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Grandma, Knitting, and Mary

Grandma, Knitting, and Mary

The two things I remember most about my grandma are that she had a beautiful devotion to the Rosary and she spent a great deal of time knitting. She probably prayed and knitted at the same time! Her knitting was really a ministry of sorts. She made sweaters, hats, mittens and more all year long, and then donated them to the missions. She gave away most of what she made. How beautiful! I remember asking her once to teach me…

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Advent Yarn Along

Advent Yarn Along

As I looked back in my archives, I discovered that I have not participated in a Yarn Along in well-over two years. You see, I took a break from this little blog, and I am just getting back into it again. It feels good to be back, and I am happy to be part of today’s Yarn Along over at Small Things. I have three knitting projects “in progress” right now, but my focus is on the Beagle Scarf for…

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Finally!!

Finally!!

I started this lace scarf in February 2010. For a friend whose birthday is in May. Three months. Plenty of time. Right? Wrong. Her birthday came and went with no scarf. I had every intention of finishing it sooner, rather than later. But that didn’t happen. Life happened. Other knitting projects happened. And this sweet scarf moved closer and closer to the bottom of my knitting bag. So, after being way too belated for last year’s birthday, I resolved to…

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Yarn Along :: Birthday Poncho

Yarn Along :: Birthday Poncho

I love how in a family with six children, each one of them is so unique, so different, so unlike their other brothers and sisters. My second daughter will be turning 7 at the end of April. She is my child that goes against the grain (in a good way). She marches to the beat of her own drum. She has a carefree spirit about her, yet she is very caring of people—and animals. She loves dogs and horses, especially….

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Mom’s Birthday Gift

Mom’s Birthday Gift

For her December birthday, I presented my mom with a gift certificate for a hand-knitted item of her choice. She chose a neck warmer (or pidge), which is a shorter scarf secured with buttons. I first shared it with you here. I finished it up, and here is the final result: The pattern was free at the yarn shop I frequent. The yarn is Rowan Drift in Sombre. Yes, this birthday gift may be a tad late. However. Even though…

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Yarn Along :: Completed!

Yarn Along :: Completed!

Joining Ginny at Small Things for another Yarn Along … This week, I set out to finish one of my WIPs before starting anything new. And I actually did it! Hooray! =) I finished my prayer shawl. After nearly one year of knitting it on and off … and on and off again. (Here is my 10-week-old son modeling what a cozy prayer shawl this really is!) The pattern is from Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: Back on Blossom Street….

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Yarn Along :: WIPs

Yarn Along :: WIPs

Joining Ginny for another Yarn Along … This definitely has become one of the bright spots in my week! I really appreciate seeing so many different knitting (and crocheting) projects, and my to-read list has grown to be about a mile long, thanks to your fabulous recommendations! This week, I am still working on my mom’s neck warmer. I am almost done with it (about four rows left). But it looks exactly the same as last week, just longer, so…

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XOXOXO

XOXOXO

Just in time for Valentine’s Day. I recently finished up the Milo vest for my 3yo daughter. Why is this particular vest so perfect for the upcoming day of love? Because of the cable option I chose for it. A hugs and kisses—XOXOXO—pattern. Being that my daughter is a girly-girl and that the yarn I used is so very pinky, the XOXOXO cable seemed like the natural choice. (The vest pattern has about five cable options, which is an awesome…

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Yarn Along on a Cold February Day

Yarn Along on a Cold February Day

Real temperature as I post this: -7 degrees! It feels like -18!! (Hence the title =) It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve participated in a Yarn Along, and I’ve missed it! But ever since my son was in the hospital, I just haven’t had a lot of time to knit. He is certainly on the mend, thank God, so I recently was able to finish my Milo vest (pictures here). And I just cast on a brand new project…

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Yarn Along :: Cables

Yarn Along :: Cables

Two weeks ago, I was stumped by the directions of the Milo vest I am knitting for my 3yo daughter. Thanks to all those who offered help! I really appreciated it! I figured it out, and now I am onto the cable part of the pattern. One thing that I really like about this pattern is the variety of cable options. Five, I think! I chose the xoxoxo cable, since it seemed like the most girly and the one that…

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