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Shhhhh! Tonight it’s the week before Halloween 2013.
I’ve bought 2 bags of candy. Well, actually, I bought more, but we ate some, and tomorrow I go to the doctor to get yelled at about my cholesterol….I don’t have a theme in mind for decorating my car for the Trunk or Treat activity tomorrow night at the church. Christmas is coming, but I don’t have any presents made….AIEEEEEEEE! Scream bloody murder! I’m not ready!

Ethel finished an elephant hat.

Costume ready

Costume ready

We looked at Ethel’s photos from her trip to San Francisco, Sacramento, Bakersfield, Mount Whitney, and Saint George. We didn’t look at her photos from Yosemite or Muir Woods because she went during the infamous Government Shutdown, and therefore couldn’t get into those government-controlled parks, and so there were no photos. But she stopped on the side of the road and hugged an obliging civilian redwood tree.

We looked at some great possibilities in this new magazine Ethel brought along.

Creative Knitting mag

Creative Knitting mag

Lois worked on the Feather and Fan afghan some more. I love the way she has marked the beginning and end of the pattern here with waste yarn.

Lois's feather and fan pattern markings

Lois’s feather and fan pattern markings

What a brilliant idea to keep the pattern in order!

Ethel made progress on the white shawl she started a few weeks back.

shawl in progress

shawl in progress

Lois wanted to know the pattern and dimensions, size yarn and crochet hook Ethel was using.
Lois and Ethel working out the details

Lois and Ethel working out the details

Looking ahead to Halloween night, I wonder if I’ll be doing the usual: watching a zombie-themed movie while knitting and occasionally getting up from the couch to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters? That’s about as crazy as my life gets any more. I’ve been reading some disaster prep blogs and Pinterest posts, and I often see this abbreviation “WTSHTF.” I’m not sure exactly what it means. I could be wrong and it could be funny, like my DH’s thinking LOL stands for “lots of love” or the yoga class member who was saying: “have a nice day” when everyone else was bowing their heads and saying, “Namaste!” Meanwhile, until or if IHTF, have fun!

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Wednesday Night Knitting came home to roost with Ethel and Lois on board and Bob back home from All Cats, where he’d been an inpatient for several days last week. Ethel was still suffering a little from jet lag, after her trip to

Cali- For- Nia

Cali-
For-
Nia

But she was very productive: she worked on a grandson vest.

vest

vest

And she’s been working on a crocheted shawl.

Ethel did all this on the shawl at one sitting

Ethel did all this on the shawl at one sitting

I put my picot-edge shawl on hold while Ethel was gone because I knew I had screwed up but I couldn’t figure out how or why. She looked it over and put me back on track.

shawl re-energized

shawl re-energized

Lois perfected the fan and feather stitch, looking forward to perhaps a baby afghan.

Lois' feather and fan

Lois’ feather and fan

Anyway, she wants to get away from hat making for the time being, although her hat making is truly legendary! Or rather, it would be legendary if folks knew the number of hats she’s made that found their way to chemo patients who’ve lost their hair.

I made a poncho for an 18-inch doll, from lesson #2 in the Simply Stylish manual.

Simply Stylish doll poncho from sock yarn

Simply Stylish doll poncho from sock yarn

Next project: pleated skirt and messenger bag.

We looked at some new possibilities.

2 new knitting books

2 new knitting books

I bought another Debbie Stoller Stitch ‘n Bitch book because I really enjoyed her first book, and I could relate to the way she explained things.

Downton Abbey Knits: featuring drool-worthy designs a la 1920's

Downton Abbey Knits: featuring drool-worthy designs a la 1920’s

American Girl catalog for the end of 2013: delectable doll clothes and accessories

American Girl catalog for the end of 2013: delectable doll clothes and accessories

Ethel brought the American Girl catalog for our viewing pleasure. Lots of doll eye candy!

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Wednesday Night Knitting met for the last May meeting of the year. I can barely believe summer is almost here!

Ethel with her Navajo woven rug

Ethel with her Navajo woven rug

Ethel brought her Navajo woven rug to show us. She took a class once upon a time and learned this art, and she even made the wooden loom that she used for weaving.

