February 10, 2016

I'm BACK

Since my last post . . . life has been nothing but crazy.  I've still been knitting, but haven't accomplished a great deal that I could blog about.

So here goes . . . an explosion of what has been happening in my life over the past 4 months:
In October Stevey Quinn joined our family.  She was a few weeks early, and born by emergency C-Section.  She weighed barely 5 lbs., and although tiny, she was healthy and strong.
Here is my oldest (13 years) and youngest (2 days) Grand-daughters.  I'm just crazy about them both.
This is what she looks like today.  She is up to nearly 11 lbs.  She is just a sweet, happy little girl.  We just love her!

At our annual trip to the pumpkin patch, these 3 all chose to wear their Robin Hood Sweaters.  It was a cool evening, and I'm sure they were the warmest of us all.  Stevey wore her pumpkin suit too.
This is the pumpkin my Husband chose.  I thought it looked rather strange, when we purchased it, but he always has a vision. . . . . .  He loves to carve pumpkins, and this one was just in time for the release of the new Jurassic Park Movie.  A dinosaur and a happy zucchini.
During the Summer, my daughter found a piano, free for the taking.  Dear old Dad was asked to drive to another city and pick it up.  It was stored in her sister's garage for several months, while she worked on it during her trips to visit us.  In November, it was finally finished.  We borrowed a box truck with a lift, and delivered it to her home in Idaho.  It looks great in her home, and her oldest daughter has started piano lessons, but I think Dad is finished with the moving business.
My "Knit Night" group has been participating in a knit-a-long of the "Tolt Folded Bag", by Veronik Jobe.  The bags are knit from a thick tee-shirt yarn on really large needles.  This is Joan and Percy, with their finished bags.  Others are still working on their's, and I hope to have more pictures soon.
I finished "Movie Poncho", pattern by rix-striserier.  I love it.  It is the perfect thing to throw on, when going to the movies, where it is always cold, and it frees up your arms, so you can always reach the popcorn.
My next project was Vertical Impressions, by Jana Jankeena.  Knit from Wolmeisse, in the color Spinaci, with a planned owl lace design running up the back from the "Ginny Cardigan" from the Harry Potter Knits Collection, and designed by Mari Chiba.  Christmas knitting threw this project completely off-track.  It is now February, and I am still knitting away on the neckband for this sweater.  I am on the homestretch, and should have pictures for my next post.

In late November, my iron scarecrow frame turned into a Bride for the Bridal Shower I hosted for my Nephew's future Bride.  It was a fun afternoon, and their wedding was the funnest affair, with the best Korean food I've ever eaten. 
The scarecrow was replaced with this snowman, at Christmas-time.  He stood guard over our house on through to the last day of January.  It was sad to take him down, and look forward to Valentine's Day.

This is what held up my knitting project.  I knit 15 pairs of these fingerless gloves as Christmas gifts.  They were fun to knit "Leaves" Fingerless Gloves, by Valentina Georgieva, from all of the scraps of yarn I had laying around, but 15 pairs was enough to kill me.  I won't be knitting those again soon!!
My favorite teenager got braces for her birthday.  She is looking really cute!
Mini-Me made this cute Christmas Tree to help her with learning her shapes.  She was so proud of it.

  
2016 arrived with BANG.  I spent the evening with these little cuties, playing games and eating lots of yummy food.


In January, Baby Stevey was blessed.  I made her dress, even though it is a bit hard to see in this picture.  It was crocheted from a doll pattern, her Mother found on Pinterest.  She was so cute!
Emery made these yummy Valentine's cookies for my recent "Knit Night".  We had a fun evening, and the cookies were delicious.  Several of the ladies were knitting these darling Christmas Stockings, with the names knit right in.  I'll hope to have some pictures to share when they finishing them up next month.

The twins are 9 months old now, and getting into everything.  We feel so blessed to have 9 healthy grandchildren, and we hope there are still some to come . . .

Now that the Holidays have passed, I'm back knitting on my owl sweater.  I know this has been a bit of overload, but I plan to get back to regular blogging now that my life has settled back down.  Happy Knitting . . . .

September 22, 2015

Summer is Running Away!

