Months ago, I knit a Pussy Hat and sent it off to Washington. The morning of the Women’s March, I received this text from the beautiful stranger who wore the hat:

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Seriously, this MADE MY DAY. I ended up knitting a couple of more Pussy Hats for myself and my daughter. Speaking of my daughter, knitting her some fingerless mitts was a great way to use up leftover sock yarn.

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Annnnnd I finished a sweater. The sleeves are a bit tight — and it’s largely cotton so they won’t stretch as much as I’d like — but overall, I’m happy with this sweater.

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What are you knitting these days?

I’ve been knitting away. I finished a pair of socks:

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And, of course, a Pussyhat that I mailed off to Washington!img_1285

I’m now working on a sweater. I also want to knit this one, after seeing Tracie’s in person. What are your 2017 knitting plans?

I finished the flannel quilt I’ve been working on.

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As usual, it’s still pretty funky since I’m a self-taught quilter. But it’s definitely one of my better ones and it’s sooooooo warm and cozy. And last weekend I sold knit hats at my kids’ school craft fair — my 10th and final year.

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Unlike other years, the hats didn’t sell well. I’m not sure why. But that means I’ve got lots of inventory on Etsy!

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Among several other things that I continue to be too lazy to document, I finished this Crackerjack Cowl, a conceptual knitting project that chronicles the SF Giants’ season. I did it because I loved KnittyBarb (of the 2 Knit Lit Chicks)’s version and I thought it might make me more interested in baseball. (As my husband said recently, “It’s October — time to follow baseball!” Given the Giants’ history in even years, that wasn’t a bad strategy to employ but no such luck this particular even year…) Anyway, this project didn’t really fulfill its purpose because instead of getting me more excited about baseball, it got me aggravated that I had a project lying around that was not going to get finished for 6+ months. Overall, it’s cute, but the kitchener stitch join looks TERRIBLE partly due to user error (uh, having the wrong side facing forward – duh) and partly because I ran out of the necessary color one row before finishing. So the join MUST stay behind my neck. Another thing that annoys me is that I misestimated length — it ended up being is too short to wrap around my next twice yet it looks too long wrapped around only once.Sigh. (For the record, here are my pattern details: I used Blue Sky Sport Weight; I cast on 68 stitches and knit two rounds for every game. Home win = orange; home loss = off white; road win = grey; road loss = black.) But don’t let my lackluster experience dissuade you from knitting this clever pattern. Everyone I know is rooting for the Cubs now so…Go Cubs, I guess! Here’s the flip side of the Crackerjack Cowl:

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Meanwhile, I continue to knit preemie hats and hats for the upcoming craft fair.

I’ve been working on lots of projects! I’ve knit several hats for the annual craft fair (my 10th and final one!) and two cowls (one for me and one for a gift), all of which I’ve been too lazy to photograph and document. You’ll have to take my word for it. I’ve also been working on several charity projects, including these little preemie hats, which I donated to SF General Hospital’s NICU.

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And I started a new quilt. It’s my first time working with flannel. Hopefully I’ll finish it before winter is over!

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I’m at the age where my friends are no longer having babies but every once in awhile, I still get to knit a baby item. This is a sweater for my Spanish teacher, who is expecting her first baby, a girl, in October.

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It’s back-to-school time! If you’d like to make a special back-to-school hat for your favorite student, check out my Elementary Hats collection!