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I’m so bummed.

I just got a reply back from the publisher of my leaflet (I had emailed asking when exactly next month my patterns would be available) and was informed that there had been some changes to the schedule and my publication was being pushed back. To the 3rd quarter. Of NEXT YEAR. I could cry.



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So, we’re still here. Not doing the best, not living on the street either. At the end of the month we will be moving back to the dreaded ghetto, where the rent is cheaper. Although, the complex has done a rather nice job of sprucing the place up since I left, and (so they say) have gotten rid of a lot of the bad tenants. We’ll see…stay tuned for more neighbor drama, I’m sure!

 So I’m on a packing/weeding out crap mission today and don’t have much time to post…but wanted to pop in and say hello. I’m selling off a bunch of my knitting/crochet books that I no longer need (I have a bit of an addiction, and this is only a small portion of my stash!) so let me know if anyone is interested. Later peeps!

All books will be shipped via priority mail with delivery confirmation (actual cost only), and I accept payment via paypal!
1. Vannas Favorite Crochet Gifts $5
Afghans, home decor, fashion and more. Excellent condition.

2. Hooked for Toddlers $8

By Margaret Hubert, brand new!

3. Afghans To Treasure $4

4. Annie’s Favorite Baby Projects $8
his hardcover book is full of the best baby projects AA has ever done! Heirloom christening gowns, stuffed toys, stunning blankets. This one was one of my favorites!

5. Crochet for Babies and Toddlers $8
y Betty Barnden- chock full of adorable patterns for wee people!

6. From Needles to Hook $8
Complete Guide to Coverting Knit Patterns To Crochet”. Says it all!

Now for the knitting ones-

1. The Yarn Girls Guide to Kid Knits $12
This book is fantastic!

2. Knitting in No Time $6
By Melody Griffiths- fabulous book!

3. Yummy Yarns Knits for Kids $4
Funky and fresh patterns for kids

4. Charmed Knits $6
Projects for Fans of Harry Potter. Brand new!

5. Knitting for the Pampered Baby $5
By Rita Weiss. Adorable baby dresses in this one!

6. Hip Knits $4
65 Easy projects- perfect for the begining knitter who wants more than scarves!

7. More Paintbox Knits $5
Mary H. Bonnette and Jo Lynne Murchland

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Catching up

Yeah, sorry about that! Things have been going pretty damn well here. Life is good. I’ve even started speaking to my mother again, since she seems to have dropped the bullshit (for now anyway. I’m not holding my breath for a permanent change, but it’s been nice so far). Kids are doing great in school, Jack is starting to say new words, and all three of them are growing up way to fast for their mama. Wanna see some pictures?

Waiting for the bus

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Jacks birthday present from me- I just wish the damn thing really worked, because that boy LOVES to vacuum!!

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Unwrapping presents…one tiny piece at a time! (this totally drove Gabe and Natalie crazy!)

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Chewing on the ends of his dozens of birthday balloons. The cat couldn’t resist either 🙂

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Visiting with Aunt Kacee, who came home from her first year at UNCW for a visit

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There you go 🙂 In crafty news, I’ve been working on a couple of ballband dishcloths, and another Santa purse, but I’m having a hell of a time making the damn pompom. Seriously, I’ve cranked out 3 different ones, and have given them all to the cat. The whole rest of the purse didn’t take me this long to make!


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Last night

There was a moth. He flew out of my yarn basket. Someone tell me what to do!!!! (yes, there is plenty of wool in that particular basket, but also a little acrylic and a fair amount of cotton, in case that matters.) I admit to screaming a little bit, and freaking Chris out just a tad. Silly muggle- he doesn’t understand the possible implications! I was digging through the basket looking for a manly yarn..the time has come when I feel the urge to knit him something. Nothing sweater-sized (or time consuming) but I was thinking a hat. Thoughts? On anything?


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Sophie & more

My finished Sophie bag-
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I picked up some sky blue cotton and sewed a lining in by hand, and I rather like it. The Sophie pattern is a lot of fun to knit, and I see myself casting on at least one more for a Christmas present this year! Only thing that bothers me is the fact that there is no closure. I think I might have to buy a magnetic snap and undo the lining to put it in. We’ll see. In the meantime, I’ve started the Triangle Motif purse from FC Easy Crochet
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And I plan to start another Ball Band dishcloth tonight. I love having multiple projects going, although my wrist is starting to complain a bit! Back to the game, Boston vs. Atlanta tonight.

Oh yeah- Jack said his first word last week! “Hot”. He loves to tell you when things are even remotely warm 🙂 And in true Jack fashion, he has since followed with “num-num” (our word for any kind of food for Jack) and “Ball”. 9 months old people! 9 months! I think he’s decided to graduate college for his first birthday :p


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WIP Wednesday

I have several projects going, most recently another Ballband dishcloth from MDK

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I love this pattern! I’m making this one for myself, and have plans for about a half dozen more. I’m also browsing my pattern books, I found out today that my new cousin-in-law has made her appearance. Tiny little 5 pounder that she is! I’m unsure as to the spelling of her name, so I’ll share that when I have a pic of the lil sweetie. I’m thinking I’ll make a wee hat, and perhaps some booties. I want to be able to mail it out asap, so no time for anything major. For now anyway! I did start crocheting a baby blanket this afternoon, for something to work on in-between other projects
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Gabe wanted a chance to feed the baby today.
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This is the end result 🙂
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I love these kids! Jack isn’t feeling 100% tonight, so I had to forgo knit night at Milli’s. But I’m knitting nonetheless, and watching the Red Sox game. Go Sox!


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We have a winner!

Natalie did the honor of selecting the winning number from a bag, and the winner of my very first blog contest is……

#10- Bron!  Bron, send your mailing info to me (winstongang AT and I’ll get your goodies on the way! Thanks to everyone for participating, this was a lot of fun! I realized I forgot to answer my own question though- I learned to crochet from my good friend Brooke, who was my neighbor in VA when Natalie was a baby. She gave me a silvery blue Susan Bates “J” hook and some red acrylic yarn, and showed me how to make a granny square. That square grew mighty big! After learning the basic stitches from Brooke, I taught myself other techniques from books and online resources. I taught myself to knit about 2 years ago, and I’m finally comfortable enough with it to begin designing a few things on my own. I do have plenty of garter stitch scarves from the first year of learning! And thats my story 🙂

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