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Some Christmas Knitting is DONE!

Our Thanksgiving was relatively uneventful and really enjoyable. Hubby’s mother came over and cooked/instructed us, which just thrilled the kids. They hadn’t seen her in at least 2 months because of an unexpected and sudden heart problem that laid her up in the hospital for several weeks. She’s better now, after serious surgery and rehabilitation. Just tired out. 🙂

I was able to get some knitting done, too… once the stomach flu finally left our house. We somehow escaped total annihilation, with hubby and daughter left untouched! I was finally accosted on Tuesday evening and spent the night ‘sleeping’ on the bathroom floor. That was followed by sleeping the entire day on Wednesday. I ate exactly two mini muffins and two slices of apple that evening. It was crazy how tired I was–even walking into the bathroom or kitchen from my perch on the couch was enough to leave me gasping for air. But it’s over and as I mentioned, I was able to get some knitting done.

I now present the Baby Bobbi Bear Trio!

Baby Bobbi Bear Trio

and since the girls are still young, each bear is embroidered (albeit badly) with the girls’ first initials:

Baby Bobbi Bear Trio

(I know it’s a bit difficult to see, but the letters are ‘S’, ‘M’, and ‘E’)

I’m hoping to finish a scarf for mom, then hand over the entire package as a Christmas Gift just before school lets out for the break.  I’ve made some progress on it, but it sure seems to be moving at a snail’s pace.  Can’t figure that out.

I hope you all enjoyed some wonderful home-cooked meals and some great family time over the holiday.  I am off to relax now!

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Stomach Flu

I’m thinking I could just stop this post right there, but I won’t.

Apparently my oldest son’s school is being overtaken by good ole Gastroenteritis. Not long after attending a birthday party on Thursday afternoon, I received a phone call from a fellow mommy. She hadn’t called to tell me about this, but ended up explaining that her entire family had been ravaged last weekend–one day per person–with stomach/intestinal ailments.

Well, around 10:30pm that evening when oldest son came in our bedroom complaining that his stomach really hurt, I was so happy she had called that I couldn’t possibly explain in words alone. We made it to the bathroom just in the nick of time. Thanks Ronnie! If you hadn’t called, I probably would have sent him back to bed and caused myself a big mess to clean up! Anyway, he carried his little bucket around all day Friday and part of Saturday, but today seems to be A-OK. Unfortunately his 2 year old brother was next in line, so I’ve been chasing him with the bucket. The good news is that he’s so young, he has just been taking it in stride. He hurls, cries, then moves on as if nothing happened! A trooper, for sure.

Needless to say, I haven’t accomplished much knitting over the past several days. I cast on for a Monteverde Scarf ala Kelley. It’s a great knit, if I could just sit down and knit it! I opted to use a fingering weight yarn found on Ebay at Yarn Treehouse. It’s super soft and very girly, I think. Once I’ve got this one complete, I will attempt my first ever true lace project, using the same pattern and some Misti International Laceweight Baby Alpaca or whatever it’s called. It’s soft as all get out, but I was having a hard time dealing with the lack of weight/lack of substance to it combined with larger needles, so I copped out and went fingering weight. I’m a baby, what can I say?

Here’s the yarn:
Yarn Treehouse Fingering

And here’s the lumpy mess of the WIP:
Monteverde WIP

Don’t you just love the magic of blocking, especially with lace? 🙂

I also finished another of the 3 Baby Bobbi Bears, but haven’t taken pictures of it yet. It looks alarmingly like the first one does! That’s what happens when you have three sisters–everything kinda needs to be similar so no one is the favorite. 😉

I wish you all a very Happy and very Healthy Thanksgiving! (if you’re in the US, that is!) Take care…

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So where was I?

Oh, yeah… the Ganomy Hats. Here’s the third and final hat:

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This one was done in Wool Ease, denim color. Took less than half a ball, I think. I messed around with the decreases a little in an attempt to avoid the elfish look. As it worked out, the hat kinda looks like a dinosaur head. Take a look:

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It’s got several points along the top, but my two year old doesn’t care and it fits over his big ol’ noggin, so what the heck!

I also finished the gnome I mentioned in the last post, but I don’t have an FO pic yet. So goes life in winter wonderland. Here’s the WIP shot for grins:

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I was feeling some serious pangs of guilt for not completing the Baby Bobbi Bears requested of me several months ago, so I cast on for the second of three. I’m working on the first leg at the moment and it’s really not worthy of a picture. 🙂 I’ve been making very little progress on the Mitered Blanket for my youngest… It’s been a nighttime knit and I haven’t had much energy when we’ve gone to bed lately, so the progress has suffered. On the other hand, my two year old has discovered how to climb out of his crib when he doesn’t want to nap, so I’ve been able to camp outside his door to lie in wait. While I’m doing this, I knit on his blanket. It’s working quite well on both fronts–I get some knitting progress and he gets naptime.

I’m waffling on my gift choice for the two preschool teachers… I was thinking I could crank out two lace scarves pretty quickly, but now I’m not so sure. I mean, I just counted how many days until Christmas Break and there aren’t nearly enough of them!!

For those of you with kiddos, here’s a pic from my 4 year old’s birthday party on Saturday:

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It was fun, but exhausting.  I hope you all had great weekends, too!

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Ganomy, take two.

Since the first Ganomy hat was such a success, I couldn’t NOT cast on for another. My oldest son asked if I was planning on making one for him. Not one to disappoint, I asked which color(s) he’d like. He wanted one to match his winter coat, so that’s what I made.

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And the model shot:

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Pattern: Ganomy Hat from The Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease in Buttercup and Denim, ~one third ball of each

Needles: size 8US (5.00mm)

This hat is a bit snug on his head because I knit tighter than the average knitter does, but it’s not so tight that he can’t wear it. I have loads of the yarn left over, so if I need to I can always make another. I’ll be making yet another in different colors for my youngest son to match his winter coat. Judging from the forecast, they’ll be much needed in the coming week(s)!

I have actually made a little progress on the Hubby Hybrid Sweater, though not enough to warrant a progress pic. To be honest, I have seriously considered scrapping the sweater in favor of a heavier gauge yarn. Sport weight for a big boy is rough on an impatient knitter-wife. 🙂 I would really rather make this sweater using Cascade Eco + wool in a similar navy blue color (#515, not that I’ve looked into it or anything), but I’m afraid I might be locked out of the house if I buy any more yarn. 😉  At least I’d have my shiny new minivan to sleep in, right?

My youngest son’s mitered blanket is progressing:

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However much I love the striped version of this blanket, I just can’t bring myself to carry a cotton-blend yarn for 48 miters. Hey, I told you all before that I’m a big baby…  If anyone has tips or hints on seaming the very center of the 4 squares, I’m all ears!

And finally, I’ve decided I’ll be knitting another Yuletide Gnome to ‘hold’ a gift card from somewhere (??) for my oldest son’s teacher. There’s still plenty of time to figure out where she’s most likely to want a gift card from, but I want to be sure I’ve got the knitting done well in advance of Christmas Break! I haven’t decided what (if anything) I will knit for my daughter’s teachers. I’m considering the Monteverde Scarf   but as I said before, I can’t justify any more yarn purchases.  I have plenty of JaggerSpun Zephyr and Superfine Merino in laceweight and I’m positive either would be an excellent sub for the Misti Alpaca, but I would have to dye the yarn or the FOs.  That makes me nervous, especially on time-sensitive projects.  We’ll see.

Enjoy what’s left of your weekend!  I’m off to finish the long-neglected housework.

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