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It’s back folks.  My knit mania that is.  I have worked on this blanket for years now.  It’s really turning into a beast.  It’s merely a scrap blanket.  I had some hats and such completed for Christmas, and that lead me to more bits to add in.  I’m loving the memories of gifts I see when I look at this blanket.  Some are from my first projects (which were quite ugly, I assure you).

On the night stand are some great reads.

The Three Musketeers I do love a good classic read.

Sacred Marriage  Not too far into this one, but I love the concepts so far.  Very deep.

Hinds Feet on High Places  I’ve already picked this preface apart on here.  I think you get that I’m into it :)

stripe the squares, baby!

I have finally finished new little babe’s blanket.  Here it is.   I love knitting.  I really really do.  So relaxing, yet still productive.  I hope you enjoy this pattern and good luck to you.

Abbreviations:

K= knit

P= purl

pm= place marker

sm= slip marker

R= row

CO= cast on

Materials:

3 colors of worsted yarn, 2 balls each

Size 10.5 round needles ( I used 26 inch)

The Pattern:

With main color:
CO 138. K 8 rows.

With color 2: (do same for each color every 14 rows)
R1-
K14,pm, P10, pm, K10, pm, P10, pm, K10, P10, pm K10, pm, P10,pm, K10, pm, P10, pm, K10, pm, P10, pm, K14.

R2- Knit all sts
continue with R1 and R2, slipping markers, for a total of 14 rows.

R 15- change to color 3.
K4, P10, sm, K10, sm, P10, sm, K10, sm, P10, sm, K10, sm, P10, sm, K10, sm, P10, sm, K10, sm,P10, sm, K10, sm, P10, K4.

R16 Knit all sts

continue with R15 and R16, slipping markers for 14 rows, and alternating colors every 14 rows.

Repeat pattern (r1/r2 and r15/r16), alternating colors. Knit until desired length.

Finishing:
K 8 rows with Main color, Cast off, weavin in all loose ends.

Swaddle a sweet babe.

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It’s been a while. I honestly haven’t been knitting as much as usual.  When I have, it’s been on a buttoned-up version of my “Stripe the Squares, Baby!” pattern.  I’m excited to offer this for sale in the future.  My knitting skills have improved greatly over the last four years.  I can’t wait to share the new version.

Books, well, haven’t been read too much lately.  Do you count organic body care books?  Beekeeping books?  Elementary school books on space?  Oh, well then.  I guess I’ve been reading quite a bit.  I did get Little Men from the library.  I hope to start that tonight.  My babies have been so sick lately, it’s been hard to do anything leisurely.

What’s on your needles/hook?  What are you reading?  I do love a great book list.

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From Small Things:

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~  


IMG_1212I’m still knit one little row at a time on my Canary hat.  This week’s book is The Buried Book.  I’ve just cracked it open, but I’m really into the concept.  It’s like a buried treasure story; all about a book.  History nerd alert!

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It’s time for another yarn along folks.

This week’s knit is yet another of my Canary patterns.  CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK Canary.

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What’s on the book shelf?  Still trying to work my way through War and Peace.  I’m also reading Platform by Michael Hyatt.  I can’t remember if I’ve ever read a self-help book before.  With Josie’s book in the works I needed some direction for promotion and such.

It’s a great book.  I still can’t wait to get back to pleasure reading.

Haven’t finished The Mission of Motherhood yet, either.  I kinda plateaued at chapter 5.  She said a few things that came off wrong to me.  She gave an example of how her kids sometimes comment about other children’s behaviors in public.  They say things like, “Why would that child act that way.”  She responds by saying they aren’t trained correctly.  She brags about how well-behaved her kids are, implying their behaviors are mostly great– that may be.  It’s just felt a little judgmental and arrogant.  I’m sure that wasn’t the intention, but my own kids have been on both sides of the fence.

I’ve been complemented, and I’ve gotten stares of disapproval.

Telling your child you know why another kid acts badly isn’t right.  You just never really know what’s going on in a family.  It’s been hard for me to get back into it after reading that.

She does have very great points in earlier chapters.  I do want to finish.  I just need to get back to the right perspective on this.

I really appreciate how she conveys the serventhood side of mothering.  It’s easy for me to become selfish as a mother.  I mean why do the little dears pick the worst days to act up?  When I’m unusually tired, ambitious about cleaning or sick it seems like a WWF match here.  Lol.

I take parenting books with a grain of salt.  I mostly just like to pray about the ideas that I think will work for our family.  They are tools, not scriptures.  The Bible always trumps what any human can offer me.

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5 winter knits: a linked pattern list

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Knitting.  I love it.  Unfortunately the winters here are so very mild.  My kids are playing outside without jackets right now.  It’s January.  I sometimes I feel like I have a love affair with the wrong craft.

I cannot recover though.  I refuse.  So, I knit and I knit.  Here’s a linked list to free patterns I wish I could justify spending the time knitting.  Perhaps you knit or know someone who does and it’s quite cold where you live.  Good for you.  Here are some marvelous patterns I want to share.

:: Drop Stitch Cowl by Spider Woman Knits

:: Antifreeze by Knitty

:: Laura’s Cowl (hooded) by Red Heart

:: Bulky Cabled Leg Warmers by Knit Freedom

:: Moss Stitch Headband by Drops Designs

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If you’re looking to knit a sweater for the first time, this Shalom a very easy pattern. I did a rapid increase for one row to create the ruffle look. What’s on your needles this week? Do share.