Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Fo's for 2008

A little knitting recap -- all of my finished objects in the last year! I finished the last pair of socks on Dec 30th:) I hope everyone had a wonderful new year.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Day.

We had our first year of a 6am wake-up by a kiddo and I loved every minute of our day!

See you later:)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I do this every year.

Every Year, a few days before Christmas I decide I must get my kiddos another present. I don't know why I do this, but I do it, every year. This year is no exception! Instead of buying them another present, I decided to knit them each something else! So Hannah got 3 new barbie dresses and Anders got a sock for his Nintendo DS. I not longer have time to knit anything -- except maybe a hat for Larry -- No! I no longer have time to knit anything, so I am officially done with Christmas knitting!

The Barbie dresses were so fun! I can see why people like to knit mini stuff -- it goes super fast. I knit 2 last night and 1 this morning.They are knit in Louisa Harding -- Jasmine, that I had picked up to use to knit some barbie clothes for Hannah -- she has been begging me to knit dresses ever since she found the Knits for Barbie book on my shelf! I used 2/3rds of the gray one and less than a 1/4th of the pink. I can make lots more barbie clothes!




Anders DS Sock is knit with the Bernat Camo. I think he will have a blast with this and I think I may have to knit one for Hannah for her Game machine thingy.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Fun!

This weekend was a super busy one, and it seemed like we were always going somewhere or doing something!

On Saturday Larry ran in the local Christmas Run. He was Rudolph. There was a whole group they ran with -- Santa, reindeer, elves and they even had a token Jew. A fun group. While they were running the kids and I played in the huge amount of snow (for us -- until we got several more inches in the last few days -- 4 just last night -- normally we only get an inch or two at a time) and had some hot cocoa!


After the run I took the kiddos to see Santa at the mall. They had so much fun and I love these years when they believe -- I don't ever want them to stop.


knitting wise, I finished the Monthly Dishcloth KAL Challenge -- to knit all 24 cloths for 2008 and knitted a kippah for a friend of Larry's!

Crocheting

I promised it was coming! I have been wanting to learn beyond the single crochet edging I can do around things I have knit so I could do more things around my knitting:)

Last week at a knitting group I have been going to, I learned how to do crocheted flowers and added some cute white ones to Hannah's mittens, scarf and hat set. The snow blossoms are so incredibly cute and made me want to learn more.


So, I have been eying this pattern. All crochet and so cute. I thought I would make a super wonderful strawberry purse instead of the acorn, but, alas, my crocheting started out super tight like it is supposed to be and then each time I picked up the project the crocheting got looser. I think this phenomenon has something to do with me wanting to go faster and the faster I went the looser I got:) So, the bag became a hat after I added some flowers, a little tight on Hannah, but it fits a 2 year old perfectly. So, with not further ado, here is the first crochet project I have ever done:

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Weekend Update

No, this is not SNL, but, I am doing a weekend update:) A lot has happened this weekend, of course it is 3 days till Christmas (I wrote this a few days ago, now, when I am finally finishing it is Christmas Eve Eve:) and I am so excited and super busy!

Friday was awesome, My first SP13 package got here:) Yeah! My spolier is so awesome. She really got to know me through my blog and emails and sent the most wonderful package. It included so many great presents. I thought about leaving them wrapped for Christmas, but, I am to impatient for that!
The first thing I pulled out was some super cute stitch markers that look like little hot dogs!


Then, some yummy chocolates -- these are so good and super rich, just the perfect thing.
Then, some yarn, not the only skein, but the most thoughtful, I think. She sent some beautiful cotton sock yarn so I can knit some socks for Anders since he thinks wool is so itchy.

Next was a baggie with some yummy soap and a Christmas Morning Bath Bar. They both smell wonderful!

The next package was the most exciting for me -- Malabrigo! Yeah! It is the most beautiful purple and so so soft! I love the Malabrigo:)

Last but not least, was a package with some Misti Alpaca Lace and the pattern for the swallowtail shawl. I plan on finishing my WIP's and then I will begin the shawl while I am on vacation next week. The directions seem pretty straight forward and I can do it! I am sure:) Lace, here I come!

THANK YOU SO MUCH SECRET PAL!!!

I have more, lots more to update on, this is all I have time for now and will hopefully have more time later today to talk about FO's and Crocheting -- yes you read correctly -- crocheting!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Secret Pal 13 Question #2

Are you doing any holiday knitting?

Yes,

Have you finished yet?

No, I only have the thumbs on Hannah's mittens to go and then I crocheted some flowers (Yes, I figured it out!) to add to her mittens, hat and scarf. I should be finished by tonight!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cookies!

