Knitting Classes and Treats

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Whew!  Busy, busy teaching weekend!  I taught four classes this weekend and even though I knew it was going to be a busy weekend,  I got it in my head that I wanted to make some goodies for the class participants/yarn shop customers.

Saturday was the second Wheaten wrap class and everyone got a great start on their scarves/wraps/blankets:


There will be a third Wheaten class scheduled since there are now five people on the waiting list!  Looks like it will be Saturday, March 12, 9:00-11:30 if you are local and would like to sign up.

The second class that day was the Mitered Square techniques class and I forgot to take a picture (boooooo).

It was oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for this day:


The next day, Sunday, was two classes full of Baa-ble Hat knitters (and I only got a picture of one class):


Everyone got some legs on their sheep!  Next class we’ll work on the decreases and making pom poms.  Pom poms are so “in” these days, did you know? That green and white whatchamacallit in the middle of the hats is a Clover pom pom maker.  Soooooooo much easier than making the cardboard thing.  Stay tuned for all the pom pom goodness from the next class.

Oh and I just found out that there is a kid version of this hat:

The Bairns Baa-ble Hat   designed by the same woman and also free!

Sunday’s students got to try the Boston Cream Poke Cake, which was very very very yummy.


Boston cream pie is one of my favorite treats and I don’t have it often.  I saw this recipe somewhere on the line and knew I just had to make it because it looks so easy.  It was.  Bake a box cake mix, poke holes in it, prepare instant pudding, pour it over the cake, chill it for a bit, heat up a can of frosting and pour it over the top, chill it some more.

Four great groups of knitters made for a fun weekend. And they seemed to like the treats.

AND I finished the Newsboy Hat!


This is for my mother-in-law because she likes that style.  She does not like flashy things, though, so I just sewed the band on the front instead of putting in buttons.  The brim looks a tad floppy so I’ll have to see how to deal with that.

Well, there you have it — a blog post that is not one month out from the last one.  There is hope for me yet.

Some of the Knitting

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Back in January, I taught a class on how to knit the Wheaten wrap.  This is the project for which I won a Reserve Champion ribbon at the 2015 Altamont Fair:


I’m proud of it, and had gotten many compliments on it, as well as requests for classes.  So many people indicated they wanted to learn to knit this, that I scheduled two sessions and they both filled right up and now there is a waiting list, waiting for me to schedule another!

Here is the work table during class:


A big chart, highlighter tape, stitch markers, colored pencils, beverages.  All essential to this class.  The only thing missing was the chocolate.

And here are the projects, well on their way, at the end of class:


The next session is coming up this weekend and I can’t wait to see the next participants’ yarn choices.  The third session will be scheduled pretty soon, probably for March or April, so if you are local and interested in taking the class, contact The Spinning Room!

I’ve been doing some other knitting too.  I’m making the Newsboy hat:


Paul’s vest is on hold for the moment during this distraction.  What?  Like that never happens to you.

After the Silence

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Somewhere back there in an end-of-the-year post, I said I was going to try to blog more regularly.  Now, it’s been a month since my last post.  Monthly is not “regularly” but I will keep trying.  If I thought things were going to settle down around here, they didn’t.  I got a nasty upper respiratory thing that lasted two weeks and I had to cancel a weekend’s worth of knitting classes (four classes!) and now try to reschedule them.  Whew.  Crazypants.

In the meantime, I did do some things to tell you about.  Right before I got sick, Paul and I went to Portsmouth, NH for a post-holiday-busyness getaway.

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We went to this place twice for breakfast:

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(I took that shot to show you the yummy popovers but also because they have a drink called a Wooly Mitten!)

We drove through a snowstorm to get to LLBean:


The storm was over on our way back so we stopped at The Yarn Sellar yarn shop!:


A great shop!  I got a few things:


We stopped at Hampton Beach to see some water and waves:


I worked on Paul’s Perun vest in the car and made some good progress:


I think I told you I had started this, right?  Well, if not, I will repeat that I will have to steek it and install a zipper, both things I am very nervous about. I hope it doesn’t keep me from finishing it before spring (which is now 6 weeks away).

