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Adventures in Lace KAL: Casting On...

One of the the knitting techniques which I've decided I need to explore during my second year of knitting is lacework. So it was perfect that Kate over at Lazy Kate Creates suggested a little virtual lace knit-a-long (KAL) to help us all get through the final weeks of winter and to get me to cast on a project. (Click the little Adventures in Lace button in my side bar for more info.)

Official cast-on date is today...though I jumped the gun a bit and cast on yesterday because I knew I would probably need a bit of un-rushed quiet time to get started. Earlier this fall I had decided my first lace project would also be my first scarf having fallen in deep like with the Juliet scarf out of Knitting Little Luxuries. I'm knitting it up in my 171 yards of Merlot handspun merino I got in Nebraska last spring.


The first cast-on was doomed from the first round of lacework. First off I was YOing wrong (which I didn't realize being as I've only practiced on a small swatch of eyelets …

Gluten Free CCCs, Take 2...

Alternative Title: I Have a Tummy Ache from Eating Too Many Cookies...

Any who, a friend asked me earlier this week if I could make some cookies or bars for a community event one of the organizations she is part of is having this weekend. I of course said yes. But then I got to thinking...I only have gluten free baking ingredients in our house. I didn't want to go get "normal" flour for just a batch of cookies. I don't do cookies from a mix. (I have, in an "emergency", used a dough roll from the fridge section of the grocery...but this was hardly a cookie emergency.) Talking to my friend Monica about it (who also agreed to bake something) she mentioned that having a gluten free option might be a nice surprise for those who normally can't partake of goodies at events because of special dietary needs. So even though our gluten free flour is kinda pricey, I decided ONE batch of gluten free cookies wouldn't break the bank.

Since the only cookie I have exp…

Reaching Out...

It's time for one of my favorite yoga events of the year...our 3rd annual food-raising event for the local food pantry. Mark your calendars and join us for Happy Hour yoga. Fun will be had!




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When the Sun Shines Pink...

Today has 3 things going for it:
It's Tuesday which means family taco night and Biggest Loser...our favorite night of the week!The SUN IS SHINNING!!!I have newly pinked hair thanks to Mary Beth at Expressions here in Grinnell. LOVE IT!



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My Knitting Nemesis...

Hats.

I knit my first hat last winter, a basic beanie for Scott. That poor cap has several comical issues. First of all I didn't really understand yarn properties and Scott's main requirement was that it wasn't itchy. So of course I stayed clear of wool and choose to knit it in sage green cotton. Those with seasoned yarn knowledge will snicker at this point knowing cotton has very little elasticity. I cast on, knit, decreased the crown, wove in the ends and presented Scott with a beanie that was more like a slouchy stocking cap..that grew a little every time he put it on. He proudly wore it around the house for about a week before I took it back, ripped it out and started over by casting on fewer stitches. After the second knitting I ended up with a hat that was an inch too short...a true beanie I guess...but rather dorky looking. Rather than rip it out and knit it AGAIN, I thought I could just pick up stitches around the rib and extend it a bit. Great idea except for the f…

Winter Wonders...

Bitter cold has given way to fog and heavy frost. This morning we awoke to world of fuzzy white. Amazing fragile spikes of frost that begged for the attention of my camera.






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Visions of a Lazy Sunday...

I hope you too are blessed to be spending the day with those you love.


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The Watered Down Version...

I'm not even sure how it all started...but Tuesday night during dinner Scott, my brother and I found ourselves giving a very general lesson in genetics. Without going much into detail about the process we explained how girls have 1/2 of the "instructions" needed to grow a baby in an egg. (And yes, I used the" kinda like a chicken" analogy because how else do you explain what an egg is to an 8 and 3 year old?) We also explained that that the other 1/2 of the "instructions" come from sperm, which a boy has. There was actually no need to discuss anatomical parts and I felt like our conversation was informative, factual, but very G rated.

So imagine my shock yesterday when, as Brea and I were simply going about our day's activities, I found myself having the following conversation:

Brea: Mommy, you know that thing a Daddy has to help a Mommy make a baby?

Me: The sperm.

Brea: How does the sperm get out of the Daddy?

Me: (After a longer than normal pause as …

Making a Difference...

Once again I am amazed at how something as simply, and to some as trivial, as blogging can make a big impact on the world through the communities of individuals that come together through common bonds. I had no idea when I started talking about my knitting on this here blog a year ago that I would connect with so many other knitters out. I'm so thankful that has been the case!

