What’s up?

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This is a family from Texas that has adopted one of our Goldendoodles.  This is my favorite part.  I love being a part of creating a happy family.  Of course, there are lots of things that go into making a happy family, but the family dog is important!  This little pup is so cute!  Looks like he made it to a great home.  What a lucky little pup.

I’ve been working on a rather large blanket for my bedroom.  I’ve got three balls of yarn left to finish, so hopefully that means it will be done this week.  Pics soon.

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Welcome to my yarn dying studio!  I know, it’s my garage.  I like to see it as my Yarn Studio!  I’ve got the yarn ordered, the colors, and the equipment.   Merry Christmas to me!

Any Outlander fans out here?  This weeks show had plenty of knitting!  The hunky hero, Jamie, knows how to knit!  He knit his nephew a pair of socks.  It also shows the beautiful heroine, Clair, knitting!  The knits in this show have a following all themselves.

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Luke came over yesterday and we worked together to get my yarn studio up and going.  My husband accidentally shrunk his new little “Gramps Cardigan” top.  His hat is also too small.   I need to make a new cardigan and hat and some little gloves.  It was a very pretty day, but as it started getting dark, got pretty cold.  I improvised to make him a little hat with one of my scarfs. Hey, whatever works, right.

Tell me what you think about hand painted yarns.  I like them, but they are so expensive.  That’s why I’m starting this new adventure of painting yarn.   Let me know what you think about them.  Yes.   No.  What do you think would be better about them?  I would like to know your opinions.

Thanks!

 

Tammy

George

Good Morning!  Fall has finally arrived here in Oklahoma.  I would like to introduce our newest family member, George, shown here with Luke.

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George is a Standard Poodle.  He will, one day, be the new dad to our Goldendoodles.

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Luke and I are playing with our neighbors here.  I wanted to show you Max.  Do you see where he is?   That cat!  He is so wonderfully weird!  I love him so!  He will sit in the stroller and take a walk with me and Luke.   Max loves this family.  He is often found hanging out with them.

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We drove to Missouri to get George.  He sat on my lap for the entire four hour trip!

I’m going to give a little dog advise.  When you are thinking of buying a dog, especially an expensive one, you need to pay attention to the parents.  Personalities and temperaments are passed down to the pups.  If you want to know what kind of puppy you are getting, pay attention to the parents!

Stitch Markers!

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I was really excited to show you all something neat I had discovered to save you all some money!   Turns out, I have no idea what I’m talking about.  Do you see the little tin with the gold metal stitch markers?  I bought a little bag online at a knitting store and paid about $9.00 for them.   I’ve tried all kinds of different stitch markers and these are my favorites.    I’ve been shopping in the bead/jewelry isle at the craft stores and found these metal colored rings for $2.99 (half price days $1.50).    The green and purple rings I found at a bead store in Colorado, they are the $3.50 ones.

I get really excited when I find great deals.  I thought I had discovered a knit hack and wanted to share with everybody.

I tried to find the website I purchased my $9 stitch markers and found them on KnitPicks for $1.99 for 100 of them!   WHAT!?!?!   How did I not find these before?  They are even cheaper than my great find.

Well, if you want a variety of colors with your stitch markers at an affordable price, go shop at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.  They have lots of different sizes and colors in the jewelry/bead isles.

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Here’s a quick peek at my current knitting project.   It’s my road trip project to Wyoming.  I’m almost done.  I fear I’m going to run out of the brown color for the last stripe!  I’m just going to use a different brown if I run out.  It’s a shawl if you can’t tell.  I will show you all soon when it’s done.

 

Mrs. Crosby’s Dye Workshop

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Lauren and I attended this dye workshop and had a great time.  Amanda Jarvis is the artist behind Mrs. Crosby’s yarns, based in Chicago.  SWAK (Sealed With A Kiss), in Guthrie, Oklahoma, hosted the class.

