Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Good Morning Knitters,
Are you all feeling the Christmas rush yet? I sure am! I just realized this morning that I have one extra day! See, I thought tomorrow was Christmas Eve, so I'm very excited and relieved that I have one more day to get things done. I'm just waiting for my coffee to finish brewing so that I can get started on my day of baking and finishing up some last minute projects. I've got a busy day, but it should be a fun one. I really enjoy baking, so I'm actually looking forward to spending the day in the kitchen.
Our Lab went in to get leg surgery yesterday so we had a day in the city, which cut into my project time. I did get to bake some when we got home but it wasn't as much as I would have liked. My Mom went to pick the dog up this morning, so we'll see how she's doing. She's a tough girl, but I know she's not going to like having to be in a cage over the next few weeks while she recuperates. She has a lot of energy (that's how she hurt her leg in the first place) so keeping her quiet is going to be quite the chore!
I wanted to show you the finished picture of the hat I knit for my sister's boyfriend. It's the Modern Rib Hat from the Spud and Chloe blog. The yarn I used was Shepherd's Wool Worsted Spun Fine Wool in Royal Blue. I used less than one skein, and it knit up like a dream! the pattern was great, perfect for car knitting, or for knitting while chatting with friends. It looks and feels super warm. I can't wait to see how he likes it.
The picture of the little reversible bluebird at the beginning of the post is now sitting pretty in his little nest which I just finished. I didn't have access to the O-Wool that the pattern called for, so for the nest I used Lion Brand Homespun because I thought it had that nesty feel to it. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, I think it looks very much like a nest!
Well, I should get to those cookies! I hope you all are having a wonderful day and are getting yourselves ready for Christmas! :-) And by the way, here is the Ravelry link to my free Last Minute: Waves of Grace Scarf pattern! I finally got it all set up.
Have a great day!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I want to give you a little early Christmas present. I made this scarf for my sister's Christmas gift, and since I had so much fun making it, I thought you all might too! It's the perfect thing for that quick last-minute gift you need since it works up fast with bulky yarn on big needles, just what we knitters need this close to Christmas. The name came about because as I was knitting it, I went through some times when I needed waves of grace from Jesus. Now this is my first pattern I've ever written, so I'm sorry if there's any mistakes. I came across a cable pattern in an old book, and I'm not sure if this is exactly the same, but it's close. The instructions were vague, so I just made stuff up as I went along.
Waves of Grace Scarf
This pattern is for personal use only. Do not reproduce this pattern elsewhere.
Finished measurements: 6 inches wide by 54 inches long
Yarn: Sean Sheep Lilydale (90% Acrylic/10% Nylon; 75 grams/123 yards (or any bulky weight yarn would work) - 2 balls
Needles: US 13 (9mm)
Tools: cable needle, yarn needle, scissors
Cast on 26 sts.
*slip the first stitch of every row, this just makes a nice neat edge.
Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Row 3: make sure to slip the first stitch of this row also *sl next 3 sts on cable needle and leave at front of work, k3, k3 sts from cable needle, k6* repeat till 1st left, k1
Row 4: purl
Row 5: knit
Row 6: purl
Row 7: make sure to slip the first stitch of this row also *k6, sl next 3 sts on cable needle and leave at back of work, k3, k3 sts from cable needle* repeat till 1st left, k1
Row 8: purl
Row 9: knit
Row 10: purl
Repeat rows 3-10 until the scarf measures 54 inches long, or however long you want to make it. I just kept knitting until I used up most of the yarn. I bound off after row 10 by just turning to the next row and bound off in knit stitch, however, to make it look a bit better I would probably bind off in purl stitch on a row 10.
Well, that's it. I sure hope you all enjoy making this scarf, and please let me know what you think!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
This is what I woke up to yesterday morning! We've gotten even more snow since then. It seems as though it snowed non-stop all day yesterday. Today dawned sunny and bright, which was so nice, it made everything look pretty. However, the wind has picked up now, and is doing a pretty good job of blowing everything around. They're calling for more snow in this area tonight, but I don't think it's going to be much. It looks as though the bulk of the snow is over now. Whew!!
I did get a good portion of knitting done yesterday. I sat next to the fireplace and knit with my little Emmie (the yorkie) on my knee. She was enjoying the heat, just not the parts where I would drop my needle on her! I will hopefully be able to share my progress with you all soon, as well as my surprise! ;-) Oh how I love surprises! How about you??
On another note, if you haven't already, you need to pop on over to Susan B. Anderson's blog and check out her giveaway (there's still time to enter, but be quick as it ends tomorrow!) as well as the pictures of her wearing her Snooty Snood by Gina Hills, she's written a great post about it. I just love to see knitters so enthusiastic about a project they've made! To me, that's what knitting is all about! She's seriously convinced me to consider purchasing this pattern and yarn to make one too. It looks like a great project and I'm sure it would come in super handy with all this snow we've gotten! You can purchase both the pattern and the yarn together here from Loops, or download it here from Ravelry. This would also make a great gift for a special someone on your Christmas list, that is, if you can part with it!
