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  • Again and again and again

    For Beth: And again: I love the subtle striping. It's narrower than I expected, but blocking will take care of that. I'm not sure how much I want to block, probably just enough to make the pattern read. It's plenty big already, so no need to be...
    02-06-2007, 8:29 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • I am humbled

    Your support was truly overwhelming and totally unexpected. The whole thing took me by surprise. Just to clear up a few things: I did read about the group back when and saw that several non-snark posts were unlocked. These tended to be "praise"...
    02-05-2007, 4:38 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • February Resurrection

    It felt really good to pick up Norwegian Hat after 9 months and finish it! Actually, re-start and finish it, if you want to get technical... and actually, if we're getting technical, it is technically done, but may possibly be re-finished to fix the fit....
    02-01-2007, 9:09 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • for the birds

    Sunday we got a dusting of snow. We saw a couple of birds playing in the bushes, with one trying to fly into our (closed) window. Silly bird. When we left to visit Gram, our front porch looked like this: It's like one of those crazy diagrams teaching...
    01-31-2007, 9:22 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • the lining

    I've been wearing Norwegian Hat for a week and still haven't decided if I'm going to redo the lining. It's a little tighter than I'd like, but it sure is warm and all sewn up and stuff. I know I'll feel marginally better about the fit if I re-did the...
    01-30-2007, 6:01 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Outie?

    It's hard to tell my size from this outfit: Don't mind the dorky smile. Scott says, "Smile" and silly me, I smile. Man, my hair is getting long. I look really round from here, hunh: And I was worried she didn't have enough room in there. Seriously....
    01-24-2007, 8:48 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Yum yum

    Norwegian hat is done! For now. I'm not 100% sure on the lining, but I figure I'll wear it for a while and see how I feel. (I do like wearing it.) Photos when I can combine Scott, sunlight and me with hat. I want to do a post but I'm not feeling...
    01-23-2007, 6:28 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • think think think think think

    After several attempts and Pooh bear style thinking, I finally got a crown that works and that I like: stretched over a CD case Onto the lining!...
    01-18-2007, 10:31 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • the knittings gods speak

    Today would have been the perfect day to wear either pair of socks. This winter has been so mild that hand knit socks just haven't been in my head. On autopilot, I sailed out of the house in the usual black cotton socks. And my feet were COLD. Twenty...
    01-17-2007, 4:42 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • 2 Pair

    Da-Dum. Da-Dum. Da-Dum Da-Dum Da-Dum Da-Dum Da-Duuuuuuuuuuummmmm... Pink PantherStarted: 5/26/06Finished: 1/13/07Pattern: basic toe up with short row heelYarn: Kona superwash dyed as knit blanksNeedles: #3Notes: Let's not talk about...
    01-16-2007, 6:29 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Bluuuuuuuue

    Before I forget You may have heard by now, Mini is organizing hat knitting for Children's Hospital Boston: "There seems to be a ward of 10-16 year olds who are undergoing radiation and chemo for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses who need...
    01-12-2007, 8:34 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Carder 'sperimentin'

    A few weeks ago, while organizing and trying to reduce the piles of fiber in the dining room (I call it that out of convention, but really, it's "the open space adjoining the living room where my wheel and current 'want to spin' bags of fiber sit" ......
    01-09-2007, 9:26 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Welcome to the podcast generation, baybee!

    Happy Friday! These 2 day work weeks are the worst, aren't they? I'm pooped. Scott got me a video iPod for New Year's: Welcome to the podcast generation, baybee! I've been wanting something like this for a couple of years, but have been waiting for...
    01-05-2007, 5:16 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!!! I don't even know where to start. What's up with BSG being on break until late January??? Just kidding. (Though, seriously, what up??? I am not as happy with this season as last, but I'm seriously addicted. Seriously.) I just got...
    01-04-2007, 8:06 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • WW!!

    New Year's came early! (My family celebrates New Year's, not Christmas.) I saw a great deal on a barely used Ashford Joy Woolee Winder and jumped at the opportunity. It arrived quickly! Of course I had to spin something up. First I finished...
    12-20-2006, 9:28 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Guernsey Dress

    Thanks for the nice comments on the handspun scarf! If you do end up knitting one yourself, do send me a photo or link, I'd love to see your version. I have not been much of a blogger lately. I have plenty of stuff to talk about: dyeing, spinning, new...
    12-19-2006, 6:02 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Handspun Scarf

    I put a rush on starting and finishing this scarf so I could post the pattern: And the flip side for the colors: Handspun ScarfStarted: 12/10/06Finished: 12/13/06Pattern: my own, link belowYarn: 195 yards handspun 2-ply Finn in Strawberry FieldsNeedles:...
    12-14-2006, 5:34 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • In Reverse

    Ironically, the winner of the contest voted girl because she was using reverse logic because she really thought it was a boy. I think. :) TextileJunkie Michelle guessed: uh boy, but I'm another one that has been 0-3 on my own, so if I'm saying boy that...
    12-09-2006, 3:36 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Purl, Purl

    What a fun contest! I enjoyed reading the entries, from pure guesses, intuition and wishful thinking, to logic, half-logic, and half-baked-logic -- I loved them all! When I was a kid in Toronto there was a jump rope song we sang; I don't...
    12-07-2006, 9:13 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Girl or Boy???

    Tomorrow is our ultrasound. Can't wait! For kicks, let's have a little contest. Let me know if you think it's a girl or a boy. I'll draw a winner randomly from those that are right! Prize will be 4 oz superwash merino in my Sunfires colorway if...
    12-05-2006, 10:32 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • More Progress

    Buttons: Check! The Project is buttoned, washed and laying flat to dry. Yay! I'm really happy with how it came out. More work than expected, and a bit fiddly, but definitely worth the effort. Look how cute: Please dry soon! And, Pink Panther sock...
    12-04-2006, 10:04 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Memorial Weekend

    I loved reading your comments when I got home, it was a gift and I thank you. The weekend was not what I expected, and then it was. There was no reminiscing, as we, as a growing family, have not figured out how to have group adult conversation time when...
    11-30-2006, 10:13 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Struggling with words

    Do you ever have that feeling, after a prolonged blog break, that feeling of not knowing what you have to say that's so important that you need to write it down and share it with the world? I do. Not that any of this is so important. But lately I've...
    11-24-2006, 8:12 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Crosspatch Creations

    At The Gathering I started spinning the Crosspatch Creations batt I bought at Rhinebeck. Such joy! I tore strips off the batt, attenuated just a bit to get the fibers moving, and then went at it. From the outside, the batts look light colored, with hints...
    11-21-2006, 6:48 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Progress

    The project is going swimmingly well. I was able to get past the last hurdles thanks to your suggestions and advice. The stitches and pattern are a bit fiddly, not my usual speed, but the results are lovely: as of mid-last week Look at that texture!...
    11-20-2006, 7:43 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
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