Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Clue #2

Clue #2 is done!! YEAH!! On to numero 3 and I will be all caught up")

Monday, February 25, 2008

Mystery Jacket KAL

I joined my first large item KAL. I have done lots of dishcloths and bookmarks with KAL's, but, now I have joined a Mystery Jacket KAL. We are using Lamb's Pride Worsted -- I picked Dynamite Blue. I am going to give this to my MIL when it is done! Anyways, the clues started on Feb 9th, but, trying to be a good knitter, I wanted to finish Larry's Sweater before I started another project, well, The sweater is still not finished and I had to start on the KAL -- I cannot stand being behind on something! This weekend I casted on for clue 1 and finished it this morning. Now, on to clue 2!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Friday Already!

This week has been flying by, I can't believe the weekend is almost here! I am ready for it too:)
I have been busy with knitting this week. Not only did I finish the sweater vest, but, I made another scarf out of the novelty yarn stash.
I also found this cute pattern for baby booties! I love them, super easy and fast to make and so many options on style.

Last Friday, (I know, a little late on posting this, but, the supplies just came from the car to the house this afternoon! ) I taught a class on card making! It was a blast and these are the designs I came up with to teach!
I also went to Ewephoria over the weekend and of course I bought some new yarn!

Dive Butterfly in the 40377 Colorway

elsebeth lavold Hempathy in color 13!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday!

Oh Oh! I almost forgot! I made some pretty stitch markers this week too:) I was experimenting to find some for my Defeat the Winter Doldrums Swap Partner!

Just For Fun

For my Swap Partner:)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

AJ's Sweater Vest

Yeah! It's Finished. I thought I could do this with my eyes closed, but, I actually had to learn how to seam, which was an adventure and I cannot believe how easy it is! I think I still prefer to make seamless items, but, now I can make something that needs seams if I want too! So here are some beautiful pictures for your viewing pleasure!

The model is a little boy I watch that is about the same size as AJ, so since AJ is 5 hours away, I used this baby to make sure it fit:)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

I DID IT~!!!!~

So normally I don't yell on my blog posts, but, I DID IT!!!

In all my knitting, I have never, never, ever made a sweater that had to be seamed. I have made other things, where the seaming did not matter for looks, but not one where I actually had to know how to seam correctly. So, I have been making a sweater vest for my Nephews birthday -- which is also the first "baby" item I have knitted, but that is beside the point! Back to making the sweater vest -- I finished up the front yesterday and tried to seam up the shoulders like it calls for in the pattern, using the "wrong" way to sew up the edges -- more like for sewing than for knitting. I ripped it out 4 times and then I went to knittinghelp.com. Normally I love that site, and I did learn how to do the Mattress stitch, but that is for the sides, not the shoulders. They did not have a shoulder seaming video, I was in dispair (no video), denial(I will get this done on my own) and hopeful anticipation (I might have an excuse to go to the LYS this weekend). So I searched google (gotta love them) and found 2 pictures on some random website on sewing a shoulder seam. Still did not get it. UGH!!!!! So I walked away, the best thing to do when you want to send said sweater vest through the shredder next to the computer (I don't handle frustration well)
**A Few hours Later**

I come back to the cursed sweater vest, and think about the mattress stitch and figure that If I just turn the stitch sideways and use the v's instead of the bars, I can sew it together that way, and it worked, I am so excited, I cannot believe it worked!

So now, here is a picture of the seam -- I know it is not award quality by any means, but, I am excited and ready to move on!

A Funny Story...

So, today Hannah brings home a picture frame that she made for me and her Dad. I thought is was so beautiful, in a way that only a Mother could! Anyway, my husband, bless his heart says, look at the back. I turn the frame around and low and behold I get the shock of my life -- in Big Bold Kindergarten Handwriting it says "I love you bad mom" I gasp, my husband laughs. After several moments of me feeling like a horrible mom, and, wondering what the heck her teacher thought when she saw bad mom on the back of the picture frame, my husband explains: you know how 5 year olds sometimes mix up their d's and b's. I immediately got the meaning, I guess it was supposed to say dad mom. Not, bad mom. Hopefully.

So cute!

I really thought I was doing a good job!

Some Valentines Goodness

Happy Valentines Day to one and all! This past week has been incredibly busy, making Valentines and planning fun Valentiny things to do. I thought it would be fun to share what Valentines is like at our house!

1. Planes and Flowers for the kids class
2. Valentine I sent to family this year
3. Valentine for the Childcare kiddos
4. Larry's Valentine
5. My pretty pretty Pink Tulips from Larry


Monday, February 11, 2008

And the winner is........

After 156 different entries, Elaine is our winner! Elaine sent over several people from her blog to my contest:) Thanks Elaine, and everyone else, for entering my contest! Elaine's prize will go out this week!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Finished a few things

Here are some FO's, not much going on other wise, except, if you look to the left you will see all of the things on my needles with pics and progress bars! THANK YOU RAVELRY. Seriously folks, if you are not there yet, get on the waiting list. This is the best website I have ever been a member of!

The contest, is still going strong! Final day to enter is Feb 9th!

So, here is a little pink purse with beaded handle for Hannah, no pattern, I just picked up the yarn and needles and knitted till I was happy! Then I felted and then added a totally cute little handle made with scrap yarn and pony beads!

And, the February KAL for Monthly Dishcloths. A Cute little candy box!

Homemade is better

Larry and the kids bought me a ball winder for Christmas. I love it and used it a few times, even without a swift for the yarn, I was using a laundry basket turned upside down, it kept the yarn from tangling but went very slow! One day Larry asked if he thought we could make a swift. I figured a little internet searching would come up with a pattern to make a swift. We found so many, from making one with Tinker Toys to buying a pattern and making a real live umbrella swift! There was also one that was HUGE! I like it, but it would not fit in my craft area!

We settled on this one. It is great, comes apart easy, quick to make and it cost nothing, Larry used scraps of wood from the garage to build. I do think eventually I will want one made with good wood and made to look pretty, as well as function.

Here are the pics of the new ball winder, and the yarn (Reynolds Sea Wool) after it has been wound into a ball. The swift moved very well, never getting caught and the yarn wound into a ball almost effortlessly.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Busy busy bee

Today and this week has been crazy, I have been going from the moment I wake until after I make dinner and then I just want to collapse:) I have been working on some knitting, the beastly sweater for Larry is coming along, slowly, but it is coming along. I also started an Eros shawl, not my most favorite yarn ever, but, the shawl is going to be beautiful:) I have also started a Cabled sweater vest for my nephew, AJ, for his birthday in a few weeks. It is turning out super cute and can't wait to finish it!

I also found another swap, the Longing for Spring Swap. Go check it out, they are taking sign ups till Valentines day, or they reach 40 swappers!

As for the contest, I have 120 entries, HOLY COW, that is more, way more than I thought I would have! I had to move all the names to another basket, it runneth over!