I love Christmas Baking, every year I love it and every year I look for new recipes of delicious cookies I can make. So, this year, was different. I had to find cookies that didn't use egg, or figure out how to sub for the egg. I came up with a list of mostly shortbread type cookies with some candy thrown in the mix. Alas, there is snow forecast up until and including Christmas -- so no Christmas Candy, but I did make a ton of cookies this weekend:)

Here are some yummy pictures of Snoballs, Cornflake Cookies, Chocolate Chip Tumbprints, Cherry Shortbread, Almond Butter Cookies and Jeweled lace Cookies. Snoballs I make every year and everything else is new. The Jeweled Lace Cookies will make an apperance every year from now on too!




Monday, December 15, 2008

This weekend....

was so busy! I think that is the way it is for Christmas every year, but, I always forget how busy we get. Friday was the kiddos Christmas Program at School -- so cute:) I also tried to make a Chocolate Cream pie without eggs and it turned out so yummy. Saturday we made Christmas Cookies and Sunday we attempted Candy (but, it was snowing so the candy did not turn out:()

Knitting, nothing, I didn't even pick up needles!

This week I have to finish the gifts for the daycare parents and wrap them all and mail out my Christmas Cards and knit Hannah's mittens!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A funny present


I tired to knit this once before with some super skinny DK yarn. Obviously, I frogged it, 1 skein only got me 3 sheets of TP:) So, I went and got some yucky Acrylic and knit this up over the last couple of days. I think Larry will love it!


Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Larry's Slippers


I knit Larry's Christmas Slippers this week. I made it until tonight in secret -- Larry had not asked any questions about what I was knitting until they were finished, then "are those for you?" I had to answer no and then he asked who they were for -- I answered "uhhhhhhh" and he figured it out! So, I had him try them on -- super loose in the heel and way to long -- he has small feet -- I had thought we were about the same size and knit them to fit me -- but, alas his feet are smaller than mine. So I threw them in the washer to see if they will felt. We will see in a few minutes:)

If they felt too much -- they will fit Hannah and I am back to the drawing board for a pair of men's slippers:)

ETA: one quick wash cycle and they are a much better fit -- felted just enough to tighten up:)

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Secret Pal 13 Question of the Week #1

So, the first question of the week -- what are you Thankful for?

I am thankful for so many things, My family, friends, the ability I have to knit and how crafty I am. Thankful for my house and the ability to buy groceries. I think of all others do not have and how much I have and I am so thankful.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Thankgiving was awesome!

This weekend was great -- Thanksgiving came off beautifully! My Dad said that the only better Thanksgiving he had was when HIS grandmother used to make it. That just makes me so glad and it makes me the permanent host of Thanksgiving for our family!

Friday, my Mom and I went shopping, what else is there to do on Friday and I am officially done purchasing all of my Christmas Presents. Knitting all of them on the other hand -- not quite so done:)

Saturday brought decorating the inside of the house for Christmas and Sunday was for outside lights:)

All in all a great weekend and I can't wait for Christmas now:)

Knitting wise, I think I knit about 5 rows on Larry's Slippers this weekend. Seems to be in pause mode.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

One More down!

I finished my SIL's Slippers today, they are super cute! I used the Fireside Footsies Pattern from Ravelry. Last time I knit this pattern I used Noro -- Not a fan of how Noro felts. This time I used Pations SWS. The slippers turned out so cute and they felted wonderfully! They are a nice sturdy fabric!



Now, I just Have Larry's Slippers and Mittens for both the kiddos left! Yeah! Then I can knit something I want:)

I am all ready for tomorrow too! The giblets are cooking as we speak and The turkey is defrosted and I have everything else I need:) Once I got all my groceries I felt a lot less anxious about cooking Thanksgiving.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, Hannah had a feast today at school and her teacher said they could dress up as Pilgrims or Indians. This is what we came up with for Pilgrim Hannah!
Behind Hannah you can kind of see the new wall color! The house is almost finished being painted -- only the bathroom is left:)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thanksgiving is next Thursday!

I know this is most obvious to people, but, next Thursday is Thanksgiving -- I am hosting it at my house for the very first time! I wasn't nervous, but, now I am. I only have to make the Turkey and trimmings -- my Mom is bringing the Pies and rolls and my Aunt is bringing Jello Salad and veggies. So really, nothing to be stressing about. My big fear -- I forget to make something important, like stuffing!

Anyway, stress always brings out the knitting bug.

This week so far I have finished A and H's hats for Christmas. H's Flare Ribbed Scarf -- cute, the hat -- cute, but, when you put it on, you can't tell that there is a flare:( Oh Well! I think I will try and make a skirt pattern using decreasing ribs -- the hat 1/2 way done looked like a cute little doll skirt.



This morning I started the slippers for my SIL. They are turning out so cute.