I can't believe it has been an entire month since I've blogged.  Summer is "running" out of my life. . . .
One really good thing about the "end of Summer",... is the cooler weather.  I'm always anxious to get back into my sweaters.
The last month has been a flurry of activity.  I knit this shawl for a friend, who had become frustrated with the pattern.  I thought it was really fun to knit, and she was so excited to get it back.  She is planning to use it when sitting in meetings, when the air-conditioning is running too high.
I finished crocheting a Blessing Dress, Bonnet and Booties for my expected Grand-daughter.  She should be arriving in early October.  It was a trick, as the pattern was written for a small doll, so I had to resize it.  I think it will be really cute on her, and luckily, her Mom loved it.
We've had some really rainy days.  It is always fun to play, barefoot in the puddles, and to float home-made boats in the gutter.  Even when your Grandmother only has a flowery umbrella.

Alivia is "3", and it was her turn to make a trip to "Build-a-bear".  She named her little bear "Cookie", and she even has pink glasses, just like Aliva.  We had such a good time, and Alivia was sure to eat all of crunchy stuff on the stick of all our corndogs.
There is nothing like dancing in a field of BUBBLES on a warm evening.

We spent some time in the Idaho Falls Zoo.  A small zoo that is just the right size for a non-zoo loving Grandma.

I spent an evening with all of my kids and grandkids at the West Jordan Demolition Derby.  It was a first for us, but we quickly discovered this is the perfect activity for people of all ages.  We spent all of the time before the show began taking selfies.
It was really fun and really loud!  Little Zoey made good use of our noise-cancelling headphones.  We had to protect her new little ears.  The rest of us were yelling just as loud as the engine noise and crashing of the demo trucks.  This was "do-again" activity.  We all had so much fun!
School is back in session.  This was 3-year old, Alivia's first ride on the school bus.  She has started attending the State Funded Head Start Program.  This is the first time in my lift, that I was thankful that we have to pay taxes.

Zeke and Hayden are now wearing their "Robinhood Sweaters".  It was a long wait, but it is finally cool enough that these sweaters are of good use.  They both look so cute in them, and they love them too.
I've started me Fall Knitting.  "Alecia Beth" in Wollmeise, in the color "Vamp".  This is my swatch, knit on US 4 needles.  The needles are small and the yarn is fine.  This one is going to take a while.

This is the perfect lunch . . . a hamburger, a good book, and a fun knit.  You can see that my "Alecia Beth" is coming right along.

It has been a really busy month.  Hopefully I'll be back before another month has passed.  Happy Knitting!

August 21, 2015

Busy, Busy . . . Babies Coming

It has been a busy few weeks! Knitting, knitting & knitting.  I have a small pile of completed baby knits, all ready for the arrival of few new babies in my life.  The funnest knitting ever, are little baby things.  They are always soft and cozy . . . and knit-up in a quick hurry.
Two little pumpkin picking suits for my grand-daughter and great nephew.  They are all set to arrive in September and October.  Just in time for a trip to the pumpkin patch!  Please send me lots of pictures of them!  They are both knit of the softest merino/cashmere blend KnitPicks Capra, and created from the pattern Small Things Romper, by Carina Spencer.  I added some little pumpkin hats, as I'm sure it will be cool and windy on those early autumn evenings. Knit from one of my free ravelry patterns Lil Pumpkin Hat.
In addition, I have a good start on this little crocheted blessing dress.  I started it with a soft, washable acrylic yarn, but soon decided the lace wouldn't stand out, so I switch to "Skinny Cotton".  It made such a difference.  The yarn was leftover from my "Botanical Medallion Vest", and I quick ran out.  I've ordered some additional skeins and will just need to finish up the sleeves and make the hat, diaper cover and booties.  Once blocked, this will be added to the pile of little baby things.  The funny thing about this pattern, is it is written for a doll.  No instruction on size, yarn or hook size.  I've pretty much had to size it myself.  I should have just written my own pattern.
In addition, I've been doing a bit of "knitting for hire".  An Ohio Grandmother contacted me wanting two "Poor Baby Swearters".  She was expecting two new grandbabies in the month of August.  I quickly cast-on, and had these two little beauties ready to mail in about a week.  I hope her little ones enjoy them!





