Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hats Upon Hats!

The nieces were again clamoring for hats this year - so when I picked up the new Interweave Knits, Accessories 2011 and saw all of the berets and tams, I picked up some leftover balls of yarn and whipped out these two.  These two are some leftover Malabrigo and some Plucky Primo Worsted.  Seriously about a four hour endeavor for each of them.  This particular pattern is the Gothic Tam by Rosemary (Romi) Hill.  You can't imagine how cute these are on a fifteen year old girl.

Monday, December 26, 2011

WIP Pink and Brown

This is some The YoYo Sock String pardon the Ravelry link, her Etsy store is not currently operational.  I did find some of her yarn at The Sweet Sheep.  This is my only skein of this yarn, and I am kind of sad that is appears to be going away, it's a lovely sock yarn.  I am not even quite sure what the pattern is - guess you will have to wait for the FO!  (Who knows how long THAT could be?)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays Everyone!

This is the image that evokes my childhood Christmas Seasons (and I know it is not the reason for the season, but I am a product of the Age of Advertising!)

 Hermie and Rudolph, I loved that little elf.
And while I am at it, the image of this commercial has stuck in my brain for 45 years now.  I cannot say why, but it is linked forever in my mind with the Rudolph Christmas special and the Original Grinch!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Not Exactly WIP'ing Along

 I knew Coraline would not be speedy knitting, but I love the fabric that I am getting.  After Christmas, I imagine that things will pick up as I will not be so distracted by hats.

Friday, December 23, 2011


It is nearly Christmas and I am finally going to cast on Ysolda's Coraline, and yet I am still working through my stash.  Isn't it wonderful?

 Also?  I've posted over a dozen times in the month of December!  I don't know how those professionals actually get something written every day!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Caramel FO!


Pattern:  Caramel by Isabell Kraemer   Yarn:  The Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted  Color: Memories (gray) and Goin' Courtin' (red) Needles:  US 6 - 4.0 mm  Started:  October 4, 2011  Completed: October 30, 2011 Note:  I really, really did finish this back on Halloween, and it sat behind me for a month and a half waiting for photos, and then I accidentally deleted the photos, and now it is still waiting for the pin that I ordered for closing it (if needed).  Anyway - I love this sweater and I would like to knit it again and get a little creative with the striping.  I also did 3/4 sleeves because I love them.

This is what the pattern photo looks like:

 I don't think the dress dummy has enough shoulders to carry it off.  But I believe my sister will, and when that pin finally gets here (Thanks US Postal Service!  It has taken Priority Mail six days to get from Texas to Minnesota!)  She will finally receive her much-delayed birthday present!

The pin that I ordered from here.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Hobbit

I can hardly wait for this!  Goosebumps!

Monday, December 19, 2011

FO  Here Kitty!

Pattern:  Piton by Grace Anna Farrow   Yarn:  Sophie's Toes Merino Sock   Color: Kitty Needles:  US 1 - 2.25 mm  Started:  October 27, 2011  Completed: December 1, 2011 Note:  The Holiday Sock Basket has been distributed and these are for me!!!!  Easy pattern, great yarn.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

In Which I Am Losing It Altogether

I thought I had done an FO post for the Harold & Maude socks, but I guess I only did a WIP!

Harold & Maude

Pattern:  Harold and Maude by Rose Hiver (a FREE Ravelry download!)   Yarn:  Zen Yarn Garden Bling Yarn (with 2% Silver)  Color: Ruby Slippers  Needles:  US  1 - 2.25  Started: August 19, 2011  Completed: November 22, 2011  Note:  These went into the sock basket and the end of the day on Thanksgiving, and promptly walked out the door with my eldest niece.  Must be the glittery silver...

Friday, December 16, 2011

My Vampire BF

A little bright colored yarn, a brilliantly named pattern, and there you go... a new project.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sooo.  Christmas Eve...

I am making this for the family.

I have never made a trifle before.  Anybody have any hints for me?

Recipe is here:  Cranberry Coconut Trifle.  I am wondering if I should have stuck with Jello and fruit?  ETA:  There is also a gluten-free version!

Also?  Have you ever tried to find a Trifle Dessert Bowl?  Sheesh!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Impulse Shawlette

This is made from some hand-dyed alpaca that I picked up at the Cranberry Festival in Stone Lake a few years ago.  It was so homegrown, I never entered it into my Ravelry Stash.  We took an impulsive trip to Hayward this weekend for a Friday Night Fish Fry and a family boondoggle.

On my way out the door I grabbed a simple pattern and this skein of yarn (about 220 yards, I'm guessing - DK weight).  I started this on the car ride on Friday night...

...and I finished on Sunday night watching some Wild hockey.