I just finished knitting the first one and onto the second! That means, most of my knitting I have to mail, can go out right after Thanksgiving. If only I could finish making my Christmas Cards and I could be ahead this year;)

I was going to knit my MIL and FIL some slippers too, but, they are having a hard time moving around and most of their house is smooth floors -- I would feel horrible if something I made them caused them to slip and fall down stairs! So, no slippers! They will have to be content with Hats and Scarves and other not foot sized items:)

Hope everyone is doing great!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Some More Christmas Presents

Not much is going on here, Anders and Larry were away this weekend for the big BSU v. Vandal Game. They drove up to Moscow with some friends and stayed the weekend. It was Anders first ever Live Vandal game, he was super excited:)


While they were gone Hannah and I had a girls weekend. We scrap booked and worked on some Christmas Presents. I finished Hannah's flare ribbed scarf

and Anders ribbed scarf.

I have always thought of ribbing as a masculine stitch, not sure why, but, I do! So the flare at each end of Hannah's scarf makes it look very feminine, yet still with some very pretty ribbing:)

This morning I started Anders hat to match the scarf and will probably finish at swimming lessons tonight. I hope everyone is having wonderful cool fall days!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Christmas Presents.....

So, Last minute, for me at least, I decided to knit several things for Christmas -- normally I would start in August. Think weekend I finished a few of the presents. I knit some coasters for my SIL and some slipper socks for Anders. Today I started a scarf for Hannah (see previous post:).

The Coasters are based on the One Car Ride Coaster pattern. I made mine about 50% bigger, I had started knitting the pattern and realized than after felting, they would be tiny, so I just did them a little bigger and they turned out the perfect size. I used Manos in a beautiful navy and got 7 coasters from 1 skein:)

The Sipper socks for Anders are a free pattern from Plymouth Yarns. Knit in Bernat Camo yarn -- they are super soft (I have knit him stuff before that is too itchy, so I went with an acrylic that felt really soft to see if he is just picky or is really sensitive to wool!)

The kids are both getting scarf, Hat and mitten sets for Christmas -- Hannah's will be pink of course and is knit in Caron Simply soft (I made the mistake of knitting her a wool scarf once-- never again -- it was ruined in the first week and I can't get it clean!) The flare ribbed pattern is so cute and if I can get he hat and mittens to work out, I will post the patterns for all to enjoy!

On the SP13 front, I am so excited for it to start and am waiting anxiously to see who my partner is.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Frustration

I found a pattern somewhere, yesterday and I can't find it again! Agh! It was for a ribbed scarf that started out with K3P3 rib and then decreased down to a K2P2 rib. it gave a little flare to each end of the scarf and I was going to adapt it for Hannah's Christmas Scarf, Hat and Mittens set, using the flare idea on all three things, but, I cannot find the pattern anymore and I can't remember if I saw it in a book, magazine or online! AGH!

Just had to let the frustration out, and if you have seen such a pattern, please let me know where!


ETA 11/11/08 -- I found the pattern in my Knit2Together Book -- it is the scarf part of the Grownup Bonnet! Yeah!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Yeah! It's Done!

I finished the River and Woods Afghan today. I elected not to put the tassels on since it is for a man and the tassels are a little girly:) It will be flying it's way to Hawaii this week!


It looks so beautiful!


I also went to Michaels today -- they are having a HUGE Yarn Sale! The best thing -- Patons SWS for 1.50 a ball! WOW! I got a bunch of yarn for Christmas gifts. Now, since I have all this yarn, I have 5 pairs of slippers, 2 hats, 2 scarves and 2 pairs of mittens to knit:)

Saturday, November 08, 2008

I would love this new pattern!

This is such a cute fingerless mitt pattern!

Secret Pal 13 Questionnaire!

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I love natural fibers, wool mostly. I mostly use worsted weight or larger right now, but I do love sock yarns. I have been looking for a good cotton sock yarn that I could use to make my son some socks -- he thinks wool is too itchy.


2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have this great set of pillar candle holders that hold my straight needles. My circulars I hang in a circular needle holder and my DPN's are in a fabric roll.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I have been knitting for 5 yearsish, a friend taught me the basics and then after a few years of not knitting much I rediscovered knitting and taught myself pretty much everything I could find! I am advanced intermediate -- I can knit most things, socks, cables, lace (as long as it is not in lace weight yarn!) etc.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yep, here is the link.

5. What's your favorite scent? Vanilla and Cinnamon, I don't like flowery scents.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Yep, Chocolate with Almonds.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I scrapbook and make cards and like to alter objects and I also sew. I do not spin, yet.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) Mostly Alternative. Switchfoot is my favorite band. Yes, I can play MP3's

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? I love Pink, Red, Black, Blue, Green etc. I am not a big NEON or Primary color person -- I like muted tones more.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? Husband, 2 kids Boy and Girl 8 and 6. No Pets.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Yes to all:)

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I have been loving fingerless mitts lately, I do want to venture into mittens and maybe gloves.

