22 December 2005
Haven't had to much time to post. Between delivering a ton of mail for the last two weeks, finishing up shopping, and figuring in some baking, I haven't had very much knit time. We just finished our fifth and final birthday today, "Happy Birthday MOM", and now we have 3 days left to Christmas!!!!!
We did manage to get the tree up and decorated on Sunday, (Husband's Birthday).
I did manage to finish the pink kitty hat and mitts for Jennifer which she will receive on Boxing Day.
Poor raglan hoodie will not be done on time with one sleeve, the hood and the button bands to do time is slipping away.
My entrelac bag is suffering. I hear it calling "finish me, finish me!". But I have been contacted by another guild member and I think there maybe a small mistake in the pattern on row 1 of the top triangles. I'll have to let Julie know before the pattern is printed.
And from the sounds of the weatherman we may have rain for Christmas. So we will enjoy this snow for now till the next deep freeze.
I'm off to finish up baking and wrapping a few last gifts.
Merry Christmas to all. HOHOHOHO
4 December 2005
Thank goodness he's a good natured cat!!!
After she went back to Toronto on Friday I had the perfect weekend planned. Nothing but lots of knitting. Saturday was minus 1 degree, a light snow falling, maybe a couple of good movies. I figured I could get two kitty-cat hats and 2 sets of mittens done. Then maybe I would try Julie's Mist scarf with some lovely fuschia angora I bought 2 years ago at the Knitters Fair in Kitchener.
Guess who showed up for a visit? Gramma's little angel.
The kitty-cat hat fit perfect, and we did get the mitts done late last night after she went to bed.
She went home this afternoon, after a morning visit to her great-gramma's and grocery shopping. So much for my quiet week-end of knitting.
Tonight I will start the other hat and mitts and then maybe by next week-end the scarf.
Tuesday night is our guild meeting and we get to work on our felted entrelac bags finally. After that it might just finish it before the next meeting.
27 November 2005
It was a lovely day in Southern Ontario this weekend. Saturday was our annual Smithville Santa Claus parade. This was the first one I have been to and it was also Paisley's first one ever.
I didn't hold out to much hope for her, I figured she wouldn't understand or even be interested, but boy was I wrong. The weather was perfect it had snowed all morning but by the time the parade started at 2pm it had stopped and was quite mild. What a pretty scene. It was quite a parade for a small town and Paisley enjoyed the whole thing. Her favorite was the marching bands and after they passed she kept asking for more drums. It was so cute watching her waving to Santa, I really didn't think she would understand, when she saw him I heard her say HOHOHO. The only sad part was I forgot my camera!!!
So as you can see after a long day of HOHOHO it was time for bed!
Now for knitting! I found this pattern on Knitty.com for fingerless gloves with a mitten flap made with sock yarn. Seeing as I have a stash of sock yarn I thought I would give them a try and voila! They only took me a week to finish (inbetween working and doing a little Christmas shopping) and didn't even use the whole 100g ball. Now my hands will look just as good as my feet. You can find the pattern at:
Tonight I have to start a new kitty cat hat for Paisley because she has already grown out of last years and another one for 5 year old Jennifer, our new niece who joined our family this summer. It has been a family tradition that all the girls must have one.
13 November 2005
- Paisley came for a visit wearing her top down sweater and I decided to wear my leaf cable from the book Hot Knits made with Debbie Bliss cotton cashmere. The weather was still warm enough that we didn't need our jackets.
I'm still plugging away on her raglan hoodie, trying to write the instructions as I go. The body will be one piece and the sleeves separate and I haven't quite decided how I want to do the hood.
I did manage to make a pair of fingerless gloves for a friend at work. These gloves are a lettercarriers dream. I still have to make a pair for myself . I still had some Patons Classic leftover from a sweater I made for my husband a couple of years ago thus reducing my stash just by a little. The pattern has the mitten flap too but she didn't want that, so they only took me a couple of nights to finish. I prefer to wear a pair of dollar gloves under them just to keep the chill off the fingertips and you can still flip through the mail bundles.
During the summer I went through all my magazines and my daughter helped me catalog all the ones that I really want to make. So now my quest is to start using up the yarn I have bought ( with no sweater in mind) and knit those sweaters. I know this will not be an easy thing to do but a girl has to do what a girl has to do. I'll just have to tell my husband he will have to a little bit more cooking and cleaning till my quest is done. (LOL)
2 November 2005
What is your all time favourite yarn to knit with?
I have had the opportunity to knit with alot of yarns thanks to Julie and the Needle Emporium, but I think right now my favorite would be Debbie Bliss's Cashmerino. Can't wait to try her other yarns.
Your favourite needles?
My favorite needle are of course the addi turbos, circular ones of course, but not one that has been stepped on. They have a flat spot!!!!!
The worst thing I ever knit?
I remember knitting some mohair sweaters back in the late eighties or early nineties. It seemed that everyone that came into The Needle Emporium wanted one. I recall making about 12 or 14 in every colour available. It got so I didn't need to look at the pattern anymore and could finish one in four days!
Your most favourite knit pattern? (maybe you don't like wearing it...but it was the most fun to knit)
Again there have been too many to even list over the past 25 years. Right now I'm enjoying knitting any of the Cabin Fever childrens sweaters for my granddaughter and I love Debbie Bliss and
Jo Sharp. They're patterns are classics.
Most valuable knitting technique?
I'm with Julie. Since I learned the mattress stitch it has changed my life. I also like the 3-needle bind off.
Best knit book or magazine?
I love my Interweave Knits and Knitters magazines (although I was not too impressed with the fall issues this year). And right now Sally Melville's new book Colours Book 3 is fantastic.
Your favourite knit-a-long?
Don't have one.
Your favourite knitblogs?
That is still a work in progress. You'll have to check later.
Your favourite knitwear designer?
That would of course be Debbie Bliss, Jo Sharp, and Alice Starmore.
The knit item you wear the most? (how about a picture of it!)
That would be a cardigan from Cabin Fever, Summer Braids. It's made with Patons Weekender but I plan on making another with Super 10 Cotton. Already have the yarn, a gorgeous shade of blue.
I finally finished my Debbie Bliss Weekend Sweater, made with Cashmerino Aran. I wore it the the guild meeting last night and everyone was touching me!!!
28 October 2005
I am hoping to get my Debbie Bliss pullover done this week-end ( only 2" left on the collar).
And in keeping with the holiday season, last year Paisley got a pumkin hat because she was too small to Trick or Treat. But guess who got in on the action.
Yep that's my Russell !
They made better models than the 2 year old did.