Hooded Cardigan for Baby.

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Lauren and I were yarn hoarding at our LYS that was closing and she found this adorable cardigan pattern.  It’s the Jump for Joy Hoodie from Universal Yarns.  It uses Cotton Supreme Batik cotton yarn by Universal Yarn. There are a ton of color combinations available.   I used the color “Navy Salute”. The yarn is so soft and cozy!  Love it!

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Lauren knows crochet and some knitting.   She started this cute cardigan and when she got to shaping the sleeve portion, kinda got hung up there.    I finished it for her.  It was an easy and quick project.  (Did anyone notice I did a button band?). As long as instructions are included, I can do almost anything.  When they just tell me to add a button band however I like, then I get caught up.

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I had just finished watching Knit Stars 2.0 from Loops, particularly the class from Steven Be.  He was talking about mistakes in knitting.  He was talking about how mistakes are okay, and it adds to the ambience of knitting.  Not his exact words, I’m paraphrasing.  So, I was finishing this cardigan for Lauren and got to the hoodie.  I made a mistake on the top of the hoodie.  Where the  dark blue starts on the hoodie, there is a garter ridge row and it should be stockinette throughout.    I thought, “Well, it will add character.  I will try and change my perfectionism and just “go with it”.”

I am so disturbed by my mistake!!!   I can’t believe I left it there!  Lauren was knitting her first baby outfit for her little boy, and I left a mistake in it.   I was so aggravated at myself.  What was I thinking?   Why on earth, would I leave a big mistake like that where everyone can see it.   It wasn’t even my project, it was Lauren’s.  Ugh!  No more “just go with it” for me.

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You can see my mistake well  here.  That garter ridge is not supposed to be there.

Other than my mistake of my own doing, I absolutely LOVE this cardigan.  I think I will make a couple more for fall.    Actually, I’d like to make one for myself.    I love all things hooded.  I have no idea why.  I just do.   Maybe it’s the casual nature of a hooded garment.

 

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Here are just a few color combinations of the Cotton Supreme Batik yarn from Universal Yarns.  I couldn’t fit all of them in the picture.  There are even more colors available.

Happy Knitting

 

Tammy

 

 

Sweet Pea

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Boy, what a difference blocking makes!  This is the Sweet Pea Baby Blanket.  I made this for our newest grandson, Henry, who lives in Wyoming with his mom and dad, horses,  chickens, cats (I particularly like Mr. Pickles myself), motorcycles, jeeps, trucks, and plenty of mountains to explore.  What a lucky little boy!

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Henry has beautiful strawberry blonde hair, just like his mom.  I have 3 blonde/gingers myself.  I know he will look so handsome with this navy blue blanket as a background for photos.  It was my knitting project for the long road trip to Wyoming.  I worked on it while I was there.   It was UGLY.  I knew it would look better once blocked, but I also knew Bailey didn’t know that.   I bet she thought, “Why is she making such an ugly blanket?”.  After blocking, it turned out beautiful.  I just mailed it to her this week.  She is so creative and takes such great photos.   I’ll post a pic when I get some back of Henry and the blanket.

This is Bailey, Henry, and Dodge at their home in Wyoming.  I miss them.

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We travelled to Wyoming to see our new bundle of joy.  Wow!  Has anyone spent time anywhere where the weather is actually in the minus category?  Well, I have.  I found it very interesting actually.   I was wearing jeans, a sweater, and shoes and walking into a convenience store and the temp was -6 and it wasn’t that bad.   Apparently, the wind and moisture in Oklahoma makes anything below 30 degrees super cold.

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This is the view from Bailey’s living room.

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Another view without so much snow in the air.  Can you imagine waking up to this every day?  So pretty.

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You can’t see them well, but there is a heard of Elk on this mountain.  We could see them well with binoculars.  You have to blow this picture up and you will see them as tiny little Elk on the mountain.  Much better with binoculars.

It took us 3 days to drive home.  Driving in the snow is so much easier than driving on ice.   We arrived in Oklahoma to an ice storm.   We couldn’t get into Oklahoma so we had to stop in Texas for the night.   We passed about 15 semi-truck wrecks.  I mean bad wrecks, with the semi’s toppled over and crushed, on the side of the road.  We passed one UPS truck hauling 2 semi loads crashed on the side of the road with packages strewn everywhere.  I have never seen anything like it in my 49 years of life.  It looked like something from a disaster movie or the apocalypse.  Crazy!

