Another Country Heard From

That’s what my mom used to say when I was growing up, when one of us had been unusually quiet for quite some time, who suddenly pops up with some sort random outburst, rarely having to do with the immediate conversation.

That being said….hello again!  It is my theory that I was suffering from summer ennui, compounded on not having a whole hell of a lot, fiber-wise, to talk about, having spent the last couple of months helping my husband (and by helping, I mean, suppressing the urge to smack him around a little) pull his new Roman reenactment group together in time for our first event ever:  Old Fort MacArthur Days.

Spindling

So as not to bore you with my utter Rometardedness, the fiber-applicable picture I left large, the rest are thumbnails that you can enbiggen by clicking.

PraetBanner Plotina and ladies Praetorians Gladitors Imperial Pavilion

(Go ahead and click on the gladiator picture, you know you wanna cuz they’re hawt!)

Shiny Soldier

Shiny hubby’s hard work payed off.  We won the Esprit de Corps award!  The highest award this event bestows and a fete that is practically unheard of for a small, first-year group such as ours.

So now that I have my life back, I have been knitting and have the evidence to prove it!

May found me cranking out a couple of Noodle Cozy (Rav link) for my nephews.  The first one was for 10-year-old Michael who needed it for his portrayal of Paul Bunyan in his school play.  So, of course, the minute I gave it to him, his little brother, Joey just had to have one too!

Mikey and his Noodle Cozy zzJoeyhat2

The Red is knit out of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice with the original stitch count and gauge to accommodate all those brains Mikey must be encompassing in that melon of his.  Joey’s is knit out of Lion Brand Wool Ease and finishes off his “radical skater dude” look perfectly!  Dang my brother sure makes some cute kids!

June was a dye fest for the first installment of the Mean Girls Yarn Club: The Mean Girl Strikes Back which was due to ship in July.  (You can find the “big reveal” here)

July had me back to the drawing board working on 4 new designs.  Well, okay, that’s a lie.   1 old design which I am reengineering to be knit in my Dirty Blonde yarn; 1 finished design that I just need to stop dragging my feet on and finish writing up so I can publish it; and 2 more old design that had been sent off to be published in a book, only to have the book deal fall through for the author, returning the licensing of that pattern to me. (psssssssst, this means you may be seeing some new patterns coming your way in the very near future!)

Even with all that going on, I was able to whip out a February Baby Sweater, aka Baby Sweater on Two Needles (rav link) from Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman.

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The entire baby cardi took 1 ball of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.  1 ball!  That’s it!!!!  Granted, Meilena was 3 weeks premature and a petite little thing, so I used a sport weight instead of the DK that is recommended using US size 6 (4.0mm) needles, but she was still swimming in it.

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However, despite the 100+ degree temps, the minute we put it on her for the picture, she stopped fussing, calming right down.  A few seconds later, she was thoroughly engrossed with the daisy buttons, and decided the cardi was good enough to eat!  I believe she has extremely good taste!

3 Responses

  1. You’ve been busy! Love the reenactment pictures. You look so gorgeous. And you are putting me to shame with all the knitting you’ve been doing. Love the FBS.

  2. Oh how cute! The sweater is adorable, made only moreso by the cuteness modeling it!

  3. Hi, this is Jess from Lion Brand. I just wanted to drop by and say that the hats look great. Happy knitting!

    With warm regards,
    Jess H.
    Lion Brand Yarn

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