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


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!