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He-Purse? Man Satchel? Male Carry-all? Dude Mojo Bag?

Whatever you call it - here is one I knitted. From just one skein of Noro Kureyon. This mojo bag is a gift for a friend's birthday who is a ghost hunter. I placed a smudge stick inside for when he goes a-hauntin'.

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Felted Mittens

 

 

I finished a pair of felted mittens last week and gave them away to a friend on her birthday. The pattern is in the latest Knit It! magazine - though I used Lamb's Pride instead of Lion Wool (perhaps I just identify with lambs more than lions?) They were very simple to make and even fit man-sized hands!

Purling Our Guts Out: http://purlguts.blogspot.com/

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The Importance of Gauge

So much for the Oscar Wilde allusion. Imagine my excitement when I discovered a sideways garter stitch glove pattern in an old Spin-Off (using short row shaping). Ok, so many you can't imagine my excitement if you don't know my tenuous history with thumb gussets on mittens - but needless to say, I was excited! The pattern called for size 4 needles, the pattern fitting a "women's medium" hand. I have pretty small hands and thought if the glove fit, I'd wear it - if not, surely some lucky gal in my life had daintier hands and would love some gloves. I used size 6 needles, and a thicker yarn, to make for a larger gauge. Just finished mitten #1 - it's a beaut - and it was easy as pie - but ARGH! Not only did it not fit me, it didn't fit any women living in a three mile radius of me. I think I may felt it for a keychain.

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What to Say?

I've been a lurker here, but thought I'd write a quick HEY. I'm a knitter from Vermont, a children's book author and a teacher. I live with my partner of 16 years, 6 chickens and way too much yarn.

Several projects are next to the couch - a knitted teddy-bear on 2 circulars, a mohair scarf, merino mittens and a mohair shawl. I've been felting a lot, too.

Just ordered some Bagdad Blue from Peace Fleece and plan to make a hat for a friend. I've been knitting a lot since the war began.

Glad to be here!

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