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Thoughts and inspiration for the winter months coming up: Never deny sunshine that is trying to flood through your windows. Open up the blinds and welcome it in. Especially on cold days. Fill your life with color and texture. Laugh.

The other day.

Exert from my traveling journal:

Ripping out the “my so called scarf”.
How could I mess up this pattern?
How could I knit the wrong row on the wrong side?
It is totally recognizable as to which side is which!
My poor, poor laceweight alpaca.
It made horrible noises when ripping it out, like matted hair being brushed.

I turned to my husband in my distraught and muttered, “I am above this.”

Maggie Smith as Thetis from "Clash of the Titans"

Maggie Smith as Thetis

Which in turn caused a conversation including Maggie Smith, as Thetis from Clash of the Titans, cursing me for being so vain. Vain for knitting something for myself and humbling me for doing so.

So that is when I decided it was time to start my Wooly Wormhead Mystery KAL. I will show her how vain I can be!

Started: Friday 11.13.09, brim work 1×1 rib
Yarn: handspun using FatCatKnits fiber, turned out lovely
Needles: Two US2 circulars purchased from Knitpicks
Size: working size Medium

Mystery 'A' in its early stages

Today I get to face the rain. I really wish I had rain boots. (okay boots ordered! these ones will be arriving soon!)

Knit wool. CAUTION: only use in small quantities

All this rain has made it intolerable to knit out on my porch and I am forced to remain inside and only view the sunlight from windows. Despite the heat I have casted on for a new pair of socks using some lovely hand spun wool.

Here is some more music that makes me swoon..

I have been keeping myself busy by spending loads of good quality time with my DH and going on tons of bike rides through the woods. Here are some things we encountered so far.

Some owls that live in the neighborhood. It is so cute to listen to them call back and forth to one another.

Here is the poor possum that we rescued from the trail. We took the poor guy in to Wildcare. The  employees said that a large animal, maybe a dog, got ahold of the possum and wounded him. He was frightened but I hope he knew we were trying to help out.

I got my Lendrum late April and have been spinning more than knitting these days. I haven’t taken as many photos as I should have during the spinning process but I am going to work on that. I have some recently spun setting twist at the moment so that will have to come later but here is what is hot on the wheel.

Fiber: Enchanted Hallow by FreckleFaceFibers

And this past Sunday I finished my first patchwork quilt pillow (is it patchwork or quilt? I am so new to this I’m not quite sure).

O, lastly and maybe leastly (since I feel this to be not my best)

FO! Haha…a hat. I ripped out my “Blue Schlump” to make this. I think it will have to be gifted to a child since it is a tad small. I do have to say that I loved knitting this hat and will definitely try again with the largest size and more repeats.

Pattern: Beaufort Hat [ravelink]

I have all of this breathtaking yarn and need a sweater to claim it. Originally intended for the February Lady Sweater but I said, “Ya know,  I’m just not that into a lacy sweater right now.”  A tiny voice had then interjected my earwaves, “What about Owls? You looooove owls!” And I found myself nodding in agreement to this overseer that we sometimes refer to as a conscience.

As always I have a disturbing addiction to changing patterns. I could go on and on in detail how and why. But I won’t.

These are my mods. I want a cardigan instead of a pullover. I want a worsted instead of a bulky. I want 3/4 sleeves instead of full length. I want easy minimal shaping. I want to use hook and eye closures. I want a rib pattern that won’t pucker the fabric.

Pretty low demands, eh?

All I can think about now is button shopping. Fourty-four buttons, here I come!

No no no. Nothing is falling except snow.

Here is a new pattern! Had loads of fun designing and knitting on my snow day!

Pattern: London Ridge Beret – Ravelink’d!
Yarn: Red Heart Soft Solid in Grape, 1 skein
Needles: set of 5 US#6 dpn

I still have three patterns to write up, pdf, and get them ready for the world. The three troublemakers; Riphraph Mitts, Snowden, and Northwoods Lodge Mittens.

I think it is about time to gather and discuss good things in life. There has been far too much grief and sorrow going around that it needs to have a quarantine. It is easier to focus on the bad and with that we are quickly blind-sighted from the good things that happen. We mostly remember dramatic instances of our life rather than the calm ones. I would like to focus more on the tranquil moments and calculate how abundant life is with them. You should try it as well. I am sure that it will lift off heavy burdens and make you smile. It sort of reminds me and, to be honest, is exactly like the scene with Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music singing “My Favorite Things”. Other terms could be move, inspire, entice, squee…your choice.

