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If Your Name Is Jessica, Don’t Read This Until After Christmas.

Sorry, Jessica, but if you continue reading, you’ll ruin the surprise that is your Christmas gift.  The one that my daughter handed you in the cute little holiday gift bag at your Open House.  The one that your daughter took and placed under your tree.  So stop reading now.  I wanna show everyone else what I gave you.  Final warning.

Everyone who isn’t Jessica:  here’s one of the reasons why I haven’t posted in a while:

Fingerless gloves made with Manos del Uruguay's Silk Blend. Awesome doesn't even begin to describe 'em.

I can’t recommend this pattern enough.  This is Churchmouse Yarns and TeasWelted Fingerless Gloves, a very easy and satisfying project, perfect for that last-minute gift (which this wasn’t.  This was planned.  Yes it was, Jessica!) or for any reason, really.  This was my first time using Manos del Uruguay‘s Silk Blend, and it absolutely won’t be my last.  This yarn is just gorgeous, whether you’re referring to the color(s) or the quality or the hand or the stitch definition… and it’s a Fair Trade product to boot.

Ok, but these mitts only took me 2 days to knit.  So what else have I been up to?

I’m knitting another pair of these:

SWTC Tofutsies socks... again.

This 2nd pair of SWTC‘s Tofutsies socks is for my daughter’s best friend… because best friends should have matching socks.  That’s what my daughter told me, and really, I have to agree.  The trick, though, is to somehow convince the Great and Powerful Knitting God(dess) that if s/he allows me to finish these without running out of yarn, I’ll never ask for any other knitting miracles ever again.  Ever.  Again.

And if that weren’t enough, I’m about 85% finished with another one of these:

Really? Another one?

The second one is black, a la:

From Vogue Knitting's Early Fall 2011 issue... remember?

Here’s the story about this whole Lace Jacket thing.  When I first saw this pattern, I immediately thought of my friend Amy.  This woman is kind, generous, extremely intelligent, and gorgeous (and I should mention here that all of that describes Jessica, too.  Sigh… I strive to be in that club.).  I had wanted to knit something special for Amy for a while, and I decided that this would be it.

Then it dawned on me that there was another woman in my life who could be described the same way, who was equally deserving of a piece of knitted art.  Even though my mom’s an excellent knitter who could probably tackle this project, she’s been so busy moving into a new house that she hasn’t had any time to pick up her needles.  And I think she’d look great in this as well.  So when my SIL offered to order me some Tilli Tomas Symphony Lace for this project (she doesn’t stock ArtYarns, which is what the pattern calls for), I ended up ordering 2 skeins.  And then I knitted like a fiend to get both done for the holidays.  Now, I wouldn’t recommend this course of action to anyone, under any circumstance, ever, but… I gotta say, I kinda rock for gettin’ it done.

The last thing that’s been keeping me away from my blog… and often, my knitting, is this:

A present for my daughter, which turned into a present for me as well.

The Hanukkah present that keeps on giving… the XBox 360 250 GB Kinect.  I knew my daughter would love it.  I didn’t know that I would love it just as much.  Serious, serious fun… if you haven’t tried one of these things, go into your local Best Buy and try it out.  Don’t worry about looking like an idiot – no one cares because they all want a turn, too.

So… next on the list, I’m trying to set up an interview with an amazing bunch of students who are competing in the Fleece To Shawl Contest at the 2012 PA Farm Show.  I’m hoping to go visit them the first week of January, so stay tuned – it’ll be a great interview.

Gonna go knit now… stop laughing, Jessica, I totally hear you!

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Mea Culpa.


Many thanks to Tina Volz of Team Treadlers Thru Time for giving me a heads-up regarding the accuracy of my proofreading.  There was a discrepancy between their team member listing and their actual bio on the 2010 PA Farm Show page that I didn’t catch while cutting and pasting.  My apologies to the team and particularly spinner Kathy Kenworthy.

Anyone catch any other mistakes I may have made?  Please let me know!

Meanwhile… I passed by the Farm Show Complex on my way home from work, and there it was… the beacon that calls us all to its milkshakes and butter sculptures and all things conveniently located on a street corner near you:

The Turkey Hill Cow. A sure sign of winter. And milkshakes.

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(Not) Keeping Up.

I’m here, I’m here… 

I’ve been shaken out of my bloggy slump by Susan, who asked:

“Are you the person blogging From the Farm show last January?  If so, will you be back this year?”

Susan, thank you for asking, because I’ve been thinking about the Sheep To Shawl Contest quite a bit lately.  If all goes as I expect it to, yes, I’ll be back at the Farm Show this (next) year.  And, I’ll be covering the Kid’s S2S Contest as well as the adult version, with pictures.  I’m hoping that Santa reads this and DECIDES THAT I’M WORTHY OF A NEW CAMERA THIS YEAR (subtle, aren’t I?).

So… how’s everyone doing?  How’s everyone’s knitting/crocheting/quilting/spinning/fiber-arty things going?  Mine’s going well, thank you, although a bit slowly lately.  Between a hectic work schedule and a hectic 3-year old, I’ve been… gasp!… too tired to knit much.  But… I did finish Wrapper’s Delight:

Want a lot of compliments?  Knit this cardi.

Want a lot of compliments? Knit this cardi.

And a pair of awesome fingerless mitts:

I looooove Noro Kureyon.

I looooove Noro Kureyon.

Right now I’m working on a pair of socks for myself.  I’m trying out the Cat Bordhi method of knitting socks on 2 circular needles.  It’s okay… I’m not completely sold on the method, although I do love being able to try on the sock as I go along.  It’s nice learning something new, but… what can I say, I love my Lantern Moon Sox Stix – they’re just so comforting to work with somehow.

So, wanna hear a funny story?  

About a month or two ago, I was contacted by Jaime Guthals, segment producer for Knitting Daily TV.  They were doing a new segment on the show where they talk about a published pattern, then show examples of it by real-world knitters (different colors used, different dimensions, different yarn used… you get the idea).  The first pattern they were featuring was Eunny Jang’s Spectrum Scarf, and would I be so kind as to send mine along to the studio for them to use on the show (ARE YOU KIDDING???  YES!!!)?  But first I had to get the scarf back from my project manager, who, as you may recall, is giving it to his wife as a Christmas gift.  Bob was happy to oblige, and now… I’m a Famous Knitter!  The episode is supposed to be airing in January, so if you’re lucky enough to get Knitting Daily TV on your local PBS station (I’m not, ironically), tune in and check out my/Bob’s wife’s scarf.

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