Well, I should be getting back to my task at hand, which is making maple caramel popcorn which needs to be done very soon! Have a great day everyone, and keep warm!!
P.S. Check out Susan's fingerless gloves, I can't wait till the pattern for them comes out, they are adorable!!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
This is what I woke up to outside this morning. We are supposed to be getting hit by quite the winter storm over the next 24 hours from what I've heard. It's been snowing all day long, and so far we've gotten a good amount, although I'm pretty sure we're in for a lot more! I'm actually enjoying it, and hoping that we do get more because it looks so pretty! However, I'm sure that if we still have to go into the city tomorrow, I'll be singing a different tune! We're preparing for the worst just incase, so we stocked up on supplies yesterday while in the city, and today we're having our gas fireplace hooked up so if the power goes out (which it does frequently and since we live on a back road, it can take a long while for them to get it back on) we'll still be able to keep warm. I'm sure I'll have an update for you tomorrow!
On to some knitting news...I've got a little knitting peek to show you today. This the first of two thrummed mittens I'm making for my sister's boyfriend's Christmas gift. They're turning out pretty good so far, and they're really not as hard as they look, just a bit more time consuming because of adding the bits of roving, but other than that, they are just like any other mitten pattern. I'll have to get back to you about what the yarn and pattern are since I don't have either here with me right now. I'm hoping that all this snow makes me much more productive with my knitting. I'm really lacking in the multitasking department right now...I'm going to have to pray for some super-human knitting speed! I need to be cranking out projects left and right!! Time's-a-wasting!!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I'm trying to get an early start on the Christmas crafting today. I usually don't start till around noon, but today I'm going to get right to work.
Last night I did try some knitting, and it went quite well. The thumb doesn't seem to slow me down at all, thankfully! I began working on a pair of thrummed mittens for my sister's boyfriend. I only got a bit of the cuff done, but I'll try and post some pictures once they start looking like something. I also finished all the knitting for Chaeli's hippo, now all I have to do is finish stuffing him and sew him up. I can't wait to see how he looks! I'm really happy with how everything is progressing. Now I just have to find some time to do some Christmas decorating!
Just in case you didn't already know, Susan B. Anderson has another knit-a-long on the Spud Says! blog. This time since it's for the month of December, it's an elf. Now I must say that we don't really celebrate Santa Clause at our house because we're Christians and believe in Christmas being the day of Jesus' birth. We view the whole Santa and elves thing like a fairytale. However, I still think it will be fun to try making this little guy. I didn't get to start him yet, but I think I will try to this afternoon when I can find a break between projects. If you'd like to join, you can find the first post here.
Well, I should be off to work on my gifts. I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Well it's December 1st today, who can believe it? I'm finally beginning to get into the Christmas spirit, which is great. I've really been praying that I would get in the Christmas mood, and last night I think the Lord answered my prayers, because we got an unexpected dumping of snow! It must have snowed 3-4 inches in about 1-1 1/2 hours! It looks very Christmasy and pretty out there now. While out on our walk today, Mom and I saw one of our neighbours had built a snowman on their front lawn, and I'm not talking about a little thing, he was full-sized! I was so wishing I had my camera! The whole walk was just beauitful! Like a winter wonderland. The lake looked amazing because it was so calm and reflected the trees in it. I'm going to try to take my camera with me from now on because we always seem to see lots of beautiful things.
I started making gifts today. I cut my thumb pretty good on Sunday so I haven't been knitting at all. That's why today's gift project I'm working on is a snowman tea cozy for my Mom. I've got most of the fabric pieces cut out, and now I'm going to begin sewing right after the post. It's going quite well so far and I can't wait to see it when it's finished.
Tonight I think Mom and I are going to watch some Christmas movies, so I'm going to give some knitting a try and see how it goes. I'm thinking I can hold the needle across my palm so that I don't have to use my thumb, but I haven't tried that yet, so I'm not sure how well it will work.
So I have an apology to make. I was very pressed for time on Saturday and was still finishing up the leg warmers in the morning. Everything around home was quite hectic, and I didn't get to take a final picture before we left for the baby shower. They turned out super cute though. I'm sure they're something I will be making again for the next baby shower gift I need, so I'll definately take a picture then!
Well, have a great day everyone!
Friday, November 20, 2009
I've also got a picture to share with you of a little knitted cutie!