In other news, Paul got this silly condiment dispenser for Christmas:


In doodlebug news, the demise of Miss Ladybug’s Big Pink Ball was the news of last week:


It went the way of Mr. Doodlebug’s Big Blue Ball, which is to say it just hit the corner of something wrong after a really good kick.  There was sadness, but we all have moved on and embraced the 6 other Little Purple and Blue Balls that didn’t really get played with too much before.

They also helped me make these:


Healthy oat bran muffins with banana and applesauce.  No flour, no sugar.  They taste as you might expect.  Like nothing.  But they taste a lot like butter if you put enough of that on them.  Miss Ladybug bowed out of the preparations after a while because she couldn’t stand the smell of the oat bran!

I’ve got other knitting to show you but that will have to wait for next time.  Hopefully not a month from now.


New Year List

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For this Monday-first-day-back-to-a-regular-schedule day, a list….

1) I knitted!

I finished the second pair of felted clogs and put them in the mail:


I finished the very basic scarf for my mother-in-law:


I wanted to start something new on the first day of the year so I started these Turkish Bed Socks which have a very interesting construction:

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And then I finished them in just two days!:

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LOVE!  So warm!  I wore them to bed! (hence, the name)

And since I started those, I wanted to start something else, so I started the Helleborus Hat  with a new skein of Periwinkle Sheep alpaca merino dk:


2) In December, I was getting so tired of all the extraneous emails I was getting.  I’m subscribed to several newsletters and other things, and I wasn’t reading the emails.  So I unsubscribed from everything.  Then yesterday, I caught myself thinking, “I haven’t gotten many emails lately.  How come no one is emailing me?”

3) We started a really, Really, REALLY hard puzzle:


Really hard.  A picture made up of a gazillion other pictures.  HARD.

4) I have made no resolutions.

5) We haven’t seen the sun in days and days and probably a week of two.  But we caught a glimpse yesterday for about a minute:

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We are getting seasonal affective disorder.  Can’t wait to have some normal sun!  But we have been enjoying our Christmas lights for the last couple of days they will be up, including this pretty mason jar light our niece Erica made/gave us:


5) Paul and I are sick of cookies.  I didn’t know it was possible. (We ate A LOT of cookies.)

Happy Christmas/Merry New Year

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Yes, it’s still crazy around here.  Two blog posts in a month is pretty bad.  Do I dare make a New Year’s resolution about that?  Nope.  I don’t have a great track record with resolutions.  Let’s just leave it at that I will be trying to get back on a regular blogging schedule.  I really love my blog but the past few months have definitely been out of the ordinary so hopefully we’ll be back to ordinary pretty soon.

In the mean time, Christmas happened and it’s not really over yet here.  We’ve got some celebrating with family tonight and tomorrow.  Altamont had the Victorian Holidays celebration and the Festival of Trees.  The Spinning Room yarn shop came in second place behind a 4th grade class.  Here is the Spinning Room tree:


And here is the local dentist’s tree just because it’s silly:


And here is the Altamont Library’s tree because it is all about a book I want to read:


Lucky me because Paul got that book (The Martian) from my mom for Christmas so I can read it when he’s done!

And here is our tree:


Here is a Christmas present Paul re-finished for my sister:


It used to be all rusty and yellow and peeling vinyl on the seat (we found it at Brimfield for $10).  He sand blasted it, painted it and re-covered the seat and back.  He’s so handy.  If I was more organized and more patient, I’d wait for Paul to come inside and get the before picture from him. (He’s out stacking the rest of the wood. I helped a little bit today but then I had to come inside to dust and clean the bathrooms.  Had to.  And write this blog.  Had to.)

Merry Christmas to us – guess what we got the day after Christmas?….


I love, Love, LOVE stacking wood!  (not)

And wouldn’t you know, Paul happened to have a tarp big enough to cover it up since it got dark and started to rain before we could stack it all:


Seriously, who has a tarp that big???? (Paul)

I made some Christmas cookies:


Salted toffee-chocolate squares; rugelach; oatmeal raisin cinnamon chip bars. The bars and squares were very easy and VERY tasty.  The rugelach was not as easy but VERY tasty.

