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Awesome and random but not necessarily in that order.

First off I have to share a random Valentine discovery.  I couldn’t help it, I saw it and I knew I had to capture it before it was no longer.   So….Can you see the heart?  It’s my dog’s valentine to the world and he doesn’t even know how sweet it is.

Heartfelt Greetings

Then I had to share this awesome picture…look who I had breakfast with this morning…well me and many other people.  This is the best day before my birthday evah!

Me and Weird Al

The picture was taken at Anderson’s Bookshop Children’s Literature breakfast.  The keynote speakers this year were awesome.  I am so glad I went.

Tonight I get to finally try karaoke so all in all today is so awesome.

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Merry Christmas!

Morehouse Merino Dachshund Scarf

What a lovely Christmas!   I had both boys and my hubby with me for a wonderful holiday.  My day began early, with bacon and an egg casserole then the warm, comforting smell of cinnamon from the homemade cinnamon rolls that I was baking wafted through the air as we opened up gifts.  I made two suggestions on what I’d desire and my men did not disappoint.  The boys gave me a new pair of wool slippers and my hubby gifted me a ukulele.   I was really wanting one too.  I have no idea how to play one and I cannot read a single line of  music but I so want to learn to play the ukulele and now I can.

My holiday didn’t look like it was going to begin so well…On Christmas Eve I slipped on ice as I was making my way down the drive way to the neighbors house to deliver a coffee cake and gift.  I was so happy I didn’t rip a hole in the knee of my jeans but most of all I was so happy I didn’t topple the coffee cake!   I have a lovely contusion on my left knee and a slightly purple thumb but that’s all.  I also had to take Mr Biggs to the vet.  He has a double ear infection and eye irritation from allergies.  Poor sweetie, the ointments make him look like he’s wearing too much hair gel.  He still looks mighty sweet in his candy cane striped sweater.

Gifting Issues:

I was able to crank out a knitted hat for my BIL on Christmas eve as well as finish up the adorable Dachshund scarf for my SIL.    I was so pleased that everyone in their family was receiving a hand knit item this year.  The Dachshund scarf was so cute and the yarn is so incredibly soft that I want to purchase more to knit something for me.  I was using the 2 ply from Morehouse Merino…it’s so ethereal I just want to knit with it all day and night then take a nap in it.  Sadly…I now know that my SIL is allergic to wool and the cute Dachshund scarf knit in heavenly yarn is currently residing in her exercise room, never to be worn. Would it be bad to knit another identical scarf out of a synthetic yarn and then ask for the other one back?  Yeah, I guess that would be a pretty tacky thing to do.  But it just hurts a bit to know that something you knit and were so excited to gift to someone is now just a bit of clutter in an exercise room :(

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Holiday Mischief

Wow, if you don’t watch carefully…reality can really wallop you in the face!   I thought I had tons of time for ALL the holiday mischief I wanted to accomplish. ..but the clock never stops does it?!   I thought I had started early enough and I’m still proud of knitting some of the gifts this fall but there is so much more I want to do.  Baking too!  Some of you may be thinking…”What the heck is she talking about?”  “It’s only December 5th for crying out loud!”  Well in the crafting/cooking world, most projects take time, more time than you’d think.

Yesterday I was able to knock out a cool pair of slippers.  The yarn was big and the design quirky.  I even frogged a nearly completed slipper to which my husband made the comment, “That’s a shame!”  I told him that the bigger shame would be to give a gift that didn’t fit.  I love how they came out and then I had an idea to fill them with little treasures before I wrap them up.  So I jumped in to the truck and drove to The Body Shop, a favorite place of mine, where I picked up an assortment of lovely scented moisturizing treats for the skin.  Those little items added up quickly, even with the special sale YIKES!

I made a list of the items and recipients and I have been crossing people and projects as I go but I keep finding that the list is not complete and more people and projects seem to find their way onto the bottom.  I enjoy the process and savor the attention I can give to each gift but something has got to give.  I have this hang up where I think that everyone deserves a handmade item from me, apparently I really need to get over that.

Oops, I hear feet on the stairs my morning has begun.  Happy Fa la la la laing to you all today!

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Happy Easter

Duck

Duck

Isn’t this the cutest thing ever?!  I’m so smitten with this pattern.   I still have the second one on the needles but it’ll be done pretty soon.  These are a gift for a co-workers new grandson.  I’m really excited about them.  This is also the first time I’ve done a toe up sock.   I see more toe ups in my future…I also see making more of these, perhaps this pattern will be my go to for baby gifts.  It was very nice to have the Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in my stash.  I bought a good number of single skeins when I toured their facility.  I planned to use them for heels and toes but this is good too.   I may be able to get two pairs from a single skein, I’ll weight the socks and leftovers when I am all done.

This next picture is also something new for me.  I have loved Marie Callendar’s fresh strawberry pie for as long as I can remember.  There are no Mary C’s in Chicagoland so I have to resort to my own kitchen and culinary skills.  So for dessert after our Easter meal we will feast on my version of the fresh strawberry pie.   I hope it’s good…I can’t wait to taste it… it was so pretty that it simply deserved a picture.  I kind of screwed up the glaze recipe slightly but I don’t think it’ll make a lick of difference in the final outcome.

