I finished the Plum Tree Hat by Never Not Knitting using Cascade 220:

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I started some new socks. I was inspired by the Knitmore Girls to try some self-striping yarn.

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I used the last of my Hanukah gift certificate to Imagiknit to get a sweater’s worth of yarn. I’m planning to make the Pinup Queen sweater.

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When the car maintenance place is near a Joann’s, this is what happens:

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I’m going to make a new quilt, inspired largely by this:

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I’m trying to winnow down my knitting book shelf and so I’ve put several gently used books up for sale. Topics include knitting for babies, sock knitting, finishing techniques, knitting for American Girl dolls, and other useful reference books. They’re all listed here on Ravelry: BOOKS FOR SALE. If you’re interested in purchasing any, just let me know!

Awhile back, I had to add to my Amazon shopping card to get free shipping so I tossed in this book: Knit the Alphabet. I decided to knit the initials of my children’s school, which I will donate to the school auction in the spring. That “S” was a total pain to knit because the whole thing is short rows (i.e., no zoning out). But I’m super happy with how these letters turned out. I can imagine making them as baby gifts, etc.

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In other knitting news, I fell in love with this hat that I saw in the Athleta catalog.

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Being the resourceful (read: cheap) knitter that I am, I decided to knit my own rather than fork out 32 bucks. It came out really cute, if I do say so myself. Next up, another hat.

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Knitters, it’s back-to-school time, a great opportunity to knit a hat for your favorite elementary school kid. My Elementary Hats collection features seven hat patterns for the little learner in your life!  Check it out on Ravelry!

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I finished the baby blanket. It was reallllllly boring to knit but I am pleased with the result.

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I had tons of yarn leftover so I also made matching booties and a hat.

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Here it all is, packed up and ready to ship to Brooklyn!

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I also finished the fingerless mitts

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These were an impulse buy in a color scheme I wouldn’t normally choose — but something about it appealed to me. These mitts are definitely fraternal twins — not only did I screw up the patterning (since I put the project away for awhile while I worked on the baby gift) but on the second mitt, I forgot to change to the larger needle after the ribbing (rookie mistake!) so it’s a bit snugger than the other one. Oh well. I like the way they turned out, but I was really happy to be done with that project. Keeping track of the 12 different mini skeins was a pain!

These two bears snuck into my kids’ overnight bags before they left for sleepaway camp. The pattern is the Mother Bear pattern from Knitting for Peace (though I used the in-the-round version).

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Meanwhile, I’m still working away on the baby blanket.

While far (very far!) from perfect, this is definitely the best quilt I’ve made.

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These pictures don’t show the puckers on the back or the wonky binding.  But it’ll serve its purpose and I’ll keep at it to improve my skills.  Speaking of quilts, I love this one from the very talented Erin at House on Hill Road.

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