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I am all finished with Alaina’s Coat it is sooooo cute. Even Paul thinks it great. What a easy pattern and very simple felting. (Karen you need to make this for your girls!)

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Hello Everyone

I know it has been a while since my last blog entry but I have been a very busy girl. Since I last wrote I have visited back home in Michigan, had Emily and Alaina visit here for a four day weekend, finished Tracy’s brown Ana Sweater, finished the Mystery Stole 4, worked on several cross stitched shawls for the wedding. I have also put on my needles a red sweater for Debbie instead of the shell from More Big Girls, a white lace cardigan for Alison’s mom. But the most fun I have had is hand dying and had dye painting silk scarves for Christmas.

 

So to catch you up on all the happening I thought I would just take you through some pictures.

 

The third week in September Emily Ann and Alaina came to visit. We had a BALL! There was:

 

Bath time.

 

Nap time:  

 

A Visit to the “World of Coke”

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went out to dinner, out for lunch, and lots and lots of shopping!!!

Alaina was so good and we had a great time together.

 

 

I then went to visit up north to attended the “Reaching Higher Gala” I had a great time and was able to help raise some much needed funds for a wonderful organization.

 

My daughter Tracy meet me at the airport and whisked me away to the Detroit Zoo! I had not been to the zoo in years and loved it. The weather was on the chilly side. I have become a true southern gal. But the animals were all out and running around. We meet up with Carrie, Sarah, and Ali. We had a great time together and closed the place down. I thought they may have to go find us and drags us out.

 

 

 

We Saw:

  Loins

 

 and Tigers and

 

  and Polar Bears OH MY

 

 

 

We ate Indian Food at Priya My favorite Indian place to eat ever! What a treat!

I visited with my three dearest friends. Patsy, Kathy S. and Karen.

 

I went to Lunch and had dinner with Karen then I went to Karen’s knitting class at one of my all time favorite knitting stores. Ewe-Nique Knits

 

  I had a wonderful time and so miss Karen. But good friends always keep in touch!!!!!

 

Karen had a surprise for me she had got me a gift certificate from “Stonehedge Fiber Mill” in East Jordan Michigan. Which I thought was wonderful but then found out that I had just bought some of thier yarn at the “Knitch” in Atlanta for Debbie’s red sweater. I did not even know it until I got home. All I knew is I loved the touch and the color. Should have known.

I am Knitting the Bountiful Bohus by Chrissy Gardiner it is in the book More Big Girl Knits. This is one great book. It really helps with sizing and making the best looking piece possible. the sweater is done in the round then you cut steeks to create the opening. This is the first time I will ever use Steeks. Wish me luck. I will have to take some pictures and write about this one!

It has been soft and just great to knit.

 

I have also been have a great time making dyed scarfs. I have really enjoyed the results some are more free form, others are hand painted.

 

 

I also finished the Ana Sweater for Tracy. Thank God! It really came out nice and so very soft.

 

 

I finished the sweater just as the car came to pick me up for the airport to head home. I was so glad to have it done. The truth was that I had to finish it I had no more room in my suitcase to take it back. Done Done Done.

 

So this is what I have been up to. Hope all is well with you take care.

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I have been busily working on my latest knitting projects. I am making two “Cable and Lace wrap cardigans” from Baby Knits by Lois Daykin.  They are quick and lovely wrap around cardigans done in a DK weight. I decided to make these for my friend Karen’s two new granddaughters. Her son Mathew’s family had their second daughter this July. There other beautiful daughter is Laura who is the cutie wearing the blue and yellow stripe sweater in my earlier post. Plus their second son Adam and his family had their second child who is also a girl born in June. Adam and AnnMarie now have a boy and girl.  I wanted to make them both something and wanted them to be similar even though they live miles and miles apart.  The cardigan is warm yet lovely.

 

  

 

The second project I am working on is for me. It is a lace sweater from Rowan Knitting and Crochet Magazine Number 43. There are several projects in this book that I would like to make but the top called “Eerie” designed by Sarah Hatton is really very lovely. All I have left to do is sew the shoulders together, put in a four row garter stitch around the neckline and gather the front accent.   There is maybe an hour worth of work but I have been working on the wraps to mail off before the babies are to big to wear them. I really can’t wait to finish the top. It will be to hot in Georgia for at least three months to wear it but we are heading up north to Michigan for Labor Day and I am sure it will be cool enough to wear it then.

 

  

 

 

    

The third project I am working on is one of the most fun projects I have worked on in a long time. It is the digestive system that I have been promising all summer to finish for Tracy’s class room. She will be back to school by September and I want to have it all done and ready for her by then. In fact I would like it ready by Labor Day as she will be going to visit family too and I would like to have it done to give her by then.   I will post the progress on this project as I go along for you to see. If you would like to knit it along with me you can find the pattern at Strange but Trewe. He must be a whole lot of fun to knit with. There was a knit a long in 2005 onCraftster and they have the finished pattern posted there as well.

