Monthly Archives: October 2007

I hit ten!!!!

So what should I buy? I finally got through round one of my Ten Project Challenge (see header) and I get to buy ONE skein of yarn. So, if you had that option, what would you get? Some of my considerations:

Handmaiden or Fleece Artist something-or-other (good yardage!)

Socks That Rock – (I still don’t have any)
Some small, hard to get indie dyer (I have to stay up late and watch carefuly to even score one skein – tips?)

Any other suggestions?  What one skein are you coveting right now?



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In case you were wondering….

Also titled: Why Not To Do a Photo Shoot Before Dinner

“I can’t believe it took me 6 months to get this sweater photographed. I really want a gorgeous picture of it. Hurry! We’ll have sun for about five minutes! Why don’t I live in a state that has sun?!?”

“You can’t take a picture of me in the scarf and the sweater. That will look dumb.”

“See? It looks dumb.”

“Stop! Hey! Get off your brother. Remember, when he screams it’s his way of saying doesn’t like that.”

“Take another one. Oh, crap, forget it…those two are killing each other over there.”

“Now it’s all wrinkly. I look all wrinkly.”



“Forget it. Good enough, let’s feed them before someone gets hurt.”


Pattern: Striped Raglan from Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Patterns. I love this book.

Yarn: Wool of the Andes from Knitpicks. Colors? Lost the lables, but the light green is avacado.

Needles: size 8

Started. Two years ago?
Finished: March 2007

Finally posted: today!!!

Verdict: Raglans rock. Perfect fit, although I goofed up the stripe sequence a bit, but it still works. Ann Budd, I love you!!!


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Gift for my doula

We would never, ever give birth without our trusty doula at our side. We love her and have had two beautiful birth experiences with her assistance. Here is the scarf I finally finished for her.

silk lace
silk lace

Pattern: Silk Lace Scarf from the SnB 2007 calendar (January)
Yarn: Lisa Souza silk in “Wild Things”
Needles: I forgot. 8?
Love, love, love this scarf.


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Playing Catch-up (Again)

I feel like I’ve been finishing things up like crazy lately but not posting much about them. You all think I’m more creative than I really am. It is, alas, just a hat. But a cute hat:
Sweet Baby Hat
Sweet Baby Hat
Sweet Baby Hat
Sweet Baby Hat
hat head

Pattern: Sweet Baby Cap
I also made mittens using Ann Budd’s book of patterns.

Yarn: Mountain Colors Twizzle in Sweet Pea.

Needles: Size three, although the yarn calls for 4-6. I wanted it tight for winter wear. I also didn’t get gauge, so I think I knit the 6mo pattern to get it to fit a toddler. I’ll have to go back and measure. I did have to stretch it a bit as well. I’d knit it larger next time, but it works.

I cannot say enough good things about this yarn… soft, beautiful colors that just shine. I can’t believe I’m giving it to a toddler who will (1) get them muddy (2) lose them (3) refuse to wear them.

Here’s the practical picture so you can actually see in it focus:
sweet baby hat

Excuse the lame towel in the background. I was in a hurry and it’s all I could find to get it to stand out from the woodwork. I do have more to post about buy Mystery is starting. How I do love Inspector Linley


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My Swap Questions

I have the lovely Mrs. Pao as my swap partner! Here are my questions:

1. Whole bean or ground? Whole bean
2. Fully-loaded or decaf? I probably should mix in some decaf since caffiene keeps me up more these days than it used to, but I still love it fully loaded. Decaf just never tastes the same
3. Regular or flavored? Definitely regular. I used to like flavors like hazelnut or vanilla, but my MIL is on a flavored coffee kick, and since that last batch of cranberry (yes, cranberry!) flavored coffee I vowed to never drink flavored again
4. How do you drink your coffee? In the mornings, black and very strong. Afternoons I like a latte or cafe au lait.
5. Favorite coffee ever? This is tough….I’d say Peace Coffee is my favorite brand. Darker roasts.

6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do? Yeah, I’m pretty fussy. I typically buy fair trade, organic, or from small local roasters. I’m terrible at actually remembering the blends and roasts that I like. I always forget what kind I buy.
7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee? Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate…all kinds!Baked good are always nice too.

8. Anything else about your coffee preferences? Don’t think so, except that I would love a magic spell that would keep my boys quietly happy for at least ten minutes every morning so I could drink my coffee really, really hot:-)
9. Yarn/fiber you love? Handpainted sock yarn, Malabrigo, Manos, any natural fibers. I especially love local/online or smaller dyers and yarn companies, stuff that I can’t find in the shops around here is always a nice surprise.

10. Yarn/fiber you hate? Acrylics, froo-frooish/fluffy stuff
11. What’s on your needles? A lot of socks,  Leaf sweater, . Wow, I need to update my pictures, I don’t even have half this stuff on the blog now.
12. Favorite colors? Just about everything except pastels, although I do love pink. I’m on a big red/turquoise kick. I’ve also really been digging green and orange lately. But really, I love it all: earthy, bright, jeweled,  tweedy, muted. It’s all good. But I do hate pink and  purple together. That one is so so, not good (unless you are a nine year old girl:-)!
13. Allergies? Nope
14. Anything you really love, really don’t like, or just need to get off your chest. Actually, today, no, today is good.  Apparently, I am a “silly, pooper doupa liar touka” because I don’t let four year olds watch football on lovely fall days when they should be outside.


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I need one more.

Anyone sad they missed the Coffeeswap sign ups? Guess what, you still have one tiny chance as we need one more swapper to make it even. (Seriously, when will I learn to count?) Head here for the scoop and be the first to e-mail in your info to get that spot.


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Swap Madness

Well, it’s Coffeeswap time again. The swap is closed but I’m buried in swap business right now, so things will be a bit quiet here until I get the partners all matched up and sent out.

I’ll have lots to share as soon as I’m caught up with the swap. Here’s a teaser:

Sweet Baby Hat

Any guesses?


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The randomizer says:

15, 9, 17

which means our winners are, going in order of entry…..

Graymama!!! Choose between the Spunky Eclectic or the Fleece Artist!

Nuttnbunny!!! Lovely Cherry Tree Hill for you!

Octopus Knits  Beautiful handspun from Jess!!

Please e-mail me at knittymama AT yahoo DOT com with your snail mail and Jess and I will send out the prizes. Many thanks again to Jess as well. Not only did she donate yarn, but she donated to the fund as well, so head over to her blog and give her a big cyberhug.

All in all, we had 19 entries and raised $285!!! You guys all rock. Thank you for your generosity and your big hearts. I wish I had yarn to give all of you!!!


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