After making my little lap robe/blanket, had about 2-1/2 skeins of the same bulky yarn left over.  This is kind of a cross between a shrug and a cardigan.   It is a little small for an over sweater, the measurements, though, will give me a good idea of what I need for a regular pullover type.  and it taught me a lot of technique. PLUS it used up the excess yarn and does the job for which it was made, that being to give a little warmth when it’s a bit chilly, especially on my back.

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keeping warm

Just finished this lap robe.  If it seems like it was finished incredibly quick after a pair of socks, its because most of this was knitted last year.  Got too warm to continue having this draped over my body while I knitted, so was put aside ‘til now.  Still can’t get over how much yarn it takes to make even simple little things!

IMG_0517 (768x1024)Lion Brand home spun thick and quick super bulky Greystone stripes. 5 row, 5 stitch garter stitch border, seed stitch for the rest.  101 stitches on #15 needles.  Measures just over 38” x 68”. weighs 1.75 lbs for 3.5skeins (8 oz / 160 yards each) so about 640 yards total.  at 68” still not long enough to make a good shawl, but will make a great lap robe, nap blanket for the couch, etc..  Laid it out on the floor to measure it and see I kept a pretty consistent gauge, it’s a decent rectangle, not a parallelogram or something odd shape

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socks and cables

finally started working with cables.  started this pair of socks, made a mistake in the cable pattern and it became something else, so took some time to just work cables and actually learn how they work and why they work. easy peasy!  Also changed my sock pattern just a bit – made the foot a 1/4” longer than I was and 4 stitches more around.  Still snug, but not as much as they were.  This is the Cherub Aran yarn. still love this stuff for soft socks with lasting power!

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scary stuff

If you’ve not been keeping up on the genetically modified stuff – and even if you think you don’t care – this might change your mind. http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-new-pesticide-monster-by-dow-chemical.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lloydkahn+%28Lloyd%E2%80%99s+Blog%29

For those of a different generation, Agent Orange was lovely stuff, and decades later, people are still dealing with the aftermath of exposure.

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Another learning expierence

Saw this pattern on Ravelry for the Elder Tree Shawl.  Done in a lace weight, with big needles, it was very pretty. Now I love shawls, but wanted this for warmth and chose to do it in Caron soft worsted weight acrylic.  As I knitted along, decided it was getting wider (long edge of the triangle)  faster than it was getting long, so I changed the pattern slightly with a single row of knit after each pattern repeat.  and this did accomplish what I THOUGHT I wanted!  By the time the long edge was so many stitches that it was becoming tedious (and that was well into the fourth skein) it was long enough for the triangle peak to cover my butt.  So I finished it off to find that it was NOT wide enough!  If I had stayed with the pattern, it would have eventually gotten to this length, but would have been MUCH wider.  and I would have been much happier with the finished result.  As it is, its still a nice snuggly shawl, and I will use it probably more than originally intended as it will become like a sweater for around the house.  Just can’t wrap it around my body and snug it into place with a nice shawl pin (actually the one in the picture is a silver hair piece!).  So sadly (NOT) another shawl will be in my knitting future!

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Having cleared out my stash of knitting yarn, found my way to the yarn store today and you know what happened then! Certainly did not buy anywhere near as much as what was removed, and it is all good stuff: A nice brown cotton/linen for a summer shell, an oatmeal color from REMIX, which is recycled Nylon, cotton, acrylic, silk and linen, for a long sleeve pullover. another skein of the Cherub Aran for a pair of socks, and a skein of Tangier from Cascade to make a neck piece: https://www.etsy.com/listing/209713952/a-knitted-necklace-with-just-a-few-beads?ref=shop_home_active_3
Plus what I went in for – circular needles to go with the string bag kit I’m giving as holiday gifts this year.
Just two bags of yarn to replace the six that are moving out

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natural pest control

found this in the greenhouse today.  With the warm weather, there have been more pests on the fall plantings, including these little worms that look like miniature hornworms.  Maybe they are, I don’t know. Nor do I know what kind of spider this is – other than a female jumping spider – but am glad its on the job!

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