30 December 2008

Knitterly gifts and such...

A lovely pair of dog walking gloves in a light blue angora. Knit by my daughter. I'm in shock that she actually knit with 4 needles in the round, she must have been desperate with no money to spare. But I'm totally impressed that she actually made fingers instead of mitts, there may be some hope for her yet.Next, from my faithful sidekick and walking partner, Ladydog, Franklin Habit's new book. She told me there's another book coming but it's on back order and I'll just have to wait for the surprise. I really have to keep her away from the computer and Amazon.


And from Julie, (which was a total surprise, because I told Mr D. this was what he was getting me) is the new Buddy Case from Namaste to match my bag. I just realised today when I was taking the picture that it's magnetized and it holds my metal thingys. Thank-you Julie!
And lastly, a gift to myself. I have been coveting this pattern for a long time and finally decided to treat myself. So Miss "P" and I went to Julie's and bought 3 skeins. I should have done it sooner. I love it.
Pattern: Aibhlinn from Knitty
Yarn: Dream in Colour Classy, 2 skeins, Some Summer Sky
Needles: 4.5mm
Lovely, lovely pattern, and I even knit the bobbles! (which I hate doing)
The only thing I did different was making it 20" long instead of 24".
Wait till you see what I knit with the 3rd skein!!!

27 December 2008

Finally....

Well now that the big day has come and gone, I can finally show you the mittens I made for my daughter. She requested them, and I of course replied "Sure, I'll put that on my list!" They've been done for weeks, and hidden very well. I think I actually surprised her.

I think if I ever make these again, I will use a little heavier yarn. I found them a little narrow for the average hand, but my daughter's hands are quite slim, so they're okay. I'd also make a longer cuff. But all in all they were a lot of fun to knit.
Pattern: Cat Mittens by Jorid Linvik
Needles: 2.75mm
Yarn: Regia Sock (black), Marion's Sock Yarn (pink) 1 skein of each
As you can see Mr. Tibbs thinks they're modeled after him. He can't keep his nose out of anything.

This also inspired me to buy this book. Oh am I gonna' have a lot of fun with this one. (As soon as I find some more time. I'll have to add that to my list!)
I'll post my knitterly gifts I recieved for Christmas later, as soon as I take some pictures, but right now I'm back to working on the Winter coat for Leslie (I'm actually making some progress), and I have a new project to start from Julie.

25 December 2008

Merry Christmas to all.....


We celebrated Christmas last night, so my children could visit their significant others today. So I have a this whole day to laze around in my new jammies and watch movies and knit, knit, knit.


Merry Christmas to all!






19 December 2008

Turn that frown upsidedown...

I LOVE my 4WD!!!!!


I got half my mail delivered before I called it quits. It just got too dangerous. You can't even see where your feet are landing. Not to mention people getting stuck everywhere and getting in my way. Oh... and I lost my truck and house keys somewhere on my route which will be buried under a good foot of snow.....SOMEWHERE!!!!!!

But now I'm home safe and warming up.
This day calls for some homemade soup, bad kitties

and lots knitting.....







Stay warm!!!!



14 December 2008

Feed me Seymore...

Rowan's hat is finished. Except she just wants to eat it. She wants to eat everything!

Pattern: Dalegarn #114 Hyasint
Yarn: Baby Ull 1- 50g ball
Needles: 2mm & 2.5mm


What's not to love.

Cute pattern, soft wool, adorable baby.

8 December 2008

Ack...

So I've been stuck at home sick all weekend, and that's when all the trouble started. I was surfin' around reading my regular blogs and saw this. Which lead me to this! And then these happened.

It's been kind of a tradition (since the kids were small) that we crafted a new ornament or got something new for the tree each year. But now that they're all grown up, I have to come up with these things on my own. I think they're truly the cutest things ever.

Look at Russell, trying to remind me to get back on track and finish what I've already started.

And big kisses go out to my big girl!!! Happy 5th Birthday Miss "P" you silly goose!

4 December 2008

On a roll....

See, I can do it when everyone leaves me alone!
Miss "P's" new hat...

Pattern: Quick and Easy Helmut ( Patons kids Hip Hop)

Yarn: Nashua Creative Focus Superwash 2--50g balls

Needles: 6.5mm

You knit this hat with 2 strands of yarn and does it knit fast. I have two more balls, 1 periwinkle and 1 lime to match her snowsuit. But first I have to make a hat for RoBo baby.

I think I need a live model.

2 December 2008

Off the needles...

