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         C A L I F O R N I A     D R E A M I N'                    

California is the focus state this month.  California is our most populous state in the US, and the 3rd largest state behind Alaska and Texas.  This west coast state had a population of 15,000 at the time of the Gold Rush in 1848, and has a population of over 36 million today.  California is home to the entertainment industry in Hollywood, the tech. industry in the Silicon Valley, the wine region of Napa and Sonoma Valley, Disney and the Golden Gate Bridge of the San Francisco Bay area.  I welcome in all Californians - please share your work, this is your month.


This will be our finally entry for California month - Lella has designed and knit this adorable tea cozy, that she has entitled 'Irish Tea Cozy'.   She says you can use any worsted weight wool, and she's been kind enough to share her pattern with us through her blog.  Thanks ever so much Lella.  I just got a tea pot for my birthday last July, and I think I'll make this ;-)

Here's another afghan -- this one by Jill in Roseville, California.  This is the Mitered Squares Afghan by Chris de Longpre'.  Jill used all her leftover sock yarns on this blanket.   I love this idea, and you could use up leftover yarn of any weight for this idea.  Look how pretty it is.  Thanks Jill for the great idea~

Kiyoko lives in Glendale, California, and she has knit this very unique afghan.  To me it looks like a quilt design, and I love her use of color.  She calls it the 3-Color Mitred Square Windmill Afghan.  I don't know the origin of this project, or if Kiyoko designed this herself, but it's really beautiful.  The yarn used here is by Plymouth, Encore Worsted.  Kiyoko knit this for a raffle for the Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team - truly a labor of love I'd say.  Kiyoko purchased the yarn for this project from WEBS, a supporter of this website.  Thanks Kiyoko for your entry, it's really cool.

Evelyn Uyemura, teacher, designer, blogger out of Torrence, California, designed and knit this cute little newborn cap.  She calls it "Greenleaf Baby Hat".  The yarn that Evelyn used is from Rowan, RYC Cashsoft Aran.  Very nice Evelyn, thanking you for sharing your work and your pattern!

Maggie is a resident of San Fransisco, California, and she made the 'easy peasy crochet bag' by Sharon Maher.  The yarn that maggie used on her project was Caron Fabulous and Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran.  Maggie's LYS is ImagiKnit, also in San Fransisco, California.  Look what a great job she did - it's perfect Maggie.....I love the lining!


Marjorie of Chino, California, knit the Win sweater by Debbie Bliss.  The yarn that Marjorie used is also by Debbie Bliss, the Donegal Aran Tweed.  You can find the pattern for this sweater in the Debbie Bliss Luxury Collection - ask for it at your LYS.  Marjorie purchased this project at Phebie's.  Nice work Marjorie - thanks for playing with us today =)

Abigail lives in Los Angeles, California, and she has knit Adamas Shawl by Miriam L. Felton using Malabrigo Yarn, Lace.  Abigail purchased her project at Compatto Yarn Salon of Santa Monica, California.  Very nice Abilgail, and what a feminine color, it's really pretty.  Thanks for participating in California month~

Jill is a resident of San Jose, California, and she has crocheted this adorable 'Friends Forever Fawn' by Beth Doherty using Caron Simply Soft yarn.  This little guy is so endearing - maybe a shower present for the nursery or whatever - it's cute and I love the lively color.....but then I love color anyway.  Nice job Jill, you can find the pattern to this little fawn if you want to make one, out of the book 'Amigurumi Super Happy Crochet Cute' also by Elisabeth Doherty.  It's a paperback book.....look for it at your LYS!

Barb is from San Ramon, California, and she has knit Topaz by Yumiko Sakurai using Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash and also Knit Picks Swish Worsted.

Grace, of Santa Cruz, California, knit this adorable Pondemonium sweater by Jennifer Small using Berroco's Comfort DK yarn.  The pattern comes to us courtesy of Jimmy Beans Wool of Nevada.  Thank you Grace, thank you Jennifer, and thank you Jimmy Beans Wool!!  Too cute even for words - right???

