Friday, November 30, 2007
Without further ado, Melody.
Yarn: HPY Laceweight in Coral Rojo
Needles: Addi Turbo Size 9 32 inches
Pattern: Melody Shawl by Morehouse Farm
Mods: I blocked this a little bit larger than the directions because my mom is taller than I am. If I ever made another one, I would also knit it wider....say 20" versus 16".
Happy weekend. It's dreary, rainy and lovely outside and I'm on a mad dash to finish up my second Kaffe Fassett sock. Can I do it?
Sunday, November 25, 2007
First up: Meathead for my niece. I knit this up this past summer in anticipation of giving this to her for Christmas. I never finished embellishing it. StarSpry was kind enough to send me a link to a flower pattern that was for a handbag on MagKnits and it worked perfectly on this.
I used Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky for the Hat and Rowan Handknit DK Cotton for the flower. For the embellishment I used a vintage flower button from my mom's button jar to secure the flower to the hat.
I love how it turned out. :)
Next up: Dad's Triple Cable Muffler. This was super fast and yummy. I think a lot of my love for this scarf is the yarn which is The Plucky Knitter Merino Worsted in Earnshaw. Yum.
I also finished the mini pumpkins from this post this week. These were so easy peasy and the results were fantastic. I plan on making a ton of these next year.
It also looks like I might make my SAM4 KAL goal this month....I was a total slacker last month and didn't finish a pair. These are for me...and I'm using Regia Kaffe Fassett sock yarn in Landscape Fire. I'm doing a simple K2P2 rib. I'm done with sock #1 and sock #2 was cast on during Thanksgiving and is at the heel turn right now. I WILL finish these this week!
I'm down to my last "required" Christmas gift. I really gave myself a tangible goal this year because I was tired of my knitting feeling like a chore during the holidays. This year I only knit for people that I know love receiving handknit gifts. Now that I will have some more time to knit before Christmas, I plan on kicking out a few pairs of knitted slippers and wristwarmers.
How are you coming along on your Christmas knitting?
***Melody was also finished and gifted to my mom yesterday. Pics on the next post.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Miniature Felted Pumpkins by Wool Winder
Yarn: Cascade 220 in Orange, Chocolate Brown and Light Orange
These littles will be part of a gift basket I made for my aunt to bring as a hostess gift to her home today. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you have a wonderful day filled with love, family and lots of yummy food.
Monday, November 5, 2007Miss Plucky coming to visit in AZ, we are having record breaking temps. It's supposed to be 93 degrees today. HELP ME. Someone save me! AHHHHHHHH! It makes it hard to really get into Christmas knitting, but I'm plugging along.
Case in point: Triple Cable Muffler for my dad for Christmas. The pattern is from One Skein and I'm knitting it out of heaven....oh, I mean...buttah....uh, clouds of marshmallow fluffiness that is The Plucky Knitter Merino Worsted in Earnshaw. This mother is hard to photo...I tried several different lights and rooms in the house and these were the best I got. I think this might be better photo'ed outside next time. These pics don't do this yarn justice...it is gorgeous!
I did finish one Kaffe Fassett sock after settling on the flat toe from Knitting Vintage Socks and also finished knitting and steeking Melody. Pics soon.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Exhibit A: Dorky, cheesy grin pictures in 100 degree heat at the pumpkin patch. Yes, you read that right. 100 degrees. We pretty much live in hell.
Exhibit B: Carving pumpkins with Daddy, while Mommy sat and knit a sock (instead of working on the mounting pile of Christmas knitting) and drank a glass of merlot. The 'Nut named her pumpkin, Cat. I'm not seeing the resemblance. Whatevs.
Exhibit C: Getting a super cute haircut. (More than one pic just for you Sarie!)
Exhibit D: Making vegan vanilla cupcakes with vegan chocolate "buttercream" frosting and topping them with non-vegan (ehem) sprinkles. Recipe is from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. These are the BEST cupcakes evah. Cupcake liners are from Martha Stewart at Michael's...they probably have some on clearance now that you can get for next year. I can't wait to see the Christmas ones!
And if I hadn't started decreasing the toe on my current sock (aka The Christmas Avoidance Project) too quickly, I would have some sock pics to show you. Does anyone have a favorite toe "recipe" that you want to share? Sometimes I do a regular toe...you know....knit to the last stitch, K2tog and then K1....followed by k1, ssk. Lately I've been doing the toe from the Charade sock pattern...it's a bit different....but since I have to rip back on this sock, I'd like to try something different. Any suggestions?