Dec 3

Not completely greenie

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I finished by beanie cap. You know, that lurvly Silk Garden cap that I was ranting and raving about just a post or two ago. The green one. Well, guess what? It’s not all green!

Oh, I knew that it wasn’t going to stay all green. I saw the other colors and I even mentioned them in the other post. But what a shocking change from the greens that were happening. And how I lurve it! The hat fits snug and good on my noggin, and it’s yummy-warm. The colors are great and it was fun to knit up.

So it’s a FO. Yay! The pic here is the “extra” yarn that was left over from the skein. More than I was expecting, but don’t worry – I know how to use it all up.

But I couldn’t stop there, could I? (A knitter is never truly done knitting.) I’ve started some more project(s) and learned some new tricks/tips. I’m evolving into a right, fine knitter. yup.

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Nov 7

Most of the time a project determines the fiber. But some times the fiber demands a project. Such was the case with three skeins of Berroco® Uxbridge Tweed I picked up at the Ewe‘s clearance rack a few weeks ago. (Did I mention that I heart their clearance rack?)

Not only that, but I heart Uxbridge Tweed! This stuff is lurvely. It’s thick and warm and cushy; the texture is great and it doesn’t reject pattern stitches. And it’s no calm, snooty tweed – nope, it’s jazzed up with some bits of color, like orange in my oatmeal & brown goodness. Pretty sweet, huh?

I first saw Kathy knitting with it and admired it then, so when I saw these three little skeins of yummy I had to pick them up. And they wanted to become a scarf. A mistake-rib scarf. And then a matching hat. (For this, I had to locate and purchase another skein at full, retail price from another store. Harrumph.)

I still have a bit more and it’s crying out to become fingerless gloves, but I’m not listening. My other yarns are starting to call out to be heard now, too. All in good time, my lovelies. All in good time.

Click the pic for a closer look. This hat and scarf set is for my bro in MD. I hear it gets cold there.

Oct 5

Debates

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Okay, so not THE debates. Just my debating over what my next knitting project will be. And there’s a lot to decide between.

But instead of boring you with all the details, I’ll give you quick satisfaction instead and tell you the outcome. (No. There’s no voting.) I’m working on my HalloWig from the fall Knitty. It’s fun, it’s frivolous, and it’s for me.

I swatched it after dinner and while preparing for the VP debate. My swatch seemed to make gauge okay, so rip-rip-rip back to the yarn pile and I cast on for my wig. Notice my drink in the pic: pink Kool-Aid (strawberry-kiwi) to match my knittin’.

I’m using Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in Bubblegum and knitting on my Denise US# 8 needles. During the debate, I was able to work on the start of it and I’m happy with my progress. But I could only take so much debate and so much 2×2 ribbing before I had to get up and do something else. Yeah, see how I’ve even switched to water – it was just too much.

This might become my lunchtime/work knitting project for a bit. Well, at least through this week. And no, I haven’t forgotten about my knitting pile of wanna-be’s and need-to-do’s, and neither should you. For those of you that care, there’s more to read.

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Sep 18

Vrroooom! {part 1}

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Can you guess? Huh, huh? Y’all are a smart bunch, I’m certain you can figure this out.




Yep – we got a new car!

The quick n’ dirty: it’s a 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid. Yep, you heard/read right – hybrid. Gas and electric working together in harmony for Mom Earth. Trying to make up for so many damn Hummers and SUVs. That, and it’s sweet.

We’ll post more details tomorrow and a pic, or two. Tonight? Well, I’m just too tired. It’s been a long day, and I want to get some sleep so that I can wake up excited ’bout the new car again. (It doesn’t have to make sense to make me happy.)

May 6

Dishcloths Galore

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I can now, if desired, do copious amounts of washing (dishes) with a variety of dishcloths. Um, … yay?

I can’t say that I’m thrilled with the prospect of hand-washing my dishes, but I am tickled with my selection of hand-knit cloths. I can finally throw out the kitchen sponge and all it’s icky bacteria-ness, and enjoy a new dishcloth every day for a while.

There is a sum total of 11 dishrags and 2 scrubbies. Yup – these were knitted, too, with nylon netting (tulle). They were a little more difficult to knit, but since they only need to be a fraction of the size, I managed.

Come on, I know you wanna see ’em.

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Mar 31

Needle Butts

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Okay, what would YOU call them, huh?

It’s the end pieces on knitting needles, usually -but not always- made from polymer clay. I’ve also seen buttons, glass beads, and acorn caps. They’re there to stop your precious knitting from falling off the not-working end of the needles. Kind of what may stop your pants from falling down (if you’re built right wink, wink).

Well, whatever you want to call them I’ve made a few for my new needles. (And no, none look like rear ends.)

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Mar 30

Knitting Stix

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If you don’t have two sticks to rub together to buy two sticks, er… knitting needles, you can simply and affordably make two sticks (respectively). Quite honestly, knitting needles aren’t rocket science. Sure, fancier and pricier wood makes for fancier/pricier sticks. But for pure knitting goodness, you can easily make a pair (or five) from craft wood dowels.

This is an easy afternoon craft, with minimal mess and instant rewards. You can jazz it up a notch by making you’re own needle ends from polymer clay, or keep it simple and glue a button or whatnot on the end of your needles.

So have some fun, be creative, and read more.

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Jan 22

Gung Hey Fat Choy

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Happy Chinese New Year! Wishing you prosperity and wealth (gung hey fat choy).

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Jan 15

Matty’s Meal

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It’s not that it’s Matt’s favorite, or that he’s renowned for the entrée. It’s just that it was the first meal that Matty made for us (in his wee-tiny Columbus apartment). He makes it fairly frequently and he makes it well.

Tender, succulent pork chops and magnificent smashed potatoes. Heaven on a plate.

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Jan 3

Stash Lock Down!

Posted by Nanc

Within the past four months, I’ve seen a lot of knitting blogs referring to “Stash Reductions” and “Yarn Diets.” I’ve been intrigued, but never jumped in.

Recently, it has come to my attention that I have more fabric and yarn than this home will hold. (Funny how if it’s hidden in the back of the closet it doesn’t really count. 😉 I’ve been found guilty of amassing masses of textiles and fibers.

Starting immediately, I am self-imposing the 2004 Stash Lock Down! program. It will be a tough-love situation with sweatshop-like conditions. An’ I ain’t gonna be no fabrics’ biatch!

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