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Keely is a fabulous host!  She loves to cook gourmet food.  Her hors d’oeuvre’s are always interesting.  Not to mention, she serves wine and last night, she also served frozen margarita’s, and strawberry margarita’s.  I know after 2 glasses of wine, I was feeling pretty good, and having a fun relaxed time.

The beginning of the class, everyone is quiet, and doesn’t know anybody.  People are being polite and using their best manners.  Start drinking some wine, playing in the colors, and by the time the class is nearly over, everybody has their hands all over each other’s yarn,” ooooohing’ and ‘awwwwing’.  Personalities start to open up, you start chatting and laughing with the classmates next and near to you.  It turns into a fun time.

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Len asked me how my class went.  I told him, “I was with my people – my tribe.”  lol.  It’s true though!

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I’ve been gathering supplies at garage sales to dye yarn; large pots, measuring cups, teaspoons, heat sources.  It’s so messy, I don’t want to do it in the house.  I’ve been waiting for cooler weather, so we can do it in the garage.  We used a microwave as the heat source in this class.

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This is Lauren’s yarn.; teal and grey and some olive.

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My yarn; olive, purple, and pink.

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I was so excited about my yarn, I made some fingerless gloves with it.

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I like them.  If you have an opportunity to attend a yarn dyeing class, I highly recommend it!  We both had a great time.  We both are really happy with our yarn.  We’re also excited to get playing with dying some yarn this fall.

Silk Garden Fingerless Gloves is the pattern I used for these super easy gloves.

 

Happy Knitting Friends!

Tammy

 

Summer Knitting

Hello friends.  I’ve been plugging away at my self designed afghan.  I’ve got one more repeat to knit and then the border.  I’ve been working with fingering yarn a lot lately, it’s refreshing to work with bulky yarn.   Everything knits up so much faster!

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I read several knitting blogs and it seems that every knitter has a furry companion.  Max is my lap companion.  (The dogs think they are, but they are not.  They are too big for lap time and knitting time).  Max will come sit right on top of what I’m working on.  He has no manners or boundaries.  He want’s his ears and head scratched and that tops most everything.

I’m a bit of a voyeur with other knitters.  I enjoy seeing their home knit spaces, projects, supplies, anything another knitter does intrigues me.  I just looked up in the dictionary how to spell “voyeur” and according to the dictionary, voyeur has a sexual connotation to it.  Now, I do not get sexual pleasure from knitting or other’s knitting, but I like peeking in on others.  That’s why I like KnitStars so much.  It’s like a friend inviting you into their home, their sacred creativity space, and hanging out.

I thought if I shared my knit space, it would encourage other’s to share their knit space too.

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This is the hallway entrance into our sunroom (aka where we hang out all the time!). It’s the smallest room in our house, kinda unfinished, rustic cedar walls, no carpet, concrete floors and pretty much the heart of our home.  I moved into the sunroom to set up a knitting nook because of the good light the sunroom provides.  Prior to this, we were set up in the huge spacious living room.   Now, no one hangs out in that huge spacious living room, as we are all packed into the tiny sunroom.

If a picture could describe someone, the photo above would describe me.  You’ve got the grandkids play toys on the left, Max’s play tower on the right, my extremely strong hippy DNA from my father, demonstrated by the macrame planter hanging on the left, and my knitting chair.  Throw a dog and some chickens in the photo and there you have me.  I love fresh flowers and lots of plants.  It brings nature into the home.

 

My grandmother passed away recently and one of the things she gave me was this cedar chest.  You guessed it!  It’s full of yarn!  This is my knitting spot.

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I prefer knitting with circular needles.   This is where I keep my circular needles.  I purchased the craft organizer from Hobby Lobby.    The knitting needles are “filed” by size.  It’s my favorite method for storing my circular needles so far.  They are each stored in the little bag they were packaged in.

