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Finished

It’s finally finished! I finished my very first sweater, which was also my first attempt at blocking. As you can see, it turned out quite nicely. I managed to find some buttons and sew them on properly. I am a horrible sewer Sewing is not my forte.  The project gift is off to its recipient, and hopefully being enjoyed by its new owner. I will soon be posting a pattern for a small toy giraffe, designed by yours truly. I am making it for my friend’s birthday, and I will hopefully be done by Friday. I decided to design this pattern because, well, there just aren’t enough small giraffe patterns that look good and, most importantly, are free. I designed this quick and easy pattern with help from the Mochimochi guide to designing toys. I will post it, along with some pictures, once it is finished.

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Giraffe

 I started on the giraffe pattern from Itty Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson. I was knitting at the pool

today where Charlea had her first swim. She loved it!

 

She got distracted in that picture by a baby boy who kept staring at her. The knitting wasn’t that bad, even though I was using worsted weight wool and it was very hot and humid. Lots of fun.

I am knitting the giraffe for my friends birthday, which also happens to be my birthday. I need to have it done in less than two weeks. Not having high hopes about that, but we will see.

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My First Sweater

   I am almost done with my first sweater. It is a toddler sweater, but it still counts. It is a very pretty stripe pattern of gray and cranberry. I am very proud of myself. All I have are one and a half sleeves and the hood left. It seems like alot, but I have been working on it for a while. I finished half a sleeve and half of the front today.

   Another accomplishment is I started a sock. It doesn’t really count as an accomplishment, though, because I couldn’t get the ankle the right size. First I tried it with black mohair. It was very soft and pretty, but the ankle was way too big. Than I tried some self striped sock yarn, but the ankle was way too small. I have given up on socks for a while.

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O.P.P.s

   I think I have figured out why I like knitting O.P.P.s(other peoples projects) so much. They are not my projects, so I’m not always worrying about when I’m going to finish it or if I have enough yarn. It is something new to knit and I didn’t have to go through the work of getting all those inches of stitches on the needle. I beleive it is probably the same way men like babys so much. They really don’t change that much diapers or know how much work they are, so, as a result, they always are wanting to hold them since when they need to have their diapers changed or they start to cry, they just hand them off to their mom, or, in my situation, their teenage sister. This is the same thing withh O.P.P.s. When the project gets rough, you simply hand the yarn and needles off to the “parent”. I can never get over the joy of knitting on O.P.P.s.

Happy Knitting!

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Knitting Evangelism

   I have succesfully turned another one of my friends onto a crazy, obsessed knitter. I really didn’t have to do much. She saw my knitting neddles, told me she sort of knew how to knit but didn’t know how to “start it”. I showed her how to cast on and she was knitting in no time. I have also successfully transformed my cousin in October. Whoever said the world can’t go your way is wrong.

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Baby Turban

 I found a link to this pattern on http://www.frenchpressknits.blogspot.com/ . I saw it the other day and I fell in love with it. Isn’t it adorable? You can find it here  http://www.pickles.no/lazy-daisy-baby-jacket. I love it! Another project onto the needles for me!

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