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snow-gnome-2.jpgI have been trying to find the right yarn for the Yuletime Gnome by Alan Dart. The pattern calls for Sirdar Country Style DK, which I am sure is easy enough to get in Great Britian, but not so easy to find here in the US. I searched through the projects on Ravelry to see what others had used. It looked like most people had chosen to use a sport weight yarn to substitute. I wasn’t real happy with that so I kept looking. I did a search on Google for DK weight yarn and came up with yarns that were easily available overseas, but had hefty shipping charges involved for US deliveries. So I went back to Ravelry and did a search in the yarns section for DK weight. That’s when I noticed Paton’s  Astra. It is listed as sport, but will knit up to a DK gauge. Then I saw that the Harlot had used it to make mittens. That was a good sign. I went to the Paton website and read about the yarn. It is all acrylic, but that is ok when making toys and Amigurumi. It comes in a ton of colors… a dark, medium and light tan for all skin types! But where was it available? Click, click…. Herrschners, Jo-Anns and Mary Maxim, all online. I think I found my answer! I still needed to feel the yarn. I ran down to the local Jo-Ann’s to see if they had it in the store. They did, but only 4 or 5 colors. I snatched up a couple of skeins of the Electric Blues varigated color. I’ll knit up a little hat real quick and see how it does.

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While I was at Jo-Ann’s I looked around for yarn to use for the gnome’s beard. I found this Jo-Ann exclusive “Expose” eyelash yarn in the sale bin. 2 for $3. I picked up a black and a purple… altho it looks more blue in the photo. And the plus is the yarn has little tiny beads throughout. Don’t gnomes have beads in their beards? Well mine will.

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Camo Hat

At last, something that I can share! Although it is a gift, it is for my three year old nephew and he doesn’t read my blog! The pattern is a mix of several sources. I like the earflaps on this one, they go all the way around the back to keep the neck warm. He will be going to North Carolina for Christmas so he will get good use of this hat.

I got lost in Ravelry most of the weekend. I learned about the British magazine Simply Knitting and the Alan Dart patterns in the magazine. A lot of people on Ravelry had pictures of the gnomes from last years Christmas supplement that they had made. I immediately wanted the pattern because I do so love gnumblies. But it looks like only way I am going to get the pattern is to send off a check to Simply Knitting. There are people on ebay selling it, but for crazy money. I am not that obsessed!

I did go to Barnes and Noble and pick up a copy of the October issue. Seems the British post is having a strike or something, and all the deliveries are late. The October issue had the pattern for a witch by Alan Dart. I have plenty of time to make it for next year. It seems every issue comes with a free gift and the October issue came with a free calander for 2008. Very nice pictures of a project each month and all the instructions are included. I would like to subscribe to the magazine, since it is so hard to get here, but it is 135.oo for a year. Granted it is 13 issues, but that is quite an investment for me. I think I will buy a few more issues if I can find them and see if I really want the mag.

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