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Mess O' Hats, Part 2: Auld Lang Syne Edition

Remember last week when I told you I went on a hat-knitting binge that continued on . . . even after I completed my Christmas gift knitting? Well, today you get the rest of them! Welcome to . . . 

A Whole Mess O' Hats, Part 2: Auld Lang Syne Edition.

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I made one for Tom. (Ravelry link.)

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And one for me. (Ravelry link.)

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One for my sister. (Ravelry link.)

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And another of these quick-and-easy headbands for myself. (Ravelry link.) (And, yeah. It's made from the leftovers of Erin's hat from last week.)

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And even though I've moved on from hats . . . and I'm currently busy knitting away at a sweater (this one) . . . I'm still dreaming of hats.
(Like . . . this one.) 
(And this one.)
(And another headband.)
(Or two.)

(Oh, help.)


Can't Help Myself

Looking for something super quick and easy to knit???

That will also keep you (or someone you love) warm and toasty???

And - as an added benefit - will tame your "pandemic hair" or that (un)timely decision to grow out your bangs???

Well. 

Look no further! I've got you covered!

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(It's even a free pattern.)

This is the aptly-named "headband with a twist" by Mirella Moments. (The free pattern is available on their website, here.) It takes just a tiny bit of yarn, a tiny bit of your time, and - for those of you who hate to purl - it's a basic one-color brioche stitch (or English rib if the words "brioche stitch" stop you dead in your tracks), which means . . . ribbing but NO purling! (And super easy to do.)

This is a perfect thing for me right now. (Because we have reached the bangs-growing-out stage where I need a paper bag otherwise. . . ) I'm definitely going to be knitting up a few more. . . 

'Cause sugar pie, honey bunch
(Sugar pie, honey bunch)
You know that I'm weak for you 
(Weak for you)
Can't help myself
I love you and nobody else

Ravelry details here.

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Did I Mention

. . . that the "bunny girls" have a brother?

Yeah.
They do.
A big brother.
And what do you knit for a sweet little boy who loves books and wrestling and Star Wars? The answer is Not A Bunny, for sure. But what???

Why . . . how about a dragon?

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I have a very clear memory of the last time I actually met a friend for coffee just before All Bets Were Off and coffee-dates became just another thing of the Before Times.  There we were, comfortably sipping and chatting and knitting and showing each other possibilities for future knits on our iPads . . . so casually, so lightly -- not at all imagining how much our lives would change the very next day (I digress) (but sometimes I'm just struck with how much things changed, y'know?).  Anyway, she had a brand-new grandson and had just knit a sweet bunny for him (this one). I shared my plan about knitting my own, different bunnies (these). I mentioned that I didn't know what to knit for the big brother, though, so we started brainstorming and looking things up on Ravelry with our iPads. 

And she found the little dragon pattern. 

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And it was Just The Thing!

(And here I am, 7 months later, finished with the very dragon we decided on that day.) (And all I can do is send her the photos.)

Anyway.
Isn't he just adorable?

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It's more "futsy knitting," for sure. But less futsy than the bunnies. Much quicker. (Plus . . . no wardrobe for a dragon.) (Thankfully.) Someday I may need to knit another dragon. For myself. Because he's awfully fun to have around, and I'll miss him when he's gone.

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But not today!

(Click here for Ravelry details for my Little Dragon.)

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How about you? What are you making this week?
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On Knitting With Precision. Or Not.

There are some knitting projects that are just more . . . forgiving . . . than others. Projects where you can figure out ways to "fix" or "modify" your goofs so you don't need to "knit backwards" or rip back or -- (heaven forbid) --  unravel altogether.

And then there are projects that require precision.

Like . . . this one, say.

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It's not a difficult pattern to knit. It's super simple to memorize -- and "read" (once you've done a repeat or two). But it does require precision. As in . . . any mistake will stick out like a sore thumb and drive you mad. 

Trust me.
I know!

I have knit back on more rows of this thing than I can count. (Mostly because . . . I can't count, apparently.) (And I'm also apparently particularly challenged about remembering the simple increase-on-every-right-side-row thing.)

This is not a forgiving pattern. Perfection is paramount. (And I'm not particularly into perfection.)

Yet I will soldier on. Because this . . . 

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flower/grid/high-contrast combination just . . . tickles me!

Besides. I have plenty of "explanations" for when my knitting focus goes off the rails like this:

News anxiety
Pandemic fog
Captivating TV
Knitting-with-wine
All of the above

But, as of last night, I have a new one: mercury retrograde! Yes. Mercury is retrograde again. Which really doesn't mean much . . . except that you can blame pretty much anything* on it. 

And I will!

*(Except politics. We know just who to blame there.)

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How about you? What are you making these days? And do you find yourself less focused? (Or is it just me. . . )

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I have a BONUS for you this week!

