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    Archive for the 'Charity Blankets' Category

    Feb 17 2009

    episode 59: “Cake?”

    episode 59: “cake?”

    new rss feed is available here! i’ll keep you posted for when it shows up in itunes!

    on/off the needles:
    -FLS fits
    -handspun socks. and a realization on sock knitting preferences
    -charity blankets
    -top down raglan: spring forward fall back raglan and knittingfool.com raglan calculator
    -kingscot cast on! wahoo!!
    -wall-e and eve amigarumi

    babble:
    -alien life form and killing the cooties
    -dye workshop plans
    -owen peels a tangerine
    -when you get mad, just say “ttttthhhhhhbbbbbbbbb!”
    -”cake?”
    -valentine’s day and the love of chocolate boxes
    -first day of school

    spinning:
    -my visit with deb
    -color inspiration/ get more then one hand’s worth
    -barber pole singles
    -plying the polwarth
    -overdyeing for the wallaby sweater

    favorite thing:
    30rock

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    Sep 16 2008

    episode 40:”Here…Take my card”

    episode 40: “here…take my card”

    knitting on/off:

    -we call them pirates….done….but it doesn’t look pretty..

    Pre-felting:

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    (i tried 2 times to get the red out of little man’s eyes, but its just not saving tonight…)

    After Felting:

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    -english? or continental?

    -boyfriend hat

    -owen blanket (aka barn raising quilt)

    -apprehensive about the february lady sweater….

    babble:

    -even happy people get sad sometimes

    -lake front property

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    -new daycare?

    -understanding language

    charity blankets:

    singing the blues blanket

    knit by: 1to1, catsaysknit, LJWT, stlmamaknits, knitinmn, and bethany

     

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    spinning:

    -SOAR approaches….business cards?

    -2nd HHHH box showed up! thanks MarciaViola!!!

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    -my favorite tea this time of year? Stash Chai Spice Black Tea (with cream and sugar/honey)

    -Virtual Knit and Spin in. join us on saturday nights! on stickam.com

    -spinning up some BFL for mittens…have i learned a lesson with handspun for projects?

    -no homework this week…sorry teacher….

    my favorite thing:

    Swedish Visiting Cake

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    Sep 10 2008

    episode 39: “i’m not perfect”

    episode 39:”i’m not perfect”

    On/Off the Needles:

    -the shawl is completed!! (see prior post for photo) it’s beautiful! not perfect, but beautiful!!!!

    -we call them pirates!

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    -2 color knitting on the brain….

    -February Lady Sweater gauge? weird….normal= size 8, worsted weight mine= size 5, dk weight

    -charity blanket will be cast off and a crocheted boarder put on this week! :)

    Babble:

    -forgetting everything…new job, new thoughts, forgotten things

    -laundry basket GENIUS!

    -playing with the neighbors

    -baby giggles are awesome: baby laughing at the wii, best laugh ever, hahaha, this guy sounds like Louis Armstrong

    Charity Blanket Updates:

    These blankets were completed by the Midwest group. i pestered bethanyg, and she gave me a list! hehehe

    Good Day Sunshine 3/08–completely done
    xbethany
    xjenaus0524

    xknitmyworld

    xLJWT

    xstlmamaknits

    x1to1

    xOde To Spring 4/08–completely done
    xbethany
    xcatsaysknit

    xcmazzio

    xholly

    xkrispyknits

    xCoggieTM

    xTip Toe Through The Tulips(5/08)–completely done
    xbethany
    xpinsandneedles
    xjeffner77
    xhyjinx
    xsaraheunice
    xchristenjaye
    xholly

    Podcasts Mentioned:

    - High Fiber Diet with CoggieTM

    -Knitting at Night with Casey

    - Knit Sibs with Pinsandneedles and Valink

    -Knitters Uncensored with Mrs B

    Spinning:

    -HHHH box came!!! :)

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    Thank you, Marcia!!!!

    -new Spin Off! Magazine came….PURE GOLD!

    -Found a box for Frankie! :)

    SOAR homework (brought to you by Ellenspns)

    Coopworth:

    -Breed by Professor Coop in New Zeland in the 50s and 60s

    -cross between a Romney and Border Leicester for it’s fleece and good meat production

    -Ewe’s are fertile, good mothers, and most can raise twin lambs without assistance

    -Finer fleece can be used for outer garments and stronger fleece are used for carpets

    -spun fine well, but it was a more rough ridged yarn. i preferred it as low spun long draw thick singles. it allowed the fluff to soften the yarn. spun from the fold easily as well.

    Favorite Thing:

    Giambotta (Vegetable Stew)

    crock pot version of Rachael Ray’s

    -3 cloves garlic chopped
    - 1-2 onions chopped (i didn’t have any, so i used 2-3 tbs onion powder mixed with some olive oil to make a paste)

    -5 red potatoes, washed and chopped

    -1 eggplant

    -1 zucchini

    -1 yellow squash

    -1 green pepper

    -1 red pepper

    -1-2 tbs basil

    -1/2 box of chicken stock (low sodium, cause it’s good for ya)

    - 2 28oz cans fire roasted tomatoes (or used diced tomatoes, and add some liquid smoke to taste..that roasted flavor is what makes this stew go from okay, to AMAZING!)

