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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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Since I woke up to this today

I won’t be rushing out to get my work done today. So instead it turns in to this.

There’s a bunch of things in there. A shawl, a few bibs, a couple of pairs of baby socks, and a baby outfit. After a good soak (I’m using a nice smelling shampoo) they’ll hit the towels, if I can find any, and then the blocking boards. Finished pictures will follow later.

After that I need to get going on this

before spring gets here. That top sock needs to be just a schooch bigger than the store-bought one on the bottom. I’m finding this is a good way to measure the desired length without showing the socks to the giftee.

Yes, Schooch is a technical word. It’s in the same category as smidge. Stay warm and enjoy Presidents Day.

Happy Knitting.

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I have warm feet again.

  

These are my own design, based on the stitch Ostrich Plumes. I found it in my copy of The pattern library, Traditional Knitting.  I used 2.75 mm needles and 60 stitches. I used my favorite toe, did 1 panel on the top of the foot and a basic gusset heel. On the leg I knit 3 panels separated by 3 stitches which I just k1, p1, k1. After 3 repeats I did approx. 1 inch of 3X1 rib and bound off.

Another way to warm the heart (and your lap)

We’re still working on getting Mickey and Brandy to feel comfortable with each other. They play nice in my lap but Brandy won’t yet come downstairs on her own.

The last thing warming my heart this week…

The Warde Mustang Cheerleaders placing First in their competition this weekend. Way To Go Girls. We are very proud of you. Keep up the hard work.

Now back to a WIP. I’m itching to get this one done.

Happy Knitting.

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I’ve managed to keep my resolutions goals three whole days now. That may be a record. I did manage to finish my first project of 2011. Although I started it last year. Does that still count? I think so.

It’s another pattern from one of my favorite designers. I love these little bibs. They’re great for when I want a quick project and especially for when I want to stockpile baby presents. This little Cow is unfortunately not quite correct, but I don’t think the recipient will know the difference.

I have to finish a pair of baby booties (really all I need to do is weave in ends) and then I can head back to work on the dog sweater. I’m trying to decide which WIP to start on this week. I’m thinking I should start on the project that was given to me to finish. I just hate the thought of trying to match someone elses gauge. Maybe that’s why I should get that out of the way first. What do you think?

Happy Knitting.

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I have been keeping very busy lately. Of course that is only part of my excuse for not blogging. I’m not sure what my reason for blogging is. Am I doing this to keep track of my knitting? To keep out-of-town (and some in town) family up to date on what I’m doing? To generally have a place to say things I want to? I guess the answer is yes. I’m doing it for me. So I don’t know if that will translate into a regular schedule or not. I will try, but sometimes I just don’t get to it no matter how good my intentions are.

I’ve been thinking about this post for two days. It keeps wanting to come out as one of  those “How I spent my summer vacation” papers we had to write in school. Remember them? So here we go.

In my last post I talked about test knitting a pattern for a wonderful designer. Here’s a sneak peek at what I’m knitting.

Isn’t it pretty? This is a teaser from a fabulous designer. I am having a great time knitting this pattern and am doing my absolute best to make sure it’s release is not delayed by test knitting.

Of course none of us can do nothing but knit. I’ve tried. Sometimes you just need to take a break. So I decided to clean out the knitting book and pattern collection. This is the before.

You’ll just have to believe me when I say that it’s done since I don’t have an after picture. I linked as many books and patterns as possible on Ravelry. Eventually I’ll get them all there but until they’re listed in the database it’ll have to wait.

A while back ages ago I promised my children that I would redo their rooms. It was one of those promises that every parent makes just to get them to shut up in a moment of weakness. Well, I guess my time has come. Since I apparently gave them a date that this would be done by. I vaguely remember doing that or it wouldn’t be happening now. The rooms they have are small. Not very well set up. They had a pressed wall board that would occasionally remind me of cardboard. We couldn’t hang anything on the walls. It was impossible to deal with the lighting. And there was no insulation.

   We started with this.

This is what we have now.  

The electrician is supposed to show up this weekend. The insulation is in the garage waiting to be put in. The drywallers are waiting on the electrician. Paint colors are being selected. And the next room

  is being emptied.

This does mean that I have my work cut out for me to get these girls back out of my living room before school starts in 3 weeks. Hey, I work well under pressure.

How are you spending your summer vacation.?  Please let me know in the comments.

Happy Knitting.

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I’ve managed to hurt myself again. I’ve decided that I need to get control of my knitting basket as it overflows everywhere. I have been casting on for many projects lately. Many of them seem to involve cables.  I don’t know what came over me. So I spent the last 2 days working on the cable braid scarf and my lace & cable socks. Progress has been made, but I’m paying the price. My hands are aching. I can’t not knit so I’ve started a hat using some leftover yarn. No pictures yet. I’m just making it up as I go.

Hope you all have a good day.

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