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Tone

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I like to keep the tone of this blog humorous for the most part. Clever. Fun. I've found that I need to cultivate humor in order to be humorous. Some of the ways I try to give my humor a good workout include: (while knitting of course) *Listening to CarTalk on NPR *Watching 30Rock *Reading the comics *having inside jokes with friends, just based on our history and funny things that have happened. *being with my Irish side. They are effortless story tellers and so easy to find humor. *watching old I Love Lucy shows *really believing that I God has a sense of humor....... *going to comedy shows and to comedian shows. In these ways I can find the funny in our everyday or at list the wit in it. So, I promise you knitting and limericks...tis the season! I'll talk to you in the comments. :)

Women who knit during Labor

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Here's one. I wondered if I google Imaged Knitting during labor, if i'd get an image. Here she is. Knitting in what I must assume is early labor. I don't see women in early labor. When we get to the delivery room just before the birth, there is some serious singing of the baby song going on. (the baby song is when you walk near the room and you hear the laborer vocalizing loudly). Some unrelated follow ups: I am Huckmom on Ravelry. Thanks for asking Bev. I was in labor 21 years ago tomorrow with Al. Epidural all the way. The Olympics were going on. She came a day early. I'm going to knit tomorrow to celebrate and make up for not knitting in early labor 21 years ago. I would have made a bunch of mistakes then anyhow. I can only imagine the look of some knitting I did back then on that day! I'll talk to you in the comments. :)

Baby legging in wrist support

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I told you the knitting is slow here. I actually have two leggings to show, but only one wrist support. I wish I had a cute baby to show these off on. Friends are having their first baby soon. If it is a girl, I'll crochet some vines and flowers on them. If is is a boy, I think Im going to a Cubs something or other....... I am open for ideas..... Day 2 of Vitamin D by sunlight dose. It is 35 degrees out ,but our winds just take that temp down lower than yesterday. Brrrrr. Yet, I kept the streak going. Two whole days! Oh the legging patterns are available free on Ravelry. Their pictures are really cute. I'll talk to you in the comments. :)

Cabin Fever.....

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I've got it bad. Let's just leave it at that. In an effort to fight right back, I decided to knit on the back porch for the last half hour. It is 25 degrees out and sunny. Vitamin D recharge. I'm going to see if I can make this a habit. No, not knitting........the Vitamin D dose. My new earrings arrived today. I won them in a Valentine Ravelry Swap. Nancy of Sassafras Creations makes them out of knitting needles. I went for the artsy fartsy image today. They are very fun to wear. Very very light. Since the hat charity drive is over, I've been missing fun mail. Well, the gas bill was 70 dollars less than we budgeted for this month......that could be percieved as fun mail. And trust me, no one has been hurt from wearing their coats and hats in the house... Something else arrived this weekend. Girl Scout cookies. When I was pregnant with Al, twenty one years ago, (her birthday is this friday) I gained 3 lbs this last week of gestation. My doctor said

More Bags

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These are also for sale at my LYS. Much more affordable for me. They are so cute. Have you ever felted and painted a purse? I was reading about purse inserts in a magazine the other day. Since I have good success with purses, in some respects, I am looking into them. I have a few sac like purses I have made. Everything just falls into the middle of them. These inserts would make them more organized. And why I'm on purses ,can we talk pens? Someone's pen leaked onto my leather purse the other day. Pens often go through wash in our house. Everyone has done their own laundry in our home since they were in jr. high. I think children learn the chore their mother dislikes doing the most, first. Anyhow, maybe I should only put good pens in my handknit purses. I don't mind losing a leather purse bougth at a severely reduced price, but a handknit would be heartbreaking! Other purse thoughts? I'll talk to you in the comments. :)

Listmaker

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I use the # key quite a bit. I'm a list maker. #1 I will knit more slowly. As I read about others' hand/wrist/arm/shoulder/neck issues, many say SLOW DOWN. #2 I'm going to work (Ha! it is play) to bring you images of interest. Do you really want to see slow knit progress? #3 The bags I'm showing you on this post are too cute. And too expensive. Let's just say between 100 and 200 dollars. #4 I am going to stop letting the monkey sleep with me. I'll talk to you in the comments. :)

I was Baaaaaa'd. Here's the pattern for the last post.

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The beautiful Top in my earlier post today is: The Cap Sleeve Top. It can be found in the Noshua Creative Focus Book, page 13. Knitted with Noshua Creative Focus Silk Yarn. This is the new 3 Bags Full mascot. He doesn't have a name just yet. Josie knitted him for the store owner Lynette. Some think he should be called Josette. Josie/lynnette. That's too hard for me to remember. I say we call him something easier. that is before I steal him and take him home with me.... I'll talk to you in the comments. :)

My favorite corner of my favorite yarn shop

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This is my new spot. Lynette's 3 Bags Full Studio in Northbook has a great new location and store. It's roomy. I like to sit on the couch in front of the fire and browse through patterns. I wonder how long I could sit on the couch before I was asked to give the spot to someone else! (Perhaps I'll do this one day........) I loved this top that is displayed off the mantle currently. I don't see me knitting it. But maybe you see you knitting it. I took some other shots of fun things for sale in the store. I'll post them later. Some are bags, some are yarns, some are people and one is a sheep! I'll talk to you in the comments. :)

Presidents' Day Post

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This is post #975. Yup. THe 1000th post is upon us. I hope to get there within a month. Oh there will be a contest. I had some little troubles with my knitting this weekend. I want to make the Kaia Babydoll dress by Crafty Wee Wifey. I tried using my cotton/wool blend. Then my arm starting hurting. As much as I like the yarn, there just isn't much give to cotton blends. When I knit with Dream In Color the yarn just feels great in my hands. So, I quickly stopped that project. I also think the double stranded knitting in the beginning with all the increases for the raglan, little though it is, doesn't help either. I suppose you need to KFB whenever you make your raglan increases. Other make ones won't work or will they? Good thing I have more Dream IN Color in a dreamy blue from my Valentine Swapper Kristen. I'm headed for more dream in.... I'll talk to you in the comments. :)

These were a gift to me!

