have been sort of ignoring the blog i guess

yikes, 32 spam comments since I last paid attention in here…

So, yes, there has been knitting, and knitting of a momentous sort. Namely that DH’s birthday sweater was finished and presented to him on the morning of his birthday. I was steam blocking the hem and cuffs while he was in the shower.
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He put it on and wore it to work!

And then around noon I saw it, that stitch where I only caught half of the yarn. oops. Will fix it soon… If I can get him out of it,
donlopisweater_21jan2011 (2) donlopisweater_21jan2011 (1)
Started 12/26, finished 1/20.

lined handspun mittens!

In action two weeks ago,
handspun mitts lined

handspun mitts lined (3) handspun mitts lined (4)
From some romney locks that I spun up (and totally muddied the color, but I like the colors of mud). Had about 2.7 inches leftover yarn. The thumbs are a little narrow and long, may re-do them. The mittens were finished around Thanksgiving and then just sat around. The liner was a TOTAL PITA. Will never do them this way again (picked up from the cuff top). I had a hard time keeping similar enough gauge, so I didn’t do thumb liners. They’re overall pretty good, though my thumbs get a little cold!

After all that dark charcoal, and a natural tan alpaca thing I’m working on, I needed some color. So I’ve been looking at this,
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I have wanted to make the circus tent hat for years, and thought it would be fun to do in Bill’s yarn (which is amongst those in that basket), but I wasn’t happy with the color combinations as I knit it up (which I did, 4 times). So maybe it’ll be the top of the world hat. Or maybe something entirely different.

I’m still not sure it isn’t a totally elitist spot

This past year the quarry pit and surrounding woods behind the airport had ski trails made. World class ski trails. Technical difficulty of the Lake Placid trails and nearly those of the Vancouver olympics. Who in Augusta would use these I wondered, about 6 people? And then, Colby College held part of their Winter Carnival here (because their usual place didn’t have enough snow when they booked the place).

Cars were able to drive into the quarry pit (we didn’t),
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There were about FOUR HUNDRED people down there! Cars (and schools) from all over New England (and NY). It was pretty interesting. We watched all of the women’s relay race (2 laps each totalling some 6 km, 3 racers per team), they took a while. Dartmouth won. And we watched the men’s teams take off and go around once. Dartmouth was winning… They were fast!

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The end(s).

5 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Emily said,

    February 2, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

    Fabulous mittens! I’m thinking about some lined mittens myself – or at least some colorwork, which is practically lined anyways.

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    Colleen said,

    February 3, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    I do absolutely love the colours of your handspun mitts. Call the colour “subtle” instead of “muddy”… Then people will assume it was deliberate

  3. 3

    gale (she shoots sheep shots) said,

    February 3, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    Nice birthday sweater! Also great mittens, this is surely the winter for lined ones. I wore 2 pair (lazy way lined) to walk the dogs this morning.

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    kmkat said,

    February 3, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    I quite like the Top of the World hat! And, of course, DH’s birthday sweater and your mittens. After your experience, would you recommend lining a pair of mittens?

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    Chris said,

    February 4, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

    *gasp* You gave him the sweater on his birthday?! O.O

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