Alpha Fat Book

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I am glad that I managed to put the book together, I love the pages everyone did. My binding has been done with braclets from the dollar store. One doesn’t want to stay done up, so I may resort to crazy glue. I am thinking of a few more threads, beads and maybe a tag inside the back cover to write up my experiences with my first fat book

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fat book, socks

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Today, I go this in the mail, I have not so patiently been waiting for it ever since it was mailed early last week.  There are 29 pages for an alphabet fat book, a couple of endpages and a number page included.  I did the letter Y, 4×4 inch format all very similar. This is the first time, I have taken part in this type of exchange and I have so much to learn from each page. The various artists were from Canada and the US. We are now faced with the challenge of how to bind the book, I want something unique and funky and elegant.  No doubt this will keep me awake a few nights.I have a page of ideas in one of my journals, now I need to see if that is practical.  Did you notice the letter J is knitted?

The Socks picture is huge even though it is reduced. I have tried to hide it but that is not working for me today. Anyrate, this is the yarn I dyed with Adriana, just a plain sock with the garter stitch heel. They feel like the best fit yet. I haven’t named this colourway yet, I’d welcome suggestions. So far, I have thought of “Autumn Squash”, “Curried Veg” and ” Tiger in the Green grass”.
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Heather posted a picture of the fingerless gloves called Fetching and here is the pair I did in Silky wool. A dark red, which was hard to photograph.Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

a little more Greece, some knit stuff.

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The mueseum in Delphi had 2 or 3 cases of Griffins, so I had to get a picture.
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I am fascinated with the restoration process and the art of display. I am glad that someone is doing this sort of work because it is hard to imagine the size from a picture, the pieces are magnificent.
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We went to two monasteries at Meteora, all perched on mountain tops, even though we go by bus to the parking lot, there is still a lot of climbing involved, we were told to dress appropriately, my denim skirt didn’t cover my knees and there are wrap around skirts to wear over your short skirts or pants. The chapel is covered in paintings of the saints. The gardens were very peaceful.
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I did take some photos of native costumes and uniforms. I loved some of the intricate details.  There is some intricate soutache braid detail around all the tassels.

I bought the Holiday Interweave mostly for the little heart made with Koigu and I also got the Vogue Knitting Holiday, it has some neat sweaters that I like but alas don’t fit me.

Say it Outloud.

http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2006/10/24/in_the_woods.html The yarn harlot’s columm today really hit a note with me.  I find it is hard to just say thank-you when paid a compliment about our crafts or art work. I always want to point out the errors or what I had to fix. ( sometimes, I am d*** proud of how I managed to solve the problem to fix it).
Years ago, in a depression  where there was a lot of soul searching and self doubt, I read a slew of self help books. One was about affirmations by Louise Hay, there was an affirmation for everything.  No half measures, about I feel better or I am trying to be creative, you had to jump in fully. So I tried I am well and I am creative.  She said if you need to say it 300 times a day, well do so.  So on  my walks, each foot step was accompanied by an affirmation.   It worked.

It took quite awhile before I am creative turned into I am an artist.  It took another period of time before I actually said it outloud  to someone. The first time I said I was an artist was at a nursing reunion, I felt fairly safe I wouldn’t  be seeing these people again for another  5 years.  That 5 year period was very creative with some commisions for my embroidery work  and  my work appeared in some publications.  Now I say I am a knitter, but  I am creative still works well for me.

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The sweater I bought at Canadian Superstore, the Joe brand, I find the sizing quite generous. exposed seams on the cuffs, armseye and side seams. Very light, $19, 45% rayon, 27% cotton, 25% nylon and 3% Cashmere, so it is soft to wear. The necklace I made with beads from a glass artist from Alberta. I am getting better at getting the crimp bead in place.
The sock progresses, I am down to 56 stitches on the 2.5s and it is fitting better, I gave up on the spiral pattern and attempted my first garter stitch short row heel. I used Lucy Neatby’s book It is worked over 60 % of the original stitches, so it might just work better with my slim ankles and large heels.

Happy but not always impressed

Happy stuff first.
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Not impressed with this.  The hat right side out, yikes the curled edge on the brim, depth of crown is all wrong.
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The hat inside out, upside down, Voila—a flower pot container, stll not that good on my head. Perhaps it would look better with proper accessories and not a housecoat.
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a little more Greece

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThis charming little port was on the way to Delphi.
Photobucket - Video and Image HostingMain street in Delphi, lots to buy and look at here. I had a good time.
Photobucket - Video and Image HostingAnother view of the same street, everything on a hillside, sidewalks a foot wide, lovely flowers.
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting This knit wear was in Athens, a real mixture of colours with applique as well. Obviously one could play around with left over sock yarns and I think come up with a more pleasing arrangement.The red wrap or jacket on the right appealed   to me,  just a variation on a rectangle with an elongated front.

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