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Eternal Sunshine

My crocheted Red Scarf is done and, you know what?  I like it!  Trust me, I would never send a scarf off to OFA unless it was something I’d wear myself.

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Yarn: Cascade Ecological Wool
Hook: K (6.5mm)
Pattern: Work a 155-stitch chain foundation. Working back and forth lengthwise, sc in the back loop only until it’s wide enough.
Ravelry: Link to project page.

I soaked it in some Eucalan and then blocked it out to the finished measurements of 7″ x 70″

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The stitch pattern reminds me of The Corrugator scarf.

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I just need to make a tag, attach a fast-food gift card, and send it on it’s way. yay!

It’s been bitterly cold here the last few days. So cold, in fact, that my daughter actually asked if I had some mittens she could wear while driving to school.

More than two years ago, I made a pair of Mitered Mittens from yarn I dyed with tumeric. In September 2007, I blogged that they just needed the ends woven in. Guess what? December 2009 and I still hadn’t woven in the ends. They’ve been sitting on a corner of my desk FOR.TWO.YEARS!

Well, the ends are woven in now.  But when I turned the mittens inside out, I discovered that tumeric is not light fast.  :(

Here’s a post showing what the yarn looked like after it was dyed.

And here’s a post with a photo of the in-progress mitten.

Here’s what the mittens look like now:

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Aaah, the power of the sun.

Time To Call In A Professional

After evaluating the state of my WIPs, I decided to join Shannon‘s NaKniSweMo KAL (link to Ravelry).  But first, I’m determined to finish my Sabine sweater which only needs one more sleeve and then a blocking prayer.

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I wasn’t really sure what to knit for NaKniSweMo, but Cheryl’s new cardigan planted a seed.  I really want to use stash yarn, though, but couldn’t find anything suitable.

Until . . .

I dug deep into the recesses of the craft room closet and found this . . . .

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Sorry, I should have told you to shield your eyes.

What is it? It’s a full hank of Mountain Colors Weaver’s Wool in an eye searing green. The yarn is great, the color . . . well . . . not so much.  So I called in a professional.

I took Anne’s advice and first dyed the skein dark green with some Cushing dye.  Then I overdyed it with chestnut brown Jacquard dye.  The result?

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Awesome.  It’s a great color with lots of depth from the lowlights and the highlights.
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Now that’s change you really can believe in.

Election Stew

Presidential elections in Utah generally come and go without much fanfare.  I mean, it’s never really a mystery which candidate will win.  And in years, like this one, where there is no Senate race, we rarely see even a single commercial for a national candidate on TV.

So, when my Spunky Club offering arrived in the mail, it qualified as the first and only mailing I received this year about a national election.
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It also served as a reminder that I should vote early.

So I did.

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Coincidentally, the same day I received a request from a friend to knit her something election-related.

So I did.

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Specs on my Ravelry project page.

And right now, I’m cooking up a little election stew.

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The results of this dyeing experiment will be tabulated this weekend and announced on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

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