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The word of the day is blustery.  It’s very windy here in the tip top corner of the Northwest.  I was holding the door ajar for the dog this morning and I actually had to use force to keep it from swinging.  It felt like this massive vacuum was pulling the door closed. 

You would think with all this stormy weather it would be miserable outside, but apart from the hurricane force winds it’s actually a beautiful winter day.  There’s sun coming in through the windows and the sky is mostly blue.  I’m happy if I see a patch of blue in between the clouds this time of year. 

Craftwise, I’m knitting a scarf from Bernat Soft Boucle in natural.  I wanted badly to crochet this stuff, but I was going nuts.  Unless I used a large hook the yarn caught every bulge and and was a nightmare to frog.  I just didn’t feel like fighting with the yarn.  Knitting with ‘fun’ yarn is easier than crocheting, in my opinion, and that also goes for this border-line difficult boucle. 

 

The pattern is Melissa’s All About The Yarn scarf, using a k5 vertical border.  Mine’s not alpaca, but I think it’s turning out well.  There are problems with the border curling inward so I guess I’ll try blocking it.   Acrylic doesn’t have a superb reputation for yielding to pins and water though.  Still, the boucle is hiding my uneven stitches and it feels light but warm.  I am considering putting an edging or embroidery to spruce it up. 

Here’s my first knit swatch from way back in 2001, when I was a seinor in high school.   I spent a saturday afternoon watching an Omen marathon and trying out different purl/knit combinations from my stitch dictionary.  If you look closely you can spot attempts at ribbing and cables.  

You may remember this yarn from a series of scrap yarn squares I made earlier this month.  This swatch would be perfect for the kind of knit graffiti Knitta started.  You know, where they fasten knit UFOs to random stop signs and car antennas.  Maybe next time I’m in Seattle… 

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How can a simple pattern be so gratifying? Oh yes, the act of completing a given task. This Basic Bib was designed by Priscilla Hewitt. I seem to be running into quite a few great free patterns by this generous lady. In particular this pattern avoids the old hum drum look of single crochet rows with a wobbly stitch (my own very scientific term) that a beginner could tackle. If this pattern just isn’t for you, try a Slipover Bib by Laurie Clark, another excellent baby spit catcher.

The recipient for this baby bib is my little nephew Parker. Technically he’s my second cousin, but I’m calling him my nephew until he’s big enough to protest. He is about seven months now. Yikes! As I read my own type I realize I should really get my hooks moving before he grows out of my stash of baby yarn.

*That’s Cool* a random fact

Your food is in danger of becoming a spit catcher if you see a fly hovering. Flies use their straw-shaped tongue (called a proboscis) to suck up your grilled fillet mignon, but first they drool to make your slab of meat more like a flesh smoothie. Yum.

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