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Winning Team! And a new pattern to celebrate fall.

No, I’m not talking about the Brewers.  Or the Packers.  (Not that they’re not winning teams right now….)

First, though I have not been blogging, I have indeed been knitting.  Knitting a lot, actually.

One of the things I have been knitting, for a brief but intense time, was a dishrag, for DishRag Tag V!  Emily from YarnMiracle once again was kind enough to put this fun and amazing friendly knitting relay on.  On September 21st, the box came:

filled with treats and dishcloth cotton, and a finished dishrag!

These were from my teammate Kirsten in Michigan.  (Our team, number 9 on the list, was called the A-Nine-ilators!)

I picked up the cotton and my needles and began to knit, punctuated with a trip to the first meeting of the year (and my first meeting ever) of the local knitting guild, Three Rivers Knitting Guild.

Though I got it finished and the packaged mailed off via the Automated Postal Center that night, the USPS hijacked our package, holding it in Peoria two days past the promised delivery date.  Oh, no!

But despite this unforeseen delay: thanks to awesome teammates and speedy knitting all along the way,

Our team WON the DishRag Tag!

Woo-hoo!  We mostly won glory, but also very cool knitting bags. (The purple ones are coming to the A-Nine-ilators.)  Thank you, Emily!

Whew!   As the race just ended, to our glory, there is glory in the leaves around us also.  It’s probably peak color here right now, thanks to an early cold snap a couple weeks ago, though right now it’s incredibly warm for October in the midwest.  I haven’t had time for a proper photo shoot, but here are a few photos of trees within a half block of my house:

Maple putting on colors

See the leaves blowing off the trees, below?

(you may have to embiggen)

That was yesterday’s Saturday Sky, by the way.

Lastly, inspired by a ‘homework’ assignment for a Harry Potter-themed competitive knitting group (you would think I’m competitive or something), I just designed a fractal-inspired hat for fall. It’s not truly fractal, but Sierpinski triangles were hard to interpret in hat form. Instead, I modified a stitch pattern from Barbara Walker’s second treasury, frogged a few attempts at semi-clever decreases, and came up with this:

Pythagorean Triangles Hat.

It fits my lovely knit-model, the RockStar, it fits me

it even fits my husband.

Geometry is my daughter’s favorite area in math: maybe that’s why the hat seemed to make her so happy?

Pattern, Pythagorean Triangles Hat: download now

Sunday Bits and Bobs

I have no FOs to show you. I have almost finished a pair of Guitar Gloves for the guy, almost finished the first pair of socks I ever started, and made serious plans regarding my next two projects, which I am designing (which process involves a bed strewn full of various stitch dictionaries and knitting books). I have not knit on my father’s Oktoberfest socks; my deep knuckle cut still isn’t up to it (but today for the first time, I really thought it looked a lot better. That was before I knocked it on the bed frame….). Hopefully by this time next week I will be up to bobbling.

In the meantime, I’m still knitting slowly but improving.

This photo from last week of the Red Scarf when it was still in progress will only look strange to those who know me and my knitting ways well (a select few).


What’s strange about it? I’m knitting on Straight Needles! I pretty much always use circulars even for back and forth knitting. Easier to take along, less likely to slip out, less likely to poke other people if I’m knitting in close quarters. But when knitting English style as my injury was forcing me to, the straights were a little easier, as well as much lighter than my Addi Turbos in a large-ish size. These are Susan Bates Crystalites, and I rather liked them! They worked better for me than all the old aluminum needles in my collection that I learned to knit on, fairly pointy, smooth and very lightweight.

So that’s the only knitting I have to show you today.

But, when I had to go into work today, I grabbed my camera because I’m always seeing interesting things I’d like to photograph (last week it was a Proud Grandma minivan with grandchildren’s names painted all across the back bumper, then later the same day a contrail going straight up into the sky, turning pink with the sunset, looking like a phoenix rising).

Yes, it’s raining today.


But I still saw some pretty fall color.


And then, passing a house on the way, I saw this:


Aren’t they cute? They remind me of some sort of inverse Maypole Dance, or perhaps pillowcase druids worshipping the crabapple tree. I’ll have to go for a walk this way and figure out how they were made.

Lastly, I bought a handy little gadget at Office D. that I think will be great for knitting. These pictures bite, but you’ll get the idea. It’s a little zip pouch, that when unzipped stands up, sturdy enough to hold crochet hooks, scissors, etc. Reading glasses, pretty soon perhaps, but for now I can get by with taking my regular glasses off.


I should have put some props in for scale, but it’s about 8 inches long, 2 x 4 inches wide. In the school supply area. For a few bucks, I love it!

In other breaking news, I dressed the avatar for fall. Wish I could get my WeatherPixie to dress properly for the weather; she dresses like the Preteen. Belly shirt at 54 degrees? You’re not wearing that out of this house! (oops, off this blog!)

And you may have noticed the new header. My own photo, of the chrysanthemums in the front garden, taken yesterday. How’s that for breaking news?

Lastly, the flower of the day. Same mums, different picture.