(Thank you, everyone, for your comments on my last post. I appreciate every kind comment or thought.)

So, I have been knitting. Like another Juneau-ite says, “In Juneau, the weather is always fine, if you are a knitter.” Oh so true. This has been a crazy summer by most accounts. The highs are in the low 60′s and it is overcast and drizzly 5 days out of 7. Perfect weather to curl up with knitting and a hot cup of tea or coffee.

I finished the baby cardigan that is a gift for another couple having a baby next month. I adore this pattern, it is well written and easy to follow. It is an easy top-down raglan style sweater with no seaming.
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  • Pattern: Easy Baby Cardigan by Knitting Pure and Simple (Free Download)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy in Planetarium colorway
  • Mods: Made in 12 month size, did the collar version instead of hood and only did one set of i-cord ties.

I have also been working on my Monkey’s. I finished the first one while we were still in Saipan and it was too short, so I had to rip it back. I put that off and put it in the knitting bag where it sat patiently waiting. I decided last week to dig it out, rip the toe out and add another repeat on the foot, knit the toe and kitchner it shut. By then, I was on a roll and cast on for #2 immediately. This pattern is addicting, as is the yarn. I adore this yarn. It is nice in the hand, and nice on the foot. A pure pleasure to knit with. And I think that it will hold up well to wear. I did the gusset yesterday and am almost done with turning the heel. Then it is smooth sailing on down the foot.
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  • Pattern: Monkey (Free Download)
  • Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Mediumweight in Sherbert colorway
  • Mods: None

I have also been working on my yarn thrifting skillz. I bought this 100% lambswool Old Navy sweater at the thrift shop for $3.25.
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There are tons of tutorials online regarding taking apart sweaters, I liked this one the best and followed it. It was time consuming, but not too bad. DH even got into it by helping me unravel the pieces. I was then left with all of this…

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Which I promptly dyed with Tropical Punch Kool Aid on the stove. And hung to dry…

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The yarn came out a little more pinky than I would have liked. So, I got more packets of the fruity flavored drink (store brand this time), in the black cherry flavor. And set out to dye it up again…

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It didn’t turn the deep red that I was looking for, but that is okay.  It is now hanging again, drying.  I used this tutorial on Kool Aid dyeing.  Once I got over my initial fear, it turned out to be one of the simplest things to do.  Seriously.

I have lots more in the works, but nothing that I can show right now…one secret project and lots of ideas mostly.

Peace.

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