Sunday, January 23, 2011

Christmas Knitting


Irish Hiking Scarf for my brother Chris. I used chunky wool so I CO 30 stitches and had two cables.
Bag from Hakucho - great pattern, I highly recommend it. I want to make many more to use as gift bags for next Christmas and for birthdays throughout the year. On this one I did a stockinette top, but I prefer the pattern as it is written. The only thing I didn't mind in this one, I added an extra repeat round as I knew that I needed a bit more room.
For a dear friend for Christmas - Shaelyn Shawl, I absolutely love this shawl, great pattern.
My second Shaeylyn, this time for my Mom. I did hers in KnitPicks Stroll Tonal and sock. It's named FrogPrincess for the colours. She absolutely loved it, I'm so happy!
Here is the first bag I made, I followed the directions to a T, I'm very happy with it. It held my sisters Christmas gift this year, she was thrilled that hers was the gift in the knitted bag.
Irish Hiking Scarf for my brother Mattty, this one is just like the one for Chris, the only difference is the colour.
For Judy, my Dad's new wife - single cable scarf. I like it ok, if I did it again I would use a different wool and make it a bit wider. I do like the asymmetrical look of the cable down the side.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January Knitting

 Here is my first 'me' knitting of 2011. I am knitting myself my 3rd February Lady Sweater. This time it's in Cascade 220 dip dyed, Cranberry. I love this colour. I had made another in Dream in Colour Smooshy and I do get a lot of wear out of it. I bought this yarn while on holiday with my sister awhile back and had every intention of it becoming a FLS but things got away from me and I ended up knitting on other projects. I also knit my younger sister one in LionBrand CottonEase, on that one I chose to make more of a short cap sleeve as I thought it would suit her better, I was right and she loved it. It's a great pattern and I'm happy to be starting another one.
 This is some 'challenge' knitting. I have had this Bella Mitten pattern since last Fall of 2009. I had thought I'd make my DD a pair for Christmas but I thought there was no way I could knit a mitten. I was working away on an EveryWayWrap and having no luck after having set it aside to hibernate for Christmas knitting. I had lost my place and frankly lost interest in the pattern all together. So with the same yarn I picked up my circular needles and CO for a mitten. I remembered the magic loop method fairly well and was humming along quite good. I was amazing myself. Even the thumb didn't seem daunting. When it was all finished I did see a small bit of laddering just before the thumb so I obviously need more practice.The main thing I tried it, I did it and I now know that if I want to I can do it! It feels good to know that. Now I haven't knit the mate due to the fact of the laddering I really need to start over, but that will be for another day, for now I'm just happy knowing that I challenged myself.
I have made a lot of shawls lately and I was lucky enough to have a shawl gifted to me. The bottom red shawl was knit for me by my sister and given to me as a birthday gift. I went there for Christmas this year, our first together in 35 years! Isn't this shawl simply gorgeous? It's also very warm and cozy for our chilly winter evenings. She knit it with Berocco Vintage
Before Christmas when I was in the midst of a ton of Christmas knitting projects my Mom asked me to knit a shawl for her MIL. Her only concerns were colour, shape and the softness of the yarn. After receiving this shawl from my Sis I knew I would try that pattern. It met the shape requirement(triangle) and I knew I could find some comfy yarn. I chose Bernat Softee Baby in Garden Ombre and Fresh Green. I began with the ombre and after it was about 10" I began to alternate 4 rows of each colour. Next I will go to 6 rows of the solid with 4 of the ombre. The bottom ribbing will all be in the Fresh Green. I hope her MIL gets a lot of use out of this.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Pay It Forward 2011 - Handmade

This morning my sister had posted a Facebook status about paying it forward with handmade goodness. What you do - be the first of five people to respond that you are in, post it as your status update. The just of it is, you agree to make something handmade for the five that comment and they agree to do the same, multiplying the handmade goodness.

Pay it forward 2011. I promise to send something handmade by me to the first five people who comment on this post that they are in on this. They in turn will post this on their status and commit to sending handmade items to the first five people to respond to their post. The rules are that you must complete this task in 2011 and it must be handmade by you.

I'm not sure who started the idea, but I'm definitely excited to be a part of it!

I'm excited about the possibilities of what to make. I've already got two ideas in mind for the first on my list.

It will be exciting to watch how it grows - I'm excited to see what everyone makes and to make the hamdmade goodies for my friends and family.

I will even pay it forward here, if you will do the same. I will make something handmade for the first three people to comment that 'they are in'. You then will agree to do this as well and must do a 'Pay It Forward' post inviting three others to comment. Sound like fun? Keep in mind that it can be anything homemade, although I knit there are a lot of crafts that interest me. Get creative and most of all have fun!I
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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

TUSAL

The 'tusal' jar, had a bit of progress. I had a bit of Christmas knitting to finish for a gift exchange for work.

Progress may slow down as I'm working on a FLS but not much else at the moment.

It's Daffycat is hosting the TUSAl, stop by to say hello and see more participants.
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Cooking with Jamie

My Dad and his wife bought my DH the Jamie Oliver 'Food Revolution' cookbook for Christmas and we've been having so much fun trying out the recipes. We've had both the beef and chicken stew and I've got ingredients to make Chicken Tikka Masala and Aloo Gobi(we love Indian food).

Tonight I made a batch of the granola it looks and smells delicious, very easy and healthy too.

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