Shannon lives in Long Beach, California, and she has crocheted this adorable acorn called Little Acorn Project Bag by Brigitte Read.  The yarn Shannon used for the acorn was Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Colonia Colors and Lion Brand Cotton-Ease.  Shannon made changes to the top, and she also lined her bag making hers truly unique.  Nice job Shannon, and it's perfect for this time of year I think.  Thanks for sharing your work!

Glenda Shastry is a resident of Los Gatos, California, and she has knit the Charade socks by Sandra park. The yarn Glenda used is by On line, Supersocke 100, Tropic Color 81.  These socks are really cute, light, airy and perfect for California.  Thanks Glenda for participating~  

Meet Kristie.....she's from Riverside, California, and she's knit Terra Jamieson's 'Slouchy Copy Cat Hat'.  The yarn Kristie used for the hat is by Harrisville Design, New England Shetland in the colorway Mustard.  This hat looks so cute on you Kristie - thanks ever so much for sharing your work!!

Amy lives in Escondido, California, and she knit Jared Flood's Hemlock Ring Blanket (or his version of the blanket).  The yarn Amy used is Schoppel Wolle Baby Alpaka.  Here Amy has it all blocking.  It's beautiful Amy.....almost makes me want to make one!  Amy's LYS is Clever Knits.  Thanks for participating in California month~

Jolene, of San Diego, California knit this little set using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.  She downsized Jared Flood's Koolhaas hat for children and used the same stitch pattern for a matching pair of socks - brilliant!  The original Koolhaas pattern was in the Holiday 2007 issue of Interweave Knits magazine.  Wonderful idea Jolene, thank you for sharing your work~

Sioux lives in Half Moon Bay, California, and knit the 'Louisa:  Lace Tunic' by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes.  You can find the pattern for this sweater in the book "French Girl Knits"; ask for it as your LYS.  The yarn Sioux used is by Louisa Harding, Thalia.  I think - the perfect California sweater, huh?  Nice job Sioux, it fits you well and it's flattering on you as too; thanks for participating!

Anna is from Thousand Oaks, California, and she knit the Meret by Wooly Wormhead.  The yarn that Anna used is from Debbie Bliss, Rialto Aran.  It's beautiful, and tams are really going to be in this winter.  Nice work Anna!

Shawna lives in Oakland, California, and she has knit the 'Dashing' fingerless mitts.  The yarn that Shawna used is ShibuiKnits Baby Alpaca DK.  Shawna's LYS is Article Pract, also of Oakland, California.  I think these mitss are really elegant, and I LOVE Shibui!!  Thanks Shawna for participating~

Kerensa, another Californian, crocheted these fun characters using patterns from the Leisure Arts book #3262 Disney Home:  Pooh & Friends in Crochet.  Any worsted weight yarn works here - very fun Kerensa!

Now here's a gal who's thinking.....Cheryl from southern California, got together with her knitting friends, and asked all of them to bring their stash they wanted to get rid of.  They put all the yarn in a huge pile, they mixed and matched, and came up with their 'magic yarn balls'.  Cheryl mentioned that sometimes they combined 2 or even 3 yarns together, choosing 7 different overall all, wound it into a ball, and knit a shawl.  It's unique, it's beautiful, it's stash-busting.  Here's how Chery knit the shawl:  CO5 stitches, knit 1 row, on the next row and following rows, k1, kf/b, knit across to the last 2 stithes, kf/b, k1.  When you are coming to the end of your ball, knit 2 rows and then bind off.  I think we all have stash to get rid of.....or should I say make useful. To read more about Cheryl, visit her blog. Thanks Cheryl, brilliant idea!

Allison lives in Redlands, California, and she knit these Sun & Moon socks by Brown Fox Fibers.  The yarn that Allison used is the Colinette Jitterbug and Malabrigo Yarn Sock.  Allisons' LYS is The Yarn Deli, also in Redlands, California. Thanks for starting us off Allison - those socks are magnificent!

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