Remember the Play-Doh fuzzy pumper barber set from waaaaaaay back when?  The Doodlebugs got the today-equivalent:


The loved it sooooooooo much!  Me?  Not so much.  Now, I am not usually one to shy away from crafty things for the doodlebugs to do that are messy.  I’m good with cleaning up messes.  However.  This?  This creates 8 gazillion teeny tiny wee small bits of play doh that go everywhere.  EVERYWHERE!!!  I think we all went to the library, later on, with bits of play doh on our pants and shirts.  I was finding bits all day long.  I’m sure their mom and dad are still finding them.  But, as I said to their mom, they just loved it so much that I will of course take it out for them whenever they ask (but with gritted teeth).

How about some knitting?

I finished this hat for my mom , which was a long time coming:


I brought it to the Christmas Eve family party and promptly forgot to give it to her!

I finished these:


And I’m almost done with these (they just need to be felted):


I also started this scarf for my mother-in-law with some yarn she found for $1.29 a ball and just loved the colors:


And, AND, AND!!!!….. I finished my Baa-ble Sheep Hat and I just love it so much.


I borrowed a pom pom maker which made making one so quick and easy.  Boy was I glad because I was pretty much dreading making one (measuring and cutting out a cardboard template, winding yarn around the flimsy template etc).  I was even contemplating no pom pom because I didn’t want to make one.  But this one was so incredibly handy and easy.  And now I love me hat!!!

And New Year’s is about to happen.  So, Happy New Year!  See you in the hopefully more blog-ful 2016.


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Where have you been?  I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for you to come back and read my blog.  Oh, wait.  That means I’d have to write a post, right?  Well, there’s that.  Life has been life as it has been lately so instead of excuses, I’ll just give a blog post when I can.  Don’t forget this about me:


So, Thanksgiving happened.  I’m thankful for all the readers of my blog, especially if you kept coming back to a November 14 post hoping for a new one. Thanks for hanging in.  Lots of turkey and stuffing and sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes and probably a vegetable somewhere in there.

Lots of knitting classes happened.  I remembered to take a picture of one:


Picking up button band stitches on the Tea Leaves Cardigan.  They are all coming along nicely.  And now I already have almost two full classes for this sweater in January/February!

Then it got cold one day and hippity-hoppers needed hats and mittens:


And then I started the Baa-ble Hat, which is just about the cutest hat ever.  I had the pattern (Just the pattern.  Just a picture.  Not even started.) at the yarn shop one day and I had seven people on a preliminary waitlist to take the class.  Which I hadn’t even scheduled.  And for which I hadn’t even knitted the sample!

So, I figured I should probably start it and here’s what happened:


See how cute the sheep are?  See how they are different sizes?  See how my sets of 5 white stitches on the needle are all the same size?  For some who-knows-what reason (although I know: it was the tried-to-knit-during-post-Thanksgiving-meal-shenanigans thing) I simply followed the little pattern for the first sheep (near the red arrow).  And the funny thing is, I knew the sheep were different sizes.  It was what I loved most about the hat, that they looked like a haphazard herd.  Oy.

But, ripped out a few rows, got back on track and I’m now on the top decreases:


I was worried that my burgundy brim would hide the sheep legs too much, and I was right, but I love the colors anyway.  Next picture will be pom-pom’ed and blocked!  A pretty quick knit for me.  Which is good because I now have two full classes already scheduled for this one in January/February too!

Now, on to more holiday preparations since it is already December 9 and who knows how that happened.  The good thing is that some of it is knitting so I can kill two birds with one stone with this:



This and This

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THIS is happening:

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And I made THIS:


Apple Crumble Slab Pie.  You should make it.  (You don’t even have to be good a rolling out crust, and let me tell you, today I was challenged in that department.  I ended up just piecing the many pieces together and smooshing them up the sides.)  And how convenient — the picture cuts off the corner I tried. ; )

No knitting to show you today.  But wasn’t that up there enough? I mean really… go make that pie.

