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A Puzzle of a Sweater

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Remember this charity sweater I was knitting on?


Well I finished it last night and this is what it looked like when I cast off.

Hmmmm. Not much of a sweater.


Maybe if I turn it 90 degrees

and fold it in half

Voila! A sweater!


Pretty nice after I weave in all the ends.


Stats on this sweater are:

Started: 9/11/08
Finished: 9/29/08
Total Project Time: 18 days

Pattern used: Warm Woolies Super Simple Sweater
Size: 2-4(more like 18 months to me)
Yarn: Some unknown wool off of eBay. I used the rest of it up and had to use abt 2 or 3 inches of Paton's Black and Germantown Navy blue to finish it off. (it's hard to see it in the pic since I took it last night with lousy lighting)

I'm glad that I'm almost done with that mystery wool from eBay. I've bought other wool off eBay before that was fine, but this stuff is itchy!! I'm just glad the child will be wearing a shirt under this. Definitely NOT what you want against your skin. I only have a little bit left in red to use up and the…

S is for

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Saturday Sky


It was a beautiful morning, could even open the sliding door, but it has sinced warmed up to 86.


Sock Yarn Stash

This was taken back in May. I had enough for 90+ pairs of socks. Over the summer I slowly went thru it and liberated the yarn that would not be used in my lifetime. Plus I decided that some of the sock yarn would be relegated toward some scarves I want to knit up.

Here is my new and improved sock stash.

I'm down to 37 pairs of socks. It even fits into this handy dandy Ziploc bag!

I got these bags on clearance and knew they'd be perfect for the yarn stash. Since my charity yarn lives in the same closet as my sock yarn, I figured it would be good to bag them up as well.

Here is my charity acrylic stash


and my charity wool stash.

I have quite a bit of each, but what is nice is that the charity yarn was either free or $1/skein. It balances out the sock yarn which was NOT free or $1/skein.


Show Me Your Socks Contest

Jane is having her annual "Show Me Your Socks&qu…

Thursday Kitties on a Friday Afternoon

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As a matter of fact, I DO consider this a smart fit.



Are you still here with the camera?



Fine, I'll hide behind this strip of leather. You'll never see me now!



Remember, I know where you sleep......

Happy Fall!

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Fall officially started today and apparently I haven't been going outside at the right times to enjoy the beginnings of it. A few of my fellow Floridian bloggers have said they can tell the air was a bit cooler (ok, less hot), and while it's still hot during the day, the mornings and nights are becoming more pleasant. Now you can go outside and do yard work w/o fear of heat stroke.

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I definitely have delusions of grandeur when I go to the library to check out books. I end up with 10 different ones to bring home, but if I read 1 or 2 of them I'm doing well. So while I haven't read a ton of books these past couple of months, I have read a few. First up was:

Laced by Carol Higgins Clark. She is the daughter of Mary Higgins Clark and this is an entertaining light read. Her books are one word titles (Twanged, Hitched, Decked, etc) and each book gets better as she goes along. I read Laced in a couple of days and now I have the latest, …

Sticking with the Status Quo

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So what did I end up doing last night? I made cake!

Then I cast on 60 sts with my 2.5mm needles.** I'm realizing that I'm a vanilla sock kind of girl. Give me a basic ribbing for my sock and I'm happy. And while there are easy 2 row ribbing (Twin Rib and Thuja come to mind), 3x1 is my fave. Which leads me to this.

Not as far as I'd like to be, but I also worked on a charity sweater and cast on for the front of MY sweater last night as well.

I also finished this in a few hours.

This is another Odd Ball Blanket for Warm Woolies. It's called Life's A Beach and my part is the dark tan and seafoam green. These blankets are a great way to use up some of my acrylic stash. I've signed up for 2 more. They remind me of the cross stitch round robins I used to do back in the late 80s.

And for those who have come to see my sky, here you go.

According to the local high school weather station, its 90 with a heat index of 97. Can't you just FEEL Fall in the air?!? If you do,…

Indecision Friday

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Blogger was NOT my friend yesterday. I tried posting to SAM6 pretty much the entire day. It wouldn't post or save my entry and I finally gave up after HOURS of trying thru out the day. Today I'm reading my blogs and lo and behold! It's there!!!! I have no idea how, but my sock is posted and that's all I care abt.

I've been trying to figure out what yarn to use to cast on for my next sock. I have a bag of sock yarn I pulled out from the stash of ones I wanted to work on next. Of course when it came down to choose one, I didn't like any of them. So I dug in the closet and pulled out these.

