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Burning the midnite oil. I have been up late this week, well late for me, knitting. Its the only bearable time of day to be out on my screened porch. I've started a new project! (I know I said I would work on the shawl, but its too dull to work on for more than a few rows at a time.) I'll surprise you tomorrow and let you know what it is. It has to do with JULY. Something traditional one does around this time. Can you make a guess? Go ahead. Whats my project? Of course there is a prize up for grabs. I'll make it a prize r/t the theme of this July project...........go ahead, guess. And let the fireworks begin. Hee hee. THat was a little misleading. I miss Jan my best knitting teacher.
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This post is r/t knitting b/c I used buttons bought from last years Stitches Midwest for the corners of my little pillow. I like a red/white/blue theme for my screened porch accents. Found this little 3.00 bag at Old Navy. Fell in love with Salt Water Taffy's hair and cut the handles off. Stuffed it with some batting, sewed her up and added the buttons. I love it. Great idea on Quiet Life's blog. I'm going to particpate in her 100 word blog day. Check it out. This is right up my alley. Shawl was revived by Lynnette at 3 Bags Full, I'm back on track. Will commit to 4 rows a night. I'm ready to start something new..... I miss Jan my best knitting teacher.
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1. I finished my seed stitch shell. 2. Al and I will post a knitalong update soon. 3. I fell in love with my unfinished Pemberly Shawl from last summer. 4. When last I put it away, I was tired and has miscounted the lace business and made another mistake. 5. Last summer I didn't know about lifelines. 6. Should I : ask my LYS owner to get me to a starting point again, while I shop for more yarn? OR try to do it myself and risk a visual error that I may regret? Help. S.O.S. Code Blue. I miss Jan my best knitting teacher.
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S.O.S. = Shave Our Shawl I miss Jan my best knitting teacher.

RIP: Plodding through my Seed Stitch Shell

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No, I have not collapsed from heat stroke but been brought down by my seed stitch shell in a knitting fervor. This photo may appear disastrous but I assure you that I will be back to my happy knitting self as soon as the tank is finished. I am experiencing a very common affliction among knitters RFS (ready-to-finish-syndrome). My condition has been greatly exaggerated of late, largely due to the release of the Fall Interweave Knits and my discovery of the first pattern book in the Queensland Collection. I know that it is much too early to begin knitting for fall but unfortunately RFS does not respond to logic. Despite this I will share with you my favorite ideas from these sources: The shape of this pullover is a little difficult to see in the photo, but it has a square neck that I adore. It reminds me of Julia Ormonds' (Guinevere's) costumes in First Knight , very middle ages. I would love to make it with different colored edging, perhaps gold with a teal border. Also I woul
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Okay I try to keep to knitting on this blog. I feel like I should be talking about making a silk purse from a sow's ear. Its just that this little piggy was so cute at the farm in town that I thought he'd be blog stopping! Back to knitting. Rebecca blog reader thank you for your very nice comments. Chappy's mom, we ordered the teas and love the mombo. Very mild almost a sweet tea. Okay back to knitting. Seed stitch shell knitalong for me and Al is moving along. It has been very helpful to me to knit along with Al. Pattern reading is getting easier for me, and this seems to be a well-written pattern from Vogue. Already thinking ahead to next project. Mosaic Yarn Studio had a darling shrug pattern that I purchased today. Knit from side to side, translation, kathy despises finishing work and was excited at the potential for this pattern. Must bravely go where others have gone and try to find a yarn within my budget that will fit this pattern, b/c it would be a bu
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Have I told you how much I love my Pony needles? (hence the ponies in this blog) These needles are so comfortable I am going to have to get more...how can I go back to aggrivating noisy needles? These are soundless. And see this little lamb? Well she is in the blog because I am committed to wool. I know Ive already blogged about the cotton issues, garments I've labored over succombing to the force of gravity while being worn, and looking just plain foolish, but I am still not over it. So this little lamb is here to say, get over the itch thing, buy wool at Stitches Midwest, we wont let you down! I miss Jan my best knitting teacher.
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Seed Stitch Shell Knitalong Progress: Al decided to blend two yarns for her shell. Hence hers has a shape and will, in all probability hold its shape. She's using a cotton/rayon Imagine blend. Hmmmmm, is there a dryer in my future? I I miss Jan my best knitting teacher.
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This gorgeous shell with shawl designed by Carol Porter is being modeled by AL. Why? Because it our LYS top selling pattern of the month and its going to one of our KIP winners. Isn't it beautiful? It is knitted in Blue Heron Yarn's cotton and rayon Seed. Oh the trouble with contests is picking a winner. The real winner of course is Illinois Burn Camp, who is getting a nice donation on behalf of all who KIP"d. I've decided to give two knitters a prize. The nurses in us made us partial to our Angel Flight volunteer knitter Sandy. She'll be finding two skeins of Fortissima Cotton Colori in her mailbox soon, along with The Knitters Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements. Next winner, well it has to be Dani. She had her BROTHER help her take the photos. Now anyone with a brother knows this deserves a prize. THe brother actually had to go along to the diner and the park and take said photos for her. Dani will be finding two skeins of Knit Picks Sock Garden in

KNITTING IN PUBLIC CONTEST RESULTS!

