Thursday, December 30, 2010

Finally Done

I blogged about this blanket a couple of months ago. I made it for my niece, I had hoped to finish it before she was born and in fact I did finish the knitting. Sadly I was not satisfied with it. It was a little skawampus (I know I spelled that made up word wrong) and the back was ugly where I seamed all the triangles together. My plan just didn't work out, but I didn't want all my time wasted so I went deeper into homespun failure. I blanket stitched this cute flannel fabric on. It didn't really work out as I'd planned either. Oh well lesson learned. I'm giving it to her anyway.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Presents

Every year I want to knit people things for Christmas, but some how I can never seem to do it ( I actually have once before a very long time ago). I just get so busy and anxious about everything and of course I am a procrastinator! This year however even with the move I made darn sure I knitted something even if it is just a little something! I have the most AWESOME parents in the world! So I thought since they have done sooo much for me and continue to do sooo much for me they are the only ones who received knitted gifts.

A simple beanie for Dad to keep his mostly bald head warm.

My Mom looks great in red and I made her lace because she can appreciate the work that goes into knitting especially since she taught me how to knit when I was a young.

Here is a closer view of the lace pattern.

Thursday, November 04, 2010


I am finally done with this sweater I started in the spring, I actually finished the knitting at the beginning of summer, but I need to do the button band and sew on the buttons and for some reason I couldn't bring myself to do it. It is for my super nice sister Sally. Sally has always been there for me! She even let my family and me live in her basement for free while we transitioned between selling our old house and building our new house. So I thought it would be nice to knit her a sweater to say thank you. I am not sure if it turned out the way it was supposed to, but I still think it is cute. The pattern can be found at sweaterbabe, I have a link on the side bar. The yarn is from knit Picks also a link is on the side bar.

This was a really fun pattern to knit. I especially liked not needing to do a lot of sewing at the end.

These next two patterns can be found on Petite Purls (again link on side bar). And also with knit picks yarns. Can you tell I love knit picks?
Sophia is a funny poser, she doesn't hold still and I am not good enough of a photographer to catch her naturally. Anyway this sweater was super fast with bulky yarn and cheap because the yarn was on clearance and I only used 1 1/2 skeins. She had fun picking her own buttons.
Milo did not want to pose for me at all so these pictures are kinda funny with the tv in them, but oh well. This pattern was really fun to knit as well, it was quick and small yet kept my attention with the cables. I actually alternated knitting this vest and Sophia's sweater depending on my mood and if Nate and I were watching tv I would knit Sophia's and if I was just chilling while the kids played I knitted Milo's.

Now on to new projects. I think I will start some stash busting.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


I hadn't organized my coat closet boxes since the move, but it snowed so I decided it must be done. While doing this seasonal task I came upon some memories.
I learned to knit and crochet when I was a young girl, but I didn't realize the treasure my mother had given me until I became mother myself. My friend had been put on bed rest, her sister-in-law taught her to knit which sparked my interest again. I was amazed at how quickly I remembered the techniques. With a little pride in my heart I went for it full force and haven't stopped! The gloves were the first thing I knit that I was proud of, also the first thing I knit from a pattern(the other things were just practice swatches and beenies) I still wear them. The little hat and gloves were the next thing, I made them for my son who is now 10. TEN! The saddest part is that my youngest who is almost 2 has already grown out of them :( My heart hurts to pass them on to a younger nephew. Will his mom even put it on him? Should I just put it in my cedar chest? Am I being selfish? I don't really know what to do.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

baby stuff

I wish I could post weekly about my knitting adventures, but I just can't seem to do it; although it will be my goal from now on.
Here are some pictures of what I have been slowing doing over the last couple of months(besides moving).

This little blanket knitted in Knitpicks Crayon Lime and Begonia, is for my sweet new niece Adaline. It didn't turn out the way that I planned when I designed it :( The seams are very obvious on the back so even though the yarn is very soft I have to sew a lining for it. I bought some adorable fabric for the lining, but my camera's batteries are dead. The ruffles are my favorite I think they are Milo's too. Don't you love his little fingers trying to get in the picture.

I love cables! Love them. They keep my interest, yet are easy enough that I can follow the pattern while watching my favorite shows. This pattern is Pembroke and it is knitted in Knitpicks Swish Worsted Tide Pool Heather. This vest is for Milo.

