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Just a few more details to sew up before it’s ready to wear.

Pattern: Willow

Yarn: Avalon Springs Farm 55% mohair/45% wool in Peacock colorway

Yarns last known address: here

Some snuggly mohair-wool to wear before it warms up around here.

WNY has been in the 20’s at night – unseasonably chilly!!!


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All I wanted for Christmas was an oven mitt and a clean and organized basement. Did I get either? NO!

So I set about knitting myself and oven mitt, but while I was at it I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try out some color work experimentation because I have never attempted anything of the sort.

Not too shabby looking from the outside, but then an oversized mitten bound for felting can be quite forgiving in the final project.

All set up for the Kitchener stitch, I do it so infrequently that each time I do it I need YouTube's help!

A close up of the floats, no one was too ‘floaty’ for a first time, and nothing seemed too tight until…


But with a little pulling and stretching it seemed to sort itself out as you can see.

I used my own hand-dyed yarn for the orange tones and scraps of brown I had from other projects. It needed two trips through the washing machine for a really good felting. Heck I didn’t want to risk any well done fingers, I already have oven mitts that do that.

For the pattern, I researched a bunch on Ravelry, then I kinda cast on with what I had and went with it. There are a few different styles of thumbs and I chose my favorite, although it seems to have come out a bit stubby.

The finished project came out not too bad for a first time felted (on purpose) project, although it could use a good shave, but I’ll be gosh darned if it doesn’t keep my hands from getting the least bit burned though!

I guess I’ll have to keep my fingers crossed until Mother’s Day for the basement. One can hope…

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I’ve finally been able to hold onto a few cowls that I’ve knitted over the past few months. usually I’ve knitted them, received compliments on them and then given them away to the flatterers.

This first one was a really quick knit I read about here the pattern is Schmatta and it’s so warm & toasty. I finished it off with some white mis-matched vintage buttons from my button bowl given to me by a dear friend (thanks Tracy!).

This is me goofing around trying to get a shot of me in the cowl but not very successfully!

I really need to wait til there is another photographer in the house besides the dog & lizard.

Next up: The Crofter’s Cowl, my first journey into lace – oooo, ahhhh. I know! wow, and my first chart – golly so much all at once, but it was for beginners and I highly recommend this pattern by Gudrun Johnston, easy peasy.

I’m just a bit disappointed that the color way of this Kitchensink Dyeworks yarn didn’t really show through, it’s brighter in person. I guess I’l have to promise more photos.

I did a bit of Valentine’s knitting for the Monkey’s too. They each received a heart knitted from a pattern as unique as themselves.

Crafter Monkey received the red heart the pattern from HERE. Quick and easy, I knitted two and stuffed it with extra yarn from the skein.

Wee Monkey received the purple heart the pattern from HERE. Another easy pattern, I made two and stuffed it.

Monkey Boy was thrilled with the multicolored green heart – (he should be, it was a much fussier pattern than I expected) but then he is worth it! You can find the pattern HERE.

As I created each of theses hearts the days and hours before St. Valentines Day it truly made me reflect on the individuality of each of my Monkeys and how each pattern and the yarn I chose really embodied their personalities so much.

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Just because there has been lack of blogging in the past two months does not mean there has been lack of knitting. We have been pining away for snow in Western New York, yeah, I know, for most of you that read this not from around here you think Buffalo = Snow. But we have had maybe two sledding days all season. Extremely insufficient and not a good snow shoeing day yet either.

This has been good news for the Mama who has been a bit behind on the Monkey sweater front. Cold nights and hot tea have been conducive for cuddling with Monkeys, wool, good books & movies.

Monkey Boy was a bit reluctant to try on his sweater in progress, due to knitting needles still attached and then because I reached for the only other thing I could think of to help hold the pieces in place = clothes pins! Hey, they worked!

His sweater pattern is based on this one but it is heavily modified. I started it in the round from the bottom up because I hate to seam! I’m using wool yarns I’ve picked up from some local fiber festivals over the past two years that are from regional farms that were giving me very close gauges AND of course were to Monkey Boy’s tastes. Green and stripes rank extremely high on his list of requirements.

Modeling for Mama to take measurements and pictures: Not so much!

No Monkeys were harmed in this photo shoot (they rewarded with chocolate!)

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Just a few pictures from the last couple of fiber get together’s with wonderful like-minded women…..

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We sit, we knit, we chat, we drink (caffeine or otherwise) we wish we had more time to do this more often, without crazy Monkeys niggling us for things like snacks, help with bathroom issues, zipping up jackets, refereeing, finding the green crayon, etc.

So I took the plunge last month and started a local area Fiber Lovers group! Yep! I invited everybody I could think of, plastered the town/county with fliers and was pleasantly surprised when sixteen women joined me at the local coffee shop to crochet, knit, quilt, spin, and chat! There are even a few weavers in the mix, but alas looms don’t generally transport very easily. I was thrilled with the warm response and am anxiously awaiting our future gatherings!

Our next gathering is Sunday, January 8th at 6:00pm at T.F. Brown’s restaurant in Batavia, NY! Join us!! Bring lots of fiber friends!

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So before you ask, yes, there’s been knitting going on, lot’s and lot’s of it! Some stalled in various stages and some off the needles like this shawlette.

I’ve just really been procrastinating weaving in all the ends. I love to knit stripes…. It just leaves too many ends to weave in! UG! But the Wee Monkey has already claimed this as her own, so sorry to anyone who had their eye on it. And no, I did not use a pattern, I just made it up as I went along, I love how the ruffle turned out at the end, don’t you? I promise to get pics of the WM with it on!

Nearly finished with my cabled vest, just in time too because we got our killing frost a couple of nights ago and it really is getting cooler, no more leaving the house without a coat kinda weather!

This will be so toasty when I get it done, and the pattern worked so well for me to be able to try it on as you can see to make sure I was on target for the correct torso length. Many thanks to the Crafter Monkey for taking the pictures.

This is the Crafter Monkey’s sweater, we dyed the yarn together this summer and I’ve been slowly working on it before I pass out at night, but it’s been a-lot of stockinette – Boring!! But easy to watch movies to. She wanted it to be bigger ’cause that’s the way she likes her outer wear, so she’ll definitely have it for a long time!

This is the beginning of the front of the sweater, after I completed the back I figured the front will go a bit quicker, especially since I’ve gotten hooked on watching Dr.Who streaming online. I’m still on season one so the way I figure it, I’ll have plenty of knitting entertainment stocked up for the winter. Thanks Doctor!

Now I have to spend some time with the Monkey Boy and Ravelry to choose a pattern for his sweater, now this ought to be fun…..

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My Mom and I ventured forth again this year and were Not disappointed by the glorious selection of vendors and wares.

A Shawn the Sheep Spotting! I was actually amazed how few people (especially children) did not know who Shawn was. Ug! Be still my fiber lovin' heart.

Part of the fun at a Fiber Fest is checking out what everyone is wearing! Most people there are wearing something they created. The couple we were sitting next to was a bit shy, but I just had to snap this picture.

Check out both sweaters in this photo! Toasty and colorful.

Fiber punching with Judy!, Kinda like rug hooking, but on a much tinier scale.

Always cute to see a Llama out for a stroll. Some times the young girl was taking her for a walk and a few paces later it was the just the opposite. A.Dor.A.Ble.

These curly beauties really wanted to come home with me, Yep! they really told me so! Usually when we get home, everyone asks 'What did you bring me?' But after a Fiber Fest... they are afraid I brought them yarn! But I really thought the goats would fit in Mom's truck and would help with Dad's shrubbery reduction plan in the back forty.

More to report in Part 2……

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