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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Three Simple Things to Knit

Very Simple Pouch
Manos del Uruguay - Rose

Very Simple Headband
The Fibre Company Terra -Ash and Araucania Nature Wool Chunky - Orange

Very Simple Eyeglass Case
Plain and Fancy Merino Wool - Magenta

I presented these patterns to my beginning knitting class today.

I wanted to design something for brand new knitters who have had some practice knitting and purling and are ready for the challenge of a first project . Each pattern is simply a rectangle and includes only Knit and Purl stitches with no shaping at all and only a small amount of simple finishing.

I think brand new knitters need to have a sweet little project to look forward to at the early stages of learning. A small sense of accomplishment goes a long way.

These are quick projects for any knitter, beginner or otherwise, and would make beautiful gifts. In the near future, I'll be putting a link to this pattern's free PDF in my sidebar. If you'd like to see it now, here it is. It can also be found on my Ravelry page. Does that link work if you aren't a Ravelry user? I wonder.

My cousin's baby is still waiting patiently for his new log cabin pillow. Babies are so patient, aren't they? The baby's grandparents came for a visit this weekend and I was compelled to send them off with a little placeholder gift.

A cute-thing-until-I-can-finish-the-REALLY-cute-thing gift. Picture it much smaller and on an actual toddler (with a head). Sweet. I bought it at my favorite store ever.

And in the not-so-simple column, I present this:

Pattern: The Inga Hat by Sheila Macdonald
Source: Ewenique Fiber - The Blog
Yarn: The Fibre Company Terra in Ash and The Fibre Company Road to China in Riverstone
needles: size 5

Made for my dear, beautiful friend Celeste to give her love and strength as she fights a lousy illness. I hope she feels the love every time she wears it.

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Monday, March 03, 2008
The Crazies

This has been one of those weeks wherein everything big has changed and now I feel like I don't even recognize my coffee cup . At least our house is still the same, but jobs are changing, schools are being researched intensively, big money decisions are looming and big risky adventures are being embarked upon.

I'm longing for the days when I would walk my one little kiddo to the park every sunny afternoon to play leisurely for hours.

I'm teaching a beginning knitting class at the art center down the road so most of my knitting is related to that class. I'm thinking a lot about how to make the class really fun and satisfying for the students (and for myself) and I'm knitting little samples like mad.

One of my dearest friends had a birthday this weekend and I didn't even call her...oh cruel time, how you escape me! I have almost finished her gift and I'll give a little hint of it here, even though I suspect she may see this.

Here's wishing for boring days.


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