I hope to get some more knitting done this afternoon, but first I need to do a little holiday baking. I've found so many good recipes online that I can't wait to try. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Cherry Lane Cowl by Felicia Lo, knitted with Quince & Co. Tern. It's a fingering weight yarn that is a blend of wool and silk so the color is soft and muted. Knits and blocks like a dream. The pattern is fun to knit, it's a 12 row lace repeat with no cables so it goes fairly quickly. I've already cast on another cowl in a soft raspberry for a Christmas gift and may try to get a couple more done in time for gifting.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
My time away has been well spent. I have really gotten the knitting bug and have been knitting up a storm. I learned to knit in my college days. I have fond memories of going up north to my boyfriends home on winter weekends and spending Saturday mornings running errands with his father while he worked at the ski resort. We always stopped at 7/11 for Big Gulps and then his dad would drop me off at my favorite yarn store while he went and did his errands. Upon picking me up, he always asked if I found what I needed and we spent the afternoon on opposite ends of the family room, him reading and dozing in a chair and me playing with my new yarn purchases.
Now that I have begun knitting again, I have much to show you. I'll be posting pics in the next few days. I've been challenging myself with new stitches and new yarns and have even designed a few patterns which I have posted on My Ravelry page. This hat is one of my latest designs. It is made using a DK weight yarn from Stonehedge Fibers, a fiber farm in northern Michigan that is over 157 years old. They spin the leftover fibers from their regular line to create one-of-a-kind skeins of Crazy Wool. It takes just a skein and you end up with a stylish hat that is uniquely yours. The yarn is super soft and it's a treat to watch the colors emerge as you knit. I am hooked on this yarn and am designing a couple of other knitty things out of it as well.
I'm off to pick up Di from school. If you were wondering, the kids are doing well, Colt's a senior and Di is a junior, and they are both so involved with activities. Our house is usually full of teenagers playing guitars, singing and eating everything in sight. It's lots of fun and I will miss it when they are off to college. Thanks for stopping by.
Monday, July 15, 2013
That's it for accomplishments that I have photographed lately. I've knitted and sewn a few things that I'll post soon. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
I've been doing a little knitting lately. Oddly, I get the urge to knit hats in the heat of summer. This one, modelled by my Didi, is knit in a lovely silk wool blend. I added the stripe using a scrap of banana fiber to give it a little style.
Little did I know how important the "slouch" is in hats for teens. I have made several and they have been tested by Di and several of my sons friends (skater boys and musicians) and the amount of slouch that a hat has is super important to the overall look of the hat. Too much or too little slouch and the hat will never be worn. This hat has just the right amount of slouch, so several more will be made for back to school. An all stripey one will be next.
This hat is stitched in Madeline Tosh Sport Yarn and it has the softest feel to it. A little less slouch in this one, but still in the acceptable range, I'm told.
I've been playing around with a variety of hat patterns with mixed results, and finally just decided to create my own. Hats are pretty simple and knit up so quickly that they make great practice pieces. I did have one fail, though. I made up a simple baby hat, loved it, so I knit it up in a much lighter yarn, using the same size needles. The finer yarn made the hat much smaller and I now have a little hat that is just the right size for an American Girl doll. Live and learn.......
Monday, June 24, 2013
It's been a while, quite a while since I've posted here. Life gets busy and some things fall to the wayside. Everyone here is fine, the Summer is in full swing, kids are growing like crazy.
I've been busy stitching, knitting, sewing and did I say knitting? Who knew that knitting could be so much fun? I used to knit a bit 20 years ago and I set it aside for other hobbies. I recently picked it up again and I am hooked. The yarns, the patterns, the instant gratification of Ravelry pattern downloads, so much fun! I'll share some pics with you soon.
On the stitching front, I finally finished my LOVE needlepoint pillow this morning. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. It is 16" by 16". I am starting another one in a fresh color combo in the next day or so. I have to finish an angel that I am working on before I can put the first stitch in.
I just put a new word tree pattern in my Etsy shop. It's the LIBERTY tree that was featured in JCS awhile ago.
I hope that you are all enjoying the Summer! Thanks for stopping by!