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Archive for July, 2010

goodbye old purse

A heads up to all readers interested in only knitting.  This is not the post for you.  Today’s post is going to commemorate an old friend, my turtle purse.

I have always rebelled against purses.  If it can’t fit in my pockets I don’t need it, right?  After getting a car and check book and such a purse became necessary.  I have owned 3 purses in my life (well now 4 but more on that later.)  My most recent purse (I have had is for about 4-5yrs) is now being replaced.  Here is a picture of my turtle purse.

The color is accurate in the first photo, but here is a close up of the big turtle and turtle strap:

About 1.5 yrs ago the inside pocket zipper broke on the turtle purse, which is very inconvenient.  So I went through my mom’s fabric stash and found some great fabric for a new purse.  I drew a picture of what I wanted and gave it to my mother to make.  I just got my new purse last week and I LOVE it!

The lining fabric matched perfectly.  There is also a blue floral pocket inside.

Here is a close up of the texture of the outer fabric.

I really really liked the turtle purse and I am sad to see it go, but I also think my newest purse is my best one yet.  It helps that I gave my old purse to my nieces for dress up and I think they will enjoy it too.

Seriously, my mom is the coolest, ever.

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home again

I am back from my WI trip and I have quite a few things to share, but I will start with the cowls for my grandmothers.

I gave this cowl to my grandma and the next day she was wearing it (I take that as a good sign.)  I told her I was going to put her picture on the internet, she didn’t look enthusiastic about the idea but didn’t tell me I couldn’t.

I love that you can see her knitting in her lap.

Later we were both knitting together and I had my mom take  a picture.

I gave my other grandmother her cowl and I think she liked it.  She modeled it without my needing to ask, which was great.  For some reason she also seemed to think her picture on the internet was not a good idea, but she did not explicitly tell me not to post it.

I came up with two similar lace patterns for each cowl but gave them away before taking detailed photos.  I have the patterns written up and may post them here for free but I hate knitting things without pics so maybe I’ll have to get a little creative.

I also went yarn shopping, finished some swatching and forgot to take good pictures of my newest top while I was wearing it, but more on all that later.

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blocking

I have finished both cowls for my grandmothers.  This is great, but now I need something to knit in the car for my trip to WI.  I am working on getting my new projects together for traveling.  In the mean time, here is a photo of my latest knits after a bath.

From left to right: Grandma F.’s cowl, Bottoms Up, Grandma R.’s cowl.

I will have more info and better photos soon.

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hostas

I have just finished the summer top I was knitting and really meant to have a photo to show, but I don’t.

I also have been trying to finish up the first hand knitted pair of socks for myself, but that is also a fail.  Instead I got this great idea to knit cowls for both my grandmothers.  I would really like to be done in time to give them in person in the middle of July, but we shall see if that happens.  If not I can show them both the progress while I am visiting Wisconsin.

Also, I put in a couple small garden beds this spring, and…….

my hostas are blooming!

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