Does that make me a Duck?

I love rain. Especially at the end of winter, it means spring is coming. Anybody remember the kiddy song; Ducks Like Rain?

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I know it might be a little presumptuous of me to expect winter to be over now, but the temperature is hovering around 40oF and, here at least, the groundhog didn’t see his shadow. That, in my mind, means spring is kinda almost hurrying to get here. We always have a pseudo-spring in March. You know, 70 degree weather, sunny, all the good stuff for about two weeks then we’re flung back into winter in all it’s fury until mid april or so…

Spring seems to be a common theme, I’m reading blogs as I write this, it seems like  nearly everybody is blogging about spring in some form or another. Here are just a few:

http://knittyblog.com/2013/02/kates-leopard-hat/comment-page-1/#comment-197309

http://crazyknittinglady.wordpress.com/

I have the perfect knitting for a rainy day, it blends right in.

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That’s the Ella Rae I mentioned last time. It’s a hot pad. I’m planning to see how many I can make out of one skein and do each one different. I’m then planing to tie them up in brown paper and burlap twine. Very manly. 😉 I’m enjoying the mindless knitting. I also need to start another fortune cookie. Kyla Requested one for her birthday. I’m not sure if I’m going to make her something else as well… So much to do!

Sping Cleaning

Call it cabin fever but, I’ve been doing a little bit of organizing. I finally got around to organizing my yarn labels in a three-ring binder.

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They’re sorted by the majority or their fiber content. So far I have three categories; Mostly Wool, Mostly Synthetic (Polyester, Nylon and Acrylic), and Mostly Plant Fibers (Bamboo and Cotton). I’ve also be organizing my alcove turned studio. I straightened up my binders and containers.

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The jewelry box contains cable needles, circular needles, point protectors, snaps, darning needles, sewing needles, safety pins, you  get the idea. The tray inside lifts out.

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I reuse the plastic KFC takeout containers as odds ‘n ends holders.

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They contain items that I haven’t had a use for yet but they’ve seemed like something I might need in the future.

I bought a skein of Ella Rae Classic Heathers. It’s 1oo% wool yarn. It’s 100g and 219 yards per skein.

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Like any good daughter I’m making my father some pot holders for his birthday. The ones he has are looking a little thin… (Insert Pic) On Slouchy Hat I started the second Tinkerbell section today.

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I’m  not sure how long the hat will be overall but knitting slouchy hat has given me a great idea for a child’s hat…

Hither and Yon

Just a short post today. I’m typing this as we’re commuting in between errands.I’ll post it once we get to Dunkin Donuts.  I finished my February Design it!  entry today. No pictures until March though. Slouchy Hat is coming along great already. It’s perfect mindless movie knitting.

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You can see my Brownie Batter Doughnut- very yummy!

The pattern is two inches of Cuddle Sensations and one inch of Tinkerbell The first strip of Tinkerbell is too long, about a 1/4 inch. But I don’t really care, it isn’t all that noticeable. The brim is a little too wide so I’m going to be sewing in some elastic thread once I’m done. All in all I’m just loving this project. 🙂

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I am missing my knitting partner today, she has stayed home.

I Vant To Donate My Blood!!

For the past two years (this makes three) I have been volunteering at the Blood Drives held by the Red Cross. Before I have always been able to work for a half day. This year though, I was able to take off a whole day of work, so I helped out all day. There were three of us who weren’t running the registration or nurses. We escorted the donators from the beds to the “canteen” where they  could have snacks, keep an eye on people to make sure they were feeling ok and help if they did faint (three people did go down, I have rudimentary first-aid skills but… I’m glad the nurses were there), keep the snack tables well stocked (We did make quite a few PB&Js), and generally help out where ever we were needed.

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I originally wanted to take my spinning but that would have been too difficult to pick up and put down as frequently as I needed to. I ended up taking a skein of Sensations Cuddle with me  and cast on for a hat.

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178 stitches… Oy vey. I like the way it’s coming along though.  Where did you knit in public today?

I was filling the bird feeders a couple of days ago. It was icy, windy, and cold. I think I got more birdseed on the ground that anywhere else. Look what I noticed.

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I guess they don’t realize that it’s 26 degrees Farenheit during the day and 14 degrees Farenheit at night.

Warning! Pictures Ahead

Friday I finished  the new Butter Belle. The knitting went rather quickly, the smaller size with a larger gauge will do that. On Saturday I blocked it. ready2block

Getting ready to block.

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Soaking.

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Drying.

By Sunday night it was dry. I sewed the it all together Monday and added the snaps. I was pretty proud of myself for figuring out how to hide the thread ends on the snaps.

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Make sure all the ends are next to each other. Then slip a small crochet hook under the snap and hook the threads. Pull them through with the hook (It might take a few tries). Then Cut the excess off. Voila! No loose ends!

I finished sewing on the last snap.  When I held it up to examine my heart stopped. The triumphant yell died on my lips. The sleeves were too long. Nine-inch sleeves made it look like it was for a monkey baby. I pulled the sleeves off and as the Bf tried not to laugh, frogged three inches and bound off. While we watched State of the Union (I loved seeing Katharine Hepburn knit. 😉 ) I got the sleeves all fixed up and ready to sew on. Again. (I’m trying -and failing- not to whine…)

Now as you may not know; I write these posts the night before I plan to publish them. It helps me work out the mechanical kinks and decide if I like what I”ve written. Anyway, I had originally planned to let them sit Tuesday and finish it last night. But as my Dell powered off I realized, I have to finish it tonight, It’ll bug me to much otherwise. Plus, the baby is due any day. So… I sewed those sleeves on quickly and grabbed some photos.

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I wrote the part below before. Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to bed.

I went a hunting the other day. I bought this yarn.

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Total impulse buy. I think it’s but ugly.  (But it’s soooo soft!)I have no idea what on earth I could make out of it. Yarn bomb maybe? I also bought these buttons. They’re all I can show you of my entry for the aforementioned Ravelry contest.

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Rip it Rip it Rip it…

I have started my entry for the February Design It! Group contest. Persephone has been helping me get some knitting done. Here are some of her classic poses.

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The Raindrop

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The Yawn

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The Baguette

I’ve been  working on rolling up yarn for a knitting group a few friends and I am trying to start. There are three people who want to learn how to knit so I’m trying to get ready for Wednesday.

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I’ve been working on Butter Belle like a maniac, which makes this next part all the worse. Here’s BB after I bound off; the body is done.

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It is 15 inches long; an inch longer than planned and 22 inches around; 7 inches wider than planned.

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I did knit a gauge swatch but when I measured again the stitches had stretched by about 1.5 inches each way. I am going to have to unpick the seams and frog all the way back to the beginning. Hopefully this time it will be quicker because she’s smaller…

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This is all that remains of Butter Belle. 😥