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I don’t know about you, but I enjoy and good pair of fingerless gloves. This city doesn’t get freezing cold, but we do tend to bundle up if the temperature drops below 70 degrees! The point is, my hands don’t need full coverage when it’s “cold,” so fingerless gloves are perfect. Wearing fingerless gloves reminds me of the extra long sweaters I’d wear in high school – the ones that went over my wrists and covered my hands. Also, these gloves are perfect for keeping your hands warm while maintaining use of your fingers to check your phone, take a picture, knit, or anything else you need your hands for!
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Raveled here.

These were knit in good ol’ Malabrigo Rios – one of my favorite yarns. It’s affordable and the colorways are vibrant and expensive looking. I wanted something easy, so I went with Peakaboo Mitts and, for the first time with gloves, I knit two at a time! I used the method shown here and let me tell you: I’m never knitting gloves one at time again! In fact, I think the last time I made gloves, I only made one and never got to the second, whoops!
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Can we talk about blogging for a moment? I miss it. I miss the days of updating my Livejournal with the boring events of my day. Remember when they were called weblogs? I always want to revive this blog, but what will I write about? Knitting, obviously. Life, maybe. My biggest challenge, and the one that keeps me from writing, is finding a balance between my privacy and what I want to share. I want my real life to be separate from my online presence (like it was in the old days!), if that makes any sense. So instead of writing, I get paralyzed by the fear of, “what will my friends/co-workers/cats think of me if they read my blog?” I’ve been thinking about this and you know what? The only way to find balance and tackle my fears is to write. So here goes nothing.

more sweater
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Back in March I was lucky enough to test knit Frogginette’s pattern, Baltic Baby Sweater.
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Mommy's sweater model!
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It’s a raglan sweater with buttons on the side, perfect for getting baby’s head in with very little fussiness.  Oh, and while taking FO pictures of Lucas, he totally, brought is A game for posing.
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Mommy's sweater model!
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Mommy's sweater model!
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It’s just a tad big, but that mostly my fault because although I’ve been knitting for eight years, I’m really still a beginner when it comes to all things gauge. But practice makes perfect, right?

I was going to write this post under the guise of the hat I made for him, but c’mon, I really want to share these pictures!
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FACE!
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Pattern: Basic Winter Hat – Back to Basics // Raveled
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Taking these pictures proved to be quite a challenge! For one, Lucas discovered his foot!
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Oh hai, I haz foot!
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And once he found his foot, he could not take his eye off of it!
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Heh
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Luckily, the cats were able to distract him long enough for him to take his gaze away from his foot.
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Distracted by a cat.
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But back to the hat, I really love how those two simple colors came together. I only wish it didn’t feel like Summer outside so he could wear it without his poor little head breaking out into a sweat!

The best hat!
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I love this hat. I saw the pattern ages ago, added it to my Ravelry queue, admired it, but was too intimidated to actually knit one. I never really looked at the pattern, but the pictures were enough to make me think it would be too difficult. Little ol’ me too intimidated by the PHOTO of a pattern to actually try it? That sounds about right. I mean, the peak, the ears, how’d they do it?!?!?! How would I do it?
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But finally I decided to read through at the pattern and it actually looked doable! It’s a pretty neat construction. You knit the back and ears and then pick-up stitches around the back piece to knit the front. The pattern suggests you do this with straight needles, but please do yourself a favor and use DPNs, there is no way this can be done with straight needles!
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One warning though – this hat is super adorable. Be prepared to have strangers talk to you when you take your baby out in it! People can’t help but to tell you how gorgeous your child is!

VICTORY!!!
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I can’t believe that I finally finished my sister’s Christmas 2008/Birthday 2009 scarf!!! I remember sitting on the sofa, looking at the tiny ball of yarn that I had left to finish the scarf, still in disbelief that I was finally going to bind off. I thought this scarf would never end. I even took my time to properly block the scarf, using these instructions I found at TECHknitting (love this blog, so resourceful!).  Don’t I look so cozy in it?
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Blocking
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There is my patient little cat, Apple, making sure I’m pinning things properly. She’s such a good supervisor.
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It doesn’t usually take me 18 months to finish a scarf, but while all those cables look beautiful, there were a pain and a bore after a few rows. And once I showed my sister what she was eventually getting for Christmas or her birthday, I felt obligated to stick to the pattern and finish it out. But let me tell you, NEVER AGAIN will I make this scarf!!! This is also the first wool scarf I’ve made for her. I gave her a HUGE lecture on why she should never put this in a washer or dryer. If this thing ever turns up felted, I will be very angry and may have to start interviewing for a new sister.
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I’m just saying… this was a lot of work!