To recap, I first wrote about the Frankie Brown Camouflage 10 Stitch Blanket in this blog post. If you haven’t read that post, I suggest you stop and go read it before continuing. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Done? Okay, I put the FB camo blanket down for the first-time June 2015 to focus on creating craft show inventory at the time. I did pick it back up briefly in September 2016, only to put it down again after a few rows to go back to creating craft show inventory.

Only once the 2016 craft show season was over, did this blanket become my sole focus and main project (11/11/2016). I was in the middle of Magic Yarn Ball #8-B.

Magic Yarn Ball #8-B

Ball Completed: 11/11/2016.

Measurements: 41 inches long x 45 inches wide.

Magic Yarn Ball #9

King Size Bed for reference

Ball Started: 11/12/2016.

Ball Completed:11/24/2016.

Measurements: 42 inches long x 46 inches wide.

Magic Yarn Ball #10

Queen Size Bed for reference.

Ball Started: 11/24/2016.

Ball Completed: 12/8/2016.

Measurements: 43 ½ inches long x 47 inches wide.

Magic Yarn Ball #11

King Size Bed for reference.

Ball Started: 12/8/2016.

Ball Completed: 12/14/2016.

Measurements: 45 ½ inches long x 48 inches wide.

Magic Yarn Ball #12

Queen Size bed for reference.

Ball Started: 12/14/2016.

Ball Completed: 12/25/2016.

Measurements: 47 ½ inches long x 51 ½ inches wide.

Now, I should tell you that I had a self-determined goal to finish this blanket by Christmas Day. Alas, I did not. Magic Yarn Ball #13 was tied on Christmas Day, but it wasn’t until the next day that I finished this blanket. Being a day late in finishing wasn’t such a big deal.

Magic Yarn Ball #13

My husband is holding the blanket, and he’s 6’4″.

Ball Started: 12/25/2016.

Ball Completed: 12/26/2016.

Measurements: 52 inches long x 52 inches wide!!!

I literally knit all day December 26, in order to finish that blanket. This blanket was a great learning experience in terms of learning mitered corners and using progress keepers. I’m giving my hands and wrists a rest before the New Year starts and I’m off creating craft show inventory once again.

If you’d like to knit this blanket, the pattern can be found on Ravelry.com.

© Cori Large 11/11-12/26/2016

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Dear Readers,
I hope everyone had a pleasant weekend, regardless of your religious views. My weekend was filled with family, food (OMG THE FOOD!!!), and gifts. I’d like to share a few of the crafting-related Christmas gifts I received.

Husky 14 in. Rolling Tool Tote with Bonus Bag

I’m calling it my On-the-Go Craft Room! My wonderful husband bought me this. The bottom case can hold larger projects like blankets, sweaters, and large shawls and wraps. I’ve put the FB Camo 10 Stitch Blanket in there when I’m not working on it.

 The medium sized case (Bonus Bag) holds my yarn cone holder. It’s a tight fit thought. If I don’t use the cone holder, just the cones, I can fit two full cones of yarn in there.


I’m slowly moving my knitting stuff into the bags. My craft room is a disaster right now, so it’ll taken some time.

Easy Knitted Tea Cosies by Lee Ann Garrett

This book contains 20 tea cozy patterns, including a pumpkin, an apple, a bee, etc. It is part of the “20 Twenty to Make” series by Search Press.

I’ve never made a tea cozy before, so this will be an interesting experiment.

Rosewood Yarn Bowl from Darn Good Yarn

Darn Good Yarn is a fair trade company, whose mission is “to help the women of India and Nepal become self-reliant and provide for their families.” Not only is this yarn bowl beautiful, but it smells amazing!


This bowl is made out of Sheesham (aka Indian Rosewood). Measurements: 5 inches in diameter, and 2.5 inches high.

It is a beautiful yarn bowl. I had to start using it immediately, while working on my 10 stitch blanket (which is almost done!!!).

I can’t wait to make use of all my wonderful crafting gifts in 2017.

© Cori Large 25 December 2016

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Has your brain even been so overwhelmed that you couldn’t think straight? Out of sheer desperation to quiet the chaos, have you ever just grabbed a notebook or sticky notes or a legal pad or ANYTHING to spill you guts onto via pen or pencil? Some call it Brain Dumping, others may call it Quieting the Chaos (okay, I haven’t heard anyone but myself say this). We’ve all been there a time or two. Here’s how I experienced and dealt with brain dump desperation.

Since returning from England, I was having a rather difficult time getting back into my blogging groove. I had been so organized in September and at the beginning of October, once I was back state-side it was hard getting blog posts up. Hang in there, lovely readers; I will be circling back around to brain dumping soon.

