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Chickadee Anyone?

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Chickadee from Little Red in the City

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Chickadee is one of our 12 in 12 sweaters this year…if you don’t know the history of 12 in 12 read to the bottom of that blog link for details.
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The amazing Ysolda Teague is the designer of the pattern and the author of the terrific book  Little Red in the City.  There are great patterns in this book, but the best part about it are the instructions for sizing sweaters to fit?  WHAT?  I can actually control how the sweater fits?  Yup.
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Anyway, Jennifer and Heather are working on the sweater as we speak and they are going to offer a FREE workshop on Monday, October 29th from 6-9pm.  If you are interested in starting this sweater, come on in.  They’ll help you understand what your measurements are and how you can apply them to the pattern to make a perfect fit!  They’ll also help you gauge swatch with sample yarn we have here at the shop.  This will give you an opportunity to try different yarns before you invest in the sweater quantity purchase.
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Here is how their sweaters are coming along!  They both chose to use only 2 colors.  Heather is knitting hers out of Berroco Vintage DK and Jennifer is using Cascade 220 SW worsted!
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Heather's Chickadee

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Jennifer's Chickadee

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So click here to register for this free 12 in 12 workshop.  We hope to see you!
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Remember, 12 in 12 rules apply…not sure about this program?  Here are basics!
1.  you get 20% off the materials to make this sweater and you have to purchase materials from us.
2.  you don’t have to knit this sweater in a month, but if you want to try to knit it in November you’ll get a $20 gift card if you can finish!
3.  you don’t have to have knit any other 12 in 12 sweaters, this can be your first of the year.
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Why didn’t someone warn me?

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

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I am sick to death of 12 sweaters in 12 months.
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Why didn’t someone warn me?
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Actually lots of people did warn me; yarn reps, other shop owners, employees, customers, random people at Target…
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They all said I was crazy, how in the world did I think I could pull this off another year.
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“Have other people knit for you” they said. “People who write books do it all the time, they are called Ghost Writers.  You could have Ghost Knitters.”  I don’t know, something about it just didn’t seem right.  I couldn’t lie to people and tell them I had knit something when I really didn’t.  Plus, I couldn’t help anyone with first hand knowledge of having knit it myself.  That was half the fun!
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But I am sick to death of 12 in 12.  Last year was a blast.  I really loved knitting the sweaters.  I got all the way through November (well that’s not entirely true...see September) until I had a neck injury and couldn’t finish November on time which hurt December.  Anyh0000…I loved 10 of the 12 months of 2011!
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I should have stopped while I was ahead.
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2012 has turned out to not be a big knitting year for me.
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I finished January .  Barely.
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January 2012 Finished

February flew right by without a sweater…yet anyway.  The lovely Kate is trying to finish it for me:)
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Unfinished February

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March I DID finish and it was fun!   I steeked and everything.
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March Steeking

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March Finished

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April I finished too come to think of it!
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Aimee's April

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May I decided not to knit because it was my 40th birthday.   It was a welcome relief and a fun month knitting other things!
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June I finished and LOVED.
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June Done

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July…um I started…
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July at Saints Game

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August the terrific Jennifer knit so I didn’t have to:)  It’s beautiful by the way…
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Jennifer's August

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September I didn’t even think about until Tuesday when a customer came in to ask what yarn I was using for Zephyr?  OMG.  I forgot all about the darn 12 in 12!  Hummmmmm.
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“Oh, September, yes, I am knitting this blanket instead” …I told her.
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Blanket yarn on my shoulder makes me happy

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So…September will have to be knit by my amazing customers instead.
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October is Levenwick and Kim knit that one, so…
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Kims Levenwick

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Jennifer just chose her yarn for Chickadee which is November’s sweater…so…
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Kate is picking up yarn to make our sample for December on Friday…so…
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Looks like I can knit whatever I want the rest of the year huh?
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Never fear…we’ll still do 12 in 12 next year.  I just may not join in the fun every month.  Perhaps we’ll have 12 in 12 volunteer knitters?  Hummm?  Not a bad idea:)
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Consider yourself warned!