Following the Haitian earthquake, the knitting blogging community got busy doing what they do best...sending up the signal(as Stephanie did on Yarn Harlot to round up Knitters Without Borders) for us to come together as a community to provide those in need with comfort. In this case rather than knitting up prayer shawls or wool socks or snuggle blankets, the call went out to support the organizations who are providing relief services to the affected areas. In my case I'm choosing to mention two very well known and highly respected organizations making a difference in Haiti today:
The Red CrossDoctors Witho…

Like Flipping a Switch...

Have you ever had one of those days that by day's end you can feel the bitchiness seeping out of your every pore? When for whatever reason a regular day to day interaction sends your thoughts and emotions spiraling down into a pit of darkness. It's like you're at the controls of a train engine pulling a full load of cargo and you get word that if you don't put on the brakes, or at least slow down a bit, derailment is eminent. But instead of heeding the warning you push on full steam ahead only to find yourself in a tangled mess at the end of the line.

Yesterday was one of those days for me.

As much as I hate to blame it on hormones, it's hard NOT to see the connection between my monthly hormonal cycle and "bad" days. It's like a switch is flipped and suddenly (though usually only for a day...or two...thanksfully) I totally lose the ability to rationally deal with any adversity (actual or perceived) in my life. How I wish a warning light would go off at …

A Winner and Sock Talk...

Out of 25 unique commenters on my Knitiversary post for my first blog give-away, today's lucky winner is...


The thirteenth commenter was: polinium!

polinium said...

Happy Knitiversary!
This year I've made tons of socks, shopping bags for my mother, blankets, hats and other things I've forgotten. I'm polinium on Ravelry, but for some reason I don't keep track of my projects.
I hope you continue to be inspired by your new craft!


Congrats to polinium (I'll get in touch with you via Ravelry to get your address for mailing) and THANK YOU to everyonewho took the time to comment and say hello and pass on your kind words. I love how something as simple as a joint appreciation for a craft can bring together total strangers in a way that doesn't feel strangerish at all!

I realized after my Mom commented on how the socks I knit her (my first finished pair...I have to say finished because remember this sock? The one that was started and frogged and re-started on longe…

Don't Forget...

Today is the last day you can comment on this post...

to win a copy of this book...

and a skein of yarn! (Now determined, but I'm not gonna share with you. Mwahaha.)

Thank you to everyone who has already left a comment! I have been so touched by all the wonderful words for my knitting, this little blog, and your own knitting projects/stories.

Tomorrow is the big day...I'm excited too to see who will be the big winner!


peace

Like the Swirling Snow Outside my Window...

It's how my thoughts have been this week.

I found out earlier this week that the owners of the quilt shop where I started working just a few short months ago have decided to sell the business. This news of course has sent my world a-spin on several levels.
My fun part-time job could soon not exist.My fabric supplier could also soon not exist.Emotionally I'm grieving for my friends as they work through this change in their lives.And after some heart to heart with Scott about pursuing dreams, I am exploring what it would take for me to buy all or a portion of the business to continue to fill the needs of area crafters! (A possibility that both excites and scares the hell out of me.)Currently I'm in information gathering mode. I'm making connections with area resources such as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development office. I'm scouring the Small Business Administration website for every nugget of information I can gather about what it REALLY takes to start a s…

Knitiversary...

(Hint: Make sure you read all the way to the end for a chance to celebrate this milestone occasion with me!)

Ringing in 2010 had a little extra special meaning to me...it marked my 1st Knitiversary! (Remember this post?) Ironically I celebrated my 1st Knitiversary without any knitting. We actually got social for NYE this year and by the time we made it back home to PJ the girls and watch the big ball drop in Times Square (on New York time mind you), I was too tired to pick up the needles.

It feels kinda funny to be able to pin point when exactly I started a specific hobby. I learned to sew as a kid, watching as my mom made any number of items...quilts, clothes, curtains, etc. My interest in photography goes back to when I was about 5 and spent time with my Dad in the little dark room he had set up in our basement bathroom. Even the start of my yoga practice is hard to pin point to any more specific time than "sometime in the later part of 1999". And I guess if it wasn't fo…

Lexi's First Sewing Project...

Shortly after I got my new sewing machine, Lexi started asking if I could teach her how to sew. I agreed that during winter break we would tackle a project. After a bit of discussion we decided to make a bag for the Nintendo DS she received for Christmas.

Yesterday we headed to the quilt shop so that she could pick out her fabrics. She was actually surprised that we were getting new fabric, and honestly we could have easily made this project from my stash, but being her first project I wanted to make it a little extra special. I think she was a little overwhelmed at first by the fabric selection process. We had decided to make a messenger style bag and had talked about how many different fabrics she could potentially use. She finally decided on 3 different blue/purple batiks for the outside panels and a lighter batik with a fun swirly pattern for the inside lining.


After doing a little design planning I set up Lexi at the machine to practice her seams while I cut all the pieces we would…