Her next project is going to be this hat.

cable hat pattern

cable hat pattern

This is a project to match a scarf she made a long time back, and our LYS, Yarnworks, was miraculously stocked with more of that same yarn.
winding the yarn with her nostepinde

winding the yarn with her nostepinde

She loves the orange stripey yarn, and if it hadn’t already been earmarked for a matching hat/scarf set, she considered it for a new Alan Dart project, the kitties in the May issue of Simply Knitting.
May Simply Knitting

May Simply Knitting

We compared the May and April issues of this magazine, mainly to see the eyebrows of the cover model, whether they were as black and pointy in both cover photos.
April issue

April issue

Here is the same cover model, in an April pattern called Park Life

Here is the same cover model, in an April pattern called Park Life

another jumper pattern, same model

another jumper pattern, same model

The eyebrows don’t look as dark and straight in the two inner photos. Maybe they were enhanced for the cover photos, what do you think? I always had very black eyebrows and as a child, wanted to crawl under the table when people (especially boys) asked if I was wearing “eye makeup.”

Silk Garden sock

Silk Garden sock

Here’s a pic of what I’ve been up to, one half of the pair of April alternative socks on ravelry’s Sock-it-to-me 2013 club.
another view of the sock

another view of the sock

I was going to go ahead and start of the May sock, since there’s only 2 days left in May, but I know if I don’t make the mate for this one, will I ever?

Lois and Ethel hatching a feather-and-fan plot

Lois and Ethel hatching a feather-and-fan plot

Lois has a feather-and-fan project in mind, and is trying to get the math straight for it. You know how a stitch pattern will say something like “12 stitches, plus…” or “a multiple of…”

What’s your next project?

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It was anniversary night, of a sort, at Wednesday Night Knitting. I looked back over the blog and found that we’ve been meeting [and I’ve been knitting and blogging about us] since February 2011. When I looked back over some of our projects in the past two years, I was really pleased with us! Happy blogiversary to us! This calls for a real celebration.

Last week, while Ethel’s family was visiting, she took her daughter-in-law to our LYS, Yarnworks, and asked her to pick out some yarn and a pattern that she would like Ethel to make for her. What a great idea!

Ethel's daughter-in-law's yarn pick

Ethel’s daughter-in-law’s yarn pick

Ethel's daughter-in-law's pattern pick

Ethel’s daughter-in-law’s pattern pick

Since the yarn for this project was held double, I saw that Ethel had wound the doubled strands ahead of time into a sort of coil, rather than a ball. She was worried that the halo of the fuzzy strands would make them stick together and tangle but it was all good.

And here’s the WIP:

Ethel's alpaca hat, in progress

Ethel’s alpaca hat, in progress

Very nice alpaca! Soft and fuzzy.
Ethel also took her to a bead store where they bought the components for some earrings, and made them. Nice way to get in the running for Best Mother-in-law Ever, Ethel!

Meanwhile, Lois says she wants to join Hat Knitters Anonymous to try and cut back a step at a time. She brought along some bright, springy pink yarn and the beginnings of a feather and fan stitch afghan. IMG_0330 Great color and motif for ushering in spring, Valentine’s, possible new baby girl great-grandchild?

I did another version of the Beginner’s Socks pattern by Heather Storta that was furnished with Sock-it-to-Me 2013, the ravelry KAL group I’ve been following.

house socks in Ella Rae Amity Print

house socks in Ella Rae Amity Print

Now I’m working on the February pattern, the International Sock of Doom. They also have an additional February free pattern from Susie Q Knits for Valentine Worsted socks, with an adorable raised heart at the ankle. I’ve also started the Craftsy Mystery Knit-along, which turned out to be the Laera Shawl by Grace Akhrem. So far I’ve done a gauge swatch in prep for casting on —what? 361 teeny, tiny stitches!
Grayzie, ready to roll with the Schoppel Laceball 100

Grayzie, ready to roll with the Schoppel Laceball 100

We are going to a chili cook off and talent show this weekend. Ethel is working on a rat to enter in the show.

the rat so far

the rat so far

She’s a Norwegian rat [like Ethel :)] and this will be her cute little costume, as planned by her maker.
Norwegian rat in folk dress, Ethel's drawing

Norwegian rat in folk dress, Ethel’s drawing

She’s using an Alan Dart pattern for the body and adding her own costume design! So much fun!

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