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knitters sewing along


Did I mention I’m a joiner?  I think I did, well, if not, here is more proof.  I am joining a sew along for knitters.  I’m not sure if I’m a sewist (looks better than sewer) who knits or a knitter who sews.  I started sewing first, so, I guess, that would make me the former.  Oh, well, I hope they will let me in anyway.

The first project for the sew along is a skirt.  I think I’ll pull out KwikSew 3276, an A-line skirt pattern I bought last summer(?) and give it a try. 

Now, to sort thru the fabric stash . . . .


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good day

I went to Borders yesterday, to sit in the coffee shop and knit.  It was nice to sit and knit and sip coffee and not hear “mom, mommy, mama, MOMMY!” every five minutes.  I was able to finish one of Daughter’s felted slipper and will be starting Son’s soon.  I am making a pair for Daughter and a pair for Son from the Fiber Trends pattern and will felt them at the same time so that there will be no “You like him/her better” stuff going on.  I think Hubby wants me to make a pair for him, but let me finish the ones fro the kids first, the man wears size 11s for heck’s sake.


While I was at Border’s I picked up a couple of cute things, a gift bag that I think will be perfect for carrying small projects, and a birthday/anniversary reminder book. 


I felt the need to do a little shopping so I headed to the mall and finally found some new drinking glasses.  I was really craving some grown-up drinking glasses instead of the clear plastic(acrylic?) ones we have had for a while so the kids couldn’t destroy them.

After getting home from the mall Hubby showered then we all headed out to the discount movie theatre to see Chicken Little.  On the way to the car I picked up the mail and the new Ottobre was there, woohoo! Kids loved the movie, I think it could have been better. 

On the way home Hubby stopped so I could run into Village Yarn & Tea to pick up a pattern booklet.  I ended up comming home with the pattern booklet, Dalegarn 142, and, from the tea side of the store, a small tea pot. I think I need to make a tea cozy for it.


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pattern: Cables dishcloth for the Monthly Dishcloth KAL
yarn:  Fantasy Naturale (from stash)
needles:  US7 Clover Bamboo
started/finished:  Jan 27
notes:  This was a quick knit and the cable twist was something I had never done before, I think I would like to make a sweater for my daughter in the future with this stitch pattern.  I did make a few modifications to the pattern.  I made the cloth smaller, just a personal preference, and I added a garter stitch border to the sides instead of just on the top and bottom. 

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last to know?

Did everyone already know this??  Mission Falls 1824 cotton and wool are comming back next month. 

Mission Falls

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Over the last week I have actually been doing some knitting and sewing. I know, shocker.

It started with the what not to wear post, after that I decided I really needed to get some clothes made for my daughter.  The dresses I made for her almost 2 years ago are just not cutting it anymore, even for play dresses. 

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I pulled out the Ottobre magazines and traced off a pattern and did a sketch.

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I started cutting, I was not paying as close attention as I should have been and mis-cut one of the side panels and didn’t have enough fabric left to re-cut, sigh. So now I have this beautiful pink velour that cannot be made into what I intended it to be made into, sigh.  I did cut out 2 other dress, rethread the serger, and start on the sewing up.  The bulb on my serger blew out so I went to the store to pick up another one. I asked Hubby to watch the kids while I was gone.  When I got home I was putting in the new bulb when I noticed a small pair of scissors sitting in front of the serger and all of the threads had been cut. Honey, thanks for watching the kids, sigh.

I am getting closer to finishing Daughter’s sweater, only one sleeve left to go, and weaving in all those ends.


The bottom rolls a bit too much so I am thinking of ripping back and putting in some wide ribbing before the rolled edge, but not till I get the other sleeve done and the ends woven in.

I needed a break from all those bright stripes, so I started some socks.  I finished the first one last night.



The foot with the sock is Daughter, the foot without a sock is Son, who wanted his picture taken too.  I have to make him some socks too, he kept saying “my sock, my sock!”  I’ve been a bad mommy, need to make socks for him too.

Oh, and I joined another KAL, two actually: Project Spectrum (not just knitting, tho), and the Aran Weight Victorian Lace Shawl KAL.  I was also going thru the Yahoo!Groups I a lurker member of, I totally forgot to list the Monthly Dishcloth KAL and the Kiri Shawl KAL.  Then there are the Blog based ones I forgot:  Branching Out and Sock it to Me.  Ok, most of these I don’t really consider KALs as they are perpetual and people come and go, more of a knitting support group for the pattern in question.

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It’s official, I’m a joiner.  I had suspected this for quite a while, but now I know it to be true.

I love to join KALs, although I do not join all of them I do join my share. I have many that have carried over from last year and this year I have joined the Stashalong, Sock a Month and I am iching to join the Harlot’s Knitting Olympics and the Tote-along and the Aran Weight Victorian Lace Shawl KAL and the Faroese Shawl Knit Along and the Jaywalker KAL (I know this one is almost over) and the Mrs Beeton KAL and Panta and I am sure there are more.

Basically, if I think I want to knit the pattern and there is a KAL associated with it, I want to join.  Maybe I think this will increase my odds of actually finishing something. 

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