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Just sharing ( Knitting) SL

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4th Portuguese Water Dog Panel
Here is Surf in sitting profile. Silly pup.

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Be's sketchy!
Be aware that KP is running an unknown program that is uploading and downloading from your computer connection! My son found this when we started
having trouble with our connection slowing when I was logged in to KP. This was not the case earlier when the address for KP was "secure". Our wi-fi is
password protected and I have Malwarebytes protection so this really bothers me. I would hate to have to leave because of this! Any thoughts?
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Mermaid Blanket - Original (k)
This is for my granddaughter.

I made notes as I went along, but there is no pattern.

Being of short attention span, I didn’t want this to take twenty years so I used a size 13 circular needle with worsted weight yarn held double. I used one strand Hobby Lobby Sugarwheel (in Saturday Sundae colorway), held together with a strand of encore worsted. I had the encore in my stash in colors that closely matched those in the Sugarwheel, and the Sugarwheel was 30% off so I brought this baby in at $9.98.

The fact that I just happened to have matching yarn in five different shades might make a sane person wonder if perhaps my stash is a wee bit out of control. I, on the other hand am of the school that one simply cannot have either too much wine, or too much yarn. I used about 1 2/3 skeins of Sugarwheel and about half each of the five complimentary skeins of Encore. I’m not at liberty to say how much wine was involved.

I measured this for a three year old. It’s a very good thing that I am not an architect or carpenter because it came out well, a bit big. I have a sneaking feeling that my granddaughter won’t be out-growing this prior to graduation (high school graduation, not kindergarten). I wonder if I can present this as a “mermaid sleeping bag” with a straight face.
Blanket before tail attached

The tail

Tail attached

Sugarwheel yarn

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KPer at baseball game?
I've been watching the Cardinals/Brewers baseball game at Milwaukee tonight and guess what I saw around 8:30 pm? The cameraman found this white haired lady sitting in the front row of the stands knitting up a storm: rat-a-tat-tat, she was going so fast with that yellow yarn, all the time watching the ballgame! (I'm asking myself if she's knitting or crocheting?) The guys announcing the game were so interested in what she was knitting that they kept having the cameraman turn the camera on her, and finally sent someone down to interview her. We viewers at home watched while the St. Louis TV guy interviewed her. He then came up to the TV booth and told us that she was crocheting a baby blanket to donate to the local hospital, has made hundreds (I think she said) of them in the past. It was obvious she knew exactly what she was doing and didn't need to watch her hands. The TV guys were so impressed that they took a signed baseball to her and thanked her for her volunteer work for the hospital. Since the guy used a microphone for this, it may have been heard by the people at the ballpark. WOW! What we KPer's won't do with our talented hooks and needles!
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Favorite knitted Toys Books
I borrowed "60 Quick Knitted Toys" from Cascade Yarns. There are so many patterns in there I'd like to make I'm thinking of buying it. But since toys knitting is rather new for me, I'm wondering which recommendations you have for a knitted toys book that you have used many different patterns from, or are planning to?
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Intarsia with DAK
I made this pillow for my grandson, and of course mostly wanted to learn the technique. Our knitting club had a workshop on intarsia.
The pictures came from a picture book, used graphic studio to make a stitch pattern. This needs some practice, but I am getting better. Then I used interactive knitting. The computer tells me which yarn goes on which needle numbers. No need to read charts and get lost in the rows. In all it was very easy, just had to make sure the yarn was always over the open latches and knitted off correctly.

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yarn love
today I celebrated my 80th birthday and it brought to mind a very happy m
bunch of memories years ago I met a young lassie on kp digest after seeing she was from a home town I had left many eons ago eventually after many exchanged emails And my husband passing I went home for a time to meet her and bonds bigger than blood hold us together last year she threw a surprise birthday for me and has always loving messages so grow well kp digest knowing your yarn holds many people together
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New, old hooks for me
I am so happy with my latest purchase! I got this set of vintage Susan Bates Hooks off of E-Bay and they are like brand new. I paid $35, which is a lot for me, but I am really pleased with them. There is a big difference between the vintage and the current market Susan Bates. The vintage were made in the USA, the current ones are made in Mexico.
I have included pictures to show the difference, for those of you who haven’t seen them before. The vintage hook has much smoother edges, yet the hook is still the same inline shape, maybe a tad more pointed. The edge of the hook on the current ones is much wider, and very sharp, causing it to snag the yarn at times. I actually took my small Dremel to the newer hooks to smooth the edges. Also, not really visible, but the shaft on the vintage hooks is like satin and slides beautifully....the newer ones also slide nicely but not quite as nice as the vintage ones.
So, if you like the inline style hook like I do, these are the ones to look for. Of course I haven’t really tried other brands of inline hooks so I am open for recommendations.
Vintage Susan Bates with case

Vintage Hooks size B thru K

Vintage on Left vs Current on right

Vintage on left vs Current on right

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BSJ question
Help! I am knitting my first BSJ. Basic question: which is the "right" side and which is the "wrong" side. I have done the slip 2, K1, psso decrease and I am purling on the back of each decreased stitch. Is the right side the one with the obvious loops or is it the smoother side. In other words, is the right side the one you do the decreases on or the purl side? Thanks for any help.
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