Friday, January 12, 2018

Feelin' Groovy 2018

Originally I had started knitting this yarn in another very similar pattern to the Groovy Socks but the rhythm of the stitch pattern just didn't work for me. I ripped out 2/3 of a sock, which I never do,  and started over with this pattern. I just love how it knits up with striped yarn!
Pattern: Groovy Socks by Caroline Hegwer
Yarn: Carlton Yarns Sock Weight
Colorway: Dahlia Garden
Needle Size: US Size 1

Sunday, January 7, 2018

2018's First Pair of Socks

I cast these socks on thinking I'd be able to gift them to Hubby for Christmas, but sadly I was still knitting the second sock on New Years... He doesn't want me knitting for him but they looked like some really tough, long wearing socks. I thought they might be a good pair to keep the Hubby’s feet warm this snowy January. We’ll see if he wants and will wear them!
Pattern: Vanilla with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: ONline Supersocke 6-fach Nero Color
Colorway: 1871
Needle Size: US Size 1

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Knitting Review

Adult Sweaters; 2
Socks: 37 pairs
Slippers: 7 pairs
Baby Sweaters: 4
Baby Quilts: 7
Toys: 1
Christmas Sweater Ornaments: 9
Hats: 5
  Preemie hats: 69
Cowls: 1
Scarves: 2
Mittens: 3
Cat Beds: 21

Grand Total of knitting in 2017: 161 items

Favorite items:
So proud to have protesters in the family!
Favorite photo prop for knitted item:
Knitting on our trip to China 2017
Craziest thing knit this year:
Favorite hand dyed item:
Only hand dyed item I knit this year
Dumbest mistake: Starting and ripping out 3 sweaters. ( So bad there are no photos!)

Saturday, December 30, 2017

A wonderful Christmas surprise

The Chick came home a few days before Christmas and told me she had a friend who was going to have twin boys and surprise! They were born a bit early, the Wednesday before Christmas.
Pattern: Five Pound Baby Cardigan byCarole Barenys
Yarn: BernatSoftee Baby Solids
Colorway: Blue
Needle Size: US Size 3 and 5

I love knitting quick, impromptu, fast projects over the holidays and so was more than happy to knit up these little sweaters for the new babies. The projects aren't finished, finished, finished…I still have to find 10 little buttons sew on the two sweaters but I’m currently snowed in and do not mind staying home one little a bit!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Christmas 2017

Another wonderful Christmas is in the books. We missed the California Family this year but the ballerina was busy performing in not one but two Nutcracker ballets. She was Mother Ginger in her school's performance and King Mouse with the Oakland Ballet Company. She spent several days  including Christmas Eve dancing.

The Chick came into town on Wednesday and we planned out meals and did the shopping. (What a great help) I was pleased when she wanted to get yarn to knit a baby sweater. There isn't a more satisfying way to spend a snowy holiday than to cuddle up and work on knitting.

The NorDakFamily arrive Friday and we decided with all the decorating I had done around the house previously, we could forgo having a tree this year in order to have kittens who didn't electrocute themselves!

I was relieved to have SadieLou around to make Chex Mix and decorate cookies.
We enjoyed putting puzzles together, playing cards and renew an interest in Mexican Train Dominoes.
It took jitterbugging in the kitchen to Rocking Around The Christmas Tree, in order to get the kiddos out of bed on Christmas morning. They had a great time opening gifts and could hardly believe.....

Grandkitty Zoey had a great time playing with her little shadow Polly,
The gingers taking a break before the next rumpus
 and Denali was her usual cheerful self hiding under the covers or bed the entire holiday...

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Almost went sking at Red Lodge

We were going to renew a tradition and meet the WyomingCowboy Family to go skiing on Christmas Eve. There would be a new generation going for the first time and when we planned it, the trip sounded like a great idea.

The youngest member of the WyomingCowboy Family, little Kynlee, was visiting from Reno and I thought she could use an Elf hat to keep her warm on the slopes.
My best stranded knitting yet!

Pattern: Norwegian Star Earflap Hat by Tiennie
Yarn: Cascade Yarns, Pacific
Colorway: Red and Cream
Needle Size: US 8

But alas, plans fell through - the weather was just to cold for this family to brave a day of skiing. The WyomingCowboy Family went without us and were quite proud of themselves. Despite the weather they skied for an hour and a half.
 Polly thought the pompom was pretty special, grrrr!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

It's baby quilting time again!

I've been wanting to sew another baby quilt for a few months. There was a mess in the fiber room and I've had a busy fall coming and going visiting the girls, so I put any thought of a quilt on the back burner. But this week with all the Christmas gifts wrapped and goodies baked I decided to kick back and enjoy the season by following my bliss.

I thought I had enough scraps from previous quilts to make another quilt and was quite happy I had taken the advice of another quilter by pre-cutting all the extra quilt fabric into 7", 5", 3.5", 2.5" and 1.5"strips. I even had leftover binding cut and ironed, ready to be sewn on.  All I had to do was thread the sewing machine and get to sewing!
I'm beginning to understand why a quilter has a stash just like knitters. While I was sewing this quilt I ran out of green, yellow and orange material making a to run to the store for several half yarn pieces necessary. Once again I have extras of these colors and I realize my scrap stash will never be all used up.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Bunco Gnome

Already I’m thinking of Christmas 2018. For Christmas’ 2015 - 2017 I’ve knit the bunco gals little ornaments, Christmas stockings, hat and mittens, and a sweater for their trees. They seem to love them and I'd like to continue the tradition but I've knit all the usual tree ornaments and I’m not sure what to knit for next Christmas. I thought maybe a gnome could be cute and found this pattern. It’s crocheted so the gnomes would make up quickly. But in the end, although the little gnome is cute, he’s to big to hang on a tree. 
Pattern: Christmas Gnome by Liesbeth Braam
Yarn: Rauma Finuligarn
Colorways: Dark Olive and Burgundy
Needle Size: D

I’ll continue my search for that perfect little gnome, I do have a year!