Some Koigu that's been sitting in my closet for over a year. As I was putting some other stuff away I came across this and decided that THIS was going to be the next sock and rolled it into a ball.

Hmmmmm, now that its in a ball, I'm realizing its very similiar in color to the socks I just finished. So I pulled out some Paca Peds, rolled it into a ball and even…

It's all in your mind.

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With fall around the corner** I finished up a pair of wool socks.


These are my Blueberry Waffles socks using some hand dyed yarn in the Emily colorway from NH Knitting Mama. The yarn is VERY nice, its BFL superwash wool and they are soaking in the sink as I type.

Sock #1: 7/31-8/19/08 - 19 days
Sock #2: 8/24-9/15/08 - 22 days

So each sock averaged me abt 3 weeks to make. Just call me Speedy Gonzalez.

I want to cast on for another pair of socks but I can't decide what yarn to use. I pulled out a few skeins over the wknd, but now none of those do anything for me. I'll have to wait to see what speaks to me, or I'll have to just change direction and cast on for a scarf.


Oh Hai!

**The calendar may say fall starts in a few days, but somebody tell the heat. It was a high of 98 today. That's not including the heat index. It's no wonder I felt like I was melting. Yet I still finish my wool socks.......

Why is it...

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...that people made such a big fuss over a wardrobe malfunction in which you need to play in slo-mo and PAUSE to really see anything, yet nobody has an issue with a 30 second commercial on ere(t!le disfunction? My kids watched both games and didn't notice a thing abt Janet's b**b, but guess what they DID notice during today's Dolphin game?

To think, the only embarassing commercial when I was their age was Susie wasn't feeling so *fresh*. And even then my grandfather would walk away.



I can't bear to watch.......

Hare Kare, Xanax and Knitting

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Name three ways to deal with asthma attacks, evil financial institutions, part time jobs and unemployed husbands. Since I'm rationing my Xanax and suicide never solved anything, I've been knitting.

I've been working a little bit on everything; passed the gusset on my sock, 9" into my kitty blanket and finished this cute little charity vest.

I used the pattern from the Warm Woolies site, a modification of their January vest. I used Patons Classic Wool in Black and the majority of the Lion Wool Autumn Sunset #201. That's the third project with that wool and I have a small ball left of the original 2 skeins. Started 9/6/08 and finished 9/11/08. I started another charity sweater with some mystery wool I got off eBay.

Meanwhile my house is SO trashed. I need to clean, but it's not going to happen today. Trying to get back into the swing of school and work and still keeping up with the house is taking its toll on me. I've got a crock pot set up for dinner…

Saturday Sigh

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Saturday was a weird day. While we had sunny skies,

it was hot and humid. You could really FEEL the heat like a weight on your shoulders. So what did I do? I stayed inside and played with wool! Even that took a while to make me feel good. I avoided my sock

and my sweater since I'm at areas that require thinking. So instead I cast on for some mindless knitting.

There is a group on Ravelry that is collecting 7" squares for blankets that will eventually be sent to Warm Woolies. So I did one for them.

This is the same Lion Wool I used for the Children in Common socks, plus a tan wool from the stash. Then I decided to cast on for another vest.

Still the same Lion Wool except this time I'm using some Paton's black wool. It's amazing how the same yarn paired with a different color produces three different looks.

By the end of the night, I had organized a pile of patterns for scarves I want to make and another pile of patterns for kid projects. I pulled out some of the yarn I w…

One Long Hurricane Party

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Well the tropics are a bit busy these days....

It's too early to tell which one(s), if any, will hit us here in Central Florida. We'll get more rain (which we don't need) and we'll have more beach erosion (which we also don't need). Meanwhile, I'm very happy I live on high ground.

Next in news is that I am now employed again (at least temporarily part time anyway) which I'm happy abt because I'm earning a bit of money, but not happy because it eats into my time to work around the house which eventually eats into my knitting time. However that doesn't mean I'm not getting things done! Here are two finished items I finished over the wknd.

This is my Waffles for Brunch vest for CIC. I was gifted the yarn to make up some items for CIC and I have to say it's pretty nice stuff. I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky yarn in the color Grape. It knit up well and the yarn was really nice to work with. I started it on 8/17 and finished it aro…

Q is for

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QUILTS




















Q is also for Quiet, but there's none of that around here lately.