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I Wouldn’t Recommend This

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Don’t do what I did and take a picture of all your works-in-progress for your blog:

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It will make you immediately freeze up and not know what to do with yourself.  Last post, I was in a quandary about starting new projects or working on something already started.  So, I came to a happy medium and did both.

I took out my Halona shawl (the green one in the picture above) and continued work on that.  I started it April 10, 2015 and then put it down when I got to a hard part.  Mind you, this shawl is mostly garter stitch and there are exactly 3 “hard” rows in it.  It’s just that the first hard row had a million stitches in it.

Once I got a few rows done on that, I started The Pocket Hat (magenta project above) because it was so darn cute and who doesn’t need a pocket on their hat???? That cruised along nicely – just the pocket left to do and hopefully I will offer this as a class this summer.

Then I started the Lotno shawl (light pink project above) because it looked fairly easy and something that I could take in the car pretty easily (along with my socks). Also a potential summer class.

Now, all those other ones in the first picture????  I’m overwhelmed with a feeling of needing to work on all of them immediately and at the same time.  I started them all because I loved them and then they got pushed aside for all the other things I love.

And here is what happens when you just keep starting all the things and don’t finish any of the things:

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I’m still using my dishcloth-turned-teapot-cozy because I haven’t finished the Sleeping Owl Tea Cosy yet.  Want to know why?  Because the knitting part is done. Now it is sewing up and sewing on the duplicate stitches and that takes some attention and thought and apparently I don’t have any of that right now.

In the meantime, it was a little rainy this week, so the Doodlebugs and I did some crafting.  Many, many pages of watercolor painting (using brushes, fingers and q-tips) which I forgot to take a picture of and then we did some glue, tissue paper, crayon and sticker stuff:

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And in other news, I made a turkey:

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We got this free at Easter because we spent too much at Shop-Rite.  I am mostly showing it to you to tell you that this 14-pound turkey takes 4 hours to roast in a regular oven, but I figured out how to use our convection roast setting on our oven (with the temperature probe) and it took exactly one hour and 45 minutes.  Crazypants.  You put the turkey in the oven without preheating it (more crazypants) and then the oven shuts off when the probe senses it has reached the pre-set temperature.   I completely doubted that it was really done and had to double-check with the other thermometer.  And a 14-pound turkey for two people equals one turkey dinner, 8 turkey sandwiches and 8 servings of turkey tetrazzini, in case you were wondering.

Happy Weekending to you.  I’m off to prepare for my Langfield Hat and Diane Shawl classes this weekend.  Then I am going to look at all my projects again and figure out what to do next. (the tea cosy….)

Catching Up

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Things are yet again busy around here, and I haven’t posted for almost two weeks, so here is your catch-up post….

Last weekend, we had a great ending class to the Fish Lips Kiss Heel and by the end of class, everyone had a heel!

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The next day, Paul and I went to the annual spring meeting of the Buick Club. (It really has another, official name, which Paul very patiently explained to me recently, but I already forgot.  But it’s understandable because there was some sort of name change at some point and all the t-shirts say one thing, but the official name is another thing, so I just call it the Buick Club.)  I worked on my sock while we were there:

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And we made our annual post-meeting trip to Red Rooster:

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Then at home I finished my sock and now there is a pair!

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The one on the left is the second one, which had not been blocked yet.  It looks as if the colors in the right sock bled a little when I blocked it because the color is definitely different.  And they look like they aren’t the same size, but the one on the left will grow a little when it block it.  I hope.  To be honest, I forgot to write down the number of stitches I increased to in the toe of the first sock and when I did the second one, the first sock was on display in the shop so I couldn’t count them.  So hopefully I measured correctly on my template, and knitted with the same gauge.  And for you eagle eyes, yes I will weave in those ends someday.

In other knitting news…. I started the Sleeping Owl Tea Cozy:

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I am making a modification to this.  The pattern calls for flat two-color knitting which means two ends to weave in for every row with white stitches.  See how many rows there are (that is on the front and the back)?  Since I absolutely dislike weaving in ends, especially a lot of them, I decided to use this as an opportunity to practice and then teach duplicate stitches.  This means putting in those white stitches after it’s knitted, on top of the gray stitches, and you can use one continuous strand of yarn.  Stay tuned.  Hopefully my modification works.  And hopefully it will be a good class to teach!

I also started my not-so-super-secret knitting project for the someone I know going to college this fall.  I don’t know if he reads this, so it might not be a secret.  But, for those of you in-the-know, please don’t tell just in case:

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This is the #07 Striped Blanket from KnitSimple magazine.  It is currently on hold though because I need to add gray next and that is on order.

And finally, there were these:

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These were the Cocktails for Two knit-a-long socks that I started over two years ago (January 31, 2014).  They were hard.  At the hard parts I would put them down for a while to give my brain a rest.  Then, when I picked them back up, it would take me 10 years to figure out where I was and how the heck to do it.  So, I would put them down again.  At some point, I went to try them on and realized I had totally picked the wrong size to knit and they were too small.  So, I put them down again.  I would look at them every so often and wonder if I should rip them out and start the size that would fit me.  Because they really are cool looking.  And I really love the yarn, Madelinetosh sock.  Then I would decide to think about it later because the thought of doing all that really hard work again was daunting and not very appealing.  Well, the other day I thought about it again….

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…. and I thought that there was no way I was going to knit that pattern again and I love the yarn so much so I will just make another, easier pair of socks with it.  Someday.

And now I am in a what-can-I-start-next-because-I-want-to-start-all-the-things-but-maybe-I-should-finish-some-things-first kind of mood.  So I haven’t knitted anything for two days.  Who can relate?