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December 29, 2006

i am become stoopid

Each day, I feel another IQ point leak out of my brain. I'm not sure how much longer I will remain literate enough to continue blogging. Soon, I will merely grunt and poke at the keyboard randomly.

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December 25, 2006

I'll be home for Christmas

Home alone, that is. This year, I decided, of my own free will, to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Portland by myself.

My reasons for wanting to do this are complex and and a bit obscure, even to me. They have nothing to do with wanting be avoid family, because Saturday I returned from spending a week visiting my parents where I also got to see one sister and her family. I don't know, I think I needed to feel that I had a choice about Christmas. Just this once.

I don't know exactly where I'll be next Christmas; but I'm pretty sure wherever that is, I'll be back with my family, and it will be my choice to be there.

That's not because I had a horrible holiday alone this year. Actually, it was just fine. I opened a bottle of Dry Mead I brought back from the White Winter Winery and listened online to the Christmas Big Broadcast. I had a couple of packages to open--one legitimate Christmas present and a couple things I had ordered for myself. (I had already received most of my presents while at my parent's). Today, I've been lounging and knitting and enjoying a quiet day at home.

Yesterday, I also washed and blocked a scarf I finished while in WI. Pictures at some point if I manage to take some before I send it back to my sister. I didn't plan to give this scarf to her until I realized that, although lovely, it was a shade of green that would do my complexion no favors. My sister's coloring is different, it won't make her look ill; and she admired it at the exact moment I decided to give it to someone. Ta-da! It is yours! I'll be starting one for myself in a more flattering color in short order.

I bewildered my family by working on an alarming number of different projects while I was there. What they don't know is that I had more yarn packed in my bags that they never even saw.

Squirrel

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December 21, 2006

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I wrote my first post four years ago today.

I've been skimming through the archives and I'm amazed. Who's been writing this thing? Really. There are more than a few posts I have no memory of writing. It's quite interesting to go back and see all the ups and downs I've forgotten entirely.

I started this blog to record my knitting and work a bit on my writing. Although I can't say my writing has improved much; on rereading, I'm pleasantly surprised at some of it. I can read through most posts without wincing and I still laugh at my own jokes. I guess that's pretty good. Of course...this post sucks.

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December 18, 2006

thank you and goodbye

Someone who gave us a great gift every year is gone.

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December 17, 2006

no need to be alarmed

I'm sorry if I worried anyone with my last post. Really, I'm mostly OK. There is nothing big or dramatic going on.

As the year draws to a close, I become introspective about life and such. Last week, I had a dream about someone I once knew--someone I will most likely never speak with again. That friendship ended rather ungracefully. And, even though if I told you the story you may agree that I had a right to feel hurt, I nursed that hurt far too long and too well. I was not a 'good person' in that instance.

Thinking about that episode brought to mind many other times I have been petty or unthoughtful. Then, I reflected on all the kindness that has been shown to me throughout my life, and things didn't seem to balance out. That's when I had the thought I expressed in the last post.

My life has been good, is good, despite my not always 'being good.' However, merely having a good life only gets you so far; leading a good life and making choices you can reflect on with contentment is better, in my opinion.

That statement was a prompt to myself to think about how fortunate I am, and to be mindful in the future when opportunities for kindness (or, at least, tolerance) present themselves. [I require prompting like this quite often].

See, not so ominous. I just felt the need to send a note into the ether to let the universe know that I'm aware of how very lucky I am. That's all.

I hope you all are having a happy and peaceful holiday season.

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December 13, 2006

missed opportunities and lucky breaks

I've had a good life, but I haven't really led a good life.

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December 12, 2006

garter-edge mitt pictures

I added pictures of the garter mitts to this post.

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December 11, 2006

Noro Fingerless Mitts

[or, how to look like a high-class ragamuffin]

For last minute gift-giving, there's still time to knit a pair of these. I knit two pair this weekend.

I probably could have found a pattern, but it was easier to make up my own. The finger portion may be a little long for some. Adjust accordingly.

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Yarn: 1 skein Noro Kureyon* or Noro Silk Garden
Needles: US7 and US9 dpns

Rib-edge Version

Wrist (both):
Using one larger dpn, cast on 32 sts.
Switch to smaller needles.
Join in the round without twisting.
K1, P1 rib 15 rounds.
K plain, 11 rounds.

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Hand shaping:
Left mitt:

round 1: K to last 8 sts. Next st, knit into st below. K remaining 8 sts
of the round (inc 1).
round 2: K all sts.
Repeat these two rounds 7 more times. (40 sts).

K 32 sts, place next 8 sts on a holder or waste yarn.
Cast on 4 sts. Join and knit around (36 sts).

Right mitt:
Work as for left mitt to beginning of hand shaping.

round 1: K 8 sts. Knit into st below 8th st. K remaining sts of the
round. (inc 1).
round 2: K all sts.
Repeat these two rounds 7 more times. (40 sts).

Next round, put first 8 sts on holder or waste yarn.
Cast on 4 sts. Join and knit around (36 sts).

Fingers (both):
K plain, 10 rounds.
K1, P1 rib 5 rounds.
Bind off loosely next round in rib.

Thumb (both):
Pick up from 4 cast on sts at thumb and one st on each side of these sts (6
sts).
Place waiting 8 sts on two needles. Knit 7 sts.
SSK 8th st and first picked-up st.
Knit next 4 picked-up sts.
Knit together last picked-up st and next st (12 sts).
K 5 rounds plain.
K1, P1 5 rounds.
Bind off loosely next round in rib.

Weave in all ends.

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Garter-edge Version

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The wrist on these is shorter than for the ribbed version.

Wrist (both):
Using one larger dpn, cast on 32 sts.
Switch to smaller needles and divide sts onto 4 needles.
Join in the round without twisting.
Work 3 rounds in garter st, starting with a purl round.
K 15 rounds.

Work hand shaping as for ribbed version.

Fingers (both):
K 13 rounds.
Work 3 rounds in garter st, starting with a purl round. On first round, P2tog once at each side of hand (34 sts).
Bind off loosely next round in knit.

Thumb (both):
Pick up from 4 cast on sts at thumb and one st on each side of these sts (6
sts).
Place waiting 8 sts on two needles. Knit 7 sts.
SSK 8th st and first picked-up st.
Knit next 4 picked-up sts.
Knit together last picked-up st and next st (12 sts).
K 8 rounds plain.
Work 3 rounds in garter st, starting with a purl round.
Bind off loosely next round in knit.

Weave in all ends.

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*I'm not completely sure that the rib-edge version takes only one skein, because I knit them from scraps. I'm assuming they do, based on how much yarn I had left over from the garter-edge version, which I did knit from one skein. If anyone finds differently, please let me know so I can amend the pattern.

You probably won't get two matching mitts from one skein. My rib mitts match because I used some of the many leftover bits from happiness.

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December 01, 2006

I'm really not that smart, just obsessive

If you are here to see how I grafted the ends of my Print O' the Wave stole, you can find a post about it here.

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