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If you have been visiting this space for any amount of time you know that my mother was my everything.  The source of all of my knowledge in life and in knitting.  She was our "Google" and before that our "Ask Jeeves".  My mother knew more than my sisters and I could ever dream of knowing.  She had the most magical way about her where if you were around her you just felt good.  She had love in her heart for all things in life.  People and experiences.  She loved to travel (mostly with Shelly) and told us she was ready to go anywhere and that her bags were always packed.  She was gifted at just being lovely.  

My mom passed away in the early morning hours of January 07.  The house was quiet and the four of us were together under the same roof, exactly how she would have wanted it.  

It was as if a conversation happened between my mom and God and she organized her entire death experience.  She finally figured out a way to get just her and her girls under the same roof without anyone else around. "Give Lisa Covid", she told God.  And he did. ☺️ That way we had to send home all of the caretakers.  Then it was just the four of us.  

The three of us gathered around my mom.  We played soft music.  We painted her nails with her favorite color (OPI, Cajun Shrimp) we lathered her skin with lotion and essential oils.  We made sure her lips were moist. We kissed her and hugged her.  We told her how much we appreciated all she has done for us and how much we loved her for the billionth time.  We told that it was alright to leave us, that we would be okay, even though we've never been good liars.  

We all went to sleep on the night of January 6th checking on her throughout the night.  It was the first night my mom hadn't had someone sleeping in her room for three years.   We think we finally gave her the space she needed to get those final things into her bags.  And she peacefully took flight from this beautiful space to another.  

 My friend, Carol told us that God puts YOU were you are supposed to be.  Sometimes they want to share and sometimes they want to spare.  

We love you forever, mom, and you will be missed more than we could ever imagine.  

happy 2022

Happy New Year, Friends!

Taking down the Christmas decorations today. It's one of my favorite days of the year. I love when they go up, but I love the clean slate of the new year. This is the day my mind races and I think about my goals in Life and Knitting. I'm so excited about the new year.  I understand it will have it's challenges, but I also understand that I am the one in charge of my attitude. 

Libby and I had a little photo shoot yesterday on the last day of 2021.  This photo was completely inspired by the shop where I work and a photo they took.  

Libby's Christmas Sweater
Pattern:  Hotline Sweater    by Wool and the Gang
Yarn:  6 balls of Take Care Mohair in Lipstick Red
Size:  Size 1
Needles:  US 11

Happy New Year Friends!  Here's to all the things that make you happy and make your heart sing!!!

xx, leslie

Christmas knits old and new

Merry Christmas Friends!
I hope everyone had a very Merry day!

Libby made a cameo appearance on my latest YouTube video.  

She wore her Christmas sweater I finished for her.  She also wore it on Christmas Eve and that made my heart happy!

I'm wearing a Christmas sweater I made back in 1997!!!  It's one of the only sweaters I saved as I tend to give away sweaters I don't wear.  I haven't worn this sweater for at least 20 years.  That sounds crazy. I'm thrilled that I saved it.

Libby's sweater
Pattern:  Hotline Sweater by Wool and the Gang
Yarn:  Take Care Mohair
Needles:  US size 11

Libby's WIP
Pattern:  Trefann
Yarn:  Lion Brand Wool Ease

My sweater
Pattern:  #13 Fall/Winter '96-'97 Vogue Knitting

My hat
Yarn:  Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky (Hue and Eye)
Needles:  US size 11

Happy week between Christmas Day and New Years Day.   I think it's the best week of the year!

gift knitting

I'm not usually that organized when it comes to gift knitting.  But, I always seem to find a few things I want to make the closer we get to Christmas.  

There are always a few people I think about who may need a pair of TOAST mitts.  

I made my hair stylist daughter a Barbie Doll sweater from a book I have had since Libby was little.  Now THAT was FUN!
And a simple hat in a cute color is always a winter brightener!  
Pattern:  I winged it.  Cast on 50 stitches.  Joined to work in the round for 5.5" then started decreases evenly throughout.  Yarn is Malabrigo Rasta.  They make such fun colors!

I have a couple of more hats on the needles (The Savante) and a pair of socks for Steve.  I think sock knitting is tricky business.  Not only do I hope I can get them finished but I hope they fit!

the daily pullover

Well, I started this post about 10 days ago, the day I really started to have flu like symptoms and took a Covid test.  The result showed positive for Covid.  Luckily, my symptoms remained mild for the entire time.  My symptoms also changed daily.  One day aches.  One day a sore throat.  One day super tired.  One day a cough.  One or two days a low grade fever.  
My son, Andrew got it first.  And then, of course, I passed it on to my husband.  I am so grateful that we all had pretty mild symptoms.  
Anyhow, I did have enough energy to knit everyday.  I have a few gifts knit and am still plugging along on a Christmas sweater for Libby.  More on those later.
Let's talk about The Daily Pullover for now.

I honestly can not say enough about this sweater.  Pure dreamy.  Especially if you like Linen Quill.  It is such a lovely drape.  Not too soft.  Not too firm.  Just the right combination.  
It's a top down knit and requires very little brain power.  You do have to keep track of your increases but once you divide for the body/sleeves it's pretty much on cruise control.  
I love this kettle black color and the flecks of white linen that come through to make a basic V neck sweater a little special.  
I did make my V a little "less" deep by binding off a little tighter than looser.  You can play with the bind off to get the right V for your liking.  

I truly think this is the perfect Daily Sweater.  I have 3 skeins of Nutmeg and will be casting on for another after the first of the year.  That's how much I love it!

Yarn:  Linen Quill in Black Kettle.  3 skeins
Needles: US size 3
Modifications:  The only thing I did differently was to add length to the body.  My body measures 12" before the short rows. 

episode 20

I'm getting super fancy and bought myself a ring light.  
I sat here and filmed my favorite topic; knitting.  I also explain why I am lisping.  ☺️

If you care to find out you can head over and watch episode 20 of a friend to knit with podcast.

Happy Knitting, friends!  xx

knitting for a cause

There are so many lovely knitters out there making loving pieces for charities. Are you one of them? If so, I think you are the bomb.  I really need to do some knitting for others in the upcoming year.  I'm definitely going to look into that. 

 Well, Yarn Canada has taken a particular interest in these special people and along with their big hearts put together a giveaway for people who knit for good causes.  How awesome is that!  Whether you are with a group or donate your work individually you have a chance to win some Bernat and Patons Yarn.  

As a group you have a chance to win $1000.00 for the group.  One group in Canada is eligible and one group in America is eligible.  And then, they are giving away TEN $200.00 gift certificates to individuals. 

You can enter here.  

This just makes my heart happy.