November 15, 2017

Gift Knitting

Every year at Christmas, I have a long list of Christmas gift knitting to do.  This year has been no exception.  Thanksgiving will be here soon, and this is what I have completed, so far:

Three pair of Lumberjack Socks, by: tincanknits.  I found this pattern last year, and knit two pair for my husband's birthday.  He has loved them, so gift socks were knit for this season.  Each pair is planned for different friend.  They are all knit of Berroco Vintage DK.

Maris Stella Lace Shawl, by Anna Victoria, to be gifted to another dear friend, and presented with a Treble Clef Shawl Pin.  This was a fun knit on a long circular needle.  It was my first experience with gradient yarn.  Knit of KnitPicks Stroll in the color - Sea You Later.  It was really fun to watch the colors slowly change, as you knit along.

I've started a new cardigan too.  Currently, my favorite sweater designer is Anne Hanson.  Of my collection of hand-knit sweaters, Leaving, is the sweater that I wear the most.  So I've decided to knit another of Anne's designs, Herringweave.
I thought this was the most beautiful design, and I've chosen to knit it out of Wollemeise DK, in the color Grunfink.  There is a man's pullover style included, and if I'm happy with mine, I plan to knit one for my husband too.  The Herringbone stitch pattern in unlike anything I've ever knit, and I just love the way it looks and feels.  Here is what I have knit of the back, so far:

It is always so fun to try something new.  There is no chance of growing bored with this one.  Anne is truly a knitting wizard.

Pictures of my newly updated kitchen are still to come.  We are having wood floors installed in the breakfast area and living room in the next few weeks, so everything is a complete mess right now.  This is the final step, and I just can't wait to decorate for Christmas.  We will be travelling to our daughter's house for Thanksgiving, which is a good thing, because I couldn't cook a thing at my house right now.

Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to all of my readers.

November 09, 2017

SURPRISE!

It is the end of a very busy Summer, and as things are settling into a slower, colder, season, I'm feeling the neglect of this little Blog.  Although I've been away for over a year, I haven't even once slowed down on my knitting (the passion of my lifetime).

Here is what I have been doing . . .

Just before Thanksgiving last year, I went on a week-long vacation with my sisters and Mom to Park City.  If you are a skier, you've probably been there before, and you know that it is a little, old mining town turned high-end ski resort.  We stayed at the Marriott resort and spent the week shopping in their little boutiques, cooking together, crafting, and laughing.  It was a great time for us to spend together.  In one of those boutique shops, I ran into the most beautiful, fashion knits.  The one thing that really caught my eye, was a hand-knit ski hat with a real fur pom-pom.  The hat was $250.00 (a little rich for my tastes).

When we returned home, I couldn't stop thinking about those cute ski hats, so I went on a search on the Internet for real fur pom poms.  I found the most beautiful, raccoon pom poms, I ordered them and I was "off to the races". Here they are, one for each of my daughters and grand-daughter.


They were really fun to knit, and at the end of the season I was even able to make one for me.  However, there were no raccoon pom-poms left, so mine is gray with a gray rabbit pom-pom.

For Christmas gifts for my grand-children I made each of them a pillowcase with their name appliqued on.  This with a new pillow was the perfect gift.  I made 11 of them.  9 for our grandchildren and a set for my husband to use when he is hunting.
I also tried out a little "wool applique", making this pumpkin pillow from a kit, for my kitchen bench.  Although that bench looks completely different now, since we have changed-up our kitchen during the Summer (pictures of finished product to come).  I worked on this pillow while we were on a hunting trip to Texas, where I also knit Lumberjack Socks  for my husband's birthday.

Then I launched into the knitting of a Derica Kane Sweater, and an  Effervescence Cardigan.  Both knit in conjunction with a Custom Fit Pattern.




Well, that should certainly be enough over-load for now . . . but, I'll be back soon, with pictures of my newly styled kitchen, my Summer knitting projects, and what I'm working on now.


September 12, 2016

I'm back . . . . . .

Summer has been busy, busy, busy . . . . for me.  Thus, my neglect of blogging.  But I'm back, just in-time to dive into Fall and Christmas knitting.

You may think I've gone through a knitting slump, with the business of Summer, but that is never the case for me.  Whether vacationing, camping, or working like crazy at my full-time job or just in the garden . . . I am ALWAYS knitting.

Here are the sweaters I've been knitting on this Summer:
This short cardigan was based on "Flame Stitch Cardigan", designed by Shirley Paden.  The actual pattern came from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2005.  I knit mine of Wollemeise Twin in Rust.  I didn't like the way the pattern was written, so I took the flame stitch design, and created my own sweater design, with the ultimate goal to have a sweater that looked very similar to the original.  I'm really happy with the outcome.  It fits perfectly.  I knit the sweater to wear with a dress I received from my children for Mother's Day.  A black and creme batik print.  However, I ran out of yarn before I could knit the sleeves and ended up making it into a vest.  This could not be worn with the desired dress, so I spent most of the Summer waiting for more yarn to be dyed in the same color.  I guess I'll get more wear out of it next year.
This sweater came from a free pattern provided at the Knit, Wear, Love Retreat in Monterrey California.  It is "Curlew", designed by Amy Herzog.  Mine is knit of Shibui Knits Staccato and Shibui Knits Angora, held together, in the color Lime.  I thought I might have been a bit off on the fit, but now that I look at the picture of Amy in the pattern, mine has the perfect fit.  This sweater was knit from cuff to cuff.  A completely different method for me.  Knit in this direction, the sweater stretchiness is from top to bottom.  I'll have to get used to this, as if feels strange when you are wearing it.
This cardigan was based on "Sunshower Cardigan" designed by Andi Satterland and purchased through KnitPicks.  Mine is knit from Wollemeise Twin.  The pattern was constructed from the top down and I knit mine from the bottom up, thus border pattern is upside-down, but I'm fine with that.  It is another short cardigan and perfect to wear with summer dresses.  

