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They felted after all.

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Thanks for all the great suggestions. Many feltings later, they are cute as a pumpkin. I do love the color. Don't know if I would think of repeating this experience, but at least I feel like they came out okay. Just working on some socks currently. An Opal yarn with oranges and blacks and whites. Nothing fancy. Superwash. :) I have quite the sock yarn stash since Stitches and feel like knitting away on simple socks. I also have a great yarn from my friend Diane and they will be socks as well. Soothing sock knitting. That's the plan. Please leave me your email or blog so I can thank you for your comment.

Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don't

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The blue fingerless gloves were a quick knit up for my neighbor. The raspberry were supposed to be for my other neighbor. Both women have been really kind and helpful to me this fall. Oh dear. The blues are great. The raspberries are too big, in case you cannot miss the obvious, sorry. I've tried felting them TWICE. We are trying a third attempt and I may have to throw them in the dryer too. We know this yarn felted into a fantastic purse Al made last year that became mine. Is the ribbing the problem? Is the Kookaburra soap just too soft for this yarn? I can only post this problem, because I read another blogger's mishap post today. Her sock problem admission, made sharing this misknit much easier. (thanks elizabeth, you know who you are, I won't share the link for a innocent mistake you made!) Suffice to say, I'd wear two different shades of the same color sock...... Please leave me your email or blog so I can thank you for your comment.

Mid-top Socks

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This lovely sock was made by Al using a Hedwig colorway. She created the pattern. I love the owl like colorway. I believe it was SweetGeorgiaYarns. I washed many knitted socks today. It is so nice to have a selection. I know socks are a bit of work, but what useful knitting eh? I am using the Kookaburra wash that I purchased from Knit Picks. I like the soft scent. I lay them on the a free radiator. (one not occupied by contented cats). Please leave me your email or blog so I can thank you for your comment.

My part is done.......

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Just tell me how grateful you are that I can quit blogging about this jacket. The knitting finished around 10pm last night as the Mets were up 11-5 or so. Al can attest: I had less than one foot of the Noro yarn left, as I bound off. Okay, it is really pretty now that my part is finished! I am dropping it off at LYS tomorrow; call me a cheater, an inferior knitter, whatever....they can do the seam finishing for me. After all this work, I am not going to risk fudging it. I may add two clasp type buttons as shown in the original pattern picture by Cabin Fever knits. Tonight, as we watch the Bears game, I will cast on something else. Something very small and quickly satisfying. I'm thinking fingerless gloves..... Please leave me your email or blog so I can thank you for your comment.

A happy rocker

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This is the new rocking chair that I was gifted yesterday. My friend Joann wanted me to have it for my porch. Radar is naturally first to check it out. I am thinking I should make some fingerless gloves for gifts soon. This raspberry Kara from Lynne at Iwasknittogetherinmymotherswomb,was sent in in the red/pink swap. I wonder if it is soft enough for fingerless or better to felt with? It is soy and wool....it feels soft.... Lots of people have been really supportive to me and I only hope I can do the same for them or others some day. Please leave me your email or blog so I can thank you for your comment.

I finally got a sweater stone

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The stone is the small little boxy thing by the Halloween socks that I am sometimes knitting. Sometimes, because THE sleeve to THE coat is still being worked on. I am getting very very close to finishing the knitting. Is it possible that one can actually be depressed with a too long project? I am sometimes reading Yarn Harlot, which is always making me smile and laugh. Perhaps she has a chapter on this knitting condition. Everyone who has left an encouraging comment is considered part of the ultimate success of this coat. Thank you! The sweater stone was used on my knitpicks socks that got a bit pilly after a year of washing and radiator drying. It did perk them up quite a bit. I had to sweep the porch afterwards because......there are enough yarny things that make the house untidy for the non-knitters in the house. Have a great weekend. I'm keeping at it...:) Please leave me your email or blog so I can thank you for your comment.

Does making the hat bring the snow?

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I know that Al making this very cute hat did NOT bring the snow today. We broke some sort of weather record here today. Well, her very cute hat will get some use. Did you get a chance to see the Perfect Sweater pattern by masondixonknitter.com ? It is pretty and I am sure many will knit the pattern. They did a great job with a long careful look into what makes a great sweater, yarn, pattern etc. Hats off to those incredible ladies, again. Please leave me your email or blog so I can thank you for your comment.

