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Kate the… Bumble Bee

Because who doesn’t need a hand knit bumble bee toy? I mean, really. Who doesn’t need this?

Kate the... Bumble Bee?!

Kate the... Bumble Bee?!

Kate the... Bumble Bee?!

Pattern: Kate, the Cat with Britches from Knitty Winter 2005, also City Mouse Toy from Lion Brand’s website (registration required) for the wings.

Yarn: Red Heart Super Savers in Black, Bright Yellow, and White. Not sure of the amounts, but not much of any color.

Needle: US5

Started: February 23, 2009
Finished: February 25, 2009

I am in love with him. LOVE. I didn’t make him for anyone or any occasion… Just spotted this one on Ravelry and had to be a copycat. Can you blame me?

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Lost in translation

Anyone out there able to translate what this tube contains?!? I’d be eternally grateful!

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If it would help, I’ll email the largest size file I can to you so you can zoom in on the symbols!

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Barrage of FOs

First, thanks for all the well-wishes. I am a firm believer in fate and things happening for a reason, so I know this wasn’t to be, but it’s frustrating nonetheless. We’ll find the right home soon, I’m sure of it! Now for the barrage of knitting…

One:

Basic Cabled Hat

Pattern: Basic Cabled Hat from Stitch n Bitch

Yarn: Malabrigo in Cactus Flower, about 2/3 skein

Needles: US8

Cast on 108 and knit additional two cable repeats before decreases.

Two:

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Pattern: Birthday Cowl

Yarn: Joann Sensations Dolcetto in purple/pink, less than a ball

Needles: US8

Three:

Very Warm Pokeball Hat

Pattern: Cross between Very Warm Hat by EZ and Pokeball Hat by Sasha Stavsky (rav link)

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash… don’t remember how much of each, but mostly white since the inside is all white.

Needles: US7

Four:

Elijah for Jerry's Granddaughter

Pattern: Elijah by Ysolda Teague

Yarn: Bernat Cashmere Blends, ~1.5 balls

Needles: US4 and US7 (for ears)

The color is completely washed out in this pic because it was super super super cold and the sun didn’t shine well for weeks. I needed to take a pic and send it out before the baby came!

Five:

Twist Cardigan

Pattern: Twist Cardigan by ChicKnits

Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman Wool, ~2.5 skeins

Needles: US7 and US8

I would never ever ever use this yarn for a sweater again. I’d only use it for felting and only if I had a coupon to buy it with. It’s one of the scratchiest and uncomfortable wools I’ve ever used. Bummer. Live and learn, huh?!

Six:

Shetland Triangle for Colleen

Pattern: Shetland Triangle

Yarn: Knit Picks Shadow in Oregon Coast Heather, held double, ~2.5 skeins total

Needles: US8

Knit 12 body repeats and it measured 61 x 30″ when blocked. Given as a mid-year bday present to a mom friend at school.

Seven:

Yummy Pink Malabrigo Mitten

Pattern: Basic Mitten Pattern by Ann F Budd

Yarn: Malabrigo in Cactus Flower, just over half a skein

Needles: US7

Eight:

Cabled Baby Hat for Boy

Pattern: Cabled Baby Hat by HeyJulie (rav link)

Yarn: Bernat Cashmere Blends, just over half a ball

Needles: US8

Nine:

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Pattern: Elijah by Ysolda Teague

Yarn: Bernat Cashmere Blends (just under half a ball) and Wool Ease in Oxford Grey (about 3/4 ball)

Needles: US4 and US7

Ten:

Stacy's Mittens

Pattern:  Warmest Mittens by Kris Percival

Yarn:  Wool Ease Chunky in Black, one ball

Needles:  US7

Ta-Da! That’s the extent of my knitting since just before the end of 2008. I’m currently working on stash-busting and hope to have some projects to show very soon. Thanks for hanging through the post!

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I had some great plans for some great posts explaining how we had found a wonderful home to buy that would put us very near our school and back in the town we never should have left in the first place.  I was going to explain that the home we found was THE ONE and we wouldn’t have to move until the kids had to bury us.
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I was.   Then things went wrong with the deal.  Very very wrong.

Apparently the woman who owns the home has some control issues.   From what we can tell, she ordered the listing agent not to divulge any details to prospective buyers.  You know, details like she’s already in negotiations with another buyer or that she’s unwilling to accept offers below a certain dollar amount, or that she is only willing to entertain one offer at a time.  Pretty significant details that any prospective buyer wants to know and asks about.  When the buyer isn’t able to get answers and instead feels as though they’re deliberately being deceived, the deal is headed south.  Quickly.

It’s truly unfortunate how things played out.  The home is in foreclosure and is not the owner’s primary residence.  We offered a low amount knowing that the bank would counter with a higher amount.  Admittedly, we were looking for a deal.  We will not be putting our current home on the market until the real estate upswing begins, so we’ll be carrying two mortgages.  A good deal would soften that situation a bit.  Anyway, the exchanges became less enjoyable and more adversarial.  We got emotional and backed out, only to find two days later that she had an offer on the table and the home was now contingently-contracted.  We went back to her and offered list price, knowing that this is a home we both can envision ourselves in for many many years.  She refused.  She refused what we think is ~ $75,000 because of a personal vendetta, as best we can tell.  Why would anyone do that?  I can only hope that Karma will pay her visit sometime down the road.  Right now, I drive the kids 25 miles each way to a school that I truly love and believe in.  It’s completely worth it, but it’s frustrating and exhausting.  We didn’t make the decision to enroll at the school lightly.  Much deliberation was done.  I wouldn’t change it for anything, but I sure wish we hadn’t moved to the home we’re in now to begin with. As they say, hindsight is always 20/20.

We’re still searching for the right house.  Deep down in the mature part of me, I know we’ll find it.  For now, I’m (not-so-)secretly hoping that the current contract falls through and we’re able to buy this home afterall.  I certainly don’t wish any ill toward the owner or the prospective buyers, I just really want the house!  🙂

I’ll be back soon, I hope, with some knitting to show.  Enjoy your weekend.  I’m thrilled to be able to see some of our grass again!

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