Thursday, December 22, 2005

Will I or will I not.....

make Christmas.
Will all the gifts be in their boxes, wrapped with names and cards?
Will they even all be off the needles or hooks?
Why that is part of the fun, leaving it until the nail bitting, hurried end.
And with the house 1/2 full of Seattle travel gear that has not been returned to the proper place.
And of course none of the food purchased, or even for that matter well planned for Christmas dinner.
And decorations, well - who needs decorations when there are family conversations to be had.
Who's worried, not me.
Merry Christmas.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Christmas Shrug

I made this shrug as a Christmas present for my sister, I wanted to suprise her but then had doubts....what if she doesn't like. So I showed it to her. She likes it :)

But I'll hold on to it until Christmas!

I found the pattern on knitting pattern central - here is the link: I'm very grateful to the creative person who wrote out the pattern!!

I made it with Debbie Bliss Merino Chunky that I had in my stash. I had been wondering what to do with it. It was almost perfect, but I ran out of it on the sleeves! I bordered them in Debbie Bliss SuperCashmerino. Wow - that is a really nice yarn. I wish I could make a sweater in that - but that would be very pricy!

I am definately going to make more of this pattern for my nieces - but with less expensive yarn. I have some some woolease chunky that I think will work great.

Friday, December 02, 2005


Can you guess my new knitting obsession - socks! Now that I have learned both magic loop and 2 needle method - I have a perfect portable project. DPs didn't work for me - they would always fall out while I was out and about. 2 circs or ML works great! Now I Loooove socks. The Paton's Classic Merino pair is for my grandma and the other one is made in magic strips and for me. It's a bit loose in the cuff, although it snugged up in the foot area. I'll have to wear it and it's mate w/ my clogs :)

Monday, November 28, 2005

A few more

Gift scarf in Moda Dea Dream yarn. Edit to post - the yarn is Aeire not dream :)

Poncho in Moda Dea Dream yarn. Sooo soft and yummy - but a bit too big :( Got to figure out how to make it smaller. so I can give it as a gift.

Yet another gift scarf - in baabaajoees. long and warm...

Too busy to blog!

I have been busy! Mostly too busy with work, and destessing with crochet and knitting. So I haven't blogged like I should. Here are some picks of my handiwork.

Gift scarf made out of soft stripping yarn.

Scrap lap robe granny square made out of yarn scraps. I can't believe how soft it is. I have to make another one of these.

Gift scarf made out of Alpaca yarn, yummy and soft!

Gift scarf made out of moda dea yarn.

Gift scarf made out of Mountain Colors sock yarn, double strand.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Two more

Two more. One in Cascade 128, one in Sassy stripes! :)

Monday, October 24, 2005

Addicted to scarves

I'm addicted to knitting these little scarves.

This newest scarf just a double rib made out of Wool-Ease for Jason. I've been working on it a while as it's not the most fun thing in the world to knit a double-rib scarf. :) But it's finally finished :)

I've made another one for my mom and ran out of yarn on the point!! And it's the shop that is going out of business. I thought I had 2 balls, but it turned out one ball as 4 ply and one was 8 ply. Same color - but look & weight was different. :(

Saturday, October 22, 2005

More scarves

This is one for Jason and one for me :) Jason's is in Simply Soft, and mine is in Lorna's Laces Shepard Worsted. A truly wonderful yarn. Soft and not itcy - also a superwash wool.

I also scored a major stash win today. A local shop had 40% off due to the location they are at going out of business. With only 1 week's notice!! I'm sad they are going away, but very happy for the bargains!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Koigu scarf

Ymmmmmm - I made a version of the scarf in Koigu KPPPM - double-stranded. Oh, it's yummy. I think I might keep this version as a gift to me :)

Monday, October 17, 2005

Back to the beach

We went to the beach for a Come to Christ Conference - our church's annual conference. Colin and the kids got to go with my sister & her family and my parents. I was not feeling well this trip - so didn't go.

Here's the family!!

More photos on a

More gifts!!!!

I found the coolest scarf pattern - these are quick, cute and practical. I will definately be making more of these! HEre's a link if you want to purchase it from the creator:

I made mine with Lion Wool print - Autumn something or other:

And I also have been making some feather n fan scarves. This is the first one I finished! It was made with baabaajoes - I just love the colors!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

More fingerless mitts

I'm almost done with my matching glove with the long cuff - but I found this easy pattern and had to play with it. I added ribbing, but other than that it's simple and easy :) My daughter wants her own pair. A good way to use up scrap yarn :)

Link to pattern:

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Still crocheting and knitting

With my WIP bin overflowing and not much actually getting finished - I had to try some quick projects just so I can say something was complete. My daughter's sweater is giving me fits because when I BO at the bottom it was too tight! My LYS is going to help me, but I need to find time to swing by and seek out assistance.

I have been admiring fingerless gloves and found a pattern I wanted to try - so I knitted one last night and today. It was quick and satisfying, now I just have to compelte the other one.