Pink is Sophia's favorite color so pink is what she wants and pink is what she gets. I really don't give her everything she wants, but I do concede when it comes to pink clothes. I only have one girl so why not give in to pink? This pattern is Audrey's First Day and is knitted in Knitpicks Swish Bulky Flamingo. So far it has been pretty simple to knit. She has some really cute leggings with a similar pink and brown and turquoise that I think would look really cute with this sweater and a little jean skirt.

Hopefuly next Wednesday I can give an update with atleast one completed project.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sophia's Napsack

I last posted about this thinking I wouldn't be able to finish it for a long time, but my kids gave me a horrible cold. All the down time (time not doing home-improvement) gave me an opportunity to knit! I love opportunities to knit!

I made a liner so that Sophia wouldn't snag her little pony brushes or Barbie fingers on the yarn held through the back for color changes.

She loves it and enjoys carrying her treasures all around in it.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Slow Current Projects

All my projects as of late are coming along slowly because we are selling our house. We have so much work to do to get it ready to sell. You know curb appeal and all that jazz. In fact I am only blogging now because my paint is almost dry, but not quite and I need to do another coat. So here are the beginnings of what I am doing.

This first one is the Airy Wrap-around cardigan from Fitted Knits by Stephanie Japel. I am not sure that I am happy with my yarn choice or maybe I am just knitting too loose, my gauge was correct though. The yarn is Naturally Caron Spa Sea Spray, bamboo/acrylic. It is really soft and I love the color! I want to paint my master bath this color in my new house.

I have been wanting to make this cute napsack since I was pregnant with Zac (before I knew he was Zac, of course). Now that I have a little girl who likes to carry around purses and backpacks filled with all sorts of little girly things I get to make it finally.

I started out by picking Shine Sport from Next time I will order a color card, I like the colors I picked I just think I may have picked a few different colors because they always look different in person than online. Knit picks is awesome though, probably my favorite yarn!
The next step I took was to print out my pattern and chart. I colored the chart so I could follow it with a glance. As you may be able to tell the green is not colored, that is because I had to wait for my greens(I couldn't decide which green was better, I needed to see it in person) as one was not available when I started the project
Then I started knitting of course because I knit at night while watching t.v. with my honey I promptly made a mistake and the worst was I didn't notice it for a couple of rows, there is a little green stitch where there should only be orange. Time to rip out and pick up the right stitch...
This was hard, but I have to admit went quite smoothly and in the finished piece you can't even tell.

So here is the first piece to the Cheesecake Napsack from Pipsqeaks by Kim Hargreaves. Hopefully I will finish all my selling my house preparations so I can finish the cute project.

Monday, February 08, 2010

This vest took too long for just a vest! It is done though and for the most part I am happy with it. Here are some pics. Some of these are ridiculous! I had to take them myself because I finished it in the wee hours of the morning and my shirt doesn't match cuz it was all I had clean(it's laundry day today).

This last pic is probably the best. Now I will be moving on to knitting in fibers other than wool!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Oldest Kid Sweater

Here it is Max's sweater finally! He is excited if you can't tell.

Most people are mad that the ground hog saw his shadow, but that just means that my really late Christmas presents to my husband and kids can get worn for six more weeks.

Source: Pipsqueaks by Kim Hargreaves
Pattern: Harry
Size: 9-10years
Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes worsted blue ink

The sweater seems to fit him, but it also fits me. Either he is getting really old or the pattern size was misleading.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Middle Kid Sweater

Source: Pipsqueaks, by Kim Hargreaves
Pattern name: Harry
Yarn: knit picks wool of the Andes worsted jalapeno

I have finished the 4th sweater in my group of family sweaters sadly Zac doesn't really like his sweater despite his happy face and thumbs up signs(I bribed him to look happy in the pics).
He says, "It's itchy and it feels weird and I don't like green anymore."
Poor Zac :( He wants hand knits from his mom, but he's sooo picky and changes his mind too often. What's a kid (or mommy knitter) to do?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Little Girl Sweater

I love watching a lace pattern emerge. All those yfwd's and k2tog's were
worth it.

Then when the sweater is all finished, you get to enjoy and admire your FO.
Except when it is made for a growing, wiggly, bouncing, silly little gal.

I made the 3-4 size and it's probably a little short. I thought when I was knitting, "this looks short, but the lace edge will make it longer." Well I guess I estimated the lace bigger, oh well she still looks like a sweet little Angel.

This picture is a great close-up of my favorite part of this pattern, the ruffly sleeves .


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