Kindle & Knit

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I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!  My family and I celebrated the holiday by staying home and having a great dinner made by my mom.  Simple.  I love simple.
One of my favorite gifts was an Amazon Kindle, and I gotta say that I am falling in love with it.  1) Browsing books online is one of my favorite past times; 2) I wanted to keep my physical library to a minimum, but don’t like getting rid of books; 3) I can buy and read books anywhere; 4) It’s lightweight.
In all honesty, I was a little worried that it would take time for me to get used to the screen, but the Kindle has a screen unlike a computer or phone. . . it really is like reading something on paper.  I also worried that I wouldn’t like the lack of page turning (it’s something I love about reading from paper books), but pushing a button isn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. :)  The one and only thing that I will miss that the kindle cannot replace is the smell of books.  Ah well, life is about give and take anyway.

Enough of that – I’m gonna prove to you that I still knit.

Abalone Cardigan

Pattern: Abalone by Beata Jezek
Yarn: Hand dyed (main) and Araucania Nature Wool Chunky (cc)

The sleeves turned out too big for me, but I intentionally knit the body a little bigger so that I could close it up in the front if I needed to (with a shawl pin).  Either way, I’m pretty happy with it and I’ve almost completed another project which will be posted soon!

In the meantime, give me book recommendations!

A week later. . .

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Look! I’m blogging after only a week of silence!  Let’s get started, shall we?

Classes:
Nope, not going to talk about school classes – but I do want to share my teaching schedule with you for this month at The Knitting Nest.
There will be 2 crochet classes and 1 kool-aid dyeing class!  Look for more details at TKN’s website, but here are some photos to get you interested:

1. Christmas Light Bulb Ornament — Friday Dec. 11th from 4 to 5:30pm

2. Dyeing Yarn w/ Kool-Aid! — Saturday Dec. 12th from 3:30 to 6pm (only 4 spots available for this one, sign up quick!)

3. Super Mario Invincibility Star — Sunday Dec. 13th from 4:30 to 6pm  (you can make it w/ or w/o eyes)

Knitting:
I wasn’t sure if I was going to knit any Christmas presents this year after going through tons of scarves last year, but alas, I just can’t help myself.
There are a couple of projects cookin’, but I can’t show all of them on here for fear of the recipient seeing their gift. . . you understand. ;)
However, I can show you what I’m going to try and knit Monster: a Seamless Hybrid sweater out of some Dream In Color “Classy” I bought.  It’s gorgeous, really.  I’ve never used this yarn before, but so far it is an absolute joy to knit with!

Speaking of Monster, today he said he wanted to look “cool” – and I think he did a job well done.  He has an official new nickname (coined by the one and only Amandizzzzle) – “L-Money” (or “L$$”??).  Either way, my kid is totally cool in my book, and not just because of his shades. ;)

Last but not least:
My good friend, Snowden the knitonaire, has a new pattern out!  So run, don’t walk, to get your very own Agatha pattern.

Have a great weekend!