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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Today will be spent reorganizing and making lists of things that have to be finished by year-end.
And possibly doing a little bit of resting, like my sister's big kitty, Brady, is doing in front of the fire yesterday. Doesn't he look peaceful?
I hope everyone has time to rest and relax today~!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Whew! I am done with gift knitting for another year.
And I only have one IOU in the batch. That is for a friend's matching handwarmers. Those should be done by New Year, if I am lucky.
No promises for next year. I have to come up with what I can do for everyone that they will use and enjoy. For now, I will think about that later~!
Note: this is how one of the felted clogs got decorated for skid-proof wearing.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
or is that just my imagination? I thought by now that I would be marking off more items as they were finished not adding last minute knits to the list. This seems to be what I am doing. Thank goodness, I already have the supplies to create these last-minute items. At least it does not involve more shopping this late in the game.
I reorganized the list and have cast on the last two MUST DO BY DECEMBER 24th gifts. Everything else can be done after the 25th. I will only have a couple partial gifts with IOUs attached. I think that is great.
Knitting and eggnog, good combination for the season~!
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Here they are, ready for the washing machine, ready for the fulling process. I usually call them "felted" clogs when they are done, however, I was reminded that felting is a different process done with rovings or raw wool whereas "fulling" is what is done to something that is knitted from wool.
I think these will be very cute when they are fulled and will be worn with much pleasure. I hope everyone is finishing their projects and learning new things as they go~!
Friday, December 16, 2011
The pile of yarn that was destined for slippers is finally starting show its shape. I have the first pair done, brown and pinks, the second pair - halfway done and with fuzzy cuffs - too cute; and the third pair is in the small size so I expect them to knit up really fast.
That was my plan: to knit the them from the largest size down so it seems like I am getting done faster. So far, that plan seems to be working.
The goal is to have them finished and in for fulling by Sunday. That gives them a week to dry completely before they have to be gifted.
Warm feet are great gifts to give to your loved ones~!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Today I created a Festive Fabric Garland from a pattern procured from a magazine, fabric pieces provided by a friend, ribbon from final holiday sales, twine and a teeny tree from the hardware store.
Another friend is crocheting a tree skirt to go around the bottom and it will serve as a landing zone for my Xmas ducks.
I will be knitting some teeny mittens and hat from a free pattern offered by Morehouse Farm. (If you do not get this newsletter in your inbox, you should).
As you can see, Pedro could not help but be fascinated in my project. The next step is to try to keep him from knocking it over. Hopefully the threat of coal flavored catnip toys will be enough, or not. Really, he leaves things alone when I am not home.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Only 12 days to go and the final push to finish the knitted gifts has begun! I still have to turn this pile of fiber into more gifts.
Is it possible? YES!
Will it be done on time? maybe.
Am I having a great time doing it? YES!
Will I try to do this again next year? Probably.
I hope everyone has their home stretch in sight and are ready for a well-deserved rest and some eggnog~!
Monday, December 12, 2011
This was a very fun knit. I found this pattern in the Knit Simple magazine for Winter 2011. It is one of the two-skein projects.
I knit this one for my hairdresser who also teaches driving techniques to teenagers, which means she is in and out of cars during our cold winters. She told me her favorite color is fuschia. I hope this yarn colorway comes close enough. The yarn I found at the Yarn Outlet and is Donata by Adrienne Vittadini in a bulky weight.
I used the provisional cast on and used one skein for 61 rows. The second skein came real close to the finish but I did break into a third to finish. It is a really fast knit and the bobbles are fun to make.
Happy Knitting to All~!
Note: Holiday knitting goes great with eggnog.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
We learned lots of new knit stitches and had lots of laughs.
Thank you to all who participated, I appreciated all the ideas and interest you added to my year.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
This is the coolest hat pattern ever! I knit this in a scant two days. Now, granted, it is knit out of ((5)) Bulky yarn, and it knits very fast.
The pattern is purchased from Faina Goberstein on Ravelry and is called the Two Way Beanie. I knit it out of Bernat Softee Chunky in the Lavendar colorway. In the visor brim, I used craft foam.
I plan to knit at least two more before Christmas for gifts.
I hope everyone has found really great and fast knits for gifts this year~!
Monday, December 5, 2011
I have finished the bottle bags with and without a bottom. I like both looks. The green one will get some embellishment on the tie. The red one will not, mostly because you have to use the tie to open and close the sack when you use it.
