Thursday, July 16, 2009

Shawls and daughters

Just a simple lace shawl. I picked the pattern up at Michael's as a "freebie". It is called the friendship shawl. Ummm....daughter didn't like it.

This is "folage" hat. It is a very simple knit and I did it up to match the shawl that my daughter doesn't like. I really need to quit trying to knit things for this girl. LOL Okay, maybe I should quit trying to make things as a surprise and then get disappointed when it isn't "her" style.

This shawl is a replacement one for the one she didn't like. It is by evelyn Clark and it is the bison lace shawl. It went pretty well and blocked out very nicely. I'm going to try to get a picture of her wearing it, but if it went to her work today (her office is cold), I probably won't see it for awhile. Guess I should have made sure the picture I took was okay before I released the shawl.
Live and Learn.
Happy Knitting ALL!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Time Goes By - Part III - All Caught Up!

This posting should pretty much bring me up to date. Of course, I really don't post pictures of work in process so I do have a few of them. Hopefully this month I will finish everything. At least that is my goal.
Truck Race - Memphis. Hubby did pretty good putting up everything. Of course, it was over 100 degrees so honestly we only spent maybe an hour and a half total in the tent. Otherwise, we were in the camper unless we were at the track.

For a friend who really like Harry Potter. With the new film coming out soon, I did the rendition of Hermoine's Hat in Half Blood prince and a couple of wash cloths. One cloth is called the golden snitch and the other is the Flying Keys
Finished this doily yesterday. I was a little disappointed in the finished size. My crocheting gauge must be off. The cloth only came out about 7-1/2" and it should have been 9-1/2". So going to use it as a large coaster for hubby right now. He likes it alot!
Finished an angel amigurumi and an angel ornament for a swap on yahoo. The swap is Christmas in July. I really need to order the actual amigurumi eyes with the safety backings. This time, I used 1/4" half-shank buttons in black to do the eyes. It came out okay, but it was hard to get the eyes to stay flat, so I still ended up glueing them down.

Austing getting ready to help water the plants. Ummmm...I think he ends up MORE wet than the flowers! Happy Knitting All!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Time Goes By - Part II

South Dakota Trip - Okay I have over 300 pictures and that is too many to load. South Dakota ROCKED! Mount Rushmore is gorgeous and the work involved in sculpting this is massive.

The Crazy Horse Memorial is really very nice. There is still alot more to do, as it will show him on a horse. It started to rain not long after we got there so we had to do this memorial pretty fast. It is an impressive site

This place was unbelieveable. The woodcarving went from caricatures, to statues, to wild animals to moving parts and puppets!

Where the deer and the buffalo roam! Wow, these animals are huge and they just walk around on the state park. It was a little scary when you think how close you are to them!

Another amigurumi got done. I love this one.

Did manage to finish a pair of socks on the trip for hubby. Of course the yarn is STILL Brown sheep wildfoote, which is the only sock yarn he really likes!

Worked on a comfortghan for a friend in Nebraska. Everyone sent me squares for her and I put the border on them, then sewed and put the border on the whole think. There were 25 squares so it's a little over 5 foot square. Hubby laid the squares out for me - color wise. He's so good at that.

And where would my week/month be if I didn't make more dishcloths and potholders!

Austin sitting on the step to the treadmill. This is in hubby's office so he is supervised when he is in there for sure. He likes playing with the tigger slippers.
Happy knitting All!

Time Goes By!

Trying to go through pictures a month or two or more after you've done something is hard. These pictures were in my May folder so I do know I did them then. There were more pictures of baby gowns, wraps, memory boxes etc., but figured I would just show so of the more personal ones or RAOK items I did during the month.

Just some ordinary dishcloths and potholders, but they are easy to do and come in very handy.

This is going to be a sibling support bag. Basically, it is a bag that you give a child who's had a trauma of some kind and it will include a small blanket and the game of tic-tac-toe. It will either go to one of the community services (fire/police) or to a hospital. Not sure yet as I am also working on 5 more of them, so it will be a nice donation.

