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Sunday Morning Breakfast

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Oh, you know… we had the usual:  eggs, sausage, toast with homemade strawberry jam and a five pound chocolate bar.


We’ve been putting off opening this humongous thing, until just the right time.  And Sunday morning breakfast it was.

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In case you were wondering, a five pound Hershey bar is 60 servings.  And apparently we need to eat it by this December.

In the mean time, I’m working on my spinning:


Just a little more to do for this bobbin and then it will get plied together with the one on the floor.

And then there was this:


That there is a picture of two needle tips from my interchangeable needle set.  They are different sizes.  Which I used to knit my Multnomah.  I have no idea how this happened.  When I checked my needle set, I have another complete set of two size 5 tips, but cannot locate another size 4 tip.  Unless it is in some other project somewhere in my yarn room with another size 5 tip.  Luckily with only 1/4 of a millimeter difference, every other row, you can’t notice anything in my finished shawl.  What a knucklehead.

There is no Knitting in Prison

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Some days working at the yarn shop just cracks me up.  This weekend, starting today, is the yearly Old Songs Festival at the local fairgrounds.  Every year there are some new customers who discover the shop while attending the festival but also “regulars” who only come to the shop once a year when they come to the festival.

Today there were a couple of new people, along with some local knitters, hanging out in the shop waiting for the festival to start at 3:00.  There was lots of lively conversation that turned into a discussion about marriage and how long various people have been married.  There was a knitting couple there and the woman said that she and her husband had already discussed that they were staying together no matter what because 1) Divorce is expensive and 2) Murder was not an option for her because they do not allow knitting in prison and there was no way she was giving up knitting because of any man.  Cracked. Me. Up.

Meanwhile, I finished my Multnomah shawl.  Here it is before blocking:


And during blocking:

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I’m happy with how it turned out and it will go into the Multnomah display at the Altamont Fair.  Not to be judged, just to be admired along with the many other versions of the same, popular pattern.  And tomorrow I will teach a class on how to make this shawl so that others may enter it into the fair or display!  If you are local, there are two spots left – no homework so coming last minute is no problem.

While I am happy with how it turned out, this is one of my knitting projects that was somewhat disastrous on our Carlisle vacation.  I was knitting along and got to the end of a row and ran out of stitches. I looked back along my work and noticed this a few rows back:


See how on the left part of those arched-looking holes, the holes don’t line up?  Argh.  Ripped out four rows of about 250+ stitches.  I did find that I had done something wrong but it wasn’t where those holes didn’t line up.  It turned out that those holes are not supposed to line up.  I took out three rows too many.  Double argh.

My other knitting disaster was starting the Flax sweater:


So many things happened at the beginning of this sweater that I started making notes on my pattern so I could tell you about them:


FYI: if you thought I didn’t make “rookie” mistakes because I knit a lot and have been knitting for a while, you would be wrong.

Rookie Mistake #1: Not double-counting my cast on stitches and having the wrong number when doing an important increase-evenly-across-a-row instruction.  See how I circled the number 74 up there in the “yoke” section?  Since there are so many sizes, one should do this so you don’t mix up what number you have to knit in the various parts of the pattern.  Yup, I circled 74  just like I was supposed to….and cast on 76.

Rookie Mistake #2: Getting all the cast on stitches worked out and then knitting with the tail of the yarn instead of the yarn going to the ball. In other words, I ran out of yarn real fast by doing this since the tail is only about 12″ long.  Too long, and Rookie Mistake 2 1/2 was not cutting the tail so that I would not knit with it by mistake.

Rookie Mistake #3: Finishing one inch of ribbing for the neck with my size 6 needle, then moving on and completing the next row before realizing I didn’t switch to the larger size 8 needle like I was supposed to.

Rookie Cocky-I-Know-How-to-Knit Mistake #4:  Not reading the pattern and knitting the first section of the next row wrong.

So much un-knitting and re-knitting.  But now I’m knitting along with no troubles and hope to be done lickety-split:


It’s a cute basic sweater with some simple garter detail down the sleeve and comes in sizes newborn to men’s XL!  This will be a Christmas present for a doodlebug but also a class in the fall – perfect project for a first sweater.