I highly recommend the Sweet Pea Baby Blanket.  It’s a super easy knit and it’s very pretty once it’s been blocked.  I used Encore Chunky yarn for this project.

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Happy knitting folkes!

 

Tammy

 

Unfinished Objects

 

Tell me about your unfinished objects.  I have a few.  It’s crazy really.  It’s not that I don’t like the projects.  I think it’s more that I put it down for a bit, then get distracted and move on to something else.   Starting this blog has helped.  I feel a certain amount of accountability with belonging to the amazing world of fiber artists to complete and show off my projects.

 

This is the Rivulet by Shannon Okey.  It’s beautiful and so warm.   I only lack adding the front garter stitch button band.  That’s what stopped me.  I knit this beautiful cardigan and was held up  because of knitting button holes.  Of course, I need to block it too.  The pattern tells you to add buttonholes however you like.   Since there are no step-by-step instructions, I have to sit down, watch several YouTube videos or search online tutorials on button holes, or rummage thru all my books to finish this.  Plus, I have to do the math on button-hole placement and it will have to be perfect, or I won’t like it.  I will someday make myself finish this.  I love it.  It’s really very pretty.  My friends and family think I’m some kind of knitting savant, but I’m not.   I don’t even know how to make button holes.   Shhh!  Don’t tell them.

 

This is the Lipstick Cardigan  by Marly Bird.  Another beautiful project I love that’s just waiting to be finished.   I lack adding on the lace bottom piece and the front, around the neck piece. It’s gorgeous !    I had this laid out and pinned together to seem, but I had company and had to put this away for a bit.    I got distracted and moved on to something else.  I will finish this someday too.   It’s gorgeous!   Nothing hard here.   Just my short attention span.

 

This is the Arika Cowl.  All it needs is the edge to be seemed and fringe added.  The hole for the head seems really small to me.  I’m iffy about this one.  I will finish it tho!  Someday.  The color is teal.   Teal doesn’t photograph well.  It looks blue in the photo.  Isn’t it pretty tho?  I’m making this for Lauren.  I need to finish it before she is an old lady. (She’s only 26).

 

These are the Passport Mitts by Knit Equals Joy Designs.  My mom asked for some fingerless gloves for Christmas and this is what I chose to make for her.  I’m just not super happy about them.  These gloves are a size small and they fit me well, maybe a tad too big.  My mom has smaller hands than me and I fear these will be too big.  I don’t know what I’m going to do with these.  They are not perfect so I’m not happy with them.  But, they are really pretty fingerless gloves.   It’s just going to sit around for me to stare at  I’m afraid.   I’m using an Alpaca yarn and they feel amazing.   I guess I should finish these and keep for myself and start over for something for Mom.

 

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Here is the Lovers Knot Afghan.  This is a beautiful blanket.  I will finish this one day!  I came in late watching Game of Thrones.  I believe I started when season 4 was out.  Oh my gosh!  I bindge watched the entire 4 seasons back to back.  I hurt my coccyx (bottom) from sitting down for so long for so many hours in a row!  I LOVE this blanket!  It’s made with Universal Cotton.  It’s heavy, big, and wonderful!  I made a bigger queen size version.  It’s for the guest bedroom.

Last but not least is my current project.  Felecita – The Arrow Sweater

 

I don’t know if I have enough blue yarn!   I stopped midway down the body to do the sleaves to make sure I have enough for the sleeves and I did the neck band in white to save on the blue yarn.   The lace portion at the bottom of the sweater will be gold.  So I can play within the strips a bit with the gold and remaining blue yarn I have.    The blue yarn is a discontinued color from Malabrigo called Mare, so I can’t get anymore of it.

Am I just a total ADD weirdo?  I wonder sometimes.  I suspect I’m not alone with having unfinished projects like this.  I’m off to work on my Arrow Sweater.   Oh please Oh please  let me have enough blue yarn!

Happy Knitting!

Tammy

 

Cranberry-Orange Cookies.

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I want to share my family’s favorite cookie.  My son, John, has asked me for these for a Christmas present.   They are Ah-MAZE-ing!  You can find the recipe here: Pillsbury Cranberry-Orange Cookies

I don’t make these often because they are a bit of a pain.  You have to cut up those candied orange slices into tiny little pieces and that’s a sticky, somewhat difficult, task.  Very much worth it though!!   I save these for something special, like my son asking for them for any reason :-).

The little kids like helping because they get to snack on the orange slices as you cut them up.  Plus the frosting is fun to do too.

 

I wanted to share some Rodan and Fields pictures.   It really is such a great product.