Yummy fresh strawberry goodness!

Yummy fresh strawberry goodness!

Happy Easter everyone!

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Wow What a Skein!

If you ever get a chance to buy some of Interlacement’s Oregon Worsted yarn….DO IT!  This yarn is going in my Yarn Hall Of Fame.  I’ve made Evelyn Clark’s Sand Dollar shawl with it last Christmas for my mom and I had a hefty skein leftover that I just knit up my last FO of 2009…..drumroll please….I bring you ….  The Journey Hat!

The Journey Hat

The Journey Hat

Isn’t it pretty?!?!   It totally goes with my winter coat too!  I have enough yarn (about 60 yards maybe) leftover for something but I want to savor the remaining skein’s possibilities.  I really love this yarn.

Okay, now I bring you my didn’t quite make it in time for Christmas gifts but they will still be loved by my very forgiving friends Terry and Sue.

Terrys Pedicure Socks

Terry's Pedicure Socks

Sues Replacement Hat

Sue's Replacement Hat

Terry tried to knit these little lovelies for herself a few times with unsatisfying results so I decided to whip them up to make her winter pedicures dazzle.  The pattern is free from Patons and the yarn if from the stash Regia’s Stretch Sock yarn.  Now the hat for Sue is a replacement.  I knit her one from Christmas a few years back but she almost immediately lost the other hat in a skirmish with her eldest daughter who claimed it was perfect for HER new winter coat.  I vaguely remember my mom losing a few items to me but I would have never had the gaul to snag a handmade item from her… I mean some things are just taboo…at least they should be.  Ever since that time I have seen Sue wear hats that are just not up to my hat standards.  I have never been so happy that I over bought on a yarn as I am with this one…it’s very discontinued now and perfect for a quick knit hat.  The yarn and pattern are from Skacel circa 2002.

So today I looked back at all I was able to accomplish knitting wise this past year and I came up with this score card of what and where the items went to. These are the FO’s only.

5 Knit Scarves: One each to Monica, Liz, San, my MIL and one to my youngest son

5 Pairs of Socks: One each to my mom,  Rashmi, Terry and two for me.

6 Hats: One each to my older brother, Sue,  Sue’s grandson, me and two for Mary.

3 Baby Gifts:  One blanket to Sue’s grandson, baby booties for Carol’s grandson and a sweater for Pippa.

2 Washcloths: One each for San and Karen.

1 Lovely Shawl for my mom.

1 Pair Fingerless Mitts for Rashmi.

And lastly

1 Cupcake for Carol.

I apparently didn’t keep much for myself which is fine but I also didn’t scratch much off my queue either.  If I am to have a major reduction in stash in 2010 I am going to have to become much more ambitious in my knitting endeavours.

Happy New Year to All!

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Merry Christmas!!!!!

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

I went to a gingerbread house building party with my friend Sue and came home with this lovely little cottage.  It’s currently on display at work because it goes along with our theme, Treat Yourself To A Good Book  aka Books Are Sweet.   I love to catch a whiff of it when I am on desk.

So today I can post some Christmas knitting items.  Apparently neither my mom nor my MIL waited for Christmas morning to open their gifts….’sup wit dat?  Aren’t grown ups supposed to be able to handle the wait?  Yeah well I probably would have been tempted too so I won’t hold it against them.  First up is a shawl for my mom out of Paton’s Classic Wool in Denim and Heather Grey.

Wool Peddlers Shawl with variation

Wool Peddler's Shawl with variation

I knit the variation available on Cheryl Oberle’s site.  I also knit a much larger shawl than indicated too, basically I knit up three skeins of the blue then proceeded with the variation until I ran out of the grey.  My mom really likes the extended version which is the point of it.

Forever Jacquard Ladies Sock for my supervisor

Forever Jacquard Ladies Sock

These socks were a gift for my boss, it was the first time I tried the short row heel and I am really happy with how they turned out.   I had bought  the yarn from Knit Picks when they still sold other peoples yarns.  The pattern was a freebie from their website.  This was a really fun project.

Homespun Scarf for San

Homespun Scarf for San

This scarf was an Secret Santa final gift for San at work.  Many of my co-workers claim to be allergic to wool so I have to knit with acrylic sometimes if I want to knit for them.  Basically I used the numbers for Misti Chunky Ribs & Ruffles Scarf with out the ribs because that would have totally been a waste of time with the Lion Brand Homespun.

A bit of fluff for my MIL

A bit of fluff for my MIL

This little number was a quick knit from a kit I bought at Midwest Stitches.  I knew the minute I saw it that it was perfect for my MIL…and I was right.  I still have two more gifts to knit for gifting but I am not seeing the recipients until “next year” so I can do it.

Merry Christmas and many blessings to you all in the coming year.

