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What a never-ending day!  Full of fun stuff, of course, but after weeks of sickness, all this activity kind of threw me for a loop.

I did get to take some pictures of what I’m working on…

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First is my aunt’s February Lady Sweater.  Not a very exciting shot, but I’m pleased.  I’m really liking the Shine yarnI’m using – so soft!!!  This is my second try at the top of the sweater – first try, I wasn’t making gauge, so I frogged it and started over.  Looking good so far.

Next is one of my SIL’s Christmas gifts – so, Jessie, if you’re reading this – STOP AND DON’T READ ANY FURTHER

I don’t think she actually reads my blog, though, so I feel pretty safe posting this.

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Can you tell what it is?  EJ’s first words when he saw it were: “Oh, Momma!  Another kitty?  For ME?!?”  Nope, not a kitty, and not a deer either, which was his second guess.  It’s a llama.  Apparently Jessie like llamas (who can blame her?).  This is from this so so cute alpaca pattern – and alpacas are just smaller, softer llamas (I checked to make sure so I could use it).  As you can see, I need to sew up its back, and I think I’m going to applique some pretty flowers on her back… and maybe up her neck and on her head, too.  I’ve got all kinds of crazy ideas for her. 

Then… one of my felted bags.  As I was taking these pictures, I was wondering why in the world I hadn’t finished this already.  All the parts are done, and all I need to do is sew them together and throw them in the washer, and I’m going to have one rocking bag!  In fact, I’m going to go and work on it right after I post this.  Maybe tomorrow I can show you my finished purse! 

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So, in the picture above, you’ll see the felted slab that I shaped a bit by cutting, with the two side edges sewn together with the same green yarn.  Then I started knitting an interior pocket, decided knitting was taking too long, switched to crochet (mid-pocket! YES! It won’t show – it will be all felted together… but it nearly blew my mind picking up all the knitting loops with my crochet hook), and crocheted 2 handle flaps as well.  I used some cream wool to add some accents – I thought those little dotted-stripey-things would look good felted into the bag, too.  But then, look at what I found in my WIP mountain stack – my very first cable!  And it was even supposed to go along with the green felted slab!  Here’s my bag all put together – squint your eyes a little bit and lean your head to the left… there!  See it?  Won’t it be pretty?

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I wasn’t planning on felting the cable, but I just saw a cabled sweater online today that got felted accidentally, and the cables still had a lot of definition.  I might stitch the cable on before I pop it in the wash.  I’ll let you know as soon as I decide.

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Today, with EJ, I worked on a little craft for our Fall Impressions carnival on Impress Your Kids.  It wasn’t so much a craft as trying to talk to him about kindness and hoping to instill some of these behaviors in his little self-will powered world.  We are looking at the letter K this week, and I really wanted to do something with keys… no real reason other than wanting to do it.  There really aren’t too many crafts out there for keys – especially since we don’t have a pile of actual keys laying around the house to use.  So I did a Google image search and found a whole bunch of pictures of keys, and I printed them out.  They turned into our “Keys of Kindness” poster…

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While EJ glued the extra keys to the poster, we talked about what it means to be kind to others.  It gave me some insight on how his little mind works, and I hope he will remember this as he sees it hanging up on the wall.  BTW – the word under “Love” does not say “shave.”  I just get sloppy with my “r”s.

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I really thought about not posting today.  Sickness continues to plague this little family, and I started to feel icky this afternoon.  However, a couple hours of light knitting and a cup of hot cocoa (from scratch!) have revived my spirits, if not my body.  Plus, the Redskins are winning as I type this…

My new thing this week was something I started last week – but I didn’t want to interrupt my giveaway fun with the banalities of my continued weight-loss saga.  But I’ll unload it all on to you this week… kidding!

Last week, I started the “No S” diet.  I saw this someplace online – maybe on someone else’s blog?  It just makes sense to me, and it’s more of a lifestyle change than a real “diet.”  And I had already started one of the S’s a while back: no seconds.  It was the no sweets and no snacks part of it that got me.  I did pretty well last week, except for the one day that I had a sugary snack and went back for seconds.  Yup.  Anyway – today my YMCA started a “Santa Shape Up” challenge, and 4 of my mommy friends from one of my exercise classes and I started a team.  Now, what most of you don’t know (if you’ve never played a game with me) is that I am way too super competitive.  It’s a little disturbing at times.  But I figure that competitiveness will do me well when it comes to getting into the gym.  It worked today – I was at the gym on a treadmill by 6:30 AM. 

So, that’s my newest thing this week. I’m still thinking about where I want this “New Thing” feature to go, so I’m sorry that this was the best I could offer this week.  And I just realized I broke the no sweets rule with my cup of hot cocoa earlier tonight.  Whoops.

I’ve got some great ideas I’m hoping to make as gifts soon, and I’ll share those with you as they happen.  One of the most exciting things that I get to make is the February Lady Sweater from Flint Knits.

FLS - picture from Flint Knits' pattern

FLS - picture from Flint Knits

I. love. this. sweater.  LOVE it.  I can’t wait until I can make one for me, but my aunt requested one for Christmas, so she’ll get one!  I’m so excited that I actually have an excuse a chance to work knit this now instead of waiting until I can find the time to make one for myself.

OK – the Redskins are no longer winning.  I must go and concentrate on the TV so they will score again.  And again.  Then they’ll be winning again.  A fan’s work is never done…

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Promised pictures…

I showed my first handmade gift to the relative I mentioned below, and I think I’ve changed her mind.  She loved it!  And who wouldn’t love it?

M's pointy kitty

I need to add a ribbon around Kitty’s neck, because the stitches are visible where I sewed the head to the body.

M's pointy kitty

The pattern is a free one, from the very talented Hillary Lang of Wee Wonderfuls.  I love it, and I’ve wanted to make the pointy kitty for a year now.  And I finally had my chance!

In other crafty news, I am going to be participating in the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival next week!  I am going to be sewing something this weekend that I just really want to make, and it’s not a part of my holiday sewing plans for this year.  So I’m going to give it away!  I’ll see if I can think of anything else to add to sweeten the pot, but this will be fun!  This will be my first time participating in a carnival! Impress Your Kids is also participating, so check there next week, too!

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I hate politics, and I hate political discussions.  They make me nervous and scared (that’s a personal issue I have with confrontations of any type – even friendly “discussions.”).  But I read something via Making Home that really made me think about the election this year – and honestly, it made my change my mind about for who I was going to vote.  Please click through… I was going to say “click through if you want to.”  You may not want to…. but I think you should read this anyway.

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… that it has been a full month since I last posted.  I need to get back in the saddle to warm up for NaBloPoMo in November.  I’d like to post daily both on this blog and my family blog this year.  Let’s see how that works out for me…

I havebeen working hard on stuff – 3 pairs of socks and a scarf for my mom to give as a gift, mostly.  But I’ve been scouring the innerwebs for Christmas gift ideas.  And I have plenty of ideas now!  I’m so excited – and I can’t wait to start making things!  Problem is, I have to finish this scarf for my mom… It’s called the Peasy Scarf (Ravelry link) – and it is pretty and easy, just like the pattern says.  Too bad I’m a super slow knitter with 2 kids who won’t let her sit down to catch her breath, much less knit. 

Speaking of making Christmas gifts… is there anything out there for this Christmas about “Give Hand-made” like there was last year?  I’ve been waiting for something like this to float across one of my blog feeds, but nothing is coming.  Am I just early?

OK – next time I promise pictures.  And I promise it won’t be as long between posts.

*Sorry about the “extreme” reaction… I tend to be a bit over-dramatic.  Just ask my Hubby.

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