These are lots of fun to knit and hopefully well received as gifts.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Here is a really fun knit that will make a great gift for anyone who loves to take a bottle of wine to gatherings. The pattern came to me from Red Heart and is their Jolly Holiday e-book that you can download for free at this link.
It has something for both knitters and crocheters. The best part is most of the pattterns are really fast to create. I had two of these bottle sweaters done in a couple of days. The second one, not pictured here, I added a closed bottom to. It feels more secure to carry it.
The green one, pictured, is knit out of I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby, in the Sparkle style. I am going to add some embellishments to these, maybe using large jingle bells. I hope everyone is finding new ways to celebrate the Season~!
Friday, November 25, 2011
I have made great inroads to completing my gift list this year with the knitwear for all motto.
There are still things on the needles that I have to finish, some yet to start and those that have to be mailed are ready to go before the USPS deadlines. I am very pleased with the progress.
The only shopping I am planning is for tomorrow to gather some more supplies - yes, yarn, more - but for gift specific items. That is allowed in a yarn diet, I am sure of that.
I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend and successful shopping~!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Me? I am thankful for family, friends, faithful blog readers, like-minded enthusiasts, home and hearth, good food, a warm pussycat who always likes seeing me come home, opportunities, change in routine, and the amazing world we live in.
I hope everyone has the chance to express who and what they are thankful for this year~!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
My Evil Elf brother knows my affinity for rubber ducks so he sent me some foreign exchange ducks from Greece.
Seen here, they are happily adjusting to life in the USA, sitting in my bathroom sink soap dish. Aren't they the cutest? Let's hear a round of OPA in their honor.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The book I am using is by Vivian Hoxbro called Shadow Knitting. It has some lovely wearables in it and I want to do the rainbow jacket on page 88. Until then I will just learn the basics and hope to be able to photograph it to show here on the blog later in the month.
I hope everyone is finding a new technique they want to get excited about~!
Monday, November 14, 2011
What's on your needles for holiday knitting?
I have lots of things that are secrets, however I can share that felted clogs make awesome gifts for those that live in colder climes.
Other great ideas are cowls or scarves, hats and mittens. My other favorite thing to knit is fingerless handwarmers. They can worn over those little magic gloves you find at dollar stores and indoors if you work in a cool office and have to be able to type and try to keep warm.
Most of the above ideas are a one-size fits most which makes it a lot easier on the gift knitters. I hope everyone has fun, secret projects they are working on. And, don't forget to knit something for yourself~!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I have wound the yarn and found the needles for the Dew Drop Cowl. This is my fourth quarter challenge for Loopy Ewe. It involves knitting a full skein or more of a Madelinetosh Yarn. I chose the sport weight option in the Alizann colorway. It is in a red-purple tonal.
I have to have this finished, blocked and photo'd by January 1st so I can get it posted to the gallery for challenge-met credit. I hope the pattern is as easy as it looks.
I will be casting on today and using it as travel knitting for next week. I have other secret knits on other needles that have to be done at home because they are too bulky to go with me.
I hope everyone has taken a little time to knit something for themselves~!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I am doing a fast knit on another Harry Potter House colors hat for the family in Germany. The other sets were received in mid-October and everyone loved them. One hat was not a good fit, The Evil ELf aka my brother, said the beanie design makes him look like he is wearing the Pope's hat.
So I foound the leftover Gryfffindor colors last night and found a pattern to make a better fitting beanie without the odd decrease indicated in the pattern from Charmed Knits.
The pattern I am using is Quick and Easy Knit Picks Beanie by Toni Carr. I cast on the number of stitches from the large size in the HP Beanie and am doing the ribbing as indicated in the Knit Picks pattern. I will be adding one stripe of gold at about the three-inch mark, the rest is done in the maroon.
I hope to have it in the mail to him by the next week so he can be wearing it for family outings.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
While I have been playing with the beehive look, I discovered a very fun thing to do with the leftovers from the Red Heart Shimmer skein which I used for the red set, shown previously.
I knit cuffs, using the same technique, that can be used when indoors and you just need some warmth with a little glitz. Then I found a pair of the Magic Gloves, that are found this time of year for a little price and stretch to fit most hands, with a red beadazzled heart on them. The cuff is not attached to the gloves, just placed over the cuff of the glove, and then you can pull the glove off and leave the cuff on if you like.
This set is seriously cute. I am really pleased with the outcome. The pattern for the entire set will be available soon through Ravelry. I will be making that announcement here on the blog when it is ready to go.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
The time has fallen back and my happy lights are purple for this month. I will be adding white lights to the mix this week and maybe change to multis in December. This way I am happier about coming home from work in the dark. It will only be 54 or so days that the days are this long, then we start the other direction.