    -salt and pepper

    add first 10 ingredients (all washed and chopped into larger bite size pieces) in order into your crock pot. you’re layering things up according to thickness . put it on high, and cook for 2-3 hours. give it a stir, turn it to low, and add the tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper to taste. cook on low for 1 more hour.

    serve it with some nice cheese grated over the top and a piece of crusty bread. freezes and reheats well.

    tastes vary, and so do the veggies available, so mix it up! if you like broccoli a lot? throw it in there!

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    Aug 26 2008

    Episode 37: “Operation: Pretty Pretty Princess”

    Episode 37: “Operation: Pretty Pretty Princess”

    On/Off the Needles:

    -sewing for my niece pretty pretty princess

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    -hauling on the shawl

    -stitches midwest

    -what’s the deal with my socks?!

    -mmmmmalabrigo sock yarn?! do i live in a hole?! when did this happen?! do you have some? do you like it?
    -february lady sweater….in cotton?….in dk weight? Garnstudio Muskat from Yellow Dog Knitting i won in a contest…what do you think?

    -virtual knit/spin-in hosted by betzi on stickam. check out the ravelry virtual knit-and-spin group for more info

    Babble:

    -birthday at pump it up!!!

    -freaking out over cleaning house…it’s a control thing

    -i’m a free bird at work…well sort of…

    -grandma and grandpa spoil him with a thomas tent…”clean up, clean up”

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    Spinning:

    -virtual spin in, got some stuff done!!!!

    -i’m thinking i’m gonna have to 2-ply the ramboulliet i spun for ry…how do i do this?

    -SOAR…the deadline looming, the countdown is on!

    -buying local yarn/fiber Localharvest.org (thanks for reminding me prymnumber)

    SOAR Homework (sponsored by ellenspns):

    Corriedale:

    -New Zealand’s first breeding program started in 1868

    -long long staple lengths, easy for beginners to spin

    -nice even deep crimps

    -soft wool, okay for next to skin

    -grows when washed, so yarn will thicken

    -felts easily, so good for handfelting as well

    spins from the fold, spins fine, and spins thick easily. i’m spinning superfine corriedale. it’s REALLY fine and very soft. it does have some noils, but fine fleece sometimes have that (i think it adds to the character).

    Favorite Thing:

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    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

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    Aug 13 2008

    Episode 35: “Heaven…I’m in Heaven”

    Episode 35: “Heaven…I’m in Heaven”

    Knitting On/Off Needles:

    -February Baby Sweater

    February Baby Sweater

    -Embossed Leaves socks transformed into Blueberry Waffle socks

    -Aunt’s Shawl still in the works

    -Meeting Anitat

    -what is a mule?

    -longtail cast on from 2 balls of yarn

    Babble:

    -my very first intake

    -raspberries

    -”kitty”

    -hair dresser

    Spinning:

    -Wheel is here!!!!

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    -Oil Bath

    -Name suggestions?

    SOAR homework: Merino

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    -oldest and most numerous breed

    -originally came from north africa but spain made the wool popular

    -finest wool

    -high grease content

    -next to skin soft

    -mulesing is a common practice

    -spinning: spun nicely into superfine singles, thicker singles probably should have had more twist, spun from the fold easily

    Charity Blankets:

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    The Gummy Bear Blanket is done!!! :)

    Thanks to woundup, robinb, kelleysgirl, cbdom, fiberfriend, knitnpurlgurl and dnaprice.

    Favorite Thing:

    Firefly

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    Jun 04 2008

    Episode 25: “My Sweet Ride!”

    Episode 25: “My Sweet New Ride”
    Knitting:
    -Little Critter Swap sign ups end June 14th
    -The Shrug Continues
    -Barn Raising Quilt KAL (thank you Krispyknits)
    -Good Day Sunshine is complete!!! thanks to bethanyg, jenaus0524, knitmyworld, LJWT, stlmamaknits, and 1to1!!!

    Babble:
    -Littleman TV
    -Wedding anniversary and memories
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    -My Sweet Ride!!
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    -Garden Stuff
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    Flower pots all painted
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    Spinning:
    -Hush Hush Handspun Hootenanny!! Handspun swap
    -Knitters Uncensored
    -SOAR scholarship results

    My Favorite Thing:
    My Crocs!

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    May 31 2008

    “Good Day Sunshine” Blanket is complete!!!!

    Published by Meghan under Babble,Charity Blankets

    our very first charity knitting blanket is complete!!!!

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    isn’t it the brightest cheeriest blanket ever?! so many different stitches! so many different good feelings! so many different thoughts of hope! all that packed into a beautiful blanket!

    i didn’t knit a stitch of it, but i’m proud of every one in there!!! :)

    Thank you to everyone who worked on it:

    bethanyg
    jenaus0524
    knitmyworld
    LJWT
    stlmamaknits
    1to1  (who also crocheted the boarder around the outside)

    you did a wonderful job!!!!! :)

    Our Midwest Charity Blanket group is the one who did this one.

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    May 09 2008

    Charity Blanket Update!

    I just thought I would take a moment and share our progress on the charity blankets.   First off, i want to say thank you again to all that volunteer. if you are interested in volunteering for the next round, you can contact me through ravelry or post your interest in the charity group threads. I’ll probably organize another sign up once these blankets are finished.

    but for now, LOOKIE LOOKIE!!!!!!

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    I’m missing pictures of a couple blankets, but aren’t they all just scrumptious?!?!?!?! i’m so excited to see how they turn out! every section is a new adventure!!!!

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