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Another busy week! The mittens are done:

I adapted the pattern Mitones Iveños from Andean Folk Knits by Marcia Lewandowski. I changed the tip by using the round-toe decreases, because the thumb ended up in an awkward place. I dont know if I misread the pattern, but the thumbs stuck out at the sides instead of being on the side of the palm. The matched decreases caused the mitten to twist when worn. Rather than frog the mitten back to the top of The cuff and reknitting with the thumb placed further over, I just took out the top inch or so and did six evenly spaced dec's on each rnd until I had six sts left. Then I ran the yarn through the sts and fastened it off. This made the pattern rotate  to a slightly different position, but the mittens are comfortable to wear. I blocked them using the leg part of my large sock blockers.

The yarn was Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted  in Coal, Cloud, Cranberry and Semolina. It was nice to work with. I used the two-circular-needle method. Friday evening we took the annual long drive to Pleasant Grove for the NOC Assistants reunion. This group is made up of the volunteers who worked for the German National Olympic Committee during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Here are the members of the group who attended this year:

During the Olympics, we worked in the Olympic Village, running errands for and driving the Committee Members. Those of us who had spouses brought them to the party. The party was fun. The "Prayer Cardigan" for my DBIL is almost done. I've sewn up the sides, underarms and pockets, and am ready to start on the front bands. I'll be able to give it to him for Christmas.

If you missed the story behind this project, the sweater was started by my DSIL, who passed away a year ago in October. Before she died, she asked me to finish it for her. She had the back done and the ribbing of both fronts started. In the project bag was some of the bottle green yarn, but not enough to finish it. She thought she had more yarn somewhere. When DBIL couldn't find the yarn, I started looking for a substitute to use for the sleeves, thinking it would look OK if the sleeves were a different color. I found some black Aran yarn and ordered enough to make the sleeves. Then DBIL found the rest of the yarn when he was going through things. The pattern is in "Galway Heather Family Cardigans" by Lyric (Pattern Services) Ltd. and the yarn was purchased on the island of Inish Mor, Ireland. I had made the same sweater several years before for myself. It's the blue cardigan in my photos here: Daphne's book was shipped by Apple a couple of days ago, so it should reach Temple, TX, in plenty of time for Christmas. She is going there with her parents to visit the other grandparents. We will have to Skype. The book was fun to make. I put it together using my MacBook in the Projects function in iPhoto, then sent it to Apple over the Internet to be printed. Here's a photo of the intended recipient. My, she's growing up!

She's looking forward to the arrival of her new baby brother in April. Also of interest during this past week:.

Thanks to The Smithsonian
Plans for this week: housecleaning and cooking for the holidays. If there's time, I'll put the binding on the Daisy
Chain quilt.


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What's on my needles: Finishing the button and buttonhole bands on the Prayer Cardi.
What's on my iPad: Mostly Christmas music.
What's my app of the week: The Walmart, Target and Amazon apps, for Christmas shopping.
What's in my wine glass: Jacob's Creek Merlot 2010.

Note: This blog post was produced entirely on the iPad.  No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for or cleaned.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 18, 2011 at 2:10pm
Since I had my thumbs fixed, no problem. My fingers are stiff, but they don't hurt or cramp. My toes cramp, though.
Comment by angelkarhu on December 18, 2011 at 6:50am
Aching joints is why I can only knit a little at a time. My fingers start cramping.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 18, 2011 at 6:11am
Exercising at high elevation is a good workout. Good luck with participating in the race. I'm a little old for running. My joints can't take it. I woke up aching this morning, and all, I did was clean house!
Comment by angelkarhu on December 17, 2011 at 10:49pm
Its easier for you to go snowshoeing. We gotta drive for an hour and a half first. I'd love to get the mail in snowshoes as its at bottom of hill. Occassionally we get dumped with the white stuff and then our neighbor slaps on the skis and the kids strap into snowboards or sleds. I just snowshoe around the block but its up and down big hills so quite the workout. I'm trying to acclimate my self into being at higher elevations so I can not come in nearly last for the Susan G Koman snowshoe hike. Maybe next year I'll have enough stamina for the 5K or the run-2013. Its a short run but a very long term goal.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 17, 2011 at 9:38pm
I'm afraid to admit that I forgot the middle name. It's after a family member on the father's side.
Comment by angelkarhu on December 17, 2011 at 7:06pm
Zachary. Does he have a middle name. I always wanted to name a boy Toivo, after my grandfather on my dad's side. Means hope in Finnish, but God decided I'm not having children, unless I adopt.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 17, 2011 at 7:05pm
We've been snowshoeing, too. Great fun, and the pups love it. Eileen (my SIL who passed away last year) made the same cardigan in City Tweed Romance, the same color I got from you. Karen ended up with it. I had the same sweater in blue already. Good work on all those shawls! Impressive!
Comment by angelkarhu on December 17, 2011 at 7:01pm
Nice blog. I'm going to attempt an Aran sweater in 2012 only in red. Has to be red my favorite color. Until the start of new year all 11 shawls are up and posted I'll be working on #14. #12 didnt qualify but is super long about 75". Gotta block #13 and #14 is the advent scarf, which I think is wide enough to qualify as a stole. The 11th is on designers project page! For now I'm beat. 2miles of snowshoeing wares me out. Of course I go off trail crossing creeks and going around bends and all I hear is my fathers voice, Hey where are ya". I love standing amongst the towering trees and just looking straight up. Its amazingly beautifull until ya lose your balance and land bum first.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 13, 2011 at 12:41pm
Too bad the green is so dark. The pattern doesn't show up very well. It was fun to do, though. Button band is done and I'm working on the buttonhole band.
Comment by Janice Aitkens on December 13, 2011 at 1:58am

Lovely mittens & Cardigan i love Aran anyway

Thanks for your blog

Hugs Janice

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