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October 3, 2014

Wow, there sure are a lot of cob webs in here…

But no worries, I’m here now and there is sooo much to share.  First off, I am now the extremely proud mummy of a brand new baby boy.

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Christopher Julian Robert was born on Friday October 3rd at 12:19pm.  It may sound a bit dramatic but I can finally say my vision of my family is complete.  How’s that for being creative!!!  I’m so creative I make babies..hee, hee…

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And my other joy is quite happy and excited about her new baby brother.

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The introduction was so beautiful to watch…

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We’re settling in quite nicely…

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Best buddies for life…My two babies!!!!

I wish I could explain to you how wonderful, exciting, hard and emotional the last 4+ months have been but that would take another 4 months.

Let’s just go forward from here.

Shall we…

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Happy Summer

I really can’t get my head around how fast time flies.  There has been so much going on here at Casa de Earthtones Girl where do I begin to catch you all up.  I’ll let pictures do the talking for me.

My sewing machine is still sitting here waiting for a new home. That’s all I have to say about that…

Moving on…

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Kira turned 5 years old and of course we had a big party to celebrate.  A Frozen party!!!

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Look at my big girl!!

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One of the things she asked for this birthday was horse back riding lessons.  So guess what, we’ve started horse back riding lessons.  And she loves it!!

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We announced the pending expansion of our family…(I’ll update you more on that in another post)

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My Aunt Dianne paid us a very long overdue visit and met Kira for the first time.  It was very special for all of us.

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And someone graduated from nursery school!  Not as big a deal as high school or college but still very moving for us.  It seems so corny but I really can’t believe how fast she’s going up.  Next September, we’re off to Kindergarten!!! Sorry the picture is so faded and blurry…technology failed me that time (great timing right).

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Here the graduate with my parents…I love this picture!!!!

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And what better way to welcome summer than with a backyard birthday party.  Here’s my girl with her best friend. Cake, Ice cream, a bouncy castle and best friends…Can’t get any better?

I hope you’re all enjoying the first day of summer!!

Have a happy and safe one everyone!!

 

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5 Weeks and 6 Days

…since my last post! A sin, I know but there’s been lots brewing.

Here’s a little peek…

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More to come… Promise…

 

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Any fans of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar?  It’s one of my favorite movies and as I sat down to write this post Ms. Vita’s line came to mind.

But before I get into that, I wanted you all to know that the cowl has been delivered and will be loved…to death!

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Doesn’t it look great on her?  And so does that hat!!!!  Yes, I finally finished “the hat” that was on needles way to long.  Its done and once again as I asked my sister to model it I thought…not a good idea.  She wanted to keep it of course but I couldn’t blame her it matched so perfectly with the cowl.

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Look at the ribbing, so twisted and perfect!!!

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This hat, Windschief by Stephen West, was supposed to be fitted, like a watch cap but when I saw this version on Ravelry and loved it.

I also added another mod.  I used a tubular cast on.  The effect of the stitches appearing to roll over the edge never fails to thrill me.

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And did I mention how warm it is?  I used 2 strands of fingering weight (Unisono, colorway 1164) held together (on a #7 needle) to get the gauge…worked perfectly!!

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I don’t have any pictures of the wrestling match that ensued as I tried to get the hat off my sister…suffice it to say…I won!!

Now let’s re-visit a past knit for a moment.  I’ve had a few questions lately about the Lucy Hat.

Downtown Abbey KAL - The Lucy Hat 2013

Downtown Abbey KAL – The Lucy Hat 2013

If you remember while I was very happy with this hat and the project in general the only “complaint” was it wasn’t deep enough.  So I did what all crazy knitters do I ripped back to re-do the crown.

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Now to answer the questions of a recent comment by Brittany.  Yes I simple wore the hat backwards, to hide the seam/the color jog, which placed the flap on the left.  As mentioned in the original post.

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I used a german twisted cast on.  It blended so much better with the purl stitches that followed.

