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Monday, January 11, 2010

January 11th already? That is really crazy. I'm not exactly sure what I have been doing (knitting, yes) with my time, but I am thinking the school delays and cancellations haven't let me find my "new year" rhythm.
We have been waking up to winter wonderland a lot around here. It's been really beautiful. The snow clothes have been put on and taken off so many times I can't believe they aren't worn out.
And their new thorpes have been well loved for the last week. The yarn was great to work with. No complaints about them being itchy like the last ones I made. If you haven't made a thorpe yet, you really should. Easy, fun and cute to boot. I did have to re-teach myself the half double crochet stitch using this helpful video.

Charlie's: mist/blackberry, Libby's: neptune/tide, Andrew's: caribou/thyme

I did start another year of the 365 project. I have absolutely loved doing it the last two years. It sort of ends up being a visual journal with a little part of my day forever recorded. If you have ever thought about it, I highly recommend it. Even if you don't post your photos online, and just keep them on your own computer. It really does help to see the beauty in the everyday.

I saw where Vicki is giving away a set of Denise interchangeable needles. That would be nice to have for the new year!

Alright, make it a great one.

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62 comments

  1. I get so excited to see a new post from you. I LOVE your 365 project as well. Your pictures are stunning. I am so glad you are keeping it up.

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  2. I love the Thorpes!

    I failed at 365 in 365 last year (pregnancy lethargy) but I'm toying with the idea of starting again on the day the baby is born and documenting the little moments of the first year. Because I have a touch of the crazy.

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  3. I love the Thorpe pattern! Thanks for linking to it. I've printed it out and will get one going for my little guy tonight!

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  4. I'd love to try the 365 project but am worried that I won't remember to take a photo each day! Love your blog, your photos and your knitting.

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  5. leslie - i've already todl you ow excited i am that you are doing another year of 365. but it occured to me - would you consider doing a post for those of us who might like to take your advice about starting this kind of project? you know, little tips like how you actually manage to do this! toting your camera everywhere, keeping fresh batteries at the ready, how to look for inspiration, that kind of thing - whatever you think might help! i am sure I wouldn't be the only one who would love that. just to keep in mind... oh, and LOVE the new thorpes!

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  6. Love the colors you chose for your thorpes. I need to get the yarn you used because david(8 yrs old) declared the one I knit for him to be itchy. I just started the 365 project and I love it. All of your photos - but especially your 365 - have been such an inspiration for me.

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  7. I must go and find you on project 365, it is my forst ever year of doing it and I like it so far! The hats are lovely.

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  8. Oh, it looks so beautiful out there with all the snow and the handknits! I've had my eye on the Thorpe pattern for awhile, but seeing these lovely three and hearing your recommendation has made me officially add it to my queue.

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  9. Hi Leslie! Just finished your Chunky Beanie for my son's girl friend. She loved it.

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  10. I love these hats! I'm going to knit one soon for my brother.

    I also started a 365 project. It's really interesting to look at things from different perspectives.

    Hope you get into your new year rhythm soon!

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  11. great hats! and what a winter so far!
    not into the new year yet, but i have started 365. i just need to do something other than drive to curling...

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  12. i love your new thorpes. it does look like a winter wonderland over there...enjoy!

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  13. I've been getting some complaints about an itchy thorpe here. I'm doing 365 this year too.

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  14. Leslie, I'm in agreement with seashoreknits. Would you, could you do a post? Please?

    Eleven days into my first 365 photo shoot, I finally admitted to my husband I was doing it (fearing he's groan and say I'm crazy adding another thing to our lives). I only admitted because I realized I hadn't taken a picture but thankfully he had. I would really love to hear some of your thoughts and learn from your experience. Heck, if there were a way to sit and knit and pick your brain all at the same time, I'd surely do that too. :-)

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  15. Leslie -
    I love the idea of a 365 review - that would just give us each so much to be thankful for and to reflect on as a review of the last year. How soon we tend to forget the blessings of our everyday life! Thank you for the link on your blog to my give away - the knitting needles and the knitted birds nest have been soooo popular. Your blog is an inspiration to me---

    Vicki

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  16. The colours of the new Thorpes are gorgeous and I look forward to little glimpses of your life through the lens. Your 365 has always been a big inspiration to me Leslie.

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  17. Those hats look great. I keep telling myself that I have enough hats, which, of course, is why there are three of them on the needles right now.

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  18. The Thorpes are great - seems there is winter everywhere - ha! It's always winter here :) I am doing a 365 project but I am not calling it that so that I don't jinx myself.

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  19. Love the hats. Just awesome for these snowy days of winter. Must be some lucky kiddos in your household.

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  20. You are so good with your 365s! I'm always just a little behind, desperately trying not to make it quite a bit behind.

