Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Projects and others

Finished 3 stockings yesterday and actually a 4th one, but going to do that one over, as I chose red lettering and my son's name does not stand out at all. Oh well, live and learn. LOL

The spiderman round ripple is for Austin. Thought this was totally appropriate for him, but know it will probably be a couple of years before he even knows what it is. :)

Also did a stuffed elmo toy and embroidered Austin's name and an elmo on a blue bag for him. The bag is filled with elmo books and the toy so he can keep his elmo stuff together. :)

This comfortghan went to an alzeimer's unit for one of their residents. Now I think I am done with committments this year. LOL Probably not, but hey, I can dream sometimes. :)

Oh boy, what a mess Austin is. Of course, this time it's not my fault as poppy gave him a biter bisquit to make a mess with!

Happy Holidays All!!!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Almost the end of 2008 charity projects

Months ago, I joined a yahoo crocheting group. In the process of that, this is where most of my "charity" work began. A woman in the group, Sissie, had a personal goal of 100 afghans to be given to the senior center in her town as Christmas presents during their Christmas Party in December. From this idea, she received afghans and squares from all over the United States to help her reach her goal. I had already made one afghan (See this post as a reminder. :) ) These are the last 3 that I completed this week and they are on their way to her as I write. She has another goal for next year to help the VJGC with 100 afghans for the kids. You can see all the afghans put together, crocheted, etc from last year and read about her goal for next year:
Sissie's Blog. I had an opportunity to meet her in person last May when we went to R.I. on vacation. We were driving within a couple of miles of her home and I'll called her. She met us off the highway so we could meet. Since we were pulling the Travel Trailer behind us, it was better to meet her on the side of the road! She's a trip and a lovely person also.
Scarves for the Special Olympics Scarf Project. No I didn't crochet all of these, but I did do 2! I hosted a challenge on the yahoo group I am in and received 24 scarves. Wahooo! This is will towards their goal of 5000 scarves. I really appreciate all the help I received and have to say DebbieC, you ROCK! She did 13 scarves. How cool is that?

Ahhhh the memories and sweetness of a small child! Austin looks so much like my daughter in this picture, I may have to go digging up a few pictures of her when she was little to compare!
Happy Knitting

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Three hats I knitted for a charity. This is a nice pattern but it originally called for 90 sts on size 7 needles. I found this made a hat way too I cut the pattern down to 72 stitches. You start with a provisional cast on - knit 10 rows, purl 1 row and then knit 10 rows. On the 22nd row, combine the provisional cast on with your life stitches and off you go to the basic hat.

Tried a new memory box but I'm thinking they are going to be too small for storing much stuff in it. This box only fits the little gown and the bracelet in side. May have to rethink this size, but when I went to Michaels, they didn't have a big selection of sizes and I like using the wooden boxes.

These baby layettes went to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation OB unit. I can't take the credit for all of it as it was a combined effort between myself and another woman. She made the sweater/hats sets and I made the blankets. Then I found little socks and mittens that would go great with them, so I ended up buying these instead of knitting them.

Scarf for the special olympics project. I also have another one done and my goal was to complete 2 of the scarves to send off. I am also hosting a challenge for the yahoo group I am on, so expecting quite a few scarves in to mail off.

I've been playing around with making some ornaments for the tree, and this is what I have completed so far. I actually have more than this done, but Austin is sleeping in my sewing room, so will have to wait to take pictures. I love the gingerbread figures!

I haven't made wheat rolls in over 20 years. This recipe was simple to make, but note to self, don't roll out so thin next time. I'm hoping to make them again next week.

Austin looks like he is getting ready to go hunting. But he's over 19 lbs now and has 1 tooth and another on the way. Boy is he cranky with the teeth coming in. Lord, help, if he touches the bottom of his gums....Ouch, my ears with the yelling!

Happy Knitting All!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Vacations are wonderful things!

Being on vacation last week, I managed to finish quite a few things. It's really nice to sit at the lake for 4 days and just knit or crochet. Here is a blanket I finished for Austin. Just using the 12" pinwheel square, adding a border and decorative edge. The white square in white border is the glow in the dark yarn.

My very first doily using #10 crochet thread. The doily is 17" across. I've never been interested in thread work before, but I had received a couple of doilies in a few swaps and thought I would give it a go. I love it! For my first time using thread, I think it came out great.

A couple of sets I did also. These were for some swaps I needed to complete. Ignore the date on the Xmas ones....couldn't figure out how to change dates after replacing the battery.

