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A Little Something Sweet

Sheesh! I’ve been away from this blog for a LONG time! Life has brought some lovely changes our way lately.

First of all, we moved a few months ago, and now we are WAY closer to the Waldorf school were, in a mere three weeks, both of my girlies will be in full day school, five days a week! I know, whoa, what’s a mama to do?! Well, I am seriously ramping up my piano lessons (I teach at Wildflower School of Music in Dripping Springs). And I also hope to be able to spend more time knitting and developing patterns again.

The one I’ve been developing lately is a sweet little doll dress. It fits both our Waldorf dolls, and our 18 inch American girl dolls. And it looks adorable on both!

I have two more on my needles right now, but here is a photo of the one I have finished so far.

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And, if you are curious about the move, here are some photos of the new place… Which just happens to be our own little mini farm!

The girls new bedroom……

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The new gate that Mark built for my beautiful garden…….

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Sprinkler play in the back yard……

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The new chicken coop…….

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The new baby bunnies…….

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The new goat……

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And last, but not least, the new kitties…..

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Now y’all probably need some time to process all this sweetness, so I’ll let you have a moment to yourselves… See you soon!

xo
Annie

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Almost Mittens!

What’s that you say?  You need a pair of super cozy almost mittens to go out and collect your delicious yard eggs first thing on a nippy morning?  Well then, I’ve got just the pattern for you!

Or did you need something a little more playful?  Oh wait, it’s the same pattern!

Hold on, slow down… maybe you just need something to keep you cozy while you stand there wistfully staring out the window and indulging in a delightfully tantalizing day dream about, well, you fill in the details … yeah, that’s the same pattern too.

And here it is, in all its perfectly simple glory…

Almost Mittens

by Annie Soutter

1 skein Lamb’s Pride bulky weight yarn

US 10 1/2 straight needles

Cast on 30 stitches (more if you want them to be longer, less if you want them shorter).  I like to leave a pretty long (about 1/2 a yard or so) tail so that I can use it to sew the mitten up when I’m finished.

Knit 40 rows, or until the height of the work (I’m talking from bottom edge to top edge) is long enough to wrap around your hand at the base of your fingers.

Cast off, leaving about a 10 inch tail.

Sew up the mitten by using the longest tail first and sewing up to where you want the bottom of your thumb hole (for me, this is about 3 inches from the very top edge of the mitten).  Tie that string off.  Now, using the shorter (10 inch) tail, sew down the mitten to where you want the top edge of the thumb hole (for me, about 1 1/2 inches from the top of the mitten – leaving me a thumb hole that is about 1 1/2 inches).  Tie it off and weave in and hide both of your tails.

Viola!  You now have one Almost Mitten!  Now go make another one and start getting down to some kind of serious cozy business!

By the way, those are some amazing photos, huh?!  Many, many, many thanks to the superbly talented Lauri!  You can check out more of her work here and here.

Much love and happy knitting!

Annie

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Promote Peace Through Education and Knitting!

Last night, as I drove home from piano lessons, I was utterly inspired and excited by two stories I heard on Market Place (you can hear the story here).  The first was about a man named Greg Mortenson who has been working in Pakistan and Afghanistan to build schools and promote education (especially for females).  His whole deal is that peace is brought about through education… I like that a lot.

“In July 1992, Mortenson’s sister, Christa, died from a massive seizure….

To honor his sister’s memory, in 1993, Mortenson climbed Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain in the Karakoram range.

While recovering from the climb in a village called Korphe, Mortenson met a group of children sitting in the dirt writing with sticks in the sand, and made a promise to help them build a school.

From that rash promise, grew a remarkable humanitarian campaign, in which Mortenson has dedicated his life to promote education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

As of 2009, Mortenson has established or significantly supports 131 schools in rural and often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, which provide education to over 58,000 children, including 44,000 girls, where few education opportunities existed before.”

-excerpt from threecupsoftea.com

The second inspiration came from the next story on Market Place (you can hear it here).  It was about how people feel good about buying gifts when part of the proceeds are donated to good causes, especially during financially difficult times.

“Now,” I thought, “there’s something I can do – donate a portion of my pattern sales to help this guy build some schools and get some peace flowing around!”

Hmmm… how to get the word out?  Oh ya, I have a blog!

So, here’s the skinny…

For the month of December I will be donating 10% from all of my pattern sales (you can find them at happyday.etsy.com or on my Ravelry page) to The Central Asia Institute (www.ikat.org), which is the organization Greg has set up to promote and support community-based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Greg Mortenson at one of the schools

Together we can help promote peace through education!  Hooray!

I am so excited about this!  Can you help me spread the word far and wide?  Please send this post to everyone that you know who might be interested.

Thanks so much and Cheers!

~Annie

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