Wednesday, December 07, 2005

December 7

Today I finished up a knitting job I was given. This toddler coat comes from the Debbie Bliss pattern book One. The yarn is Debbie Bliss cashmerino Aran weight in a beautiful raspberry color. It was lots of fun to knit up, but I don't think I will use this yarn again as there were so many knots in the yarn. I think there are much better yarns out there that I would be happier with. But all the same I think it came out great and I hope the grandmother who commissioned it will love it too.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

December 4

Well, with Christmas knitting in full swing I thought I would stop and knit an ornament. One of the lists that I'm on called Knitbabyspurprise, which can be found at will offer an ornament pattern each week until Christmas. This little hat is the first in the series. I used some left over Lopi Lite in red. I really like the way Lopi yarns felt. This little guy was felted by hand in the sink. The pattern calls for you to cast on 30 and go from there. I'm sure you can get the pattern from the archives of the list after joining. We like to work on Elizabeth Zimmermann or Meg Swansen patterns. Thus the name. Baby Surprise is a jacket designed by EZ. If you have never made one of these jackets you must give it a try. Its knit in one piece, when you are finished knitting you sew up one seam at the top of the shoulder plan to make an adult sized one this next year.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Dec 1

Well, I finished my Hurry Up Sweater from Elizabeth Zimmermann's book Knitter's Almanac. As you can see, it came out beautifully. And yes it does work up really quick. I think all together It took me about 3 to 3 and half days to knit up. I did make the body of the sweater a bit longer than I wanted but it will work. The ribbing is two rounds of purls on both the bottom and the cuffs. I don't think it worked as well on the bottom as the cuff, so I think it will roll some. I may take the bottom off and change the bottom later. I do like both the color and the yarn. I usually don't use synthetic yarns, but this one worked well. By the way, its Lion brand Woolease Thick and Quick, the color is claret. The great thing is I had to use 3 different dye lots and they seem to blend well. Now that I stopped to make myself a sweater I heading back to Christmas knitting. I have a few things to get finished up by the end of the year so I best get busy.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Nov. 27

This evening I made up a very simple bookmark. I used Rowan kid silk haze. I'm not sure what the color is called but its cream. Thus why the picture is not real bright. I added beads at the top for some color. This bookmark is for a party I'm going to next week. My Book Club is meeting and we are going to talk about Gideon's Gift by Karen Kingsbury. I haven't read it yet. I wanted to wait until after Thanksgiving to read this Christmas story. I pan to get started on it this evening. Our club is also planning a bookmark exchange, thus the bookmark. It took me about two hours to knit up and another to add the beads. I couldn't find a needle small enough yet with an eye large enough to work. By the way the pattern comes from Annies Attic Quick& Easy Knit projects. I used a two size 1 dps.

Nov. 26

Tonight I finished up the neatest dishcloth. I found this pattern through a list that I'm on. Its: you can purchase each pattern through email or by paper. I found the pattern easy to follow and fun to make. I plan to make a few for gifts. I used Sugar and Cream bright red. One ball was plenty and its about 10 inches square.
I am also working on my hurry up sweater I have about 10 inches on the body done. I just love the color.

Nov. 25

Black Friday. Don't you just love and hate black Friday? My husband and I got up a 4 in the morning, to get down to Walmart to pick up a digital camera. We had a great plan of action, so good that we left the Walmart parking lot by 5:12. We were so good we missed the fist fight in the store. I was also able to pick up season 1&2 of Seinfield. So now I have quite a few hours of knitting time as I watch the old shows. I also went down to Micheals and picked up 7 skeins of woolease thick and quick. I plan to start The hurry up sweater from Elizabeth Zimmermann's knitter's almanac. I think it will go very fast as I'm going to be using size 10 1/2 needles. I chose ths color claret, which is a beautiful burgundy wine color. Once I'm finished I will post a picture.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Thanksgiving Nov. 24

