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FOs Everywhere April 11, 2011

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Seriously, I’ve been a finishing fiend lately. Since I finished the Arden mitts, I’ve finished

The Sunset Loop socks

Froot Loops by Kristi Geraci, Mountain Colors Crazyfoot in an unknown colorway, size US 2 needles

The Boring Mansocks for Cory

My own generic sock pattern, Arucania Ranco in Olive, size US 1.5 needles

AND a teeny little microfoppy.

Monster Chunks by Rebecca Danger, Knitpicks Gloss Lace in Fiesta, size US 0 needles

I’ve still got a lot to do by the end of the month, but I feel pretty good about what I’ve finished so far. I’m working on my old Woodland Shawl as one of my WIPs for Nerd Wars, and I need to make Celaeno still as well. Then I signed up to test knit some socks that were turning out way too big, so I need to start over on smaller needles, AND I have to make the shawl for the auction winner. Whew!

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Free at last March 10, 2011

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The Alice Mittens are DONE.

I finished them yesterday afternoon, but they needed blocking and the buttons sewn on, so officially they got finished this morning.

Alice in Wonderland Mittens by Jennifer Lang, size US 2 needles, Artyarns Ultramerino in black, Regia Silk 4-ply in silver, linings in Knitpicks Gloss Lace in fiesta (red)

To be honest, for a while after finishing them I didn’t want to look at them. I was so sick of this project that all I could feel was immense relief that I was DONE.

But the more I look at them, the more I love them.

After finishing those, I realized that it was March 9th and I hadn’t finished a single thing that I could turn in for Nerd Wars (well, I made pieces for something, but I haven’t actually done the… event… yet, so I can’t turn that in) so I whipped up a quick little toy. One of the challenges was “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” and the parameters were to either make, from your team’s fandom, an animal or something with lion and lamb like qualities. I chose the latter and made a creature from Earthbound (Mother 2 in Japan) known as a Foppy.

Monster Chunks by Rebecca Danger, size US 5 needles, Järbo Garn Raggi Solids in red

I think he’s very cute. He’s only about two inches tall and maybe two and a half inches wide, and took maybe 45 minutes tops.

In non-knitting news, my birthday party was last Saturday, and my birthday itself on Monday! I had a wonderful party and an even better birthday. The big exciting news is that on my birthday, I finally went and took (and aced) my driver’s permit exam. I never learned to drive as a teen and since I became an adult haven’t needed to learn, but I decided that at 25 years old it was finally time. I’ve done the “slow-circles-in-a-parking-lot” thing twice now, and this weekend we’re going to go find a long stretch of empty country road to tool around on. It’s harder than it should be because our car is a manual transmission, but I think I’ll get it eventually.

Here are some photos from the party!

The chocolate layer cake and pecan pie I baked for the party

The guests, minus myself (behind the camera), my husband, and my brother (both off buying pizzas). From left to right that’s Kiah, my sister Kristen and my nephew Elliot, Nicole, Nick and Marie, Kate’s face, and Janelle’s legs and torso

The best photo of my husband ever taken

Nicole and I tentatively trying pieces of a bacon/maple cupcake my sister brought- it was actually pretty ok

And I’d share our bananagrams silliness with you, but I didn’t get any clear photos of word selections that DIDN’T involve parts of the anatomy or swears. My friends are an interesting bunch! In any case, it was the best party I’ve had in a long, long time.

Here’s to 25!