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December 13, 2019
Almost the Last of the New Yarn from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Last night Rita didn’t feel good and had to go out three times between 3 a.m. and about 6:30 a.m. and considering we didn’t go to bed til about 1:15 a.m., I didn’t get much sleep. After breakfast, I decided to go back to bed for a while, and about the time I dozed off,...

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December 12, 2019
Countdown to Christmas from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm



My goodness it's only 13 days until Christmas.
Have to say this year is a little different, we have had family coming all month.

My middle daughter and her family have been here already and  my oldest brother and wife will be here this weekend. Then next weekend my other daughters will be here.  

Everyone is here to share Christmas with Mom. She now has hospice and we all want to make the most of what time she has left here on earth.

Needless to say my time for a while now has been away from home and such ...

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December 11, 2019
Yarn Arrival from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This is probably the same thing I say every time but the yarn I’ve ordered has almost all arrived. There’s some coming from Tanis in Canada and one last shipment from Eat, Sleep, Knit because they got in another wooly Shetland type yarn in worsted weight. I’ll tell you what I’m going to make with...

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Colorwork Mitts from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This is the yarn I’m going to use to make a pair of colorwork mittens. It’s a Norwegian wool. It’s a sport weight and great for colorwork – kinda grabby. Not quite sure what pattern I’ll use for these but they do fit my new crimson/gray obsession

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Cherry And The Monster: A Harvest Story With Heart from The Ruthless Crafter

Cherry the unicorn is excited for fall harvest. In her short story, she learns a valuable lesson in sharing. We share the inspiration for her book and hats!

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Odds and Ends from Becca's Crazy Projects

Sometimes I get a crazy idea to watch some YouTube videos and do something new. I sort of put that on its head with this one. I watched this video from Rachel's Rocks and instead of breaking out the paints I used the tutorial to draw this gnome. He isn't high art, but I made a thing. 
While piecing Star Storm, I made some little four-patches to fit in when I needed to piece the strips. 
And my current knitting project is going along quite nicely.

Have you tried something new?

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On My Needles in Mid-December from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

2019 is coming to a close and I'm thinking/hoping that I might be able to get all of these projects finished and bound off before the new year. There's also the pair of Finding the Yellow Brick Road socks, which are buried in a project bag. 


The shawl should be easy enough and so should the Toes in the Sand Socks. The second Smock Madness sock....Let's just say that this is the third time I've cast on for that one. If I make the first, I should be able to do it again, right?

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December 10, 2019
White & Gray Sweaters from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

As I’m finishing up the links to the finished knitting projects this year, I couldn’t find where I shared the white and gray Simple Summer Tweed Top Down Sweater projects. I do think I shared it but can’t find it here they are . . maybe for the second time. That photo was taken before...

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Knitting Summary – 12/16/19 from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Projects Started this Past Week: I don’t think I started anything this week. Projects in Progress: I spent some amount of time working on the Gilda cardigan. Projects Finished This Week: Blue Sand! Yay! Knitting Plans for Next Week: I plan to work on Vince’s Arkansas River pullover and maybe start a pair of mittens.

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December 8, 2019
Stitch Markers from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

There are all kinds of stitch markers. I will often use one that’s unique as the beginning of the round marker. When knitting in the round, I need to know where the new row starts. When doing colorwork, I mark each repeat so if I’ve missed a stitch, I know right off the bat and...

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Blue Sand is Finished from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

It isn’t blocked and it needs buttons but the knitting is finished and the ends are all woven in. Finally . . finished! Those blue sleeves look darker in this picture too but they don’t look much darker in real life. I’m hoping after a good soaking, the sleeves won’t appear to be way darker...

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December 7, 2019
Blue Sand Progress from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I have worked on this project all I can possibly work on it. One sleeve is finished. The second sleeve could be finished in probably two hours. I just can’t work on it any longer. Thank goodness God didn’t give us three arms. I’d never knit sweaters if that were the case. I wish we...

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December 6, 2019
Another Project Done from Notes from Studio B

I would like to Thank all those who left messages of support for my husbands surgery. It's over, we are back home, there were a few problems but he got through it and is doing fairly well. He has about 4-6 weeks for recovery and I can see an improvement everyday. Next step is in 10 days we go back to Boise for another test and hopefully catheter removal, step by step to get healthy again. Cancer sure changes your life. This was the view from his 6th floor hospital window, the bear sculpture on the roof of the ...

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Knitting Cycles from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

It’s funny, at least to me, how my knitting desires seem to run in cycles. The desire to start something new is ever present but it seems there are periods when my focus seems to be on certain types of things. For several months, I wanted to finish older projects and got quite a few...

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December 5, 2019
One Sleeve Done from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Look at me go! One sleeve on my Blue Sand is done! It looks like the blue in the sleeve is much darker than the blue in the yoke but it isn’t . . maybe a little darker but it isn’t noticeable in real life. I’m going to start the second sleeve right now! This...

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Blue Sand Sleeve from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Every single day I get up thinking I’m going to get a lot of knitting done. Most days I do not. It’s one thing after another but that’s life and it’s all fun . . . well, maybe not the water heater incident, but most every day, whatever I’m doing is fun. Tonight it was...

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December 4, 2019
Another Cowl from Thread Head

 I knitted another Brioche Vine Cowl (pattern by Mercedes Tarasovich).


This is the fourth one I have made - I think it is the warmest cowl. I made this one for my Dad.


I learned to knit brioche using one colour at a time, but for this cowl I tried one pass two colour brioche. It was much faster, but I ended up with odd mistakes that I didn't know how to fix - I am hoping that it is just inexperience, and I will get better. I have enough yarn leftover to make another cowl with the colours reversed. The ...

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Odds and Ends from Becca's Crazy Projects

I have been in a sort of creative slump. I'm having difficulty getting motivated to embark on some new sewing adventure. That doesn't mean I'm not creating, I don't think that is possible. I just haven't found a new project I'm really excited about. 

I did finish my Helix Hat. It isn't shaped like the pattern because I wasn't paying attention when I read the pattern. It was a good project, though, and I will likely make another.
Sometimes I think my motivational block is caused by some of the clutter in ...

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December 3, 2019
Taming the Skeins from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

When we’re in the car and I’m in the passenger seat knitting, my yarn will sometimes get away from me and fall on the floor, roll under the seat, get wrapped around cords that are in the floor and it’s kind of a hassle so about five years ago, I came up with a plan...

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Things to Love About a Troublesome Shawl from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

There are things to like about this shawl. I love the colors and the combination of stockinette and garter stitch ridges, which are the same thing I did on the previous Wildstreak Shawl but look better on this one.



I absolutely love the combination of k2p2 ribbing and garter stitch ridges that keep it from flipping up at the bottom like the last one did.


What I don't love is that there were so many knots in the skeins that I now have eighteen ends to weave in. I also don't love that the loosely spun yarn was ...

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