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oh man! I have so much to catch up on. I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions, if I did they would be the same things I tell myself I need to work on all year long, eat better, drink less, exercise more, be a kinder person, have more patience, you get the idea.  How about you? Do you make resolutions?

Let’s start with the back log Christmas gifts!

Watchman cap

Watchman capThis went to my Dad, he loves real wool hats and I am happy to knit them for him, so I think he’s gotten one every year since I started knitting. I used the Berroco Peruvia I had left over from Tree Jacket

  • Pattern:  The Marsan Watchcap
  • Cast on: ???
  • Weaving in: ???
  • Needles: size 7
  • Yarn: Peruvia from Berroco
  • Modifications – none, other than I knit more rows than the pattern called for my dad likes his hats long .

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It’s been a week of accomplishments! Today is my 4th day without cola, so I think I’m over the hump. I only drank diet cola, and I didn’t drink as much as I used to, but I still felt like I needed to give it up. It was hard, maybe even harder than giving up smoking, in part because the harm doesn’t seem as overt.

I also finished Tree Jacket! I love it! It’s so warm and snuggly which is exactly what I had in mind when I picked this yarn for this sweater. I’m thrilled with all my modifications. If I were gong to make it again, I wouldn’t bother doing the lace pattern at the neckline and I’d do the garter stitch section in stockinette instead, but I’m happy with it how it is and I’ll wear it a lot. Yes I plan to wear that orange shirt underneath it, I have a weird affection for green and orange together 🙂

Tree Jacket 03

  • Pattern: Tree Jacket
  • Cast on: October 2007
  • Weaving in: January 23rd, 2008
  • Needles: size 8
  • Yarn: Peruvia from Berroco
  • Modifications – I knew the yarn was to itchy for me to have it on my neck so I skipped the cowl neck and just worked a couple of repeats of the lace pattern before starting the garter stitch. I worked the garter stitch section down past the bustline. I worked the sleeves in the lace pattern and stockinette.

Tree Jacket 04

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IMG_9578The last time we saw Tree Jacket it looked like this.

But the Christmas knitting was upon us and it had to put aside. Well I’ve found some time to work on it and there has been some frogging.

I wasn’t happy with the sleeves, with the lace pattern all the way to the end they were going to be too wide, so I ripped it back and played with it. The final outcome, stockinette with decreases for the bottom portion. I’m much happier with them.

But then I tried it on and noticed something that should have been apparent to me before. See where the lace section starts? Not too flattering. I’ve noticed that the ones that look the best have the lace section starting lower. So I frogged. It was hard choice but I knew if I didn’t I wouldn’t wear it. I’ve started the lace section and it should be fast moving from here.

I’m thrilled with all my modifications to this sweater including a fuzzy, thicker yarn than the pattern calls for! I can’t wait to finish it! I’m thinking I’ll have it done by the end of the months! In plenty of time to wear it a couple of times this year! It’s warm and snuggly!

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I have FO’s! Just some small simple ones, so they get combined into one post. First up! A baby hat in Berroco Comfort. Love this yarn! It will probably be a baby knits favorite. The color options are great, and despite being a bit splitty, it didn’t squeak will knitting so that’s a plus.

Next – Mom’s Hat. Simple 2×2 rib in Bernat Natural Blends Cashmere. I thought this would be a good washable yarn, after using it, I don’t think it was any softer than Caron’s Simply Soft and I think it squeaked more. I wont be using it again. That said, it did make a nice set for my Mom.

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These dishcloths were for my Ravelry Missouri Fiber Fiends dishcloth swap. So far I’ve never found a better pattern for variegated dishcloths than Grandma’s Favorite. Simple, fast and shows off the colors the best.

When I was home over Thanksgiving my mom requested a knit hat for my Grandpa. Due to his cancer treatments he’s having hot flashes so a hat is a nice easy way to help. He doesn’t like wool, so I went with Bernat Denim Style, 70% acrylic, 30% cotton. I think it made a nice simple hat. Here’s my Dad modeling it. 🙂 This is the only picture I got of it.

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