How adorable eh? This is the Egg to Bluebird and a Little Nest, Too from Susan B. Anderson's latest book Itty-Bitty Toys. I mentioned before that I was making it for one of the little girls on my Christmas List. Her name is Emma, and she has a huge imagination, which I just LOVE! I had a big imagination too when I was a little girl, in fact, I think I still do. Anyways, the last time I seen her, she was telling me about this little (imaginary) bird that she had in her hands. It was the cutest thing ever. So I thought that I would make her a little bird of her very own. I think she'll enjoy the fact that this little guy can hatch from an egg right in her hands. It was so much fun to make and I especially enjoyed the part where I got to sew it together and try it out for the first time. I think he has his own little personality, and I love that! It's so much fun to make a "little friend" with your own hands.
Well, I should be going, I've gotta get working again on the baby leg warmers. I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely weekend!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wow, things in the knitting department here have been on over-drive lately! I've been starting projects left and right, most are Christmas gifts, with one or two thrown in there that are for my own winter wear. I'm making progress on them all, so I feel good about that, but I finally am starting to feel a bit of pressure from the time crunch. The great thing is, I'm enjoying every project right now. I mean, I look forward to working on them and feel as though I can't get enough of them! I'm loving it! There's nothing better than to be fully enjoying the work of your hands.
I don't have any of the projects to a point where they can be photographed yet, so today's post will be pictureless. I'm also working on downloading some updates for my ipod so I can't upload pictures at the same time. We have dial-up still out here in the boonies! lol
Tomorrow my Mom and I are running into the city for the day. I have two doctor's appointments, and we have plenty of other errands to do at the same time. I'm hoping to get a chance to pop over to Gloria's yarn shop to look for some yarn for a scarf for my sister. She was giving me some specifics of what she'd like when we were out on a walk the other day, and I want to see if I can find something that will come close. I love picking out new yarns for projects. It's so much fun to watch the whole thing progress from ball of yarn to finished object.
Well, that's all I've got for today. I'm hoping that either tomorrow or Friday I will be able to give you all a peek at what I'm working on and give you some more updates and some good news! ;-) I'm keeping it a secret for now until I can show you a picture.
Have a great day everyone!
Friday, November 13, 2009
As I said, I would be back today to tell you about the lovely little package that arrived in my mailbox yesterday. When I was done blogging, I went downstairs to find my Mother had brought in the mail, and the package for me. I had ordered the book last week, and it finally got here. I could hardly contain my excitement! It was Nicky Epstein's Knitting a Kiss in Every Stitch. This book is amazing! Such a perfect thing for right now when you're trying to find ideas for Christmas gifts. In it there are more than 35 unique knitted gifts for everyone on your list. I'm in love! I've already decided on some of the projects for people on my list. I want to make the Pampering Spa Cloths, Slouchy Bow Hat, the All Heart Wrap and the Cable Delight Hat. Plus, there are tons more that I'd love to make, and I'm sure people would love to receive. If you're in need of a good gift project book, this is it! I can't wait to get started on some of these projects.
Well, I should be off to bed now. Have a great night everyone, and a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
I'm having difficulty again with uploading my pictures, so today's post will be photo free. I'm so sorry! I wanted to share with you all my completed turkey from the Tiny November Knitalong. He's all finished and looks adorable. It was such a fun little project, what I great idea Susan B Anderson had! She's such a creative woman.
I didn't have a chance to knit at all this weekend because I was sick. I guess you know you're not well when even the idea of laying in bed all day knitting doesn't appeal to you! I'm beginning to feel better and hope to be back to working on projects very soon.
Today I spend the majority of the day cleaning out my clothes closet, window bench and dresser drawers. I made the switch from summer to winter clothing, and even donated a bunch of things I know I'm not going to wear again, but someone else might like to. I feel much better having gotten that all done, and tomorrow I'm hoping to get the rest of my room cleaned out and tidied up. I guess you could say it's fall cleaning time in our house right now!
Today I was told that there are something like 47 sleeps left till Christmas?? Can this really be right?? I just counted, and I think it's more like 46...oh dear!! Since I've not been very well for the majority of October and now into November, I haven't even gotten a big start on my Christmas gift list yet! This is not the best feeling I can tell you! I'm thinking I'm going to to have to scale back a whole lot this year, and I hope that people will understand. With the way my health has been, I know it's not wise to over-schedule myself right now. I guess I'm just going to have to do my best, and that's about all that I can do. This Christmas season is going to be an interesting one to say the least!
Well, I think it's time I go and lay down for a bit, maybe look over some ideas for quick gifts. I hope that you are all getting a great start to the week and staying well!!
Friday, November 6, 2009
I thought today that I would reveal what the new charity knitting project is! I wanted to find something that would allow me to use up some of my great big stash of baby yarns, so I decided on the Preemie Jester Hats from Knitting for Peace. The one I'm knitting right now is done out of Bernat Baby Jacquards in Strawberry Jam. I love the Jacquards, they are so much fun to watch as you knit because the colours and patterns are constantly changing, I love it! By the way, the colours in the picture don't look quite right, I'll try to get a more accurate picture in the near future!
