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A knit of this n’ that

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What an exhausting month this has been! I was sick all the way from the week before Christmas to now. Pneumonia really lingers with you for a while, but I’m finally able to go the whole day without coughing. It really just wore me out mentally as well as physically. I’ve also been hard at work fattening up my kids. Both of the boys lost so much weight from the pneumonia, and then Aidan had the stomach flu after. No fun!

You'd think we didn't feed the kid

Oh, and its been cold. Just a little bit. Nothing like a -50 degree temp to put Minnesota weather in perspective compared to the rest of the country. Don’t get me wrong, I know everyone got the cold weather, but there was a high of -7 the other day. That’s not even counting the windchill. We’re very used to snow and cold up here, but they actually closed my son’s elementary school last Thursday and Friday because of the dangerously cold temps. I think its time to invest in some Cuddle Duds.

I’ve been knitting mostly commission pieces lately, but I did manage to make a little baby blanket for my new niece Hattie. Just a simple shell-stitch crochet blanket that I made out of some yarn that my mother-in-law gave me.

Hattie’s Blanket
Crochet Shell Stitch Baby Blanket by Lion Brand Yarn
various acrylic
Hook: G hook

Notes: It was nice to crochet for a bit.  It feels easier  to  me and requires less brainpower, not to mention, I am a much faster crocheter than knitter. I loved this blanket a ton more before I threw it in the wash. I should have been more careful, but I threw it in with a pair of new blue jeans that dyed the two shades of white yarn an indigo hue! I really don’t want to give it to my niece the way it looks right now, so I’m hoping that I can wash it again and get some of the blue tint out of the yarn. Anyone have any tricks that can help?

I was able to use a bunch of acrylic yarn that Grandma Grimm never used before she went into the nursing home. Unfortunately she isn’t able to knit anymore, so I’m trying to use it up as best I can. But I have found that I really dislike working with acrylics anymore. Acrylic blends I don’t mind, but synthetic yarns just start to feel like plastic to me after they’ve been washed a few times. That and they pill like crazy.

Thankfully there was quite a bit of baby yarn in the bin, so I’ll knock out some things I have in mind for a friend who’s having twins, and then perhaps add a few more squares to my Family Afghan. I’ve been slowly working on it for a year or so, with three blocks per family member.

I was anticipating Jameson’s birth so that I could see what his personality was like to match it to his blocks. Now that I know what a wild child, spicy little ginger snap he is, I’m going to have to add some orange somewhere. Even if it clashes. Especially if it clashes! He’s just got the sort of naughty smile that makes you smile no matter what. I like to think he got that from me.


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January 20, 2009 at 9:50 pm

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Vacation Time

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Andy and I have pneumonia, the baby has bronchialitis, and Aidan got off the best with a week-long awful cold. Yuck! We’re all traveling down to Milwaukee for the week, and the car is ridiculously overloaded with medical supplies.

I won’t be checking my email very frequently this week, so if you want to buy the pattern for Bella’s Mittens you are better off using the instant download option via Ravelry. If you want to purchase it straight from me you may have to wait a few days for me to email it. If you don’t have a Ravelry account, I highly recommend one. (And what rock have you been living under?)

Bella’s Mittens Pattern $5 (Ravelry)

Wish us luck on the 5+ hour drive!!

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December 22, 2008 at 2:09 pm

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Random thought of the day

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Someone should name a yarn colorway “Karl Roving”. But what would be the color of pure evil?

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December 17, 2008 at 7:41 pm

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Contest Winners!

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And the winners of a free copy of the Bella’s Mittens pattern are…..

Katherine of It All



I’ve already emailed you a copy of the pattern if you won, so please let me know if you don’t find it in your in-box.

I also wanted to thank everyone for their kind comments about the mittens! I’ve never designed anything before, and I’m sure I’ve made mistakes, but its really nice to hear how much you enjoy the pattern.

Also, as a general announcement, I have received many many many requests to knit a pair of these mittens and sell them. I’m a mother of two, and I work full-time. My youngest just turned 5 months old and is teething, so I’m lucky if I get a chance to eat dinner when I get home much less knit as much as I would like to. If you really really would like to commission a pair of mittens, I am charging $66 a pair.

$11 Yarn
$5 Shipping
$50 Knitting Fee
$66 Total

It takes me about a week to finish them, and if you live outside of the U.S., I will add on additional shipping charges. Contact me via email if you would like to order a pair.

