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Major Knitter
Interests: knitting, scouting, baking, running, chocolate, reading, working, making "To-Do" lists and checking things off the aforementioned lists
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When I decided to make the Wolf Wonderful Wallaby last month I had to go in search of my copy of the pattern. That meant looking through the storage bin of lost causes. I found many half started, mostly forgotten... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Major Knitter
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Lately I've been posting mostly pictures of just Otis and Duke on Facebook and Instagram. That's not fair to my little girly-girl. She is the star of the show after all. Duke thinks she makes a pretty good pillow. It's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Major Knitter
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Can you believe it's been 11 years? I started blogging on April 9, 2004 and have enjoyed it ever since. Originally, I thought to sell all my patterns (and create hundreds more) through my blog. I have neither designed hundreds... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Major Knitter
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In about three weeks, I'll be participating in the Mini Maker Faire in Westport, CT with all the Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing units in town. Each unit is going to have some sort of booth activity with a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Major Knitter
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I decided to make my own dye using ingredients in my kitchen. I found water, salt, vinegar, beets, red cabbage, red onions, yellow onions and turmeric. If you want to try this at home - here is a good article... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Major Knitter
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So much fun. We had 30 people at the baby shower - 18 adults and 12 kids. The first thing people saw when they walked in the house was the play teepee in front of the fireplace. I made this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at Major Knitter
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I had so much fun getting everyone in the baby mood when I went back home. I started about 3-4 weeks ago organizing the troops family. We got a secret Pinterest page going with pins from the mom-to-be's Pinterest page... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Major Knitter
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I love going home. I grew up in Iowa and spent most of my first 20 years there. I moved around with the military for some odd years. And 20 years ago I moved to New York and have lived... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Major Knitter
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Yes - WE won an award. I was home in Iowa this past weekend for the 2015 Friends of Recovery Banquet for Jackson Recovery Centers. I was completely surprised by the Women Helping Women award. This award was for all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Major Knitter
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I went back home to visit my family and co-hosted a baby shower for my nephew & niece-in-law. That's what all my secretive knitting has been about these past several weeks. I created seven different baby woodland animal hats. OK... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Major Knitter
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Hail! Hail! The gang's all here. And so we welcome you. Here are all five woodland animals who made the trek to Iowa. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at Major Knitter
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My fourth critter of the Woodland Animal set is the little owl. He's less than three inches tall - cute and cuddly - and makes a great addition to the group. Cordell the Owl by Knit-a-Zoo US Size 1 needles... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at Major Knitter
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Hedgehogs are all the rage lately. Therefore it was an easy decision to add one to my Woodland Animals toy collection. I used: Julie Williams' Little Oddment Hedgehog pattern US Size 1 needles Knit Picks Palette - Lynx Heather, Wheat... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at Major Knitter
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So I didn't show you everything there was to show about my latest Wonderful Wallaby. You simply saw a hand knit size 2 toddler gray hooded sweatshirt. What I didn't show you was the razzamatazz. I added wolf ears to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at Major Knitter
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I'm on a critter roll and I managed to finish an adorable fox. The pattern is Todd Fox by Amanda Berry Knit on US Size 1 needles with Knit Picks yarn - brown sugar, black and cream He's quite happy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Major Knitter
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My woodland animal kick is taking off. I found a great pattern - Todd Fox and Ralf Wolf by Amanda Berry - and decided to knit both for my woodland animal collection. First up, of course, was Ralf Wolf. Hello... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Major Knitter
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It took me a very long time to take my favorite bunny pattern - Julie Williams' Bunny Egg Cosy - by adding a body, arms and legs. My first attempt was too big. My second attempt was too small. My... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Major Knitter
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I was trying to figure out what to do with some new lovely fabric I bought. I've been stewing on it for a few weeks. I had an idea in mind to make some pennants or zigzag design when the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Major Knitter
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It's officially spring today. But in Connecticut, specifically in Westport, we got hit with yet another snow storm. Based on weather maps, our town was one of two high points for snow accumulation. My unofficial backyard gauge - the BBQ... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Major Knitter
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I'm having so much fun knitting a slew of animal toys, but for some reason the rabbit doesn't want to be. The first one just didn't knit up to the cute shapes from the pattern. I was knitting too tightly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Major Knitter
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I love IKEA. I have loved it since I first discovered it 25 years ago. When I was mobilized to the Washington, DC area after 9/11 for a year, I furnished my apartment in 100% IKEA. It was then that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Major Knitter
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Wilma's tongue is very fascinating. We all love it - the way it's always hanging out of her mouth, falling on the ground, out while she's sleeping. Now the puppies have discovered her tongue, too. Too cute. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Major Knitter
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There is some exciting news in my family. My nephew & niece-in-law are expecting a baby. It's the first baby of the next generation so we're all very excited. I'm going to be home later this month so I suggested... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Major Knitter
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There's no one to entertain me, engage me in a conversation, distract me or otherwise give me a good reason to put down my knitting. That means that while he was on a business trip this week, I knit non-stop.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Major Knitter
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It's been fourteen months since I knit a Wonderful Wallaby - so I figured today was as good a day as any to cast on for a Wonderful Wallaby. This pattern is a favorite of mine. It's a like a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Major Knitter