Here in the Midwest Autumn is definitely here. This is a great time, after a bit of an absence, to post a bit of an update.

First off, the green sweater for Angel that I finally finished up a couple of weeks ago.

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YARN: three (I think) 3.5 oz skeins “Bernat Softee Chunky”:http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=softeechunky&SPP=999 – Myrtle Green color
PATTERN: “Katia Florida Summer Top”:http://secure.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=16024
NEEDLES: 10 1/2 US – Straight Susan Bates Silver and Denise’s
NOTES: This yarn is a bit bulky for a summer sweater. This is the first sweater I started, though it’s not the first I finished. I magic looped the neck and arm bands. I did it in a size I thought would fit me – but it’s a bit too snug – thought it’s not uncomfortable, the pattern gets ‘holey’ on me. It fits Angel fine when she wears it over a long sleeve shirt. I think it would look better in a lighter colored yarn with better stitch definition.

Here is my first foray into Entrelac.

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A single “Fetching”:http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTfetching.html fingerless mitt that came out a bit small and is still in need of a partner. I left off the picot around the fingers and did a ribbing instead. It was done on size 5 US needles, magic loop, with jojoland rhythm wool yarn (The same yarn as used in the entrelac trial above).

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Some more recent cabled fingerless mitts in some of my hand-dyed superwash yarn.

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YARN: one 50gram skein Hand-dyed (by me) 100% Superwash worsted weight wool in a pink/red/purple colorway that I might just name _’Red and Purple Hearts’_ (It didn’t look so great on the hank, or in a ball, but I really like how it turned out knit up.)
PATTERN: “Irish Hiking Wrist Warmers”:http://irishhikingknitalong.blogspot.com/2004/12/wrist-warmer-pattern-modifications.html
NEEDLES: US 7 magic loop on Denise’s
NOTES: I changed these into the round for just 2 repeats, and then switched to back and forth for 1 repeat plus 5 rows for the thumb hole, and then joined in the round again for the 8 rows of 1×1 ribbing.

Here is a child’s hat that I was trying out for “Caps for a Cure”:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/capsforacure/ in an adult size and decided to send to my “KnittinParents”:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/knittingparents secret pal for the ‘Knit something from one skein’ exchange.

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YARN: 1 skein “KnitPicks Andean Silk”:http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/itemid_5420126/yarn_display in the color Cranberry.
PATTERN: “Star of the Day Hat”:http://ma2ut.blogspot.com/2006/05/star-of-day-hat.html
NEEDLES: size 7 US (child’s size calls for size 5 US which would’ve been 3 or 4 with my gauge)
NOTES: This is a child’s hat pattern, that I upped the needle size on and it worked great to convert it to an adult size.

And here is the gift my pal sent me – Thanks Roxy! My little girls keep “borrowing” it – the handles fit their wrists like bracelets and they love it!

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While watching “Grey’s Anatomy”: last night I tried out some modular knitting.

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YARN: peaches & cream 100% cotton
PATTERN: coaster from “DIY’s Knitty Gritty”:http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_4989552,00.html by guest Iris Schreier, author of “Modular Knits”:http://www.amazon.com/Modular-Knits-Techniques-Todays-Knitters/dp/1579906494/sr=8-1/qid=1160832535/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-3690234-1107903?ie=UTF8
NEEDLES: Denise size 7′s
NOTES: Quick, easy and fun!

And finally, a LONG OVERDUE photo. I looked through the archives the other day when “Debbie”:http://sternski.com/debbie was asking me where a photo was of Angel’s Blue Ribbon Fair entry and I couldn’t believe I’d never posted it! So here it is:

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