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The Queue and Thrumming January 24, 2012

Posted by haelybop in Baby, Leah, Mittens, Queued Up.
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I’m a little slow on the uptake here, but who has heard of thrumming?  Does it really make your mittens a lot warmer?  And just how hard, exactly, is it? Do you end up with a whole bunch of the unspun yarn in the mitten? Do you need to sew in a lining to the underside of the mitten? Discuss.

After a brief ravelry pattern search for mittens, I came across these adorable thrummed mittens and they are really intriguing.  Not sure where in my long queue  I can fit them in but I do believe they should go on the ‘must knit’ list.

Speaking of my queue, it’s baby all the way.  Cast on is an afghan for my home now, but once that’s done I’ll be knitting for the soon to be born little one’s.  Without giving too much away, I’m attempting my 1st fair isle pattern for one friend who is due in February, a heavily cabled garment for another friend due in April and then a little something is in the works for another close friend and fellow knitter, who is expecting in May. Other than that, I have no baby items to knit. 🙂

Until next time, keep knitting and have fun!

p.s. Did any Canadian get that reference to those old “Body Break with Hal Johnson and Johanne McLeod” commercials on local channel stations?

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And a Prodigal Son Returns… January 18, 2012

Posted by haelybop in Baby, Blankets & Afghans, Leah, Queued Up, Scarves.
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Dear WordPress: I’m sorry I left you!  I’m sorry I started my own blog but grew tiresome and antsy and eventually unsatisfied with it.  Now I’d like to beg forgiveness and ask that you accept me back to us Cool Girls, who still love to knit.

Now enough grovelling.  What have I been up to?  (Knitting-wise, of course)  Here’s some random pictures from my recent FO’s:

A knitted layette for my dear friend who gave birth to a beautiful girl last May.

A lacy cowl for said friend as her Christmas present.

A “Lily of the Valley’ stitch scarf:

And with this same Sirdhar’s Mohair “Blush” yarn, a ruffle scarf:

That one’s not the best picture.  Sorry about that!

I got into this “knitting my stash” funk, and it’s something that I think every knitter goes through.  When you want to desperately to go and buy this gorgeous yarn for this gorgeous pattern, but just can’t reconcile the cost when you have a large drawer full (most of you have a lot better stash than me, I imagine) of stash that’s beckoning you to knit it.  Most of these projects were knit with my stash and while the drawer still seems full, so does my bank account.  Next up, I’ll be knitting another baby gift for another dear friend who is expecting her 2nd.  My first sweater is also in my queue, and I’ll get that cast on in the next few weeks.

Until next time, happy knitting one and all!