January 26, 2008
Two Saturdays ago I visited my sister for an afternoon just to hang out and let the boys play. I’m trying to keep low-key, but I’m really excited that Karen is learning to knit. I don’t want to scare her off, but I want her to love it like I do. It’s something for us to share.
She got some needles and yarn for Christmas, but had forgotten how to cast on. So, I came for a visit armed with my knitting project and the book Stitch and Bitch to leave for a while as a reference (if she wanted it). We got her scarf cast on and she got quite a bit of knitting done while I worked on my socks. I also got the joy of a schnauzer nestled up against my leg; I miss that! Shadow thinks everyone who looks at him is inviting him to their lap.
We had such a nice, laid back afternoon!
Here is Alejandro in his baby surprise jacket; isn’t he sweet?
January 13, 2008
In the last two months I will have made two pairs of socks for myself…how indulgent! Of course the girls at work think I stink because I’ve been cranking out the socks and none for them.
These two pairs have both been knit at the same time on two circular needles. I like knowing that they are as close to being identical as possible.
The first pair I finished are black and the pattern is Moc Croc. It’s a free pattern from Knit Picks.
These socks are called Girl’s Best Friend anklets and are a purchased pattern from Knit Picks. I knit them using Knit Picks Essential in navy. The yarn is nice to knit with and washes up nicely. I don’t want to have socks that I have to treat any differently than the rest of the laundry. In this photo one of the cuffs is turned down so you can see the pattern. I am at the point of decreasing for the toe and will finish them today while watching football.
January 12, 2008
The Land of Lincoln Lacemakers are hosting the annual convention for the International Old Lacers Inc. (IOLI) in August of this year. I have finished the website and you can find the information here:
Please go and look at it…we are offering great classes, vendors, and social gatherings.
January 6, 2008
Finally I can post photos of the projects that I worked on all fall for Christmas presents! Alas, my lace pillow got set aside during all this time, but I am eager to get back to it.
Here is the knitting needle purse that I made for my mother-in-law, Audrey. I think she liked it!
For sister-in-law Sue I made a cabled wrap and some fingerless mitts. The wrap fit her perfectly and I loved the mitts so much that I made a pair for myself. My niece Sierra loved the whole ensemble also.
Before Christmas I took a class at my LYS for knitted ornaments. Here is a part of the collection that I made. I had intended to put them on all my packages this year, but was unable to produce so many. So, I got enough mittens done for all the kid packages and the adults will have to wait until next year.