Unraveled

On Matching

Matching.

When you wake up to this (again) (and on repeat) . . . 

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and your knitting looks like this (again) (on repeat) . . . 

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Around and around.  Over and over.  Day in and day out.

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The big difference?  My knitting has a happy, green pocket lining.  

(And winter doesn't.)

How about you?  Are you matching your stitching these days?

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In the Groove

So I think my brain is in a groove kind of thing these days with my knitting.

First, it was all those gnomes.

Then, I got into a hat thing.  (Two pink pussyhats special-ordered by a friend; one black hat special-ordered by Erin.)

Now?  I guess I'm in a dish cloth groove.

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Two done, and I just cast on for another.

It'll pass.  It always does.  
(In the meantime, I need some new dish cloths . . . )


No, No, No!

They tried to make me go to rehab . . . 

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I said no, no, no!

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I ain't got the time
And if my daddy thinks I'm fine . . . 

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He's tried to make me go to rehab
I won't go, go, go!

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So, yeah.  Maybe an addiction?

It's been All Gnomes All the Time since Christmas.  
Well.  Not exactly true.  
Because I finished this and made this . . . in between gnomes.
Not a problem, you see?  
Not a problem at all!

How about you?  What was your holiday addiction?

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Ravelry details for the gnomes are here.

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Unraveling Away

I finished up my Christmas knitting and shipped it all off last week.  (Phew!)  I toyed with the idea of . . . maybe, just maybe . . . knitting one last gift item (for a friend here in town).  

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I cast on.  The pattern is easy, rhythmic to knit, and quickly memorized.

Or . . . so I thought.

Unfortunately, I quickly-memorized the row count between cable-crosses wrong.  
And didn't catch it right away.  
And had to rip WAY back.  
But I'm on track again now.  (Although probably not in time for gift-giving. . . ) (But that's okay.)

So.  Unraveling.  Re-raveling.  And actually just fine with all of it!

How about you?  What are you making right now?

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If you want to see my Christmas knitting, you can read all about it on Ravelry here, here, here, and here.

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All Wrapped Up

This pile of knits . . . 

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represents the sum total of my Christmas knitting.  Complete!

And this afternoon . . . everything will be wrapped and packaged and ready for shipping.  Yes, my friends.  Everything is all wrapped up -- with weeks to spare!  Which begs the question . . . 

Is there time for one more???

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Merry and Bright

. . . and SHINY!

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Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with a friend in her studio making glitter balls.  Fabulously fun and super simple!

(And, yeah.  I don't have a Christmas tree at my house.  But I do have a lighted birch tree.  And these will look very fine hanging from the branches.)

We also tried some ornaments with alcohol inks.  Our results were decidedly mixed.  While this one looks quite pretty. . .

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I think there's a learning curve.  (Because not all of them worked quite as well.)

It was a fun afternoon, filled with mess, laughter, and creativity.  Merry and bright, indeed!

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It's kind of amazing how many "unraveled" posts I can come up with that have absolutely nothing to do with knitting.  I've been knitting a LOT, but can't show you any of it quite yet.  (Because Christmas.)  Stay tuned!

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Totally Unraveled

Yesterday I had my 2nd (of two) shingles immunizations.  (Shingrix -- the new and highly effective vaccine against shingles.)  When I had my first one, my doctor didn't warn me of the side effects.  (In fact, he told me there really were none.)  (Which proved to be Not True.)  Anyway, I had some pretty dramatic - and surprising - side effects.  As in . . . I was out of commission for a full day after the shot.  (Think flu symptoms and you've pretty much got it.)

So, when it was time for my 2nd immunization, I planned a bit more.  I cleared my schedule and warned people that I might be feeling bad.  And I kept my fingers crossed that maybe for the second go-round, I wouldn't feel so bad.

But, no.  
Here I am.  
Feeling like total crap today.  
(But I won't get shingles, which has got to be WAY worse than a couple of days of flu-like symptoms, y'know?)

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Let's just say . . . I'm totally unraveled today!  
So I'll just sit and knit . . . and nap . . . and sip my tea.  And wait for my symptoms to pass.

(And, on the plus side, I woke up today in a Michigan where weed is legal, gerrymandering is outlawed*, voting laws are loosened, and my Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and U.S. Senator are all Democrats -- AND WOMEN!  If that doesn't help my flu-like symptoms, I don't know what could.)  (Well.  Actually I do.  But this is a good start.)

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* This one is especially satisfying because Betsy DeVos and her family POURED money into the campaign for the opposition.  (Ha.)

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Happy Legs

When the weather cools down, I pretty much live in leggings and tunics.  (The stretchier, the better!)  I sew tunics for myself all the time, but I've never sewn a pair of leggings before . . .

until last weekend!

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These awesome and most comfortable leggings (maroon with white polka dots FTW!) are made from Sonya Phillips' Pants No. 2 pattern.  A snap to sew (no serger necessary), super clear directions, a great fit, and . . . $3.97 for the fabric.

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My legs?

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VERY happy!

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I've decided to knit for Christmas this year, so while there is no unraveling going on, there is also no knitting I can show.  But you can check out what others have been "raveling" over at Kat's!

 


Knit a Harvest

"But there's a full moon rising
Let's go dancing in the light
We know where the music's playing
Let's go out and feel the night"
                -- Neil Young, Harvest Moon

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So.  This year, I've been having WAY too much fun putting together monthly "care packages" for my adult children.  Usually, I organize each little package around a "theme" of some sort (which makes it easier to put them together, y'know?).  For October, I went with a "harvest" theme, and featured pumpkin stuff:  a pumpkin carving kit, pumpkin chocolates, and these . . .

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Adorable knitted pumpkins!  

Simple and quick to make -- and a big hit on the receiving end.  (Ravelry details here.)

There's still time to knit yourself a harvest this fall.  (Just sayin.')

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Be sure to visit Kat today, to see what's . . . unraveling!