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I found this little turntable round-a-bout at TJ Maxx and I store some colored pencils and my favorite double tipped knitting needles.  The Knitter’s Pride Royale are my favorites!  I love the wood needles and the sharp metal points.  Not to mention they are super pretty!  One of these days, when I’m super rich, I may spring for some Signature needles. They are just so expensive!  In the meantime, my favorites are the Royale needles.

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I keep my colored pencils nearby for when I get inspiration for a pattern or design.  I also like to color with Jourdyn.   We enjoy coloring together.

These are some quilt pictures that my mother made for me.  I have them hanging up on the walls.  You can see them here.

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That’s my knit space.  I purchased this huge chair so that my grandkids, dogs, and a cat could all pile in together!

It’s funny and I love everything about it.  “Mommy” is really the heart of the home.  It’s not the kitchen.   It’s where “Mommy” is located.  If Mommy is in the kitchen, then everybody is in the kitchen.  If Mommy is in the sunroom, everybody gravitates to the sunroom, the husband, the animals, the grown children, the next generation of children, the grandchildren.  Even when “Mommy” goes to the bathroom, the babies follow, the cat follows, the dogs follows.  Every time I go to the bathroom, my husband comes looking for me.  It’s the “Mommy” that makes every nest a “home”.  I’m really grateful for the title “Mom” “Mommy” and “Gugga” (my grandma name).

Happy Knitting Folkes!

I would love to see your creative spaces.   If you have a blog article about your space, let me know in the comments.  Then we can all go be knitting voyeurs!

Tammy

Need your opinion

I’ve started the Brahmin Moth Shawl.  I need some constructive criticism.  I don’t know if I like my colors.  It reminds me of my high school colors.  Every time I look at the scarf, I think of Putnam City North Panthers.  I also think I’m being hypercritical.

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I’ve only got one half of the scarf done.   It requires another side, mirrored just like this one, with some work to attach the two together.  I don’t know.   I go back and forth thinking it’s really pretty and will look great in the fall with jeans to all I can think of is high school.   What do you think?

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See what I mean?  I think I can get over it.  It’s really a very beautiful scarf, is it not?

Om Shawl and Cousins

Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry

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Whatcha think?  I’m happy with it.  My primary goal is to use yarn from my stash.  I think I will get a lot of use out of this in the Fall.  It’s made from Cascade 220 yarn.  I’m a primarily jeans type of girl and this will go great with jeans.

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I think this celery green color will look better in the Fall.  Currently it’s steamy hot, smack dab in the middle of Summer!

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Soooo much green!

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I love these buttons.  I got them in an assortment from Amazon.

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Max is an indoor/outdoor cat.  We hang outside a lot and Max insists on being where we are.  Sometimes, he will be indoors and just lay in the windows close to wherever we are on the patios.  Well, he has been staying out longer and longer.  I used to call for him whenever it was time for bed, and he would come running home, and run to the bedroom for bedtime.  We always played catch the finger under the covers before bedtime.  It was his favorite game.   Not anymore.  He was gone for 2 days recently.  We were so worried.  Don’t forget, he recently had a BB we had to get removed from him getting shot.

I’ve tried to keep him inside.  Yesterday, I was sitting outside the patio door and Max wanted out so badly, he jumped through the screen door.  He went right through it!  He was just hanging there, caught in the hole he created, diving straight through the screen!  What’s a cat mom to do?

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This isn’t Max, but it looked just like this.  Silly kitty was just hanging there in his hole he made jumping thru the screen door to get outside.

We had the grandkids this weekend.    Xander and Jourdyn come walking into the sunroom looking for Max to play with.  These cool kids even have a little laser pen to play with.   Why on earth would Max not want to come home?

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What kitty cat on earth would want to be gone from these two?

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I love this picture!  Those expressions!  She captured them well!

Have a good week friends.

