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Lacy Shrug – First Progress Report

Yesterday I started knitting the shrug I intend to wear at my friend’s wedding on August 31st.  I’m a bit of a mess body-wise, so I wanted to make something that would help cover up some of my post-partum chub.  After much debate, I settled on the “Buff” colorway of Cascade’s Pima Silk.  The dress is a purple/blue/gray color, and I felt that Buff was a good, non-clashing neutral.

The pattern is simple enough.  I’ve been knitting it in front of the TV, which I know isn’t a good idea considering it’s lace, but I’m doing it anyway.  I chose to knit the XL (42″ bust) size.  I’m not measuring normally at the moment due to breastfeeding, so I hope it fits.  I had a hard time chosing a size since the shrug doesn’t actually cover the bust area (so do I really need to account for bigger boobs?), and I have tension issues (I knit at a bulletproof gauge).

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Above is a poorly lit shot of my progress.  I’m working on the second repeat of the lace pattern.  The pattern says to knit 5.5 lace repeats for the 42″ size, but I’m going to keep knitting until the short ends of the rectangle fit comfortably around my upper arms.  Right now I’m feeling pretty good about completing this by the end of the month, but that doesn’t take into account any mistakes and consequent ripping, both of which are pretty much inevitable.  As always, I’ll keep you updated.


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Snippets of the Past Week

Last week was pretty busy.  For us, that is.  We don’t usually “go out” for activities, but last week we went out twice.  And then Uncle JJ slept over Friday night and played with Eva for most of Saturday.  Needless to say, Eva spent today recovering from all the fun she had.

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Eva was set on using a glass cup with a straw.

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Kirsi and Uncle Jon partied like rockstars at his birthday dinner.

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This did not happen under my watch. 🙂

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The weather was finally nice enough for Eva to make use of her porch pool!

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Kirsi and Daddy relaxed after Friday night dinner with Gwanny, Pop pop, and Uncle JJ.

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Eva tried to put a pretty yellow hairbow in Kirsi's hair so they could match.

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Mammoth sunflower progress.

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If we're lucky, we might get a flower right in the window! 🙂


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Felici Socks – Fifth Progress Report

Ugh!  This is taking way too long!  I think that’s my fault, though, seeing as I’ve been avoiding it every chance I get.  Even with my avoidance issues, I’ve made it to the gussets.

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I’m still working on perfecting my technique.  It seems like every single time I pick up stitches to do the gussets, I end up with holes.  I know when I pick up those “corner” stitches, I’m either picking up one too many, or I’m picking them up in the wrong spot.  It’s pretty pathetic that I still have this issue after all of the socks I’ve knit.  One day I’m going to get it right.


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A Trip to the Crayola Factory

Today the family took a trip to the Crayola Factory in Easton, PA.  I may have copied Sara just a little.  🙂  I didn’t realize the Crayola Factory was so close, and by close I mean 2.5 hours away.  (3 hours if you hit traffic and defy the GPS.)  The girls behaved relatively well in the car.  I think they did the best they could considering their ages.  Instead of giving you a written play-by-play, which I’m sure you’d find pretty boring, I’ll share some pictures.

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Kirsi waits to ride on the elevator.

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Eva’s hair blows in the wind while she waits for the elevator.

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Kai shows his excitement while waiting for the elevator.

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Awesome Crosswalk

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Eva and Daddy colored pretty pictures on the touch pads.

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Eva colors a sparkly green crab!

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No coloring, Mommy. Let’s just touch the crayons.

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Kirsi naps, blissfully unaware of the hustle and bustle.

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Eva plays with Crayola’s giant Lite Brite.

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OMG I’M IN THE CRAYOLA FACTORY HAVING A BALL!!!!

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The entrance to the Crayola Factory.

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I would love to go back when they’re a little older.  We didn’t get to see everything because Eva quite literally crashed.  She had way too much fun in such a small space of time.  Maybe if she had napped during the 2.5 hour car ride to the factory, she would have lasted longer.  🙂


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Eva’s Ruffled Top – Complete!

I am finally done ruffling.  🙂  I love the finished top.  It is soooo cute!

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It fits Eva pretty well right now.  It’s just a tad big.  As long as she doesn’t have a huge growth spurt, it should fit for the fall/winter, which is when it’ll be most useful.  I thought it would work for summer, but it’s kind of heavy.

After a wet blocking, my gauge measured at 17 sts x 18 rows = 2 inches in st st in the round.  The top itself measured 15.25 inches from the neckline to the hem, and 19 inches around the chest.

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The Back

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The Front

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Shiny Black Buttons

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RUFFLES!

I followed the pattern exactly except for knitting four ruffles per sleeve instead of five.  I used way less yarn than called for in the pattern.  I managed to knit the whole thing with less than 3 skeins of Knit Picks Comfy Sport in “Peony.”  The pattern called for 4 balls.  Of course I knit two less ruffles, but I think I could have finished them with the leftovers from the 3rd ball of yarn.  Your mileage may vary, though.

Extra details can be found on my Rav page.