I had to go back to the city yesterday for two appointments, so I didn't get my part of the turkey from the Tiny November Knitalong done. (Or much else for that matter) So that is what I'm going to work on while I have a cup of coffee. After that, I think I have a lot of catching up to do since things have been slipping by the wayside around here lately.
I hope you are all having a wonderful Friday!!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Sorry I didn't write yesterday like I had planned, but we went to the city to pick up some things, and by the time we got home, I was feeling more like lounging, than writing, so that's what I did. I'm back today though, and I have a secret project to show you. It's one that I was working on and never even said a word about on the blog because I didn't know how it was going to turn out. Well it turned out great, and I really like it! Yay!!
The other day when I was out walking with my Mom, I needed a hat because it was a tad on the chilly side. Well, I came to realize that I do not have my own knitted hat! I know it's sad, but I seem to knit for everyone else but myself? Does anyone else have that problem? So after borrowing a hat from my sister for that walk, I came back home with the resolve to sit right down that evening and knit up one for me. I wanted to have one that was warm and a bit on the slouchy side, so this was the pattern that I found on Ravelry that I really liked. The yarn I used was some Patons Rustic Wool that I've had for well over 8 years! I'm glad that I finally got a chance to use some of it up. It was a great little bit of stash busting! It knit up quickly, and now I can wear my very own hat when out walking. This makes me very happy, because I really appreciate the effort that I put into it. Which is something you can't always say about others whom we knit for, right? The only thing is, now I've noticed that I don't have a good pair of mittens to wear that will keep me warm on our chilly afternoon walks. Hmmm....I guess that will be something I'll have to correct in the near future.
I see that the fifth day of the Tiny November Knitalong has been posted, so I'm heading on over to the Spud Says blog to get working on the wings and the waddle!!
Have a grand day all!
Monday, November 2, 2009
I finally was able to get my pictures to upload! Now I can update you all on the progress of my projects. Like I said the other day, I finished the Fetching fingerless gloves, and I really like how they turned out. They're super soft and warm. Great for this time of year when you don't need full mittens yet.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
I hope you all are getting a great start to your weekends! I just came to post a quickie, since I don't have a lot of time today to write, but I wanted to share with you the "Mystery" Tiny November Knitalong Susan B. Anderson is holding over on the Spud & Chloe blog. It looks like a lot of fun! I don't have any Spud & Chloe yarn, it's not available in these parts, so I'm going to use some worsted-weight cotton I've got in the stash...see, I'm doing my best to stick to the yarn diet!!! If you can, I hope you pop on over to the blog and join in! It's a great project for right now, since it's small and requires only a little bit of knitting time so I'm sure you could sneak it in somewhere.
Well, have a great, and safe weekend everyone!!! I'll be back Monday with my progress on the "mystery" project!! Till then,
P.S. This will be my first ever knitalong, so I'm super excited, if you couldn't already tell!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
How was everyone's weekend?? The weather here is getting much cooler, and it's been rainy and windy these past few days, not the most uplifting. However, the sun has been trying to peek through today, so hopefully it will clear up and we'll have some sunshine soon. Our leaves are almost all gone except for a few that are hanging on. I did get out to take some pictures the other day, and I will share them with you soon. I've been trying since yesterday to upload pictures on the blog so I could show you the finished Fetching gloves, the red charity mittens which are done, and the leaves, but for some reason they won't upload. I'll keep trying and will hopefully be able to share them with you all soon.
Like I said, I finished the charity mittens on Sunday like planned. I just have to block them and find them a new home with some precious child! Now that they are done, I'm on the lookout for a new project for my charity knitting Sundays. I'm thinking maybe socks for Children in Common? Or maybe a hat to go with the mittens? I'm still not sure, but I'm going to take some time out this week to look through Knitting for Peace for some ideas.
I am now working on a surprise project (well a surprise for my family anyway) for Christmas gifts. Last week when I was listening to the Knit Picks' podcast (the one about impractical knits), Marcie was talking about how she loves knitting patterns from the mochimochi land site. She mentioned that she had knitted Grass, and as soon as I heard that I knew I had to too! The patterns from the website are adorable, and there are some that are free while the others are not very expensive, most around $5. Grass is one of the free patterns, and so far I'm finding it to be a fun, easy, and quick knit. I'm making two right now. I've got one completely knit and the other I'm working on the reverse side, so I should be able to start felting them tomorrow. I can't wait to see them come together! I'll try to get some pictures for you soon, once I figure out this uploading problem.
