Archive for July, 2007

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I’m on the Bandwagon

July 31, 2007

I’m a little late to the party, but in knitting does it really matter? I think I have mentioned before that one of my favorite knitting books is Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Well, like a lot of you out there, the Chevron Scarf attracted my attention with all that color shifting and the length and the lightness of the fabric, oh my god! Anyway, I finally decided to make this beautiful scarf and in choosing to make it now I may have it done by the first fall wind. We’ll see. . .

What colors and what type of yarn did I use? I’m sure you are wondering cause that is the best part of this particular pattern. Well, I checked out Fearless Fibers and picked these two:
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This would be 100% superwash Merino (550 yards!! each) in Midnight Passion (purples) and Sublime (browns). So soft and so saturated with color. Lovely.

Without further ado, here are the same ‘ol same ‘ol shots of the begining of EVERYONE’S Chevron:
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And finally a picture with a tip: when knitting with 2 balls of yarn, I put them both in a big ziploc bag, pull the yarn from each corner and zip closed the middle. No tangling and confusion. Plus it is portable and neat (about the only thing in my life that is).
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Happy Knitting!
~Dawn

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Summer Slowdown

July 27, 2007

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Pay attention
to the significance
of doing nothing.

I have had little time to get in any real knitting. I pick it up here and there and get a round or two done and that is about it. Maybe this weekend I can make a bit of headway. Hope you all have an enjoyable weekend!
Peace~Dawn

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Great Day In the Morning!!

July 24, 2007

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Thank you all for the wonderful well wishes for my birthday. It was a great day! I had to work all day but that was not a bad thing. My sister called me first thing in the morning to wish me a happy birthday, my kids showed up at work with not one not two but FOUR dozen roses for my birthday! one from each of my guys. Nice. A couple of my clients gave me gifts and my boss brought in a chocolate chocolate cake and a dozen doughnuts. Whew! then my husband called and sang happy birthday on my cell phone. I saved it. I came home to a great dinner of scalloped potatoes and barbeque chicken and. . . more cake! I received gift cards, a Dane Cook CD/DVD and Everyday Italian by Giada DeLaurentuiis. I love her recipes, they always look so delicious!
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I have been knitting away on a few projects. One old (Clapotis) and one new (ballet top). I don’t know which will be done first. I also finished up another set of repeats on my lace stole. I picked it up again after about a 6 week hiatus thanks to prompting from Sunne. Thanks, I need the kick in the pants.
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In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. Eric Hoffer

Big changes going on in my work place. I believe they are all for the better but there is a division going on and I am just trying to exit gracefully without getting caught up in all the ego drama that is being thrown around like so much cow manure. We, the four therapists, are in the process of breaking away from the chiropractor. The owner of the massage business is in the process of purchasing our own building. Yay! it is all good but I could use some positive energy to help me generate tons of new clients to keep my book full after the insurance people are gone. So, any goodness you could send my way would be greatly appreciated. Have a great day!
Peace~Dawn

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They Say It’s My Birthday!

July 23, 2007

Hey, today I am 41. Wow, that just doesn’t look or sound right but there it is. Instead of gratuitous birthday photos (maybe later) how about dog pictures instead.

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this is Winston showing off that grin

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this is my baby, Timber in mid trot (he is 7!)

I couldn’t get one of Buster cause he just wouldn’t cooperate. That is how it goes sometime. I don’t have any plans today except to work, that is what happens when the “big day” lands during the week, I suppose. I do plan on eating some yummy cake prepared by my loving son (I’m sure he will be hard at work in the kitchen for me) and then have a yummy dinner made by my glorious husband. Mas Love on the ‘ol b-day…Peace~Dawn

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Hey, Meathead!!