13. What are you knitting right now? An Afghan and then I have some Christmas Gifts to knit.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Yep, who doesn't.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I like Circulars and I prefer Addi Turbos.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Yes to Both!


17. How old is your oldest UFO? a week:)

18. What is your favorite holiday? What winter holiday do you observe? Christmas is my favorite Holiday and obviously the Winter Holiday I observe.

19. Is there anything that you collect? Not really unless you count yarn.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? My amazon wish list has a bunch of books I would love to have. Yarn wise -- some Malabrigo, I can't get it locally and want to try a small amount before I order a bunch! I don't have any magazine subscriptions right now. But, I do buy most of the knitting magazines when they come out!

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? I have been having a hard time with lace and lace charts, so maybe if you know a great resourse for those I would love to learn.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Yep I knit socks, when I find the perfect pattern! 9"around and 9" long!

23. When is your birthday? July 10th!

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID? Yep, tami-knits is me

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

River and Woods Afghan

I started knitting this afghan for my Grandpa on Sunday and I am almost 75% done with it. I was super worried I would not finish it while he was still alive, but, I have almost this uncontrollable urge to knit the afghan. I cannot seem to put it down! I knit for 4 hours straight last night -- I never sit and knit for that long. As soon as dinner was done, I sat and watched the election returns (Yeah) and knit and knit and knit. This morning when I got up, my back hurt so bad from sitting hunched over the afghan -- it is too heavy to lift very far.

I guess I think this is weird -- I have never before had this compulsion to knit something, ever!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Knitting Craziness:)


I was getting ready to post and looked at what I posted last -- I have knit a TON since the 29th:) So, here is a quick rundown of projects over the past few days. Quant, Calorimetry, Vermont Felted Bag, Ribbed Hat are all projects I finished over the past few days. Quant is for my MIL for Christmas, and the Ribbed Hat is for my FIL for Christmas. Quant is my first enterlac project -- a lot easier than I thought it would be and so much fun! Quant is made with Noro Aurora from my stash and the Ribbed hat with some Stash Cascade 220. Calorimetry was to use up a ball of Cascade Fixation (Which I surprisingly Loved). The Vermont Felted Bag was to use up more stash -- Louet Riverstone -- and will probably be given to Hannah for Christmas.

Yesterday I started my first Knitted Afghan -- I have been wanting to make one for my grandpa, but, I am a little worried about the tendency I have to not finish large projects for years. But, then I found the River and Woods Afghan in the New Holiday edition of Interweave Knits. I love this afghan -- knit on super big needles and with cables and enterlac:)
So far it is keeping me interested and going pretty fast -- I am about 30% done with it already! It is being knit with Red Heart Soft Yarn, and, I have to admit, I like the yarn. It is soft and looks beautiful in this pattern. I know, I just admitted to liking an acrylic -- EEK!-- but, for an afghan, I guess acrylic makes the most sense:)

Ok, so I am in the middle of typing and I hear the words "I am making a flood of Root Beer" come out of my sons mouth from the dining room. Thankfully he didn't have root beer, but a flood of Sprite is just as bad. Why oh why do boys do things like make floods of soda all over the table in the dining room?

Anyway, while on the subject of frustration, I will bring up another -- LACE. Right now that is a four letter word in my house. You should hear me say it, it totally sounds like a swear word. I have been trying to knit some lace projects -- I tried the branching out scarf -- UGH! I tried the Brighton Bag -- UGH! And on Friday I tried Juno Regina -- UGH! I would really love to knit some beautiful lace, but, for some reason, I can't! I have knit lace patterns in worsted just fine, but anything smaller and I screw it up! UGH! So Lace is on the back burner for a while and maybe someday I will master that:)

Of course Friday was Halloween and the kids were so cute:) Hannah was Cinderella (princess again!) and Anders was Obie Wan Kanobie. We went down Harrison Blvd trick or treating. In Boise Harrison is the place to go -- there are so many trick or treaters and the whole experience is like they portray Halloween in the movies -- tons of kids, candy, beautiful fall foliage, houses decorated to the nines and even the adults wear costumes. It was so much fun and a little crazy at the same time. I do have to say that there is just something about walking around and hearing the crunch of leaves under your feet. I love Fall!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

More Knitting and Some Pumpkins


Last night Larry and the Kiddos and I carved our pumpkins! They turned out so cute and we all had so much fun:)

After the carving festivities I knit a Natty Hat! Love this pattern -- so FAST, super cute and FREE:)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Irish Hiking Scarf



I finished my Irish Hiking Scarf today and it is lovely! I used come Grey Cascade 220 Heathers from my stash and it looks like a cloud -- so soft and pretty.