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Happy October eve

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I am looking for orange, green and black yarns to make a superfast baby hat for a wee one I'm taking care of these days. My simplest hat is a easy rectangle knitted up on big old needles. I usually work some fixation into it for some stretch. After I knit about an 8 inch rectangle I make Al seam two sides. Now there is only one opening...for the head of course. Then I make some poms for the top corners of the "hat". So I'm going for a jack-o-lantern look. Let's just see if I really do it tonight.......

Having Photo issues

Oh no, a post without a snapshot....blogspot photo load is goofy today. Sorry. I usually try to stick to knitting. I will continue blogging as so, however: During the month of October, (2 more days 2 more days) I am going to use Fall, Halloween, Harvest photos often. I LOVE the month of October. The Irish brought the Celtic tradition to the States. If you examine the history there isn't anything evil about it. I actually get all sad when people say "WE don't celebrate Halloween" in a churchy sort of way. WHADDA YA MEAN? When I was growing up we LIVED for Halloween. When I was about 4, my mother wouldnt give me or my sister, (yes the one whose hair I pulled out on her First Holy Communion) candy before lunch.(what a meanie) I believe it was June. I had the out of the box thought for us to go next door to our sweet neighbor MaryEllen's house and trick or treat. It worked! We got us some candy! Too bad MaryEllen called our mom as we went on down th

loose ends

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I crocheted this afghan in the early 80s. I worked in the ER as an aide and a Nurse was making this shell stitch afgan. She reminded me how to make a few stitches and I had these blues and creams in mind, and well, it still keeps us warm at night. My mom took up crocheting too and she made the cream colored chevron below it. Marie asks in a comment, where she can buy Judy and CO. Hand dyed CURLY. Marie it is available at 3 Bags Full Knitting Studio in Northbrook, IL. I have to ask for the pattern for you. It may be a store pattern. I'll find out. Lots of laughs at GROUP tonight. That is what Jen and Alyssa and co. have decided on for our knitting group name that meets at our local Borders twice a month. GROUP suits us fine. I'll try to get clever and come up with words that make it a good acronym for us. Jennifer taught me circular socks in about 3 minutes. I had no idea it was so easy. The bad news is that you still have to knit both socks. I had this f

Tartlette Ribbon Joy

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I have fallen in love with a yarn......Is the therapist in??? The colors of this Tartlette Ribbon by Knit One Crochet Too are so beautiful to me. I'll show it in another light soon, and it is just as stunning but takes on a different hue. (Is this the ribbon Maureen fell for at Stitches, in black?) Al took some vegetarian magazines out of the library the other day. This is what I learned: in a side bar they listed activites and the calories they burn. Source: Caloriesperhour.com. Knitting: 102 TV: 68 Napping: 66 Dusting: 170 (do I hear a resounding ...who cares!) Belly Dancing: 306. Now I ask you, (NONA) if you knit while watching TV do you burn 170cals or the equivalent of dusting?

LYS for inspiration day

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Jen and Wili her silky terrier pup were at the LYS today. I went to 3 Bags Full for a little inspiration. It was such a pick me up. Jen is wearing a shawl in Judi and Co. hand dyed Curly. Wili is wearing his dearest face. Just wait until I show you his Halloween costume. It was lovingly knitted by his grandma JAN in CA. I think I'm going to make you wait for that one. Closer to the Halloween festivities. The pinwheel baby blanket is soft. It is a bit of a bore though. Between the hurricane satellite photos and the circular construction of the blanket, all I needed was a pizza to complete the round. Inspiration was found at 3 Bags. I'm whipping up a minishawl (scarf) with Knit One Crochet Too's The Gourmet Collection in Targelette. Pictures to come. I love the colorway. Rich deep browns with a hint of copper. I'll let you know if I think this had good gift potential for the Holidays. 23.00 will be the total.

Stick to the Knitting Content

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I really try to stick to knitting content. Hop over to Sandyknitting.com for her current weather contest. I'm in. I am so bummed that this contest winner will be random. I love the ones based on Merit. ( ahem...I am the winner of Major Jen's Saturday Knit Live naming group.) So, I'll just have to hope that my entry gets me that beautiful Lorna's Lace yarn.....please don't enter you'll just dilute my chances. (Oh that was LOW!) Lynn won the Bobby Brown makeover from our raffle at work.....hope she hasn't used up our luck! Do you wash yarn down the drain every evening? I don't think so.... Further knitting content: Remind me never to start a pinwheel baby blanket on 4 double points while under the influence of benadryl, an expectorant, advil and a nasal spray. I was making it incredibly difficult. The use of the fuzzy yarn didn't help either. Alas, I am on my way now. Even onto the circulars.

