Knitted Yarmulke, Baby Gifts, Camping Pictures, and Sob-Inducing Books

I knitted a yarmulke the other day.  It’s kind of awesome.

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I also finally finished my knitted gifts for my favorite blogger, Heather of Heather Eats Almond Butter.  I wanted to wait until I knew she’d gotten them before I posted pics of the finished objects.

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The Sleep Sack is Comfort Wool’s Owlie Sleep Sack.  It was my second attempt at cables, and it was amazingly easy…this is a great beginner pattern for someone looking to try their hand at cables…the cabled portion is short and sweet, just enough to push you out of your comfort zone, followed by ten inches of mindless stockinette, during which time you can silently rejoice over your conquering of the dreaded cable needle;).  The owls blocked out really well.  I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton, which was insanely soft.  I’m totally going back to spend some green papers on more of that to make myself a sweater sometime in the near future.

And here are some camping pics…I intended to post these earlier but somehow didn’t feel like posting during my recent bout with the plague (come on, freaking left ear….pop already).  Here’s the campsite

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It was fabulous…secluded, wooded, spacious.  There was an elevated pad for the tent, which was nice…it rained on us Sunday, and if it had poured, the tent pad would have kept us from getting flooded.  Check out this fire ring…

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It was HUGE.  We could have put a whole tree trunk in there…Joey actually had a little trouble managing to fit the cooking grate in it.  You’re looking at our breakfast Saturday (9/25)…potatoes, leftover chili, and hot coffee.  Food is better cooked over a fire.  I don’t know why.  It’s just that way.

I’m leaving for NYC on Friday, to sing with the choir at this concert at Carnegie Hall.  My voice is starting to go (for some reason, that’s always the last thing to happen when I contract the plague.  Once, I lost my voice for three weeks).  I’m hopeful that I won’t end up lip-syncing during what’ll probably be my most outrageous singing experience ever (of course, I’ve said that before and here I am heading to NYC). 

I’ve re-discovered how much I hate shopping.  Before leaving, I needed:  a bag to carry around the city, a duffel bag for packing, a black top for the concert, new black shoes for the concert, and jeans (I only have one pair that I can get in right now).  I have been to EVERY (affordable) store in Charlotte.  And I hate it.  I’m a mercenary shopper…I run in, attack the racks, try things on in an insane frenzy of elbows and hair, sweating and ripping things back off and half-putting them on the hanger right.  But I’m finally done…four pairs of jeans from Goodwill, a bag from Burlington, black top from Belk (in the south, it’s “Belk’s”), and Aigner shoes from The Shoe Dept (on clearance for fifteen bucks!).  I don’t want to shop again for the rest of the year.

So, I’ve watched Criminal Minds, Joey’s watching a show on PBS about the Moral Majority and abortion…they totally just showed a clip from the 80s where Jerry Falwell was giving a speech about abortion and got a pie thrown at him.  Wow.  And I wish that I had remembered to get a decaf latte at Caribou when I met my parents after work.

Oh, and this week’s book for class, Our House in the Last World, by Oscar Hijuelos, reduced me to a snot-dripping, crying, basket case for half an hour this evening.  It’s a great book, but for once, I’d like to read one that doesn’t make me cry and wonder what’s happened to my life.  It also makes me want to write things that are that important.  But I don’t know if I really have anything that important to say.

Here’s the baby…sleeping soundly on Vellux.

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Love to all…

FO: Knitted Poop

Pattern:  Sweatshop of Love’s Knitted Happy/Sad Poo Pattern

Yarn:  All kinds; whatever I had around

I made this for my friend James who’s currently serving in Iraq until this summer.  We are kindred spirits in poop humor, so I knew this would be a total hit.  He finally got the box this week, so now I can post pictures of my first (successful) stuffed “animal” (or…excrement).

Major, Major Knitting Content (Finally!!)

I figured it was time to put up some more substantial knitting content than just a pile of yarn with about an inch of completed knitting;).  Now, I can finally show off my Christmas knits!

Here’s a listing of what you see above:

  • 4 winter hats in two different verigated camouflage yarns.
  • two cowls, one in a very basic lace pattern and the other in simple 2×2 ribbing
  • two coffee clutches, knit in 2×2 ribbing
  • three bags of homemade cinnamon raisin scones with handknit Christmas Wreaths on the bags.

Here are some closer views:

The hats would probably be a little better with larger needles and made for an adult, because the decreases kind of stick out, but I like the way they turned out.  I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn brand, and it striped up nicely and was a very soft knit.  My little cousin, JT, loved his…he wouldn’t take it off!

The lace cowl was pretty tough at first; it was my first try at lacework, and once I got three or four inches into it and I could see the way it looked, I really liked it.  The ribbed one was really easy, of course.  I didn’t want to make the exact same thing for both grandmas, though, so I decided to switch it up!

The clutches were sooo simple…I just made up my own pattern; they are done in 2×2 ribbing with size 8 dpns.  I just cast on 24 and worked until I thought they were wide enough.  My mom has already vouched that they work well, so I feel like they were pretty successful, even though they weren’t as pretty as I thought my parents deserved.

The scones were fabulous…I made a teeeeny tiny one along with the full two dozen, just to make sure that the flavor/consistency were okay and they were really good.   I hope my family likes them.  The wreaths?  Just 5 stitch I-cord, knit until it would make the size of wreath that I wanted and then sewn together.  I decided to use the red yarn to make holly berries and to do the ribbon.  They were really easy and turned out super-cute (if I do say so myself:)).

My knitting goal for this year, for sure, is to learn how to do colorwork.  I’m so tired of either having to make everything one color ro rely on verigated yarn to stripe into something cool.  I do love the self-striping stuff, but I want to learn how to do fair isle stuff…the incredible patterns.  So, we’ll see how quickly I get that one, but my goal is definitely to make sure that the items that I gift next Christmas have colorwork in them!

Shelli is piled up next to the fire…

She’s so incredibly spoiled:).