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Cast On

I seem to be in the mood for knitting. Since my GA trip is coming up in less than a week I decided to cast on another project to take along with me. I went searching through my yarn bins and decided it was time to cast on Cameo. My shawl will have a tone on tone kind of feel I think with one solid and one variegated yarn that are close in color. Hopefully I’ll like the result.

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I love my knitting bag so much I’ve ordered a second one. I tend to have one or two scarf/shawl projects and one blanket project going at a time so I decided a second bag would be nice to have for the blanket projects then I’d be able to grab whichever project I felt like working on and go. Since I only knit or crochet small blankets, the bag is plenty big to hold the yarn and project.

I also started piecing the 2nd Drunkard’s Path quilt. I cut it out of Homespuns and it’s not looking like I want and I’m almost tempted to toss it all out. Instead, I’ve ordered some best press to help tame some of the stretchiness of the fabric and I’ll make a few more blocks before deciding one way or the other. My main Drunkard’s Path quilt is still waiting to be worked on but I didn’t want to start it and then leave for two weeks.

Since Keith is gone for the week, my table is set up so I can pin baste a couple small quilts but I haven’t started them yet. He gets back late Friday so I’d better get a move on.

I love it when I time Chesty’s walk just right and get to see the sunset.

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More ends woven in

I finished crocheting this one the end of October and it also has been been waiting to have the ends woven in. So glad to finish this up. Can’t wait to get it donated. I’ve got one more to finish before taking them back to GA with me for donation.

Pattern – Shelly Blanket (crochet)

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On my needles

I don’t mind that this scarf is taking a long time to knit. It’s actually quite enjoyable but it doesn’t give me much to share as I’m working on it. This one will need blocking before the beauty of the pattern comes out. In case you’re wondering, the red threads are lifelines. I’d hate to have to start over if I mess up too bad (there are minor errors but I’m going to live with those since I seriously doubt they’ll be noticeable with the scarf wrapped around my neck!)

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9 months

That’s how long it took me to weave the ends in after knitting this afghan.

LOVE everything about it – the drape, the color, the softness of the yarn, the pattern.

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Making it up as I go

I’m making up my own striping sequence and so far I’m liking it.

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On my needles

It doesn’t look like much yet but I’ve started my Spearmint Tea Shawl ( look back a few posts to see the shawl photo and link).

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Off my needles

The Garter Rib blanket is done and cast off. It will need blocking but not now – I’ll put that off for some other time! I can’t believe this took me 2 months to knit!

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Knitting

I’m working on my blanket and Mom liked the one I was working on the last time I was here so I’m teaching her to make this one.

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Casting on

Project: Drop Dead Gorgeous shawl
Book: Scarves and shawls for yarn lovers
Ravelry link

This will probably be boring to knit … All stockinette and then stitches are dropped during the bind off and a ribbon fringe is added. I think it will be something I can wear in GA and FL and right now, a boring knit is good!

I decided to finish sorting and packing up my yarn and knitting projects and found the ribbon that I’d planned to use for the fringe of this shawl. I have two, one’s lighter and one’s darker and I was going to wait until the shawl was done and pick one but I’m thinking I might combine them and use both. We’ll see.

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I ended up with 5 bins for yarn and knitted items. I have some shawls that will be donated eventually and a bunch of projects that need ends woven in and blocking in one bin, one bin has yarn going to FL and the other 3 have yarn going to GA. I also sent a couple boxes to an internet friend who does donation knitting …. Sigh, my yarn stash is still bigger than I thought. The 3 bins going to GA are well sorted so I can find my blanket yarn, my sock yarn, my ‘really nice’ shawl yarn, and my everyday kind of yarn for hats, scarves, and shawls.

I set some skeins aside that I can hopefully wind into balls when I come back from FL to finish up the GA move. It’s nice to have them already wound and ready to cast on!

I’m heading upstairs to pack my clothing for FL. Two suitcases and hopefully one box will do it. The winter stuff will go to GA.

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Cuddle time

We made good progress this weekend and I am almost done with the FL packing with 2 days to spare. I do have a couple hours worth of packing left before we head to VA for a week but I’m in good shape plus a lot of the GA packing has also been done and I’ll still have a couple weeks to finish that up before the movers come when I get back from FL.

So … Chesty got some cuddle time tonight and I got some knitting in. I even wove all the ends in rather than just setting it aside to do later!

It’s not a large blanket but it’s a good size for a car seat or stroller.

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