I don't think I want to be a speed knitter

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I was looking through patterns in a book called Speed Knitting. I don't think I am going to qualify for being a SPEEDY knitter anytime soon. If you read the Junie B. Jones series, you would know that SPEEDY QUICK is one of Junie B's descriptives. It does not apply to me. Even given an abundance of time, I am not SPEEDY QUICK. I am not planning to knit for the holidays this year, unless it just happens. This yarn was a great surprise from Sara peasley Handknitter blogger. I sent her a tape the season finale to E.R. last year, and she surprised me with this pretty wine colored yarn from THE CONTINUING THREAD. Some thanks! Really! Please leave me your email or blog so I can thank you for your comment.

Nothing to show for it

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I am posting the lovely new quilt that hangs in our town's only farm. My favorite part of a quilt is how black can make it look so beautiful. I had nothing to do with this, other than be an admirer. I have nothing to show you for my knitting this weekend. I buckled down and finished a sleeve on the Swing coat. I was talking to some other knitters and asked them how they motivate themselves to finish something they've lost interest in. One said, "Bribe yourself. Promise yourself something when you finish." Another said, "I don't know I have never completed a full pair of socks." Still another, "Go somewhere outside your home and you'll focus on it." Well, I decided the COAT was something I promised myself when I spent all the money on the skeins and skeins of Noro yarn, last July. Reminding myself of the cost of it propelled this Frugal Hungarian on. Hearing the weather is going to get chilly soon, motivated me as well. Here&#

Felted but not Finished

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I give you the crocheted bag, before and after felting. I know it is a bit kittywampus yet. The handles are goofy. Help. Suggestions please. The flower will get a center button perhaps today. It is for a animal shelter's Golden Paw silent auction. I had visions of blanket stitch edging...I should have done that prefelting. I would break a finger trying to do that now that it is felted. I also imagined paw prints on it. Didn't seem right once felted. Al and I thought I could felt some swatches, then cut a dog bone shape out and attatch it to the purse. None of this seemed feasible to me yesterday. So today it is a bag with a flower and floppy handles.... Your ideas are most welcome.....someone has to bid on it afterall! Please leave me your email or blog so I can thank you for your comment.

She's got my Number

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Lynne from Iwasknittogetherinmymotherswomb.typepad.com was my Colorswap Partner for the final month of Red/Pink. Why participate in a yarn swap? #1. Lynne's swap was easy. You could choose which months and colors you wanted to be in. I think I did yellow, blues and now red/pinks. Al did purple. We had 4 great experiences. From Portland to New York. #2. I received yarns I have never seen around here before. Fun. #3. I received CHOCOLATES I have never seen around here before. In light of the Fannie may and Frango Mint debacles around here, this helped the healing. I love See's candies. OUTSTANDING. #4. I got to know some fun bloggers. This perhaps, the best part. Well, the chocolate is hard to top! #5. I am a mail checker. I LOVE to get stuff other than bills in the mail. #6. There was a reasonable money to spent limit. and on and on. Lynne was my swap partner and she overdid it! I love everything she sent. She clearly exceeded the reasonable limit.

Guest Blogger Firefighter Dan

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I had to promise Dan this would not be able to be used against him by fellow firefighters. None of the rest even knew I took the blog photo. There is a brotherhood of teasing that is relentless amongst firefighters. Dan, married to an actress who KNITS!!!! was quick to comply. His wife is in a Play in Chicago called, Kama Sutra. I'm sure she is great. I have to plug the play since he complied so nicely. He is holding the sock I haven't finished from vacation this summer. The sleeves I haven't finished are driving me mad, they're makin me crazy crazy! The felted purse is coming along for those of you interested in that blog chapter. The felting fairy was kind to me again. Phew. Lynne From I was KNit together in My Mother's womb was my colorswap this month. She also kindly coordinated the whole thing. Red/pink month. Her box to me came today. I refuse to open it until I get hers in the mail tomorrow. Despite Al's great attempts to justify opening