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Today I wove in the ends to this little top for Mira.

She’s in her pj’s now so I’ll have to get a picture of her wearing it tomorrow. It’s my own make-up, quick and easy, knit with the fabulous Super by Needful Yarns. Correction: It’s knit in New Cotton by Lang! Oops. It fits her perfectly and looks springy. I’m so very ready for spring.

Just need to pick out the right button from my stash tonight. THEN it will be DONE!

Thanks for the encouragement from everyone in getting back into the knitting swing. I really forgot how much I need/crave/thrive on this daily habit of creativity and creation.

I added a few more patterns to my Patterns For Sale collection. You must check out the Anny Blatt books! I almost hate to see them go even though I have a copy of them saved for myself. Yes, they are that great!!!! The cover sweater (the one with the chicken) is one I made for my daughter since we used to own chickens. I’ll have to snap of pic of her wearing that tomorrow, too.

Thanks to those who placed orders. I’ll be off to Die Post first thing in the morning!

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New things happening…

Dishcloth is done! It was fun to make and just the little knitting pick-me-up I needed. You can find the pattern on Knitting Memories’ blog.

My invite to Ravelry successfully came through, at last! Apparently I was first invited back in September and then again in December but I had never been able to locate the e-mail. I turned off spam blockers, checked the trash bins, etc, etc, but still couldn’t get it to arrive in my inbox. Well, 3 days sitting around sick with nothing else to do but hit the ‘refresh, send invite again’ button paid off. Looks like tons of fun once everything gets organized. Can’t wait to start on it!

You may remember me mentioning that I used to own a yarn shop. Not everything sold by the time we had to close the doors so I still have inventory left including patterns and, of course, YARN! I am desperate to clear the last of it out so now is your chance to get some great stuff and low prices. I would like to sell it the ‘old fashioned’ way to keep things simple for now. Therefore, I will not be able to take credit cards at this time and instead prefer a check in the mail. Hope you understand.

If you look at the top of this page, above the title photo, you will see a new tab called Patterns for Sale. Click on it to see what I have listed so far. This barely skims the surface of what I have but it takes time to sort and post and I had to start somewhere. Check daily to see new additions!

Dishcloth

True to my word I sat down Friday morning (took all of Thurs evening to decide on a pattern- such a huge decision!) to knit up the promised dishcloth. Both girls were sick with a nasty cold-cough-fever-achey thing so we decided to rent some movies off of iTunes to pass the time and I figured this would be the perfect time to sit, knit and keep an eye on them. (BTW, loved Meet the Robinsons!)

Wouldn’t you know it, about 3/4 of the way through my dishcloth I started getting that nasty feeling in my lungs and within a few more hours was totally laid out with the same thing. Yuk!

The entire weekend was spent lying down, coughing and moaning through the pain, with the girls by my side doing the same Saturday, and my dear husband catering to our every need. It’s now Monday afternoon and after having slept in until 11 today I’m beginning to come around. Thankfully the girls are both fine and even made it to school. My brain still isn’t fully functional and everytime I look at the dishcloth pattern I feel totally overwhelmed. I WANT to finish it but it seems like such a big job. Of course I’ve also been staring at my empty water glass for the last 15 minutes wondering how that’s going to get resolved.

Maybe I’ll just go back to bed. Another 14 hours of sleep should do the trick!

It’s a coffee cup. I’ll link the pattern as soon as I remember how.

You never know…

I thought that coming home from my trip back home with 5 (yes FIVE) suitcases crammed waaaaaaaaay beyond the airplane weight limit with yarn, yarn, fabulous YARN plus 4 carry-ons that I could barely lift crammed again, with yarn, would inspire me to make tons of new stuff.

Sadly, just the opposite has happened.

I still haven’t been able to bring myself to unpacking any of these.

Sooooo many memories.

I love it here and wouldn’t trade it for the world, but sometimes I still mourn what I left behind.

Anyhow, tonight I have vowed to knit a washcloth. Little secret? I don’t like knitting washcloths, at all! Why, I don’t know, I just don’t. But my very first project as a new knit student umpteen years ago was a washcloth (2 washcloths, actually) and that’s what hooked me in to knitting and led me on to everything else.

