Sunday, December 25, 2011

Many Happy Recipients



Friday, December 23, 2011

Final FO's

This little hooded sweater was the first test knit I have ever done for a designer.  It is an 18 months size, so it will be put away for future use.
These two hats were knit for a lady, who has a son at STA, who has lost her hair from chemotherapy.
This cowl was a pattern from the Knitspot Club that I was in for the past 6 months.  I made it longer than the pattern called for because I wanted to use the entire skein.  I ordered more of this yarn, cause it was so yummy.  I'm giving this to Lisa for Christmas.
A hat for Gryffin for Christmas.
A cowl for Adrienne for Christmas.  I forgot to get a picture of it finished, so I'll try to get a pic of it when I give it to her.
Mittens for Ashtyn for Christmas.  Again, I forgot to take a pic before I wrapped them, so I'll try to get one when I give them to her.

I do have several things on the needles, and plans for more.  Maybe another post for another day.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

FO's Part 3

This shawl took almost a year to knit.  I got stuck while knitting it, and couldn't figure it out, so I put it away and went on to something else.  Then one day I came across the "pattern errata", and it all made sense.  I finished it in about 2 days.
Another big accomplishment this year is that I made a couple of well-fitting, presentable-to-wear-in-public sweaters.  I wear this all of the time.
These two blankets - top and bottom pics - had to be made in a hurry.  I received a baby shower invitation in the mail for a baby shower for Frankie's twins (a girl and a boy), and had about 2 and a half weeks to knit them.  I already had the blue yarn, so I started that one first while waiting for the yarn that I ordered for the second one.  They knit up very quickly on size 15 needles.  The color in the second one is off - it is not that dark or that orangey.
In keeping with the year of the hats, I made Charlie a Koolhaas (a pattern I have been wanting to knit for awhile now), to wear when he runs.  And since it was so fun, I made one for Clay too.  See pic below.
And because Meg saw the other cowl that I knit, and she commented that she liked it so much, I made her one for Christmas, as well as the Yarntini socks below.  Cause John said she is crazy for my knitted socks.

Final FO's Part 2

Although I did not knit this, I provided the yarn for it, and I think it deserves a photo on the blog.
Amanda knit this for Morgan's baby.
Another little hat for Morgan's baby.  I would have knit a baby blanket for her baby shower,
 but Amanda wanted to, so I knit 4 little hats for her.
This pair of socks was donated to the STA Lobster Bash, as well as the hat pictured below.
Another baby blanket, knit for Parker and Olivia's first baby.
Clay wanted some slipper socks.  They are the same size - it is an optical illusion that the bottom one looks bigger.
I enjoyed knitting this - a long cowl - more than knitting it as a scarf.  With a scarf, you go back and forth, which is soooo boring.  With a cowl, you go round and round, which is much more fun.
This was also donated to the Lobster Bash, as was the hat shown below.
And lest anyone think that I am a perfect knitter, I present to you my major failure for the year.  It started out pretty, but did not felt evenly.  The fair isle body of the bag felted very quickly, but the bottom did not.  I probably just need to dip it in boiling water, but for now it has been thrown to the back of  my closet.
I love, love, love this shawl.  It was knit in garter stitch, so no purling - which is always a positive for me.  And because it is garter stitch, it is so nice and squishy.  It almost killed me to donate it to STA for the Lobster Bash.
 I would love to know who bought it.
Another pair of socks knit in a Numma Numma KAL.  I love these socks.

Additional information about all of my projects is available on my Project Page on Ravelry here.