July 19, 2007

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Pattern: Meathead Hat by Larissa Brown
Yarn: Lambs Pride Bulky “Tahiti Teal”, 1 skein
Needles: Size 15 straights
Size: 21″
Level: Easy

Okay, this was a fun hat that I have been wanting to make for MONTHS! she wrote the pattern for a book and sent out the pattern for free to testers. I was to late (sad face). Then she offered it up again for a fee to raise money for a friend and family in crisis and I was more than happy to purchase it. Then, I ordered the yarn and it sat and sat and sat. Then I wanted a fast knit and wah-lah! in a matter of hours I had it done. It would have gone much faster except Size 15 needles are CRAZY BIG and it hurts my hands to knit for any lenght of time so I had to keep taking breaks.

Anyway, I made the smaller size and it fits but quite honestly a 40 year old woman maybe should not wear such a hat on a regular basis so this one is going in the charity pile and I will make a festive red one for Christmas time. It is rather elf like and I can’t help but smile when I see it. I love the Meathead!

Oh, and did you notice that the green theme has given way to the blue theme? Yeah, I tend to color block, apparently. Bye.

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Dragon Scales

July 16, 2007

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Well, I finally finished the Dragon Scale top. Point of fact, it is actually called the “Icy Blue Shell” from Creative Knitting (July 2007 issue) but honestly, how boring does that sound? Anyway, on top of changing the name I also changed the needle size and the yarn used. I truely loved knitting this top! it was interesting without being overly involved and it was fast, albeit it took me about a month to finish because I am a slow and multi project knitter (not to mention the whole FROG session).
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Pattern: Dragon Scales Top i.e. “Icy Blue Shell” from Creative Knitting, July ’07 issue
Yarn: Knit One Crochet Two “2nd Time Cotton” (I think it was 3 skeins) Color: Atlantis
Needles: 24″ and 16″ circulars size 8
Size was for 34″ bust but I used the count for the medium in the magazine to get gauge
Skill level: Easy

With modifications on the yarn and the needle size, this top turned out great. I would recommend it to any knitter who wants a simple tank top with a nice level of interest given by the dragon scales pattern. A quick note on the yarn: I love it! great choice for cotton because the small amount of acrylic in it give it a nice weight and a nice feel. I will definately use this yarn again for summer weight tops.
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Well, hope you enjoyed it. Make it if you get the chance. I wore it to work today and it is very comfortable and the yarn is quite cool. I give this a 5 star rating *****
Peace~Dawn

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Do You Feel Like This?

July 11, 2007

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Well, I do. I woke up feeling fantastic and gradually my day has gone to poop. Nothing overly terrible, just little stuff that I could have done without has systematically put my feel good day into the shitter. Am I gonna let it get me down? nah…

Randomly Yours:

*I am still working on the blue dragon scale top. Wanna know what happened with it? sure you do. I actually finished it the day before we left on vacation. I mean FINISHED IT. All the little bits sewn in and everything. It rocked!! then I put it on and it was a belly shirt. Yes, whoever designed it must have the torso of a tree stump. What I discovered from this is I AM AN AMAZING KNITTER! Yes, I am. Not the best, not the most competent, not even the most challenging but I am pretty damn amazing. I ripped back this shirt till I was at the point of adding some length to it. I didn’t distroy the pattern or anything. **high five** to me. It is an awesome top and I am determined to be able to get tons of wear out of it. So, I am almost to the lenth I want and then I will carryon with the shoulders and neck portion.
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*Saw the Transformers movie in Florida and it was totally great. **** rating from me

*Ate chocolate cake for lunch. I will probably regret it later since I have to work till 7p.m

*My children have been behaving badly today

*Ravelry is getting better and better. They have added a Groups catagory so you can join groups that share similar interests and chit chat with others in the community and not feel all lost and lonely. It is great. So far I have picked 2 “here be dragons” cause I collect dragons and I love anything that is magic/fantasy based and “nameste knitters” cause of my love of buddhism. I’m sure I will find more groups as I have time to browse.

{{Virtual hug}} everyone, cause I just need it. Have a great day!
~Dawn