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Citron

I started Citron over the holidays while visiting my parents.   I really shouldn’t have started anything new, but I couldn’t help myself.

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The first part of this shawl went very quickly, but progress has slowed down as each section has grown.  Now that malabrigo march is here I’ve decided it is time to muscle through and get it done.  I want a chance to wear it before it gets too warm!

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Cheering on spring

Like many people, I’m done with winter. Spring is just a little bit over a month away and we’re starting to get warm days sprinkled in with the cold, but it still looks like winter outside. To cheer myself up I went looking through my photos to find something that would remind me of the warm days and the pretty colors to come.

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I finished my thousand mile scarf.

It’s just plain old garter stitch, knit in Patons Shetland Chunky Tweed. I started it this summer when faced with a car ride from Kentucky to Florida. I can’t read or do anything else that requires visual concentration while riding in a car, but I can knit garter stitch. I’m slightly amused that my solution to boredom was something that would bore others to tears under normal circumstances.

Little fact: This was my first garter stitch scarf.  I skipped the regulatory garter stitch scarf when I learned to knit.

I’ve also been working on my oldest WIP.

I’m about halfway done with my clapotis at this point and I should finish sometime this month. I’m excited about finally finishing it, and I’m hoping the snow is all gone so that I can photograph it somewhere other than my roommates lazyboy chair!

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Handsome Kitty

Today I could use a little extra cuteness in my life and these pictures never fail to provide it for me.  I thought someone else might be able to use a little extra as well!

It is snowy and cold here this evening which to me is the perfect time to snuggle up in a blanket and get some good knitting done.   I’m off to do that now!  I’ll share what I’m working on a little later this week.

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Grapes at a local winery

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A celebration…

…calls for cake!

I do not intend to make it a habit of putting my political stances on this blog, but today is an exception. I was thrilled with the inauguration yesterday. I loved Obama’s speech and I loved watching Bush leave. I just loved it. I watched the whole thing twice, once as it was happening, and once again later with friends. I even made the above cake to celebrate! It was my first time even icing a cake so I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

I used the <http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/fourth_of_july_/”>Fourth of July Cake</a> recipe from Pioneer Woman’s cooking blog. If you haven’t seen her cooking blog, you’re missing out. It rocks. I’ve made a few things from it, and everything has always turned out excellent.

For my cake I made a half recipe which was perfect to fill up my two little round cake pans. It was very yummy. I think the strawberry pieces tasted best, but the blueberry wasn’t bad. And the best part? There was barely any left when everyone went home!

An FO post tomorrow, I promise.

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Kitten Blanket

Awhile ago my mom gave me this little quilt she found at goodwill to use for the cats. I suspect my mom washed it in catnip before she gave it to me, because they think it is the coolest thing ever. They sleep in it, they make tents out of it, they wrap themselves up in it, they play in it, and they hide in it. They like it so much they drag it around from room to room. They’ve currently placed it under our kitchen table.

I can’t say I blame them; I’ve wanted to spend all my time with a blanket lately too. It has been cold here. It was cold enough that they canceled school on Friday.

I attempted to capture the blanket cuteness with a picture, but as you can see above I didn’t quite get it. I don’t see cute there. I see crafty intelligence. I see the side of Luigi that makes him smart enough and curious enough to explore pretty much anything. I see what surely created the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” because his curiosity is not tempered by a survival instinct. He will jump, climb, and slide down anything. We’ve had to rescue him from behind the water heater, twice.

So while my cat has been getting himself into trouble like always, I’ve been knitting. I should have a new finished project to show you in a day or two.

Keep warm.

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