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I’ve been knitting so much lately. I was working steadily on Danny’s Screaming Monkey Socks, but then Sock Wars started and I had to drop them to knit as quickly as possible. Of course, I ended up with a super-fast assassin who knocked me out before I finished my second sock. My death was untimely, but I got some lovely socks out of the deal.

I put the socks aside, again, because Joshua’s school was having a “crazy hat day” and I wanted to give him something special for it. I knit up a Fish Hat for him that he loves!

Excited!

I used Vanna’s Choice yarn for it and I was very happy with how it turned out. He got a lot of compliments on it at school and was so proud to tell people that his Mommy knit it!

Fish Hat!

And now the Olympics are almost here! I’ve signed up through the Yarn Harlot to join her in the Knitting Olympics for the first time. I also signed up for the Ravelympics. I’m going to be knitting Pomatomus for myself out of some STR Mediumweight I bought at Stitches and I’m going to use my leftover Mission Falls 136 Merino Superwash (from my Margot sweater) to knit a Wurm hat. I’m also planning to finish a sad pair of socks I started over three years ago for my sister. They’re going to be for Joshua now because they fit him and not her!

Big plans and so much anticipation! Last night I finally finished Danny’s Screaming Monkey Socks because otherwise they’d have to wait until after the Olympics. He loves them so much – the colors, the ribbing, the pooling! He’s crazy, but I’m so happy. There’s nothing better than a man who appreciates hand knits!

Finished Socks!

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More finished objects!

I’ve managed to stick with my finishing streak! After finishing Joshua’s blanket, I cast on for a mini scarf for my step-mother. I cobbled together a couple of patterns and managed to make a “bow scarf” that is almost identical to the ones my great-grandmother used to knit.

Bow Knot Scarf

I knit this using the Araucania Azapa that I bought almost a year ago to knit her a scarf from. Yay for finally getting around to it! After finishing that, I quickly knit up a potholder for my father to go with his Star Trek DVD.

Star Trek Potholder Front

It’s double-knit and I liked the back side better so now that is the front. I had planned to knit two, but it was a very tedious project and I doubt he’ll actually use it anyway. So then I finally picked up Ms. Squarey again and finished her off!

Finished Squarey!

I really hope that my sister will like her! I’m tempted to knit even more Squareys, but they do get boring! My son was so happy to see Ms. Squarey finished that he asked for me to finish the long-abandoned Kirby I’d started for him.

Finished Kirby

The face on Kirby leaves much to be desired, but Joshua loves him anyway. My pile of unfinished objects is dwindling! Today I actually get to cast on for something I’ve been eagerly anticipating! I’m going to knit French Press Felted Slippers for my oldest sister! I’ve been dying to try this pattern and I’m super excited about it.

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I finished up my sister’s mittens really quickly, even with the ripping out of one whole mitt I had to do (I didn’t check gauge and was half a stitch off which meant that mitt was TIGHT). I really love them and I hope that she will, too:

Bella's Mittens!

With those done, I wanted to cast on something new… but I felt so guilty about some things that were SO CLOSE to being finished. Like that Stocking I finished knitting back in September. I haven’t gotten around to knitting the other two, so I decided to just put Joshua’s name on it and add a hanging loop and FINISH it already.

Finished Stocking

I think it looks really good! I just did a little braid and sewed it on for the loop and I duplicate-stitched his name on using a chart for letters from an old stocking pattern. I modified the J to have a top, though, because I think not having one would confuse Joshua. I really like how the duplicate stitch came out:

Finished Stocking

And I’m definitely going to make more… eventually! I have a few Christmas gifts left to start (and finish!) and then I can work on selfish things again. The other unfinished thing that was bugging me was Joshua’s “Baby” Blanket. It had languished for so long because first I needed yarn and then I was distracted by other shiny things (like Margot!). But I picked it up again on the 3rd and tonight I finished it!

Finished Blanket!

It’s approximately 42.5″ square, but the garter stitch is VERY stretchy and it will definitely grow. I think it will make a nice throw once Joshua outgrows it. I’m so happy it’s finished and he loves it! I’m really proud of actually finishing something for him for once and I’m sorry it took so long!

Finished Blanket!

Finished Blanket!

Finished Blanket!

Now I’m going to cast on for a Christmas (or maybe birthday if I finish quickly) gift for my step mother and then one for my father. After that I have to finish up Ms. Squarey and Percy for my little sister. And then maybe figure out something for my sister Kerri or my mom. We’ll see!

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Finished Stocking!