Back to our regularly scheduled knitting....
Texture Pullover:

Pattern: Texture Pullover Tahki Yarns Terra Collection Fall/Winter 2008

Yarn: Montana 100% unprocessed wool roving 4-5 balls depending if you make the right size.

Needles: 10mm

Although this was not my favorite project to knit, it was a very quick knit. If you're looking for a quick project before Christmas, this might be the ticket. There's also some other quick projects in the book too.Julie has it all at the store!

18 November 2008

She's got it...

So Martha was dropped off at Julie's, and she had another project ready to go. Texture Pullover from Tahki yarns using Montana.
100% pure new wool. It's knit on 10mm needles and it feels like I'm knitting a sponge.And wait till you see what I'm knitting with this pretty stuff.And after trying several times when she was younger, Miss "P" wanted to try again. She really amazed her gramma this time. She really got it!!!!!!

13 November 2008

Wow....

I'm not a big Noro fan, but I think this Yuzen has made me think twice about it. Much lighter and softer than the regular Noro, and you just want to keep knitting to see the next colour change. It's 56% wool, 34% silk, and 10% kid mohair.Pattern: Martha-- from Catwalk Book 1 Jenny Watson Designs
Yarn: Noro Yuzen-- 10--50g balls Colour #5
Needles: 3.25mm & 4mm

I think I started this 2 weeks ago and it seemed to just fly off the needles. I even matched up the stripes pretty good, with very little waste. I will admit, there was a little bit of spit splicing goin' on to accomplish this.And can you believe these buttons! It's like they were made for this colourway. I'll be delivering this to Julie on Saturday, so if you want to see it up close, please pop in.

Now, I'm back to the cardigan for the alpaca farm, pictures soon.

9 November 2008

Remembrance...

What better way to use up some leftover yarn.The only thing I changed was starting the red yarn on row 3 instead of 4. Just to make the black center a little smaller.
Brilliant pattern. Thank you Laura!
You can find the pattern here!

6 November 2008

Moving right along...

This sweater is knitting up pretty fast. I'm just waiting for the sleeves to finish blocking and then on to the ribbing.

27 October 2008

Whoa..........

The fronts are done....I matched up the stripes pretty good, Julie!"Martha" from Catwalk Book 1, by Jenny Watson.

24 October 2008

WTF......

I'm finally getting around to posting about my birthday gift from my daughter. I know she hasn't been knitting long, but is there some rule out there that knitters' should NOT have to finish their own birthday presents. She did a pretty good job, but I had to finish off the neck and sleeve edges. It's a lovely bamboo yarn from Berocco, and I love the colour. I think I need more red sweaters!

And I finished the top down version of my raglan baby sweater, and I even got down the rough draft. Once I punch in a couple of more sizes and set in some pictures I'll post it in my side bar.And because I have no idea what the gender of the baby is, it's plain old vanilla and duck buttons.

My poor son was working all the way out in BC over Thanksgiving, and he missed out on his momma's turkey dinner. So we did it up on Wednesday had all the trimmings. The only problem is Mr. D is still away and I've had too eat a lot of leftovers by myself. (Well, Lady dog has helped a little).
So today, I did up a big pot of homemade turkey soup.

Best thing on a grey day like today. Mmmmmmm!!! I'll have to find someone to share it with.

Wait till you see what I'm knitting up for the Alpaca Farm.

20 October 2008

Alone again....

Well, Mr. D has left me once again for his annual hunting trip. As you can see somebody didn't want him to go. Lady dog is showing signs of separation anxiety. And me, I'm enjoying the peace and quite today. My girls came out Friday for a visit and we thought we would try RoBo baby in the exersaucer. It fits like a glove. She's pretty strong for 4 months and wants to stand all the time. Miss "P" decided to spend the whole weekend, (I think she thought gramma might be a little lonely) but, she actually let me get some knitting done. So I finished up my socks and I started another baby cardigan. This time from the top down and I'll be putting the pattern down on paper soon. Pattern: Spring Forward-- From Knitty.

Yarn: Tofutsie--less than 1 ball. colour 785

Needles: 2.5mm

This is a great pattern to knit. Easy to memorize, and knit up quick. The only thing I did differently was use 4 needles instead of 5. That way your stitches worked out 22, 22, 22.

Today was also a day of hard decisions....while trying to straighten out my wall o' wool, I came to the conclusion that it will take forever to knit with everything I have in that room. Sooooooooo....I grit my teeth and weeded out some yarns and am listing them on ebay. (EGADS!!!!!)
I think I better go lie down now!