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2014

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I don't even know how to begin summarizing 2013. But I can tell you that for the last week I've been feeling very bitter about the start of 2014. I'm sure it's connected to the end of my maternity leave.

I'm not cranky about going back to work, that part is fine. It's leaving Windsor that has me so upset. We have scored a spot in an awesome daycare, so that's not the problem either.

I'm sure everything will be fine in the end. In fact, I bet everything is fine in just a few weeks. I'm just not there yet. So I'm trying to be gentle with myself and trying to remember to be gentle with those around me.

And on that note I need to announce that I will no longer be cross posting between my wordpress blog and this one. While it's a very low maintenance process I feel badly that I'm not here, not checking comments, and not able to interact as fully as I'd like. I feel like I'm only half here. I hope those of you still reading and commenting here will come over to Wordpress. You should be able to comment with just an e-mail address (which isn't shown to the public). I'm sorry to leave, but I need to be mindful of both my actual time and the mental time I devote to worry. I hope you understand.

I hope you can also find the time and patience to be gentle with yourselves as we enter this new year. Relax and enjoy your knitting!



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Winter

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It's gonna be COLD this week (highs during the day hovering around 0F) So this weekend while it was (relatively) warm we got out in the woods for a family hike

hiking

Windsor rode in her wrap the whole time, and seemed fascinated by her new surroundings.

Also, congratulations to Laura who had the second comment on the book post, I've sent you an e-mail!


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Christmas present

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So I bought an extra copy of Free Range Knitter by the Yarn Harlot. I didn't mean to get an extra. I bought it because I needed to round up an Amazon order to get free shipping. I thought "gee, I only own two of her books" and added one randomly to my cart.

free range dup

Yup, I managed to buy a second copy of one of the books I already owned. But I didn't read it right away. I left it on the table by the stove, it got dripped on by something that was hung up to dry...

Anyway I just realized recently that I have this duplicate. SO! My loss, your gain, etc... Leave a comment on this post sometime between now and December 28th (ending at midnight EST) and I'll ship you a copy. Books are heavy, so I'm going to limit this to US addresses only (sorry). No comments here on LJ (sorry again)

You can have either the one that's dripped on, or the one the cat chewed up. My house is apparently dangerous for books...


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Frost Aster

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Here's a pattern that's been a long time coming. These socks made their first appearance more than a YEAR ago... The Frost Aster socks are finally available!

frost asters hero

The socks are graded in three sizes: 7.5 (8.5, 9.5)"/19 (21.5, 24) cm leg circ and the pattern is available on Ravelry for $6, or you can just click here:

frost aster preview


The ribbing and cable clocks are all done with faux cable tricks that make these socks look much more complex than they really are - no cabling (with or without a cable needle) is needed. The cables join over the toe in an elegant point:

frost asters side

Knit up in the luscious Skinny Bugga from Cephalopod Yarns these socks will keep your feet toasty warm all winter (even if I did take all the photos last summer)

frost asters mood


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on the needles

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I have an interesting dichotomy on the needles right now. First there's the warm and woolly - bartlett and malabrigo, cables and seed stitch.

winter knits

Yup, those are more diaper covers. Funny thing about babies, they just keep growing...

The other thing? Milk protein and silk, dyed a coral pink. Knit into a lacy pattern. Yup, it's the August top for my book - being knit in the cold of winter.


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Decorated

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The tree is up

christmas tree

and decorated

midnight candle ornament

apple ornament glass bulb

Next year: fewer glass ornaments...


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Christmas tree time

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Neil and I have been going to the Llama farm to buy our christmas tree for years. This year was Windsor's first trip though! We saw the llamas,

llamas

picked a good tree,

timber

laughed at some bad ones!

sad tree

And we had the kid running the tree wrapper take our first family photo.

family portrait

How have we gotten to two months without a picture of the three of us together? Who knows...


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New (old) patterns

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If you didn't notice Tangled Magazine closed up shop a month or two ago... I noticed because I had FOUR patterns published with them. When they stopped distributing my patterns the rights reverted back to me. But I wanted to get everything into my own layout before uploading them to Ravelry. (Becausae I'm an over-achiever, or something.)

So I'm happy to announce they're done! I've re-photographed one because I wanted some brighter pictures. The rest I've simply fixed the layout. You can now buy the Hyde Park set, Emma Woodhouse sweater, and U2 socks on Ravelry:

hyde_park2_web emma hero u2_2_web

AND! Birdseye Beret is available, and FREE! Enjoy!

birdseye hero


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Lady of Rohan

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I'm showing off a new pattern today! Meet the Lady of Rohan:

Lady of Rohan hero

This shawl is for Wooly Wonka's Heroines shawl club. I chose Eowyn as the inspiration for my design. The pattern is exclusive to the club. If you want to be notified when the pattern is available to the public please sign up for my newsletter. You can favorite and queue this pattern on Ravelry.

LoR walking

Eowyn is a vital character in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and I feel the movie skipped over her key roll in defeating the Nazgul.
In fact I'm a little bitter about this. Eowyn rides into battle disguised as a man because (in spite of being a sheildmaiden of Rohan) she is told to stay behind.
It is written that the Nazgul King can not be killed by any son of man. As the battle is going badly he is confronted by Eowyn in disguise, he says she cannot kill him and she replies:

"But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him."

Without Eowyn the city of Minas Tirith would have fallen. Even if Frodo and Sam had destroyed the ring, the cities of men would have been destroyed and they'd have nothing to which to return.

After the gore of battle, and almost dying herself, Eowyn swears off violence. She becomes a healer, she meets Faramir as they are both in the house of the healing. Eventually marries him, and becomes a ruler of men.

"and behold! The Shadow has departed! I will be a shieldmaiden no longer, nor vie with the great Riders, nor take joy only in the songs of slaying. I will be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren."**

LoR folded back

Eowyn grows and matures throughout the final book. She is a warrior, a healer, and a just ruler. I mirror the changes in her life through this shawl. The center depicts the idealistic sheildmaiden. It is a sparkly, creamy white with hoofprints galloping across the center line. The open, circular birdseye lace represents the healer within Eowyn: open, giving, and selfless. The final, rich chestnut brown symbolizes her status as a ruler of men with a plaited trim denoting her early life among the horses of Rohan.

LoR shawl collar

* The Return of the King, pg 141.
** The Return of the King, pg 300.



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motto

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Today's motto: it's a pie crust, not fine art.

smushy crust

I'll just claim side-vented pies are totally A Thing.

sumshy pie



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