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For some reason that I can't pin down (pick any of the "explanations" from my list above, even if mercury wasn't retrograde), I seem to have subscribed TWICE to Making magazine. Which means . . . I have duplicate copies of the last two issues: No. 9 Simple and No. 10 Intricate, which just arrived yesterday in my mailbox.  I would like to share! If you're interested in a copy of either issue (or even both), just let me know in the comments and I'll draw a name out of a hat next Tuesday.


Bunnies on the Catwalk

Brace yourselves.

It's Bunny Fashion Week!

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Yes, friends. I'm finally finished with those damn charming and adorable little bunnies! I feel like it's been one long summer episode of Project Runway: Bunny Edition.

Let's join the "Little Buns" (as I've taken to calling them) as they hit the catwalk, modeling the newest looks for the bunny set.

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Fussy much? 

But really cute, non?

And soon on their way to (hopefully) make a couple of little girls I know . . . smile.

Glad I made them, now that they're finished. But I'm REALLY glad they're done, y'know?

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If you want more details (and more photos), you can check out my Ravelry project pages here (bunnies in the dotty dresses), here (textured dresses), here (top-down sweaters), and here (t-shirt dresses).

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How about you? What are you making this week?

 

 


A Little Diversion

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In the mornings, I generally get up early. Feed the dogs. Get a cup of coffee. Do the NY Times mini-crossword. And then . . . knit for awhile. It's a good way to start the day.

My view this morning . . . 

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Little bunny clothes.
A whole pile of 'em.

But. What's that? Underneath????

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Oh. Just something I became absolultely smitten with last week. (Ravelry link here.)

And because I'm deep into what Brené Brown calls "day 2" when it comes to knitting these little bunny clothes (and knitting with cotton yarn) (even though it's NICE cotton yarn), I decided to just go for it and begin. 

Even though my current focus is . . . finish the bunny cardigan and do 2 more quick dresses . . . a little diversion is good for the soul!

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How about you?
What are you making this week?


All Summer Long

Click here for some Beach Boys to get you in the mood! 

I've been dragging something along with me . . . all summer long.

Slogging knitting away, off and on.
Mixing it up with baby sweaters and bunnies and embroidery.
On the patio, up north at the lake, in front of the tv.

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All summer long
you've been with me
I can't see enough of you

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All summer long
we've both been free
Won't be long til summer time is through

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T-shirts, cutoffs
and a pair of thongs (flip-flops)
We've been having fun all summer long!

But now . . . summer time is through.
The weather is turning, it's time to move on.

It's so nice to add a new layer to my closet -- just in time for fall.

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You can find the details here on Ravelry. 

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What are YOU making this week?

 


Juggling: An Unraveled Post

It's always a good idea to have at least 2 knitting projects going at any one time:

One that is soothing to work on. Simple. MindFUL. Conversational. (Preferably one that pairs well with wine, if you know what I mean.)

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And one that . . . isn't.

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Finishing up knitting projects? 
It's all about juggling!

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What are you working on this week?

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And Then It Kind of Unraveled

We're up north this week (where it was 43 degrees F when I woke up this morning!).

Making-wise, I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to finish up my little bunnies. The early-week weather up north was looking cool and rainy -- perfect for bunny-finishing! So I gathered everything up and packed it for a bunny-making sew-and-stuff-fest at our cabin.

Yesterday afternoon (cool and rainy, as predicted), I got everything all laid out on the table . . . ready to settle in with my bunnies.

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But.

If you take a look, something is missing.
Something important.
Vital to the project, even. 

(And if you guessed "bunny body parts" . . . you'd be absolutely right.)

Sigh.

My plans = completely unraveled!

I was evidently so focused on remembering to pack the stuffing and the black yarn for the faces and extra yarn and all my tools and my iPad . . . that I forgot to grab my bag of bunny parts!  (Oh, well. There's always next week.)

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How about you? What are you working on this week?

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You're Going To Be SO Jealous

As I stew in the quagmire that is Our Daily Situation now, I've been busying my hands with knitting silly little things. Fussy, knit-at-uncomfortable-gauge little things. Things that don't take much yarn, don't take much space, but DO take a lot of time!

Case in point: Here is the sum total of two weeks of knitting.

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Yep. It all fits (without even cramming) into a quart-sized plastic bag!

But that's nothing.

Now comes the FUN part . . . 

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Seaming.

Stuffing.

Assembling.

That's 2 heads, 2 bodies, 4 ears, 4 legs (with incredibly fussy shoes attached), 4 arms, and 2 tails.

Uh huh. I've knit bunny-body-parts for not-one-but-TWO of these. (Note: That link will take you to the designer's website page, NOT to Ravelry.

Let the Making begin!

(Bet y'all wish you were in my shoes . . . )

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