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Happy Return

I am still alive and, more to the point, at work!

Busy in the garden, busy in the kitchen, busy reading and writing and learning lots of things. Lately, busy with the knitting needles…

And it seems I am not the only one inspired by the change of season. Bogolan sales have picked up and there is a dollar for dollar match over at Women for Women International. So I thought today was the perfect opportunity to come back with an overdue donation update.

  • October 15, 2013 – $260 donated.
  • November 1, 2013 – $101.38 donated.
  • December 2, 2013 – $118.12 donated.
  • January 31, 2014 – $164.92 donated.
  • September 30, 2014 – $207.55 donated. ( = $415.10, matched $ for $.) 
  • TOTAL to date – $851.97 donated to Women for Women International.

Hooray! I hope to reach $1k by the end of the year.

Soon I shall have a new sweater design to show you. So if you enjoy that sort of thing, please stay tuned! xo~

Winter Work

It’s not truly winter until the yellow-bellied sapsucker shows up. Always around Christmas we begin to see her. She’s a constant visitor until mid-February or so.

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She taps row after row of holes into the bark of the pear trees. She tends them constantly so that they don’t harden up, and then she sips at the tree sap. It doesn’t harm the tree, so far as I can tell.

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This is Oskari. I have been working downstairs near the wood stove because it has been so cold, so he misses our days together in the (his) atelier. I went in to shoot some pictures of my works-in-progress and he participated. His expressions can be hard for strangers to read. I think it’s because he’s mostly black. This (above) is his coy face.

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The project is a cardigan and he really likes it. He likes being close to things that are of me, things that I work on or things that I love. Can you tell? This is his lovey face.

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Then Arfinn crash bombed the picture party. So this is Oskari’s resigned-to-being-put-out face. He is a good mommy to the kittens, really knows how to pin them down for a thorough bath, but he highly values his Oskari time.

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I hope to finish the cardigan in a week or two, depending on my answer to the perennial knitter’s question – to pocket, or not to pocket. Also, the design still needs a name.

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I finally ordered sock blockers in the mail, but they are not here yet, so I have one completed pair of socks that remains crumpled and unpresentable. But then I cast on for a new pair – another Nancy Bush pattern. It is a nicer gauge to work with (fingering weight yarn on 2.75mm needles), so the knitting is more pleasant.

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Chelsea Morning was featured in a great post over on Book Riot (by Rachel a.k.a. bananasuit) that pairs up audiobooks with knitting projects. As an avid audiobook listener (seriously, I can’t even start writing about audiobooks, this would turn into a different blog), I’m keen to try out a few of her suggestions!

I donated our latest Bogolan funds to Women for Women International. It always feels good to complete this task. Here’s our tally so far:

  • October 15, 2013 – $260 donated.
  • November 1, 2013 – $101.38 donated.
  • December 2, 2013 – $118.12 donated.
  • January 31, 2014 – $164.92 donated.
  • TOTAL to date – $644.42 donated to Women for Women International.

As always, I am so grateful to everyone who has contributed by purchasing the Bogolan pattern!

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Wishing you well in your own winter work~

A Gray Monday in December

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I love gray days. We’ve been having them here, and the weather got very cold for the Thanksgiving holiday. Perfect for sitting near the fire. Now it has warmed up, but it is still gray outside. I saw two hawks this morning from my studio window.

One thing I was thankful for this year – That I have been so, so busy.

Chelsea Morning blooper, feat. Timo

Chelsea Morning blooper, feat. Timo

 

Every morning I wake up to see if my beautiful and diligent test knitters have discovered any new problems with Chelsea Morning. I didn’t realize the test knitting process would be quite like this, simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying! I am so thankful that they’re taking the time to help make it perfect. I’m hoping to release the pattern sometime around the new year.

 

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I’ve been working on a new design, as well. Using a wonderful yarn – Baa Ram Ewe Titus. A nice halo. It feels lovely, almost silken, passing through my fingers onto needles. Good thing, too, since I have been waffling on a couple of design details. Which means knitting and tinking and knitting. A fair amount of work in exchange for a fair amount of knitterly wisdom.

 

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Annnnnnd socks! For relaxation, I have forced strongly encouraged myself to knit some socks. A pair of folk socks, no less. Having fun with these, messing about with the pattern to make them a bit more exciting. That is, mucking up their perfect simplicity. Oops.

Last but not least, I have been busy with Bogolan. I taught two classes at the Haus this past month (one session remains, this Thurs). I could not have asked for a lovelier group of women to be my first official knitting students (knitting students / test subjects!). I was kind of nervous about teaching knitting. I am no toughened expert on fair isle, just a self-taught upstart who tackles problems head-on (with the generous assistance of Mrs. Google and her crafting buddy, Youtube). I ended up really enjoying it. I’ve always been a reclusive knitter, and although I can’t imagine that will change anytime soon, I do already miss my Bogolan ladies!

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This month’s donation to Women for Women made it out today, and for this I am especially thankful. Here’s our tally so far:

  • October 15, 2013 – $260 donated.
  • November 1, 2013 – $101.38 donated.
  • December 2, 2013 – $118.12 donated.
  • TOTAL to date – $479.50 donated to Women for Women International.

Advent has come and we’re putting up lights. We’ll get a tree this week. I love living with a tree for a month every year. It fills the house with spirit. If it wasn’t so expensive, I’d buy more than one.

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Stay warm. ~

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