I had all these thoughts, to do’s, must do’s, blog post ideas rolling around in my head, and I couldn’t think straight. Legal pad lists didn’t help. My EDC (Foxy Fix Marina #5) wasn’t appealing to me for spilling my guts.

Out of desperation, I searched my office for a notebook, post its, ANYTHING that appealed to me. I wasn’t expecting to do this, but I grabbed my Mini Flex…

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Now, I had not used my Mini Flex in a LONG time, almost a year. I don’t know why it was calling to my but it did.

Still set up when I last used it, I flipped to an empty page and let go. Page after page of whatever came streaming down from my head, down my arm, and out through my hand via the Pen.

Now, this does not mean I’m back in the Mini Flex as my planner, or I’ve suddenly abandoned my Marina. Farther from the truth!

Karine Tovmassian, of The Streamline Life, Thinker Extraordinaire, and Plannerology, said it during one episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Plannerverse: “Planner peace is whatever is working for you at that point in time.”

And apparently my brain needed the Mini Flex. Fellow planner addicts who’ve seen Carie Harling’s videos have heard this before. Sometime’s your brain just needed something different. My poor, confused brain needed a book full of disposable pages, ones I could rip out and recycle when all the tasks were done, not a bound book.

Have you ever experienced this? What manner of brain dumping (legal pad, sticky notes) helped you?

Links to Past Mini Flex posts:

Original Cover

Product Review: Mead Shopping OrganizHer

My Love of Mead Flex Binders

More Mead Shopping OrganizHer Findings

Mead Flex Binder as a Travel Notebook

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Customizing Your Flex Binders

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Mini Flex Covers

Flex Binder Collection

Product Review: Regular Flex Binder

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Obsessed? I prefer the Term Enthusiast

Flex Binder Organization

Mini Flex Hoard in Use

Mini Flex Fridge Notepad (1)

Travel Flex Binder

© Cori Large 15-17 November 2016

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So while I was in England, I had to indulge my inner knitter and purchase some yarn to take home with me. Especially since I didn’t take a project with me.

Miles Apart, Amesbury, England

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Wendy MOAE

Color: 212

50% Merino, 50% Acrylic

Weight: Chunky

Approx. 140 m or 153 yards

Clearance Find! I’ll probably turn this once into Squares for the Pieces afghan.

Franklin, Salisbury, England

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Peter Pan Cupcake

Color: 833

50% nylon, 50% acrylic

Weight: 50 grams

More clearance yarn! I bought 3 balls of this yarn. I’ll probably knit it into a light cowl.

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Prym by Knit Pro Interchangable Needles

6 mm or US 10

Husband thought they looked cool, which is code for “get them.”

Wool, Bath, England

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Adriafil, Made in Italy

Color: 53              Lot: 172

55% wool, 45% acrylic

Weight: 50 grams

Another clearance find! This one is definitely becoming Squares.

A Yarn Story, Bath, England

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Hedgehog Fibres Hand-Dyed Yarns, Made in Ireland

Color: Boombox

100% superwash merino wool

Weight: Aran

I specifically was seeking this brand out!

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Knit Pro needle cable 50 cm

Prym by Knit Pro needle cable 60 cm

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Notions Bag

Design: Double-Pointed Needles (DPN)

Draw-string

I Knit London, London, England

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I Knit or Dye Killing Me Softly

Color: Starman

100% British Bluefaced Leicester

Weight: Aran, 100 grams

166 m

We literally played real-life Frogger to get to this store. Also, I couldn’t tell you why I was drawn to this yarn, because I never even looked at the colorway until I bought it. Starman. David Bowie. The universe was sending me a sign!

© Cori Large 13-24 October 2016

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Hello, wonderful readers! I realize it’s been a few months since I’ve done a Goals Update. I haven’t stopped working on them per say, but I’ve only been making slow progress. But that’s what happens when you spend almost an entire month sick. I don’t recommend getting sick. It really puts a damper on getting things done.

Goals

ANYWAYS!

  1. Genealogy Workbook:

I actually did a fair amount of writing for the genealogy book while in England in October. This month, I’m going to compile everything, see what’s left, and make a list to go from. Then after that, I’ll just need to type stuff up!

  1. Bobbin Lace Workbook:

Yeah, nothing’s been done on this one. I do plan on working on it while the College is closed for Winter Break.

  1. Recipe Book:

OMG! I can’t believe I’m not done with this one yet! I literally only have 17 recipes left. Yeah, it sounds like a lot, but it’s not. I also plan on knocking some of these out this month.

