They’re New!

Long time, no type! I’m not going to do the whole “sorry I haven’t posted in awhile” because, what’s the point? So instead I’m posting some fun news for my family. I have TWO new nephews! My youngest brother & his wife had a little boy in March & my younger brother & his wife had a little boy today!! So excite ^_^
This is baby L. He lives near me so hopefully I’ll be able to see him more frequently.

This is baby AC. He lives in Illinois, so I won’t be able to see him as much which makes me sad :-(

So that is my awesome news! I now have 1 niece & 3 nephews. Guess I’d better get knitting!

Have a great day!
Beth

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I Should Be Grateful

….but I’m not.
Earlier today I was bemoaning that DH wanted to go hiking tomorrow & so I posted.

Right after I hit the little checkmark I immediately regretted what I wrote. On plurk you can add replies to your own posts if you like and so I wrote that I am “lazy & spoiled” and frankly, I am :-( I have a pretty cush life & here I am complaining about being privileged enough to choose to go for a long walk; not walking to bring clean water to my family, but walking just because I can. One of the handles I follow on twitter is First World Pains & I used to laugh at them thinking, “oh how selfish & silly to groan about ‘your phone charger being too short, so you can’t read it while you’re in bed'”, but now I keep thinking that I am that person! I know that almost everybody is doing some kind of either what happened in 2012 or what will change in 2013 but I never do well with those resolutions/commitments/decrees so I’m going to try my best to just be more grateful for what I have. I will try to remember that I am lucky to be able to go for a hike because I have the use of my legs or I am lucky to have a nice house that needs to be cleaned or I am lucky that my kids drive me nuts because they are healthy & happy.
I hope you too can find things to be thankful for in the coming year :)

Beth
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An Experiment

My family is visiting a magical place and I thought I would try a little experiment. I’m a bit tired due to a busy couple of days so I’ll write more tomorrow :-)

Beth

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The St Lucia Sock Pattern

So last year I developed a case of “the crazy” and decided to make a mini sock each day and use it as an Advent calendar. Probably my favorite sock of the bunch was the Saint Lucia one because it was actually quite simple to do even though it looks kind of fancy. So here is my quick & dirty pattern:
Yarn: Dale of Norway Baby Ull in off white (MC), medium green (CC1) & red (CC2)
Needles: 2.5 mm dpn
And you’ll need a yellow Sharpie
LEG
Using MC, cast-on 24 sts using the long-tail (I found that measuring the yarn twice as long as the needles left a long enough tail for hanging). Row 1: DO NOT JOIN! Work one row straight in k2, p2 rib. Rnd 2-4: join in the round and continue in k2, p2 rib. Rnd 5-7: Switch to CC1 & work in seed stitch (rnd 5 & 7=k1, p1; rnd6=p1, k1). Rnd 8: Switch to MC & knit in stockinette stitch. Rnd 9-17: Knit. Rnd 18: Knit 12 sts, switch to CC2 (do not cut MC), leaving a long tail & knit to end. Rnd 19: Knit. Rnd 20: Knit 12 sts, switch to MC, cut CC2 leaving a long tail, knit to end. Rnd 21: Knit.
HEEL
Row 1: Knit 6, w&t*. Row 2: Purl 12, w&t. Row 3: Knit 11, w&t. Row 4: Purl 10, w&t. Continue in this manner until you have 4 sts remaining unwrapped.
FOOT
Resume knitting in the round. You’ll note that I only do 1 set of short-rows since this isn’t a sock to be worn.
Rnd 1: Knit across picking up the wraps as you encounter them. Rnd 2-10: Knit. Rnd 11: knit 4, ssk, k2tog, knit 8, ssk, k2tog, k4. Rnd 12: knit 3, ssk, k2tog, knit 6, ssk, k2tog, knit 3. Continue in this manner until there are 6 sts left. Cut the yarn & thread through remaining stitches.

FINISHING
Tie the ends of the red yarn in a little bow & tie wee little knots on the ends to keep the yarn from unravelling. Using the yellow Sharpie, color the purl bumps from the cast-on to look like the candle flame.
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And there you have it! A simple but cute sock in honor of St Lucia (or your Scandinavian roots)
Beth
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* it’s okay to substitute your favorite short-row here, I was simply using the wrap & turn so you’d know where to place the short-rows

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Heather

Today is my sister-in-law Heather’s birthday….Happy Birthday! I do not have a picture of her because she’s pretty anti-picture, but I do have a picture of my niece:

Heather pretty much uses A as her picture for most things, which is ok because she’s so cute! I’ll be seeing them in a few days, which makes me happy.

Beth
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Homemade

I made a spindle:

It’s hidden under the fiber, but trust me, it’s there! I’ve been making quite a few toy wheel spindles lately, and considering the price, they work pretty well. Of course they are not to be compared to a high-end spindles, however I don’t have to be as careful with them either!

Beth
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Yarn’s Ready

Soon my family will be taking a trip to a very special place and naturally I’ll be needing a simple project to take along.


As you can see the important packing is done :D

Beth
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