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New Picture

I changed the photo in my profile. I like my slippers better than looking at myself. I am still smiling though. :)
Mark

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Yarn Similarities

Being a newbie, I am at a loss when it comes to choosing yarn sizes to match patterns. I finally found a sweater pattern that I think I can handle. It calls for Morehouse Merino Bulky which is:
Yarn Type:
100% Merino, bulky weight
Yardage:
115 yards per skein / approximately 4 oz.
Needle Sizes:
#13 to #17 / 2 to 2½ stitches = 1 inch

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What I am currently reading

Circular Knitting Workshop by Margaret Radcliffe. It's new out this year and has a lot of what I have been looking for in terms of taking traditional flat designs and using circular techniques to make them in different ways. I got a really good deal on the $24.95 book at Amazon.com offering it at $16.47.

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Quick Finish - Scrabble Bag

The Scrabble Bag was a quick knit but an enjoyable one. In addition to the cable fun, is the i-cord. It was much easier to make than I thought it would be and I think it turned out pretty well. The cabling is on both sides. I think I will make another one using some entrelac stitching and put a Scrabble tile on each side.

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Celtic Knot

I am looking for a pattern for a Celtic knot to put on the sides of another Scrabble bag that I am knitting in the round. The bag is 40 stitches wide using an acrylic/wool blend yarn that is 6 sts/inch on US5 (3.75mm) circular needles. It would like the knot to be about 2" x 2". I have looked online and in a book, but can't really find one I like that is self-contained.

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Ridgeway Lite from Cabin Fever

Has anyone ever made the sweater called Ridgeway Lite from Cabin Fever? It's seamless and knit in the round. I found a blog that featured it and I like the look of it. But, before I spend the money on it, I was wondering if any of you guys have made it? Thanks.

Ridegeway Lite Seamless Sweater

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Scrabble Tile Bag

I had some leftover Peruvian Wool roving yarn so I thought I would make something practical. Nothing special, just something for my hands to do. I didn't block it simply because it's going to live in a box and used only once a week.
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Knitting Needles in Space -- fun science

I like that an astronaut took knitting needles as part of his personal "crew preference". Here's a bit of physics that is a bit different from the physics of yarn. Just a fun thing to think about.

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Strengthening a Stitch

I am working on a shrug and I am doing the sleeves without a seam by knitting with circular needles. I am just about ready to switch from knitting in a circle to going back and forth to create the center portion of the shrug.

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Hiking in wool

Cold weather brings out the best in wool, don't you think? It was a beautiful, sunny 30-degree day here in Chicagoland. The critters in the forest that were foraging for food, stopped and applauded my knitting prowess! LOL.
Stay warm.
Mark

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