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We had some fun decorating the house with halloweeny paper crafts today.  We strung our usual mexican skeleton banners and hung ghosts and bats from the ceiling fan. 

I stuck a bat in our centerpiece for good measure, then looked up to see the shadows of the cut-outs we put in the window dancing across the wall!

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I finished the knitting on Rogue on Monday and finished blocking and seaming on Wednesday. (Sorry, no pictures I want the finished object to be a "surprise" ).  I also fixed the zipper on the cabled cardigan yesterday, so now I feel free to start new things.* I have a project proposal I want to send off to knitscene next week and some Christmas knitting to catch up on.  There are exactly 3 weeks until my other sister’s birthday which may be enough time to start and come close to finishing the vest she has requested (if I can figure out the pattern first).  This seems a bit iffy, as I have other deadline knitting during this interval as well, so I’m not making any promises.

*It is true that I haven’t finished the Mystery Stole.  I felt not twinge of guilt about this as it is not Christmas gift and I have every intention of finishing in the Spring.  Then the Yarn Harlot finished hers… with beads…and I felt a twinge of guilt.  Thank goodness she doesn’t have a finished objects list on her sidebar, she seems to finish more in a month than I do in a year!

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I am completely in awe of this weaving.  I found it doing an image search on google one day earlier this year.  It had no subtitle, so I have no information on provenance.  If anyone knows who the artist is I’d love to know.   

My progress on the sleeves has been slower than I would like.  At least I am doing both at the same timeRogue_029.  But just when I was starting to feel like I can never quite finish what I start…Rogue_027

This arrived.  The 2008 "Crochet a day Calendar", featuring one of my patterns on January 16th.  I had originally designed the basket for the BlackPurl Magazine Diabetes awareness calendar and submitted for this instead shortly after it was clear that the BlackPurl calendar wasn’t quite ready to materialize yet.

I have to admit I’ve always been a bit sceptical about these sort of calendars and expected to see mostly cell phone cosies and the like, and there are a few of these, and there are also quite a few patterns that can be found for free online elsewhere, but overall the quality and variety of the patterns greatly exceeded my expectations.  And I love the idea of being inspired by a new crochet "thought" of the day.  I will definitely be contributing to next year’s calendar and hope that you all do the same!  http://www.knittingpatternaday.com/index.htm  There’s a knitting calendar also (at the same site, don’t worry I gave the right link), and I bet it’s got even more diverse and wonderful content than the crochet calendar, but come on lets give those knitters some competition!

Knitting_010_2 In the same vein, my sequined slipper pattern is now up at Black Purl, along with a brief history (of sequins that is) and some other wonderful articles, including a fab article about Turkish knitting accompanied by an equally fab TurKish hat, but I won’t spoil all the fun surprises, go check it out yourself!

Well, I know it is still far from finished (no sleeves) and still farther from being at your doorstep so that you can actually wear it, but I am glad to say that I finished the hood in time for your birthday.

(Ok, so it still needs to be blocked and there a couple of loose ends to wrap up but basically it is done.)

I wish you a wonderful day and a fabulous year!  I’ll be celebrating today by casting on sleeves and thinking of you.

PS: Hope you don’t mind my modeling the sweater, its just hard to photograph the full effect of the cables on the hood lying flat.

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