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Myrna Mouse Goes to Dublin

Well, I did it. I finally made a toy and I am in LOVE with her. She traveled with me to visit family in Dublin and she’s hoping to go again in March. She was a pattern from Little Cotton Rabbits and I am sure I’ll be making her some cousins.

This project was part of Christmas in July at a local LYS called Sheep Thrills. The yarn and details are all here on my Ravelry project page.

Now for some pictures….

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Well Dressed Whiskey

We were headed to a grown-up’s birthday party, with whiskey in mind for our gift, but wanted to wrap it in a unique way. Found the Cable Knit Wine Cover and Scottish whiskey needs a sweater, in my opinion.

The first try was an off-white one from Cascade 220 “Superwash” which felted. I like to wash a gift before I give it so I know it will hold up and just to make sure it’s clean and all of that. I think this company may have changed hands or something. I love the yarn feel and colors, but the Cascade 200 Superwash ALWAYS felts on me over the last few years and it’s WAY thinner now. So I won’t be buying anymore of that.

Knit Whiskey Sweater

Second try was Red-Heart Super Saver in gold, which was fine because it actually matched the black and gold bottle. he liked it, so all was good.

As far as the felted one goes – I may use it for an eye glass case. THAT’S HOW SMALL IT BECAME!

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Back home, safe and sound

I’m home from my recent trip north to visit my sister and her family. We had a nice time making paper craft tags and packaging for my Etsy shop. My sister is VERY good at things like this, so I was very grateful for the help. My ideas flourish in fluffy fibers, while her’s do so in paper, paint and do-dads.

I also had a lot of time for knitting, so I made another Autumn Leaves Baby Sweater in Mary Maxim DK….

The Heart on a String Cowl in Dream in Color Classy….

and a slouch hat that my sister wanted.

We went out for a day to Carlo’s Bakery in Ridgewood, NJ (I am a big fan of the show) and we met Marissa (a previous winner of the Next Great Baker) and she was nice enough to pose for a photo.

And we ate and sipped delicious things…

After having some scrumptious treats at Carlos Bakery, we stopped at the LYS Close Knit where I found a skein of yarn that seemed Halloween in flavor so I could make myself something for the season. I’m leaning toward a lacy scarf. Maybe I could wear whatever I make while having a pumpkin spiced latte.

On the last day – this bear walked through the yard after having a snack on the side of the house in the trash cans. Now, people keep telling me their bears are bigger. For you one-uppers, I say this, “It’s not the size of the bear – It’s the mood he’s in.”

Oh, and speaking of pumpkin spice lattes, I made so many while I was up there. Well, that’s what Aunts do – right? Become a personal Starbucks barista for her lovely nieces, their boyfriends and a few visiting friends. No matter how many I made at each brew, I managed to score one for myself.

Here is how I make pumpkin spiced lattes in the coffee maker:

  • Measure your coffee and water as usual
  • Add a 1/2 tsp of ‘pumpkin pie spice’ for every scoop of coffee you’re making
  • Brew
  • Add a touch of milk and your sweetener of choice
  • Top with Ready Whip (my favorite)
  • Sprinkle on top with the spice again.

Mine looks like this, but you could get quite fancy in your delivery:

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WHO has a new Kindle Cover?

Well, I almost do. I was working on a Kindle cover pattern test for someone, and once I completed that, I thought if I changed it a little, it might suit me better. Ripping down to the provisional cast on of 1 row, I started to just do a plain SS with a plan to insert a cute little owl from this sweet sweater pattern. I am loving it. He’s got some glass beads for eyes and the yarn is the ever-so-scrumptous Malabrigo Rios in Pimavera. This yarn has a lot of bang for the buck.

Kindle Fire with an owl
Kindle Fire with an owl