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Remember, this has a full money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your results.   If you want to try a product out and not invest so much money, I would recommend the eye cream, lip serum, or microdermabrasion paste.  You can try one of these products, which you will love, and then you can test the results on yourself.   Once you see how great these products work, you will feel confident in purchasing the other products.  The Active Hydration Serum is fantastic too!  You will see visible results after one application of that hydrating fountain of youth!

My mom has been using these products.   She complained a bit about it drying out her skin.    This is a very strong skin altering skin care regime.   When I first started the Reverse Regimen, my skin actually peeled a little bit.   At the time, I was going to a professional aesthetician, getting photo-lazer to treat my rosacea, and was told I had great results with the product.   It was doing what it was supposed to.  Your face adjusts to the products.  As your skin improves and the sun damaged is corrected, the products will feel great.   When I first used the product, I had to use it only once a day and work my way up to twice daily.

 

 

 

Lady Eleanor

I have finally finished The Lady Eleanor stole.  I started this about 6 years ago and I’ve finished it today!  It wasn’t that it was hard, it’s just, after awhile, I get bored with a pattern and will set it aside.  I get distracted with other projects, and sometimes, it takes a while to get back to a project.  Interestingly, this is one of my favorite things I’ve knit.  I’m not sure why it took me 6 years to finally finish it.

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Not sure what happens to my shawl pins either!   I seem to loose the stick that goes thru the pin.  Hence, my knitting needle as a temporary shawl pin.   I just love this! I love the rustic feel of it.  I love that you can wear it with jeans, it’s stunning.  The Entrelac pattern looks difficult, but it’s not.  You pick up stitches and it’s comprised of short rows.   You can find this pattern in “Scarf Style” by Pam Allen.  It’s a book and you can find it on Amazon.  The yarn is “Silk Garden” by Noro.

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I’ve also made my grandson, Luke, a couple hats.  This is called “The Hudson Hat” by Lindsay Baker.  I found it on Ravelry.   I did not include the side ties.  I just made the hat part.

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We were playing outside this weekend with the grandkids.  Can you believe our grass is still green in December?  Talk about global warming.  We’ve just lost the leaves off the trees.  You can see some still have their leaves.  Unusual weather.  We always have a good time with the grandkids.   I think I still have a small child that lives within me.  I’m great when the kids are younger.  It’s those teenage years that I’m not very good at.

 

My husband, Len, loves Tom Selleck.   My cousin, Jennifer, got to meet him at The Cowboy Hall of Fame for some special event.  She just became the president of the Oklahoma National Realtor’s Association.   That’s a big deal.   She’s amazing.  Beautiful personality.  I am more of an “Auntie” to them more than a cousin.  She is one of three female sister cousins.  Crazy how life and distance change things.  I don’t see any of my cousins very often.  When I do, it’s like time hasn’t passed and the love and affection remains.

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Here is an updated picture of Max.  He’s about 6 months old now.  Handsome!

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Last, but definitely not the least, is a picture of my son John with his son Luke.  BEAUTIFUL.  My heart is filled with love!   I don’t remember the verse, but somewhere in the Bible, it says that a woman’s children are her crown.  Watching Lauren fall in love with her baby is just so much more than words can say.  Lauren is mine.  I’ve adopted her.  I love her.  She’s my daughter and she’s my friend.  Life sure has times of despair and sadness, but right now, mine is filled with love, beauty, and happiness.

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Huge piece of my heart is right here!!!!

Meet Luke

Luke was born on Tuesday, November 14th.  Mom and Dad are doing well.  Going on little to no sleep for now.   They came home today and mom and baby are napping.  fullsizeoutput_10c1

He is such a good boy!

Knitters….Do you have any good beanie/hat patterns for babies?  I’m looking on Ravelry but if you have a pattern that you know is tried and true and cute and comfy, let me know!

Just a quick post to let you know that beautiful pregnant lady that I’m always posting pictures of has had her baby!    We’re all in love!

 

Happy Knitting!

 

I have to get to work on some hats for Luke.

 

 

Heart Nurse 4 U

 

Len and I met online.  That’s the thing to do now-a-days to meet people.  We met on Yahoo Personals, which doesn’t exist anymore, and they required you to have a title name.   Mine was “HeartNurse4U” and Len’s was “Combustionman” (fireman).  We laugh and thinks it’s really silly now, but, hey, you had to come up with something to identify yourself.  These are the pictures we had up.

