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I knit, spin, crochet, bead, work full time and am the mother of two sons and two demon cats.
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The Exleftcoastgirl Returns from Her Hiatus

Posted on December 30, 2009 at 7:00pm 3 Comments

Well hello everyone. I wish you all a belated Merry Christmas! I took part in a "Secret Santa" gift exchange at one of the high schools. My giftee received a hand-knitted scarf in her favorite color. She also happened to be my Secret Santa, and ended giving me a bag of unskirted Albaca fiber to spin. The person who sold it to her said I should wash it. I peeked in the bag, and I agree. It does need to be washed. Considering the bits and pieces of you-know-what that are in the bag, the fleece… Continue

She's Baaaaack!

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 5:49pm 1 Comment

Well, it has been very busy over here in Midwest-land. Strange weather. It's winter, it's spring, it's winter. Now it looks like spring, but with the temperatures of winter. Yesterday morning we had snow. Big snow flakes. The students marveled at the size of the snow flakes. "Mrs. Ex," they exclaimed, "the snowflakes are the size of marbles!" It was a little slippery, too, as evidenced by the traffice accident that occurred right outside of school. I never found out what happened, but there… Continue

So, how do YOU relax?

Posted on February 15, 2009 at 9:30pm 1 Comment

I worked my rear-end off last week. Stayed at school Thursday night until 8:45 p.m., stayed up working at home until 11:00, got to school Friday morning before 7:00 a.m., helped set up 45 laptops in the Media Center (had to remove them and their batteries from carts, take them to tables, turn them on, etc.), and put the finishing touches on my presentation for Friday morning's Professional Development day before 8:00 a.m., for which I didn't get paid. Ahhh, welcome to the public… Continue

Midwest Weather is Strange

Posted on February 13, 2009 at 6:00pm 5 Comments

Last week it was so cold we had "severe weather alerts" for wind chill. This week we had a heat wave - In the 40's! Last night and today it snowed again. *SIGH* This is when I miss Los Angeles. I miss knowing what to expect weather-wise.

On the knitting front, I've not made much progress on my shawl. I've been sick, so I come home from work, fall asleep, skip dinner, wake up at 11:00 p.m., eat a PopTart, then go to bed. And repeat the next day. The head cold has morphed into some… Continue

The Snow is Melting - Slowly

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 2:03pm 3 Comments

Last week was soooo cold. How cold was it, you ask? It was below freezing! And the wind chill factor brought the temperature below zero! Yikes. So I am knitting....a shawl. It's a pattern I bought from Susan's Spinning Bunny (I think that's the name). The patterns is named: Faroese Shawlette, and it's very simple. All you need is a pretty yarn, and you let the yarn do the work >^_^< This is the second one I'm knitting. I knit the first for a friend. I used a merino/bamboo blend in a black… Continue

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At 7:00pm on March 1, 2009, Susan the Blue Lake Knitter said…
Thanks for the complements... I'm not sure how well deserved they are... I'm still learning and that isn't easy.
I'm a little south of you, so are temps may be a bit warmer right now... but all of that can change tomorrow.
Of course, I'm not dealing with a sick child and having to work everyday, so my life if pretty much easy to take. Hope all goes well. Happy Knitting.
At 6:50pm on February 15, 2009, Susan the Blue Lake Knitter said…
You are very welcomed! Many of the sites I order from with have a box to click that says "continue shopping" or something like that. KP doesn't have that option.

Never worry about me staying warm. My DH is ususally freezing and turning up the heat, and I turn it down. Can't take anything much above 68 degrees. And if I do get cold - nearly never - I have plenty of knitted/crocheted/quilted throws in every room of the house.
Thanks for thinking about me :))
At 6:01pm on February 15, 2009, Susan the Blue Lake Knitter said…
KP is not short sighted, they just don't tell you that after you update your cart you can click on the yarn tab, select something else and add that. That is what I do. It takes me several days to place an order because I change my mind so much.

Glad my weather story tickled you. Even though we were enjoying the lack of sub freezing temps, we also had some rain and possible high water to deal with. Luckily the rain stopped, things cooled off to the 40's and all is well again. Spring can't be too far away. That little ground hog is only right about 30% of the time from what I understand.
At 11:32pm on February 13, 2009, Peggy Stuart said…
I got flowers from my DH, and I bought my own book at 40% off! --Peggy
At 8:10pm on February 11, 2009, Peggy Stuart said…
I got the idea for the balloon from my friend Rob. He's made a lot of hats! --Peggy
At 3:14pm on February 11, 2009, Peggy Stuart said…
I hope I don't ever have to decide. But I will when the DH stops working. :-{ Then my SS check will have to go for food. [Sigh!]
It's nice I can listen to a nice audiobook while knitting! --Peggy
At 1:33pm on February 11, 2009, Peggy Stuart said…
That's the problem with the website. They have so much good stuff. A knitting book is just the thing to look at in bed just before turning out the lights. --Peggy
At 4:25pm on February 10, 2009, Susan the Blue Lake Knitter said…
That is very pretty. I heard something about a faroese shawl the other day and wondered what they looked like. If it's garter stitch, it is usually the kind of knitting you can do without a lot of concentration. Sometimes I love those. Just knit, knit, knit...

Thanks for the info.
At 2:20pm on February 10, 2009, Peggy Stuart said…
Have you checked the book out on the KP website (the store part)? If you click on the little box below, you can see a selection of projects from the book. I really like that feature! --Peggy
At 8:11pm on February 9, 2009, Susan the Blue Lake Knitter said…
Glad you liked my entrelac. Look for more in the near future, as I started another vest tonight. My neighbor acted as a model for me to be sure the size looked right - I'm a little too large to be a determining factor for something like that. And she like the vest so much, that my DH asked me to knit her one, too.

As far as making garments, it helps if you can measure your "victim" ahead of time and take measurements as different parts of the garment come together. Most patterns have several sizes that are pretty close to right, as has been my experience.

I'd like to know where you got your pattern for the Farose Shawl? I'd like to see it.

Happy Knitting.


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