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Bianca from the Netherlands of lansingerland.blogspot.com and of ClipperKnitWorks Patterns, sent me these great fingerless. I love the flesh color! Isn't the pattern sophisticated? She designed it. Yes, she did! They were a SECRET because she was entering them in a pattern design contest. The silly contest changed things all around and so she said I can show them to you now. She's selling the pattern. I hope she sells so many of them. I hope they become the rage. The next Ugg boot. I love wearing mine. Bianca, I am very thankful to you. I'll talk to you in the comments. :)

Slouch Hat done for the rest of winter!

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I do know that winter does not end here until the first of May. So I'll need a springy colored hat for the rest of the snows that will inevitably come. I finished the Slouch Hat or Felicity pattern. Dream in Color is so soft to work with. Washable wool. Where did I get this wool? Well, I joined a Valentine Swap on Ravelry. We were supposed to wait until Valentine's Day to open the swap packages. My swap partner was Kristen from Michigan. We hit it off. We both decided to cheat and open our swaps as soon as we both had them. It was just as much fun not waiting. We have no willpower. This is ONE of the Dream in Colors she sent me. The other is Cubby Blue. SHE sent me the book with the Vest of Many Colors Pattern. We weren't the only ones who cheated. I'll talk to you in the comments. :)

Laughing Hens Roses Tea Cozy

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Isn't this a darling tea cozy? You can find the pattern at laughinghens.com/knitting-pattern.asp?patternid+644. I don't have the Dreamy Peaches hat finished to show you today. I was a good patient and switched projects last night to keep my arm feeling well. This mulitproject knitting style is very hard for me. So Wahhhhh. Just ike Lucy would cry. My other favorite crier on TV was Laura Petrie ? from Dick Van Dyke show. OH Rooooooobbbbbbbb. Who is your favorite crier on TV? I'll talk to you in the comments. :)

Patterns for tall women, or why I'll never knit this masterpiece

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I'm about 50. I'm about 5 foot 2. And while I have the eyes of blue, I'll never knit the Vest of Many Colors. I love the Vest of Many Colors. I love the light on the model's hair in the image presented. I love the way her hair and the vest swing together. I love the green shirt beneath the vest of many colors. I love the big necklace. The big sunglasses. That purse that she's swinging around with the hair and the vest. I love her blue jeans. I used to have long hair. I loved to swing it around. I loved to put it up. I felt very earthy with my long hair. (*sigh, it took me 3 years to grow it good and long,) Almost everyone agreed it wasn't a good look for me.... I would without a doubt, look ridiculous in the vest of many colors Do I love it because I cannot have it? Do you have a pattern you love that you cannot have? I think we all do. Maybe I love the vest of many colors because it was created by Valentina Devine. That is her name. I

When your dreams are Dream in color

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then they are wonderful dreams. 3 by 1 rib for my hat. The mandatory purl stitch gets less attention that way. I'm going to knit for a big brim that folds back. I've salvaged the camera. Again. For now. I looked at some last night with Fireman, and they just overwhelmed me. The one I thought might be best looks so intimidating to me. Fireman says, "look at all the bells and whistles," and I just cringe. I don't want bells and whistles. The simpler the better. Just like my knitting! and my life..... I'll talk to you in the comments. :)

You name this one!

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The camera fell hard and hit the driveway. The duct tape and the medical tape may not be enough anymore for my little Fuji. I don't know when a) it will be fixed b) I will get a new camera or c) I will win one So in the meantime I give you Tom Selleck. Is that okay? I'm knitting something with Dream in Color on my new square needles. I love the needles and the yarn. Haven't been able to find a pattern for the gauge I'm getting. I'm going to fill up the circular needle with cast on stitches, and start knitting in the round. Then I'll see what happens. I spent far too much time looking for a pattern that has these basic requirements. So today you get Tom , and a vague knitting update. SO whadda you call this post? I'll talk to you in the comments. :)

Heart time

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What's not to love? Some heart links for you! Knitstix.blogspot.com's pulse check wristers from 2008 archives and this years heart-in-hand fingerless gloves. Knitty's knitty heart of course. For the nursing student in your life. ChocolateMoosey's World Peace Cookies. Made my heart skip a beat..... Squidoo.com has a list of free! (be still my heart) Valentines Day patterns. May all your sinus rhythms be normal. May you listen to beat of a heart you love. more heartlinks to come lub dub and all that. I'll talk to you in the comments. :)

Change my heart

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My friend Madelon encouraged me long ago to read more than one book at a time. Madelon is a marvelous knitter. I'm trying to follow the Madelon book appoach with my knitting. I have the most terrible time working on more than one thing at a time. I've never left a work in progress without finishing it. For better or occasionally worse. Why then am I in Finish or Frog it Group on Ravelry.? I need a group for someone who is horribly one project orientated. Tell me that I can put something down and I will return to it. Tell me that was a new knitter thing. I have to do this for the sake of my arm, which is connected to the sake of my sanity. Please leave me a tip, how do you do it??? Help me be like almost all the rest of you..... I'll talk to you in the comments. :)