Sunday, September 29, 2013

And a hat to boot!

I had (barely) enouhh yatn to make a hat/beanie to match my mittens. I used Brean Miller's Kiwi Hat pattern and modified it to my liking. I knit 20 rows of k2, p2 rib, then followed the remainder of the pattern. I had 6oz of yarn left and the hat fits me perfectly!.

Paintball mittens

I bought a one of a kind skein from Bohemia Fibers called Paint Ball Greens & Blues in the worsted weight base. I felt the need to knit up some mittens as the weather here in MN is beginning to change. I love the basic feel of Susan B Anderson's Waiting For Winter Mittens and make a few changes to make them perfect for me. I make the cuff ribbing longer, the thumb tighter and the overall mitten one size smaller so the whole mitten is tighter. That's the way I like 'em!

I also have a new phone and tgis is my first attempt at blogging from it. I'll log on to my computer after my husband is done babysitting his Fantasy Football team today and see how it looks. Tell me what you think.


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Dee's Birthday Socks

My Super-Friend Dee turned 30 In July.

I made her two pairs of socks for this very special occasion.

First came a pair of TreeBeard Socks. She has been salivating over this pattern for years and I have been working on dying the yarn myself, looking for just the right color. I finally found it online and got the socks going. Sheesh.

 I love, love love the Heritage Silk Paints by Cascade. A pleasure to knit with. The pattern was a little busy for me, but easy to knit once I found a way to keep track of where I was.

The other pair of socks I knit for Dee's Special Day was a pair of Hermione's Every Day Socks in Koigu KPPPM. Absolutely fantastic yarn to knit with and this pattern knit up in a flash. Easy to memorize, I knit these up quickly in 2-3 days while on vacation in July.

Koigu KPPPM is Dee's most favorite yarn. She is slowly but surely converting me into a high-twist yarn lover!


Monday, September 2, 2013

Holy Crap

Long time, no blog.

My partner in knitting has berated me for not posting in so long. My apologies.

Its been a busy Spring and Summer here in MN. My daughter has graduated from high school, we planned and hosted a graduation party, she selected a college, we moved her to Wisconsin, and she started school last week. In the middle there somewhere our son was Confirmed and passed his drivers test. My Mom went though chemo & radiation for anal cancer, at week five of her six week treatment she ended up in the hospital for 2 weeks, then a nursing home for 2 weeks, and just returned from 6 weeks of recuperation at her sister's in SD. All this while holding down a full time job and trying to maintain my sanity.

At this point in my life I think I can handle ANYTHING! (I'm usually not this confident.)

<<<taking a breath>>>

Lets move on to some knitting. Why? Because its what helped me "keep it together" during this very stressful year.

I finished this Trinity Scarf in late March and wore the heck out of it all Spring.

I found a stash of Debbie Bliss yarn that my Mom had bought and it screamed for a Honey Cowl. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy!

I think that's it for now. I have several more FO's to post but I need to organize the photos and get everything logged on my Ravelry page first.

More soon! Later!