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Chickadee Cowl

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Since a number of you asked, I wrote the pattern for the cowl from yesterday's post.  I'm calling it the "Chickadee Cowl" since DD#1 says that the linen stitch looks like little birdie feet close up.  It's available as a freebie in my sidebar.

Enjoy.

Fourty @#*!#%! Six

At least I can still do this:

Spring

(Inspired by these talented ladies.)

However, it is advisable after a certain age to apply makeup before taking photographs in bright light.  (Tidying up the background is a nice touch too.)

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"The cowl?" you ask.  I had to make the cowl because Ms. Fricknits says they are the new scarf, and I am a follower.  It is a basic linen stitch.  I'll write up the pattern if anyone wants it.

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(Gratuitous close up of stitch pattern and the glorious Plucky Knitter's colors. [Colorway: Janis])

It was an all about me weekend.  First there was the cowl.  Then 18 holes of golf.  Then dinner with my golf buddy/tax preparer/sommelier/tech support/the only guy who'd stick with me for 20+ years.
The next day there was the spinning of 4 oz. of Scout's Superwash Merino Roving.   (Colorway: Power Couples)

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The fiber arrived on Friday.  Admit it, you wouldn't have been able to just tuck it away in your stash either.

Along with the spinning, there was more golf.  Since I now have a locker at the golf club I had to crochet a key chain for my shiny new key.  You know "had to".  That bag full of sock yarn scraps does come in handy from time to time.

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The weekend was nicely rounded out with Indian take out last night.  One would think that I had all the free time in the world.  I don't.  I'm just really good at neglecting the things I should be doing.  It also helps to have a fantastic family who indulges me.

Off to get a pedicure!  ;)  Hey, I can, it is my birthday after all.

Heavenly Shawl

To keep the peace in this house, I'll need to make two more of these.  Luckily Blue Sky makes this yarn in a lot of gorgeous colors.

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Pattern:  None.
Yarn:  Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes, Color #2013, purchased at Angelfire Studios, Basking Ridge, NJ
Needles:  US 15 (like knitting with Lincoln Logs
Movie viewed during knitting:  There Will Be Blood
Photographed at the Cross Estate Gardens.

Crochet Love

Before we begin, jump over for a visit with Ms. Frick and learn how to become a Ravelraiser!  There are some pretty sweet prizes being offered just for supporting Ravelry!  Go ahead, I'll wait.

Okay, back to our regularly scheduled blog post.  I've gotten myself on a crochet binge again.  I think I've been visiting Kinokuniya a bit too much.

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Normally I only need to make one of any given project.   My girls each have such different styles/preferences that we seldom have arguments about to whom a new FO should go to.  This crochet hat was the exception.  I made the yellow-green hat first and there was much dueling for ownership.
 
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I quickly made another.  Luckily crochet is a fast craft.  At least there were no battles for color.
Reunited, they were able to return to the usual activities.

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DD#2 continues to plaster pumps with newspaper.  There has been much searching of sale racks for the perfect shoes.  She's made three more pairs, one for each of her favorite music teachers.  Headlines and images are carefully chosen for each individual.  The pair that she is spraying here goes to her vocal teacher.

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DD#1 busied herself examining signs of spring on the maple trees. 

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Specs
Pattern:  From a Japanese Crochet book, ISBN  #978-4-277-17207-3.  It's the hat on the cover.
Yarn:  Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora
Hook:  3.5 mm for green hat, 4 mm for aqua hat
Mods:  My yarn was much heavier than the yarn used in the pattern, so I did fewer increases.  The pattern uses a crochet brim.  I picked up stitches and knit a twisted rib to make the hat fit a bit snugger.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have offered to test out my New Math.  I haven't responded to anyone yet because I want to read through all of your notes carefully.  A number of you have body types for which I am very curious to see how the formula works.