A Few Things for a Friday

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Just a few little things for you today…

1) Here is my finished-and-now-blocking Miami Beach Shawl:

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2) Annette asked in the comments of the last blog if I was reading anything good lately.  I read Jennifer Weiner’s Who Do You Love: A Novel and I really liked it. I’ve liked all of her books.  And every time I tell you about reading one of her books, I have to tell you that we were in the same class in high school AND we were both trees in the enchanted forest of the summer theater production of Peter Pan.  Yes we were trees, yes we were in high school, yes we decided to accept the parts anyway. We danced with the other forest creatures.  Read her book!

3) I loved yesterday’s post by the Yarn Harlot.  Gorgeous scenery.  I would love to see the Oregon coast some day.

4) It was a fall craft day for the doodlebugs on this past rainy Wednesday:

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Good thing I thought ahead and had them pick up leaves on Tuesday before it rained…


(Too-big leaves went under the chair.  Ok-sized leave went on the chair.  I got to be the decider.  They were remarkably agreeable to this system.)

Have a good weekend!

Now What?

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Ok, here’s what happened: I finished watching Gilmore Girls.


I knew it was coming. I saw the seasons and the episodes dwindling on Netfilx. I just didn’t want to admit it.  And now there will never, ever be a good show for me to watch while I’m knitting, ever again. Ever. It took me a good long time to watch all the episodes. I would save them for knitting during the doodlebugs nap time or knitting on a rainy Sunday when nothing else was on and Paul was in the garage.  And I only watched when I was knitting. I never watched when I wasn’t knitting.  So there is all this good knitting mojo attached to the Gilmore mojo and I just really don’t think I will ever find another knitting-and-watching show that is as good, the kind that I that I want to save just for me and my knitting.

So now what?  Any suggestions while I wait for the just-heard-about Netflix Gilmore Girls revival series, about which I am somewhat skeptical?

In the meantime, I have nothing else to tell you (hopefully a finished shawl to show you next time), so I will share this:yarn clean house pic

Halloween and Knitting (but not Halloween Knitting)

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It was Halloween recently… did you know?  Have I talked about how I never really liked Halloween all that much?  Mostly because I always had a hard time deciding what my costume would be.  We usually created our own costumes, so I didn’t feel terribly creative.  I liked the candy, though, so I usually rallied.  These days, I’m so annoyed when I see teenagers coming around with no costumes “trick-or-treating” — get a little creative for your candy (says the pot).

However, I have loved seeing the doodlebugs get excited about Halloween and we’ve had some creative fun.  They were Marshall and Everest, pups from the Paw Patrol, and they got to wear their costumes to 4 other Halloween-y events aside from trick-or-treating.  That’s getting mileage from your costume!  One day, during the week before Halloween, we made a monster for their door.  Lots of taping and gluing and practice with scissors to create:

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The focus was on goofy and silly, not scary and it turned out great!  It was agreed that we should text their mommy and daddy a picture of the door so that they would not think they were at the wrong house when they came home.

AND, score of all scores, Paul and I got some Halloween treats (from the doodlebugs) without dressing up OR going trick-or-treating!


In knitting news, I’m on a queueing spree again and now have 415 projects on Ravelry that I’d like to knit. Ha!  But I totally love this Baa-ble Hat most of all and might have to do that first. (I think I showed that one to you already.  But I really want to make it.  SOON. However, it involves purchasing yarn because I absolutely do not have the right yarn in my ridiculous stash, so I’m waiting for the right day that I’m at the shop and the yarn jumps onto the counter, pays for itself and hops into my bag.)

But, I did finish something recently!  My second Simple Chevron Stripe scarf, which I gave to my mom for her birthday:


They are her colors and she loves it.

And I am sort of almost finished with the Miami Beach Shawl:


It kind of feels finished because the “hard” part is done – keeping track of the lace pattern (which you will see much better once it is blocked).  Now it’s the “easy” back and forth garter stitch, short-row body.  Stay tuned for the finished pictures!