I made it with Inca Alpaca which is really, really soft. I love the yarn!

And I also had some alpaca yarn I was dying to try so I crochet this scarf. I miss crochet!

Ignore my feet in the photo! I am crocheting a coordinating hat to match the scarf and I have some finishing to do on the gloves - I have to thread in some yarn and add a flower to the wrist area. It it is a little more loose than ideal - so next time I will have to check my guage first!! Bad I know - I'm terrible at checking the gauge before charging ahead!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Gotcha Dad!!!

We had a suprise party for my dad. Unfortuantely most of my pictures turned out too dark - who ever used my camera must have turned off the flash. I had to lighten this picture. But let's just say dad went down - hard :) It was a lot of fun and I'm glad we were able to celebrate dad's 60 years!

Janeen's sweater

I am using a top-down book to make sweaters. After making my son a sweater (which I still have not finished!!) I got very sick of sewing. The book I am using knits from the top down and there is really no sewing - it's great and fast. Here is my progress on her sweater. The first picture shows how you start the top and proceed through the shoulders. The second shows afte I started a sleeve and am amost to the ribbing in the body. Isn't it cool! Nothing has been sewed in! Here is the website for the book I used - Sweaters for Everyone: The only thing I am not happy with is a purl much looser than I knit - so when I switched to knitting in the round the patter is much tighter and you can see it in the fabric below :(

Friday, September 02, 2005

A letter to my representatives and president

I have been so increasingly angry the past few days, that I had to let my representatives and president know. I hope they have had fun spending money on highways and pet projects the past few months - and can now pull that money back to do some real work.

Here is my letter:

I have been extremely dissappointed with the response of the federal government to this tragedy. It appeared that we responded faster to war in Afganistan and Iraq, as well as for Tsunami victims then our own citizens. This could very easily be any city in America with a natural, nuclear or terroist event. It is a disgrace, and I would like to request my representative to become involved in fixing this so we are never as embarassed by how poorly we can take care of our citizens again.

I do not accept the blaming of the victims. Most who did not leave could not leave. I do not accept the slaps on the back from FEMA and other agencies because while they have done their best (apparently) their best was not enough and that is not what we pay them to do. We pay them to be able to execute - quickly - to address emergencies that local goverments cannot handle. The fact that they have been so ineffective in this instance is inexcusable. They need to find leadership for FEMA and Homeland Security that can be effective in a time of need as we so clearly have had in the past week.

I have summited it - and if you feel equally as disappointed you can contact your congressperson and president there as well.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

On a Lighter Note...

You are elegant, withdrawn, and brilliant.Your mind is a weapon, able to solve any puzzle.You are also great at poking holes in arguments and common beliefs.
For you, comfort and calm are very important.You tend to thrive on your own and shrug off most affection.You prefer to protect your emotions and stay strong.

These are my test results folks. Those of you that know me - is this true?

Did we not learn anything with 9/11?

This is a bit of a rant, but I have got to get it off my chest...

As a nation did we not learn anything during 9/11? The so called hurricane effort is the most pathetic excuse of a response I could have imagined. Let's hope we do not have a major terroist attack, because if this is any indication the reponse will be useless.

I think the Americas who are bonding together to help are tremendous. HOwever, the very slow coordination of goverment response is astounding. Apparently - different agencies rarely plan for emergencies together. How could we have so quickly moblized in Afganistan and Iraq for a war - but not get at least 1 meal and water to those stuck in New Orleans, Louisana, Mississipi and Alabama. There is a huge body of water by which supplies can be shipped in, one would think. And in 4 days why aren't there military ships with supplies on hand?

I just don't understand - it does appear that anything was learned after 9/11. What in the word have they been meeting about for the past 4 years. It's just amazing to me. There is no excuse.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

It's only water..........

Like everyone else in America - I have been glued to the TV watching the aftermath of Katrina. It is horrific. It makes me think about the few things that really matter - God, my family, my health, water, food, the basics.

We have friends, that are now homeless and jobless. Their children will remember their early years as ones where they moved to a new town & home. However, they are so upbeat. They are just thankful to be alive.

I don't have any profound thoughts to share. I don't feel like talking about much at all. It is a time of reflection and prayer for me. It's a time of sadness - as I pray that those stranded are able to safely leave the city. It is a time of sadness because it also appears that some of the worse traits of humanity are making life even more miserable for others as looting and fear are unleased in the Big Easy. However, we also see the best of people in those who are tireless working to save others. I just wish I could do something, I feel so helpless to do anything except donate what we can and pray for the people of the Gulf coast.

Monday, August 29, 2005

How many more do I need to make?

I'll be more than ready to stop making purses after December of this year!! I've enjoyed making bags and felting, but I can tell I need some more challenges. These bags sat for a while before I got the energy to felt them. So much boiling of water, checking to see the felting, etc. Especially since I have a front-load washing machine which I love for everything except felting.

