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Peep Fest

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Busy, busy weekend around here.  A regular peep fest you might say.

These peeps were on super sale at Target:


As you can see, we bought a ton.

And these peeps were at Tractor Supply:


We didn’t buy any of these.

I went to The Spinning Room and taught another Bridgeport Cowl class to my knitting peeps:


And dropped of my Vine Lace Vest to display for a class which hopefully other knitting peeps will clamor want to sign up for:


I have also been working on my Baby Sweater on Two Needles (February) by Elizabeth Zimmerman for another class with knitting peeps:


It is also known as the February Baby Sweater since it is in the “February” section of the Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac  And, yet again, I messed up something that I should have known better than to mess up.  A basic “good idea” of knitting – I’m staying away from saying “rule” for some reason, probably because I don’t want to admit I broke a rule – is to read through the whole pattern before starting.  However – cue the excuse – this pattern is only 2 short paragraphs long.  How much could I miss in two paragraphs, right?  Well, I’ll tell you how much.  The pattern starts off having you cast on, knit several rows in garter stitch, do an increase, knit some more rows, do another increase, knit some more rows, and do a final increase.  Then it says “Change to pattern, keeping first and last 4 sts in garter-stitch, and putting in buttonholes about every 8th ridge.”  Well, in that first section, I had already knit 12 ridges.  And when I looked at the teeny tiny black and white picture on the pattern, there was a button way up at the top which would have been put in during the first couple of rows.  So, I had already missed two buttonhole opportunities.  Out my work came and I started over.  If I had read the whole pattern first…..   And also? I know about Elizabeth Zimmerman and her “sparse” pattern instructions and her expectation that knitting should be intuitive so why would she have to say that a buttonhole should be put in near the top when that is where you put a buttonhole on most sweaters!  So, don’t ask me why I didn’t read the whole pattern first.

I also saw some family peeps for my mother-in-law’s birthday.  I made another awesome looking pie:


Notice I said an awesome looking pie.  It did not taste as awesome as my last pie.  It was watery and I think I put too much lemon rind and nutmeg in it because it tasted sort of sour and too nutmeg-y.  The crust, however, was excellent.  Nice and flakey.  Now, I seem to be on a quest to make a consistently awesome pie.  I’m looking for any reason to make a pie. Just so you know.

And, of course, there was errand-day with my main peep, Paul.  Which ended with:


And his request to have me mend his well worn felted slippers that I made him:


Stay tuned for how that project goes…



Blog Silence

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It’s been a week and a half since my last post.  I don’t like to go that long between posts because I know you are very likely checking every hour or so to see if there is a new post and I don’t like to do that to you.  But things got busy.  In that time:

There were several days of working at and filling in at the yarn shop.

There were two classes to teach. Finishing up the two socks on one circular needle class: IMG_2125

You may notice that there are only two sets here.  In the first class there were five!  I had three participants who didn’t make it to the second class – but hopefully they will finish their socks!

There was also the Bridgeport Cowl class: IMG_2157

Lots of fun was had with a very spirited group!

There was baking, which I’ll show you in another post.

There was cooking, which I’ll also show you in another post.

There was this fox in our yard:


Paul and I were both frantically racing for our phones to take pictures and then realized that we couldn’t get a good picture because of the screen on the door….

There was helping to bleed the brakes on Paul’s race car:


My job was to use that pole to push the pedal down and let it up when Paul said “Down” or “Up”.  A really taxing job, right?  It took some time so I brought my book.

Oh, and there was that book!  What a great book! Divergent by Veronica Roth (click there to get it on Amazon).  The first in a three book series, it is a fun, exciting, page-turning sci-fi book.  I’m not usually into sci-fi but I loved the Hunger Games series and this is somewhat similar.  There is a strong female lead character who has to deal with a huge coming-of-age life changing event.  The story just pulls you along and I couldn’t stop reading it.  From Amazon:

“In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.”

I HIGHLY recommend it and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

And then there was this:


Do you see it?  It’s screaming at me “YOU MADE THIS BLACK STRIPE TOO BIG!!!!”   And do you see how far back in the work it is? I’m not going back.  And I’m almost done.

More posts coming about the baking and the cooking and the finishing of the knitting….and hopefully sooner than a week and a half from now…

ALL the things…

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I’m in yet another one of those paralyzing I-want-to-knit-ALL-the-things phases….


I’m completely glued to the computer (of which the keyboard is apparently very dusty, according to that picture….).  I look on Ravelry and there are eighty million patterns I want to knit.  I’m looking for things to knit for upcoming classes and I want to teach ALL the things.  In the meantime, I have many things I’m already working on and they are languishing.  But I want to knit them too.  So while I’m looking and finding all these patterns and trying to decide what to knit, I’m not getting much knitting done.  And don’t get me started on spinning.  I went to my spinning group today, after not having been for two months, which means for the next few days that’s all I’ll want to do.  And one of the spinners was knitting socks with her handspun yarn.  Which is totally what I want to do.  Someday.  When I can spin my yarn finely enough to make fingering weight yarn.  Which makes me want to spin more so I can get better at it and then knit those.

I’m obsessed with these mitts which look pretty challenging but so cool.  And this cowl by Wendy D. Johnson, which is also cool and perfect for sock yarn leftovers.  I love this funky-but-so-cozy-looking sweater, but I’m still working on my Charleston Tea  sweater so that would be silly to start.  Right?  And I’m totally obsessed with something in this book, with this yarn:


The Baby Sweater on Two Needles.  So cute and a really classic looking pattern.  Wouldn’t it be great in that pink?  Ok, so can you see why I get like this?  I need eighty more hands and eighty more hours in the day and eighty less chores to do.  I also wish knitting burned more calories because then I wouldn’t have to waste time on the treadmill.

I did start and finish the Bridgeport Cowl, which will be for an upcoming class:

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Made with Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca (gray) and Cascade Alpaca Lana D’Oro (purple).  It is nice and cozy and sized for small and large.  I made the large, which I now wish was a little longer to make it twist around my neck twice.  So, that will be a suggestion for my class: cast on more stitches if you want it to do that.   If you are in my class, you’re welcome. I learned that lesson for you.

I also started the Hitchhiker scarf, which I think will also be for an upcoming class:


I’m making it with Ella Rae Cozy Soft Prints, a nice DK weight wool/acrylic blend.  The pattern calls for fingering weight but I liked these colors.  So there.

And now, I have some decisions to make.  While I’ve got all my projects-in-progress, the knitting for upcoming classes takes priority and I have to get crack-a-lackin’ and find some more class projects since April is coming and I have no classes scheduled yet….

Calming me down this morning was taking a walk in the yard and seeing, despite all the frickin’ snow that is still there, these views:

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