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Don’t they look like leafless tree trunks?

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2010 Knit In Progress #2
Yarn:
 Brown Sheep Lanaloft, Colors Celery & Purple Iris, 100% Mothproofed Wool, Worsted
Laura Aylor‘s ever-so popular Lizard Ridge Afghan
Needle Size: Size 9
Start Date: Mid-February 2010
Target Finish Date: November 2010
Special Note:

  • This is the 2nd Lizard Ridge afghan I’m doing. The first one was such joy to make, albeit a long time in the making. For this 2nd one, instead of knitting 30 blocks of Noro, I’m opting for Lanaloft Wool and just one continuous row after the other, interchanging solid color with a variegated one.
  • Lanaloft is slightly thicker than Noro. A size 9 needle will make the afghan wider and longer, which is what I wanted. This way, it will totally cover the queen-sized bed.
  • Having to start in February will give me ample time to finish up before the intended recipient’s birthday (my husband’s) in December.

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2010 Knit In Progress #1
Berroco Alpaca, Color #6293, 50/50 Alpaca/Wool 
Sublime #607 Book for Sublime Cashmerino  
Needle Size to gauge: Size 4,  Size 32/34
Start Date: Late January 2010
Target Finish Date: Mid-February 2010
Special Note: 

  • I love the look of this coat, rather loose. It would go well with pencil jeans or tights. I love tights.
  • Although the pattern is calling for a specific yarn, Sublime extra fine merino wool, I couldn’t find it at my LYS
  • Hopefully, I can finish this in less than 2-3 weeks. The back side is already done and it only took me 4 days. Yeah, laugh….4 days is really pushing it, especially if it’s being done on my lunch breaks. I’m really making a sweat here.

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Knit In Progress #9
Berroco Touche, Color #7965, 50/50 Cotton/Rayon 
Sage Cardigan, design by Lily Go
Needle Size to gauge: Size 4 and 6, for Size Small
Start Date: Early December 2009
Target Finish Date: Mid-January 2010
Special Note: 

  • This project is test-knitted for Lily. I have previously done a test project for Lily Go, and I find her designs appealing.
  • Since crochet isn’t my forte, I will swap with a knit-edge design on the sleeves instead.
  • The details on photo below does not show holes yet (project will have to be blocked to appreciate design); and since yarn color is a bit on the dark side, I lightened up the tone of photo, again, to appreciate the details.

This project is the last of the 2009 projects, even if it had not been finished. I already have a 2010 project cooking in the oven, so to speak.

 

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Knit In Progress #8
Malabrigo Azul Profundo #150, 100% Merino Wool 
Cable Beanie, design by Marianne Garrison (LYS)
Needle Size to gauge: Size 8 One Size Only
Start Date: Mid-November
Target Finish Date: Ongoing, until I get bored with it
Special Note: Hat is tight-fitting. The cable design is very simple to follow. Malabrigo Yarns are incredibly soft.

There’s this cache of these brimmed beanies and Button Hats for Christmas gifts and winter knitting that I’m building. Also included would be fingerless and closed mittens. Scarves included.

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Oh boy! I totally forgot about sending the next write-up on the Hood River Scenic Drive. So here’s Part 2.

       

The surprise stop in the fruit loop was the alpaca farm called Foothills Yarn & Fiber. A stop there meant yarns had to be bought, of course.

But the alpacas were deliciously cute and cuddly. In residence were a cat and a dog. And here they are:

  

Yes, this gentle giant, I found out, was quite heavy. He stepped on me when the cat crossed his path where my foot was. And he was the mystery nose I blogged earlier.

Back in the town of Hood River are quaint little stores that can all be visited by foot. Great restaurants and great views, I tell ‘ya. But what my hubby and I discovered was the trip up 2nd Street and Montello Avenue on a stairway beside the Big Horse Brew Pub. As you go up those steps is Winans Park on the right side. Keep going as the end of the steep stairway stops at Montello. On Montello, look down towards how beautiful the town of Hood River and Columbia River are, and you will be amazed that you have climbed up over 250 feet of over a steep 45° angle in no time. That was the best workout we had while there! Mind you, even with marathon training, I had to stop a few times to take my breath, while the hubby kept going.

                            

                    

We had a great time and will take My Precious next summer or fall. He was not too happy we left him out.

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Mindless Knitting!

Cool Buttons!

Knit In Progress #7
Crystal Palace Yarns Taos 100% Wool 
Button Hat, inspired from Flower Hat by Miriam Pike (LYS)
Needle Size to gauge: Size 6 (S) or Size 7 (M)
Start Date: Late October
Target Finish Date: Ongoing, until I get bored with it
Special Note: Hat is loose-fitting with rolled edges. Taos Yarn colorways are just fantastic for this type of project. Yarn is so soft and light.

Button Hat

This purplish hat has been promised to YS (Youngest Sis). 2YN (2nd Youngest Niece) gets one too. Hers still needs to have the buttons sewn. OS (Oldest Sis) and Lola (Grandma/Mom) will get theirs next, soon.

Morse Code to YS: I need KIKIAM! That’s why you’re getting all these knit stuffs. Do you hear me?

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