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It’s time

Time to get back to some of the things I love.  Time not to get sucked into admiring the creativity of others at the expense of my own.  Time to let go of what isn’t and have fun with what is.  Time to bloom.

In other words, time to bloody well post something on my poor long-neglected blog.

I am planning to teach a parent-child knitting class in the coming weeks.  Not mother-daughter, parent-child.  I would love for you to bring your son, and I would love for any dads who are interested to come too.  Age limit for the kids is five and up – I find that although they can certainly learn before five, that’s the age where they really have the patience to sit down to more than a few stitches at a time.  I am looking at a couple of dates, so let me know if you’re interested and I’ll make a mailing list for updates.


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Me Again

It has been so hard to post.  I have mentioned that there have been big changes around here a few times, and I don’t know why it matters on my knitting blog, but not talking about it has for some reason kept me from posting anything.  So.  The big change is that, much to my dismay, I have gone from being a stay-at-home wife and mother to a single working mom.  I have been so lucky in my job – working as a teaching guide at a farm school, with Little Owl right there at the school with me.  But obviously it’s been a huge change.  There.  That’s out of the way.  Now, some knits.

One of Little Owl’s new hats – this shape reminds me of a pakol, which amuses me endlessly.

Little Owl’s Christmas penguin.

This is Tiger, for my niece, Tiger Lily. (That’s her nickname because Little Owl taught her to growl and it is a big part of her repertoire.) I used this adorable pattern by Louisa Harding.  The only change I made was to screw up the ears.

Here’s me modelling Little Owl’s crazy candy can hat.  She loves this yarn.  She has asked that I also make an elephant with it.  Naturally.

And here we have a picture of a sleeping Little Owl modelling a mitten.  I made up the pattern even though I’d never knit mittens before.  I don’t know quite what that says about me but suspect it indicates a pretty high level of cussedness.  Anyway, I wanted to make sure it fit.  It did.  (I don’t know why I didn’t take pictures of trying it on her with all the DPNs still in, before it was finished.)

And here we have a tiny bunny.  Little Owl always wants to give her friends knit toys for their birthdays.  We poked around on Ravelry for one sweet friend, and finally Little Owl settled on a bunny.  A really tiny bunny.  With a blanket.  A purple one.  And a blue blanket.  I wound up not using a pattern, of course, but it was a hit.


I knit a mountain of stuff for holiday presents, but never got around to taking pictures.  Oh well.  After all, there are only so many pictures of hats and scarves that actually need to be posted.

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Let’s get this party started

So.  After encouragement, enabling, and general harrassment from several friends, I opened my Etsy store.  Right now I am using it primarily as a means of complicating said friends’ lives by forcing them to purchase commissions through it.  But still.  Fun!  We’ll see.  If nothing else, I kind of need to get rid of some stuff.  Knitting is basically my only coping mechanism, and although my family is sizeable, we do live in Texas after all.  There is only so much knitwear we need.

Look!  November tomatoes and delightfully delightful fingerless gloves!  Who doesn’t want that!  If you buy my fingerless gloves, your tomato vines will keep producing until the New Year!


Here’s the link!  Sorry for all the exclamation points.

Ms. Knit-It-All’s Etsy Store of Excessive Yarn

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Ye olde number generator has picked Melanie for the armwarmer giveaway.  The fact that I happen to think she’s awesome is irrelevant because I think everyone who commented is awesome.  Congrats, Melanie!  Shoot me an email and we’ll work out getting them to you.


I just happen to be taking commissions, so if you’re overcome with grief at not winning just let me know and we’ll see what we can do to assuage your pain.

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Armwarmer Watch 2010

It is hard to get around to blogging when your computer is slower than molasses in February.

It is also hard to get around to blogging when your small child has very reasonable but also very time-consuming needs.

It is, in addition to the above, hard to get around to blogging when you have been seized by some kind of berzerker knitting frenzy and Can’t. Stop. Knitting.

It is just not possible to take cute pictures of your own hand doing cute things while wearing armwarmers, no matter how weirdly long said arms may be.

All that being said, I have made a crazy pile of armwarmers, among other things. 

And I think I’ll give a pair away.


These are 100% wool and will fit just about any adult.  Leave a comment – with a link to your blog if you have one! – and I will pick a winner using a random number generator.  Which may involve asking Little Owl for a number.  We’ll just have to see.  Let’s say I’ll pick a winner this Friday.

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Getting Ahead


I’m getting ahead on some projects – trying to get a little stash of present built up.  Very industrious, very motivated.  I’m using an unidentified yarn – I remember it’s an alpaca blend but I lost the tag ages ago.  It’s quite nice though.  The pattern is the Blossom Silk-SeaShell Shawl from Luxury Yarn One Skein Wonders.  I didn’t find a link for the pattern anywhere.  I never really plan any projects from this book, but I like it for dealing with the random skeins I wind up with because of yarn store related lapses in judgment.

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This is the Easy Baby Bootie pattern I’ve linked in other posts.

This is my own pattern, which I may eventually actually write down.

OK, I think that’s all the baby booties for now. Hmmm, what next?

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