Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Knitting Review

Socks: 27 pairs
Sweaters : 4
Boot Cuffs: 2 pair
Stuffed Toy: 1
Hats: 6
  Premi hats: 4
Baby Sweaters: 2
Scarves: 2

(Mitered Square Sock Blanket: 160 squares for 2014, total 346

Grand Total of knit Items for 2014: 46 plus 160 squares

Favorite Item:
 Favorite photo prop for knitted item:
   Craziest thing knit this year:
Favorite hand dyed item:
 As the saying goes: Knitting is like sex: If I love you it's free, if not you can't pay me enough!"

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Last of 2014 hats and socks

Hoping to keep Sarah's noggin' warm this cold North Dakota winter.
Pattern: Rolled Brim Cap by Sue W.
Yarn: I Love This Yarn, Soft Secret
Colorway: Peacock, Light Denim
Needle Size: US Size 7 & 8
Pattern: Vanilla Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist
Needle Size: US Size 1

Monday, December 29, 2014

Denali's first Christmas

When we put the Christmas tree up, I told everyone we were not going to battle little Miss Denali Jane over the tree. Each time she tipped it over, I wanted whoever was there to document it with a photo and then put it back in an upright position. I envisioned a wonderful blog post, from beautiful tree to a Charlie Brown tree with ornaments strewn all over the floor.
Well, the joke's on me!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas 2014

Tossing aside tradition The Chick drove down on the 16th of December and the three of us were off to North Dakota for Christmas. 

We were happy to see our grandkiddos and they happily made some delicious Christmas cookies.
Our little Charlotte Ivy has grown into a beautiful kitty who has the good sense to stop and smell the roses!
We were able to attend Sadie Lou Who's Christmas concert.
(a sad photo taken on my iphone
The Tiger had been saying he was getting a computer for Christmas from Santa since Thanksgiving.  A little elf had told me a computer was not in the Tiger's future.

So early one morning a few days before going to see Santa I asked him about the wish list he'd made for his visit to Santa. I was prepared to burst The Tiger's bubble and figured it was better six days before Christmas than on Christmas morning.

A shocked look appeared on his face and The Tiger quickly told me the elves in the workshop where busy making computers at that very moment! Well, I went into quick thinking mode and told The Tiger, no Santa and his elves in fact did not make everything and electronics were one of the items being outsourced, The Tiger was just going to have to think of something else to ask for this year. He thought a moment and then said to me there wasn't anything else, he had everything!

Sadie Lou Who jumped in trying to help out. She asked what about the DS Game ----. To this suggestion The Tiger responded, "Why would I use up a good Santa gift for a $23.00 DS Game I could buy myself?"

OH, my goodness!

Monday, December 22, 2014


Like any dedicated knitter I was careful to pack plenty of yarn for our time in North Dakota. In truth, most knitters pack more than enough.  we don't ever, ever want to be without a project. Disaster struck on Friday I was sitting next to the Christmas tree happily knitting on a sock when the unexpected happened - I broke my Size 1 Addie circular needle. The wire just broke off an the end of the metal needle!

I quickly went into solution mode. "Where," I asked frantically, "Can I find knitting needles?"

Remember I'm in Jamestown, North Dakota, and the answer to this question is: NO WHERE!!!

In desperation I went to Walmart but I knew in my heart that I wasn't going to find anything but a stiff, plasticy, Boyce size 8 needles. So what to do for the next three days until we went to the thriving metropolis of Fargo?
Crochet a baby blanket! It's not done and I think I'll just keep it in the car should another emergency arise.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fast and easy yoga socks for Christmas!

Each year the adults in our family draw names for gift giving but no matter who's name I draw I like to do a little knitting for everyone. Socks have been the go to gift lately....

The California Dreamin’ Gurl has a very specific order for her Christmas Socks:
1)Yoga Socks
I’m not fond of knitting black yarn but decided with no toes or heels I could put up with a little bit of knitting in the black. Even knitting only in daylight these were a very fast knit.To achieve the third request I found this pattern and knit these socks in a twisted cable. I think I'll use this little twist in many other toed socks.
Pattern: Women's Yoga Socks by Rebecca Bathje
Yarn: Cascade Sock Yarn
Colorway: Black
Needle Size: US Size 1

...but the California Dreamin' Gurl was also the family member name I drew and so when she sent me her list of possible gifts and I saw DRYER BALLS I was delighted!! I got on YouTube, found a tutorial, and was quickly I was making dryer balls. They were fast and inexpensive hope they do the job!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Finishing a last minute Christmas Gift

This year has been the year to knit socks. I've enjoyed every sock knit. Being able to put the project in my purse and take it anywhere has been the best. I feel like I can be adventurous in colors and patterns knowing the recipients will still wear the finished product - after all, they only have to slip on a pair of boots if they really find them offensive!

I've always tried to have my Christmas presents bought, or completed by Thanksgiving so imagine my surprise when I went to wrap the NorDak family gifts and realized that I didn't have the Big Boy's socks completed!

Quickly I got the THREE skeins of sock yarn, picked out a favorite pattern, and began knitting!
Pattern: Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes
Yarn: Patons North America Kroy Socks FX
Colorway: Cadet Colours
Needle Size: US 2.5

All wrapped and ready for Christmas!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas socks for Gabriel

I happily knit a pair of socks for one of my biggest sock fans!
Pattern: Pin Striped Socks by Julia Gabriel
             Fish Lip Kiss Heel
Yarn: Patons North America Kroy Socks Ragg Shades
Colorway: Brown Striped Ragg
Amount: 2 skeins
Needle Size:  US 1 needles