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Another Mystery…

Well looky here… it’s JULY!

So much and so little has happened since I last posted.  Let me think a moment…

  • I finished my mom’s sweater, the beautiful February Lady sweater (she is coming to visit this weekend so I will get a picture of her wearing it.)
  • I actually got half way done with the Mystery Shawlette KAL – and I’m evening thinking about fixing my little mistake, and finishing it.
  • I started a crescent-shaped shawl (Mezquita Shawl by Roxanne Yeun) and I’m so close to finishing it… I started the bind-off only to remember that I didn’t want to just bind-off, I wanted to add a couple of rows of seed stitch so it wouldn’t roll.  So now I have to UN-Bind-off and knit those couple of rows.

    shawl in progress

  • I knit all the pieces of the cuties monster ever.  Her name is Penelope.  The pattern is wonderful and all I need to do now is stuff her and put the face on.  Hoping that I can get her completed this weekend.  She will be wonderful in pictures I’m sure!
  • I completed a very cute crocheted hat… yes, a baby hat.
  • Oh and we took the RV out to Ike Kinswa State Park – this was a great weekend, but no knitting got done.

the best smore EVER!

a perfect morning

the lake at our campsite... so still in the morning

a perfect evening looking the other direction on the lake




the park was full, but it was cozy for us (site #18)


the view from my chair


Now about this new mystery.

A Mystery Animal KAL… yes, today begins another mystery knit a long!  Well OK, yes I am going to join in on this one too!  Big surprise.  There are 4 clues, each delivered on a Friday.  This first clue says BODY and has 49 rounds.  I will be starting very soon tonight.

The CLUE at the bottom of the page says “This mammal has more than 250 species in his family.  He’s not the most diverse creature in the world, but he has it all over the aardvark (total aardvark species = 1).  But really, how many types of aardvarks does one planet need?”

So I went out and searched and found this… Carnivores are a group of mammals that consists of about 250 species. Carnivores include dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes, bears, raccoons, mustelids, sea lions, fur seals, hyenas, aardwolves, wolverines and cats.

I’m hoping that this mystery animal is a dog or wolf, bear or maybe even a sea-lion or a seal.  I’m sure I will love whatever it is!  If you want to join this KAL you can find the details here.  Go ahead, go look you know you want to make an animal.  And I love Emily Ivey – Oh, I didn’t tell you that Emily is the designer!  I love her website too.

OK, I need to get busy and do some house fluffing before mom gets here and then I want to start my mystery animal!  I’ll take lots of pictures this weekend and update this post properly with pictures!


Athena in periwinkle…

Another weekend is drawing to an end.  They just seem to go so quickly. 

This is what I am NOT supposed to be doing!


The yarn looks a little like it’s fuzzy in the pictures, but it really isn’t.  It does have a little bit of a sheen to it.


Athena tank top begins!

Pattern: Athena Tank designed by Helene Rush (Pattern No. 1740)
Yarn: Knit One, Crochet Too – Babyboo – 45% Bamboo/55% Nylon
Color: Periwinkle #653
5 balls – making size 32
I got gauge on size 5 needles just like the pattern calls for – love it!  This yarn is very nice so far and it feels very soft.  I was worried a little about it being splitty because so often bamboo yarn is.  It was just a little at the beginning of the ball, but not after that.

OK, now I’m really going to put this project aside and get back to my mom’s sweater.  I am enjoying working on the sweater, maybe because it’s been such a long time since I worked on it, it almost feels like a new project!  LOL

Finding Time!

Time just seems to rush by so quickly these days.  It will be Halloween this weekend and then poof! It will be Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Then I’ll be saying “I can’t believe it’s 2011”!

I’ve been so busy at work that I haven’t even been knitting… can you believe it?  Me… NOT knitting.  I have a friend that works for the Fairgrounds and she is having a baby today…

I started the Owlie Sleep Sack for her last week and is it done?  Not hardly. 

I have my mother’s February Lady Sweater so close to done, and yet it isn’t! 

Now, I have fallen in love with the Clara Dress pattern and it arrived today. 

The Clara Dress you might also know as the cute yellow dress in the SOAK advertisement.  I have been so in love with it since the first time I saw it in a magazine over a year ago.  So why do I need it right now?  Just because… it’s a sickness… when something is hard to find and I like/love it, I want it all the more.  Such was the case with the Clara Dress.  It was not easy to find at first and that set me off… I was on a mission to get that pattern. 

Just an FYI… if you too are in love with this dress, rush to order it from TUTTO Opal-Isager in New Mexico.  I ordered mine online Friday and here it is Thursday and I have it!  Remember you have to order this as a kit.  (Kit $21.90, shipping $4.95 = $26.85 total, awesome deal if you ask me!) 

The yarn is beautiful, 2 skiens of 50/50 Wool & Alpaca – I am going to use the yarn for a beautiful scarf (a Knitspot pattern).  I’m going to use a yellow yarn like in the SOAK picture to make the dress.

TUTTO Opal-Isager
10 Donmingo Road
Santa Fe, NM 97508

 OK, tonight I will really try hard to post pictures… for now, it’s back to work.  Amazing… I got pictures loaded!!!


It sure seems like everyone is having a baby at the same time… I’m knitting or need to be knitting for 3 or 4 to be born in the next 1 to 3 months.

This is the quickest and cutest project I have worked on in a very, very long time.

Whirligig top done

Pattern: Whirligig Shrug by Stefanie Japel ( pattern in the Weekend 2009 Interweave Knits)
Yarn: Svale – Colorway: 9012 (a spring green) 50% cotton, 40% viscose, 10% silk — 114 yard per ball (DK weight)

I’m using size 6 needles and I didn’t check my gauge this time because it doesn’t really matter about the size outcome.  It will fit someday.  This yarn is very soft and the color is beautiful I wish I could get a good picture of the color… however, it splits very easily.  If you are careful, it’s fine, and the fabric feels great.  I started this on Saturday afternoon.  And by Sunday I was done with one sleeve.  Then along came Monday… a crazy day at best.  While sitting in the waiting room at my doctor’s office I was able to half of the next sleeve done.  I thought it would be done by now, but then those darn Shingles got in the way.  Yes, the reason I was at my doctor’s office was to find out if I had Shingles on my back.  I knew it hurt and was red and swollen and I had a fever and monster headache.  Confirmation came after an hour and half.  Now the medicine I’m taking is making me dizzy and sick to my stomach… well I think it’s the meds… all this is really cutting into my knitting time!  I’m home today and napping a lot to make up for last night, maybe after I finish this post I will try to finish the Whirligig. 

If you are looking for a great quick and fun baby/toddler project I highly recommend this one.  BEWARE:  the pattern says it requires A LOT more yarn than it really does.  If you research your projects before you start on Ravelry you’ll see the same comment from tons of other people, too much yarn stated in the pattern.  Right now it looks like I’ll be using 2 balls (228 yards) for the 6 month size.  I think it suggested 375 yards!  This yarn is DK weight and that is what they suggest in the pattern.   I’m thinking about making another one of these in dark purple Cotton-Ease next. 

Only 8 rows to go on the bottom.

OK, I’m going to stop now and try to get some knitting done.