Sunday, January 15, 2012

Starting off great!

It has been so long since my last post.  This will be a double entry again.  The first part will be about my craftiness (or I think it is crafty) and the second part will be about my personal life.

So let's get started.  I have pictures to show and am so proud of what I have accomplished in the past 3 weeks. 

Here is the scarf I did for Josie. It is a drop stitch pattern that I kind of made up as I went along.  It is a very quick knit and I love it for scarves.  I made this same one for my Daughter and it only takes a few days to make a really long scarf with this pattern.

As I told you before my Daughter and I are gifting each other something that we would like to be made for us for the next year at Christmas.  This is the pattern of the comfort shawl she picked out for me to make for her.  It is made with a yarn called Dainty Lace and is a mohair blend.  I must be very careful while doing it as if I need to frog it.....................well it will not be pretty.  You can not see it in the picture but it has a very furry texture to it.

Here is another shot of it.  I know once it is blocked it will be much prettier.  I am almost half done with it.  I am trying to get it finished before our summer hits here.  That mohair is a bit warm on my lap.  My biggest concern is.................this was a kit she bought.  I think I am going to need at least one more skein of the yarn.  I am suppose to do 11 repeats of the pattern.  I am on repeat #8 for the first side and have used 3/4 of the skein.  Lucky for us the place she bought it carries individual skeins of the yarn.  We will see what happens.


This is not the greatest picture but this is the man's Turn a Square hat by Jared Flood.  I love this pattern and do it in the magic loop method.  The yarn is Impeccable by Loops and Threads.  This is one great yarn to work with.  It is an all acrylic yarn but knits up so nice and doesn't split.  I have used this a lot for winter wear for all of my family that lives in the southern/west part of the USA.  The northern family gets wool wear.  Since it gets so much colder up there.

Here is a skein of yarn given to me by my Hubby for Christmas.  It is the one where it makes a ruffly scarf and one skein does it.  I am excited to start on it but have way too much on my needles and hooks to even think about doing this.  Plus, this will be for ME!

Hubby also got me this lovely Sidar Snuggly yarn.  It says to use a size 3US needle for it.  So it must be between fingering and baby weight yarn.  It is so soft and lovely.  I have no idea what I will make with it yet but will enjoy every moment working with it.

Hubby also got me a nice gift certificate to my LYS as well as signed me up for a class making cuff down magic loop socks.  I have been doing toe up for several years now and am looking forward to learning the other method.  Then I will have my choice of which way I do them.  And before you ask.......................yes I have done the Kirtchner close before and I have no fear of it.  In fact I find it rather easy to do.

I refuse to go shopping the day after Christmas.  It is such a mad house out there but..............Michael's had a huge yarn sale and I had already made out my list of what I was going to make next year for gifts for family and friends.  So off I went.  I got 13 skeins of the Impeccable yarn for hats, scarves and a lovely vest.

There are 4 skeins of Patons Stretchy sock yarn and 22 skeins of Red Heart Shimmer.  I am looking to make some vests with the shimmer too.  I have one pattern and have my eye on another over at Ravelry.  It is called Greta and I thing the shape of it will be wonderful on any body type or size.  And believe me..................we have them all in my family and circle of friends. 

 Since Grand Daughter has learned to knit so well I took her shopping and got her a tote and some yarn.  I also got her some bamboo circular needles of her own (this way I can have mine back!)  She was so excited.  I let her pick out the yarn and holder.  Do you see a color preference here?

I have also updated my YoP list and here it is.  Notice that I have not deleted anything or added anything to the list.  Just updated what was going on with it.


Log cabin lapghan (when ever) Knitted  (in progress)
Hexipuff (one a day for as long as it takes) Crochet (on hold for the moment)
Mittens for Jenn .  Knitted (have the yarn)
LaLas prayer shawl (when ever) Knitted ( in progress) For Christmas 2012
Cancer Ribbon Shawl (when ever) Crochet ( in progress)
Alpaca/Silk Prayer Shawl Crochet (in Progress for Christmas 2012)
4 blooming pillows (Have the yarn) Crochet for Christmas 2012
4 – 8 pairs of socks (Have the yarn) Knit for Christmas 2012
2 hats and 3 scarves for men.  Knit for Christmas 2012 knit (Have the Yarn) (one set in progress)
  Knit or Crochet for Christmas 2012 (Have the Yarn)
Comfort Shawl (in progress)  Christmas 2012/ Crochet

 Here is the list of things that are finished:

****Finished******
Hat and Scarf (November gift)  Knitted (finished July 2011)
 Scarf for Jadin (by October 10th) Knitted  (finished October 2011)
Wedding Ring Afghan (finished in October 2011)
 Bedsock (Christmas) Crochet or knitted, haven't decided (Finished October 2011)                
 Hat for Josie (Finished October 2011)
wedding ring afghan (Christmas) Crochet (Finished in December 2011)
Bedsock(Christmas)  (Finished November 201
Scarf for Jenn (Finished December 23rd!!  2011)
Scarf for Josie (Finished December 26th 2011)
One man’s hat (Finished January 2012)


OK, if you don't care want to read about my 'life' outside of crafting than you may stop now.  But I want to let you know there are some dynamite pictures to follow.  Here we go..........................

Here is our Grand Daughter all ready to go to her Advent Program at Church.  I spent a lot of time curling her hair for this event.  Let me say it looks so much better here than it did by the time she got up to sing with her class.  Her hair does not hold a curl no matter how much hairspray and product you put in it.  If anyone had lit a match around her, her hair would have exploded.

Now this is more like what we are use to seeing.  Well maybe not exactly.  Actually this is how we were greeting upon entering her house for Christmas.  Yes, the antlers light up!  She cracks us up.

Christmas Day is also my mother's birthday.  So we have Christmas all morning and then once we have our main meal of the day we celebrate her birthday.  She was 84 this year and I think she looks marvelous.  She too is a knitter and lover of beading, needle point and counted cross stitch.  She can not crochet and has tried many times.  She just doesn't get it and that is fine.  She does lovely work on other things.

Hubby and I had a HUGE surprise this year.  We were visited by our oldest Grand Daughter.  We had not seen her in 7 years.  She is a beautiful young lady and we so enjoyed our time with her.  She came right after Christmas and stayed with us for 3 days.  It was one of the best 3 days ever.  She is smart, funny, pretty and VERY petite.  I took an outline of her feet and hands so I can make her gloves and socks.  She was very excited about that.  She lives in Kansas so I think she will get quite a bit of wear out of all of that.  I also got her clothing size so if for some strange reason I really get on a clothing kick I can make her a sweat/vest too.

I have been very blessed this past year and look forward to 2012.  Thanks to all my crafting friends who read my blog and comment on it.  Thanks to all my family/friends who tolerate reading my blog but never comment. (hint hint)

I must go and continue taking down the Christmas decorations (yes, I know it is the middle of January but I have been kind of lazy this year) 

Happy Crafting!