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Merry Christmas

Man, I've attended 5 church services in the past 24 hours. Mass yesterday at 0800, methodist church at 0930, methodist candlelight yesterday evening, midnite mass from 1130-0130 this am, and methodist church this am at 1000. i'm a practicing Metholic or Cathodist, however you want to look at it. Got awesome knit things this year. The tracy Ullman book which looks great. I've always loved her. Also a book called "The Museum of Kitschy Stitches" with the most horrible things ever knitted from patterns or magazine from like the 60's. It looks absolutely hilarious. My next love to knitting is gnomes! I have like 12 of them at the office on my bookcase. Well, I got a little talking gnome and then a little gnome on like a piece of artificial turf and you can put picures behind him and it makes him look like he's at these places like the Eiffel Tower etc. Its hilarious. My patron saint is Bernadette, and I got a Our Lady of Lourdes medallion and a "Song of Bernadette" movie. Then to top it off, a new leather recliner, in which i'm now reclining as I type this blog, as a new knit chair since my dogs seem to have claimed my old knitting chair as their own! I'd say this was about the best Christmas ever. I wish you all the best. xoxoxo

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Such a Rookie

Man, when I see all of the things you guys can do, I feel like such a rookie. I've been at it for like 1-2 years now. I'm still working on perfectin socks and booties. I did whip up an ipod kewzie (?spelling) from Men with Balls book last night for one of my son's friends. He though it was cool, but geez, the way you guys can just whip out a sweater, a vest, intricate socks, just blows me away. The only bad thing about the internet is that you guys are all so far away. I wish we could have a convention sometime where 50-100 of us could all meet. I have really gotten encouragement, love, and some common bonds shared with many of you. I love and thank you all for it. I wish everyone the Merriest of Christmases. I hope everyone gets what they want! I wish all of you a happy new year and I hope to continue with our discussions and blogs for years to come. God Bless you all.
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Robert

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Thanks Rain City Rick

Hey, I had a blast doing the secret santa. I hope eveyone did. It was fun thinking of what to do, wrapping it up, braving the crowd at the mail store. Then every day I waited with anticipation, wondering, will my package come today! It was great. I had a blast and I think we should do it every year. Thanks again Rick.

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Sock Question

OK, guys, help me out here. I'm doing this Babbas Bed Sock, and it says to knit the foot until length desired, then begin the toe decreases. Well, how do I know the length of foot desired? Do you measure from the heel to the ball of the foot, or do you know if its a men's 11, you knit 8 inches then begin decreases or something like that from some set formula? Any help would be appreciated.
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Robert

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Sick of Felting

OK, I felted my last item last night. Had 2 more purses to do. I have hung up my felting for a while. I now want to do tiny! I started my first pair of socks. Using a pattern I found of knitty I believe for "Babba's Bed Socks" It goes cuff down. I had a little trouble turning the heel but I think its coming out ok. Doing it in Red/White in tribute to the amazing Sooners! May they beat the socks/jocks off Boise State! :-) Anyway, I'm ready to do tiny. Doing these socks with 5 DPN size 4 I believe. I wish I wasn't so loose! :-) Anyway, Merry Christmas!

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Not happy with half dome hat

I finished my first halfdome stocking cap last night. I'm just not happy with how it turned out. I did it on circulars. I used close to the type of yarn requested, but I knit so loose, it just didn't turn out well. I made it too big, so it doesn't hug the head, also that yarn just isn't stretchy. I might try another, but definitely go smaller and I think I'll just use cascade. I can also knit tighter with two strands. I'll give that a shot. If anyone has any other tips for the half dome let me know. Perhaps I should learn how to english and knit that way in just certain situations so I can get tighter and control my tension better. :-(

Robert

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I DID IT ON MY OWN!

Doing a new felted slipper I found, cable guy felted slipper I think off KNitty. Anyway, I've never done a sock before. But I think I turned the heel and stuff all ok. It was really pretty exciting! I didn't even have to go into the yarn store for help! Now I have to cable the front and think I'll be done! I'll post pictures of this along with my kinda free handing the half dome cap on the magic loop when I get em done. I couldn't watch the OU-Texas A/M game on satuareday, so I felted 5 purses during the game! They all came out ok. Talk to you guys next week.

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got my stuff today

Ordered a T-shirt and mug to help support our cause. Love em. T-shirt very good quality. Coffee tastes extra good. Thought I'd share a pic. Happy knitting. :-)

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Invisible cast on

Kiwi asked how to do this. You use a crochet hook. You make a slip knot around the crochet hook, then you hold your knitting needle in your left hand, you reach around graby the yarn, pull it thru, then flip the yarn over and around the needle and keep doing it. If you need to cast on say 50 stitches, then put abbout 53 stitches on your needle by this method. You just use throw away scrap yarn, you arent' using your main yarn for this. Then you take your second knitting needle and go into these fake stitches and actually do your first row of knitting. When you get to picking up the bottom row, picking up going into the round, you just pull out on the fake stitch, pick it up, and pull out the fake yarn It just unravels. I hope this makes sense. There probably is a great video of it on knittinghelp.com. I just had the owner of my local yarn store show it to me and it really really works well.

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New cast on

I"m doing a Sophie Purse out of Lopi. Its a really coarse wool. Felts great though. Anyway, I usually do a Norwegian long tail cast on. It was harder than heck to pick up my bottom edge to get it into the round. I fought it for like an hour. Learned an invisible cast on last night and started another purse, and man, what a difference. I can't believe I hadn't learned another cast on before now. I'm on a roll. Made 3 purses in the last 4 days. I might make my Christmas deadline! :-)

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