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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Thank-you, A Reminder , A Pep Talk and a Shout Out

What a thrill to see your comments -  I just now saw them (still discovering settings,etc)
 In the two years I've been posting the only comments I've had were from my sister and from my evil web addiction, Mrs. Odie2. Thanks for taking the time to comment and for your loyalty.

Caps for Good deadline is Feb 28! If you don't knit or crochet, consider making a little fleece or flannel hat. I think Caps for Good website even has a free pattern - I'll get back to you on that!

If you're reluctant to start a new project or pick up a craft like knitting, here's a thought: don't think about how difficult something looks, think about how many people can do it already. In the case of knitting or crocheting, that number would be in the millions. In other words, think instead: "How hard can it be?" and let that thought lead you to success.

In the spirit of energy conservation at home, the thermostat settings have been lowered and I've reconsidered the usefulness of fingerless gloves. Up until now I've only associated them with teenagers at the school bus stop, in the snowstorm, frantically texting their friends; or with Victorian characters in PBS specials. The cooler temperature inside had me channeling Bob Crachit and something had to be done (other than changing the interior temperature from "meatlocker.5" degrees).
 In searching for a fingerless glove pattern, I came across this blog: The Giving Flower by power-knitter Kimberly Gintar. (The photo is from her blog.) Kimberly is  an American living in Germany and her blog is a knitter's motherlode. She's very generous with her free patterns.
Fingerless gloves
You all know I love kntting socks on two circulars (I've converted my baby cap pattern to exclusively 2 circular) and if you do, too, then this is a breeze to convert. I only changed to DPNs to complete the thumb. Kimberly develped the thumb construction technique herself.

I did a little research on You Tube and found some tutorials of interest on the two-circular technique just by entering Cat Bordhi. I've used her videos with great success in the past; her tutorial on stretchy-bind-offs is a must for sock cuffs. I always fantasizing  about doing a video myself, but haven't bothered since we have Cat. She's a great teacher and always has her nails done.
Thanks for reading!

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