Well, the turkey is in the oven and all is well. Thanksgiving is the only big holiday that I go all out when it comes to cooking. Yesterday I made up all the side dishes and desserts. So all I have left is the turkey. So now I can sit back and knit. I'm still working on Christmas gifts. I just finished this face cloth. The pattern comes from Fiber trends and the yarn is Alchemy bamboo. If you have never tried bamboo yarn then you might want to give it a go. Its a lot like linen, but as it warms up in your hand it begins to feel like silk. I can't remember the color but its a great bright nearly sold pink. This will go to one of my three sisters in law. I plan to add a bar of hand made soap. I hope you all can take sometime either today or whatever day you read this to look at how blessed you are, and thank those around you for being apart of your life.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

November 20

Today I finished up this dishcloth. I found the pattern at:
I used Lion Brand kitchen cotton in the color of Fern green color number 131. I have lighted up the picture so that you can see the trees. This is a fun cloth and great for Christmas and for those who live in a country home.

November 19

Well I was able to get the scarf for my mother in Law completed today. I started it last night while waiting for the New Harry Potter movie to start. By the way the movie was great you much see it. I took my middle daughter to see it and as we waited for the show to start we sat in out seats and knitted. I bought this yarn from Walmart and used a size 13 needle and cast on 10.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

November 17

Tonight I finished up my first KAL ( knit along project) with Love2knit_dishcloths. Each evening for 6 days we all got a few rows of the pattern. Now when I started this cloth I was sure it was going to be a traditional cloth but as you can see it ended up to be a dress. Thus I named it the Surprise Dress. Tomorrow I plan get back to the business of Christmas gifts. I have just a few scarves to make this year plus some Barbie clothes for my daughter Emma. One of the scarves I plan to make will be for my mother in law. She love the color red so I picked up a skein of eyelash yarn at Walmart that looks like a Christmas garland. I'm sure she will enjoy it. Later this week I will have a pic of the finished scarf.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

November 14

Today I have decided to start the doily on the cover of Crochet World December 05. I guess I'm getting in the spirit of Christmas so far I have just a few rounds done. I think it will turn out great and be perfect for my dining table. The next section is green. I plan to make some other goodies for Christmas but I have not decided what yet.

November 13

Today I finished my Mystery knit-a-long from my yahoo group Hooksandneedles. This one was also fun to make even though I had the pattern figured out after the first repeat. If you haven't tried knitting or crocheting dishcloths you might want to give one a try. The materials are very low cost. You can pick up a ball of Peaches and Cream 100% cotton yarn at Walmart for $1.27 and all you will need is either a size 7 needle or a G hook. You can do a google search and find tons and tons of free dishcloth patterns.

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November 10-

Today I finished reading the book "the Magicians Nephew" by C.S. Lewis. I want to read all the books before I go see the Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe. It has been a long long time sense I read the books. I have to say reading the creation of Narnia has such a visual image for me. I can't help but wonder if this is how our world looked as it was created. I highly recommend this book. There is a quote that has really stuck with me.
..."When you were last here," said Aslan," hallow was a pool, and when you jumped into it you came to the world where a dying sun shone over the ruins of Charn. There is no pool now. That world is ended, as if it had never been. Let the race of Adam and Eve take warning." "Yes Aslan," said both the children. But Polly added"But we're not quite as bad as that world, are we Aslan?" "Not yet, Daughter of Eve," he said. "Not yet. But you are growing more like it."
I think we need to as our selves are we as bad as that and are we growing more like it?
Another great part that rings true. The Children could not get help from Aslan because they did not ask for it. How often do we suffer when all we need to do is ask God for his help. When was the last time you asked?

November 8

So I'm a junky. I think at this time I'm a member of over 20 different groups. One of my favorite its called Hooksandneedles. They are a great bunch of gals. One thing we have been doing lately has been Mystery Crochet-a-longs and Mystery Knit-a-longs. Today I'm adding my finished Crochet-a-long. I used some 100% cotton in yellow that I happened to have in my stash.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

November 6

OK so its been a long time sense I visited my blogg let alone added anything to it. So I thought I would add some of the things I have been working on. I had a friend show me this pattern and want me to give it a try. The snowman comes from Crochet World December 05 issue. The pattern starts out a bit confusing but if you work through it, I think its well worth the effort. He has a way of getting you in the spirit of Christmas.