In knitting news, I am working on a cowl that is created by knitting i-cords out of bulky yarn on bigger needles then stacked and sewn together. It is a Vogue pattern and a very fun idea. The one I am doing is out of Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky in purple.
I hope everyone has a fun project to great the shorter days~!
Picture from pattern at the Vogue free pattern site.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
I have created a pattern for fingerless handwarmers to match the beehive hat. They are so cute out of the matching yarn and used up most of the second skein I had to buy to finish the hat. This will make a really good gift for someone, or I may have to keep it for my own, have not decided yet.
I wore them today and received lots of comments on them. They are so warm and handy to have along. I think these may be mine.
I hope everyone has a favorite pursuit~!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
So, the writers of LOST are back and they have concocted a new, far-out view of the world. Once Upon A Time debuted on ABC last night. I thought it was very fun and has potential to be a good show. Have to admit, it is not LOST, but it is different than any other network shows out this season. That alone is a good reason for me to give it a chance.
And I found a new yarn, Red Heart Boutique - Treasures - which I have knit into a beehive looking hat. Love the yarn and the pattern, have to do/get more. The hat pattern was designed for Noro Kureyon, which I am not a huge fan of, and it took over a skein of the Treasures yarn. I have enough leftover for a pair of fingerless handwarmers. I am going to try to knit them with a matching cuff.
The hat is super warm and cute. I have enough yarn to knit another one with handwarmers as a gift. Not sure who will be the lucky recipient yet, but I will find someone~!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
I have been reviewing stitch dictionaries, looking for a group of techniques that will translate well into a cowl.
Cowls are my favorite way to stay warm without scarf tails. I have knit a bunch of very simple ones for gifts, charity drives and my own use. Currently I keep two in the car in different weights and two at the door with my jackets. Most of the use very little yarn and can be knit in weights from bulky, like a Malabrigo Rasta one, to laceweight, like Pretty Thing by the Yarn Harlot.
My current pattern, in test mode, is a ribbed eyelet one that I just finished and will be making it available on Ravelry once the test knitting is complete.
Friday, October 14, 2011
I picked it up this weekend and reviewed where I am and where I am going on the pattern. It looks like I am really close to splitting it out to finish the back and fronts. That should not take too long. I will be working on this while I take breaks to knit felted clogs for Christmas gifts.
I hope everyone is whittling away at their UFO pile~!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
High Country Autumn:
Green, Gold, Brown, Down.
Came and fell.
Early winter coming
We scurry to prepare
Fuel, food, insulate
before October’s exit.
Scrub oak lingers
Rust, gold and orange
reminder of 70's shag carpet
Warm days, cold nights
Bundled up for morning frost
Stripped down for BBQ warm afternoons
Be prepared and flexible for change,
Our autumn motto.
Copyright: DonnaW 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
I have been working on a cowl and handwarmer set for my dad. It is that time of year when he really starts to notice that it is not as warm as he would like it. I have knit this set out of a color that my mother can easily find in the house if they get mislaid.
I used the Cowl'd and Frosty cowl pattern by Kelly Herdich. It is written for chunky weight yarn and I retrofit it for worsted weight. I cast on 83 stitches on a size 8US on 16-inch circular. I knit the pattern as called for, two reps of rows 1-15 and one more rep of rows 1-4, and ended up with a finished size of 20 by 6 inches. It fits beautifully and works well for men or women. I can make a case for doing three reps of rows 1-15 for a longer finished width. May do that on one for me soon. Also, if you want to do a looser drape on the worsted, try a size 9US needle and see what you get.
To finish up the set, I knit a pair of handwarmers using the Charmed Knits mitten pattern as a guide. For dad, I knit the small size and bound off the thumb gusset stitches instead of adding more rows to come up the thumb. I think they look great and give you lots of flexibility while keeping your hands warm.
All in all, a great knit and a fast gift item. Everyone can use them~!
Monday, October 10, 2011
And, while the weather is this good, I am knitting away on the items that will be needed by the end of the month, warm things to go around the neck and hands.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
The twined cowl that I started last year at this time as a sample to knit along with the class has been frogged and the yarn repurposed for another upcoming class.
I was not really expecting to wear this particular item so decided that it was better to use the yarn somewhere else.
These are some of the decisions that have to be made when you are going through your UFOs. My theory is if you are not actively working on it, then maybe your interest in the final product has waned.
I hope everyone is having a glorious start to their Fall~!