I didn’t mean to disappear there, but life gets so busy sometimes! Joshua started Kindergarten last Tuesday! It was a very busy week and it definitely took some getting used to. It’s so strange to not have him at home with me, but I’m so excited for him! He was so excited and impatient on the first day of school:

Waiting at the door

But we’re getting the hang of it! And I’ve had a lot of extra knitting time. I finished the Christmas Stocking that I was working on. I’m not sure now whose it will be, I’m thinking of making all three and then letting Josh & Danny choose their favorites – then I’ll add the names.

Stocking!

I did a short-row heel and a wedge toe. The size is pretty much perfect! Working on the stocking put me in mind of Christmas, so when some unexpected birthday money made its way to me yesterday, I ordered yarn! I went to WEBS and got enough yarn to knit Margot from the new Knitty. I’ve been wanting to knit a sweater for myself for so long and Margot was just calling to me. I also ordered yarn for two Christmas gifts for my sisters. I don’t always do gift knitting, but I’d really like to this year.

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I finally found my good camera! I thought it was still packed, but I discovered that I had put it in a “safe” place and forgotten about it. It was only when I was looking for something else that I found it and realized how silly I’d been! I finished the first of my Jaywalkers and have started on the second:

Jaywalker!

I really like the way the yarn knit up in that first sock. I love the color and LOVE the yarn! I’ve put them on hold as my main project because I remembered something I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while now: knit stockings! This will be our first Christmas in a real house and I want Joshua to have a real stocking hanging on the stairs this year. I had a disastrous attempt last year, but this time I’ve worked out the size I want and am making up a pattern as I go. I love the yarn (Patons Classic Wool) and I love the colors (muted, but still Christmassy). I’m really enjoying this and I plan to knit more than one for my family this year.

Stocking

It’s 8″ wide and I’m still deciding how long I want it. I’m going to duplicate-stitch Joshua’s name on it later and go with a white heel and toe with stripes for the rest. I love it so far!

Joshua is starting KINDERGARTEN in just over a week! I’m so excited and so is he. We’ve been busy planning for school and visiting with family. We drove up to Rochester this past weekend with my mother and younger sister to visit my older sister and brother-in-law and nephew for his second birthday party. His actual birthday is this Friday but she planned the party to not fall on Labor Day weekend so that people could actually attend. It was a fun time, but a long drive and we’re exhausted. I did get a good amount of knitting done, but not as much as I’d hoped.

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Giftly

I’ve been working on Percy exclusively since I started it. I’ve done A LOT of knitting on it, but it’s very slow going. Today is my baby sister’s thirteenth birthday. I don’t know if Percy will be finished in time to give it to her this Friday when I see her. I still have hope, but with no days off until this weekend I don’t know how hopeful I should be.

percy02

I just started working the flap. After the flap comes the ridiculously long strap (I think I will shorten this quite a bit) and then the inner pocket and outer pocket and all of the finishing (a lot!). I’ve got at least six more inches of flap to go and have knit about 22 inches on Percy total in almost a week. Possible? Maybe. I really like how the seed stripe looks:

percy03

I’m going to knit this bag right so that it will be cherished. If it isn’t finished by Friday, I will decide to either knit it in the long-ass car & boat rides we’ve got coming that night, or put it aside so it can be a complete surprise for my sister and work on something else for those long-ass rides. I’m undecided, but will decide when it’s an issue.

In other news, tonight I took Joshua to the movies for the first time in almost a year. The last time was to see Wall-E. He had been VERY excited to see it, but he got overwhelmed by the dark and some sound-equipment malfunctions. He ran crying from the theater before the first trailer rolled and we got comp passes to come back. Today I convinced him to try and see the new Pixar movie UP. He was wary and nervous the whole time. I was cautiously optimistic and even though he cried from fear before the trailers started (he is terrified of being trapped in sudden darkness), he got very excited once they did begin. His little flashlight lay unnoticed in his lap much of the time and while he refused the 3-D glasses (an issue for another time), he LOVED the movie! He said to me about fifteen minutes into the film, “I’m so happy! It’s not scary!” and that is his new refrain. I’m so proud of him for overcoming and so excited about the possibilities this brings up! Yay for movies in the theater! Yay, also, for him liking movies from his culture (the one I am not a part of):

cheburashka

Joshua is half Russian (well, Ukrainian but it was part of the USSR when his father was born there). He doesn’t speak the language because his father didn’t speak it enough to get it through to him and I do not speak it at all. He’s been completely apathetic towards most of the Russian culture thus far, but Cheburashka? It’s become his favorite DVD. He loves to search on Google and YouTube for pictures and videos of his newfound love. I did some research and discovered that Cheburashka has been the mascot of the Russian Olympic teams for years and it’s a favorite among Russian children. Cheburashka translates to something like “topples” and the character himself is ADORABLE and sweet and totally someone I can feel comfortable letting my child watch. He’s begun calling it his “Russian movie” because nobody knows what Cheburashka means when he says it. It makes me so happy to see him so happy about something so simple.

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