Now regarding the short rows, which another reader had a question about.  I honestly don’t think I can shed much light on that one, except to say don’t over think it.  If the directions say, knit to 2 stitches before the last wrapped stitched that means the second stitch from the wrapped stitch.  I don’t know if that helps but I don’t think I can explain it any more clearly than that.  There are quite a few videos on YouTube and on Ravelry that can help.  I think the problem with short rows it just over thinking.  Do exactly what the directions say and you should be fine.

I hope this helps everyone…and remember the beauty of knitting is you can rip it out.  Once you cut fabric, for example, you’re done…no re-dos….

Happy Hat Knitting Everyone!!

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…And Another…

My sister saw the cowl I made for our cousin and guess what? Yes…she wanted one too, saying it has been sooooo long since I knit her anything.  Here ya go sis!!

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A big thank you to my friend Carolyn who so graciously modeled for me.  And just happened to be wearing a beautiful baby blue sweater that matched perfectly.

Vern SS Cowl

Pattern:  Gap-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley

Yarn : 1 skein, Rasta by Malabrigo Yarn, colorway #75 Garden Gate (I kept an eye on the tag this time!!)

Needle: 13, 32″ circular. (I used a 32″ circular on this one instead of a 24″ and there was so much more room on the needle)

Modifications:  I cast on 109 stitches, seed stitch for 11 rounds then bound off in pattern.

Hope you like it sister?

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Overdue

My cousin has been complaining for a number of years now (and rightly so) that I’ve never knit anything for her.  I have no idea how that is possible but she’s right.  So what can I make for a 21-year-old, drama student living in the east village of NY, who’s “bible” is Vogue Magazine?

The Gap-tastic Cowl, of course…

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and not only does it fit the bill for fashionable, it’s super warm and (the best part for me) super fast.

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Before…

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After…It’s a perfect project.  Oh and did I mention it took only one 90 yard skein.  I love that!

And my cousin is happy…best part!

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Now let’s talk about the yarn for a second…it’s Rasta by Malabrigo Yarn.  Again, 90 yards per skein and the colors…AMAZING!!  There is quite a lot going and it’s beautiful!!!

Details:

Pattern:  Gap-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley

Yarn : 1 skein, Rasta by Malabrigo Yarn.  (I hate to tell you this but I can’t find the tag with the color name/number.  But I’ll keep searching.  I’m so annoyed at myself)

Needle: 13, 24″ circular.

Modifications:  I cast on 109 stitches, seed stitch for 12 rounds then bound off in pattern.

Easy peasy, as my cousin would say…

And that poor hat I started weeks ago…still not done!!

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So if you remember, 20 days ago, I started a new hat to keep me occupied during a snow storm.  Well guess what I’ve made next to no progress on it but for good reason.

My husband, who I can’t get enough of, gave me a late Christmas gift.  It’s the gift to top all gifts, at least for me.  Are you ready, cause I wasn’t…

I’d like to introduce you my new sewing machine.  The Bernina 750 QE (Quilters Edition).

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You’ve all heard and used the expression that there are no words to describe a thing.  Well I have no words to describe how surprised I was, excited I was/am and how unbelievable this machine is.  It’s a behemoth and I’m totally in love with her!!!

Ok, I can hear the question being yelled at me.  Did I really need another sewing machine.  Absolutely not!  But am I blessed with a husband who loves to spoil me, see me smile and has always indulged my hobbies.  YES!!! Am I happy? YES!!!  Is it an incredible machine? YES!!!  And the best part…has it made me bold, has it made me step out of the box?  YES!!!

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Look at the size of this girl…HUGE!  It doesn’t even fit in my sewing table.  on top yes, but not inside…no matter… I still love her!!!

I’ve already started a few projects.  This is a start of a single Irish chain quilt for a friend.

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And here are some HST (half square triangles).  I have no idea why I haven’t tried them before but I swear this machine has given me wings.  Dramatic I know…but I’m going with it.

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I’m happy…very happy…and that poor hat.  Going to have to wait a while.

Thank you Darling…thank you so much!!!

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