try. I will be using this a lot in the future.

40 yards

72 yards

2. 2 Ply yarns. I spun 2 skeins of yarn. 40 yds and 72 yds. That’s 112 yards to add to my  stash dash total. I plan to use these small skeins for a baby blanket that I’ll eventually make. I can see it in my head. Someday it will translate and come out my hands.

3. Large Beaded SMS Shawl. I’m making progress. I’ve been working on this for the last few days. I’m starting to worry that I might run out of yarn. I have 3 plans to deal with a possible shortage.

4.Summer Flies Shawl. This will never run out of yarn. I’ve decided that this project is stuck in the black hole of knitting. The plan is to knit until I run out/low on the main yarn. Then cast on the mini matching skein for the edging. I’ll see how that plan goes.

I cast on a pair of socks and a pair of fingerless mitts so that I have some more travel knitting. That might work out a bit better if I wasn’t always the driver.

I need to get back to work on the GM Tablecloth. That’s my Secret to finishing the Stash Dash. Chart knitting has been difficult lately.

I also need to work on Evenstar. I’m still waiting on my bead order. I think if the ones I chose don’t come soon I’ll have to change plans.

I did finish a cute pair of socks for DGD. I’ll have to get a picture of the socks. (I gave them to her at the party and I didn’t take a picture) OD also asked for a sweater for DGD’s birthday pictures. I have to get her measurements (another thing I forgot to do) so I can start. I have 2 stash yarns that I’m gonna have to choose from soon.

That’s a lot. And it’s not even all of it. I better get back to the knitting.

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I finished the spinning of the singles a few days weeks back. Last night and this morning I plyed up the singles to get a very nice 2 ply. I got 12 yards on the first little skein as it broke apart from the rest of the singles.

 It’s a cute little skein that I’ll use in a baby blanket that I have planned.

I also got a great skein of 150 yards.


The last picture shows the colors much better. It’s a pretty green, a bit of yellow and a soft beige. I have more of this spun into singles that I think I’m gonna try to navajo ply. I have a few days off to play so I want to get a bunch of knitting on GM, some knitting on the SMS shawl and more plying done. Lets see how much really happens.

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We all need bath mats. They soak up the drips so that we don’t slip. If your life looks like mine they wear out kinda quick. My old bath mat was in pretty sad shape. Oddly, I didn’t know this until I saw a huge(I mean 10 inch) hole in one end of it. I quickly grabbed my size 10 (6mm) needles and a one pound cone of cotton that I got in the P&C clearance sale. 2 very short days later I have a new bath mat.


I’ll make more of these when I decide what the new decorative scheme will be. This quick project adds 250 yds to my total for the 5K and 1 skein to the stash dash. ETA: My math is bad. The teachers must have kept my brain for the summer. This mat is actuallly 328 yards.

 I’m also getting some spinning done while waiting for data to upload. It’s not quick but it is fun. I spent yesterday afternoon playing with my new trindles. Wow, I’m in love. Not that I don’t love my other spindles. Below are the pictures of what I managed on my first day of spinning with the trindle.

single on the bobbin Start of the day middle spinning End of the Day

I’m letting the single rest for a few days then I’ll decide how I’ll ply it. I’m thinking Navajo. Back to work & some more spinning.

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When I was in school I hated math till 3rd grade. Then I had a teacher that made it click for me. By 4th grade that was over. I can add, subtract, multiply and divide. I know how to balance a check book (not that I do it). I can estimate how much I’m spending. I actually took a class for my GED that made it make sense. They taught math in Real World ways.We learned perimeter by figuring out how much fence we would need to get for a yard. Area was taught by figuring out how much carpet to buy.

My kids actually had a math class available as a choice that teaches in this style. I personally feel that this course should be a requirement of graduation. If nothing else it puts these things into definitions that make sense in the brain.

This has come back to help me now.


These are my baby basket socks. My first socks for DGD. I made an outline of her feet last week when she was here. They look huge to me, but they fit the outline so hopefully they will fit. Here’s where the math comes in. Since I made this up I have no guide to figure out how many yards I need to add to the 5K. So I weighed the socks.  that’s 36 grams. Then I measured out 10 yards of the leftover yarn. I still have more than enough for another pair of socks.  That’s 2.5 grams.

So now comes the figuring out. If 10 yards of yarn weighs 2.5 grams, and a finished pair of socks made from that yarn weighs 36 grams. How many yards are in the socks? If my math is right, the answer is 144 yards.

That puts my 5K stats so far at 430 yds knit and 72.3 yds spun. Cool.

I can now show you my mystery gift project from last week.

     This was a little something that I just needed to make after hearing Erin say that she didn’t own any beading hooks on her podcast. I think it was in episode 17. Erin has a great podcast. If you haven’t listened to it go check it out. (warning; She is a mommy & her very cute son often makes an appearance)

I have some more updating to do, then it’s back to knitting and spinning. Happy Knitting.

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It’s the end of the work month, so it’s getting crazier here. But I did manage to create a couple of Knit/Spin Meters. I hope they help me keep track of what I’m doing for the Stash Dash 5k. I have managed to finish my first 2 items.

First up is my SMS.

 Maybe I can get an unblocked picture when the girls get home.

I used Molly’s Toes sock yarn. 100% superwash Merino, 2 ply in the Peach Sorbet colorway.(currently out of stock) I used 73 grams from the skein. This equals about 286 yds for the 5K. I’ve already cast on a pair of socks for my grand baby out of the leftovers.

Next up I have some handspun. I made a 2 ply with this. It’s not bad for an early try. I have 35 yds in a pretty pink that will likely become a baby hat.

It’s a bit uneven but I’m pretty proud of myself.

 Now I’m off to knit for the night. See ya soon.

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