A Break in the Action

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I threw this apron together Christmas Day. I’ve wanted one for a long time and decided to give myself one. From a start of ironing the pattern to the end of hemming the finished apron, I had a break of about 1 1/2 hours from knitting. I love projects that can be done in just a few hours. I have a little bit of fabric left so I may make a small one for GrandDolly. She had a ball wearing this one, folded down to her size of course.

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If you are interested in making this very simple apron, this is the pattern that I used — an Easy Stitch ‘n Save by McCall’s, pattern #M5505.

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Boston’s Big Dig Tunnel Complete — $14.8 Billion Later

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The original price tag was $2.6 billion — to build an underground maze of bridges, ramps, roads and a new tunnel under Boston Harbor. They went a bit over budget. But then again, what price do you pay for beauty? Or should I say to get rid of something totally ugly?

Below is a photo of the old elevated central artery in a photo from 1991. Purty, eh?

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And here we have a photo from 2007, showing the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway that sits where the Central Artery once slashed through Boston. Definitely a much nicer view. One heck of a price tag, tho.

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Another Finished Object — Bulky Mittens for Sweet Baboo

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This picture didn’t turn out very well but I will use it for now and replace it later. These mittens are a very dark navy blue and I knitted them very tightly in GGH Aspen yarn. It is 50% Merino wool and 50% Acrylic, 57 meters in 50 grams. I used just over two balls of this yarn. They are extremely heavy and bulky, which is what he wanted. My only complaint with this yarn was that it turned my fingers blue — honest!! My wooden needles too!! I should probably set the color or his hands will looks like a Smurf’s if they get wet. He seems very happy with them and when Daddy’s happy, everybody’s happy.

This free pattern was very easy to follow even for a novice knitter like me. That’s probably why it’s called Easy Mittens Pattern — by Claudia Krisniski. If you would like a copy of the pattern, click here. This is another pattern that will be one that I use over and over. Don’t mess with a good thing, right?

Sissy’s Sock Update

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I’m actually a little farther along than this picture shows. Yes, those are my feet. I’ve had such a good time trying these on as I make them. I should be done within a week (by this weekend would be great) and then off to VT they go. The pattern (Simple Sock in Three Sizes) is from Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles by Cat Bordhi. It’s a wonderfully written book with a great sense of humor. Maybe after I finish these, I can make a pair for myself!!

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Sweet Baboo has been gently reminding me that he’d like a pair of mittens before winter is over and DD is constantly reminding me that I promised to make a bag for her. Working is definitely cutting into my knitting time!!

Very Soft Yarn Scarf Update

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I’ve had two balls of this yarn for at least 4 months and have been periodically looking for just the right stitch to make a scarf out of it. Not being able to find a stitch that jumped up and said “here I am!!”, I decided that a plain old K3 P3 rib with size 9 Addi circs would be just fine and now I really like the look of it. The yarn is Baby Alpaca Grande from Plymouth Yarn (100 grams, 110 yards) and I don’t think I’ve ever felt a more soft hand in any yarn. (The Baby Alpaca Grande Paint in all the different colorways is positively mouth watering!!) I’ve knitted about 9 inches and I’m about halfway through the first ball — I really luff long scarfies — so I trotted down to my LYS and picked up another ball to be on the safe side. (Any reason is a good reason to go down to Woolworks) And of course, the dye lot is not the same as the original, but I’ve looked at the three of them in all kinds of light and I really can’t see a huge (if any) difference. This is my “watch TV and knit” project for now. Once I get Sissy’s second sock done, I’ll spend more time on it.

Friday Fill-Ins #51

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  1. Snow is beautiful to look at when it’s falling and I’m warm and snug in my little house.
  2. I’m looking forward to watching GrandDolly opening gifts on Christmas morning.
  3. Country is the best music to listen to ever!
  4. One of my favorite old tv shows is M*A*S*H
  5. I’m done with Heroes.
  6. The most enjoyable thing around the holidays is the beaming smiles on little kiddies.
  7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to going to bed early, tomorrow my plans include buying the last of my stocking stuffers and Sunday, I want to wrap, knit and relax, not necessarily in that order!

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