A stocking for a stocking swap on ravelry. This was an interesting one for me as you do the cuff with a provisional cast-on, knit the cabling, and then 3-needle bind off the cuff together. Then you pick up the stitches on one side and start the leg of the stocking. there are of course little stuffers inside and since my partner is a newbie knitter, I did a total notions package for her.

This is the cottage behind my house that my daughter lives in. The picture before and after starting the work on the cottage. So far, we have had a brand new roof put on, started the painting of the cottage, and put in a new kitchen window. There is still more to do, and we are hoping to have the cottage finished on painting over this week. Then there are 5 windows to replace, a new heating system and 1/2 of the back wall has to be replaced. Why are we painting first? Well, to make it look better and then after we have done some of the work, we will touch up what we did. Made since to hubby...not to me! LOL

Finished a pair of socks for hubby. And yes, I have started on a new pair for him. Always have to have a pair going.

Also finished all of these squares for different comfortghans. It was a very busy week, but dang I got a lot done and it's amazing how much better I feel just being away from work for a week.

And of course the updated picture of Austin....he is way to cute. And NO CeeCee did NOT knit the hat. LOL

Happy Knitting ALL

Monday, October 13, 2008

Another Full Schedule but alot done!

The 3 bib set I did for a swap on ravelry

I really do like the white one. That yarn is the New Hobby Lobby I love this cotton. Dream to work with.

The green/blue varigated is Cotton Tots and the varigated with whie is Sugar n Cream

Still Hosting bears for the Traveling Teddy. This time I had two of them in and had a blast. You could pose them so they had a playmate. This was when we first got to the lake and they "watched" us set up the site. I love our new much more room. :)

This was a set I sent off to a family who lost their baby at 18 weeks gestation. This project gives me a lot of satisfaction in my life so I will most probably continue with the burial gowns/blankets for babies who have gone on.

Did a Dishcloth swap and my theme was similar but differant. The ballband cloth and the circle cloth are similar in technique but different in results. I love the circle cloth.

This is the last pair of socks I did for a swap. I have really backed off on swaps over the past few months so only have what I call small ones now, like bibs, cloths, etc.

Purple slippers anyone? Not my cup of tea, but this was what someone really wanted. I don't know if I'll ever do another pair of these, but they were fast and pretty easy. Maybe to me they would look better in a different color? Don't know as purple is not my color of choice. LOL

My first 12-point Round Ripple. I didn't think this would ever get done but it only took about 7 hours to complete so really an easy project. This is for a sick child in Nebraska and I will be mailing it off on Tuesday. I blocked it today and it looks alot better blocked. I love the colors and for a child it is bright and cheerful.

Austin is really growing. He's up to 16 lbs now and 8 months old. He's starting to sit up to play but we are still overprotective so we are right there in case he falls over....and Cee-Cee's job...feed him until he falls asleep. There's something about me watching him that he seems to fall asleep when we have him and it's always over food. LOL I love those little thingy's what ever they are. I wish they had them when my kids were young. You put soft food (like fruit) inside of the netting and the baby can suck on the juices and not get anything they can choke on. Cool idea for who ever invented them.

Happy Knitting all!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Circle Cloth

New Cloth called the Circle Cloth by Hakucho. Wow! It is addictive and amazing. I absolutely love the 3-dimensional look and whether you are working with self-striping yarn, or 2 colors the look is unique and beautiful.
Thank you so much for this cloth pattern Hakucho!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Dang, I did it again!

I can't believe almost a month has gone by again. I've gotten quite a bit done this month but was really hoping to get back to posting once a week. It's been very busy at work lately and working 50-60 hours a week, has really taken a tole on me.

These are for some swaps I signed up for, so I've been busy catching up and making sure I am ahead of what I obligated myself for. I am cutting back on the new swaps but some I already commited for: Reusable grocery tote, pineapple dishcloth and a dishcloth theme for autumn.

When we went to the lake a couple of weeks ago, Daddy didn't pack Austin a hat and since I was working on bibs that weekend anyways, I whipped up a hat for Austin to match his bib.

This is one of the bibs I did for a bib swap over on Ravelry. I have the other 2 bibs done, but I want to machine embroidery on the plain one, so I'll post pictures in another post of all 3 bibs at one time.

On Crochetville, a woman was asking for squares or finished quilts for the American Red Cross for some of the fire victims in Iowa. This is the finished afghan I sent her for her cause.

Another dishcloth swap. This one was Mason-Dixon theme and I did one ball band in Knit and one in crochet. I had also included a candy from NECCO and one pecan cluster from TN.

More charity squares for another cause. These haven't been mailed yet as I just finished them this weekend. Hoping to get them out on Tueday.

And of course, can I post without putting a current picture of Austin up? Of course not.

Happy knitting all!