Well that's about all I've got for today, I hope you all are having a great start to the week!!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
How is everyone's week going? Mine has been improving. I have some knitting I've been working on to show you! I have been wanting to make the Fetching fingerless gloves for the longest time, but I never had the time or the yarn to knit them. Well, the other day I found some really gorgeous Patons Angora Bamboo in the stash and thought it would work perfectly. It's so soft, and warm, and I LOVE the colour, which is called Low Tide. It's such a nice colour to wear when everything else in nature is going brown, I think.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Today I wanted to share a couple of things I found the other day that I thought were great ideas for quick and easy Christmas gifts. They are from the blog Spud Says! The first one is the Outsider Mittens, which is a free pattern, made from Spud and Chloe Outer. They look fantastic! They're a quick knit, done on US 13 needles, so you could make a lot of them in a short amount of time. My favourite is the one with the bobble cuffs!
Susan B Anderson also showed a picture of two finger puppets that are made from Spud and Chloe Fine back on Friday on the blog as well, that are just too cute! They are from the new Interweave Knits Holiday Gift Issue '09, which comes out this Friday. I'm so excited about this pattern. It is completely adorable, and the perfect thing to make for any little girl. I have two little girls on my list who I know would love these! I can hardly wait till I can get my hands on a copy of the magazine.
These are perfect for me since I'm in need of some quick-to-knit projects for those on my Christmas gift list. I hope that they'll be useful for you as well! Everyone needs a few quick projects either because we're strapped for time, or have someone unexpected sneak onto our gift list. Both of these fit the bill, especially the mittens, since they can be for anyone from a child to an adult, and can be gender-neutral.
I've got to get to work on finalizing my Christmas gift list today. I keep putting it off because I can't seem to find just the right things for everyone, but I need to get cracking at it, so that I can start the projects soon!
Have a great day!!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
How was your weekend? Mine was quite nice, got to spend a good amount of time with my family, so that was great! I even got some time to work on some knitting...yay me! I've been struggling lately to find time to do any knitting, so I was really excited when I got a chance this weekend.
I worked on the red charity mittens!! Ok, I have to be honest, I got confused on the weekend about what day it was, and ended up doing my charity knitting on Saturday instead of Sunday. But hey, at least I worked on them!! I finished the top of the second mitten and started on one of the thumbs. Since these are such a small size, the thumbs really shouldn't take much time at all. I think I'll have them done for sure next weekend. Then I'll need to find something new to work on for my next charity project. I LOVE planning new projects.
The Santa Hat is from the Holiday 2009 Knit Simple magazine, and the Stocking is the Mini Holiday Stockings by Carissa Browning, which you can get on Ravelry - here, or from her blog - here. These are both super cute, and super quick - just what I need!
Well, I hope everyone is getting a great start to the week! I'm off to work on some projects!
Talk to you soon!!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Sorry I haven't posted for a bit! This past weekend was our Thanksgiving here in Canada, so I'm all thrown off about what day it even is!! I didn't get any time to work on anything this weekend, what with celebrating with the family and all. This week is filled with appointments, and trips to the city for supplies, so I'm not really sure if I'll get a chance to do any knitting for a while. I'm really hoping that I can sneak some in here and there though!
I picked up the new Vogue Knitting Holiday magazine today, and I can hardly wait to sit down tonight with it. There's nothing quite like relaxing with a new knitting book or magazine now is there? I look forward to it so much! It's one thing I love to do when I have some down time.
The other day I stumbled upon a blog I want to share with you all. It's called Mothercraft - coaching for the modern mom. It's done by a lady named Carly. She has a whole website, and business devoted to "empowering moms to find careers they love, get more done & simplify their lives." Now I'm not a mother yet (not even married, to be more specific), but I found tons of helpful tips on simplifying my life and to help me to take the time to care for myself so that I can care for others. I think that is one of the best things we can do, because we really cannot help others when we are run down, wore out, and just plain pooped! Carly has lots of great advice and she even has some videos where she tells you in her own words how to put these things into action. I'm sure if you are a mother, you will find even more of her tips and tricks to be extremely helpful. I hope you all pop on over and check it out!
Well, that's all for tonight, I've got to be getting myself to bed soon, I have an appointment in the morning, so I need to be up extra early. I hope you are all having a great week!!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I've done some changes to the blog this morning, how do you all like it? I've been wanting a change for the season, but I could never find just the right thing...till now. My Mother was the photographer on this one. She takes such amazing pictures!! I told her about my plight, and next thing I knew, she had this all set up on the table and was shooting away. I'm so blessed to have her in my life, she always knows what would be just the right thing.
Fall has been coming for quite a while in our area, but she's not in her full glory yet. The trees are turning, but a lot are still green. One thing we do every Fall when the leaves are at their peak is drive around and take pictures of them. I'm hoping to share some of those images with you in the coming weeks. There is something so completely breath-taking about seeing a forest full of turning trees. It's like one night while we are sleeping the Lord comes and paints the trees, and when we awake, all we see is a splendor of colour. It has to be my faviourite thing about Fall.