The first phots are the bags before felting - the smaller SnB bag is in Painter's Palette - a very nice chuncky merino. The 2nd SnB bag - is in Galaway, a green color, and BaaBaajoes - the varigated that is created the stripes. The gift bag is in BaaBaajoes. I love the NZ Woolpak BaaBaajoes and how it felts and stripes. I have to make a sweater in it for me once I get done with these gifts.

I miss crochet so much. I have been knitting these bags - but I was jones for crochet so I have started 3 shawls!! I guess I need to add shawls to my gift list to justify it :) But I really needed to crochet again. It is so much faster for me, and I love the way the stitches look. Crochet will always me my first love.

This second photo are the bags after felting - and stuffed with towels so they keep their shape. The gift bag actually felted together - front to back :(, and the cotton yarn I put in to keep the eyelets open also felted into the wool! That BaaBaajoes is a strong, strong felting yarn!

Friday, August 19, 2005

On Vacation

We just got back from a week - yes, a week - away on vacation. We signed up earlier this year with bluegreen vacations and took full advantage of it! This was our second trip where we combined 2 free days in Charleston with using our 'points' in Myrtle Beach for 5 days. It was our first time in Charleston with the kids, and fun but don't think we will take the kids back. It is not as kid friendly as Tennesse or Myrtle Beach is. But it still was nice, very nice place that Lodge Valley Inn was.

In Myrtle Beach - Colin and kids was able to go to the beach. I'm not really a beach person, so I shopped for Colin's Birthday during the time.

I also completed a shawl - I like this pattern it is knitted from side to side instead of from top to bottom so there are few stiches to cast on or cast off. Very neat! I used eco wool, and it is so soft. Doesn't feel itchy at all - I really like this wool. Shaina is the model!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

A bubble bag for me!

I decided to take a break from making Christmas bags and make a bag for me. I love the bubble bag, thought it would make a great project bag. So that is what I made! I mixed Eco wool in black and Noro brown/gray/cream mix. I love the results. Here is bag before and after felting.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Felted Peppermint Bag

I call this little beauty peppermint, because she looked like a peppermint before I felted her. But she blended nicely once felted. I'm happy and hope my friend likes her!

More Presents

I have been busy making Christmas presents!

One super cute project is felted gift bags. I found the pattern on http://knittingpatterncentral, here is the link:

Here are some of them felted and before felting. The blue and white thread is to keep the eylets open.

I love this pattern - very very easy, but very pretty. And practical. You can use as a gift bag, but someone can then use later on for a sachet, or to carry jewelry or any small item. So it is a bag and gift in one!

And I love the colors in the Noro yarn, it was my first project using Kuryeon.

My other project is another bag for one of my friends - she likes red - so I made this one especially for her. This is it pre-felted:

I'm felting it and the gift bags now - I'll update once completed!

Friday, July 29, 2005

I'm still here!!!

We have been on vacation and travelling and getting buried at work - so I have been neglecting my blog. But never fear, not neglecting knitting, crochet and stash building!!

I took my yarn with me on vacation. I had one whole bag dedicated to my projects. Poor hubby had to lug my yarn bag each place we went to on vacation!!! He kept asking me - tell me again what you have in here?!? I just couldn't bear to part with my WIPs!

I did finish another bag that will be a Christmas gift. A felted green bag. I really love that pattern, and really am attracted to green this year. I considered keeping it - but decided to keep it as a gift!

Not much else to show - I have a ton of WIP that I just need to buckle down and finish. I did have one WIP I wanted to post. My first sweater! I decided to use the Brownsheep book that just gives a generic pattern that you can use with any yarn depending on gauge. I am using Muench Tessin yarn. Love the yarn and the way it is knitting. As you can see I'm down to just one sleeve!

The kids loved their vacation. As a family we really, really needed to get away. It was a breath of fresh air to us all. We visited Dollywood, which I wasn't sure if we would like, but the kids loved it. It is truly a kids park, not lots of big rides (which is fine with me!) but a lot of kids activities. We ran into two big thunderstorms, but since it cooled the air down that wasn't bad either. We will definately go back to the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area again.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Here is the lining in the knitted bag. Posted by Hello

And I got this new knitted bags book. It is soo cool, I am going to have lots of fun with this book. This clutch was in teh book, it was super quick. the patter called for kid mohair, but I used Wildfoote (1 strands). The gauge worked out fine. I also lined it.... Posted by Hello

I absolutely copied this idea from - the Crochet Buffet. My daughter was making paper burgers, and I remembered her site so I decided to make her a play burger. Of course Jason wanted one too! Posted by Hello

Sunday, June 26, 2005


Guilty!! This is how I found my son after walking into the family room from being in the bedroom for a while. I thought he was playing peacefully. He was playing alright. Look at the evidence on his legs and face. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury ------ Guilty!!!! Posted by Hello