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DAYS to spare

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You know how you put off something because it feels like the most GINORMOUS task in the world and it feels like it will take FOREVER and be HARD?  That is completely how this sewing of the ribbon to Paul’s zipper felt.  But do you know how also lots of times those ginormous tasks don’t seem so terrible once you get started?  That is completely how the sewing of the ribbon to Paul’s zipper went.

Before:

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After:

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Now, I didn’t say I did the best job in the whole world, just that it wasn’t as bad as I thought.  Each side of the ribbon (there were 4) took me about a half-hour each (not HOURS and DAYS and YEARS…).  Not too bad!  You can see that there is some (*ahem* a lot of) puckering but when Paul tried it on, it looked fine.  (You don’t get to see a picture of him in it until we take one at Rhinebeck, which was deadline day.)  I’m not really aspiring to get great at sewing in zippers, though.  The next time, I will pay my friend Janell who is an excellent seamstress, to do it for me!  This one, though, I wanted to be able to say I did the whole vest myself just for Paul.

And seriously, last week when I had 8 days to go, I was absolutely certain it would be down to the wire.  And after that day, three more days went by before I actually got to work on it.  I had no idea I’d have three days to spare!

Because in the mean time, I taught three knitting classes over the weekend.  I missed getting a picture from the final session of the Silverleaf class, but everyone was doing really well and will have some really nice shawls!

The Felted Clogs (slippers) class was also off to a great start:

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(Yes, those will be slippers. Stay tuned for a picture after the second class in two weeks.)

And the Sleeping Owl Tea Cosy (yes, it is spelled “Cosy” and not “Cozy”) class also went really well:

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So cute!

In other knitting news, I made the first of two Maine Morning Mitts for a fingerless mitts class I will have in November:

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These are SO comfortable.  The 2X1 ribbing just hugs your hand and feels so nice.

Then, my knitting friend Sue tagged me on Facebook to show me the Rough Waters pattern and for some reason I just had to make it, thinking it would also make a great class, possibly in December:

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That was one of those I-can’t-believe-you-showed-me-that-because-now-I-have-to-make-it-and-really-have-so-many-other-things-to-knit kind of things.  But, it was a quick knit apparently, because I was done in about three days.

Ok, that’s it for now.  Except to say it’s really fall now and I’m dying to make some apple crisp.  Or apple something.  Enjoy a changing-leaves picture from our yard:

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A New Pair of Mitt(en)s

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Before I get to the mitt(en)s…. Look what came in the mail so fast I couldn’t believe it:

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My Phat Fiber sampler box with all these wonderful goodies in it:

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The theme for this month was “Hollywood Glamour” so all the independent dyers/artists were to submit samples with their interpretation of that theme.  I haven’t had a chance to really look at all of it yet but there are yarn samples, and wool roving samples and a pattern and stitch markers and chocolate.  Yes, chocolate.  Mmmmm.

On to the mitt(en)s…. I made my Bird in Hand mittens several years ago:

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I thought they were so cute, and pretty, and I loved the little sideways braid thing.  Yes, this is a pair.  I decided to reverse the colors on the second mitten because I though it would be cool and eclectic.  That, and I was trying to conserve yarn and use only one ball of each color.

So, they are not technically new.  However, they were too big.  Way too big.  I thought I could deal with it, but every winter, when I drag them out and try to wear them, they are floppy and fall off.  Want to know why they are too big?  The pattern sizing is done by changing the needle size.  I made these on a size 3 needle which was the 3rd largest of 4 sizes.  The smaller sizes were knit with size 2 or size 1 needles.  With worsted weight yarn!  For non-knitters, usually you use a size 5 or 6 for mittens and worsted weight yarn.  I just couldn’t bring myself to knit with the size 2 or size 1, knowing it was going to be very tight and very hard to do.  So, I reasoned away that the size made with size 3 needles would probably fit just fine.  Ha – we now know how that turned out.

Back to the other day when I’d just had enough of them not fitting right, but wanted to wear them.  I decided to shrink them.  So I soaked them in the sink, soueezed out the excess and put them in the dryer.

Before:

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The one on the left had knitted up a little bigger.  Probably because it was my second mitten and I was used to the pattern and therefore a little more relaxed when knitting it.

After:

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Don’t ask me why I didn’t put them in the same order as the first picture, which would have been the smart thing to do when doing a comparison.

The formerly left mitt, now the right mitt, was still bigger, so I put that back in the dryer and now they are approximately the same size!  Yay!  A new pair of mittens, sort of.

AND, I knit the Maine Morning Mitts for my mother-in-law:

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These match.

Look how funny they are when not worn:

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And finished in time to block and dry and give them to her on Christmas.  Now on to the cookie baking. (I’m making these today.)

A heads up for an upcoming blog post: The two days after Christmas are apparently new garage floor painting days, for which I need to help.  I had to watch a video in preparation for this today.  It was riveting.

Fingerless Mitts Marathon

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I am having an unintentional fingerless mitt marathon.  That is, if making two pairs of mitts counts as a marathon.  It feels like it.  I made the Maize mitts from tincanknits for my mother-in-law for Christmas.  They are from their The Simple Collection, and really were very simple.  One mitt each day and I was done in two days.  Here they are:

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Notice anything?  They don’t match.  They may look like it, because they look exactly the same, but they don’t.

Here’s what I did:  I knit the first mitt.   Then when I got past the cuff on the second mitt, I realized I had misread the pattern for the first mitt for the next section.   That stockinette-looking-but-it’s-really-ribbing portion along the side is supposed to wrap around the mitt and have the same amount on the other side, so when you wear both mitts they look the same.   I read the number of stitches to do that in a smaller size.  *Insert tip about circling the size you are making in all portions of your pattern prior to beginning to knit said pattern here.*   Thinking to myself,  “Oh well, so I didn’t do enough of those ribbing stitches.  I’ll just make the second one the same way so they will be the same.  They are not the same when you wear them on different hands!:

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(See? It really is ribbing…)

My mother-in-law is not the so-what-if-they-are-mismatched-I-have-an-eclectic-style-so-I’ll-wear-them-anyway kind of gal.  (But I know someone who is….)  I’ll be starting the Maine Morning Mitts for her this weekend.  Stay tuned.

And look. Look. LOOK!  at the results of the Moebius Cowl class I taught at The Spinning Room this week:

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A really quick pattern…. once you get cast on.  The whole class is to teach the Moebius cast on and then the rest of the pattern is knitting several rounds, purling several rounds, knitting several rounds etc.  Find the YouTube video here: Cat Bordhi’s Intro to Moebius Knitting

Try it!  You’ll love being able to knit a last minute holiday gift in no time. (A tip: The pattern in the link above says to use a 29″ circular needle.  You really need a 40″.)

Here is one of my finished cowls:

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