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Christmas Knitting

I wish I would have started my Christmas gift knitting sooner, I need like another month.  I finished a large project that I will have to share later…those prying eyes you know might see.  I am currently working on some socks for gifting.  This was the first time that I had tried the Short Row Heel, it turned out spendidly with this self striping yarn.  I bought the yarn from Knitpicks when they used to sell other people’s yarns and they gave out the pattern for free with purchase on their website.  This is Forever Jacquard from Lane Cervinia aka Plymouth Yarn.

Ladies Forever Jacquard

Ladies Forever Jacquard Sock

I started on the second sock this morning and was really successful with matching up the yarn so I’d have paternal twin socks then potential disaster struck!   Knots….two of them…trying to mess me up with the striping…I totally hate that.  I was very lucky to be so near the beginning that I did the only respectable thing to do…frog and begin again but only after the knots.  I just could not give an inferior knitted gift…it’s just not in me.  I’ll settle for fraternal twins for myself but I would not could not live with knots….there are no knots in knitting…if there are then you might as well call it crochet.

Great start haulted by bad knot-tage

Great start haulted by bad "knot-tage"

Naughty Knots

Naughty Knots

After this pair is finished I have another pair to cast on for and knit like a fiend so they will be ready in time for holiday gifting.  I also have a couple of scarves to get done too so I’d better skeedaddle but not before I share one of my latest finds.  I had a nice lunch break and went to Williams Sonoma and heard one of the helpful sales ladies talking about the VeggiChop.  She was itching to demo it and I said go for it and ended up buying one.  This chopper is worth every penny.  No more crying kitchen tears for me when it comes to onion chopping. I love Love LOVE my VeggiChop!

VeggiChop available at Williams Sonoma

VeggiChop available at Williams Sonoma

Go out and buy one TODAY!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year one and all.   I resolve to blog more often and not to buy yarn unless it’s very special.   One day before Christmas I walked into a Starbucks and got so very excited when I saw this mug.  My cocoa and Chai lattes taste ever so much nicer when served in it.

Starbucks Cable Knit Mug

Starbucks Cable Knit Mug

I gave out all my knitted holiday gifts and I was so pleased that everyone really seemed to be very happy with their handknits.  My mom really loves her fingerless mitts made from Koigu.

Mitt Envy in Koigu Premium Merino

Mitt Envy in Koigu Premium Merino

I have several projects on the needles and have been contemplating to resolve to knit all those to completion before beginning anything new but I probably won’t do that.  I took a look at Lynette’s Toasty warmers and now I kind of want to knit a set for myself.  I also resolve to finally knit myself a Clapotis, I’ve had the yarn forever and it’s be great for keeping warm.   Well it’s game time…the Colts are on so I’ll see you later.

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Cashmere is a girl’s best friend.

Oh those holiday catalogs keep arriving at an alarming rate, the smell of pine and cinnamon fills the air and the Lexus Christmas song that is played at nearly every commercial break…

This time of year when a girl’s hopes turn toward thoughts of diamonds or jewelry, a new car perhaps? No….not this girl….I dream of Cashmere yarn. It’s cold outside and regular woolens can be itchy but never my cashmere. It’s a guilty pleasure and I’m always on the lookout for some more. Look what arrived yesterday. While many ladies may have been sniffing out sales on Dockers and holiday print turtlenecks on Thanksgiving weekend I was checking my inbox noticing a great savings on some buttery soft cashmere from Sarah’s Yarns. Isn’t it pretty?!!!  I am going to make some fingerless somethings and a hat with it.

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It’s probably time that I behave myself and stop indulging in this holiday treat…I have to leave something on my list for my sweet boys Obi and Biggs to buy me for Christmas. They always know just the perfect gift to get for their mom.

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Not a creature was stirring…

Early mornings…I love them…the boys are still asleep, the big one included, the dogs have been out and fed and now it’s mommy time…I love mommy time….I can do whatever I want. I’ve been scoping out my next project…I have the urge to try something new. I checked a Cat Bordhi book out of the library and I have decided to make a luxurious moebius out of Handmaiden 4-ply cashmere.

A skein of this fabulous yarn just came my way via the USPS yesterday in a lovely Glacier Blue colorway. I had picked it out online from Colorsong and it looks slighty different than I had thought it’s a bit too close in color to the Jade Sapphire laceweight Mongolian Cashmere in Hydrangea that I bought at Knitche a week or two ago. I have the laceweight earmarked for Purl’s lace smoke ring.

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Funny thing…I do not have the necessary needle size for the moebius…I need a US 10 in a 40″-47″ length.  I’m going to have to buy one so I can cast on and return the book.  I figured with all the convertible needles floating around here that I’d be able to hook myself up with something but nope….the only possibility would be the Denise…but when contorting the needles about in moebius mode I feel that I’d just be tempting fate with plastic needles.  I wish I had bought the longer KnitPicks cord.  Darn…I need to take a trip to the yarn shop.

So I am not too great at flower arranging but with these gorgeous Trader Joe roses I really don’t have to have mad flower skills to create a great Thanksgiving centepiece. I also discovered these wonderful cookies Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s ….move over Girl Scouts…these mint lovelies are as good as your Thin Mints….but only for a limited time.

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Creatures are stirring now…I have to go…

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