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This is a yarn I bought from Paradise Fibers.  It is Juniper Moon Farms in the purple colour, and I paid 17$ for the skein.  Originally, it was for socks I knit as a Christmas gift for my daughter.  Darn it, I had to get a second skein to finish them off.  I ran out, so I paid yet another 17$ — a lot of money for this skin-flint Gramma.

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I was making a scarf essentially as a place-holder, as something to do.  I’ve attempted to make scarves/shawls and they were hilariously hideous.  Nope, no photos of those mutants.  I started with a square of garter stitch and picked up stitches, continuing the garter stitch as a band across the long edge.  This time, of course, the stars — and the stitches — aligned and the item began to look great.  Then I ran out of yarn again.  that is so frustrating!

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As I was finishing it up, I just put any sort of edge on it to get it off the needles.  I decided it was too small to be any use, and had already planned to frog it and make a narrow strip as a scarf.  My co-worker, however, decided it was perfect for her little granddaughter.  So, I frogged out the last couple of stitches, did a garter stitch on the edge with eyelets, and put on an eyelet edging as I did the regular bind-off.

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I made up the pattern on the fly.  I’m not really good at lace, so about all I can manage is a four-square diamond pattern — and even that has a few mistakes.  I tell people it is because I am Amish and I intentionally introduce errors to keep me humble.

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The other lace I like to do (because it is essentially brainless) is the yo, k2tog frontwards and backwards.

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My co-worker loves the piece, even paid me enough to recoup the cost of that extra skein of yarn!  And I got to practice my shawl and lace skills.  What’s not to love?

Besides.  Knitting keeps me off the streets.

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