Another thing I love about this time of year is how it makes me want to knit even more than usual. I start dreaming up lushes sweaters, wooly scarves, fuzzy mittens....the list goes on and on. I get so excited about all the new yarns, and the gorgeous Autumn colours. I love thinking of new things to knit to keep those I love warm and toasty as the air gets chilly. It stirs something up inside me that makes me so glad I'm a knitter. I love having the ability to bless those around me with something that I have created with my own hands. It brings me such a deep joy.
I hope that you all feel this way as well, and why don't we try to share the joy with others and teach someone how to knit. I'm sure that you have someone in your life who would love to learn. It may be your sister/roommate who needs a way to relax after work/school, or a neighbour that needs a way to make gifts for her family this year since funds are a bit low, or even a child in your life who seems fascinated by the idea of using string and sticks to make something wearable...we should be teaching children how to do this so that they can carry on the craft. It's sad to see so many young kids who don't know how to do handiwork. Knitting can teach you so much (patience, determination, giving, etc), and I think the younger generation would benefit from it. And there is nothing like seeing the look on a new knitter's face when they have finished a project...it truly does good for the soul.
Have a happy day all!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I have a confession to make; I have an obsession with teddy bears (well with all stuffies to be honest). When I was a child, my room was full of them, I had one particularly special bear named Teddy HoJohn. My cousin HoJohn gave him to me for Christmas one year, I think I was between the ages of 2 and 4, so I named him after him. He was one of my best friends and we went everywhere together. And I mean, literally everywhere. One Sunday my Dad was taking me to church on the ski-doo, and told me that I could not bring any toys with me because I might drop them along the way, but I was bound and determined to take Teddy HoJohn with me, so I got my Mom to put him in the front of my snowsuit as she zipped it up. When we got to church and Dad unzipped my snowsuit Teddy HoJohn popped out. I thought he would be mad but he didn't say a word. Looking back on it now I think he was so surprised at my good plan that he was trying not to laugh! Another time he got left in a booth at a restaurant about an hour from here and since my Mom wasn't going to drive all that way to pick him up, my Dad got one of the men on his work crew to pick Teddy HoJohn up on his way through. So needless to say, we have been best buds and he meant (and still does) the world to me. He still sits on my window bench in my room.
Now the reason I'm telling you this is because the other day I got a new knitting book. It's The Best-Dressed Knitted Bear by Emma King. When I seen this book, the little girl inside me just jumped for joy, I had to buy it. Emma King has done a fantastic job of creating some of the most adorable, and yes, best-dressed bears I have seen. They are the perfect thing to make for a little-one (or big-one) in your life. I can't think of a child who wouldn't be thrilled to receive such an adorable friend! There are numerous outfits you can make as well to dress your bear for any occasion. They look like the perfect small knitting project for those times when big knitting is not an option, like while traveling, or when you are pressed for time and need a quick gift. There is six different bears, ranging in size and complexity, and a total of 18 different outfits. There are hula bears, pirate bears, safari bears, and even a golfer bear. It's such a great idea; what a terrific book! I hope to get some time in the near future to make one...with that being said, I should be getting back to work!! Have a great day all!
Monday, October 5, 2009
I'm back from vacation, and just trying to ease myself in to the swing of things again. We had a great time, with lots of fun! It was so nice to be able to spend some quality time with my sister.
Good news!! All that sitting in the car made me focus on the socks, and I got a good portion of the first one done. I think I need to pick up another ball though because they are a bit longer than the pattern. Apparently my sister's boyfriend likes his socks to be on the long side. I took a few pictures of it along the way. Here I am trying it on to check the length:
I turned the heel on the way home, and am now knitting the foot part. With the new added length, I have a feeling these will take a little longer than I anticipated. But I'm going to try my best to keep working on them, so this means the thrummed mittens are going to have to wait a bit longer.
Yesterday was quite busy so I never got a chance to work on my charity mittens. I'm so sorry that I have nothing to update you with. I'm hoping to get more time this Sunday. We had another trip planned for this coming weekend to go to a women's Christian retreat, but due to other circumstances, we had to cancel. So I should have some extra, unplanned time. This week is also a little less hectic (at least so far), so I'm hoping to get more posting done, and do a little work on the blog in general. Things seem to pop up out of the woodwork when I have something blog related planned!! So we'll see how it goes.
Well, that's all for now folks, I've got to be off to finish up the rest of my to-do list for today!
Friday, October 2, 2009
I have some sad news....some very sad news indeed! I've come to the decision that I need to go on a yarn diet (see previous post with all that new yarn). I know, I know..just at the time when all the fun fall yarns are on the shelves. But alas, I'm going to have to be strong! I even came up with the plan myself....harsh, yes, but when I found myself contimplating stuffing my shoes and handbags with yarn the other day, I knew I might have a slight problem. I took stock though, and I think that if I use only stash yarn to make my gifts this year, I should get things down to a more managable amount. Have any of you gone on a yarn diet before, got any tips for me? I could really use some advice! I'll keep you posted on how it goes.