 

I must say I had the best time answering Paul’s questions driving home this weekend from Florida. He wanted to know what I was working on and it was so much fun to just say I just finished knitting an Anus and was starting the Rectum. I can’t wait until I am out some where and have strangers ask what I am working on. I get weird looks as it is with the normal stuff, it should be great fun to see their reactions with “Oh I am working on the large bowel right now and working my to the colon soon”. Besides the project is a great way to use up all the odd balls in my stash I had hanging around.  

 

 

I am still working on Tracy’s Anna Sweater by Debbie Bliss. That has been on hold for about four months now. It will be a beautiful sweater when I am done. The pattern is very repetitive and I had lost interest in it fast. I will return and finish next. I promised myself that I would not start anything new for anyone else until I finish this sweater.  And I still have not started the red shell for Debbie. The shell has been on my needles and frogged twice now. Just don’t like the pattern for the shell. I will keep on looking until I find the right one. I am looking for a round collar, short cap sleeve, shell for a large size gal. If you know one or have a suggestion please leave a commit and let me know.

 

I have organized my want to do projects. I have divided them by what I want to make for Alaina and what I want to make for everyone else. I figure I would make one for one. I put them in an excel file and rated them by what interested me to do. I have at least two years of projects ahead of me. I figure I would now start making size 2 and 4 T stuff for Alaina so she can wear them in the future. I also want to sew Emily Ann one more baby sling made out of fleece for the cooler days ahead in Chicago.

 

Well that has been my projects for the month of July. I will keep posting the progress on the digestive system and let you know the reactions I get.

 

 

 

 

 

Secert Garden Sweater for Faith

 

booties for Alaina Baby slipers Knitting Pattern designed by Caroline Dlugy-Hegwer

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I bet you thought I fell off the ledge of the earth! No I have just been really busy with home, however, I am never to busy to knit. Or maybe this time I should say crochet too! I have been working on several projects. I finished Paul’s traveling socks, started a red Secret Garden sweater for Alaina, and worked on the Tribal Baby Carrier for Emily Ann. All are coming along fine.

 

  

 Paul’s socks from: “2 at a Time Socks”    by Melissa Morgan-Oaks

 

 

Tribal Baby Carrier from: “Folk Style: Innovative Designs to Knit” by Mag Kandis

 

  I am working on the sleeve how so I am a lot farther along than this picture.     Secrect Garden Sweater from: “The Children’s Collection” by A Starmore and J. Starmore.

 

I have found out however, I am not to fond of intarsia knitting. All the changing of colors and weaving in ends drives me crazy. I have also found out I work much better writing out the entire chart instructions, then slowly reading the color chart. I always seem to lose my place and it is hard to tell the color needed, plus you have to count it every time.  I was listening to Kelley’s podcast from “KnitPicks”  

Episode 33# on how to read patterns and she suggested trying this method. She writes each row of pattern for lace or color chart on one index card. Then she keeps them in a small zip lock bag so that you can keep them in order easily. I tried this for the Journey Shawl that I just finished and it work beautifully.

 

 

 

 

Japan’s Journey Shawl:  Voyager Lace Stole Pattern from elann.com this is a free pattern.

 

 So I adapted the concept to the color chart for the baby carrier. The chart is very long and cards would be too much so, I tried it with small sheets to fit the chart holder I have. It took some time to get it all down but I think it was well worth the effort. I am not sure how long or if I would have finished the carrier if I had just used the small color chart given. Make sure you print it with the gridlines and change every other line’s background color to help keep your place. I have been moving right along with this method. Kelley’s podcasts have many helpful hints and she reviews some great books. But this comes with a warning if you start to listen. You will be buying knitting, spinning, and crochet books all the time. She makes each book sound wonderful and so special you can’t live without it. I must say however, she is usually right about the book.

 

Well, in the middle of all the things I wanted to get done for others projects, Emily Ann seems to be having some difficulties and will deliver early. This makes the baby carrier, and a few other projects on the top of my list to get done now! Except I have been reallllllllly wanting to try my hand at one or two of the patterns I bought home from Japan. I decided to try one pattern that looked like a day project and see if I could follow along with visual clues. I choose the crochet hat from the book with all the crochet projects and began. I really like the results and have been wearing it all the time. In fact I am currently writing this at the airport on my way to visit Pete and Emily Ann. I am wearing the hat on the journey as we speak. I hope you enjoy the pictures and try a straw hat or two. The yarn was bought in Japan but it is very similar to raffia and I am thinking you could use that or a similar feeling yarn.

 

         To connect the two balls together there is a small plastic tube that you put together than use your blow dryer to warm and melt together to hold. It works really great!   

 

    I need to shape the bowl of the hat and rim. I went it lightly with warm  water and molded it on a metal bowl. I used a plastic tube to shape the rim and then put a plastic thread through the end stitiches to keep the shape. I think it turned out rathe well.

  

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