January 20, 2017

Combined the formula of the Anya newsboy hat with the stitch patterns of the Reasonably Hip hat to make this hat for a guy friend. KP Brava Worsted is so soft!

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August 28, 2016

Shawl season is coming

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So excited that cool weather is coming. Finally got this Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart blocked and ready to wear.  I think the size is going to be very useful.

November 19, 2014

I met a Knitter tonight

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I was at the Chamber of Commerce dinner tonight and a lady came up to me and commented on my Wingspan shawl!  We had a nice time talking about projects and I made my DH pull up his pant leg and show her the socks I knitted. It made my night!

October 5, 2014

Puerperium cardigan

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Started this little baby sweater last night while The Boy was at the homecoming dance. It is so fun to knit I can’t put it down! The newborn size is a free pattern but I’m tempted to spring for the pay pattern to get more sizes. I can see myself knitting this one a lot. Hope Marisa will like it!

Suddenly I find myself with quite a few knitting projects.  Yesterday was cool, not even sweater weather but coat weather! I really want to start wearing my sweaters. I have a new one for myself that just needs to be sewn together and the neck band  knitted up. If I can put this baby sweater down long enough maybe I’ll get that done!

February 13, 2012

Why can’t I post?

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I tried posting some photos of my projects last fall, but for some reason WordPress won’t let me insert photos in my posts.  So, all I have are lots of draft posts.  I’m going to start fresh and try again.  Hopefully we’ll get all caught up because I’ve finished some great projects since my last post!

February 21, 2010

Workspace

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I’m making good progress on my knitting projects during the Olympics.  Over halfway there on both projects and a week before the Olympics end.  Finished the first poetry mitten and most of the hand done on the second one.  Just two rows of words left and the thumb.  The scarf that is my mindless knitting when I can’t concentrate on the mittens is just the right palate cleanser for me.

In the last couple of weeks I’ve been reorganizing my craft room.  It consisted of purging a cabinet of projects that I’ll never do (or finish), emptying drawers in the chest and making better use of the space.  I had bags of yarn sitting on the floor and a whole drawer of tote bags.  Yes, I love bags.  Bags are useful.  Things can go in bags when I need to go places.  I admit to being a bag-lady, but not a “bag-hag” – thanks Ted!!! 

So, the bags came out of the drawer, the yarn went in, and after $5.99 spent on a board with pegs, the bags have found their home on the wall.  I can’t make more floor space, but there are pretty tall walls in this house.

Even though we were under a winter storm advisory (that amounted to nothing) the sunshine came through the window and I knitted for a while in my refreshed craft room.

May 11, 2009

Happy Mother’s Day

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Especially to the new mom, Kristi, for whom I made the blankie.  It’s so cool here she may even still get some use from it!

Moderne Baby Blanket

Moderne Baby Blanket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And to my mama and grandma for whom I made some tatted pendants.

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I have a new project started for myself, but it’s not fit for photos yet.  Maybe after tonight…

April 29, 2009

Baby blanket update

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Okay, the main part of the blanket is done, now I am knitting the i-cord edging.  (Actually I finished that last night and am just sewing in the ends now, but these photos don’t show the edge.)  I should have it done today!  Good thing, because Bret is nesting at work and Kristi is ready to have the baby NOW, I hear.

img_2507It looks very square in this photo, but the final measurements are 46×38 inches.  At first I thought it would be too big, but this seems to be a nice size.

April 24, 2009

My first sweater

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Love it!  I’ve had the yarn for quite a while for another sweater – didn’t like it so I started on something else.  This is Rusted Root.  I loved knitting it and would like to knit another, maybe with longer sleeves for the fall. 

Rusted Root sweater

Rusted Root sweater

April 4, 2009

I designed something!

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I’m so excited; I designed a cozy for my teapot and it actually worked!

Here’s the pot that I wanted to cozy:  (I love the shape.  I’ve always called it pewter but I think it’s really silverplate.)

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I had a ball of washable wool (100% for the insulating factor and I don’t want the yarn to melt to the side of the pot!)  It’s Swish Worsted from Knit Picks and very nice and springy.   I didn’t have the ball band so I’m not sure of the colorway.  I wanted coverage on the bottom of the pot so I don’t have to worry about setting it on a trivet all the time.  So, here’s what I came up with:

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I found that I knitted straight up from the bottom and didn’t add any stitches to accommodate the girth of the pot, so I had a bit of gap-osis under the handle.  So I added the little tab and button to bring it in a little.  It worked out better than I thought.  And the drawstring at the top allows me to open the lid and add more hot water without taking the cozy off the pot.  Slick, if I do say so myself!img_2501

I was very much inspired by the mug cozies that I have knit from the pattern on http://justkatiespatterns.blogspot.com.  But I used a 1×1 ribbing at the bottom and the top because I wanted it to shrink to fit the shape of the pot.  The little tab was just inspired as an opportunity to try out Elizabeth Zimmerman’s “one-row buttonhole” from The Knitters Almanac.  And isn’t that a great button I found in my button box?  I think it’s tin because it’s metal and very, very lightweight.  All in all I’m very pleased with how it turned out; I think I’ll have to make a pot of Scottish breakfast tea and celebrate!

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