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I finished my knitting project – “Upside-down Daisy” pattern found in Itty Bitty Hats by Susan B. Anderson.  It’s probably been about a year since I last knitted anything, so I was a little bit rusty.  I’m not sure if I did something wonky or if it’s just that I was knitting in the round that the whole thing’s a tad slanty.  Regardless, I think it turned out cute and Arden has already been putting it to good use today, though the weather here in Michigan is surprisingly warm and she probably doesn’t really need a hat.

I’ll be linking up to some of the parties in my Linky Party Directory.

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Crafter’s Anonymous Club is hosting a  Week of Felt Link Party, so here’s my little felted bag that I want to link up.  I made this before I started blogging, and not terribly long after I began knitting.  I had knitted an insanely complicated green wool sweater with seed stitch, ribbing, and cables.  I turned out really cute, REALLY warm, and a teensy bit… tight.  It has a home for now with my petite friend Heather.  I hope she loves it well until I ask for it back for Arden to wear.  With the leftover wool, I improvised this little bag that I felted and to which I added a zipper by hand.  I love it!

As the days get shorter, leaves fill the yard signalling that autumn has arrived in full force.  There is also the scent of the nearby sugar plant in the air – it used to stink to high heaven, but now it smells like peanut brittle to me.  All these things combine to make my fingers start itchin’ for some knittin’!

Some wool cashmere blend, a little bamboo, and a little organic cotton have been waiting ever so patiently to become an adorable little hat.

It’s the “upside-down daisy” from a wonderful book I’ve been planning to knit my way through.  Everything in it is sooooo stinkin’ cute!

It’s itty-bitty hats by Susan B. Anderson and I picked it up at a fabulous yarn store on a family trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon last fall.  Love it!  I’m not the world’s fastest knitter, so this is a bit of a tease since it might be a while before I actually have a hat to show off, but it looks like it should knit up quick.

I don’t have any fun projects completed to post, so I’ll just do a quick wrap up of what’s been going on.

We broke ground – literally – on our garage reconstruction.  On Thursday, they took out the old slab, dug for the footings, and put in the foundation walls.  We’re using a treated lumber foundation instead of block cement.  It’s pretty interesting to see.  My brother Jeff is taking a class that was discussing treated lumber foundations, so he came out and took some photos.  On Friday, they backfilled and compacted the fill sand.  The framing and concrete guys are working on other jobs right now, so they’re not expected for a week and a half or so.  But, great progress!

Also on Friday, Arden dissapeared into the breakfast nook and was awfully quiet for a minute, so I went to go find her.  We’ve learned that when things get quiet, somethings up!  Arden had taken all her soft toys out of one of the Tub Trugs we use to store her toys in and dragged it into the kitchen and climbed in.  Of course I grabbed the camera instead of helping her out!

Saturday was CMU’s homecoming, so I took Arden.  I got there just at the right time to get a tour of my sorority house and a cup of coffee before the parade started.  Arden’s favorites were the horse drawn carriages and floats with dogs.  That’s my girl!  I took some photos of her at the house – can I brag a bit about the shirt I made for her, and the sweater I knitted when I was pregnant?  That sweater has fit her (okay, it’s a little small now) for about a year – totally worth the time it took to knit!

After we got home from the parade, I got started on the chairs I showed you from the ReStore.  I got the seat off one and sanded it down.  I probably got a bit ambitious with the sander since I’m going to prime and paint them, but oh well.  I’ve also been working a bit each day on a cow costume for a friend’s son.  I’m pretty excited about how it’s turning out.  I had to use a devil costume pattern since I couldn’t find a toddler cow pattern, and I’m appliquéing (is there actually a verb for appliqué?) on the cow spots since the only cow fabric I found was novelty cotton and not thick enough to keep him warm.  So, I’m using fleece and getting creative with my scissors while watching chick flicks – my husband had started watching Step Up, it wasn’t my idea!  Yes, my husband has — um — varied taste in entertainment!  I guess it’s all fair, since I like to craft, sew, quilt, and knit and also am into marathons, adventure races, and Muay Thai kickboxing.

LuvintheMommyhood is hosting a sewing vs. knitting showdown for the month of October.  Count me in!  I’ve got this awesome baby hats book that I’ve been ithing to work my way through.  I love knitting!  On the upside it’s a nice take-along or sit-on-the-sofa project, but it does take considerably longer to finish a project than with sewing.