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Archive for November, 2007

Secret knitting

The Christmas knitting is going rather well considering I seriously overestimated my available free time. The Knit Picks order finally arrived on Thanksgiving Eve, since then I have been knitting on the large project that I have planned, and it is mind-numbingly boring. My original goal was to measure progress by using one skein (only 110 yards) every two days, but that is not fast enough, so I have been knitting my fingers to the bone all through naptime and now believe it is feasible to use up 5 skeins per week. This would have me finished by the end of the second week of December, I hope this is enough time for it to arrive at its new home.

Assuming I finish on time, I will have 10 days to finish 3 other much smaller projects. This will be so refreshing!

I have received an order from Zen String. Yummy colorway, and so soft.

No pictures today. It’s a secret.

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Still waiting

I am still waiting for my Knit Picks order, it was shipped last Wednesday. This has taken longer than I anticipated, but I will finish the Christmas knitting. In the meantime, I have been knitting dishcloths.

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The one on the left is the Garterlac dishcloth pattern I found on Ravelry. If you visit Criminy Jickets blogspot page, look at the huge list that he is “keeping an eye on.” Each of the six or so blogs from the list that I have visited have been quite enjoyable. This pattern is a great introduction to entrelac, I started to understand the process about half way through the project. I knit it on US 4 needles, one size smaller than the pattern calls for since I like my dishcloths to be dense.

The four on the right are a Ballband dishcloth pattern (another Ravelry find), the link is here. I used Knit Picks Shine sport for the Christmas ones, and some unknown cotton I found at Craft Warehouse for the green and purple.

Yesterday it rained. All day, rain rain rain. We read books with Blue Dog.

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The boys went to Costco for the morning errand. Mr Baby is very helpful. He is wearing a dashing wool cardigan sweater knit by his Grandma for his first birthday.

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I am tired of dishcloths for now, although I plan on finishing a few more for stocking stuffers. I have started the Knitting Pure and Simple baby tunic pattern for Mr. Baby. I am using Cascade 220 in a navy heather. Once it is recognizable as a sweater I will post some pictures.

I ordered some yarn from Zen String, it will be used for Christmas surprises. Aspen is the colorway I am anxiously awaiting.

The dogs are fine. They miss summer and basking in the sun and long days outside frolicking. However, Ally and Twig are finding the softer wet dirt very fine for mole hunting. No agility lately, Twig is resting until her physical therapy recheck appointment in a couple weeks. She has likely had an injury to her right shoulder joint capsule in the past, I think it was in August 2005. She has been doing well for the past 3 weeks since her initial physical therapy appointment and I am so relieved. It was so hard to watch her limping around the house each evening so stiff and looking like an old lady dog. The physical therapy exercises take about 5-7 minutes, I try to do them 2 times most days, but when I work it is harder. I miss agility. I love you Wiggle.

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Catching up

It has been a while since I posted, last week was hectic since I was a solo parent while F was at a conference. Mr. Baby has been napping later in the afternoon, which I have encouraged in preparation for the switch to standard time. I am very much enjoying that we have time for a morning outing most every day. We will be starting swimming lessons in a couple weeks.

I have finished a little bunny. I found her pattern for free on Ravelry. The pattern is by Lion Brand yarns, the link is here. I used Knit Picks Shine Sport so my bunny was quite a bit smaller than what you would get using the yarn recommended in the pattern.

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This is Sam. His imagination improved and he learned to sit in some situations. He went to his new home yesterday.

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Here is Mr. Baby approaching his trick or treat prey. Grandpa and Grandma were very welcoming and I suspect they were completely unaware of the danger they were in. Fierce Mr. Dinosaur Baby. Just look at those teeth!

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Today Mr. Baby played with his new Legos and watched Daddy mow the lawn.

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I am now working on some dishcloths and the lace scarf while I wait for my Knit Picks order. The first color I ordered for a gift project looked nothing like it did on the computer screen, so I am exchanging for something pretty. Hurry hurry mail!

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