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The Hairy Knit

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I was just asking myself yesterday why my knitting ends up so hairy.  I'm constantly pulling dog hair out of my yarn.  It's not like I leave my knitting laying about on the floor (where the dog should be sleeping), I don't knit with her sitting in my lap.  How could this keep happening?  And then I walked in and found this!  Hmmm. . . I get it now.


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My slouchy hat.  And let me tell you. . .  it's realllly slouchy.  In fact, if I make another one, which is highly likely, I will definitely do some alterations.  I have to say, though, that I'm finding it nice to have a slightly too big hat.  This has never happened to me before, that I can recall, because my head is enormous and most store bought hats barely fit at all.  Having a slightly too big hat allows you to still have nice hair!  And in Minnesota, in the middle of January, that is a big deal.

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My mother's shawl is done and waiting to be mailed.  My issue with this was that it called for two skeins and I chose this gorgeous variegated yarn.  However, the skeins were ever so slightly different in saturation, and if you streatch the whole thing out, you can really tell.  But really, when it's on your actual bod, no one notices.  I know this because I tried it out.  Um.  Several times.  So Mom, just make sure to wear it lots.  Also, the ruffle . . . took longer to knit than the whole shawl itself!  I am forever wary of ruffles.  Now to finish my brother's hat.  Knit.  Knit.  Knit.


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When the weather outside is frightful, I want to put on my Smartwool socks and brew a fresh pot of Dunkin' Donuts coffee and curl up with my blankee for a good knit.  This is my desire today as I gaze out at our snow filled backyard.  My dog doesn't even want to go out there.

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So, I'll pretend with this blog post that that is exactly what I am able to do today.  My reality, though, is often quite different.  On a typical day, I am caring for a two year old, a 20 month old (mine), and a 6 month old, until three o'clock when my ten year old and 6 year old arrive home from school.  The knitting shot looks so nice and tidy, doesn't it?  It makes you think the rest of the room looks exactly like this.  However, if you knew what I moved off the couch to get this photo!

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Let's just keep on pretending, shall we, it makes me feel good.  More details on the knitted items to follow.  I'm going back to my steaming cup of coffee and my wool sock daydream.

Things to Knit in 2011

So.  I have big knitting plans for 2011.  And before I let my imagination get away from me, I thought it might be helpful to set some knitting goals.  So, without further ado, ahem:

1.  Ida's Kitchen Hat (For Me)

2.  Dr. G's Memory Vest (For Hubby)

3.  Hobby Horse (Pippa)

4. Sugar and Spice Blanket (Nephew)

5.  Baby Bootah (Nephew)

6.  Tiny Leaves Cardigan (Little Bird and Sweet Peach)

7.  Tea Leaves Cardigan (For Me)

8.  Harry Potter Scarf  (Little Bird)

9.  Chickadee Hat (Undecided)

10.  Double-Breasted Car Coat (Sophia)    

11.  Discovery Cap (Sweet Peach)

12.  Flyingdales Cardigan (For Me) 

Click on the names for a photo of the item.  This is just a little taste of everything, but the big ones are there.

Our Christmas Craziness!

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We managed to have a great Christmas.  We did this, even though things did not go so smoothly for us this year.  A few days before Christmas, due to the lovely snow storm of 2010, our ceiling in multiple rooms started to leak.

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The brown section above is where the plaster fell off.  I think the low point of the whole event was when I discovered that the leak had gone into a closet where a lot of "special" gifts were stashed.  Needless to say, it was the first time in my life when I thanked God for extensive packaging.  We 
were up on our roof on Christmas Day shoveling.  Uuuugh.  We tried, as much as possible, to keep the girls oblivious to the stress.  I don't think we were very successful at this, but we tried.

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We still managed a typical crazy Christmas morning.  And we made it to all of the necessary relatives.

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The girls really loved sledding with Opa and Debbie and again with Uncle Josh.

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I managed to finish some of my knitting projects.  Heavy emphasis on the "some".  "Some" are still being finished up to this day.

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Sophia's Tiny Leaves Cardigan.  It fits her perfectly.  So, of course, I'm planning to knit one for each daughter.  We'll see.Christmas 2010 157 
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Another big highlight of our trip was the special tea party that Grandma Annie had for the big girls.  They thought this was soooo special.  And you know what?  It really was.  So, really, a great Christmas even with all the leaks.