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Pale Face Lace Almost Mittens

I’m working up the pattern for some sweet little lacy almost mittens. Here’s what I’ve got so far.

What do you think?

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photo shoot!

Today I had my photo shoot with the fabulous Lauri, and I’m so excited about it I can’t even wait for the photos to get to me before I start writing about it!

She took photos of my recently finished slouch hat, magi-cowl, and almost mittens that are soooo much better than the ones I took.  Hooray!

Oh ya, and be on the look out for the patterns for all three… coming soon… and two of  them will be free!  Can you guess which ones?

So y’all just have to wait to see the beautiful shots she got… haha!

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Slouch Hat

Just started working on a slouch hat pattern using some nice, bulky, deep magenta yarn…. really, just started. I’ll post again when there’s more to show.

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Magi Cowl

I love this cowl! It’s the first one I’ve designed, and it feels magical, so I’m calling it the “Magi Cowl”.

Block your work people! it’s totally awesome. Before blocking you couldn’t see any of the holes from the lace pattern, and the edges rolled in making it look like a clown collar! Blocking is magic!

Cheers!
Annie

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More Squares

Working on another square for the AWS Knit-a-Thon. We’ll be sewing all of the squares together to make scarves for the homeless.

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Blue Monday :: 8

Polypod 2, originally uploaded by gooseflesh.

Happy Blue Monday!
I just thought this was too great to pass up.

Cheers!
Annie

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Block Experiment

For all these years, I have resisted blocking my work.  Mostly out of laziness, I think.  But not this time!  I just finished designing this lovely little lacy cowl, and I decided that today was the day I was going to finally try blocking something.  I followed instructions I found in the article To Block or Not to Block by Jessica Fenlon Thomas on knitty.com.

Here is the before picture:

And here it is after (I laid it out on a folded up towel sitting in a glass pan):

I’m hoping that the edges will continue to lay down once it’s dried out.  And I can already see how it makes the lace stitch stand out.

Now we just wait a day or two until it dries!

Cheers!

Annie

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wip thursday???

Oh no!  I lost a day!  Well, here you go, wip thursday!

Fiona’s Blankey

Squares for the scarves for the

Austin Waldorf School Knit-A-Thon

(If you would like to sponsor me please visit the link above *smile*)

We will be donating the scarves (and hats) to Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

The Little Lulan Dress

(formally known as the Little Sister Dress)

Click the link above for the free pattern.

Happy Thursday!

Annie

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Blue Monday :: 5

Words cannot describe the sadness and heartache we have had since the last time I posted, exactly one week ago.  Without divulging all of the details, in respect for the family, two very dear souls moved on from their earthly bodies last Monday.  We miss them dearly, but know that we will meet again with them someday out in the cosmos…

And so, on this dreary, damp afternoon I find myself feeling particularly blue… but somehow I am finding comfort in the cool hues of this lovely yarn by SpringtreeRoad.

Much love and light,

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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