Saturday, January 26, 2008

Baby Blanket is DONE!


Wahoooooo! The baby shower was last Sunday and I finished the baby blanket at 4:30am that morning. I'm pleased with how it came out overall. I wish I had done the border a little longer but 32" of garter stitch was enough to drive me crazy and I had to do 4 of them. My daughter was very very pleased with the blanket and I'm sure the baby will love it for years. The bottom right square is for the baby name and birthday. Only 6 weeks away! I took our birthdays out of the picture but basically it is from the bottom right corner going up is my daughter, then me, then hubby. Going from bottom right to left of blanket is baby's dad, his mother and then his father. I was going for a "family tree" type theme. The other 9 squares are different baby theme pictures, like a rocking horse, carriage, stork, lamb, bunny, etc.
Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Swaps received!

Received my package from the Monkey Sock 3 Swap from Barb. The package was full of yarn goodness, little monkey items, pattern, and of course the socks. The socks are in On-Line sock yarn in a very pretty pink varigated. Thank you so much!

Also received my socks from Kelley for the Vintage Sock Swap. They are done in the Madder rib pattern and I love them. The blues are gorgeous. I was a little concerned about the toes (never did this pattern before) but have to admit they fit wonderfully as you can see.

Happy Knitting!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Defeat the Winter Doldrums Dishcloth Swap

Do you knit, crochet, or do both? Both
2. What types of needles do you enjoy using for making dishcloths? Bamboo #7
3. What types of cotton do you enjoy using for making dishcloths? Is there any that you've been wanting to try? I use all kinds of cotton, PnC, SnC, Twists, Self-striping, cotton classic, patons
4. What color(s) are your kitchen and bath decorated in (if any)? Kitchen: Tuscany, beige, black and red accents. Bathroom: peach and ivy
5. What are your favorite colors for yarns? Least favorite? Bright, burgandy, beige. Least: Neon
6. Do you like Winter, or do you count the days until it ends? Winter is okay. I don't count the days, but prefer spring/autumn better
7. What's your favorite way to brighten your day when you're down in the dumps? Hmmm...hard one....going to yarn storeand seeing new yarns? LOL
8. What is your favorite treat to indulge in and when your down in the dumps? Chocolate of course!
9. Do you drink coffee? Tea? Cocoa? Coffee- Regular - Dunkin Donuts when I can get it!
10. If you could take a vacation starting tomorrow and go anywhere for one week and money were no object, where would you go and what would you do? I would go to a beach, anywhere on a coast and spend the days watching the waves.
11. Do you have any allergies or aversions your pal should be aware of? No

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Hot Cocoa Swap Savenger Hunt

1. Who's favorite animal is an Otter? AnneK.
2. Name someone who prefers whipped cream with their hot cocoa Angela T
3. Find 3 people who live outside of the United States Bianaca B, Clarrisa R. Jenn S
4. Name a fan of Harry Potter Lesley
5. Name someone who crochets Nicole D
6. Name someone who DOES NOT have a healthy supply of notions Christy B
7. Name someone who has NOT put up their questionnaire yet (just put a date with your answer in case they put it up after seeing their name listed somewhere ;-) ) Heather F 1/7/08
8. Who likes to have Kahlua, Baileys, or Peppermint Schnapps in their cocoa? Baileys - Jodi H
9. Name someone who knits fingerless gloves as a 'quick knit' Marie P
10.Name someone who's looking forward to gardening this spring. Alex K
11.Who's favorite way to drink cocoa is with a gorgeous Frenchman, while overlooking the eiffel tower from a French Cafe? (I'm right there with you... well at the table next to yours!) Kris L
12.Name someone who's favorite animal is NOT a dog or house cat Emma G/Kristen M
13. Name someone who's favorite treat is NOT chocolate. Lora B
14. Who plays Candyland? Criquette
15. Name someone who DOESN'T get the winter blahs Ashley C.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Just Knitting happily away----and sewing!

I'm at the toe of hubby's first sock. The pattern is from the Vintage sock book by Nancy Bush. The yarn is Jawoll Cotton, which I love.

Ifinished the socks for my swap partner for the Vintage Sock Swap. They have now been washed, blocked and dried. I had to try them on before this. I love love love them......I hope she does also. The box is ready to mail in the morning and I think I have put together some great things for her. She is also getting the cat project bag below. I think together, the whole box is great!