  1. eBay:

List Bernat Pipsqueak Sunny Days yarn for sale. I have way too much of it. Some of it has already been listed on Amazon and sold. I’m going to try my luck at eBay with it.

  1. ETSY:

Update product descriptions. All craft show inventory is listed for sale on ETSY now.

Link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CBCproducts

  1. Amazon:

List more Mead OrganizHer Shopping Companions for sale.

  1. Craft Show Inventory:

Not a priority this month. Taking a break to hopefully finish my Frankie Brown 10 Stitch Blanket in Camo by Christmas. Currently on Magic Yarn ball #11 of 13!!! If I finish that, then I’ll start my inventory again: Bernat Plum Chutney baby blanket, followed by Bernat Berry Blast cotton yarn.

  1. Blog:

Write 10 blog post this month.

  1. YouTube Channel:

Film 7 videos this month.

© Cori Large 17 November 2016

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2016-11-knits

Baby Blankets = 1

Bernat Little Royals

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Dishcloths = 12

Bernat Mistletoe Ombre (9), a custom order

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Bernat Berry Blast (3)

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Squares for Pieces Afghan = 4

Random acrylic yarn I’m knitting up into squares for my Pieces Afghan

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***I don’t plan on having a Monthly Knits post for December. Since craft show season is over, I’m taking a break from making inventory and have been working on my Frankie Brown Camo 10 Stitch Blanket. I hope to have it finished by Christmas. If I do, then I’ll have a post about it.***

Happy crafting!

© Cori Large 2 December 2016

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When I was in England a few months ago, I ate at some lovely restaurants. I love sharing wonderful places to eat. Some of them are in London, but others are in two other cities. To me, they’re worth a day’s travel. Here are some of the recommended restaurants around England we found:

Amesbury:

McGuire’s Vintage Tea Room 

Stonehenge Walk Amesbury SP4 7DL

Phone: +44 7872 343527

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LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! It hadn’t been open long. They had by china pattern! I’ve attached a picture of my crazy self with the coffee pot. Reasonably priced for the amount of food, coffee, and tea you get.

Reeve the Baker (a chain, but still great!)

9-11 Salisbury Street Amesbury SP4 7AW

Phone: 01980 622 135

http://www.reevethebaker.co.uk/amesbury

Many a 2nd breakfast and lunch pasty were purchased here. I corrupted everyone when it came to the chicken curry pasty. Also learned the true sizes of sausage rolls. My MIL makes cocktail/bite-size ones. I was annoyed and it amused the staff. Also, got the Americans addicted to Clotted Cream.

Tandoori Nights (“our” local Indian place)

26 High Street Amesbury SP4 7DL

Phone: 01980 626260

2nd Phone: 01980 626126

http://tandoorinightsamesbury.co.uk

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Philip and I educated the rest of the American tourists on Indian food. I should have filmed it!

Bath:

Sally Lunns

4 North Parade Passage Bath BA1 1NX

Phone: (01225) 461 634

www.sallylunns.co.uk<http://www.sallylunns.co.uk>

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Get there early! It fills up fast that and there’s usually a line of people waiting. The Bailey’s Hot Chocolate comes highly recommended by my husband.

*Literally a few doors down from Sally Lunns*

Tagine Zhor Restaurant

1a North Parade Bath BA1 1LF

Phone: 01225 466 437

Reservations: 01225 839 822

www.taginezhor.co.uk<http://www.taginezhor.co.uk>

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You pretty much stepped out of Bath and into Morocco. I wish I had taken pictures of our food!

Recommended dishes: Moroccan mezze for 2 to share, Kofta Tagine, and the Traditional Moroccan Vegetable Cous Cous. I was defeated by my cous cous dish. I wanted to take it back to Amesbury with me. I didn’t want to leave it behind!

London:

Il Castelletto

17 Bury Place London WC1A 2JB

Phone: 020 7405 2232

http://www.il-castelletto.co.uk/

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I whole-heartedly recommend the gnoochi. So light and fluffy, instead of dense balls of dough. I love this little restaurant!

The Little French Restaurant

18 Hogarth Place Earls Court London, SW5 0QY

Phone: 020 7370 0366

2nd Phone: 020 7244 6082

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Recommended dishes: Vichyssoise, Mushrooms ‘Stiltonnaise,’ Lamb Wellington, and Chocolate Mousse. Philip and I were having a laugh over the FRENCH restaurant’s choice of serving anything Wellington-style!!!

I loved all these restaurants and plan on revisiting them next trip.

(C) Cori Large 30 November 2016

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