Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year! Or 2009....Bring It!

This was a difficult year for me. Like all years, it had it's ups and downs. Unfortunately, the year started with one of the biggest downs of my life. The death of my father in January. It cast a shadow upon everything we did this year especially the holidays. Don't get me wrong, we had some great things happen this year but in the back of my mind there was always a whisper of "Too bad Daddy wasn't here to share this with us." That will always be there, I know, but the first year is the hardest. Needless to say I'm glad to say goodbye to 2008. Sorry to be such a downer but it's been in my head for a while now and I just wanted to get it out.
Ok now onto the good stuff! A new year, new beginnings and more knitting. I've decided that I'm going to make a new year's resolution for knitting. I resolve to make socks this year. That started out as my ultimate goal when I started knitting but I didn't realize how much more there was to knitting when I began. I'm still a tad intimidated by the ole DPNs so I think this is a good knitting goal to achieve this year. So...socks for '09!
I want to wish you all, yes all three of my loyal readers, a very happy healthy and prosperous New Year!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

I Must Have Been On The Nice List!

Who'da thunk it? I got this gorgeous knitting bag for Christmas from my boyos! I got it from The Julian Baglady on Etsy. I've been coveting this bag, or any of her bags, for months so I was so pleased to find it under my Christmas tree this year! The craftsmanship is amazing....just gorgeous. It's large without being cumbersome and it has side pockets for yarn. It also has, as you can see here, an inserted needle case! I just cannot say enough great things about this bag!
I've been on a bit of an Etsy tear actually. I've purchased a couple of project bags and a bunch of stitch markers. All different kinds of stuff from pewter sheep to mini Christmas ornament stitch markers. I've found that overall the stuff I get from Etsy far surpasses my expectations with each and every order. Ugh with my luck, just writing that will almost insure a clunker.
Oh I also got an iPod touch! I was told that I could get my patterns on it which was a huge thing for me. But hell if I know how! I guess I'll have to break down and r-r-read the manual huh?
Haven't done much knitting lately because I've been busy with kids and holiday stuff. Oh but my Sistah From Another Mistah sent me two gorgeous knitting books! One for cool hats and the other for socks. She knows me SO well!
Well I hope you all had as enjoyable a Christmas as I did!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Merry Christmas!

There will be fifteen of us for Christmas Eve here and seven for Christmas. One will be missing though. My Dad passed away in January and this will be our first holiday season without him. All our hearts are aching at times but we remember the fun and the love is always there so it gets us through. Funny...we'll have a house full but there will be an empty place in my heart this Christmas. And always.
It's going to be a busy week or so around here with not much knitting but plenty of eating, drinking and merry making. I just wanted to put up a quick post wishing you all the merriest of Christmases or the happiest Hanukkahs.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Victorian Santa Hat

This is a gorgeous hat I found here on Ravelry. Unfortunately, I'm not a crocheter. BUT my gorgeous, lovely and talented niece, Joyce, is and she was kind enough to make this for Patrick. She said it was a tad difficult but isn't it absolutely gorgeous??? Pat opened the envelope and his whole face lit up when he saw the happy surprise it held for him. He got it a few hours ago and has only removed it to sit down and eat dinner. I hope he takes it off to shower.
Thank you Joycey! We love it!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Nothing To Do With Knitting

As you can see these are my before and after pictures of our Christmas tree this year! I love everything except the topper. It's a fight every year with the boys...they want the star and I want the angel. They always win, darnit!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tiggers Are Wonderful Things!