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Dani again knitting at a local burger joint. Check out her FO's at www.tulipsandgingerbread.blogspot.com June 11th is worldwide knit in public day! Contest info. posted 5/24
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Dani is knitting in a seemingly deserted park (not so she says) in Las Cruces, NM. June 11th is worldwide knit in public day! Contest info. posted 5/24
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Denise found an alternative use for a ball of cotton yarn at a softball game. Check out her blog at http://www.kwon.relatedhelp.com/ June 11th is worldwide knit in public day! Contest info. posted 5/24
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Deb again (yeah for double KIPing!) knitting at an outdoor coffee shop. Check out her blog at http://chappysmom.typepad.com/bookworm/2005/06/sticky_saturday.html June 11th is worldwide knit in public day! Contest info. posted 5/24
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Deb (aka Chappy's mom) knitting at her Dad's golf club during her sister's birthday dinner June 11th is worldwide knit in public day! Contest info. posted 5/24
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Sandy is knitting her "Opera Scarf" while working at the Angel Flight New Mexico Wing's booth at the annual PIlot Bash in Albuquerque June 11th is worldwide knit in public day! Contest info. posted 5/24
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Here is Bernadette knitting a cotton seed stitch belt at her parent's 50th Anniversary Party in a local restaurant. June 11th is worldwide knit in public day! Contest info. posted 5/24
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Nona, of nonaknits, knit at a local candy story "See's Candies" while waiting in line to order June 11th is worldwide knit in public day! Contest info. posted 5/24
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Well, here I am doing my part to KIP. I was on grassy beach you know. Lots of handsome beach types stopping by to see what I was knitting. Asking for sweaters, you know the type. June 11th is worldwide knit in public day! Contest info. posted 5/24
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"We're off to knit in public....." See my ruby slippers? Where will you knit in public on this, worldwide knit in public day? Im also off to find more prizes! Photograph yourself or others knitting in public and send to my email : harpnut@gmail.com by 6/13. You'll help a good cause. I'm donating a dollar for every photo sent to Illiinois Burn Camp for kids. Thanks you guys for offering to send me a donation per paypal. Im just not paypal savvy. Just enter the contest, I'll handle the dollar! Good luck. Prizes from irisheyesknnitters to be awarded .......do it. Just because its fun. June 11th is worldwide knit in public day! Contest info. posted 5/24
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This is the bear I knitted for my daughter Katie's 8th grade graduation. It's the Baby Bobbie Bear pattern made with Blue Sky organic cotton.  
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Baby Bobbie Bear dressed for graduation 
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I know it's a few days early for Worldwide Knit in Public Day, but my daughter Katie and I knit today at the Cubs game. It was HOT!!!! But the Cubs won 2-0. (That's Becky, my 16-yr-old, on the left pretending she doesn't know us.)  
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Hey if you can't stand the heat, get outta the kitchen! And knit in public. You could win Lynn's wonderful sock yarns and this fancy shmancy fridge magnet. More prizes to be blogged about before the contest ends June13th. Go ahead, KIP. June 11th is worldwide knit in public day! Contest info. posted 5/24
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FO. The very mean recycled silk for a very good cause, is no longer stash. I made this summer bag for about 10.00. The yarns were all leftover, with the exception of the recycled silk which was a gift from my dear friend Eileen. I spent 7.00 on the orangey hemp and 3.00 on the leather strap. Pleased with the result, yup I am. I worry about my color choices; I am not, ummmm, color confident. I think I got the only D in my life in an art class. Good thing I am a life-long learner. I think these colors have a, shall we say, Hungarian flair? June 11th is worldwide knit in public day! Contest info. posted 5/24
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Just a reminder: Worldwide KIP day is June 11th. Send me a picture of you knitting in public and you may win this lovely stash of sock yarn donated by Lynn. More prizes to come. And remember, for every photo sent to my email Harpnut@gmail.com, I will donate a dollar to Illinois Burn Camp. June 11th is worldwide knit in public day! Contest info. posted 5/24