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Tuesday, November 29, 2005


What do you do when you have several projects you'd like to finish by the end of the year and a sweater that is half finished that you'd like finished by Christmas? Why you cast on for mittens, of course! Dominic has outgrown his handknit mittens and the fleece pair he wore after those, but Alexander still fits in the pair he was wearing last year. Dominic's hands are freezing! This is an act of mercy. It also allows me to use the Knit Picks Simple Stripes sock yarn I picked up, to try it out. I plan on using their last minute baby sweater pattern to have shower gifts at the ready. I like this yarn, I actually like it better than the Regia, which is nice since the Regia is about two or three times the cost. The only thing I wish was that there were more color options. Their color choices are rather, um, flamboyant for my tastes. I bought two balls in Storm and two balls in Vineyard. I can think of exactly one person I could get the Autumn colorway for, and all the rest are too much for me or anyone I know.

Oh! I have a dilemma, and rather than solve it myself, I will make it your responsibility. I have finished about half of the ribbing on Amira's Not so Fiery Bolero. However, I had initially planned on using garter st instead of ribbing, so it would go with her dress. I forgot that until just yesterday. Should I continue with the ribbing, since I'm halfway finished, and just figure that nobody will notice, or should I rip it out, do it in the garter st so that the one person who will notice and point out the error to everyone who sees it will be satisfied? You decide.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Knitting in the Schools

Our fearless knitter has returned after many weeks of cleaning and cooking and trying to get ready for Thanksgiving. Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone, our houseguests have gone home and I am back.

I am heading into Alexander's class today and Friday to teach them how to knit. We will be making little kite bookmarks, they are small, quick, and easy to knit, all good things for a first project. Also, the kids want something they can sell at a Christmas craft fair. I will bring my camera, and let you all know how well it goes.

As for my knitting, I am now almost finished with the front of Dominic's sweater, have the ends to weave in on a fluffy hat for Alexander, and still have some ribbing on Amira's bolero to do. I have done nothing on my second sock.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Flora Finished

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Pattern: Flora from Winter 2005 Knitty

Yarn: Rowan All Seasons Cotton, Ravish, one skein after modifying the pattern

I pressed it with a damp pressing cloth so it would be ready to give to Nora last night at St. Martha's Guild. Rich was wondering if I was okay when I asked for the iron, since my idea of ironing is a quick spin on high in the dryer. Nora isn't normally part of St. Martha's, but she is leaving for Denver for good, and this was a chance to see her before she went. She loved Flora, and it should help keep her warm while she's there.

It was extremely quick to knit, but I lazed around on the finishing (surprise, surprise!), so even after finding a cute button for it at the shop, it didn't get ends woven in and sewn up until this week. I also sewed the flower on, rather than just use the button to keep both the neckerchief and the flower on. I didn't think someone would want to have two parts to fuss with for something this small.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


I am tired of so called tolerant people who cannot cope with the knowledge that someone disagrees with them. A dear friend of mine assumed I shared his life view. I don't. He asked about specific issues, which I had never brought up, and I answered as delicately and honestly as I could. And the mere fact that I disgreed with him caused him to be unable to continue discussion. That is not tolerance.

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