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Vote for Yoda

I am super excited about this one.

still in the running, vote for me!

still in the running, vote for me!

today I found out that my original design, the Yoda Golf Club Cover is in the running to win a contest from Lion Brand Yarn! The winner will receive a trip for 2 to meet Vanna White in LA.

What do I have to do to win? Get the most votes! So, if you love golf, star wars, or just me, make sure to click on this link and vote for the little green guy in the list of entries. Also, make sure to share this on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Thanks guys, cant wait to let you know the good news!!!

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Portuguese Cables

This weekend, stuck home with the kids, snow piled high outside our door, I decided to learn some new knitting techniques. Why not teach myself one at a time? Why that would be way too easy.
First I researched a knitting style I had only just heard of, Portuguese knitting. It uses the left thumb almost entirely. You can take a lesson on YouTube from the expert here: Andrea Wong
Next I found a pattern I loved on ravelry which used lots of cables. Can you believe I have never done cables? I got out some lion brand superwash merino cashmere and got to work. Super soft and so much fun!
Need to learn knitting basics? Make sure to check out my YouTube channel.

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Made for my son who is 8 years old, who found this yarn at a craft fair and asked me to make mittens. They fit his hands nicely. I cannot take credit for this pattern, it is based on the StarStruck Mittens, which is available for free on Ninapetrina’s Creative Corner. I have subtracted the star pattern and converted the measurements to inches for American knitters. In addition, I used the Kitten Knits thumb technique which uses waste yarn to pick up live stitches as an afterthought.

Materials:
DK weight yarn
US size 4 DPN’s
waste yarn in contrasting color
scissors
darning needle

abbreviations:
CO – cast on
K – knit
K2P2 – knit 2 purl 2 (rib stitch)
K2to – knit 2 together (decrease)

Hand:
CO 40
K2p2 2″
K 12 rows
K3 pick up 1 k2 pick up 1 k
K 2 rows
K3 pick up 1 k4 pick up 1 k
K 1 row
K2, k8 onto waste yarn, put those 8 stitches back on left need and knit across
K2to before and after waste yarn 2 rows
K to 7″ from cast on edge
K6 k2to repeat across row
K
K5 k2to repeat across row
K
Continue to decrease this way until 10 stitches remain
K2to across
Cut yarn and thread through live stitches

Thumb:
Pick up stitches from waste yarn and one from either side of hole
Knit in the round for 2″
K2to around until 5 stitches remain
Cut yarn and thread through

Repeat for second mitten

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