Hopefully tonight’s washcloth will re-inspire me and lead me into the next chapter in my fabulous knitting life.

We’ll see.

And just so you don’t think I’m sitting, pining for the past under a rock somewhere ( because I’m certainly not! ) we just took a trip to Venice last week and I have started posting the first of tons of pictures at the family blog site www.yodelaiho.wordpress.com

And I joined a newbie running group to lose the rest of my unnecessary weight (so far, very good!) I will even be running a 5k on May Day – can’t wait. Thank you neighbor – fellow American – marathoner – excellent friend Mark for starting this group. LOVE IT, even though we get rained on most days 🙂

For now, buona notte ( I totally want to learn Italian now! ) , good night.

Tomorrow I will show off my washcloth!!

I’m ready for it!

Disappearing Act

Sorry to have vanished for a few weeks, but I took a trip back home to visit family and friends. Even though I am most likely half a world away from everyone who reads this blog I just couldn’t take a chance with the “Hey I’m going away and my apartment will be empty for a few weeks…” post. Ya just never know who is watching what and waiting for an opportunity to present itself.

And on that note, a sincere appology to anyone who may have caught the VERY inappropriate comment posted yesterday. It was a bit of spam that slipped through the security here. I love WordPress as my blog host and tons of spam has been diverted, this was the first sneeky one that got through. Hope no one with sensitive eyes saw it.

SO…
The trip back to Michigan and Wisconsin was great, although you all could have been a little more accomadating with the weather! Good grief!!!! Snow and more snow topped off with an ice storm covered up by another 8 inches of snow!!! I had enough driving to do as it was, crummy weather didn’t really need to be the icing on the cake. But it was fun to catch up with family and friends and be back where everything is in English and a trip to the grocery store doesn’t lead to a stress headache. Oh and how I have missed Barnes and Noble!!! I could have devoured everything there and would have bought up half of the store if suitcase space had permitted.

But there was yarn to bring back, and patterns and books from the knitting shop that I had owned that closed down last fall. It was so hard to see everything “left over” since it brought back all of the happy memories of owning my own knitting shop and of all of the wonderful people I met there over those years. Yet it’s fun to see some of it again and to have a bit to knit with (I do hope to sell of some of it and will post photos of the yarn and patterns in the following weeks – super low prices, it just has to move on!) It also gives me renewed inspiration to continue pattern work and designing so that makes me happy.

For now I’m off to bed. Jet lag is not my friend.

Happy knitting – I look forward to catching up on your blogs!

My little sweater is done, and between 3 trips to the school, two to the grocery store, one to the gas station, and one to my neighbors to watch her sick little boy while she ran out for a few minutes (oh, please don’t let me get the flu now, too!) this afternoon I finally managed to sneak in a few minutes to take pictures. Good grief, you would think this had been my first time with a camera if you saw all that I took! Below are the 2 best that I can show (out of nearly 30!!) What the heck?!??

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At the rate this week has been going it may be a few more days until I re-shot and finalize the pattern.

Did I mention this is my own pattern? I don’t think I did! It’s what some would call a ‘seamless’ sweater although that is not really true. There is less seaming – only under arms and down sides – and it’s knit in one piece so it knits up very quickly!

I will post the patten for free once it gets a good solid proof reading and the layout is organized.

Do any of you write your own patterns? The idea, the shaping and the knitting are easy for me but I am terrible at writing it iall down a nice, readable order the first time through. I am the queen of cryptic notes and tally slashes placed somewhat randomly across multiple pages.

Think I’m kidding?

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Nope, I’m not!

Oh yeah, that’s not the pattern for the little sweater, it’s for this.

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Can’t wait to finish it tomorrow!

My stuff pales in comparison to this…

KNITTERELLA

A fab friend who makes some awesome stuff, and we can all have a bit of it!!!

And another blog that I found in the past few weeks who’s owner has some great knits, yet the best of all creations is at her latest post…

OIYI

Yeah!!!!!!!! and congrats to both!!!!!!!!

I am happy beyond words 🙂 I can’t even post an update that pales in comparison to these 😉