I’ve been meaning to blog, really I have. I don’t know how many people actually read this blog – maybe 4, or 5? And I love you for it! I traveled To Tulsa this last week for work, and meant to blog while I was there, but then I got sick. And it got worse. It took all my effort just to knit much less attempt to write a coherent sentence. Although I am still sick and am gobbling up as many meds as I can to fight the green goo that has invaded my head and chest, I feel well enough at the moment to blog. YAY!

First of all, I was honored to discover that one of my favorite bloggers and knitters Elin nominated me for the You Make My Day award. When I read that she had nominated me I even said out loud to my computer “Awww!” because to be honest, I don’t think I’m a good blogger – I don’t write well, never have. It was always to weak subject for me in school. And I can express myself ok in person but it takes many attempts to make it clear, so who knows how it comes across in a blog. But regardless, she really made my day. So here’s my contribution to the You Make My Day Award. Many or all of these bloggers have already been nominated, I’m sure:

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The Rules:
Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times.

By Elin
Ysolda
Knit and Tonic
Mustaa Villaa
Stitchywich
TenTenKnits
Girl Who Knits
Knitting Lemonade
Grumperina
Brooklyn Tweed

I love reading everyone else’s lists – I have added many bloggers to my blog lines!

Ok, now to the knitting. Yes I’ve been knitting, almost every night. In fact the night that I was out of town for work I missed my knitting (I thought I could take a one night break but apparently knitting is like crack or heroin or something and I was jonsing for my needles). It seems all of a sudden I have all these gifts to knit – and don’t get me wrong I love knitting for other people. I really do. However, I am having to set aside some time every night to knit something for ME, whether it be the BFF socks (which I have to rip the heel out AGAIN – 2nd time – because I made a mistake before the heel grrr) or Salina (which I have to rip out about 10 rows as I did something jacked up in the increase round) or the Ribbed Shrug (which I also have to rip as I don’t like my decision to go up in needle size instead in increasing stitches) – Do you see a pattern here??

I am the frog queen.

I have always been someone who makes mistakes. Whether it be in typing (I am also the type queen), or mailing books to the wrong recipient (just ask my PBS friends – I’m sure they will agree that I am a bit absentminded at times), or jacking up a recipe. Its always because I’m in a hurry to finish something, to get it out the door or off my “to do” list.

Must. Chill. Out.

Here’s what’s on the needles or will be soon as gifts for other peeps.

  1. Twining Vines Baby Blanket – OTN
    I’ve been taking time every day to knit one repeat of this blanket. Unless I’m feeling icky (like last night where I knit two rows and wanted to throw it across the room), this blanket is made with so much love for my niece (due March 17th!!). Its really beautiful, but time consuming and I have to concentrate on it 100% of the time to get it right. And it requires counting, lots of counting, in my head. As a general rule I’m knitting one repeat a night, and given there are 11 repeats per panel and 3 panels total (the original pattern has 30 repeats and 4 panels – OMG!!) , I should have it done by the end of the month. I’m about half way through and love it.

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  2. Endpaper Mitts – OTN
    I was making a gift for one of my bestest girlfriends…and after pulling it out after the holidays (I never had time to finish it before Christmas), I hated it. Not necessarily the pattern, but more the color of the yarn – it was so…blah. Boring. The pink is pretty, just not for the pattern.  I cringed every time I pulled it out. I think the pattern needs some variegated yarn to make it inspiring for me, so I have decided to add that to the frog pond and instead cast on for some Endpaper Mitts. I had some Rowan Cashsoft 4 ply in Spa and Mosaic in my stash and decided that they would make a lovely pair. I think they look great so far – given its only my second go around at colorwork. I finally figured out how to knit fair isle with both strands of yarn in my left hand – I wrap one around my middle finger and one around my right finger, and both are placed on my index finger to knit from. I think I still need to work on the tension for the ring finger – it seems a bit loose to me – but for the most part I love how its turning out.

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    Before I started knitting these I did some research on yarn dominance. As a test, I started the pattern at the cuff with the blue yarn as the dominant yarn, then switched halfway through the repeat to see what the difference would be. I didn’t see one – maybe if I had knit a more with each I could have seen it, but I didn’t want to fiddle with it. The back does look nice though…

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  3. Odessa – To be knit
    During an elephant swap on PBS I was asked by one of the hosts to knit a few gifts as prizes for some of the players. I of course agreed, and the lucky winner picked Odessa as the hat she liked. I’m going to knit this in Cascade 220 Wool in Black, some leftover stash yarn that I have from knitting these fetching gloves, sans beads as I don’t have any at the moment. I also knit up a Calorimetry for another winner, and that’s all knit up but it needs a button (which reminds me I need to go to Joann’s).
  4. Ribbed shrug – To be knit
    I must say this is going to be my favorite gift to knit. I will be knitting 2 of these, one for myself and one for a friend. We are both bridesmaids in our best friends wedding on March 21st, and are wearing these bridesmaids dresses. But March may be a little chilly, and this wedding is outdoors (plus both her arms and mine are a far cry from toned and slim, so we’d like to cover them up if possible!!) so I offered to knit up a shrug. We decided to go with the Two-Toned Shrug from Fitted Knits (yes, I already have one OTN but I love the pattern). I went shopping for yarn this week with dress in hand and found this which matched the best.

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    Its Blue Sky Alpaca Suri Merino in Earth. So soft and yummy. Its yarnalicious. I’m showing the skein to the bride-to-be tomorrow and hopefully she will approve!!

I’ll be really lucky if I finish everything within a decent time frame. I’ve got 3 different business meetings (one in Dallas, one in Houston, and another in Key Biscayne) between now and my friend’s wedding. Plus my sister’s baby is due around the same time, so I’m traveling back and forth to Albuquerque to help her out while she’s close to her due date (and after if she’s late). I’ll be lucky if I still have all my hair and haven’t broken out in hives, or adult acne.

That’s my mammoth post. If you are still with me, thanks for reading!

P.S. why is it when I finally sit down to blog the big black cat decides to be all sweet and gets in my faceto purr and lick? He finds it necessary to sit on my boobs – and he’s not a small kitty (17 pounds!!). Granted I have ample room for him but are you kidding me? He’s 17 pounds for crying out loud!!

P.P.S. Can I please tell hou how much I HATE the fact that WordPress is not allowing me paragraph or breaks in my posts.  I have to go back and add them to the code section, and then  if I go back and edit the post, those <p>’s and </p>’s disappear.  WHY?? I’ve tried it in Firefox (which I use exclusively) and Internet Explorer, and I come across the same problem.  I am anal and like my posts nice and neat, but at the moment I am too tired and sick to fiddle with it.  WordPress peeps, fix this bug!!!

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