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Knitting Update...

Working through my second 'Howlcat' {pattern by Alex Tinsley}.  
This one is in a green and brown combination of wools.  The brown tweedy yarn is 100% wool by Lion Brand, and was worked in a p1-k1 for 10 inches.
I am loving the green mohair blend {if it only has 10% mohair is it really a blend?}...
I am using a modified 'Feather and Fan' stitch - Row 1: k2tog x 3, yo k1 x 6, k2tog x 3, k2 - Row 2: purl.  Stitch markers are every 20 stitches, with a double marker to indicate the 'beginning' of each row.  
Started the second section without the Purl row, but the tension was super unstable and you couldn't see the design clearly {pic 1}.  Once the Purl row was added, the design firmed up and you can see the lace design {last pic}.

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Working through some Christmas items to list on, my Etsy store. I will be taking custom orders through Dec. 1st.  Also, getting back into the swing of things by participating in two craft fairs this holiday season. 

Platter to keep drink glasses straight

Using a platter from Ikea, originally purchased and used to protect the windowsill when growing several baby plants, I used letters left over from making stocking tags. 
The guys have been good about keeping their glasses on it, and it keeps my windowsill clear of extra glassware. 

Will probably end up buying outdoor letters, because parts of these are wiping off as I wipe off the dish. 

Tracking daily items on Yearly Calender

This is the 2nd year I have DIYFish's yearly Calender. I have printed it with the months on front and back (both inside pages if you print according to directions). 
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The second way I use this calendar is to track miles done, how many steps for the day, workout video, etc. 

Using this format for these purposes has helped show trends and show what goals I have met and where I can do better.  Great way to see each month individually without flipping lots of pages and being able to track multiple items within a category. 

For each category I use the colors on my tropical 4-in-1 Bic pen and my favorite mechanical pencil, ReAction by Bic with 0.7 lead.

Planner Sections

Order in my Palmer (right now) goes like this...Dashboard, wrapped in two verses printed on card stock, Food tracker, 2016 DIYFish yearly calendar for melds tracking,  Weekly (DIYFish Weekly Project) Monthly two-page layouts, Financial Freedom pages, Fitness pages, Project pages (special event planning pages), Church Team pages. 

I have a steno pad in the back pocket for the ongoing, never ending to-do list and what purchases are needed for those tasks. 
A second stern pad is tucked into the front pocket for me brain dump as I think of things during the day. 

Planner Tabs and Dashboard

Post-it's tabs are super easy to add and move if you need to change where there are placed. I find that after placing them, I may find it easier to see them further over or on the other side of the page. 

Seeing so many different ways to use tabs on the top, sides, and bottoms of their planner has given me ideas. And when you find one way doesn't work great, switch the location until you do find the perfect location for the way you use them. 

After this layout, I moved stuff around....

Now the tabs for project lists, H's B-day, next Christmas are on the bottom of the pages. Nothing blocks the,  since the above layout I also switched the monthly layouts to behind the DISFish weekly pages I use.  The teal/blue month tabs are on the first page of the DISFish which includes that month's information.  The monthly tabs on the side are for the two-page monthly sprees by Daytimer that came with this binder. Helps to see the month laid out in that way when on the phone making appo…