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A shawl for my Mom…

Back in October, at the CogKNITive Fiber Retreat, I had purchased a shawl pattern called Winona designed by the lovely Brenda Castiel. I knew as soon as I had seen the sample that I wanted to knit it for my mom for Christmas. I ordered skeins of Miss Babs in Old Gold and Field Mouse and started knitting as soon as they arrived.

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My girl likes to help with the pinning.

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Blocking under the tree.

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Slip stitch patterns are fun!

It was a really fun knit. There is something about slip stitch patterns that makes me really happy. Like turning the heel on a sock. It just feels nice.

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My mom with her new shawl.

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Thanksgivingtimes…

Wow, time sure does fly at the holidays!

Thanksgiving was small this year. Just me and my husband and our kids. I invited my friend Ashley over because her husband was out of town for work and I don’t think people should be alone during the holidays.

Luckily, my husband loves me a lot and knew I was way too busy to get any actual holiday planning done, so he ordered Thanksgiving dinner this year!

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Thumbs up!

Dinner was a success!

After dinner and dessert, Ashley brought out some of her knitting that needed a little TLC. Not too long ago she had a (gasp!)…moth problem, but she also had a shawl that had a burn. Of course, about the time I was going to Google “darning”, the internet took a dump. I had to wing it.

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Trying something without my internet safety net.

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I think I did a pretty good job.

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Darning a Celestarium.

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A little something for me…

Now that I am moving full steam ahead on various Work/Birthday/Christmas/Celebration-type projects, I am finding I have very little time to work on anything for myself. I have been wanting to start the Leftie for awhile now, but haven’t had much time to do so. I still don’t really have time to work on it, but at least I started *something*. It’s a garter stitch project, so it makes for some mindless knitting…and it is still small enough to fit in my purse.

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Finally, I am getting around to starting the Leftie.

I could have done a stash dive for yarn for this one, but once I saw that Madelinetosh was selling Unicorn Tails, I decided I would just go ahead and buy the yarn. Yeah…I really had to have my arm twisted. I mean…look!

Hopefully I will get some more downtime to work on this soon. Thanksgiving is coming and I don’t have to cook this year. A holiday weekend to catch up on crafts…Hooray!

Bindi’s Path

Hey Everyone!

While I am off being busy with work and kids and life, I thought I would take this quick opportunity to give my friend a well deserved signal boost.

My friend Karen is fabulous knitter/designer/animal lover/human being who designed a pattern to help out our local animal shelter. Check out her press release below…

BURBANK ANIMAL SHELTER TO BENEFIT FROM RELEASE OF “BINDI’S PATH”

Paw-Print Knitting Pattern Based on Real Life Rescued Cat

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 15, 2014) Karen Eckhoff has released “Bindi’s Path”, a scarf, stole and cowl pattern set with two-way wavy paw prints reminiscent of her epileptic cat Bindi’s wobbly path through life. Diagnosed with Idiopathic Epilepsy, Bindi was rescued by the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter and put up for adoption. Given 50/50 odds of living to her first birthday, in 2014, Bindi turned ten. “Bindi’s Path” is a tribute to her tenacious attitude and sweet disposition. The pattern is available at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bindis-path. 100% of the profits from its sale will go directly to the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter (http://thevbas.org/), the organization that saved her life.

Says Eckhoff, “Bindi arrived at the Burbank, CA animal shelter as a six week-old feral stray, having seizures, flea-infested, blind, deaf, and missing a claw. Instead of putting her to sleep, the volunteers took her to the vet and put her up for adoption. Bindi has residual brain damage but has regained her vision and hearing. She is wobbly and has frequent “gravity breaks”, but her seizures are well-regulated with medication. She doesn’t meow or purr, but instead growls. She is quite a little character, and I love her dearly. Though she sometimes struggles, I wouldn’t change a thing about Bindi. She’s perfect as she is. I decided to combine my love of cats and my passion for knitting in order to not only celebrate Bindi’s life, but to give back to the very shelter that gave me so much when they allowed me to adopt her.”

Contact: 
Karen Eckhoff 
323-225-2233 
accidentaldesigner@yahoo.com

 

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Getting back to my own thing…

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 | blah blah blah, KIP, Mishaps, scarf, shawl, start to finish, WIP | No Comments

On the heels of Stitches West, and despite my busy schedule, I’ve started getting back to making things for myself (for now at least). I was very eager to cast something on…and this was it.

It’s my “Lunar Progression project that doesn’t quite have the perfect name just yet.” In the Doomsday Knits book they show this as more of a steampunky project. I’ve decided to take it to more watery depths.

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This is called “I can’t keep track of anything while knitting on the main thoroughfare.”
So, I must frog…

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It’s looking pretty good so far!!

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Let’s talk Crafty Christmas…Part 1

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 | dye, FO's, Holiday, knitting, shawl, stash busting, yarn, yarn snobbery | No Comments

Well, all of the Crafty Christmas gifts have been given, which means I can finally start sharing them with the world. I am so glad too, since it’s been really difficult to keep these projects under wraps!

Let’s start with the present I made for Courtney…Pigment from Leethal Knits.

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I really love this shawl.

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I used Blue Moon Socks That Rock and some of my hand dyed candy corn colored yarn.

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Spaghetti!

This was a fun pattern to knit. I think at some point I will try and make one for myself. It appealed to my love of weaving in ends.

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This was so fun to knit!

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I liked it so much that I plan on knitting one for myself at some point.

Hopefully I’ll get the chance to take a photo of Courtney wearing it some time. It turned out to be the perfect size… and the color combination made me super happy.

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Wednesday afternoon yarn run…

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This is what multitasking looks like.

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Labor Day Frogging

Hello again!

I took a little vacay from the blog over the long holiday weekend. Mostly because no one wants to frolic in the wool when it is 100+ degrees out and I’ve never really been one to knit poolside.

This also means that not much knitting gets done. Don’t get me wrong, I did knit. It just means that it is going to LOOK like I didn’t do much. Let me explain.

Sometime Sunday, I sat down and took a long hard look at my project. I fiddled with it, stretched it and tried to get a feeling of what it might look like blocked. I came to the conclusion that I didn’t like it. I wanted it to be a little more open. So I hopped on it and started to frog. I ripped the thing all the way back to the beginning, changed to bigger needles, and started over.

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Trust me when I say, there are more completed rows here than before I frogged it.

I mean, we all could use a “do over” every once I awhile, right? (I’m going to try really hard not to over analyze the fact that I have had quite a few “do overs” recently.)

I think it looks fabulous now though! Starting over gave me the chance to tweak the edges. The pattern called for slipping the first stitch of each row, but I hadn’t done it. Now I am.

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Pretty edges! Oh, and now you can see why I always make a copy of my pattern before I knit. I love making notes and writing all over!

Okay, enough knitting struggles for now…let’s talk about something more successful.

Yesterday was Blanketeers Tuesday! I didn’t work on any of my knitting, but for good reason…I was teaching! My friend Jessie had said she wanted to learn to knit, so I cast on for her and taught her the knit stitch. It wasn’t much work for me because she picked it up quickly and started flying through her stitches. I am hoping that next Tuesday I can show her purling (and maybe snap a picture or two so I can show you her progress). I am super proud of her!

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Getting ready for some new projects…

Not a lot of knitting going on this time, but you can hear how my family has the tendency to hurt themselves with power tools.

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Back to school, back to work…

The kids heading back to school means I better get my butt back to getting stuff done!

Baah Yarns website is here.

You can check out the California Poppy pattern here.

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