Know why? Cuz they're striped! I made this yesterday. Yes! All it took me was a day to make! I found the pattern for the London Beanie on Ravelry and knit this up really fast. My friend, Al, who I've mentioned is a knitting goddess, showed me how to have what's called a jogless join of the stripes. It's so the stripes begin and end on the same row. It worked. Sorta. It'll get better as I get better I'm sure. Actually it got better as the hat progressed! Also the stripes were supposed to be two rows and I accidently did three rows for the last ones but it's about not following all the rules. Right? Or so I tell myself when I make a mistake. This was supposed to be for my nephew but I used the wrong sized needles so it's a lil smaller than I would have liked but to the delight of my son who didn't take it off all last night. I don't know why but making this hat made me feel like a real knitter. Must have been the stripes. So that was my lesson for this hat. Now I have to make one for my nephew on the right sized needles. Then I have to make one for my other son. Then I'm going to tackle mittens! I hope. Oh and I want to thank my son, Patrick, for being a willing model and my darling husband for taking the photos, uploading them and sending them to me. He takes almost all my pictures now and never complains. He's a keeper.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

This Is NOT Me. I Think. Ok...Maybe.

Ok it's not me. I prefer macaroni over spaghetti. So there. Nyah.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Another Reason To Smiley

Here's the other yarn I purchased at the Smiley's Manhattan sale last week. It's Gedifra chandra and it's greens with some yellow and some of the balls have little bits of a rust to them. It's a chunky and has the appearance of being crocheted! It's really lovely and I have 10 balls of it and not a CLUE what to make with it!
Right now I'm doing a simple seed stitch scarf with the Rowan chunky print for myself. That's all I've been working on lately. I put aside the other stuff so I could get this scarf done. I love how the seed stitch looks but I don't like doing it. It's not so bad with the chunky yarn so I figured I'd make myself a lovely scarf just this once. I've actually avoided projects with this stitch because it makes my head hurt. I should have left the scarf till after Christmas and got my Christmas knitting done but that's ok. Anyone I'm knitting for will accept late knitted gifts.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Super Duper Slouchy

Ok here's my Noro beret! I couldn't get a great picture for you so this will have to suffice but believe me it looks much better in person. I think I'm going to have to take a photography class and get myself a styrofoam head.
This was relatively easy to make but for some reason I have holes. They're small but they're there. They're only on the decreases and I've been told that holes have a tendency to happen on decreases. Blech. But I really love it and it's really warm so I'm a happy chica.
I made a little carry bag for my kindle and I'm working on an icord for it which may take forever. I'm also doing a plain seed stitch scarf with my Rowan Chunky Print AND I'm doing a Turn a Square hat that was designed by Jared Flood who writes the famous Brooklyn Tweed blog. I've found that I like having more than one project going at a time so if I get bored or frustrated with one, I can move onto another for a while. Keep me sane. I LOVE how the seed stitch looks but I usually don't like doing it. With the chunkier yarn it's much easier and it's looking GREAT! Although it may go from being a scarf to a neck warmer.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A Reason To Smile

This is Rowan Chunky Print. I went to Smiley's HUGE yearly sale in Manhattan yesterday and bought a bag of 10 skeins of this for $30. YES $30!!! Can you believe it? I just found it online for $12.00 per skein so that means I saved.....$90!! I thought this was a really cute fun looking yarn. At this sale you have to buy a bag of yarn, most of which were 10 skeins per bag. I wound up buying this, a bag of this really cool Gedifra yarn and some Red Heart for Patrick. The place was REALLY crowded and the wait online to cash out was about 45 minutes. I'm NOT one for crowds nor do I have an iota of patience but I was with my friend so we stuck it out. She bought OODLES of lovely yarn too. I have to say the people there were so nice and polite. Everyone was talking and having fun..checking each other's purchases out and complimenting their choices. It was a fun experience and I'm actually thinking of going back! Next time I won't go at lunch time though. I think there were a lot of people there on their lunch break. If you're in the neighborhood, here's the link for the info on this great yarn sale.
I've made a couple of slouchy berets the last two weeks. I gave one to my sister for her birthday and forgot to take a picture. I know..knucklehead. I'm going to get pics of this one and post it when I get a chance. Gonna be busy with holiday stuff now but hope to keep my post count up.