The first Knit Night of the 2016-17 season was held on the first day of September.  We'll be knitting some cute little critters as our Knit-a-long this year.  Here is my little sample for the group.  It appears there will be monkeys, elephants, bears, mice and rabbits by the end of the year.  I'll be sure to share all of the pictures when they are finished.
This is what I'm knitting on right now.  It is "Derica-Cane", designed by Bonnie Marie Burns.  However, as usual, I'm only using the lace design from the pattern, and I'm creating my own bottom-up cardigan with the a Custom-Fit pattern.  For me, this is the perfect way to get a good fit.  I'm knitting with Wollemeise Pure in the color Seaside.
Despite all of the craziness this year, we were still able to fit in a trip to the Mountain Man Rendezvous in Ft. Bridger, WY.  We had a great time, and of course, I did a lot of knitting.
I'm gearing up to do some Christmas knitting for some of my smaller grandchildren.  This little cardigan is: "Gingersnap", designed by Kristen Rettig.  It is a free pattern, and perfect for using up all of the yarn scraps in your stash.  I'm planning four of these little darlings in a variety of colors.

Keep me posted on what you will be knitting for Christmas.  Happy Knitting!

April 29, 2016

Make, Wear, Love Knitting Retreat

A few weeks ago, my Mother and I travelled to Pacific Grove, CA to attend the Make, Wear, Love Knitting Retreat, sponsored by Amy Herzog.  I've been using Amy's Custom Fit software for several years now, and have loved the results I've gotten on sweaters I've knit for myself.  This made me so excited to finally be able to meet Amy and to take some classes from her.
The retreat setting was beautiful, at the Asilomar State Park on the Monterrey Peninsula.  It rained nearly the entire time we were there, but it was pretty just the same.

We took classes from Amy Herzog, Clara Parks, Julie Wiesenberger (Coco Knits), and Norah Gaughan.  The classes were fantastic!  In addition, there was a great fashion show, where everyone modeled their Custom Fit sweaters.
The meals were all included in the retreat cost, and the food was delicious.  We made so many new knitting friends, many of which I have been talking to in the Ravelry groups for years.  I was even a little starstruck, when Amy joined our table at lunch.  It was so fun to meet her in-person and to talk to her about her upcoming book and all of the new features to be added to Custom Fit.
The humidity made sure my hair was nice and straight, the entire time we were there, but I didn't care because I had the opportunity to meet some of the Bloggers I have been following for years.  Such as Kristen Rettig of "Knitionary", Kim McBrien Evans of "Indigo Dragonfly", and Leah of "Yarn Stylist".

Many thanks to "Wendy of Chicago".  It was so fun to meet you, and you made my day, with your compliments of the custom fit sweaters I modelled in the fashion show.  I hope to see you again, as I think we have a lot in common.
I learned so many new techniques and methods to add to my knitting.  One of my favorites was an English tailored shoulder for top-down sweater construction.  It is the perfect alternative to a raglan sleeve, or even a continguous shoulder, which I do not like (no stability to hold the garment on your shoulders).   The sample we started in class (Julie Wiesenberger's English Tailoring on Top-Down Sweaters), turned into this darling little cardigan for my Grand-daughter "Stevey".  I used the lace design on the cardigan to make her a matching bonnet.
I know it has been a while since I've blogged, but you may remember this Flame Stitch Cardigan that I had started.  It was to be a cropped, summer cardigan to wear with my sundresses.  I love the way it turned out, however, I ran out of yarn before sleeves could be knit.  I even had to pull apart my swatch to add the collar and arm bands.  As you can see, it is now a cropped vest.




Next in line, was the "The Sunshower Cardigan" by Andi Satterlund.  I loved the design of this cardigan, but didn't like the construction.  So, I have completely redesigned it, as a bottom-up cardigan, rather than the top-down, as written.  It is coming along, as I've just split for the armholes.
Here is my swatch.  It is knit of Wollemeise Pure.  I hope I have enough yarn for sleeves this time.  We'll see.

We are getting close to the end of the season for our Knit Nights.  The following are some of the completed projects from our group this year:






Some projects were knit, some crocheted, some quilted and some baked.  It has been a great year, and we have had a lot of laughs.  Next year our knit-a-long will be chosen from some cute little critters, like this bunny.  We'll be starting up again in September.  Everyone is invited.
In family news . . . my cute little twin grandchildren; "Zach and Zoey", just turned "1", along with moving into a brand new house.  

We are so excited for them.  Those little guys could unpack the boxes faster than they could be packed.  They are just two little disasters.  Zach is walking now, and Zoey can crawl faster than you could believe.  I wish their parents good luck in keeping their new house clean.  Happy Knitting . . .