Warm jasmine tea served in a favorite mug, breathing deep and feeling the lungs resonate with life, cats dreaming while their whiskers flicker from time to time, watching snow fall from a window curled up safe and warm, studying bird behavior at the feeder, a good pair of cozy, hand knit socks, a book that lingers because it is too good to finish, nonsense words put together whose syllables roll of the tongue pleasantly, burying feet in sand, the weight of good paper as you turn pages, the aesthetics of holding chopsticks, practicing calligraphy with various vials of ink, scrolls tied up with ribbons, the mesmerizing quality of fire, listening to chipmunks playing in fall leaves, primal screams in wide open places and in long corridors that echo, a good trance beat to let the body go.

I am always curious about what things make people smile. I think you can begin to intimately know an individual with this question. What moves you?

I guess I never gave updates really to the whole “tumor” issue. I am sorry I didn’t get around to it.
EVERYTHING is just FINE. No cancer cells to be heard of. Thanks again to everyone for all your kind comments and wishes. I believed they helped! It is nice to know people like you! (You know who you are..)

As a knitter I am constantly finding ways to complicate things. Like signing up for knitting a sock each month for a year (which I know I won’t do because deadlines give me the geebies), taking a simple pattern and plugging in tons of cables and lace to turn it into the pattern of mass destruction or never having the right tools to complete a task that then takes three times as long to do. I never learn my lesson and instantly regret blurting out my commitments.

I haven’t finished the Cobblestone Pullover yet…but instead have casted on for…the February Lady, a beret, a pair of mitts, a pair of socks, some handspinning, a baby sweater, some other baby paraphernalia, plus others that I have forgotten but they are in the travel bag somewhere. Knitter ADD (KADD) is striking everywhere.

I am at the point of setting up alters to bring in good concentration vibes that hopefully I can remember and complete:

house cleaning and organizing
finishing up loose end projects
dropping off recycling
dropping off donations
signing up for more photo storage on Flickr

Real life gets in the way of creativity and I need to find a happy medium between the two.

Snowed in? Knit up this dimple textured bulky hat and quick! Made on size US11 circulars and has an easy to remember pattern sequence.

PATTERN COMING SOON!

PATTERN COMING SOON!!

Needle size: US10 dpns
Yarn: Cabin Fever Northern Lights, Brown Bark, 1 skein

Winter come. Snow come. Windchill come! As a lover of wool cold air is inviting. Winter, as defined by yours trully, is the part of year that keeps your cheeks rosy, your spirit cozy and your hands content at sweater work.

THROWING COBBLE
My Cobbleston Pullover by Jared Flood. This is by far the largest project I have undertook.  Surprisingly I am not letting it bog me down and it is a wonderful pattern.

COFFEE OR TEA?
Also, a staining experiment. The contestants are as followed from left to right; Coffee-stained, Tea-stained, and the original.
I had fun trying to attain that walnuty color without using walnuts. Coffee seems to be the winner. I will probably use it in a hat for my husband of some sort. Fairisle has been calling my name lately and I am sure to have some wool left over from his Cobblestone Pullover.

The title of this post is a lyric from Mariee Sioux.

In the Click

Rust Bunny Hops
5%teal

Miss March Matinee
25%teal

Callum's Kaftan
50%teal

Calico Rock Cardigan
60%teal

River Rapid Socks
50%teal

Felix Cardigan
15%teal

Finis

2010

Turn A Square Hat
Penta Slouch Hat


2 0 0 9

Handspun Everglade
A Dad Hat
Armadillo Hat
The Color of Moss Hat
Cobblestone Pullover
Scratchy Wool Hat
Liesl
Better Bucket Hat
One Day Beret
Riphraph Mitts I
London Ridge Beret
Meret (mystery beret)
Stock Sock I (CCWRYT)
Stock Sock II (NICD)

2 0 0 8

Apres-Ski Kerchief
Baby Raglan Sweater
eLoomanator's Diagonal Knit Dishcloth
Koolhaas
Lace Ribbon Scarf(ette)
Mountain Laurel Leaf (earrings)
Lyra's Cap
Northwoods Lodge Mitts
Owlets
The Slump (Blue)
Soap Satchel
Snowden
Stella's Hat
Topknot Socks
Wood and Berry

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