Be kind to Thy Sister

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Al made her brother a new hat. She bought the yarn at 3Bags Full yarn summer sale. Zach wants to wear it inside out. Ahhh the designer/recipient hurt feelings avoidance. The color is a bit off in the photo. The peach stripe is actually more beige. THe green is an angora from Pixiestix trade. I love that she made him the hat. I have 4 sisters. My father used to tell us to be kind to each other, that we will need each other some day. This, I believe, only made us more mean to each other. Therefore, I do not ever tell my children this. The meanest I may ever have been, was the day my older sister made her First Holy Communion. I was so jealous of the watch she recieved, I got into a fight with her and pulled a hunk of her hair out! Thankfully, my mother arranged Mary Jo's veil just so, and the bald spot didn't show. Wasn't I awful? Were you awful to your sister growing up?

Finishing Fridays Continue

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Tomorrow is the one year old's birthday party, making Finishing Friday a snap. The socks cost less than 8.00 to make. I used left-over Lorna's lace for the foot so the only cost was the cuff yarn. I really like using the Pony Pearl double point one's. Al found them for me for my birthday. They made it real joy to knit. I have nothing on needles right now. I have some USO's, unstarted objects, in mind, but am at a standstill making THE choice. However, living with another knitter, saved me today. I put a safety line in Al's sweater for her. She has to do a little frogging this weekend before she can finish it. I'm still committed to the stash. Lynn gave me some Mountain Colors for my birthday...I don't know if I can keep from it much longer....but the babies that are coming into our lives aren't getting any smaller, so I should start my first pinwheel blanket soon. The Triple strand sweater that Lynn finished for me last spring,

Message to Mitzie

Go to the September archives for this month. ITs all there. Pattern and yarns used. Even the ....cost! THanks.

Al's lambs pride sweater

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From Sweaters For Everyone: seamless top down patterns by mary rich goodwin of onepieceknitting.com. Al is making her cabled split front raglan. Yarn: Lambs Pride Cotton Fleece. Cost so far.....58.00. Not bad, the mother says, not bad. Al isn't thrilled with the pattern directions so far. Bummer. (I reserve the right to use the vernacular from my generation!) Good thing she's young and unafraid to revise it herself. I don't know if I'll be able to use this book afterall.....

Finishing Friday

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MajorKnitter Jen is encouraging Finishing Fridays. Finished my shawl, less than a month after falling in love with pattern at Stitches Midwest. More than a month before the rehearsal dinner when I am wearing it. Best part, it was pure fun, very simple and the color changes and textures held my interest. What will you finish soon?
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Sleeve 1 of the Sideways Spencer Jacket from Interweave Knits Fall 2004. Yarn: Karabella Aurora 8 in Chocolate. I love this yarn and this color! 
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A close-up of the pattern and color. 

Knitty cabled baby

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Al's finished Knitty cabled baby sweater. We have this button phobia. She had adorable pewter rocking horse buttons, but we tend to sew buttons poorly. She finished this about a month ago and neither of us will touch the buttons. The baby shower for her new cousin, is in October, sew...... Al is cabling an adult sweater now. She had some time to knit over the long weekend, after her wisdom teeth were extracted. I'll post her progress soon. She's a busy senior now, so her blog contributions will be photos I take of her knitting projects. Her genes from her dad's side just must have had some knitters. She is far better than her mother's side!

The Peanut Butter and Jelly thought

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Everytime I see a child waiting for food after the Hurricane, I want to make them a fresh PBJ sandwich. I hope the Red Cross offers PBJ's. Local donations tend to suffer after National and International Relief efforts. I think I'll donate more than the usual amount of PBJ to our food pantry now and through the disaster time. My own little control issue, I know the nun who literally gives it away to hungry children in Chicago. No administrative costs. Im not a bit surprised to see the Blog/Knitting folks generosity out there.