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.