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Fun Knitting Retreat

…where I met, among others, Wendy of Wendy Knits fame.  We had a lot in common–both of us have Siamese-type cats, both of us are lefties and both have red hair. She knits better than I do, though.

I also met and took classes from Jared Flood, Kate Gagnon and Courtney Kelley, and Tanis Gray. Tanis just moved to the DC area, so I hope to see more of her.

This event was put on by fibre space (my favorite yarn store!) at the O Street Mansion in Dupont Circle. What an amazing place! I’ll try to post some more pictures of the house after I recover.

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Oh, Blog, How I Have Neglected You…

….in favor of Ravelry and Facebook.

I can’t resist posting my new FO, the Chevron Sleeved Cardigan executed in two colors of Noro, 40 and 209. I just love it. I will definitely get attention for this one, whether I want it or not!

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Bowling for Noro

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Four days ago, it was 19 degrees with 5 inches of snow. Today, there is little left but the memory–it was 76 degrees! Amelia went to her friend’s birthday party at the bowling alley; her first time bowling. Here is an action shot.

spotsycouchSpotsy prefers the couch, although we did take a nice long walk today.

Oh, and I made a Noro Hat. The picture doesn’t do the Noro Kureyon #229 justice, but I am using it again in the next project. I am addicted!

The Best Valentine’s Day…

…with all my favorite things! Jewelry : DH gave me a pair of pearl drop earrings (I had just been looking for a pair online yesterday!) Unfortunately, the pictures didn’t turn out. Have you ever tried to take a photo of your own ear? You’ll have to trust me, they are perfect.

Chocolate: DD gave me some chocolate and a little bear,

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but my favorite present was this homemade valentine:

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Since this is a day of my favorite things (raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens notwithstanding), it included yarn.

I have been working faithfully on Oblique, non-characteristically sticking to one project mainly because I really want a new sweater to wear. However, Vicki Square wrote in the new Interweave Knits “Knit anything and everything you want…” Well, then! That’s all I needed to hear. I’ve been resisting casting on for more projects, so I queued up two. Pro Bono in Storm Moon Knits Celestial Bulky in the colorway Crocodile Rock is first. I really only have one hat I like to wear these days, so I’m going to enjoy having a new hat.

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I know I said I was swearing off green, but I can quit any time I want, I tell you! Please don’t call Intervention.

Of course, the best part of Valentine’s Day is my little sweetheart of a girl. Here she is at her party at school yesterday. Parties are the bomb for 5 year olds.

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A Belated Thanks to My Secret Pal 13

I don’t blog when I’m in a personal crisis, so a belated thanks and apology to my Secret Pal, who thoughtfully sent me a package that arrived last week.

I enjoyed: two balls of Lion Brand Wool in a soft green, a note pad with green, leafy decorations on it, two packages of cocoa mix and a little box of life savers. A good pick-me-up.

Thanks, Pal! Looking forward to the reveal.

The Latest

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You are looking at the latest knitting in progress. It is the second sleeve from Oblique from Knitty. I love this pattern more and more as I knit it. I also love the yarn I chose: Cascade Eco Plus in a rich red called (ta-daaaa!) Valentine. Love it.

I decided to fake myself out and begin the sweater with the sleeves since I hate doing sleeves. For some reason, when the body is finished, I feel done, so the sleeves are always a tedious chore. They always take longer than I expect. So far, starting with the sleeves has been a welcome change, and by the time I get to the body, I’ll have the stitch patterns down pat. I’m probably delusional thinking I might get this done by Valentine’s Day, but it is fun to try anyway.

Check out my cutie patootie garden gnome stitch marker. He is one of four, from Wee Ones on Etsy. She does the most wonderful stitch markers out of Fimo. I am having her make me some dachshunds (of course).

A New Year of Knitting

I have been spending this weekend getting a decent start on Oblique, by Veronik Avery. I am very much in love with this cardigan, and with the yarn I chose as well. I am using Cascade Eco + wool, a very economical but appropriate choice for this pattern. After a rocky start, the lace is going smoothly. I resolve to make this fit properly or frog. That is my New Year’s Knitolution. Perhaps I will finish it for Valentine’s Day–the colorway is a lovely red called Valentine.

These days, everyone with a blog and on Ravelry is making New Year’s Resolutions for knitters. I have been doing this for years, actually. Just look back and you’ll see.

Anyway, I had a successful knitting year. Here are some highlights: I finished many projects, including the Central Park Hoodie (which won first prize at the county fair), my first lace shawls–one of which was the Charlotte’s Web shawl out of several colors of Blue Moon Fiber Arts STR. I did my first fair isle with Fake Isle Hat and began a sweater for Amelia. I made two Tulip Sweaters (such a pretty pattern and I love the Dream in Color Classy it is made with), I completed a February Lady Sweater in my favorite green color of Dream in Color Classy. Since I am a new dog owner, I knitted three dog sweaters and will no doubt be making more. Spotsy is cooperating by shivering and generally hating the cold weather and thereby enabling me.

I finally took a finishing class, which was invaluable in helping me to make my sweaters look truly professional. I may even be able to do the dreaded Kitchener stitch after all.

What I won’t agree to do in 2009:
I can’t agree to not buy yarn. I just can’t, so I won’t even promise.
I won’t agree to give up chocolate. Why should I?
I won’t resolve to lose a large amount of weight. I can promise to work on it, especially with exercise.
I won’t decide to save money (although I should).
I won’t work more hours.
I won’t take things or my family for granted. I won’t give up spending time with them and with my sweet pets.

There you have it!
Happy belated 2009 to everyone. Knit on!