Tammy

Wool Market at Estes Park, CO

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We’ve arrived at our destination!  I’ve been to several spots in Colorado and I do believe Estes Park is the prettiest place in Colorado.  I thought Breckenridge was impressive (which it is impressive!).  The little town was packed and in full festive spirit.  We arrived to some Elk hanging out at our hotel.

 

This fellow was not in the mood to pose.  He was busy eating.  I’ve never seen Elk so close.  It was wonderful!

We had just driven from Taos and happy to be here at Estes Park.

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Leonard and Tammy in Estes Park, CO

We were thrilled to see all the yarn bombing on the trees in the downtown area!  It was charming!

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The Wool Festival at Estes Park, CO.  

The next day was our day to go to the Wool Market.  The inner child that I am, had to get out and play in the yarn bombed trees on the way to the market, again!

I was thrilled to see my friend from Apothefaery Fabrications!  I wrote my first blog article about her.  I met her in Sapulpa, Oklahoma at a Christmas in July  fiber festival.  I loved her yarn.  Lucky for you she has her own Etsy shop: Apothefaery. I don’t even know her name!  She is based out of Arkansas and has a wonderful selection of yarn.  I noticed this year she has added a lot of mohair to her line.  She is so kind.  She was super busy and still took the time to take a quick photo with me.

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Me and Apoethefaery at the Wool Market at Estes Park, CO

Here’s a picture of her with Jourdyn almost one year ago!

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She is so whimsical and charming.  You will love her yarn!  Do yourself a favor and check out her Etsy Store.  She has all kinds of stuff!  My top 3 favorites for fine fingering yarns are Hedgehog Fibers, Barnyard Knits, and Apothefaery Fibers.

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Here’s a picture of Max showing off the yarns I purchased from Apothefaery.  Isn’t he handsome!  He is actually recovering from a gun shot wound on his back!  Well, a B.B. wound!  It’s still a bullet that was shot out of a gun! Talk about Thug-life Kitty!

My next purchase was an adorable kit for fingerless gloves.  This picture does not do them any justice!  They are so warm and cute.

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This is Linda Hellberg George

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Isn’t she pretty.  I love her top.  Look at what a sport she is to take a picture for me.  I just love fiber people.   They are all so nice!    I like that her projects were in kits and I didn’t have to hunt for yarn.  It was all there.

Another purchase I couldn’t resist was this big beautiful ball of gradient yarn.  It has a little sparkle to it.

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Max missed me.   He tolerated all these yarn pictures for me.  LOVE.

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This is Lisa Bass of White Birch Fiber Arts.  She can be found at her Etsy shop White Birch Fiber Arts.   It’s my first time to purchase from her, and I love what I got!

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My colors for the Brahmin Moth Shawl

I picked up a prepackaged kit and was able to change out one of the colors.  Kathleen was friendly and helpful.  She did a great job of helping me find exactly what I wanted.  You can find her at Mode Knit Yarn

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Last but not least are the animals.  I would love to have a pack of Alpacas one day.  Maybe.   Someday.

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Seriously.  Have you ever seen anything cuter?  Look at those eyes!

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Love this guys toothy grin!

Quilters!  If any of you are still with me, look at this cute outfit!  I have no idea who this woman is but she was generous enough to let me take a picture of her cute outfit.  There was a booth here that had smocks and aprons like this made out of quilts.  I wanted to take a picture of an apron so my mother might make one for me, but I didn’t want to steal someone’s idea either.  This lady was on the other side of the building.  I happened to be walking with her when she discovered the booth full of outfits like the one she was wearing.  Neither woman knew each other.  It was fun to witness.  It was like two soul sisters meeting for the first time.  Cute.

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I was glad to be home.  I had Luke waiting for me.  Bliss…

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Yarn Stores in Taos, NM

In years past, we’ve used the app Stash2Go from Ravelry to find local yarn shops while on a road trip.  It makes for some surprising little side adventures on our trips.  This year, we came across the yarn stores during our explorations of the town.  Our first stop was at Vortex Yarns in Taos, New Mexico.

