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Knit or Die


Knit or Die, originally uploaded by babaknit.

This is my favorite Christmas present this year! Bob made this for me! He is so talented and artistic!


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Down Time

I haven’t been knitting or blogging for several weeks now because of pain in my wrist/arm/shoulder. I wanted to get on today to post pictures of our kool-aide dyeing project, but with the new dashboard everything is screwed up. My graphics are overlapping in some places and cut off in other places. I wanted to have a lot of nice pictures, but the process to insert pictures has changed and dang if I can find any instructions. I’m very disappointed in this whole “upgrade”.  Can someone help me?

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I had planned to write while I was on vacation and I uploaded these photo’s before I left. Now I am back and I never wrote a thing! These are the two hats for charity that I finished before I left. The first is the Helix Striped Hat by Joan L. Hamer. It’s from the knitting pattern a day calendar. I made it with scraps of Vanna’s choice. It is sized for a child.

If I had to think of the perfect cap in terms of the actual knitting, it would contain no ribbing, no purling, no sewing up, and no gazillion yarn ends to darn in. This cap eliminates all of these and looks great to boot.” From the pattern.

And it was all that! A fun hat to make.


This one is the Easy Roll Brim Knit Hat by Laurie Perry. I made this with a chunky purpley-blue yarn I got at the thrift store. Fun, fast and easy.


The pattern is available for free from Crazy Aunt Purl.


This one fits an adult. I have some vacation pictures on my flickr to share.

more to come……

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Hat and Hat


Smore’s at the campfire! What could be better! And a nice warm hat to wear. I made Alaina the Urban Urchin by Marnie Ann Joyce . I found the pattern on the Stitch n Bitch Page-a-Day Calendar. You can also buy the pattern at Curlypurly’s website for $7.50. It makes a cool hat that fits everybody!

I used 1 skein of Lion Brand’s White Frost wool-ease and size 8 needles.


Bob got a new hat too! I used Bernat Camouflage in the Outback color and size 7 and 5 needles. (I always use smaller needles… I knit loose) This is the Samara’s Hat by Jen Showalter. I found the pattern through Ravelry and it is free here. Thank you MeanGirl.


Bob is very happy with his hat. It is really big and comfy.


 What is up in that tree?


I am spending more time knitting and cataloging old photos and less time blogging. Just a phase I think.

I had to search through the stashes on Ravelry to find someone with the white wool-ease I needed to finish Bob’s Piano Scarf. It is in the mail to me now. Who would have thought that Lion Brand would discontinue white? Go figure.

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The Vinter Lue was fun to make and fit my son Michael just right. I used the pattern from Knitty (see link on sidebar) with just one adjustment. It called for size 8 needles and I used 10.5 throughout. I don’t know if this was a mistake in the pattern, but so many people on Ravelry were saying the hat turned out too small, I checked my gauge very carefully.  It has been weather-tested in the hills of Tennessee and said to be very warm indeed.


I used Alafoss Lopi yarn in Forest Green and Ecru Heather. The yarn was fun to work with and knit up very fast. I love working with good wool. It blocks up so easily and dries so quickly. You can see other pictures of it on my Flickr account. This project gets 5 stars all around!

I am having a time locating the white Wool-ease to finish the Keyboard Scarf, so it is still on hold… poor Bob!

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Vinter Lue in Progress


I am making the Vinter Lue hat by Theresa Vinson Stenersen. The pattern is free on Knitty. I am almost finished here. I still have to do the front and back trim and the earflap ties. Then I am going to block it. More pictures to come. This hat is for Michael and he will be here Tuesday, so my goal is to get it done by then.

I had to put the Piano Scarf on hold because I ran out of white Wool-ease and I couldn’t find it at Joanns or Michaels. I had to order it online and am waiting for the mailman to bring it. It’s true that crochet takes more yarn then knitting.

 I will post the final hat pictures and all the details when it is done.

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Poor Bob has been waiting a long time for this scarf. It always seems to get pushed to the back of the line. But now that Christmas is over, I have vowed to concentrate on Bob’s Piano Keyboard Scarf. Here you see it before I put the chain on…. one octave complete!


I started this scarf probably more then a year ago. I found the chart and knitting instructions online and started knitting away in stockinette. I wasn’t as wise as I am now, and didn’t realize that without a border this puppy was gonna roll…….


and roll, and roll! I also didn’t like the way the back looked. I got very discouraged and put it away for a while. I thought about lining the back with fabric, but nothing appealed to me. When I finally decided to get this project out and get it finished, I sat down and searched the internet again to see what other people had done. I found a double-knit scarf, but I wasn’t up to that. I did a potholder double-knit once and that was enough for me. I looks very pretty though.


Then I found this crochet version on Cats-Rockin-Crochet blog. It was just what I was looking for. Here is how far I have gotten. I am very happy with it. Bob’s scarf is well on it’s way!

Two Octaves Done!!!


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