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“La Tête”. 

Donnas Cap Karma Hat

La Tête is modeling the third and latest of the unintentional red hat series.  This is the gift I couldn’t post a pic of the other day.  The hat was made for Donna and is knit using Cascade 220 and the Smariek Knits pattern, Cap Karma Hat.  I also used the Brooklyn Tweed modifications in the crown decreases.  I did one more pattern repeat in the body of the hat because it looked like it would be too short.  Turns out it wasn’t needed, but now D has the option of wearing the hat pulled down lower over her ears or a little shorter by rolling up the ribbing section.

Donnas Cap Karma Hat - crown


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The ice storm hit Sunday night, but we still had electricity.  Then Monday morning brought more freezing rain and the power went off and stayed off until a little after 5pm.  The temperature in the house went down in the 50’s and having an electric stove couldn’t even make tea or hot chocolate.  So went to bed and napped for a while under the feather comforter.  Just about the time I was thinking of going out and firing up the grill to cook a hot supper, the power came back on.  We’ve had electricity since then and it only flickers occasionally.  So all in all we’ve been lucky.  Other people are still without power and will be for a while.

Below is a picture of my neighbor’s poor little tree.  The tree is about 8ft tall and under the ice it just bent in two.

Icy Tree

Saturday before the storm we did a little Christmas shopping.  I remember now, why I don’t go to the mall this time of year.  You couldn’t even walk down the aisles in the stores, because of all the people. Then we headed to Sam’s, which actually wasn’t too bad, so I could pick up some shelled pistachios.  I dislike shelling pistachios and Sam’s is the only place I’ve found the Pistachio Kernels without ordering online.  Of course we didn’t make it out of the store until we had done serious damage to the bank account.

I needed the pistachios for a Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti recipe.  This is an easy and very tasty biscotti recipe that keeps well, due to using olive oil instead of butter, and the flavors keep developing as they sit.  Monday is the Skrappy Ladies Christmas party and we decided to do a cookie exchange instead of drawing names for gifts.  So I will be baking approximately seven dozen biscotti in the next few days.  Hope the weather is nice on Monday so I can drive to Lawton, or all the relatives will be receiving biscotti for Christmas.

Here is the new addition to my Santa collection.  I like the Heartwood Creek Santa’s or similar style.  Guess the quilt like patterns have a lot to do with it.
Santa 2007

I’ve been knitting on the Celtic Tote and the September Woods socks but don’t have much progress to show.  I did knit up a quick hat for part of MIL’s Christmas gift.

Cable Force Hat

Pattern – Cabled Force
Yarn – Cascade 220 wool
Color – 9404
Needles – US 8 / 5.0mm

The color is actually closer to wine than the bright red shown in the picture.


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I can’t believe I’ve been blogging and boring a few people for an entire year.  Time does fly by.

There has been some knitting done around here.  I finished the “Coronet” hat.  It was an easy knit.  The only problem was with casting on the hat body stitches around the band.  The instructions weren’t clear which stitches you were to be casting on through.  I tried it a couple of different ways and wasn’t entirely happy with either of them.  If I make another hat I may try slipping the first stitch on the right side of the band and see if that makes it easier to pick up the stitches.

Red Coronet Hat

Pattern – Coronet by Alexandra Virgiel
Yarn – Cascade 220 Superwash
Needles – Size 8 circulars and dpns.

Then I found a sock pattern that I thought would knit up well with self striping yarn.  The design will give a little interest to the socks without getting totally lost.  I’m calling them “September Woods”, because the yarn reminds me of the woods and the color name is “September”.

September Woods Socks

September Woods Socks
Pattern – Moss Beaded Rib and Mini Cable Socks by Anne Clement
Yarn – Jawoll Color Aktion – color September
Needles – Size 2

I went to Lawton last Saturday for Skrappies Workday.  I didn’t accomplish much besides talking, eating and frogging a sock, casting back on and knitting the cuff ribbing.  My friend Sharron invited me over afterward to relieve her of some “inherited” needlework supplies.  She was really generous and a great big THANK YOU goes out to her.  I am now the owner of probably every color of DMC floss ever produced, 2 or 3 times over plus lots of perle cotton.  Mill Hill beads and treasures, there’s even a tiny sheep.  Going through the boxes I brought home is like a little treasure hunt.  There were a lot of knitting needles, but they were all aluminum so I didn’t take any of those, they make my hands ache.  I did get several stitch holders and enough white, pink and burgundy Bernat acrylic yarn to knit an afghan.  From the swatch in with the yarn it looks like the previous owner was starting a Feather and Fan afghan.

The weather lately has been strange.  Here it is November 13 and we haven’t had a freeze yet.  I have a Hosta that decided to bloom, even though it’s leaves are yellowing from the cool weather.  My geraniums think it’s spring.  The tomatoes plants are loaded and I need to pick the ripe ones, also have 4 little baby eggplants. 


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I’ve made a little more progress on the Coronet hat.  I’ve knit the body of the hat up to the decreases.  In the pic below the hat is turned inside out to show the cable band, which folds up when worn.


