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The Wee Santa Hat
A quick little project you can finish in about the time it takes to watch your favorite holiday movie. Sized for your littlest elves, you can easily upsize the simple stockinette design by increasing the number of stitches you cast on and the depth of the hat before you begin decreasing for the top.


Garter Cuff Beanie
Another quickie, this beanie is sized for children and adults and works up quickly on large needles using a  bulky yarn.


Pretty Comfy Sock
One of the most popular projects on Yahoo's Knitlist, the Pretty Comfy Sock pattern was my first published design. It was designed to be knit using a yarn called Fixation, which was a blend of cotton and spandex. The test socks I made then – in the year 2000 – are still going strong, which is a testament to the durability of the yarn and to how much I enjoy wearing the socks!



I will have to send these to my friend. She loves croshay

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If you’re going to throw a party, be sure to have good food and plenty of it. That’s my daughter’s philosophy, and I think it’s pretty good advice.

The members of the group who will be here Thursday night are middle-aged and older, so I think mostly traditional appetizers are in order. We’ll have Swedish meatballs and those little sausages cooked in a sweet-and-sour sauce, along with artichoke dip, hummus with vegetables and crackers, a bowl of cinnamon-spiced nuts and a fruit pizza.

Cupcakes are on the menu. Cupcakes sure seem to be popular these days – Google Blogsearch came up with 1,181,447 hits and is selling a boatload of cupcake cookbooks.

Mine are plain old chocolate, and will be decorated with the words “Yes We Can” on top. I think some will be iced in blue and some in white, with red lettering.

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