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your husband takes you out to purchase one of these. It’s actually a bit bigger than what he was looking at for me…but I like this one the most. I have this cool black/green steering wheel and we added a bumper to the front (not shown).
Already took it out for its first cut. Wednesday he asked me to wait on the lawn till this morning…I wish I hadn’t. The length, the misty rain and the mulching blade left a slight mess…but all will be back in order in the next few days.
Doing the happy John Deere dance.
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Knitters Treat Exchange Questionnaire

1. What’s your favourite type of yarn? Wools/blends, cottons/blends…any/all natural fibres.

2. What’s your least favourite type of yarn? Novelty yarns

3. What’s the first thing you do when you visit a new yarn shop? Look at the books

4. What other crafts do you do / would like to do? Spinning, sewing, cardmaking, embroidery, quilting, scrapbooking, rug hooking…pretty much anything fiber related.

5. What magazines do you currently subscribe to? Interweave Knits & Spin Off

6. Put this type of magazine in order of preference: Knitting / Garden / Home / Food / Other Craft / Crochet /Fashion / Celebrity Gossip

7. What items do you like to knit / crochet? I knit vests, cardigans, sweaters and socks. I crochet blankets once in a great moon…but just finished up a little bolero from the Happy Hooker book.

8. Are you allergic to anything? No

9. What do you like to* smell of?(*This is not a typo. The question is: What do you like to smell of) Roses, lavendar…floral scents.

10. What’s your favourite way to relax? A steamy romance book

11. You’re stood in front of a Victorian style sweetshop, an Italian cafe, an old fashioned bakery and a dainty tea room. Where do you go first? Italian Cafe

12. What do you come out with? Raspberry Italian Soda

13. Where do you go next? Old Fashioned Bakery for a scone with real raspberry jam.

14. Any other words of wisdom for your pal? Turn off the t.v. and go outside!

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Another Book Review

Two more books picked up at the library. This is my review, based on my measurements and tastes. I do love my county library…thank you PCL for revamping my local branch, for having the “Books to Go” and for keeping up on the lates issues of all those knitting books available. The one property tax portion that I gladly feel happy to pay.

Twinkle’s Big City Knits by Wenlan Chia:
Opening up the book I came upon pretty, girly knits that I love. The models were all stick-skinny, so chucky was looking good on them. I read up on the patterns for yarn, needle size, gauge and then what do I see. NOTHING over approx. a 34″ bust for finished measurements. This was the “large” size as stated. Uh-hum. Book closed.

Ladies…I’ve got a 40″ chest. Putting a 40″ chest into a 34″ sweater is like trying to put your head through the kitty door on my barn. Impossible and it will hurt.

Domiknitrix by Jennifer Stafford:
A great book for a beginner or advanced with all techniques including photos for any of the projects in the book. The size goes up to a true X-Large for women and a few sweaters for men were included. Lots of little, easy projects: scarf, pillow, wicked hats (as in devil-like).

Now…the part about being great is it is perfect for say, a 20 year old, SITC (Sex in the City) type girl that wears wild, yet dark mood clothes. I think of semi-goth. Well, being 42 myself, I think I will pass.

So, back to the library these go for the next knitter to read and possibly, knit with.

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Not Intentional but done…

Project Stats:
Pattern: Carie Cropped flared-sleeve cardigan from Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel
Started: Sunday, March 25, 2007
Completed: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Yarn: Katia ancla, 100% cotton, seven balls purchased from elann.com, Color 24 (peach/orange), yarn held double throughout.
Needle Size: U.S. 15
Notes: While waiting for two more skeins to finish Wicked, I knit this one up. The yarn was originally purchased for a shrug that turned into a stale project. With doubling up the fiber, the heaviness and bulk of the yarn, the size of the needles, left my hands a bit sore. Though I am glad I whipped this one out for early morning walks to the garden.

Pattern:

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Crazy

“I remember when, I remember, I remember, when I lost my mind”. Uh, yeah. This is what I have been doing on my non-knitting/non-work time…collecting all the back issues of Interweave Knits. Crazy, I am! One magazine had the bid up to $54.00, lucky for me that I lost that bid.

I have eight more issues to find and a few that should be on their way to me via the postman. What will I do with all these lovely issues? Reference and reading…found one of the Yarn Harlots earlier publishings in a back issue, too funny!

I ended up with just a couple doubles, so I will hold on to them for now and possibly pass them on to a SP in the future.

On the Needles: Still working on Wicked. I am at the stage of “boredom” knitting. Great to do when reading or watching the tellie, but…my eyes are wondering onto other projects. Should I start another pair of socks or perhaps some pairs of “Fetching” that will be holiday gifts for those that complain they never get handknits from me anymore? Should I just suggest they learn to knit? I have too much knitting to do for me, selfish I know, but that’s the way the needles click!

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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

I picked up the book “Fitted Knits” by Stefanie Japel from the library today.

Thumbs Up! I’m off to amazon.com after posting this to have my very own copy.

Shelley has made mention of this book on her blog and is currently working on one of the sweaters…very pretty and very Shelley.

Also, picked up “Top Down Sweaters” by Doreen L. Marquart. I’m sad to say, this one gets a “thumbs down” and will not be purchased for my own knitting library.

I have a few more new books I had requested from the library to peruse before I purchase for myself.

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I have a new obsession…getting my hands on all the back issues of Interweave Knits…right back to the first issue, Fall 1996. eBay has been a great resource for this, though I have ended up with a few doubles of issues…I may sell them back on eBay or save them as a good gift for my special SP’s. Probably the later…I think it’s a cool gift.

What’s on my needles? Wicked by Zephyr. I started it last Sunday, March 11th. I am one row away from putting the sleeves on hold and getting the remainer of the body done, along with the pocket. I will wait on the sleeves to see how much yarn I have left. No pics as there just isn’t much to take a photo of.

SP10! What a great postcard in the postbox I received from you today. Montana, eh? Trust me, I won’t be snooping around trying to find out who you are. 1.) It will spoil the surprise at the end 2.)I should be spending any “web surfing” time knitting, right?

Thank you for being so attentive. We have lots to chat about, knitting, gardening & books…probably a lot more as we progress.

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