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New Year, New Projects!!!

Good Morning Everyone!

My fingers are still trying to get the feeling back in them, I froze this morning on my hike with Bernie. It wasn't abnormally cold, but Jack Frost got a hold of me and I'm having a hard time shaking him off. Got my hot mug of coffee, two layers on, I should be warming up soon. If it hasn't resolved itself by the time I'm finished writing, then I will be forced to cozy up with my afghan and continue knitting my Pressed Flowers cardigan. Truth be told, that was pretty much the plan anyway, I'm still moving slow. Ever heard of Diverticulitis? Nasty, horrible condition that has decided to grace me with its presence, YAY!!! Ironically enough, I completely changed my diet exactly a year ago to try to reduce the inflammation in my joints that was causing so much arthritic pain, mission accomplished! Looks like I get to start this year the same way, I am one lucky middle aged woman, god that sounds awful....truth be told, I'm past middle aged unless I live to be 110, you just never know.

I've been dying to share Andra's big news, I'm still so excited for her that I could simply explode!! We've been talking about the Drawing sweater, so has the rest of the Knitterati. This is the "IT" sweater that everyone is making, along with the Pressed Flowers Cardigan. If you're on Instagram, I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. If you get on Ravelry and look up Drawing Sweater, when you swipe the photos to the left, ANDRA IS FEATURED RIGHT AFTER THE FIRST PHOTO!! THIS IS AWESOME!! I would absolutely die if any of the designers ever featured me wearing my finished sweater of their design. We have been talking about making this our next KAL, I encourage you to look at the Ravelry page and the projects. The next KAL meeting is January 28th 9-11:00 which happens to be Andra's Birthday!! I do have a few other ideas up my sleeve and will be sharing them on Social soon, stay tuned.

My Pressed Flowers Cardigan is coming along nicely, I love mosaic knitting! What makes it even better, it's really easy to fix when you screw it up. You see it within the next row, BONUS! I know you find it extremely difficult to believe that I screw things up, but I do. So, when I stumble upon a few stitches that have been knit and not purled, I can reverse them. Or if I slipped my stitch with my yarn on the wrong side, that's easy to fix too. I have no idea how anyone can knit this without having the insane amount of stitch markers between each pattern repeat, but I've seen pictures posted. Maybe they removed them for the photo op, seems like a lot of work. I guess I wasn't feeling overly confident that the pattern would be well established enough to go without them. I'm only halfway through the second repeat of the chart. Having the markers allows me the freedom to just knit and not count, perhaps I'm over thinking this. Oh well, I'm comfortable with my method of madness, but admittedly will need to cast on another sweater so that I don't get bored. Guess what I found the other day while looking for something else?? My La Bien Aimee Confetti yarn I bought myself for my birthday last year, it is screaming, "Cable Me!" So many sweaters, so little time.

I did place another Malabrigo order on Friday, more Mecha, Silky Merino and Rios will be here soon. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Life's Little Thing's Pom Poms, I will let you know when they get delivered, there are a lot of naked hats waiting. We will be meeting tomorrow evening, Wednesday, from 6-7:30 for Stitch and Bitch, I hope you can join in the fun. Make it a great day and I'll see you soon!


P.S. The beautiful watercolor is done by the very talented Katharine Montstream

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