Some more jumpers for Austin. These are fun to make and only take about an hour or so once you have all the pieces washed and cut out. In the picture on the left, the light color one was a bought one that my daughter really likes so I had to try to do a rendition of it for her. Don't you just love your kids requests!

Don't ask me, I've started working on the little Amigurumi critters and this is a bee. The pattern was free off the red heart site, but I made him out of cotton classic. Like the feel of that yarn better.

Donations to a crisis center in Missouri. These all worked up pretty fast, so I may try to do some more of them.

A hat and scarf for a woman that worked with my hubby. She's being transferred to New Jersey/New York, so I knit up the entrelac scarf and hat out of Plymouth encore. Since she's only 22, I figured it better be machine wash/dry for easy care!

Austin Helping Poppy work on the lawn mower. Doesn't he look/act like he knows what he's doing? Not bad for a 16-month old! :) Happy Knitting All!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

April Crafting

I worked on opening my gardens and did the edging over around the back deck. I really like how it looks now.

Learning applique on my machine. Just a simple dog on a t-shirt, but Bina and I went to one of those "specialty" children's stores and boy is anything with applique on it EXPENSIVE!

Made Austin a couple of little rompers. He's a little small for them or maybe they are a little big for him. LOL But I think they came out cute.

Just a little hooded sweater for Austin. The weather is getting too warm, but he'll be able to wear it next fall also.

A cabled vest for Austin. Now this was a fun project and the yarn used was Berroco's comfort. Softest yarn I've ever knit with. Pleased with it.

For Easter, Little birdies in a nest. Of course Austin picks them up and throws them. Not sure, if he's just "throwing them", or if he expects them to fly.

First Experience with Corn on the Cob. For a kid who didn't like corn at all, he sure likes it on the cob!
Happy Knitting ALL!

P.S. Well, I can't figure out why my text keeps wrapping so sorry about that!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Burial Gowns/Wraps done

Not sure where these are going yet, but this is part of what I managed to sew up last week. I still have a few more 95% done that just need the finishing details, lace, velcro, etc., but I got a little burnt-out on sewing so I'm fighting my natural procrastination to stop and leave them alone for awhile. I learned how to use the applique feature on my embroidery machine and that was fun. Not too impressed with cinderella as she is too big, and that's why I went with just the faces on the other 3 gowns.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Small projects

Been on a small projects knitting binge the past week. I'm still working on 2 larger projects but not enough knitting done of them, so talk much about them. So here are the smaller projects:

Multidirectional Diagonal Dishcloths - Only change I made to this pattern was to add a sc border around the outside. I like how this "evens-out" the square.

Well, I can't seem to find the link for this potholder. It's crocheted and SOLID. It's a little fiddley when you start it, but I love this pattern as it is thick, solid, and really keeps the heat away.

The Double Woven Dishcloth - another favorite for using varigated yarns, easily memorized pattern and works up fast.

The Garterlac Dishcloth - I can't believe anyone does this pattern to make scarves, vests, sweaters, hats. I can get the dishcloth done, and I've done quite a few, but anything bigger.....I would definately stay as a WIP!

The Eloomanator's diagonal Knit Dishcloth. Another favorite and no I don't think the dark blue shows this pattern off to it's advantage. Again, the only thing different I do, is add a sc border to even out the square.

If you have never checked out this blog, you need to. Cathy has a ton of patterns she's designed and some wonderful cooking recipes also. These are the Plain Vanilla Coffee Sleeves. Changes? Hmmm....I did them flat by adding a stitch on each side and then sewing them up. I didn't feel like dealing with 2 circulars for such a small project, and since I don't use DPN's, and didn't have the sizes anyways, flat straights was the way for me to go. Pattern still worked out fine though. I also made them out of kitchen cotton instead of wool.

Austin loves being outside. Whether it's during the day or at dusk, he's an outside child for sure.

Happy Knitting!