I'm off to wallow in my yarn...
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The other day while I was visiting my LYS the owner showed me a pair of thrummed mittens one of her customers had made. Now I had only read about them and seen pictures online, so to put my hand inside and feel how soft and warm they were was quite a thrill! I instantly wanted to make them, but I didn’t know how or think I had the skill to take on such a task. I put the idea out of my head, and
purchased my other stuff and promply left. However, the mitten kept popping in my mind over the weekend, so I went to the ravelry site to see if there was a pattern I could look at to convince myself that I could not make these. I found one....but it turned out not to look to bad. I like a little learning curve in my knitting, and this looks like it is just the thing.
Back in 2004, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka the Yarn Harlot) had a thrum-along on her blog. I read through it, and figured that I could do this...I'm brave (or at least pretend to be on occasions). All I had to do now was find some roving, but where would I get that? I called around, but no one seemed to carry it which dissapointed me terribly! We live in the north, it gets COLD here!!! How could no one carry this?? Thrummed mittens should be a staple in every man, woman and child's wardrobe. Well on Sunday night when I went out for coffee with the owner of my LYS, I happened to mention that I wanted to give these a try but was having a hard time locating the necessary supples. Well low and behold, she said that she carried everything I would need! I 'bout jumped out of my chair I was so excited. So first thing Monday morning (after I had my coffee of course, I can't be expected to pick out nice colours when I can't even see now can I?) I ran out to her shop and bought all this:
Hope you all are having a happy knitting day!
Monday, September 28, 2009
My sister and I are taking a little trip this week while she is on vacation, so I wanted to let you know that the posts over the next little bit might be a little short and far between. I'm looking forward to spending some quality girl time with her. We haven't had a chance to see each other much lately, so we've got lots of catching up to do!
Now on to today's post. I have been wanting to do some charity knitting for quite a while now, but I always have trouble finding the time. So I came up with the idea of setting aside my Sunday knitting time just for that purpose. I thought that since Sundays are the Lord's day, I should use that time for doing something that will honour Him. He teaches us that we should take care of those who are less fortunate than us, so this is my way of doing that.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I'm finally starting to feel better, and thought I'd show you something that I've been up to.
I finished the white seamless yoked baby sweater!! I completed it at the beginning of the week. It started out as just a sweater for my sister's co-worker, but then I thought it looked a little lonely. So I decided to make a matching hat, booties and mittens. Since this little one is coming in November, I wanted him/her to be warm!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
So sorry I haven't been around! I've been sick, so I'm taking a few days off to recover. I just wanted to let you all know so that you don't think I just fell off the face of the earth! I do have a nice FO to show you when I'm back. I hope everyone is having a lovely week, and I will be back soon...hopefully!
Friday, September 18, 2009
This is going to be a short post since I'm swamped right now trying to get things done, but I wanted to let you all know that I'm still here. :-) I think the days seem to be getting shorter and shorter because I keep running out of time!
I've noticed that Fall is here, I've accepted it. The temperature has dropped and that "crispness" is in the air. The leaves are starting to change and a few have already begun to fall. I've been trying to ignore it and hang on to the last threads of Summer, but there's no denying it, it's here. No one else in my house has accepted this; they are all waiting for the "official" first day of Autumn on the 22nd. They won't even let me hang up the new wreath I bought for the back door! I must admit, I love Fall decorating, the colours are just too much fun.
This time of year signals to me that it is "time to begin Christmas Gift making". And I will be honest with you, this year, that phrase is making my go weak in the knees. I have no idea what to make for everyone! Not a clue! I want to make gifts that are adorable, practical and economical all at the same time. I was hoping to do a lot of stash busting, but alas, I have no idea where to start. So far I have 20 people on my list ranging from the very young to the very old. They are all quite diverse as well, so it's hard to find the right gifts for each one. I love the idea of having gifts that are very personalized. I want to make sure that the person will love and use the gift I'm giving them. I have been going over ideas for the last two weeks, and still I have come up empty handed. If anyone has any advice for me, I'd greatly appreciate it! How do all these other women do it?? It's a mystery to me!
Well, I should be off and back to work, I hope you are all having a wonderful week, and thank goodness the weekend starts tomorrow!!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I have a finished object picture for you. It is the Smocked Sundress from Heather Ross' book Weekend Sewing. I had a lot of fun making this. It is an easy project, once you get the elastic thread onto the bobbin and loaded properly. I made it a tad smaller than the one in the book. I was thinking of it for a baby about 6-12 months. The sizes in the book were 12 months to size 4. It wasn't hard to make the adjustments since she includes guidelines for making it fit your intended wear. You can even make an adult version of this. Heather has a pattern for it on her website. I think that would be really great for just lounging around, or running to town in the Summer. I'll have to keep it in mind for next year. As I've said before, her book is a great one; I highly recommend it.