    Your new hats are gorgeous - love the colors! Enjoy that snow! <3

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  21. Very nice photos to start off the new year, cool thing to keep up with!

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  22. you guys really are getting the snow aren't you? glad you're enjoying it...I'm ready for another round of snow. I've yet to try the thorpe but it's on my list. So glad you're doing the 365 thing again. I really enjoyed it last year and it'll be fun to peek into your world again in 2010.

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  23. I am actually sort of enjoying this crazy cold weather. I love having the opportunity to actually wear some of the things I've made. Love your snowy Thorpe pictures.

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  24. I think I need to start now and knit up some Thorpes for the holidays (next year). They turned out great!!

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  25. The Thorpes are so cute! Your kids are awfully lucky.

    Really great color palette on this yarn. Go Knit Picks!

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  26. As a New Year's resolution I have signed up to follow your wonderful site.

    Thank you so much for giving access to so many good, easy to comprehend patterns. I am just finishing up a pair of mitts ... yes, they are "those Mitts" and I did a few adaptations and really love the results.

    Been knitting for maybe five decades, since being taught by my lovely great auntie. Isn't it great to have more and more friends to knit with?

    Cheers!

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  27. Leslie-thank you so much for your beautiful posts. Your photos and knits are lovely. I am new to knitting so seeing such great work on your blog is truely inspiring. Keep it up and here's to 2010!

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  28. oh i love those hats....i've printed out the pattern, now i just need to get some yarn!

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  29. I love your "thorpes" and think that I will need to knit one soon. I just have to, should, finish a few other projects. The 365 day photo journal is a great idea. I am just sad that we are already 11 days in.

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  30. Yay, you posted! (Like I should talk, right?) Still, it brightens my day to hear from you - and the hats are so cute!

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  31. I love the hats and the 365 days in photos is just amazing! You are very talented.

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  32. Leslie - the hats are great! I made one for Kevin's friend a while ago - he came over this weekend and had it on. Warms my heart! I am so happy you are continuing posting your 365 photos. I LOVE looking at them - they are so beautiful and I think you can tell a lot about a person when they show you what they see through the lens of a camera. Simply beautiful - you and your photos!

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  33. That Thorpe pattern is wonderful, and I love the colors that you used. I have been searching for a new hat to make for the boys this year, and this looks like a great choice. Thanks for the inspiration

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  34. Hello Leslie!! yeah... days run away soooooo fast!!!!!
    I would like to take a pic a day, but sometimes it's difficult to find something interesting to fotograph: where do you take all your creativity??????
    :-)
    have a nice 365 project for 2010

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  35. Just spotted your Libby on the Classic Elite newsletter. Congratulations! I've been following your blog off and on for nearly a year and love everything I see and read. Also, just cast on for the Chunky Knit Beanie this afternoon. Thank you!

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  36. We love our thorpes too!! The pix in this post are gorgeous thanx for sharing.

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  37. doesnt the new year just sneak up on you! one night you are toasting with champagne and all of the sudden it is mid-january! thanks for leading us to that contest! and i know you are as happy as i am with all this snow!!!!

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  38. Great looking hats.

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  39. How exciting to see your design featured on the Classic Elite Webletter! Congratulations!

    kim

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  40. Just stopped by to say hello, sweet Leslie. How you and the kiddos are staying warm.

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  41. Not sure where the days have gone either this year - love the knitting though, so all is not lost..

    best wishes
    shani

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  42. So I finally made my thorpe, --my 17 yr old took it over! I had to decrease the 6" from the end of the increases & it's still almost too long. How do you determine how many inches is correct? Always some adjustments with a new pattern I guess.

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  43. oh the additional work the snow brings...but the joy on their faces is worth it! and you want them to wear those thorpes! they look awesome. so happy we can follow you and your life through the next 365!

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  44. I've been following your blog for a while and was inspired to start the 365 project this year. You have such great taste, and I get excited every time you post a beautiful picture. I even had to order some wooden plates like yours because I've been drooling over them for forever! Thanks for sharing your everyday life with us.

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  45. This is so nice especially for winter season to keep us warm.

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  46. Lovely, I actually have two. Have a warm winter season.

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  47. Hey Leslie! I've been wanting to make those Thorpes. I'm having trouble with those 4 tiny cast on stitches. I'm a novice knitter and it just seems so awkward. Any hints that you can offer?

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  48. İ just love the pictures in your blog. The composition is so nice...İ wish İ could take beautiful pics as yours are

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  49. I'll be trying one of these for my little guy!! The kids are going to Vail to visit my sister next month....the perfect thing to take with!

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  50. I think I might be due to knit another Thorpe. I love them so!

    And now you have me thinking that I should try to do a 365. My birthday is this month, so maybe I'll start then. Hmmm.

    (PS: I can't believe I haven't been by here in so long! So sorry!!!)

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