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A few of my favorite things: November

Friday, 9 November, 2012

Get out your fancy needles and your best yarn, it’s time for a knitting celebration! November is a very special month: it’s the anniversary of when I learned to knit. It’s hard to believe it hasn’t been longer. Knitting is such an important part of my life that it seems like I’ve always been doing it. I never would have thought that learning a new craft would end up changing my life in so many completely wonderful ways.

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For awhile almost every sweater I knit or wanted to knit was cropped, but my tastes have changed and now I realize long sweaters are where it’s at. Bloody Mary is tweedy, cabley goodness. I love the neckline too. So cozy!

As you can see from the picture above, I’ve been in training to be a crazy cat lady for most of my life. It’s hard not to adopt all the kitties, you guys. Lately I’ve been getting my kitten fix from the Animal Planet Too Cute kitten cam, which broadcasts from an animal shelter in Washington, DC. Kittens playing, sleeping, and being adorable 24 hours a day. Best. Ever.

The Biscuit cowl is not quite my style, so I doubt I’d ever make it for myself, but it would make a great gift. It uses one skein of fingering weight yarn, and would be a really easy, quick knit.

Subversive Cross Stitch internet meme Christmas ornament kits. I think the business cat one is my favorite, but I would put all of these on my tree.

Bigger on the Inside is an awesome Doctor Who themed shawl from the Spring/Summer 2012 Knitty. And if the Tardis isn’t enough for you, then you’re in luck because Marjolein Thunnissen came up with a Dalek lace pattern you can use for the shawl as well!

I love elections. I got warm fuzzies all day on Tuesday, hearing my friends talk about going to vote, and encouraging others to do so. I took Charlie with me when I voted, and seeing his excitement in being allowed to participate (and teaching him an important civics lesson at the same time) was really awesome. And watching the returns come in with The Scientist was so much fun. This was our first presidential election together, and it was great having someone to nerd out with (and kiss and hug and cheer with when the big calls came in).

If you were to just see the front of Woodstove Season you might think it’s a pretty cardigan, but nothing really that special. But the back makes it – chevron!

One of the great things about living in Texas is the tortillas. A grocery store near our house makes their own, and there is nothing like fresh, hot tortillas. I tried this recipe for quesadillas last month, and they’re so good I could make them every week. Bonus: they’re super quick!

Christmas is right around the corner, and in a few weeks I’m sure I’ll start to see knitters freak out because they haven’t started their gift knitting yet. The My Pi Wascloth is a little different than your average washcloth, and I think it’s really pretty. I’m not doing handknit gifts this year, but for those of you that are this is a great little pattern. And it’s free!

I am one of those people who hates to see anything related to Christmas in the stores until after Thanksgiving, but I’m already planning for Christmas. It’s so much more fun with a child. From the homemade advent calendar I’m going to make, to the Christmas movies we’ll watch and the cookies we’ll bake, I’m so excited to make this Charlie’s best Christmas yet.

3 Comments leave one →
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    Friday, 9 November, 2012 8:16 am

    Love the picture of my littlest girl!!!! We will try the recipe (thank you!), love the beautiful hand knits especially the cardigan and the precious snow globes. I have some small blue jars if you want to try it with Charlie. Let me know and I will ship them. xoxoox

  2. Thursday, 15 November, 2012 10:03 am

    Lots of goodness! You were an adorable little cat lady. I was always the same way. We even tried to dress up the kitties at my grandparents’. I’m glad I grew out of that, at least. I love the Pi washcloth, and the Woodstove sweater is so cool! Fresh tortillas make all the difference!

  3. Sunday, 18 November, 2012 5:28 am

    I am so pleased to have found both your patterns and your blog. What a treat. Thank you for sharing them with we non-pattern-writing knitters;)

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