I have some links for you of things I've come across that I thought you might like to check out:
These are adorable!! I think anyone who makes handmade gifts has to have them. If you head on over to her blog she's having a give-away for a box of these right now.
I'd love to have these hanging on my tree this year.
I made this on the weekend, and it was a huge hit. I used 3 oz. semi-sweet choc. and 1 oz. bittersweet choc.
This is great. I seen ones like this on the runways at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NY.
Perfect for your end-of-season jam making.
Well, I hope you are all having a great start to your week!! I'll be back soon with some more pictures.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
So sorry I haven't been around this past week. I've been not feeling the best, and things have been a bit busy here. I'm hoping to get more time to blog from now on, but I can't make any guarantees. I'd really love to though.
Now I know I promised some project pictures but my sister took my camera to work to take some pictures of her new office for me to see. We are going to work on decorating it together! Yay!! But that means that the project pictures are going to have to wait till I get it back. Sorry about that!! I was really looking forward to showing you what I've been up to. But hopefully by the time I get it back, I'll have a few more projects done and I can show you those too.
Yesterday, while in the city, I picked up the new Fall/Winter Debbie Bliss magazine. I'm so inspired by it, I hardly have words. The patterns, the yarns, everything is amazing. The photographs are stunning, and truly inspiring. I can hardly wait to make something from it. I also picked up the Fall Vogue Knitting magazine. The sweaters in it are remarkable. I was just blown away by the beauty of them. The colours: amber, cranberry, moss, pumpkin and russet are sensational. I just love it. It makes me wish I was a more experienced knitter so I could make all these gorgeous sweaters.
It feels like Fall to me today. It's still quite warm out, but the leaves are starting to change and fall off. It makes me feel like knitting cozy things, making savory meals and warm desserts. I do love those things about Fall, but I think what I don't like is that it means Winter is coming next! That's something I'm totally not ready for.
Well I should be off to work on things...I need to get the ball rolling this morning. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Friday, September 4, 2009
This is Cassie sleeping in her chair.
This is Mittens, doesn't he look relaxed??
This is Emmie, she is looking over the back of the couch at me. Isn't she cute??
Well, I will be back soon with some pictures of some projects, until then, please enjoy yourselves and have a wonderful Labour Day weekend!!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I am back from our "vacation" but things around here are still going to be a bit hectic for the next couple of days. I have lots to post about (wait till you hear how the week really went!), plus some pictures of some finished projects!! Yay!! I am planning on updating you all closer to the weekend, once things get more back to normal. I hope you all had a great weekend, and that everyone is getting themselves back in to the swing of things now that school has started. I hate to say it, but once school starts, I always feel like it's the beginning of Fall. :0) Have a great week all, and talk to you in a few days!!
P.S. Here is a great site that has tips for getting yourself (and your family) organized. They also have a line of products with Franklin Covey that look quite handy. I ordered myself a few things this afternoon! There is nothing like starting off the Fall a little bit more organized! :o)
Monday, August 24, 2009
Well I had a nice relaxing weekend. How about you? I spent a lot of time with my family and I even got to try out my sister's kayaks with her yesterday. We had a ton of fun out on the water. It was nice to just be able to relax and enjoy a little bit of what is left of Summer. The weather has been better here lately, and I think it is going to warm up some again.
This week, my family and I (including the animals), well all except for my Dad who is planning on braving the smell, have to move out of our house because we are getting our floors re-finished. My sister is staying at her boyfriend's parents' house, so it's just Mom and I and the pets who are going. We are staying just up the road from our place at what use to be an old summer home, back in the day, for some very wealthy Americans. It's really quite beautiful. It's like going back in time when you step in there. I really love it, and am so excited that we get to spend the week there.
Since there is no TV or Internet connection there, I'm bringing along my knitting and my sewing machine. I'm hoping to have lots of time to work on projects.
Well that's all for now! I don't think I will have a chance to check in until next Monday, so have a great week all!!
I'm off for vacation!!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Today is the day. I'm excited and nervous about it. I did manage to get the cakes all filled and iced last night by around 10-10:30 pm. I had some help from my Mom and my Sister, and if it wasn't for them I would probably still be icing. Here is a little tip for anyone who wants their icing to look smooth around the sides of the cake: use a metal bench scraper. What you do is, put your cake on a turn table, then while holding the scraper in one hand along the side of the cake, turn the cake with the other hand, and it smooths out the sides. It does a really good job, especially when it's late at night and you can't see anymore.
Today's goal is to put in the dowels, stack the cakes and then pipe on some decorations and place the flowers.
I'll post pictures once I get things more together, right now it is a rush against the clock. Wish me luck!!