Final FO's for 2011

My poor neglected blog.  I thought I'd do a year-end wrap up of my finished objects for this year.  Some have already been added - those knitted before May.  My proudest knitting moment of the year is my Latvian Baby Blanket, shown above.  I wanted to knit it for ages and finally decided to just go for it.  It only took me 2 weeks to knit, and about 3 months to get the fabric for the backing and find someone to sew it on.  There are changes I will make to the next one I make, and there will definitely be more of these.
This year I also enjoyed knitting small shawls, or shawlettes.  This one is knit in Bugga!
I knitted many little hats this year.  The one above, and the two below were for Morgan's baby, as well as a little Christmas hat for Collin's baby.
I did not knit as many sock this year as I have in previous years, but there were a few.  I was a member of Cookie A's sock club, and I think I knit 2 pairs from that club.  I really like her patterns.  
This was also a year for baby blankets.  Oh, how I love to knit baby blankets.  This is Stacey's baby with his Big Bad Baby Blanket.
Another Cookie A sock club pair - in a yarn I've never used before, but really like.
Another little shawlette that I knit in my first mystery KAL.  It was fun waiting for the next part of the pattern every week.  I really like this little scarf/shawl.

Lest this post be soooo long that someone loses interest before finishing, I will stop now.  I will continue to update the rest of my knitterly goods before the end of the year.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


I had to share my newest obsession, I mean project. The pattern is Latvian Garden Baby Blanket, knit in the round in several Wollmeise colorways on size 2.5 mm needles. I started it about 10 days ago and have not picked up another project. It is a very addictive knit, and I am loving working on it.

I never thought I would be able to knit anything like this. I am very proud of it.

I finished another baby blanket. This one is for Collin's baby, who is due in July. The baby shower is this afternoon, so I had to do a quick photo shoot. Now I need to go wrap it up and get to the shower. The pattern is This Little Piggy; the yarn is Miss Babs Yowza in Frog Belly colorway.

Collin always had a thing for pigs when she was a little girl, so I thought this would be appropriate.

Another BIG FINISHED OBJECT this week is Josh. Well, not exactly. He graduated from LSU this week in Finance, but he will continue his education and get his Master's. He is a wonderful young man, and his dad and I are extremely proud of his dedication and hard work in everything he does.
Love you, Josh!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Few More FO's

I finished a few more things this past month. First is Cradle Me by Anne Hanson, knit in Wollmeise twin, Dunkle Kirsche colorway, on size 9 needles. This is going to the Walthalls' grandbaby, a girl, due this month. Hope they like it. It is fairly big - 40" x 36".

Next is the first installment of Cookie A's sock club. The pattern is Ripple Leaf Socks, yarn is String Theory Caper in Solas colorway, knit on 2.25 mm needles. I am not sure if I will keep these or give them away.

This was so quick and fun to knit. It is Baby Kina and Magic Slippers to match. Yarn is NummaNumma the special in Cherry on Top colorway. Baby Kina was knit with yarn held double on size 4 needles. Magic Slippers were knit on 2.5 mm needles with yarn held single. Still need buttons. This was made for Bridget's soon-to-be born grandbaby. I will definitely make this again.
Have a great day.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Springeytime Socks

I finally finished and blocked my Socks that Rock Storeytime no-purl Monkeys. I love this colorway. I wanted something bright and springtimey. Hence, the name Springeytime. These were knit on 2.25 mm needles, of course.I have not been knitting very many pairs of socks this year. It seems there are many new babies arriving in the coming months that are going to require nice warm blankets.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My First Real Lace Shawl

I completed my first real lace shawl, made from Wollmeise lace-garn in Die Auster WD colorway on size 4 needles. The pattern is Pamuya. I love it. I thought it would be a little bigger, but that's ok. Gives me a reason to make another lace shawl . . . one day.

I also made a couple of hats for Janet, a friend who lost her hair while undergoing chemotherapy.

The purple one is Wollmeise Versuch. The pattern is Elen, and it was knit on size 3 needles.

The multi-colored one is Sanguine Gryphon Bugga, held double stranded, knit on size 7 needles. The pattern is Regular Guy Beanie. It's so soft and cushy. She really loved both of them.

In the face of full disclosure, I do have to admit that I have started another hobby, not really a new one, but an old flame that was last done about 15 years ago. I've started cross-stitching again. I know, just what I need, another obsession. I came upon an old book while searching for yarn in my closet, and the bug bit me. I tried to shake it off, but I couldn't. So, I'm cross-stitching Clay's name. I've done all 4 of my children's names when they were little. I'm really enjoying it. Pictures to come at a later date.

Happy stitching.