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A cute little veggie tray I did for Thanksgiving. We did two Thanksgivings this year to accommodate the kids’ schedules. We couldn’t have everyone together at once, so we did one on Sunday and one on Thanksgiving Thursday. David and I did most of the side dishes on Saturday. On the dinner days, we just did the turkey and popped things in the oven. This year was great because I had a working dishwasher.  It’s been so peaceful keeping everything in my own space.

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An interesting sunset as I was on my way to pick up my son for a visit.

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The last batch of hats for November are ready for decreases.  I know I can do this. I just have to stop getting sucked into video games, Ravelry, and Pinterest.  As soon as I get these done, I have to work hard to get the armwarmers for the girls done.

I’m seeing double

I like to get the messy part over with.

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I haven’t finished the decreases of the current hat but, I need to whip out five hats in three weeks. So, I went to Michaels to get two skeins of Red Heart Soft. I can finish off my batch of eight hats more quickly than I would using the Cascade 220.The messy part of projects in the rounds is casting on and getting the first few rows done, so I cast on two of the remaining five hats today to get that part out of the way. That way I’m more likely to not procrastinate the start of the next hat if it’s just sitting there waiting for me. Two skeins and one set of 16″ circs. That’s all I was going to the store to get.

I can’t be trusted in craft stores.

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I fell in love with this gorgeous colorway. I don’t need this yarn. It’s “only” an acrylic and I have tubs full of really nice, nice yarn. But this colorway… I *had* to have it. And well, there was a sale and a coupon sooooooo… yeah. I came home with way more yarn than I really needed. Red Heart Boutique in Sunrise. It’s a roving that reminds me of Knit Picks Chroma. I adore Chroma.  In fact, I had better not go to the KP site in case I find a similar colorway in Chroma. I totally blew my yarn diet. I had been doing so well with the four hats out of older stash.

Oh, well.  Two hats cast on today and about an inch done on each and I’ll cast on two more tomorrow and that should get me well on my way to finishing the hats in time. I’m getting to the Christmas knitting crunch time part of the year.  I have several projects planned and I’m pretty sure I’m not super human knitter enough to get it done. I have my spreadsheet that tells me what things to work on first because they have to get into the  mail and the things that can be finished on Christmas Eve. Or even not be knit at all because I have a back up plan. Thank goodness for Netflix.

I knit a lot today and binge watched Season 1 of Fixer Upper and had a lovely breakfast of carbs to distract myself from my disappointment in the American voters. There are more than two parties in our system but you wouldn’t know it by the way people act. There was so much angst expressed over the two main choices that while I knew a third party wouldn’t win, I expected a higher percentage of third party votes to be cast. But, no. People still winced, whinged, whined, bitched, complained, and claimed they needed showers after casting their vote. Or they just stayed home. Show some backbone, people. If you were honestly gung-ho for either of the two main candidates, good for you for voting your conscience. But if you weren’t, let the two big parties know that you’re displeased by your votes, not your Facebook posts.

We now return to our regularly fiber-filled blog.

FYI – The Loops and Threads circular needles were horrid. The joins caught every single stitch I tried to slide over them and were promptly returned to the store. I picked up a Yarnology set at Hobby Lobby that were perfectly fine.

 

Can I cook or what?

I hadn’t planned far enough ahead to know what I want to make with the yarn that will eventually result from this project, but I did know that I wanted a three play yarn, hence three piles of fiber.  I also knew that I wanted three colors plied together with each ply being a different color rather than going for a striping or a variegated yarn. I really liked the pink, orange, and yellow that I did a few years ago so I’m going to do that again. 

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I organized my Kool-Aid, as one does, before starting the dye project.

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As part of my commitment to planning ahead, I split my remaining Corriedale into three equal piles.

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Many packets of Kool-Aid died to bring you this color.  I like how it’s come out so far. I’ll know more about the color when the roving is dyed. I need to look into getting a neon orange color.  I’m also letting the roving stay with the odd white bits in it rather than adding more dye. I think a bigger dye pot is in order, but I really like the glass dishes and how you can see through them. 

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To be continued…

 

Well, I tried.

Yes, I can knit something for an inch on circular needles and then decide to knit two at a time. Because I’m totally a freak like that. Okay, not a freak, I just wanted to avoid Second Item Syndrome.

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This is me moving the stitches to another needle while I cast on for the other armwarmer again to catch up to the first armwarmer.

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Awkward first row is still awkward.

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Transferring stitches back onto longer cable.

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Halfway through row 8 of first cuff.  Remember to pick up other strand of yarn from other end of ball.

 

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Two at a time, using two skeins at a time, was not my best idea ever. The yarn ended up tangled in a way that I wouldn’t be able to just untwist the strands. I’m a bit sad about that. I might have been able to fix it if I were willing to cut the yarn and weave in ends.

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Back to one at a time. I’m not as much as a freak as I thought. Or maybe I am for trying. It kinda looks like a monster face…

Ya know, I could still cast on with another set of needles and the other skeins of these colorways if I’m really that worried about not finishing the second armwarmer.

Flower Bouquet of Yarn

It makes me so happy when I see a lot of the skeins have the ends already sticking out. It’s like sorcery. 

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It’s like a flower bouquet of yarn.

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I’m turning this into the Bahama Mama baby blanket that I found on Ravelry. I may even make it big enough for a lap blanket instead of a baby blanket. How cool would that be? The Bernat Baby Cakes yarns was out of print. I found Yarn Bee Soft Secret at Hobby Lobby in just the right colors. I started this last March and it will continue to be worked on this winter whenever I need some relief from the winter blahs. 

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Ready to ply

I’ve finished what must be my 4th and 5th bobbin of singles.  I’ve yet to ply and I’m ready to change that. One bobbin has a few more grams than the other but I can live with that. I’m still learning and next time I’ll do a little planning ahead and weigh the fiber. I will also pay more attention to which direction the colors are going. These bobbins have the color progressions flipping back and forth. I expect a muddy color when I’m done, but again, this was all a learning exercise. I used the fiber to learn how to dye with Kool Aid, how to spin, and hwo to ply. I think I’ve gotten quite a bit of mileage out of it.

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Long ago I purchased a Jumbo Flyer and I think now is the perfect time to try it out. First, I need to prepare the leather bit on the post.

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Once the leather bit has soaked in oil for a few hours, I should be ready to learn how to ply. I’m off to watch a few videos.

Done, done, on to the next one

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This one goes into the Christmas box and the likely recipient will be a nephew. This hat was made with Vanna’s Choice, in Dusty Blue and one of the grays. I’ve lost the ball band. I’m such a sucker for a quick knit and Yay Me for using up stash.

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This one was made with Cascade 220 superwash in Navy. It’s a worsted weight and in the charming tradition of worsted weights, the gauge is significantly different from all the other hats I’ve made this fall. The first few hats were 100 stitches on size 5 needles.  This bad boy is on size 3 needles and I cast on 132 stitches. I did swatch even though swatches usually lie to me but the size looks about right and I’m going to let it be whatever size it wants to be.  If it’s smaller or larger than the other hats, I’ll mark it accordingly and cast on more or less stitches next time. Not everyone has the same size head and it will fit someone, right? However, I think I’ll order the aran weight of yarn for the next batch. Unless I totally fall in love with the slighty thinner fabric I’m going to get. In that case, I’ll just hitch up my big girl knitting panties and make hats with more stitches. Oh, so many more stitches.

Finished objects

I’ve finished a few hats. When I posted about winning at yarn chicken, I realized that I hadn’t posted pictures of the other hats I’ve finished recently. I have finished two of the several hats I’m going to make for the local constabulary and two for family gifts.

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