I had just gone on a horrible date where they guy didn’t have a picture up.  The guy answered the door in shorts, a house robe, and socks.  I wanted to hand him the box of brownies I brought right then and there and say, “Bye, this isn’t going to work.” and just walk away.  But my manners wouldn’t let me, so I suffered thru the dinner he made for me, not him, not both of us, just me.  He ranted about his special spaghetti and stood there to watch me eat it.  It was horrible.  He said his secret ingredient was BBQ sauce (with spaghetti????).  He started to rub my shoulders while I was sitting there eating his super special barbecue spaghetti, and I told him I had this awful phobia and couldn’t stand to be touched.  Anyway, after that, I ran outta there as fast as I could without being horribly rude.

Then I met Len.   He didn’t have a picture posted.   I had chatted with him off and on for the past 3 months.  I was not going to waste my time again, so I wasn’t interested until I could see a picture.   He had a friend at work take this photo of him.    As soon as I saw it, I was a bit smitten.  Those pretty blue eyes and the laugh lines around the eyes got me.  I thought, “Yes, I could kiss that man.” and I finally consented to a date and the rest is history.  We spent 12 hours together for our first date.  We were pretty much a couple from day one.

 

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In honor of HeartNurse4U,  I thought I’d share my Noro #33 Heart Blanket.  The pattern is written in Intarsa.   I used the stranded method, meaning, I carried the different color yarn behind my work, twisting the yarn every few stitches, to hold it down.   The Intarsa method had a disruption in the background color block that I didn’t like.  That’s why I preferred the stranded method.  I got a consistent back ground color.

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Below is the back of the blanket and what the stranded method looks like on the back.  Also, instead of seeming every square together that is required in the Intarsa version, I could knit long columns and just seem the columns together.  You can see the seams below.  It’s made out of Noro Kureyon.   Len just drove up to Wyoming from Oklahoma and slept in the back of the SUV.  He had a pallet made and I had him take this blanket among others.  He said he was warm and toasty all night because of this wool/silk blanket.

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As always, Max is nearby.  He’s getting so big.  My son, John, pointed out that he still has his kitty teeth.   I think he’s 5  months old.

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I also want to give some good advise from “HeartNurse4U”.  There is testing out there called CT Calcium Scan.   It’s only $50 at Oklahoma Heart Hospital.  Others, I hear, can cost $99.   It’s a CAT Scan of your heart and it measures the amount of calcium in the arteries of your heart which are indicators of plaque build up.    When people have heart attacks and they go to the hospital, we stop the heart attack, then go fix the problem with angioplasty/stent to reopen the artery.   Now, the damage that was done to your heart muscle before you arrived to the hospital is irreversible.  It causes all kinds of health problems.   If you can find that you have plaque build up in your arteries before you have a heart attack, then you are way above the game my friend!  You can fix your heart BEFORE you have a heart attack.  You want to protect your heart from the damage that a heart attack causes.   The CT Calcium scan does that for you.   For $50-100 you can save your life and your health.

If you have a family history of heart disease, and are in your 40’s or older, and/or you have been or currently are a smoker, please, please, please, consider getting a CT Calcium Scan done.  Tell your moms and dads, grandpa’s and grandma’s.  If mom and/or dad have had cardiac disease, it’s hereditary, get yourself checked out.

I had one done at the age of 45.  My score was zero.  My husband had one done and his score was low also, but they found a buldging weakness in the large artery that comes out of his heart, that we continue to monitor anually.  We make sure his blood pressure is good and normal to prevent that from getting any worse.  If we did not have that scan done, we never would have known.

Baby Luke is due any day now!  Doctor said she didn’t think Lauren would make it to next week.   Will keep you guys posted!

Happy Knitting.

 

 

 

Cowl days

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Lauren and Lindy, my daughters, wearing their cowls today.

Lauren is 9 months pregnant here!  You can hardly tell in this photo.  At the weekly doctor check, we’ve found out Luke is full term and can arrive any day now.  He is officially due on Nov 15, but he’s ready any time.  We can’t wait to meet the little guy!  He’s already loved so much!

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Lindy is modeling the cowl I just finished for Bailey.  I’m going to make a matching hat and maybe some gloves too, if I have enough yarn.   I made one for Lindy too, but she took it home already.  Her cowl was white on the outside with a variegated blue for the inner stripe.  Lauren and Lindy are wearing the same cowl, it’s just in different yarns/colors.  It’s super easy, add on 90-120 stitches and it’s knit 1 purl 1 ribbing.  12 stripes of main color, then 6 stripes of alternating colors, then 6-9 rows of  contrast color, then 6 stripes of alternating color, then finish with 12 stripes of main color.

