I Have Triumphed Over the Scarf that Never Ends!

January 8, 2009 at 8:02 pm (Uncategorized)

The Dr. Who Scarf is done!
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Yarn: Don’t ask, it would take ten pages to tell you! It’s enough to knit an entire Dr. Who bodysuit!
Needles: size 8
Modifications: None

This scarf took months to knit! I’m really glad it’s done. 🙂

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Magic Melvin’s Hat and Cowl

January 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm (knitting, Uncategorized)

This year my dad wanted a warm hat and scarf. I started out by making a hat and then got thinking about the scarf. I didn’t want to knit a full-sized scarf. I’m already seven feet into a Dr. Who scarf and another 6 feet of scarf on top of 12 feet of the Dr. Who scarf just didn’t sound appealing right now!
So instead I knitted a cowl for him. My dad, who is a very practical man loved it! He oohed and ahhhed over the colorwork, which I found amusing, since it’s pretty simple colorwork. Although, I must admit the blue and black are a very striking color combination.

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Magic Melvin’s Cowl Stats

Cast on 70 sts. Knit 5 rows of K1 P1 twisted rib.  Switch to stockinette stitch with twisted rib border of 6 sts on either side.  Colorwork pattern used from The Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmerman.

Yarn:  Paton’s Classic Wool in Black and That’s Blue

Needles:  size 7 circular

Magic Melvin’s Hat Stats
Modified the Marsan Watchcap Pattern. Followed the instructions for the twisted rib brim. Then switched to stockinette stitch, added the same colorwork as the hat, and worked the crown decreases from the watchcap. Used the same needles and yarn.

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Are You My Friend?

November 12, 2008 at 7:04 pm (Uncategorized)

Vocalpoint sent me a Venus Embrace razor and a booklet of $4 off coupons to share with my friends.  I have three to spare. Want one?  Leave a comment.

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Halloween Highlights

November 3, 2008 at 1:32 pm (family, Uncategorized)

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  • Trick-or-treating with my kids

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I Got a Good Deal, but Could Have Done Better

October 19, 2008 at 2:56 am (Being Frugal, Uncategorized)

This week at Macey’s, you can get $10 off when you buy any 10 participating General Mills Products for $25 when you use an in-ad coupon. Since FiberOne bars were one of the participating items, I decided to stock up. We’re big hikers so we like these for hiking trips as well as for snacks. I used one $.50 off coupon from the 9/07 insert for one box and got 10 boxes for $14.50, which breaks down to $1.45 a box. Pretty good considering that I normally pay at least $2.50 a box. While we were waiting for them to bring more granola bars to us from the stock room, I took a look at the Chex Mix Bars and the Curves Bars, also included in this promotion. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were both fairly low in sugar and high in fiber content. AND when I got home I discovered there were coupons for these as well: two for Chex Mix Bars $.50/1 (9/07 and 10/05 inserts) and one for Curves Bars $.75/1 (10/12 insert). So it could have been 10 boxes for $12.75.

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Nexcare Product Coupons!

October 14, 2008 at 12:22 pm (Being Frugal, Uncategorized)

I love Nexcare products.  I use a lot of their bandages and instant cold packs.  I just found a page offering coupons for several of their products here.

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Perhaps it’s not Really a Man’s World

September 13, 2008 at 8:58 pm (Uncategorized)

This week an interesting story aired on the today show by the author of The Trouble with Boys. In her book she states that boys are five times more likely than girls to be expelled from preschool and four times more likely to be diagnosed with a learning disability.  Read the article for yourself and see what you think.

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I Went Fishing in Minnesota, and I Caught…

August 12, 2008 at 1:09 pm (family, knitting, Uncategorized)

Pattern: Bubbles, with Fins
Yarn: Sugar & Cream
Needles: Size 7

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My dad loves to fish, so we are always looking for fishy things to buy, do, or make. I was going to give this to him, but this colorway is too pretty.

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Silver Lake Boardwalk

July 16, 2008 at 12:23 am (Uncategorized)

This past weekend we had our big family campout. We took the Boardwalk around Silver Lake, which is a pretty nice leisurely stroll.  I managed to get a few nice pictures. 

 

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Blue Camo Hat Finished

May 16, 2008 at 12:47 pm (knitting, Uncategorized)

Pattern: 76-Stitches Hat by Wren Ross
Yarn: Scraps of Lion Brand Wool and Paton’s Classic
Needle: Size 7

This was fun, easy and fast. Also a great way to use up orphan bits of yarn!  One caution though, this is a really long hat!  You knit a total of 9 inches in length before starting the decreases.  I would go with 7 inches instead. 🙂

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