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Shopping Spree

Yesterday my mom and Lloyd came down to visit and it was very fun.  They came to eat lunch and then came later for a visit.  I got to give them Eric’s hat, which fit Lloyd so it should fit his brother.  After Lloyd went back home, me and my mom hit the stores for a shopping spree.  We went to Borders, which was a big disappointment.  THe only book that I was interested in was Weekend Knitting, but it was too expensive for my budget.  We decided to go to Half Price instead.  I had a great time there, and I bought a few things.  The two books Quick Knits Cool Projects by House of Birches (I paid only $8 and saw the same book at JoAnn’s for more than $20), and Blankets, Hats and Booties by Kristin Spurkland.  I also bought the winter issues of KnitSimple and Knit.1.  The Knit.1 magazine made me a little upset, because someone tore out 8 pages!  I am missing 5 or 6 projects from the project list. 

I really enjoyed making Eric’s hat, but I am back to knitting the Transformers squares.  I casted on my third Decepticon square today.  I have also decided that I would like to start a new project, Hat a Week.  I will knit a different hat each week.  It only took me one day to make Eric’s hat, and that hat was actually more complicated than most.  The first hat I want to make for my new project is the fish hat from the Knitty website.  I bought the yarn I needed for this hat today.  I will make a clown fish, sort of like Marlin.  I won’t make Nemo since it would have a heavy side (the larger fin).  I also bought some purple yarn to make a hat or something.  I really just wanted purple yarn.  I noticed that I have never purchased yarn in orange or purple.  Now I have both. 

Oh, my mom gave me her cabled newsboy cap so that I could take pics.  I made it around September or October.  I can’t really remember since it only took a day or two to make.

I will post pics of the Marlin Fish Hat as soon as I start working on it.


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New Knitting Books

On Wednesday I went to the library and picked up several books for Peanut and knitting books for myself.  I also got a book of short stories titled Home Schooling.  The first story in the book was kinda creepy and sad, so I am not sure if I want to read ahead soon.  I might wait a few days to read the next story.  There are 8 stories in the book, and I have 7 left to read.  The bad thing about my trip to the library is that I picked up a book that I own already!  I meant to get Stitch n Bitch The Knitter’s Handbook, but instead I got Stitch n Bitch Nation.  I own Nation, so what am I supposed to do with this other one?  I did get to finally check out Nicky Epstein’s Signature Scarves.   So far I am loving about 5 of the scarves in the book.  Many of the scarves are pretty, but I know I would never wear them.  Others are very artsy but not practical.  My favorite part of the book has to be the last section on how to wear a scarf.  I like the different step by step pictures, and the different styles.  The other books I picked up were The New Crochet and How to Knit by Debbie Bliss.  I got these because I always see them on the shelf at the library and never bring them home.  To be honest, I will probably only use the Signature Scarves book. 

Project Update:  I am only working on one thing only.  My brother’s Transformers blanket.  I have completed 3 squares, and am halfway through with the 4th.  I am trying my best to focus on the blanket, but it’s just so hard.  The whole time I am working on the square I am thinking about what other projects I could be making with my stash yarn.  It’s so tempting to put down my needles, run to my closet, and grab another ball of yarn.  I am even thinking about ripping a crocheted scarf that I made last year and using that yarn with a ball of the same yarn to make something even better.  Well, I will have to wait on that.  I also want to make entrelac pillow covers for the pillows on my sofa.  It’s a project in the Debbie Bliss book.  I will have to add it to my queue on Ravelry.

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