That being said, if you love the mittens I encourage you to try knitting. It’s really a lot of fun! Nothing gives you incentive to learn something new as much as a project you really want to have. It can also be a great opportunity to bond with your mom, grandma, or friend who knits as they show you the ropes. If nothing else, maybe you can convince them to knit you a pair if you ask  nicely. 🙂

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November 26, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Wierding out strangers since 2008…

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So I had a knit moment today.

It was unexpected and a very strange place to have a knit moment.

We went to the indoor waterpark today to celebrate our oldest son’s birthday. He’s turning 8 tomorrow and he loves to run around in the community center pool. It has a sort of water playground area for younger children where they can run around and splash without having to actually swim.

So I’m sitting on the sidelines with the baby (who by the way loved splashing like a little otter in the pool) and I notice a woman walking around taking pictures of her kid’s birthday party. She’s not in a swimsuit, but is instead wearing warm winter clothes despite the very warm and moist environment of the room. As she comes closer, the sweater she is wearing catches my eye. It has a beautiful range of colors in large blocks of stripes, and has intarsia snowflakes at the bottom, and intarsia pine trees at the yoke. All in all, the sweater is made out of AWESOME.

I discreetly squint at her from across the room, trying to work out how the little pine trees are knit and placed. It was so humid in the room I couldn’t wear my glasses without them fogging up. Finally, I squelch my shyness, grab the camera, and walk up to ask her if I can take a picture of her sweater. I could tell she was very wierded out as I gushed over the beauty of her sweater, but she did allow me to take a few pictures. Evidently she got it at Christopher Banks. It felt strangely liberating to just do it and not regret letting the moment pass by later.

I loved the pine tree technique and absolutely must design a baby sweater incorporating it. I’ve already decided I’m going to call it “Little Lumberjack”, and it will be made out of ADORABLE.

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November 23, 2008 at 9:40 pm

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Knit and Movie Review

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Disclaimer: Please don’t read if you don’t want any movie spoilers!

Ok, so let me preface this with saying I love love LOVE the Twilight books. Ain’t nothing going to change that.


Andy and I went to see the movie tonight and I’m still not sure if I liked it or not. Movies are never as good as the books, so I didn’t go into it thinking it would be Oscar-worthy. But I really don’t think it did the book justice.

Robert Patterson’s effort at an American accent wasn’t consistent throughout the movie, and was sort of distracting. I liked Bella, but felt like they didn’t really give her enough of a personality on the screen. The editing was too choppy, and the story and relationship didn’t flow as naturally as in the book. They really could have reworked the dialogue and interaction between Edward and Bella a lot better in the first half of the movie. I found myself laughing at the spots that aren’t supposed to be funny. I’ve been hearing that in a lot of other reviews, so I don’t feel too bad. At least it was entertaining!

The second half of the movie was much much better, and the chemistry between the two of them was hot! The action scene kicked ass in the ballet studio too. There were also some really cute romantic moments that weren’t in the book. I loved the way they casted Alice, but she didn’t have nearly a big enough role. Alice is my favorite character in the books!

I also loved Emmett in the movie, he was so cuddly and funny! Everyone was incredibly good-looking in the movie, but the last scene with Jacob made my heart go thumpity-thump. I’m not sure if it’s even legal for a woman my age to be thinking what I was thinking at that moment. Rawr!

And I was pleasantly surprised at the handmade items that I noticed in the movie. I say handmade becuase besides there was a fair amount of crocheted items too! Besides Bella’s mittens (which I got a much better look at from multiple angles) there was a crocheted granny square blanket, a crocheted hat that Jacob wears on the beach, a crocheted hat that Bella wears on the beach (I’m 80% sure it was crocheted), an multi-colored clapotis-ish scarf that Bella wears, and a knit shrug with apliqued yarn flowers that Bella wears in the prom scene.

I’d really like a better look at all of them, especially the scarf. Think that’s a good enough excuse to go again? Its funny how knitting can get under your skin to the point that you are paying more attention to interesting handknits than the actors at times!

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November 21, 2008 at 10:43 pm

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Twilight Contest

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If you leave a comment on my blog between now and midnight on Sunday, I will enter you into a drawing for a free copy of my Bella’s Mittens pattern. There will be three winners drawn at random on Monday. Extra points if you leave a Twilight series quote!

~Dazzle me.~

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November 21, 2008 at 1:10 am

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