What kind of fool am I? um, I mean KNITTER!

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You appear to be a Knitting Guru. You love knitting and do it all the time. While finishing a piece is the plan, you still love the process, and can't imagine a day going by without giving some time to your yarn. Packing for vacation involves leaving ample space for the stash and supplies. It can be hard to tell where the yarn ends and you begin.http://marniemaclean.com
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On the needles

I haven't been neglecting my knitting! Just my blog. DH has the camera on a trip to WA state, so I am awaiting backup or his return for photos of my recently finished striped felted tote. It wasn't a TOTE-al failure, yuk yuk, but it didn't satisfy me at all. Then Pippi pulled it off the door knob where I had hung it, chewed on the tasty wool handle a bit, and lay down on the tote to take a nap. So I may cut it apart and make it a kitty bed. It was supposed to be my "fruit salad" bag, but I can't find good colors the likes of which I see in my mind's eye, and so it really disappointed me. Now I have to post pics since everyone will be wondering just how hideous it can be!

Also knitting . . .

A striped stocking cap for my little friend Max, a kindergartner who ran across the idea of sleeping in a cap in one of his storybooks. His mama mentioned it to me and voila, a new project. I'm winging it (bravely) on the pattern, but so far so good. I'm using orange and turquoise Microspun, which I hate because it splits, but it's just right for a little sleeper, not itchy and not too thick.

A hat in Rumors (I know I said only last month that I'd never knit with it again, but the colorway was too compelling--stained glass-like).

The cable scarf that sits languishing since early August. I just came to hate it and don't know when I'll have the character to finish what I started.

Just off the needles, the lovely "scarf" above, done in Skacel Riviera Multi (not a fuzzy type scarf, more an embellishment to a spiffy outfit). I did it on bigger needles and made it just 2-1/2 inches wide, so it will be accentish. The fiber is cotton, linen, and rayon, so it has a great sheen and texture. It's also a great group of colors--Navy, yellow into light green, and green. I'm really happy with it and am back in my "scarfing" mode, where I anonymously gift my coworkers. I have a few new ones this year, so I'm off and running! (Thanks, Sophi, for helping me with the photo!)

Happy knitting!

The Kitschy Apron

Here it is, the one and only Kitschy Apron. I made it for DD3, Sophi, whose birthday was yesterday. It's a modified version of the apron featured in Knitty in 2004. I made the skirt shorter and gathered, and did a different stitch for the bib. I found this great microfiber fuzz from Fur Real called peacock, and it was perfect--fluffy, incredibly soft, sort of like a feather boa attached to the straps and edges. Sophi likes it a lot, and that is gratifying.

So why knit an apron, and why knit one for a 15-year-old? Well, she is quite the cook these days and is working on her vegan repertoire, as this summer, she had to omit dairy (lactose intolerance). And she is channeling the happy spirits of a couple of dingy 50s housewives who were never able to be who they really were, so she wears the pearls and heels and 50s dresses found at turnaround shops and Goodwill. She even likes red lipstick! Yikes! I have half jokingly referred to her as a cross between June Cleaver, Betty Crocker, and Courtney Love. The zany Courtney, not the crazed, out of control one.

Anyway, it was fun to knit, exhausting to knit, dreadful to knit (cotton is not fun), and wonderful to finish. And I feel that I learned about six important things from this project.

Secret Pal showers recipient with gorgeous gifts!

I have been remiss! Since school started, I suddenly have a life, but the result is that I have not kept current with my knitting blog.

First, Rhonda has revealed herself as my very kind and color-savvy secret pal from the One Skein project this summer. I am way too fortunate! These are the gifts she sent me this week. First she made the felted purse from the book (now how did she know I would love that shade of teal???). See that totally cool clasp? It's a silver button, the likes of which I've never seen but am really curious about, and a short string of seed beads that loops around the flower to close the clutch. I can't wait to use this purse.

But WAIT! THERE'S MORE! She sent me a skein of my beloved Karaoke, in shades of blues and teals, that knocks my socks off. See how I have already started a project with it (in the time I don't actually have). I am making a soft, stretchy hat. Don't know if I'll be able to part with it! :^)

Rhonda also sent me a sweet card with a really cool knitting basket sticker; this goes with me to school tomorrow so I can adorn my desk bulletin board. Anyway, thanks, Pal! In a minute, I'm going to check out her blog to see what SHE likes to knit.

Almost done with the secret project that is now actually a LATE project. I will have the recipient model it when I give it to her later today. Again, I am knitting with time I don't actually have. But it has been so much fun, and I have made enough mistakes that I feel especially prepared now to deal with the unexpected. I have also watched a shocking number of episodes of Law and Order. Why is all this so much more attractive than grading student exams??

Well, cheerio! Happy knitting. See you soon.