 

It’s My Birthday – I’ll Not Knit if I Want To

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

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I am turning 40 this month.  May 23rd to be exact.
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I am tired of knitting a sweater a month.
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I hate to admit it, but this 12 and 12 program has taken all the fun out of knitting for me.
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It has taken away my choice.  I have only been able to knit the sweater of the month each month for 18 months now.   I don’t have time to knit anything else each month.  I haven’t been able, for example, to knit this…
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Color Affection from Veera Valimaki

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By the way, if you haven’t knit this yet..what are you waiting for?  The whole knitting world is knitting Color Affection:) 3 skeins of sock yarn!  Any color combos are beautiful.  Only knit stitch, short rows.  We’ll have our sample knit up soon, you can come see it for yourself.
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I haven’t been able to knit this either.
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Aestlight Shawl by Gudrun Johnston

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I’ve wanted to knit the Aestlight Shawl ever since Katy taught this class in 2010!
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Pearl Chain Mittens by handepande on Ravelry

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I love, love, love these…I haven’t been able to knit these mittens either.
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Blooming Flower Cushion by Lucy of Attic24

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Or how about these cushions?  I just painted the main floor of our house a bunch of these colors…these would be a great addition to the living room.
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See what I mean, I have been missing this part of knitting.  The fun part.  The hours surfing Ravelry looking for just the perfect project.  The excitement when I figure out exactly what yarn I am using with the project and the fun of sharing it with my friends.
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My friend and sample knitter Kate wanted to knit me something for my birthday.  She was annoyed that there was nothing but sweaters in my queue.  Of course there isn’t.  I only knit the sweaters of the month.  I can’t knit anything else.
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Now don’t get me wrong.  I do love to knit sweaters.  I love our 12 in 12 program.   I love the challenge of knitting them in a month.  I am just tiring of HAVING to do it each month.  I have no choice anymore.  It’s kind of like eating the same thing every day for a month  AND choosing what you are going to eat each day of each month… in January.
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I am probably being melodramatic about this.  Maybe I’m having a mid-life crisis.  Wow.   I think I am actually considered middle aged now?  That just hit me.  Yes, I am going to say I am having a mid life crisis.  That will explain everything:)
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I know…poor me right?  I don’t mean to be a baby about it, but I just don’t think I can bring myself to knit  May’s Sweater.  It’s a beauty though and I know a bunch of people are going to be working on it this month.  I can’t wait to see them all, I just can’t bring myself to knit another sweater this month.
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It’s my birthday month after all and I’ll not knit if I want to.
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40...Here I am!

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April 2012

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

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April
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We did it!
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Lot’s of us did!
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Kathy's April

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Kathy's in Findley Dappled

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Val's April

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Val's Findley Dappled

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Michelle's Daughter's April - Cascade Alpaca Lace

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Marnie's Findley Dappled

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Jeani's Findley Dappled

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Aimee's April

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Aimee's April Stripes

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Stripes Again

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The lovely Elizabeth in April

I love the smell of a mall in the morning

Friday, April 20th, 2012

We had our last MN Yarn Shop Hop meeting this morning.  Winners were chosen!  More on that later.

 

Anyway, I was out and about.  I don’t get out and about much anymore.  I decided to stop by Rosedale Mall to look for a dress.  We have a lot of weddings coming up this summer and I wanted something new.  I was early and so I had to sit and wait for 20 minutes before Macy’s opened.
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I don’t wait well.  I am not super patient.
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I didn’t have knitting with me which is a bummer, cause I could have knit a good inch of my April Sweater which is looking cute if I do say so myself.
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April 20th 2012

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I also had just enough time to take the photo below before my phone died.  (By the way, if anyone has a tip about why my Iphone battery is draining from full in just under 30 minutes I would love to hear).
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the mall in the morning