The yarn is pretty hairy, but I love this closeup:

 This is the Garter Ridge Shawl - easy peasy.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

 "After" Pic of the Charlie Brown Tree

 Hmmm.  It doesn't look so bad does it?  Nope.  Oh wait...

 See that gouge on out of the bottom on the left?  Hmmm...and a little further up on the right, is that a dent?  If I took another picture from the other side, you would see another big area where the branches are not.  It's ok.  We love it just the way it is.  (Even though the "soft white" lights on the bottom third of the tree are a totally different color than the "soft white" lights on the top two thirds of the tree - you can't tell in this picture!)  Look on the bright side - the dogs have not tried to pee on it yet.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Red Scarf Project

So, not only did I scratch up my eye, I picked up a cold virus at the same time which means it got infected.  Boy!  Talk about misery.  Today is the first day I have started to feel better!  In the meantime, I finally got all of our Christmas decorations up, and our tree, which qualifies as a true Charlie Brown tree this year.  I wish I had taken "before" pictures!  There is knitting news to be shared though.

I saw this pattern online and had the perfect yarn to cast on.  Shortly thereafter, I knew it belonged to the Red Scarf Project

Pattern:  Wayfarer by Jared Flood   Yarn:   Beaverslide Dry Goods McTaggart Tweeds & Heathers  Color: Wild Currant  Needles:  US  8 - 5.0 mm  Started: October 21, 2011  Completed: November 4, 2011
Put this into the mail on the 7th, happily in time to get it to Foster Care for Success, even with the slower First Class mail! 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty!

I don't think I've mentioned this in a loooong time; but I love Sophie's Toes Merino Sock.  I went through a phase of hoarding her sock yarn in every color she could come up with.  I still have three skeins in my stash, but this one has always been one of my favorites.  I've held off knitting with it for a long time, but the "giving basket" was full and I decided that I needed a new pair of socks.  This yarn color is called Kitty.  I'm sure you can see why.  Even now this yarn is tempting me as I type....

Thursday, December 08, 2011


This is a totally selfish "Help!"  I am trying to find something and I do not know if it exists.  I any of my limited readers can help me, I can keep winding yarn here!

So, you all know what one of these are, right?

Well, mine has started to self-destruct, and actually whacked me in the head the other day.  Since I leave mine up in my office 24/7, I would like to find a lovely yarn swift.  That is actually really hard to do.  So, any leads to a lovely yarn swift folks?

In the meantime, my eyes got tired yesterday and I rubbed them.  I rubbed them kind of hard.  I wear contacts.  I woke up in the middle of the night with a weepy eye that ached.  No, not ached.  It throbbed and made me go "Owie!  Owieowieowe!"  People, I was like some giant cranky baby in the middle of the night!  This all made me not sleep.  My husband did not even stir once in the middle of all of this.  (Guess who did all the midnight feedings at our house?) 

There is a new medical facility in the vicinity of my home that has an Urgent Care that is not an ER, AND it is open 24 hours a day.  It also takes my insurance card.  This is one of those days when I have read the paper and I thank my lucky stars; I do know how blessed I am.  (I HAVE insurance, I HAVE a car, for heaven's sake I HAVE a bed!)  I wrote my husband a note, (Nope.  Still asleep) I got in my car and drove myself to that new Urgent Care.  There, a lovely nice doctor put drops in my eye looked at my eye through his bright-lighty machine and said, "There they are-two abrasions across your eye!"  That lovely doctor gave me a prescription for antibiotics and painkillers (yes, I am a little loopy right now), that I was able to fill immediately in a vending machine in the lobby.  I was home, medicated and asleep by 3:30 am.  So the point of my whole story?  I am kind of a knucklehead.  What kind of a knucklehead wears contacts and rubs their eyes so hard they scratch their eyeball?  Also, I am a lucky knucklehead.  I am going to keep reminding myself when I walk by the bell ringers this Winter.  I can most assuredly empty my pockets to spread the luck.  I will remind myself not to be too busy to make that Toys for Tots shopping trip.  I will happily bundle up those scarves and socks I've knit and send them off to someone who most certainly will be happy for a little extra warmth or brightness in their day.

So I did not intend to preach today, but I'm asking for a little help, so I thought I'd remind myself to pass it on!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Harold & Maude WIP

This yarn is Zen Yarn Garden Bling Yarn (with 2% Silver) and it has been in my stash for ages...I got it in a sock yarn club - I can't even remember which one.  This yarn made for a really pretty pattern, but was a little flyaway while I knit.  

The pattern is called Harold and Maude and it was a Mystery Knit when I downloaded it.  Very intricate, but I am happy with the results!

Thanksgiving was the usual crazy time around our house - the sock basket is nearly empty again!  The remainders are being delivered to the PROP shop here in town.  Now if I could only get my Christmas tree up!

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