I finished my Tolt Folded Bag, by Veronika Jobe.  Knit from HOOOKED Ribbon XL, on US 15 needles.  The yarn felt and looked just like cotton shoelaces.  It knit up fast, and was sewn together in such a creative way.  I am going to use and love this little shoulder bag.  It will be my "Knit Night" knit-a-long for Fall 2015.  A great beginner project, that won't be too overwhelming.  Our group doesn't meet during the Summer, so I am so excited to see everyone again, and to enjoy some winter evenings filled with laughter, story-telling, knitting and treats.  Watch for the 2015 pictures of our Annual Witch Knit . . . coming soon.
I've finished up my Poncho Sweater, by rix-strixerier too.  It turned out just like the picture on the pattern, and I am so happy with it.  Knit of Rasmilla Luksusgarn in Charcoal and KnitPicks Aloft Super Kid Mohair in Carbon.  The two yarns were held together and knit, creating a warm, light, super soft fabric, with lots of drape.  It will be my perfect "go to the movies" apparel.  The cuffs will keep it in place, and will make it easy to reach the popcorn.  No more dragging a blanket to the movies . . . I'll be cozy and comfortable.
I've got a pile of yarn to put on the winder.  This one will be for me, and I can't wait to get started.  There is nothing like starting a new project.
An Alecia Beth, by Justyna Lorkowska, just for me.  I need to get swatching, so I can assure a perfect fit.

I hope your Summer is coming to a smooth, memorable end.  School is starting and the days are getting shorter.  There is just a touch of Fall in the air.  Happy Knitting!

August 07, 2015

The Year of the Grandbaby

It has been a great year, so far . . . twin grandbabies in April, and a new baby girl expected in October. I'm expecting to hear of a new Grand-Nephew, born any minute, and another expected in September.  As always, new babies create a flurry of baby knits.
Grandchild #9 will be sporting this little Romper.  She will be named after her Dad, and GrandDad. She has been trying to make an early arrival, and everything is being done to keep her in the oven until October.  In addition, she is measuring small, which may just mean she is taking after her Mom.  We are excited to meet her!
You may remember that I made these for the Twins, back at the first of the year.  The Twins came home from the hospital in them, and have worn them for many special occasions.

However, they are 5 month old now, and have both grown out of them.

Small Things Romper, designed by Carina Spencer, has become my favorite baby knitting pattern.  I discovered it, when my Cousin Jill was knitting one for her friend.  Thank you Jill, I'm sure I will be knitting these for years to come. You may have seen on Instagram or Facebook, the first of two little pumpkin suits, that are "in process".  They should be finished soon.
This is the blessing dress, which has been requested for that new little Granddaughter.  It is just beautiful.  When I purchased the pattern, I discovered it was a pattern for a doll.  I haven't crocheted for a while, and I'll need to upsize the dress and bonnet.  Hopefully, I will be successful . . . we'll see.  I hope to get started in the next week, or so.
This hasn't been the best year for our vegetable garden, even with all of the Spring rain.  However, it has been a great year for the flowers on my deck.  The marigolds were planted from seeds harvested from last years flowers.  The other pots were given to my Husband, by our local nursery, because they appeared to be completely dead.  He has nursed them all back to health.  They are really beautiful. The strawberries have done well this year too, you can just see them in the side of the picture.

Also, seen on Instagram/Facebook, you may have seen the big pile of beautiful yarn I just received in the mail from Germany.  It is the first time a package of yarn has needed a signature from the UPS guy.  It is my first batch of Wollmeise, in the color "Vamp".  I am so excited to get started knitting it.  I've seen so many sweaters on Ravelry knit from this beautiful yarn, and many are calling it their "Desert Island Yarn".  From the look and feel of it, I expect to be claiming the same.
This is the pattern photo of Alecia Beth, designed by Justyna Lorkowska, which will be knit up in my new Wollmeise, in a bright red (Vamp).  I can't wait, but as you can see above, I have quite a pile of knitting that must be completed first.  In addition, I received an order this morning for two "Poor Baby Sweaters", which must be knit, packaged and mailed by the end of the month.  I better get cracking . . .Happy Knitting!