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My goodness, it’s been quite a while!  My world has been quite busy these days…ballet class problems, 4-H club meetings (5 weeks of cooking, 1 week of tying a quilt, 3 weeks of sewing), Cub Scout meetings and trainings, school with the kids, etc….

I don’t have anything earth-shattering or profound to blog about but I do have a few things to share.

First up: my boy is now a Bear in Cub Scouts (*sniff*…he’s leaving my den!  Not grand).  Here’s a rather washed-out picture of him getting his Bear book last week at pack meeting:

 Bran is a bear

The kids did a wonderful job during the 4-H sewing meetings.  The first two weeks we made long fabric hair ties and toy bags for the LDS Humanitarian Center, but last week the kids could make whatever they wanted.  Ciara drew a shark picture on paper, cut it out, and used that for her pattern.  She made a stuffed shark toy for her cousin Ethan’s birthday, coming up soon:

Ciara's shark

I’m so proud of her!! She did a terrific job!

Bran and Nia decided to make themselves toy bags, modeled on the Humanitarian ones:

bran's toy bag

nia's bag

I never would’ve thought it was possible to teach a 6-year-old to run a sewing machine.  Nia and Bran did so well!  I have to watch them carefully, of course, so they don’t hurt themselves, but all three kids wowed and amazed me.

Friday night I checked the weather for Saturday and it was supposed to be quite cold and snowy.  Since I don’t have a hat yet, I gave my fingers a workout getting this done in time:

Cees headwarmer

The fast, fun and warm Calorimetry from Knitty.com

I got up at 6am Saturday and worked like crazy until 7:45, finishing it just in time for Ciara and I to leave for the Twilight Lexicon New Moon party.  (We thought we’d be standing outside in the cold for an hour, but that’s another story for another day.)

Speaking of knitting, I finally finished Bran’s stocking hat (after three tries…size was either too big or too small…third time was definitely the charm with this one!), made some matching fingerless gloves, and a scarf.  I am not thrilled that the scarf isn’t longer.  I measured it carefully but somehow it shrank while I was making it.  The gloves are okay; not the best, but definitely better than the first pair I made last year (and since I didn’t have a pattern, I’m glad I managed to figure them out).  The hat is grand and I know he’ll love it but I wish it was longer.  He wants a really, really long one.  I still need to make the pom pom for the end.

Bran fingerless gloves

Bran’s been wanting fingerless gloves for a year

Bran bday pres

Ciara, modeling Bran’s matching set

Bran's hat

The now-infamous “3rd time” hat

The kids and I got up early to shovel the snowy driveway this morning.  I’m looking very much forward to a relaxing week…no ballet, no Cub Scouts, no 4-H.  My brother and his wife are down from Idaho and I’m excited for all the upcoming family time.  I hope you’re all safe and warm and enjoying family!  Happy Thanksgiving!

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My wonderful husband said I could order from KnitPicks again, so I did, and haunted the FedEx website daily to track the progress of the package.   My needles arrived on Wednesday!!  I ordered some of these:

 

They’re perfect for making smaller things in circles, like hats!  I am so excited to make a bunch of hats for the kids for Christmas. 

Bran wants a stocking hat:

Clicking the picture will take you to the pattern.

I’m thinking white, burgundy, and darkish blue.

Ciara and Nia haven’t decided yet, but I think they’d look cute in one of these:

by Katie Ahlquist on Ravelry.com

by Postscriptlove on Ravelry.com

by ilikelemons on Ravelry.com

by minhers on Ravelry.com

by Kirsten Kapur on Ravelry.com

by crankyalyson on Ravelry.com

When I learn to do colorwork really well, I’ve GOT to make this one for Bran:

by myjewelthief on Ravelry.com

Would he not just die of happiness??

If John would wear it, I would make him this:

Seaman’s cap by helloyarn on Ravelry.com

And as for me, am I a hat person?  I really have no idea.  I’d like to be!  I’ve never worn one in my life, really.  But I would love to have a massive collection of hand-knit hats and I hope when I make one for myself, it looks decent!  Here’s some of my favorites from Ravelry.com:

cool ponytail hat by Blake Ehrlich

slouchy hat by turtlegirl76

“Gretel” by Ysolda Teague

Newsboy cap by raschi

flower cloche by Mac7

beautiful entrelac hat by myyarns

Well, I could go on for days.  We haven’t even covered adorable baby hats yet.  But this post is getting really long.  Let me just take a second to say that Ravelry.com is THE best website on the planet for anyone who loves knitting, crocheting, spinning, or just loves to drool over patterns, yarn, and beautiful designs.  It’s free to join and SO much fun.  There’s thousands of free patterns on there and about 500,000 nice folks in this gigantic fiber-lovin’ community.

So, to sum up: I have needles now that are perfect for hats!  Yay!  I hope I can get at least one for each of my children done for Christmas or sooner.  We’re going to try to make nearly all of the Christmas/birthday presents this year.

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Yesterday we had stake conference, and as I was looking around before we left for a knitting project to keep my hands busy, I decided to make yet another Booga Bag.  It’s super-simple and by now (after 5 bags!) I have the pattern memorized.  It’s also mindless knitting—no concentration required, so I could easily listen to the speakers at church and take notes as desired.

My love affair with this bag is a long one…I first saw the pattern and picture at least three years ago, long before I really learned to knit:

  

Gorgeous drool-worthy bag.

“That,” I said to myself, “Is one beautiful bag.  I must, at some point in my life, learn to make it.” 

I thought this was impossible, since I had only had two knitting lessons in my whole life…at age 10 or so, from a grandmother.  I still vaguely remembered it but the pattern for this bag was so much gibberish to me. 

A year ago, a friend at our homeschool co-op re-taught me basic knitting again (thank you, Chris!!).  I never thought I could learn anything beyond basics and was convinced I would never be good at it, but lo and behold, I improved quickly.  No one was more surprised than I was!  Knitting quickly became my latest obsession.  (My ten years’ worth of crocheting kinda took a back seat for a while…knitting was new and exciting and I couldn’t get enough.)

So a month later I was beyond thrilled when I printed off this pattern and finally set about making this bag on the long drive to Arizona. 

                                              

Behold the Boogas!

Anyway, you can never have too many bags. 🙂 Especially when you’ve got plenty of yarn on hand.  So yesterday during stake conference I started another one.  I think this time the body of the bag will be done in cream and green.  And I finally have a chance to use my beautiful birthday present!  I’ve been too busy to really use them at all. 

Not my picture, but I have this exact set. 

Oh, they are grand!  So pointy and smooth…the BMW of knitting needles.  They work like a dream and they’re everything I imagined they would be.  And they’re so pretty that my eyes feel good when I see them.

In short, knitting with them is bliss.  I hope everyone has as much fun with something they love this week as I am having with these.

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