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I spent a large part of last night’s tv viewing sitting on the floor cutting out squares and rectangles for Rubblework Scarves. Kathy‘s pattern is simple and lovely and is playing a large role in my gift-making this year. I made this one last week:

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I ended up choosing to topstitch around the perimeter. I used polar fleece for the backing and it needed a little help to lay flat. This was a decision that followed a small mishap with the iron and the polar fleece. The topstitching is a bit wonky, but I am hoping the patterns will be distracting enough that people don’t notice too much.

The fruits of last night’s cutting are waiting to be made into teacher gifts.  Do you think teachers will mind that they are all getting identical scarves?

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I am also using the pattern to make a table runner for my sister and her husband. I have most of the piecing done and I am pretty excited about it. I splurged on some lovely Japanese fabrics.  I can’t wait to show it off when I have it all assembled!

I bought this coat and hat for Sarah last winter, knowing that it would be almost a year before she could use it. Even hanging in the closet, it made me smile to see it. Imagine my glee when she wore it for the first time.  I think Sarah knows how cute she is in this ensemble, because this is the only hat that she will keep on her head!

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It must have been the coat, but I’ve had cherry blossoms on the brain for the past couple of weeks. Initially, I was thinking of a garland – white and pink felt blossoms. As I played around, I decided it should be a mobile. I also had the idea of needle felting some pink roving onto the white blossom. Not bad for a prototype, eh?

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Next time I think I will add more blossoms and some leaves. Maybe, play around with the balance to give it more motion.

Another project I’ve been experimenting with is baby leg warmers. I love Baby Legs and we own several pair. When I got the itch to go buy a couple more pair, it finally dawned on me that I could make some.   I didn’t really have a plan, I just started knitting. I was debating whether to just knit a tube or add some shaping. Sarah voted for shaping and so I did. So far, I’ve knit three pair. They have each been an experiment with different yarn and form. The first were knit in fingering weight from the top down. I decreased around the calf. I just k2t a few times over a couple rounds. The second pair were knit in worsted weight from the bottom up. This time I was a bit more thoughtful about the placement of the increases and I think they looked nicer.

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The most recent pair were a gift for a friend’s new baby. Knit in DK weight from the top down. I have a few changes planned for the next pair but I think I am narrowing in on an actual pattern of sorts. Then, I am going to try some different stitch patterns or maybe colorwork….

I have been on the receiving end of some good mail this week. The first happy I got was from The Black Apple‘s Etsy shop. Being somewhat dark myself, I have a strong affinity for her work in general, but when I saw this, I could not resist. This could actually be a picture of me circa 1991 – I was the Smiths Girl. This print makes me happy, so happy. Ah, the irony!

And if a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten-ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well, the pleasure – the privilege is mine

Oh, there is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out…..

(Just in case anyone is wondering, yes, I did take my meds last night!)

In less ironic happy mail news…

I got my Fall Swap package(s) from Joanna yesterday.  Yippee!

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And then a second package arrived…

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Do you see the colors?  So me!  Joanna must have been stalking my blog.  The tote bag is already in use, as are the napkins and the apron.  I am starting to scheme some projects for the fabric scraps and the yarn. And the chocolate – ahem– was mighty tasty.  (I only ate one bar, honestly!)

Joshua begged to use the cool twig colored pencils to do his homework last night. I am happy for the kid’s to use them, but there’s not a chance I am going to let those pencils disappear into the abyss that is the kids’ room!

I really need to watch myself and not get addicted to swaps. They are the perfect combination: an opportunity to create for people you know will appreciate the effort and the chance to receive cool handmade things.

A short moment of silence for my dearly departed sock…………….

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before

 

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after

Superwash, my heiney! Argh!

What was the wee one for Halloween? A very cute baby, with a totoro hat tossed to her side. I saw the pattern at Hello Yarn and couldn’t resist. So cute! The pattern was quick and fun to knit – very clever construction. I was going to add the facial features, but I ran out of time.

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It is really just as well that I didn’t embellish it. Sarah kept the hat on just long enough to snap the photo. Any subsequence attempt to put it on her head was rebuffed with increased speed. Baby, the Minnesota winter is going to be especially frustrating for you!

The crappy polyester pirate pants almost did me in, after all. Joshua split the crotch on Sunday. I managed to procrastinate until right before trick or treating on Wednesday at which time they got caught in my sewing machine! I couldn’t extract them and ended up cutting them off the machine and hand-stitching the now-much-larger hole. Only one thing to say, ARRRRR!

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The kids came home from trick or treating with pounds upon pounds of candy. We try to stick to a one piece per day rule. This stash could easily last past Christmas, if not for the strictly enforced candy tax. Yes, folks, we are tax and spend liberals around here. Or, should I say, tax and eat? It is all for the common good!!