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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.

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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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Birthday hat

Jessica’s Birthday Hat

Pattern:  Lady from The Boogie Knits

Yarn: Patons – SWS  Soy Wool Stripes – color natural blue

Needles – Size 9 dpns

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Last night I finished the hat for Jessica that goes with the fingerless gloves.  Still needs to be blocked.  I’m just happy that I don’t have to work with this yarn anymore.

On today’s agenda is stocking up on oxygen tanks for tomorrow’s thanksgiving trip, pick up a few items at the grocery store and then back home for a baking marathon.

Note: Kerry the cookie baker, says that the recipe on the back of Toll House Choc. Chips is what she uses.  But, she substitutes butter flavored Crisco sticks for the butter.  The butter is what makes the cookies come out flat.  Her other hint is for moister, chewier cookies substitute molasses for half of the brown sugar. Since I will be executed tomorrow for giving away her baking secrets, this may be my last post.

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I cast on for J’s hat last night.  Knit the ribbing and half of the first cable pattern.  Pattern called for size 8 circulars and dpns.  Closest I have are size 9 dpns, so that’s what I’m using.  As I posted earlier, this Patons SWS looks good in a finished product but is a pain to work with.  Last night I had part of it just untwist and pull apart while I was knitting.  This is going to have enough spliced spots in it, from trying to match colors in the gloves, without adding another one because of crappy yarn.

 

 

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My DIL is having a birthday this month.  So I decided to make her a pair of fingerless gloves.  She’s a photographer so I think they will come in handy.  Jessica will be able to keep her hands warm and still use her fingers.

I’m using a free pattern from SWTC (South West Trading Company ) that was written for their Karaoke soy silk/wool yarn.

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I have a skein of the Karaoke in color #285 Intensity(above), but decided to try the pattern out with a skein of Patons SWS soy wool stripes in color Natural Blue.

The Patons yarn is very loosely spun and splits like crazy when it isn’t twisting apart.  The finished glove looks and feels nice, but I don’t think I will be knitting with this yarn again.  The pattern calls for one skein of yarn but these gloves took 2 skeins because both skeins I had were joined with a knot about halfway through the skein.  And the join wasn’t even close to the patterning of the yarn. 

Comparing the Karaoke and the SWS together, the Karaoke has a tighter twist can’t tell about possible knots or joins until I use it.  From everything I’ve heard and read about Karaoke yarn I think I will like it.

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Fingerless Gloves – free pattern from SWTC

Yarn: Patons SWS – Soy Wool Stripes – Natural Blue 

Needles: Size 7 dpns

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