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Thanks & Alpaca

November 27, 2009

Regan and I spent our Thanksgiving being thankful for a family that still gathers for holidays. For about 20 years Grandma has hosted both Christmas and Thanksgiving in her barn — the barn that she and Grandpa renovated with dreams of turning into a bed & breakfast until they fell so in love with it that they decided to make it their home. That place is full of good things and today’s gathering ushered in this holiday season just the way I needed.

Now that the season is officially underway, I’m ramping up the holiday crafting. Before heading into secret gift-making mode, I thought I’d share a selfish project that was a fun, mindless primer to get me in the right gear for some serious crafting/knitting/sewing/cursing/etc.

This scarf was made with about 545 of the 549 yards of this ball of alpaca and was what kept my hands busy during a few seasons of Mad Men (thanks, Netflix). I took no notes as I knit, but think I used size 7 needles and cast on about 80 stitches, which I reduced to 20 in the narrowest sections. It was an excellent project for mindless knitting (rapid decreases, straight knitting, rapid increases, and on and on and on until I reached the end of the ball). And after some indecision, I think I dig it.

Hope everyone else enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving. If you are a gift-giver during the holidays and like to go the homemade route, what are you making? If in need of some ideas, Kate Martinez at Curiositys has compiled a list of her neat tutorials.

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