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Vortex Yarns

They had this cute clothes line stretched out in front of the store with various handmade fiber items.  My husband, Len, found it right off!  Great idea!  It’s such a surprising treat for me when we come across a yarn store!  It’s like finding a hidden gem in a video game. (Yes, I’m a Zelda fan from playing video games with my kids when they were little. #90’s)

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The shop is close to downtown and all the shops.  It was beautiful weather.  Hot in Oklahoma is so different from “hot” elsewhere.  I thinks it’s due to our humidity.  You step outside in Oklahoma on a 90 something degree hot day and you start sweating immediately.  The heat can almost be suffocating here.   It was 90 something degrees in Taos and still comfortable.

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Having a blog and sharing your life on the internet can be intimidating.  Blogging has pushed me to come out of my shell and challenge the shy parts of me to quit being so shy!  Walking up to strangers and asking to share a piece of them for myself is hard.  I’ve really had to work on “getting over my self.”  These ladies were so nice and friendly!  I was comfortable the moment I walked in to the store.

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Max  and my stash from Vortex Yarns

Here is my “treasure” from Vortex Yarns.  I plan on making the The Aspyn by Melissa Schaschwary.  I’ve been eyeing those faux fur pom-poms for a while now.  Love the colors and the different textures.

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After stopping at the rock store to see what gems we could find for our grandkids, we came across this surprise!  Mooncat Fiber!  Another yarn store.

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What a charming place to find a yarn store.  Now, I had been here before.  It was very familiar to me as I entered the courtyard.  A few years ago, on another road trip, we were following the app Stash2go, and were led here.  Isn’t that cool?!  See why following the app and exploring the local yarn shops is fun.  Look what gems you find.

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They had a beautiful sample of colorful shawls and handmade knits.  It’s just screaming come over here and touch me!

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This is a charming shop with good range of local and regional yarns.  Everything was beautiful.

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Cathy Book, owner. http://www.mooncatfiber.com

Cathy was very warm and welcoming too.  I know she’s getting to look forward to a visit to Rhinebeck, NY this year!   I’m a bit jealous.

I had such fun.  It’s really nice to visit with other people that enjoy yarn and the fiber arts as much as I do.  Look how happy we all look.  I want to thank these beautiful women for giving me and my blog the time of day.  You made for a fun day in Taos, NM.

Happy Knitting,

Tammy

Craftsy

Hi Friends,

You all may know of Craftsy.com, but they are running a really good special right now.

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I love Craftsy classes.  For $120.00/year, you get unlimited access to classes.  (They also have a monthly charge for $14.99) They are not just for knitting.   This morning,  I’ve been watching a gardening class.  They have painting, photography, cooking, sewing, jewelry, wood working, quilting, etc.   I recently  enjoyed a class on colored pencils.  (Hmmm, I need to check out if they have a class on yarn dying….)

Also when you sign up, you get a FREE knit project including enough yarn to complete the project for FREE!

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I picked the Entwined Blanket (bottom right) in a pretty lavender color to make for my daughter, Lindy, for when she moves into her own place for the first time.   Plus, they offer a $25 coupon for any supplies you may want to buy, in addition to the free kit/yarn you are already receiving.

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This is a really good deal and I wanted to share with my knitter friends.  It’s a cool Spring rainy day today and a perfect day to sit in my creative space and dream of beautiful projects to further enhance my home.   I’m especially looking forward to the gardening classes.    I love the Boho look – natural fibers, lots of fresh green plants and flowers, the tinkling of wind chimes, beautiful textures, splashes of running water, and the fragrant notes of the outdoors.   I love spending time outdoors, particularly in the Spring and Fall. It gets really hot here in Oklahoma in the Summer,  that it  sends you inside for the air conditioning.  My favorite room in my house is the sunroom.   Lots of natural light and plants.

Check out Craftsy.

Have a great day friends!

Tammy

 

 

 

 

 

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