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Bailey, with Henry, in Wyoming.

This is Len’s beautiful daughter, Bailey, who lives in Wyoming.  I just noticed uploading this photo that I made her those boot toppers too.    I gave them to her at her wedding and there was so much commotion that I wondered if she ever actually got them.  Apparently she did!  Cool!  I made her an Alpaca Cowl of ivory and her kitty cat had a litter of kittens in her scarf basket.   I made her this red one to replace it.  It’s the Gap-tastic Cowl on Ravelry.   It’s just a seed stitch pattern throughout, easy.

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Lauren just finished this poncho.  This is Crochet!  Isn’t it pretty!?  I absolutely LOVE that poncho’s are back in style!  I’m a child from the 70’s, so I’m poncho friendly!  I wore one today for grocery shopping at Target today.  LOVE them!

I got in on the fun too!

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Gourmet Yarn Co last SALE day is tomorrow.  50% off all yarn 75% off needles and accessories.   I believe it’s the very last day they will be in business.   Have fun stocking up!  They still have a lot of yarn.   It will be worth the trip.   That Alpaca yarn sure is costly.   Those Alpaca cowls are $60 worth of yarn alone.  I think I’ll stock up on a bit more.

Beautiful Days

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Do you remember being this young and carefree?  I remember playing pretend and being the female hero of my time.  Back then, it was Charlie’s Angels.  My two playmates, Chris and Jana, that were my neighbors, would pretend to be Charlie’s Angels and solve crimes and put the bad guy away.

Jourdyn playing in her WonderWoman costume.

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This is my real life super hero.  This is Lindy my daughter.  She just got her acceptance letter to nursing school.  She has worked so hard and has done so well.  I’m glad to see all her hard work pay off!  Look at that smile!  So stinking CUTE!

 

I found this neighbor in my front yard today.  A lady down the street owns it.   It’s not the first time he’s gotten out.  It’s such pretty fall weather.  I don’t blame him for wanting some long walks around the hood.

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Max, playing with the puppies.

 

We all came out for some play time with the neighbors.  That baby girl there abosultely loves these puppies.  She was laying down with one drapped across her neck and the pup was asleep.

I made a super warm and comfy cowl, but it was liked so well by the recipient, that it flew out the door before I could take a picture.  That happens sometimes.  I’m working on some baby tops for now.

 

Season of the Cowl

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Len and Bailey in her hometown of Wyoming.

This is my husband, Len, and his daughter, Bailey.   She is pregnant with her first, a boy named Henry.   I made her the red cabled baby blanket, as pictured in my last post.  I also made her a cowl to match.  Her cowl is the “GAP-tastic Cowl” which you can find on Ravelry.  It’s basically just a seed stitch pattern.  Both yarns are from Plymouth Yarn Co.  The baby blanket is Encore Chunky and the cowl is Baby Alpaca Grande.

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Grey Cabled Baby Blanket with Goldendoodle pups.

This is one of the baby blankets I made in a different yarn that is the same as the red baby blanket in my previous post.  See, it’s super pretty in any yarn!  Our Goldendoodles are growing so fast.  They are adorable!

Back to the cowls….

Len is in Wyoming and I didn’t have anyone to help with pics.   You can still see the cuteness of the cowl.   I had some yarn left over so I made a hat to match.  I had to be creative because I had little of the cream left and more of the variegated color.  It’s not an exact match, but it still goes together.  I made the pompom with my hand.  No tools used at all.  (Big pat on my back here). The hat pattern is from the “Chunky Beanie” by NatHipKnits on Ravelry.

Max loves all my knits.  It’s so cute.  Len is retired and home all the time.  Max is used to having someone here.   He doesn’t like to be alone and he’s always with someone, regardless of what we are doing.   I was doing some chores the other day, in particular, laundry.  I was going from room to room putting away the laundry and when he would notice I had left the room, he would meow.  I would holler, “I’m in here Max.” and you could hear the frantic pitter patter of his paws racing to find me.  It was so funny.   We did this from room to room while doing my chores.  Cracked me up!

This is my daughter, Lindy.  This is several years ago.  I think she was 17 here.  She will be 21 this December.  She is wearing the “Drop Stitch Cowl” by Abi Gregorio.  She gets tons of compliments on this when she wears it.  I bought some super chunky yarn from Tuesday Morning for this.

I miss my man so much!  Eagerly awaiting his return home.

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