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So, with nothing to do but sit.  I sat.
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I don’t think I have sat down, without knitting or a cell phone, or a computer, or a book, or a kid next to me in years.  I venture a guess that you are the same.
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I noticed a few things…
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1.  There are a lot of mall walkers.  People are still walking in malls.  Men, women, young, old, fast, slow.  Yep, they are walking.
2.  The mall plays pretty good music.  Not muzak, but music.  Carol King and the like.
3.  My feet hurt even when I am sitting down.  I have retailers feet now.
4.  I slouch.  I can’t sit up straight even when I try.  I always end up sliding down into the slouch.  Might be why this happened?
5.  Fingernail polish is easy to pick off.
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That is all.  It is a good thing I have a day job.
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Because I am sure you were wondering…I bought a coral colored pencil skirt,  a white tank and blue sweater on sale at J Crew.  It’s cute.  It was worth the wait.  I am sure I will be just as cute in mine as this girl is in hers…

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Pencil Skirt

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March 2012 Finished

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Pre Steeked

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Sewing the steek

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I'm not a sewista

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I see the track

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Cuttin

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Still Cuttin

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Eeeek I Steeked

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Whew!

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Finished!

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It’s done.  I’ll have a better photo taken when the sweater is done blocking.
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I knit the small size.  The only modification is that I knit the collar 8″ wide.
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I have a few days left in March.  Wonder if I can get any more done on February before April 1st?

March 18 2012

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

March Colors

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I was happy to see March 1st come along.  I was excited to start this project.  I didn’t finish February, but I had high hopes for March!
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Got the body and arms done in a week!

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I cast on and had the body done with sleeves attached in a week!
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Inside Out

Look how pretty the inside of the sweater looks.  I was sooooo proud of my masterful color work skills.
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Wow!  I would finish this thing in 2 weeks and have 2 weeks to finish the darn February sweater.
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It was not to be…
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I hate these charts

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First of all, the floats are way too long.  Really.  I hate to complain, but I will.  The yoke would have been so much more fun to knit if some of the floats didn’t have to carry 30 stitches!!  ARGH.

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inside out UGLY

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If the inside of your color work garments look anything like this (and I am sure you are doing a much better job than me) know that you aren’t alone!  It pains me to actually show this part.   Look how awful the inside of the yoke of the sweater looks.  Take a good look cause this is the last time I’m showing it.  In fact…it will be tacked down to the mannequin on which it will reside, firmly.
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It looks pretty from the outside though!
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Pretty Yoke

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I was planning on finishing last night, but the 3rd book in the Hunger Games series, my deck, and a cold beer were more than I could resist.
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I break for beer and a good book

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I have 10 more rows to finish tonight.  Tomorrow we cut!
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February 27th, 2012

Monday, February 27th, 2012

So, It’s not going to happen.
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The February sweater isn’t going to be finished.
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I know I should feel bad, but I don’t.
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Last year I made it all the way to September before I left a sweater incomplete.
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This month was just too much.  The knitting wasn’t hard, but my heart just wasn’t in it.  I finished the body to the sleeve join.  I started 1 sleeve 4 times.
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February Sweater

Now that I see it again actually, I feel kind of guilty.  I had this much done by the 15th of the month.   Too bad.  It is super pretty.  In person, the red is gorgeous.

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So…I’ll be waiting to finish February until after March.  I promise I’ll be steeking with the rest of my peeps!
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I know I didn’t finish this month’s sweater, but some amazing knitters did.  And with a few more days to go before the 29th I am sure we’ll see a few more:)
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Kathy's February

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Janet's Feburary

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Janet's Nupps

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Michelle's February

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Michelle's Nupps:)

More January Sweaters Finished

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Cascade 220 SW

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Cascade Cloud! BELTED How cute?

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Cascade Cloud

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Cascade Cloud

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Cascade 220 SW

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Berocco Ultra Alpaca

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Cascade Cloud

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Tami's January

January 28th 2012

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

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28th, 29th, 30th, 31st…
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So, 4 days left huh?
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Where's the yoke

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Not getting off to a stellar start this year.  I am going to get the yoke started tonight, so you never know.  I might just do it.
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Others have finished though.  Both the sock and sweater.  Here are a few.
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January in Rowan Lima

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January in Vintage Worsted

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January in Ultra Alpaca

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January 3IG Riordan

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January sock in something pretty

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I know there are a few more socks done, but I can’t put my fingers on the pictures!
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We’ll see what the next 4 days brings…
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January in Fiesta Baby Boom

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January Malabrigo

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January Cascade Heritage...maybe?

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January Something Blue

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