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I have a new project to share for Yarn Along/Crafting On.   We just found out that one of Ella’s favourite teachers at swimming is having twins!  So I’m whipping up a couple of Baby Surprise Jackets (and likely bonnets).

I’m not a fan of putting babies in green.  But it was Grandma’s idea and she was buying, so I guess it’s green.

Remember back in 2014 when the hair dresser chopped all my hair off instead of just the 10 inches for the donation?  And then the happy day in 2017 when it was finally long again?  Well, here’s today’s picture.  It’s fresh from the shower, so this is the length before it shortens with the bit of curl I have now.  This length is called ‘classic’, basically ‘butt-length’.  I now have to be careful when sitting down.  I think I may let it keep growing and see how far I can get.

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Yarn Along/Crafting On a little late. Somehow yesterday got away from me.  Oh well, this week’s progress isn’t that exciting.

Just about to the armpits on Mom’s sweater.  Though I’m beginning to worry about the amount of yarn left.  I’ll have to make it do because I like the firmness of the ‘material’.  I don’t want it any stretchier.

I got a couple of books for Christmas, but right now I’m reading a school related one.  It’s called Know and Tell and it walks you through the narration process.  It’s something we’ve been weak at over the years.

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Grandma’s Sweater

Quick update on the sweater.  Here’s what I did yesterday.

What do you think?

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I’m not sure what this says for the rest of the year, but the first Yarn Along of 2019 is mostly ‘un-knitting’.

Grandma’s sweater went from basically done to a bunch of balls of yarn.  She’s been having trouble with her shoulder (physio finally, now that holidays are over) and she had such a struggle getting into the sweater.  I think the ‘hand’ of the sweater is too loose/soft/stretchy for her.  Also the sleeves didn’t fit her biceps well at all.  So I sucked it up and ripped it all out.  Now what?  Elizabeth Zimmerman to the rescue again (plus sale on yarn at Michael’s).  I’m making her a fair isle cardigan with Elizabeth’s magic percentage formula.  That lets me make a sweater at any gauge and any size.  I decided on a fair isle because I don’t think I have enough of the ‘black’ for a firmer sweater.  This way I bought some grey and variegated purple to do the pattern work.  I may add some at the bottom too.

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2018 in Knitting

Wow, I had a feeling that my knitting productivity was down this year.

Ella’s Minecraft birthday socks

custom hat, mitts, and scarf set for Anna’s grandchild

Goth Kitty knee socks for me

custom sweater for Belinda’s co-worker

dish cloths

more Momma knee socks

dish cloths

Wonder Woman shawl for Teresa

brioche socks for Grandma

crazy neon socks for Ella

knitted bag for knitting projects

Grandma’s cable socks

Grandma’s sweater -basically finished, but I’m ripping it out and starting over.  I don’t like the way it fits her.

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Hey look a Yarn Along/Crafting On post -and it’s not socks!

It’s the impossible to photograph sweater for Grandma!!  I forget which filter I used on my phone to finally get a decent picture.  I think I’m just about done the body and ready to start the bottom edge, then on to the sleeves.  Not sure it’s getting finished before Christmas.  Good thing Grandma doesn’t mind a present on needles.

I was going to show you what I made for my swap partner, but somehow I forgot to take any pictures.  Not sure how that happened.   I made her a sock baggie with some of the blue from Ella’s afghan.  I also made a small flurry of snowflakes like these.  I made a small shawl -good for tucking in a winter coat.

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A couple of things for Crafting On/Yarn Along:

Did I show you the progress on Mom’s sweater after I ripped out all the patterned body part?

Sorry for the too much flash.  I was trying to get the pattern to show up.  It’s a charcoal colour, but with a black base, not grey like in this picture.  I really need to start doing some focused knitting.  I hate giving half-made presents.

Ella having book club every Monday morning is really helping my purse knitting.  First sock is done, just finishing up the casings/bind off at the top.  I love making socks.

I know I haven’t mentioned it this fall, but I hope you all have been working on your Christmas countdown preparations.  I’m behind on the cleaning, but I’m done shopping (I think) and have lots of ideas ready for the Advent season.   Don’t forget, this Sunday is ‘Stir-Up Sunday‘, get all your ingredients ready for your Christmas pudding and cakes.  Follow the link to grab my recipe or just to see my adorable little helper.

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