I would have more progress to show on the hat, but I went and cast on another sock.  So far I’ve knit the cuff.  Now I just have to decide on the pattern of the leg.

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No birds.

Where have all the birds gone?  I’ve noticed for the past week that there are very few birds in our neighborhood.  I haven’t seen any at my feeders.  Curious.

The Coronet hat.  I finished knitting the cable band, joined ends and cast on stitches for the body of the hat.  Knit approximately ½ of the body of the hat.  I had to Kitchener the two ends of the cable band together and did it in the cable pattern.  I’m proud to say that except for one small spot on the edge (I got a knot) it’s hard to tell where the join is.  Below is a very bad picture of the band in progress.  I hope to have a good pic tomorrow of the hat knitting so far.


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Another arctic front has come through and it is freezing outside.  Windchills in the low teens. If we get any ice or snow with this, it better be gone before the weekend.  Saturday I’m going to Lawton for the Wichita Mountains Quilt Guild’s “For the Love of Quilts” show. The guild holds a quilt show every 2 years, and for a relatively small guild, they put on a really good show. 

It’s been a while since my last post.  I’ve been working on the sewing/craft room and doing some knitting.  But due to retaining fluid, especially in feet and ankles, I’ve been keeping my feet up.

My friend Ann came by on Sunday and brought me a belated Christmas present of some yarn that she picked up in Tennessee.  The yarn is Luna Park by Ornaghi Filati of Italy.  I like the bright colors and it will knit up into some fun, wild and crazy socks.


Steven’s red London Beanie now has an opposite.  The black beanie will be going to my son-in-law Jason.


That’s all for today.  I hear that Carol has gotten in some Tofutsies yarn.  So I’m getting ready to brave the freezing cold and snow flurries to go and check it out.  Also need to get the hats in the mail.


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I finished Steven’s hat last night.  On the original pattern (London Beanie) you decrease every row and I always ended up with the top of the hat looking gathered.  Since I needed to add a little length to the pattern, I decided to knit a row between each decrease row.  It ends up with a much smoother top.  I like the way it turned out.  The color of the hat is more of a deep crimson, not the pink it looks in the picture.


Pattern:  The London Beanie – I had to refigure stitch count, due to using a different yarn weight.
Yarn:  Rowan  wool/cotton
Needles:  Size 6  Brittany Birch

Now to get it in the mail.  Maybe the first of next week.


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Steven will be happy to know that I finally cast on and knit about 2 inches of his hat last night.  Had to frog it twice before I got the gauge and number of stitches right.  The yarn I’m using is finer than what the pattern calls for. 

I’ve been working on the sewing/craft room so much lately, that by the time evening rolls around I’m worn out.  So I haven’t been getting much knitting done.  All the fabric boxes are unpacked (even the 2 I found hiding in the guest room closet), so now there is only some sorting and fine tuning left to do.  Then I will take pics of the room and get them posted.

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Weekend in Tulsa

I don’t have anything really interesting to post about.  I’m still unpacking the sewing/craft room.  I haven’t counted the number of boxes I’ve unpacked, but it’s been a lot.  The guest room is still full of boxes labeled sewing room.  I think they must multiply at night.   

I have been getting some knitting done in the evenings.  Finished Jason’s “London Beanie”


And….. Finally got back to work on the Chain Link Socks.  Knitted half of the heel flap last night.  I’m knitting it in the Eye of Partridge pattern.  It doesn’t show up well in the pic. 


This is probably my last post until Monday.  Tomorrow I’m going to Tulsa to visit with Steven, Jessica and Josie the Grandpup.  I found out that where we’re going to lunch on Saturday, is by Loops.  Maybe there will be some new yarn coming home with me.  Sunday, on the way home, I’m going to stop in Okmulgee and visit with Kerry and Jason.  I haven’t seen their new house.

Have a nice weekend.


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I usually frog a project only if there is a truly noticeable mistake, it’s a gift, wrong size, or the pattern just isn’t working for me.  In the case of the Mid-Month Cable Dishcloth, I just don’t care for the pattern.  So it’s going to the frog pond and I’ll save the yarn for another dishcloth later on.

Started on a hat for Jason (son-in-law) last night.  He requested a Dk. gray hat.  The one I’m knitting is Dk. gray but will have a few small black stripes for interest. 

Jessica sent pictures of herself modeling the hat and fingerless mitts I made for her.  Hope she doesn’t mind my posting a pic here.  The hat and mitts look better on her than when I scanned and posted them in November.  She’s demonstrating how the fingerless mitts keep her hands warm but still let her use the camera.


So far we haven’t gotten any of the predicted snow.  It’s just raining and turning everything to slush.  Tonight when the temperatures drop it will all freeze to a nice solid sheet of ice.  Just happy I don’t need to go anywhere. 
Today is definitely a soup day.  I’m going to make my version of “Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana” – Spicy italian sausage, russet potatoes and cavolo greens in a creamy broth.  Except that I substitute kale for the cavolo greens.  Hot, fresh from the oven bread sounds good, too.  Off to the kitchen I go.


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