11,400 stitches in a week

And it wasn’t ready for Christmas! If you didn’t get your Pollyanna gift from me, skip this post, eh?

Meantime,
The moon was really incredible the other night. I tried to get a picture.
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just not catching enough light to show the very interesting wolves should be howling in Transylvania clouds

So I thought maybe the ‘M’ setting would be like the ‘B’ setting on my old K1000. I pushed the button, and then couldn’t get the camera to stop taking the picture or shut off or do just about anything. Except it got this
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does it look like a book cover for a creepy mystery?

I used this yarn,
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tiur, frog tree alpaca, jawoll, inca alpaca, frog tree alpaca
in linen stitch, 300 stitches lengthwise on a #8 to make a scarf.

The back is different than the front, but I like both sides,
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One side is supposed to mirror the other, but because of construction of the stitch, it didn’t quite,
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It ended up as 42 inches long. Just a tad short. Enough to wrap once, but the tails just stick out of the wrapped section around the neck. Should I put fringe on it? The fringe would have to be red, or black/gray/red; there isn’t enough to do tails in all black. Should I pick up and knit or crochet an edge? Fringe is quicker, and it is already late, but I’m open to suggestions here.

Had a grand time at Ellen’s, though somebody came so early I missed him!
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Franklin was charming, warm, welcoming, and entertaining. Much different than the tough guy gym rat he looks like in his host photo on his blog. Or maybe he’s channeling Dolores in that picture?

The girls each got a toy under the tree, but you know that they only wanted the one that the other had. After some time this led to a knock-down-growls-teeth kind of dog fight!
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Took the two of us adults to settle them, but it was over as quick as it started and they were tail wagging and ready for a treatie. So the stuffed toys now only come out for short bursts.

Have you all seen the Craftzine blog? All kinds of interesting stuff shows up there, knitted and not. I was especially taken by the gun-shaped purse, though I wouldn’t want to wear it travelling or in airports (and I’m not really a handbag kind of person).

The girls are about to have some new cousins. Their auntie is 62 days pregnant, and ready to pop any moment. I thought maybe they’d come yesterday. The best Christmas gift ever, life.
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Auntie Bear, sister to the girls’ mom

She may not look it, but Bear is 1/2 border collie and 1/2 yellow lab. But put her near a ball and she is all border collie. The father is a different dog than the girls’ father, a lovely, boxy, well-tempered apricot standard poodle. Bear, her sister Micky (mom to the girls), their mom Kate, and their dad Tucker are all used in therapy work with kids. Which explains a lot about my girls’ general good temperment.
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kate, micky, and one of their pups a couple of years ago

I had a dream some months ago that my friend had a batch of puppies running around, and some of them looked like little red Zuzus (I didn’t have Gracie as a pup, so don’t have that connection). I’m very very interested to see what these puppies look like. I’ve a standing invite to come watch them being born (unless it’s the middle of the night), so I’ll probably have puppy pics. Not sure if all the pups are spoken for, but if you’re interested in more info, let me know and I’ll hook you up with my friend.

9 Responses so far

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    Mel said,

    December 26, 2007 @ 9:02 pm

    I didn’t arrive too early. You just arrived too late. :-)

    Besides, I had a tired 14-year-old and a nervous little dog waiting in the car for me, so I had precious little time to visit. It was a fun little photo shoot, though, and good as always to see Franklin, who really is a dear.

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    Chris said,

    December 26, 2007 @ 9:22 pm

    I hope Franklin makes it to these parts! That scarf is really cool. Um, I hate fringe with a passion, so I can’t in good conscience advocate adding it…

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    brenda said,

    December 26, 2007 @ 9:53 pm

    It was great meeting you – I’m glad we weren’t too early (or you weren’t too late!). I like the scarf, and I’m not partial to fringe either so I can’t advise.

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    Cathy-Cate said,

    December 26, 2007 @ 11:16 pm

    The scarf looks cool.

    Here’s my thought — Use the shortness, instead of trying to compensate for it, and make the scarf into a keyhole scarf. If you want and if you dare: cut a slit where you would overlap the ends, after machine stitching around the area. Then maybe serge the edges of the slit or whatever (I’m not much of a sewer, I admit). You know what I mean by keyhole scarf, yes? There was one in Stitch and Bitch, as I recall.

    Sounds like a great knitting party, and a fun Christmas! The puppy pictures are cute. The grown-up puppies too. Happy Holidays!

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    Cathy-Cate said,

    December 26, 2007 @ 11:20 pm

    PS: Of course, did you try blocking the h— out of the scarf first, before doing anything else? I mean, wet block it like nobody’s business — soak it for 20 minutes with a little rinse-free soap, then spin it out in the washer (or press it out with towels if that’s too scary, I’m just trying to prevent you from having to wait three days for it to dry), lift it out carefully, and then be mean to it, pinning it brutally lengthwise. All those yarns are blockable; it might be redeemed without further ado.

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    Dave Daniels said,

    December 27, 2007 @ 9:15 am

    The scarf looks pretty nice to me as-is. It doesn’t look like it needs any fringe. I’ve wanted to try to make one of those scarves, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Nice stitches.

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    Julie said,

    December 27, 2007 @ 7:22 pm

    I’m glad I heard someone say “Is that Julie from York?” as I was walking out the door. It was good to see you, even if it was only for a few minutes.

    The girls look so cute in that picture with their toys.

    p.s. thanks for the link for the pain salve!

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    Jennifer said,

    December 28, 2007 @ 12:35 pm

    Have you decided what to do about the scarf yet? I also like it as is. I love the colours! It looks like so much fun at Ellen’s; I wish I could have been there!

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    Molly Bee said,

    December 28, 2007 @ 7:06 pm

    I am so jealous that you got to meet Franklin and I didn’t! Maybe I’ll catch him in Chicago sometime now that I am
    back home. Had a wonderful trip to ME and picked the two best days to fly in and out to avoid the storms. Saw lots
    of wildlife and had a great time with family. I did miss the trip to the coast that we take when we come home in
    the summer, but I still got some clams at Gov’na’s to soothe the pain a little! LOL

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