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You Tell Me


In the car, on the way home from school...

"Mama. I'm going to be four."

"That's right, you are going to be four. In February."

"I four right now?"

"No. Right now you're three."

"You tell me when I four, Mama. Okay?"

Yeah, like he's not going to notice the birthday party? This from the child who has already asked for so much for Christmas that he's now switched his tune from "I want that for Christmas" to "I want that for my birthday" (which comes after Christmas).

Too funny.

So, a great weekend. We started out on Friday afternoon at what has become a favorite mall chiefly because it has both a LEGO store (yahoo!) and a California Pizza Kitchen. Some shopping, LEGO-ing, pizza kitchening, and then we walk out to find that we're right in time for Santa, free jingle bells, and the lighting of the tree.

You never get too old for tree lightings. I got chills and a little teary eyed at the whoop of the crowd when the lights came on.

Our own tree didn't light so magically today, however. We've got a pre-lit tree that is several years old, and it may be on its last leg. Two sections didn't light today when we set it up. Bummer. We'll go tomorrow and see if we can find a replacement we like. Had we known, we'd have ordered something weeks ago. It's been so reliable, that it took us by surprise when it didn't come out of the basement and light right up as it has in the past.

On the knitting front, it was a productive weekend.

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I finished my Fluted Banister socks. I do have to say I'm glad they're done. I'm looking forward to seeing what's next for the knitalong. (I haven't been reading the boards. I'll just check in Dec. 1 for the new pattern.) Until then, however, I'm working on a surprise sock for M. (She says she doesn't read my blog, so I guess I can talk about it here.)

As I mentioned last week, I'm using Rob's Broadripple pattern in Cascade Fixation. I tackled the sizing issue by creative use of needles. I cast on with a 5. Dropped to a 4 for the garter ripple section. And now I'm working the leg in the prescribed 3. Hopefully the fit will work. She only wants a 5 inch leg (versus the 7 the pattern suggests), so I did less garter ripple, too.

But, I have to say I'm loving this pattern. It works up just beautifully, it's easily memorized, and the Fixation looks great in this stitch. I'm really enthused by these. I'm close to done with the first leg, so hopefully pictures tomorrow.

I also finished the little girl poncho using the Very Harlot Poncho pattern. I'm really happy with how it turned out. If I do it again, I'll jump to a larger needle for the fur section. That area turned out a tad tighter than it should have and wants to roll a little. I think a larger needle would help balance things out. But, still, I think it turned out really pretty and cozy. If only you could reach out, touch your screen, and feel it, you'd know!


(Wow. I went out to grab the url for the poncho pattern and got swept up in the Yarn Harlot's most recent post. I'm feeling the urge to jump up and find my copy of Folk Socks. The baby asleep in my lap quells the urge a bit. Maybe I'll just log on to Amazon and order the Estonia book. Seriously. That's a compelling post. I was just thinking today that there are so many great socks that I wondered if I'd ever make a repeat pair.)

Another One?

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What a strange day. I got to Matthew's preschool to drop him off, and proofs from his first "school pictures" were in. Well... not really proofs. The pictures were in, and you could buy what you wanted then and there which, yes, meant I spent an hour hemming and hawing and dialing and redialing M. about what to buy. Of course, I bought too much, but they were so cute. All three poses turned out great. No blinks. No squints. No funny mouth. Just beautiful boy.

Then, shortly after we came home, the young woman that cuts our hair came by with her partner. They're expecting their first baby in January, and we gave them the whole kit and kaboodle - from the swing to the bouncy seat to the changing table to the Idiot's Guide. The stuff would probably have gone to Good Will otherwise, and I know we didn't need any of it. We got good use out of everything for both boys. Still, it made me sad to see it all go, especially the bags of baby clothes. It makes it all so final. I know they're growing up. But somehow getting rid of the clothes really stands out as a marker, not only of their passing childhood but of my own passing phase as a mother of little ones. Spencer is my last. I know that. But still. It's hard to explain. It was just sad, and strange juxtaposed in time as it was to getting those first school photos.

So, knitting news...


Matthew asked me yesterday morning... "What are you making, Mama?"

"A poncho," I replied.

"For me?" He asked.

"No. For a little girl."


Ahhh. You know a project is going well when your preschooler notices that you've been starting the same thing over and over and over.

I restarted the failed little girl poncho on Thursday morning and worked on and off on it throughout the day only to find at the end of the day that it was every bit as hole-y the second time around as it had been the first time around even though I'd dropped to an 11 (from a 13) this time. And, it wasn't just a loose weave, in places, it was downright loopy. How frustrating.

M. looked at it, and she, too, thought it looked way too loopy and hole-y to really work.

Deciding that maybe I just don't like knitting with chenille anymore (too bad since I know there's a lot of it in the basement), I scrapped it again.

But, I didn't give up.

Instead, I went stash hunting and found some pale pink acrylic - it is a yarn that has quite a history in fact since it's the first yarn I bought when I was teaching myself to knit and thought I'd make M. a sweater while we were on vacation in Maine. Ahh. That sweater was not to be. And, these days, I don't do much with acrylic. But, it's a good match for the chenille.

So, I started again yesterday, and, it's working! Yeah. It's perfect. The worsted acrylic is working great as a runalong thread with the chenille, and the colors work great together. I'm just amazed. The resulting fabric is incredibly cushy, almost plush, not hole-y, and not loopy. It's like the two together just mesh. So, this might be a winner. Let's just hope the sizing is good!

Cool Pink Poncho

What a cool pink poncho showcased in the 6/1 entry on the Stitch Marker blog.

Charlotte Poncho

Wow, I stopped in at SavannahChic Knits today and found a link to SequinK's Ponchofication of Charlotte. It's a very cool adaptation of the Charlotte's Web shawl. Since I've been putting off giving into Charlotte's Web (though I think it's probably inevitable that I have to make it because I love the colors so much) because I'm not a shawl wearer intrinsically, I had thought it would be an awesome poncho. The reality is though that it'll be at least another year before I'm done Bjorning the baby around, so a poncho isn't practical to knit right now. Still, it was exciting seeing SequinK's finished project!

I also found the Charlotte's Web shawl she finished really beautiful. It's a great combination of colors.

I didn't get Oriole (vest) finished last night as I'd hoped. Having a baby with reflux often makes knitting really tough - lots of throwing up, near constant holding, and so on. I did manage to pick up the neck stitches this morning, so hopefully today heralds the end of this project.

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