And then there was Karin from The Periwinkle Sheep coming into the shop the other day with some new colors of her Single and Looking yarn so I had to get this:


I was so excited about the color that I snapped it right up.  I wound it up at the shop today, intending to start something immediately.  Like, today.  I just don’t know what it will be yet so, now I’m off to figure it out!

Forever and Non-stop

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I’m warning you now… this is the most boring knitting update ever.  I’ve been working forever and non-stop on my fair shawl:


….and it pretty much looks the same.

And when I wasn’t forever and non-stop working on my fair shawl, I was working forever and non-stop on my Multnomah-also-for-the-fair-but-also-for-a-class shawl:


…. and it pretty much looks the same.




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Sometimes I forget.  Seems like lately it happens more — must be the upcoming 45 year birthday.  And the doodlebugs think it’s hilarious.  I often have to come back inside, after going to my car at the end of the day, for my phone or my water bottle or to put my outside shoes on.  M or B says, “Auntie Liz, what you did freegot?”   Then I say something like, “I forgot my outside shoes.” And they say, “Mommy! Auntie Liz freegot her outside shoes!!!!!”  I have inside shoes and outside shoes at the doodlebugs house and they are at the age now where they notice everything and usually tell me that I forgot to put one or the other on.  To be fair, getting two toddlers ready to go for a walk to the park is a feat in and of itself: putting on sunscreen, socks, shoes and hats; getting the diaper bag and water.  You might know the drill.  So when they are finally ready, they are ready and want to go immediately.  I often get caught up in that, running around to get what I need and often forget to change my shoes.  No worries, though, since before we are even out the door…..  “Auntie Liz you freegot your outside shoes!”.   Or they will just point at my feet and gasp, wide-eyed, with a smile on their face.  Hey, who needs a memory when I’ve got my own reminder service, right?

I also forgot to post a picture of my stealth knitting project that is now finished and gifted!  Remember this?

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Well, that turned into the Top-Down Lace Summer Cardigan which I gave to my sister-in-law for her birthday:


Sorry that picture is blurry.  Here is one of the button and lace detail:


She loved it and it fits her perfectly!  Like it was made for her! (Wait….)

I also forgot I wanted to pin out my lace shawl for the fair (EZ’s 100 Anniversary Pi Shawl – Camping) to show you some details before it got to big and now it’s too big so I can only show you a little bit:


It’s coming along nicely.  I am on row 14 of 48 on these 576 stitches.  Then it will bump up to 895 stitches for 7 rows.  I also forgot something else:  Either I forgot to read the finishing (ie blocking) instructions or I read them and I forgot what they said.  Which is: “The…edging requires a bit more blocking work than usual.  There are 64 “waves” and I used 5 pins per wave (320 pins).”  Three. Hundred. Twenty. Pins.  I can’t talk about it any more. (First of all, I don’t have that many pins.  And second of all, I don’t want to buy that many pins And third of all I don’t want to pin that many pins.) I’ll let you know about it when I get to it.  And for those of you in the know about blocking, no, blocking wires will not help.

Ooh, but here is my blocked-with-blocking-wires Maluka shawl!:


Love it!

And, since my fair shawl takes some concentration, I started something else to work on when I might be distracted.  The Multnomah shawlette:


First I have to tell you that I am making it in the Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors yarn, in the “Crack in the Sidewalk” colorway.  I pretty much bought this yarn because I thought the name was so clever!  Doesn’t it look just like grass growing in the cracks of a sidewalk??????

I’m knitting this to teach a class at the end of June.  Luckily there is already a sample in the shop (Thanks Robin!) so I don’t have to finish it by then, but I will have to have the body knit.  Shawlettes are the spotlight item at the Altamont Fair Wool Nook this year and the Multnomah will be the spotlight within the spotlight.  So, The Spinning Room is offering a class to help people knit it and enter it into the fair!

Ok, that’s it for today.  Hopefully I didn’t forget anything.