I call it my grass vest, due to the color. My other score from TWF last year. The sample vest was on display at the entrance to their booth (Bijou Basin Ranch) and no on could resist petting it and ooo-ing over it. The collar! The colors! The lace! The drape! I had an epiphany that I should wear more vests. No idea what kind of shirt to wear underneath…but who cares? I decided to think about it after walking the whole fairway. Penny convinced me green was the way to go, so when we got back, there happened to be just enough green left for a couple vests. I got enough for mine, and bought it (pattern included-it’s how they hook you I think) and went on the hunt for some needles. I found some amazing carbon fiber double points at a booth down the way. These needles are so bad ass. They’re light weight, cool to the touch, and so shiny. mmmm…carbon fiber. I’m almost done with the back piece, which is the largest piece. I think I got a little freaked out once I reached the neck decreases, and put it aside for now. I’m 0 for 3 of sweaters/etc that actually fit. I made a sweater for B that fit. So far nothing I make for myself that’s bigger than a sock fits me. It’ll happen! If I change the type of yarn I use (acrylic is not the way to go for sweaters I guess) and be careful to match gauge (go figure) I might get one accomplished this year. Anyway, the vest will fit, I know because I took my measurements three times, measured the vest as I worked it constantly, and double-triple checked the gauge and size measurement. That plus sheer stubborn willpower might mean I’ll wear this with pride to TWF in October. :-) Cross you fingers!
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The bag is one Beth made for me, covered inside and out with sugar skulls and doily-fied sugar skulls. <3 It’s a nice big bag too, big enough for this kind of thing. The yarn is made of angora fiber and a little rayon for strength. Seriously soft and warm! Also, here is a reference to an angora rabbit, for giggles.
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So poofy!!!

Mmmmm…cashmere and silk. I splurged at Taos Wool Festival last year and got this yarn. It is unbelievably soft, like it isn’t even there. It’s ethereal. I haven’t worked on them in a few weeks though. The pattern is super easy, one that can be adjusted to any weight yarn, I bet.
I was standing in line at the coffee hut at TWF, in the cold, and started chatting with the lady in front of me. After 15 minutes in line I realized they probably didn’t take cards, and I didn’t have cash (as usual). Oh well, I stayed and talked to my queue friend anyway. She bought me a coffee :-D and I helped her carry all the other coffees she bought to her booth, Jabberwocky Farms. The ladies were so nice and I couldn’t resist the yarn…well…I did resist a little, but figured why not. I should try cashmere once! The pattern came with the yarn and I cast on right away. So the mitts have lots of warm fuzzies for me. I think of Taos in October (talk about ethereal), good friends, warm pastries, soft yarn, and wonderful people.
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(These are fine lace weight mitts, size 1 needles.)

I only work a little on these one at a time, remember. This one is in my project bag at the moment though, I’ve been working on it a lot. The good part about starting so many things at once is that I usually finish them all at once too, and that is an incredible feeling. Knitter high? Yessss….
Juicy Top
Found this in Crochet Today July/August 2013. Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby is one of my favorite designers of all time so I searched three or four stores for this magazine before I found it in a bookstore. Go figure. I went with the original colors for the shirt which surprises me, but I think it will look cute. It’s an easy pattern to veg out with. Very zen. It was super exciting when I got to the stripes!
I really never thought I would wear something like this, but SMB designs clothing for any size and shape, so I’m sure it will look nice. It seems that crochet can lend itself to a lot of unflattering shirts, but I think those are just the ones that get publicity. There are lots of pretty crochet shirts too, I just had to look harder!
I’m using Lion Brand Microspun and what I think is Red Heart Luster Sheen (I lost the ball band/label). The bright colors are so cool!
I stress about sizing a lot beacuse the last (well, ok, ALL) of the sweaters I made were not the right size. I measured about 6 times for this one, and came to the conclusion that I don’t have to start over (nopenopenope not happening) but I am in between their sizes. So…I decided I may add some color on the sides as a vertical stripe. Cool! We’ll see how much of each I have left but I’d love to have a pink strip on one side and orange on the other. :-)
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I have big plans for next month. I’m going to finish my Bat Shawl while watching the Olympics. All that’s left is the border but I need to concentrate on it, so February is all about finishing that stupid shawl.

Happy Halloween!! October is the best. Colorful scenery, crisp air, candy, and spooky stuff. Who could ask for more? We have glow in the dark bouncy balls to give out along with candy this year, yessss!
Dracula Shawl:
This is from one of Woolgirls’s wonderful yarn clubs. I think I got it last year (or before), but just now got the ambition to start it. I blame fall’s approach. This time of year I just want a hot cup of coffee, lace, scarves, and a good book, preferably a scary one, so why not revisit a classic?
(The pattern is written for beads, and I got 30g of Japanese Rocaille size 8 in shiny blood red. Adding beads is a lot more fun than I expected.) It is from Susanna IC. The yarn club is fun because I don’t have to buy a year’s worth, I can get one or as many kits as I want. This kit came with the pattern, exclusively dyed yarn (Madelinetosh lace no less), a nest blood drop inspired stitch marker, a shawl pin, and a little tin with Drac on it. I ordered a Edgar Alan Poe themed one this year, I hope it’s in the mail today!
Funny thing about the beads: I foolishly didn’t have the pattern notes when I shopped for the beads, so I bought three times as many as I actually needed. Sigh. Knitter problems. I guess now I have lots of sparkles for future projects…I love how sparkly the beads are. This will be a big shawl, more of a wrap.

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See the super cool bracelet in there? It’s a stitch counter bracelet- an abacus to wear to count how many rows I’ve done. Penny made it for me out of a couple old bracelets I had. Remember the gemstone/rock bracelets from 1998? I had like 12 of those because they went on sale when I worked at Hastings. Through some glitch or twist of fate, the computer rang them up as 1¢ each with my employee discount. Scoooore! My faces were the hematite and labradorite, the ones now on the abacus bracelet. :-) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Penny makes the coolest stuff.
I keep this project in a neat basket that a friend gave me. (I love it, Janel!) I was playing with the camera and tried to make the photo all artsy for you.

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Happy haunting!

I know. I know. I have a lot of these. Playing with yarn keeps me from snacking and is an excellent way to relax whilst a young one runs around like a beast.

Totoro Mittens
I love that movie. These are stranded knitted mittens with two colors of yarn at once. I’m getting better at getting my tension right so the colors look nice and the darker color doesn’t show through. It’s easier for me to use thicker weight yarn and make something I’ll use. (I made a purse/little bag once that is awesome but I never use it…I should dig it out). Anyway, both skeins are Lion Brand Wool-Ease. It is a wool blend that is machine washable, woot! The pattern is from brella, her pattern page says “Totoros are the shy forest spirits portrayed in Hayao Miyazaki’s Japanese animated film My Neighbor Totoro. There’s a big one with an umbrella, two little ones, and a bunch of dust bunnies (or soot sprites) who like to swirl out of dark corners. I wanted to capture all of these elements on mittens, which in the Norwegian tradition are wonderful surfaces for intricate stranded knitting designs.” These will be so cute and toasty! I really like them and will probably make more mittens like this.

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Its funny to see them come to life! Since the yarn is thicker they are stitching up very quickly. Once I tried using double points it went even faster.