3 more bags completed. The left one is going to one of my dishcloth swaps for the New Year Swap on Ravelry. The cat one to my Vintage sock swap partner and the blue one with hearts is for the Boo-Ty Swap partner that was left out. I am playing angel for her so did the bag, a skein of Vesper's handdyed sock yarn and a few other small things!

Finally done with one of the socks of red/white/blue. I didn't think I would ever get done with this sock. Now I have to start the second one. This has been a very long project. Almost as long as the Seahawks socks!

Happy Knitting all!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Cocoa Swap Questionnaire


1. What is your favorite way to drink cocoa? Prepared with milk? Water? from home made recipe or store bought?, In a tea cup, or big mug? Any of the above would work for me!
2. Marshmallows or whipped cream? Whipped Cream


1. What is your favorite type of yarn? In what colors? Sock yarn (any) in grays, reds/blues
2. Do you knit or crochet (or both)? Both
3. What are your favorite type of needles, would you like to try something new? Addi, knitpicks and Denise. Also bamboo wooden ones. I have all I need, but thanks
4. Do you have a healthy supply of notions? Short on beaded markers. :)
5. What one thing do you keep thinking you need to buy for your knitting habit (outside of yarn)? Most probably a ball winder and swift. I'm looking at them at my LYS. Hubby got me a $200 gift certificate for Christmas, but I'm still looking!
6. What is your favorite 'quick knit/crochet' pattern (quick gratification). Dishcloths


1. What is your favorite thing to do in the Winter? Curl up in front of the fireplace
2. What is your favorite animal? dog
3. Do you get the 'winter blahs'? No
4. What is your favorite way to beat the blahs? Take a bath
5. What is the thing you are most looking forward to this spring? Going to Italy
6. What are your favorite treat? Chocolate and more chocolate
7. What is your favorite board game? Scrabble
8. Do you have any children (furry or human)? Grown 2 kids, first grandchild on the way
9. Do you have any allergies or special considerations you partner should know about? Nope!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Projects Galore

Vintage Sock Swap. Interesting. I'm almost done and should be done by Tomorrow night. This gives me time to wash, block and dry in order to mail on Monday. Going along great. Stripes match up until you get to the heel.....then.....

the heels don't match, but the stripes line up again. On this picture you can't really tell, but if you look at the first one, the stripes do match....except for the heel. I hope my partner doesn't mind too much, but if she does, I plan to add a note that says if they bother you, please send them back....they fit me like a glove and I love love love them!

Trying my hand on some small project bags. I have to say I love these also. There is a pocket on the front for small items and a roomie inside to hold a pair of socks or other small project. Not bad for my design! I do a lot of swaps, and I was spending a forture on small project bags. This way I can send more in the box but the bag is personally from me! Cool huh?

Did the first shawl a month a go and absolutely love it. Hubby got me this book for Christmas (how did he know? LOL) and started on the first of several shawls. This one is called Constances Shawl and is being made out of Filatura DiCrosa Luxury 100% silk. At $16.00 a skein for 145 meters its a little steep (ok, a lot steep!) it's going to be beautiful. The color is a beautiful red and exactly me! :)

These are the red/white/blue socks I feel like I have been knitting forever. This is the first time I have knitted a full stockinette sock and I am going to say it is also my last time. It has taken forever and it is only the first sock. I still have to make another one. I keep thinking I should frog it and start over and then I look at how much I have finished and think only a few more inches and I can start the 2nd one. Not sure yet, so It sits in my project bag.....resting!

I love the rib sock for the Vintage sock exchange so much, I started one for hubby. This is being done in Lowell Cotton and I love this yarn. It washes great, wears great, and best of all, hubby loves the incentive!

More on the way and counted my swaps I am in....8 and counting...Really need to knit more for home than for swaps! LOL Not going to happen.

Happy knitting all!

Defeat the Winter Doldrums Dishcloth Swap!

Wahooo....I really enjoyed the autumn dishcloth swap and am so happy to see one for the winter. Here's the join! :)

Another post later tonight on what I have been doing. It's end of year and end of month at work so I'm busy busy busy! Can I please get a clone? :)