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Little Things

So what started out as a kind of crap-tacular day yesterday, ended up being pretty good. A few simple little things that helped turn this frown upside down!

1) After parking at the bank, I looked up to see  a little family of geese making their way across the parking lot. The sweetest part was when the babies had to jump the curb – it took some of them several tries. Too cute!

 

2) I went to pick up a library book I had on reserve, and discovered that I was the FIRST one to ever check the book out! Woo-hoo! That means the book had no weird smells, stains, the binding was in tact, and no hard little items stuck to any pages.

3) After unloading some groceries, I could not find one of my re-useable bags. After very little searching, I found it had been stealthily pilfered by a sweet little fluff ball! So sneaky!

 

4) A big bowl of perfectly ripened summer fruit for dinner.

 

Turns out, not too bad of a day afterall!  woof

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It’s Friday once again, so I thought I’d share some more FO’s that I’ve done over the last several months. This time up, it’s all about keeping the neck warm!

So, my first one up is a cowl I knit up several months ago (I just never got around to posting it). It’s called the Good Luck Cowl. Here it is being blocked after washing.

The Stats:   

Pattern: Good Luck Cowl, by Christianne Gerstner

Yarn: Knit Picks Imagination Hand Painted Sock Yarn (50%Merino, 25%Alpaca, 25%Nylon)

Needles: Boye 16″circulars, sz 5US

Mods: I left out one repeat of the lace pattern – I thought it would end up too long.

I really loved the pattern for the Good Luck Cowl, and I really liked the yarn as well. I’m just not so sure the two were made for each other. The pattern really gets lost in all the deep colors of the yarn, plus I’ve been told it’s just a tad itchy on the neck. So, I knit up a second Good Luck Cowl in a different yarn. So I present Good-er Luck Cowl:

The Stats:

Pattern: Good Luck Cowl, by Christianne Gertner

Yarn: Koigu Painters Pallette (KPPM) (100%Merino)

Needles: Silvalume 16″ circulars, sz 5US

Mods: I didn’t make any mods when knitting up the pattern this time, and I think the length came out just fine. It’s definitely much softer than the first one I made, and the pattern really shows up nicely with the color (which is much more of a lavender color than the photo shows).

Next up is a toasty gaiter:

The neat thing about this little fellow is that when it’s worn under a jacket, it looks like a turtle neck sweater, but if the weather gets warmer as the day goes on, you can just take it off and put it in your pocket!

The Stats:

Pattern: Rib & Cable Quarter Gaiter (ravelry link), by Leigh Radford

Yarn: Plymouth Encore DK (75%Acrylic, 25%Wool)

Needles: Silvalume 16″ circulars, sz 6US

Mods: None!

And last but not least, the Ridged Lace Cowl:

The Stats:

Pattern: Ridged Lace Cowl, by Elinor Brown

Yarn: Baruffo Merinos Otto (100%Merino)

Needles: Boye 16″circulars, sz 7US

Mods: I used a thicker yarn than the pattern called for, so I used a size 7 needle instead of 8. Also, I only did 5 repeats of the pattern instead of 7 – my yarn was running out quickly. I think the length turned out just fine!

And that’s all for now! woof

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