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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Please help me support my habit...

That should draw an interesting crowd...

As the weather cools, my habit becomes more intense.  The cravings, the yearnings, the obsessing...oy!  My focus, already on shaky ground, becomes as fragmented as light through a prism.  Or like trying to herd cats, or push string....

I sidle about, small bags of it hidden in my work satchel, scattered on the coffee table, on the dining room table, on my dresser.  I indulge whenever I can - squeezing in a quick fix while in the doctor's office, waiting in line, waiting for 5:30, sitting while covered with sleeping cats....

I'm a knitting junkie and I need your help.  In my defense, as someone who has the focus of a fruit fly, knitting something small and fast is just indescribably alluring.  Just look at some of my WIPs, if you don't believe me:

Tribbles - (this is all your fault, Jaime!)

Beekeepers Quilt - I got sucked right into the vortex and it will only take me three or four years to complete a lap-size quilt...I blame it on the tribbles...

Socks - Must. Knit. Socks.  I discovered I had an entire storage tub filled with sock yarn. OY.

Cotton Cardigan - Cast on in early June as a neck-down sweater.  I am closing in on two inches.

Black Cotton Sleeveless Shell - Cast on in the distant past - so distant, I don't remember exactly what I was thinking or when I was thinking it.  Left to lie fallow after five inches of booooring stocking knit.  Are you seeing a pattern here?  Anything that entails more than 20 minutes of covert knitting is tossed to the side to lie woefully unappreciated and ignored.

Various Holiday Gifts - Which cannot be described for obvious reasons...

Toddler's Cotton Vest - THIS is why I need your help!  As you know, I don't have children.  Ergo, I don't have grandchildren.  Nor do I interact with children on any regular basis.  Yet, I persist in knitting children's garments.  They are small.  They are fast.  They are cute.  Need I say more?


The colors are a little different than pictured - the blue is
closer to the green in color and the green is more
of a celery-meets-sage green.
 How can you help?  By entering my giveaway to win this little vest so I can justify knitting another child-sized garment!  Now, before you get all excited (if any of you are getting excited, that is), a few disclaimers:

  • This is not knit by one of Martha's minions.  This is knit by me.  So it is bound to be imperfect.
  • This is NOT a cat-free home.  They own it and I just live here.
  • This is knit out of dreamy, organic, hand spun cotton.  You cannot toss this into the machine.  You will have to hand wash it and block it flat to dry it. 
  • Although I followed the pattern for a 1 Y/O, I have no idea if this will fit a 1 Y/O so you'll have to go by the measurements, which are:  12 inches across the chest; 11 inches from top of shoulder to bottom of ruffle; 4 inches at arm hole.
Will you help me?  If you love me you will...  Have mercy on me and leave a comment of any size, shape or color below.  I will choose a winner by random on Saturday, November 17.  Deadline for entry is midnight, Friday, November 16.  I can only ship to the continental U.S. - sorry - overseas postal rates are too steep!  I've spent all my money on yarn (and dog food), you see...

23 comments:

  1. I think it's cute!!! I too love to knit, and am trying to get into more then baby blankets, which I love to do! So this winter as I try other things and feed my obsesession too I will think of you ;)

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    1. SLF - Last year, I was crazy for cables. I try to learn something new every year - and then do it until I can knit it blindfolded (as if) or until my friends run when they see me coming...

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  2. Oh MAN!! Too small for Rhiannon :( But it is cuter than a button (or as cute as the buttons on the vest)! I wish I knew someone with a kid that small as I would enter then, but alas, the only kids that small I plan on seeing in the near future will be from my goats......and you've ALREADY given me two BEAUTIFUL knit goat-kid sweaters!!

    Maybe you can start knitting coasters or dish cloths. For the entire state of Wisconsin.

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    1. CR - And I found two more goat-kid sweaters hidden in the spare dresser. Let me know if you have two sets of twins....Wisconsin? Why not..THE WORLD!

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  3. You are so funny. I don't know any baby girls, but could send you more yarn to feed your habit!

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    1. Michelle - I can only look on with envy as you create all your lovely patterned shawls...and no more yarn! Or at least not until I work my way through my sizeable stash.

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    2. I hear you on the stash! And I will happily enter the giveaway; one never knows when a baby shower invitation will arrive. :-)

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  4. Cute, but I don't know of anyone that would fit in it, and my kids are older. Sorry.

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    1. Kristina - That's my problem, too. Maybe I should knit doll's clothes...

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  5. Sorry, I can't help as I have no children or grandchildren either! :( It is a darling little dress, you did a great job!
    P.S. I bought yarn yesterday to make some Tribbles, durn Jaime anyway! LOL!!

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    1. Candy - Durn Jaime! Isn't she a dear? What else would we be doing with our little bits of cotton yarn???

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    2. LOL, I'm late to the party! Those tribbles are so addictive! So many dishes piled up while I made one after another :)
      -Jaime

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  6. Susan,

    I wouldn't mind being a knitting junkie, I have not once picked up a knitting needle for the life of me. This was not something we ever really learned as kids. I'll need to one day sit down and learn knitting from a friend or You Tube. You probably think I'm strange, truthfully, I was never taught. Now I was taught all kinds of other things like cooking, cleaning, laundry, hunting, fishing, and working briefly on car.

    Okay, I'm babbling on.

    I would love to enter your beautiful giveaway. Please put my name in the pot!
    Thanks,
    Sandy

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    1. Sandy - Well, I think it's a lot easier to knit than to learn hunting, for instance - and never mind working on a car! If we lived closer, I would love to teach you (such as I could). You Tube is a wonderful tool. With knitting under your belt, you would be one of the most multi-talented women I know!

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  7. Little Ramona would look adorable in this, but I fear too small. My mother would buy all sorts of material that she was going to sew into something or would start and never finish many painting projects. She had an entire room of unfinished projects.......

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    1. Sylvie - I had briefly thought about Mony, but figured, even if it DID fit, she'd grow out of it in a week. I am tempted to leave my stash(es) to my next of kin, but that wouldn't be nice, so I'm going to work through them...

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  8. Oy, don't enter me - no kids here either - but I feel your pain. How about knitting teddy bear sweaters? That's what I'm thinking about trying :-).

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    1. TCSL - That's a great idea! Even smaller!!

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  9. Good grief, another thing we have in common. I have baby/toddler knitted items stashed in a chest of drawers, too! They're just so darn cute, how can one resist making them? So what I'm saying is even though I do love you, don't enter my name in the drawing. I may steal your clever idea and get rid of (oops, I mean offer) some of mine as a giveaway, too!

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  10. Cute vest. I don't have little ones. But I do have cats so I know about cat hair. If you look close at my yarn work ,you may see little cat hairs.LOL

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  11. I'm not in need of the vest, but wanted to share your pain at having an abundance of UFO's around the house. My thing is single sock syndrome. I'm pathetic. I need to just learn to make them two at a time, it's as simple as that.

    I made a baby hat a few weeks ago. Nevermind that would fit a 10 year old, it was really fun to knit (it had lace, so it was interesting) and went super fast. There always seems to be drives for hats, so this is something I could see myself doing.

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