Thursday, February 8, 2018

Mystery Solved! And a Finish

Is it possible to have SMS (second mitt syndrome) along with the other issue called SSS?  Well, silly me joined a mystery mitt KAL last month, and now I have a pretty mitt that needs a mate.  However, this little critter gave me some grief, so its friend will just have to wait in time out while I work on some other stuff.

Here's the culprit.  It was good practice on attaching beads with a crochet hook as well as using Vikkel (Estonian) braid on something other than a hat.  While its mate hibernates, I am going to work on some hats for the GK as well as some "what was I thinking" sock KALs.  Here's one hat all finished, and more about the sock projects in another post.

The littlest Miss picked out the pom pom. I'm hoping to finish four more hats for the rest of the GK before our family trip to CO at the end of well as those Sock KALs.  When will I learn?

Remember this?  Well, this over-performing plant now looks like this.  It's going crazy, isn't it? This photo is from a few days ago, and now there are even more blossoms open. Stalk number three is almost as tall as the other two, and hardly has room to open.  Stay tuned.  (And have a great weekend!)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Finishes! Yay! And a Green Surprise ~

As of today we have a teenage grandson!  How that happened so quickly is a mystery. It seems like just yesterday we got the phone call announcing his arrival.  (And in the interim we have been blessed with  four more grandchildren as well.)

These socks in the colors he requested last summer when we were together were part of his birthday package.  I hope they still fit, as we've heard rumors of how quickly he is growing!

This is the second hat that I've made from this pattern, this time for our son-in-law's birthday. It's a fairly quick knit.

Lately  I've been trying to complete some of my numerous UFOs like this pair of socks. (As you can see sock 2 doesn't quite match up but no one will see that toe in my shoes.  Although it doesn't look like it, they are the same size.  Sock #1 just slithered down the sock blocker while drying.)  I fell in love with this yarn color the minute I saw it!  The pattern is free on Ravelry, and I've used the SKYP stitch on lots of other socks. It's a winner.

This crazy amaryllis was a Christmas gift from our kind neighbor, and I just had to share it.  Have you ever seen an amaryllis with 3 blooms? Who knew what was in that bulb? I guess it's making up for the one I bought last year that had no blossom at all!  Have a wonderful weekend.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Fun Projects!

In a recent post I mentioned joining several KALs. (What? With all the other UFOs awaiting me?)  Well, I did, and even added a third one to work on during the Olympics.  Thankfully, that one doesn't start until next month.

Every January Wendy of Knitters Brewing Company features a sock KAL, and every year the pattern gets more interesting, er....... challenging.  This year celebrates her 10th year of doing this and started officially yesterday.  This is about half of my cuff, and I have no idea where it's going next.

Then, I happened onto another KAL for mitts, thanks to Tanna. (She has a really nice blog!)  I'm anxiously waiting for Clue 2 tomorrow and have decided to only tackle one mitt at a time.

My awesome sister made this pillowcase for me for Christmas.  Click on the photo to see the details as it's a great fabric for knitters.  (And she knows my favorite color is red!) She also made pillowcases for all of her seven grandkids. Isn't she amazing?

And besides that, she knit this fabulous scarf for me!  She's one crafty person, that's for sure. Isn't it great to receive something handmade just for you?  Hope you all are looking forward to a good week!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Two Birthdays Down, and Two to Go!

Three birthday gifts have been delivered, and two have been opened.  One is still on the needles and not "due" until the end of the month.  The recipient of number three has wonderful self-control and chose to wait till his real stay tuned for that reveal.

This is the vest I made for Max, and much to my surprise he immediately put it on!  It fits with room to grow. (The pattern fits sizes 2-8 and is an uncomplicated knit.)

It's hard to believe that this little guy is now six!  We had a fun time on Saturday watching him play with the Magic Tracks that were also a part of his gift.  He's in kindergarten now and learning to read.  In fact he read the book that we gave him to me when he took a break from playing.  Happy Birthday, Max.  May this be the best year yet with many more to come!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year! And One More December Finish, Too.

Why did I wait until today to post New Year's greetings?  Well, it's like this: in our family there are 3 birthdays after Christmas, one on the 28th, one today, and yet another on the 10th, quickly followed by one more on the 29th! So, you see, I've been knitting like a crazy woman.

This cowl has been delivered already.  It's a quick fun pattern from Darn Knit Anyway and was a great way to use a large button already in my collection.  Here's a close-up of the button which is one of my favorites ever.

The gifts for the next two birthdays are done, but I can't post them until next week after they've been delivered.  In case you're wondering, our snow is GONE!  The photo on my header is witch hazel which blooms here in January; there are several of these bushes/trees we see on one of our walking routes.  And in case you're interested, my goals for 2018 are to finish:12 WIPs along with 12 sock WIPs, most of which are missing sock # 2, and to finish some cross stitch projects along with some quilts that are just minus their binding. Wish me luck!  

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Happy Boxing Day!

Out front

Without a doubt, this was one of the most unusual Christmases ever.  First, I did something to my back that caused me to bail out of our choir singing, and then it snowed on Christmas Eve and into Christmas Day. (On the radio today they said it was the first time ever that it has snowed here for two days in a row!) Today, however, I am once again upright and felt well enough to do my usual Tuesday afternoon at the hospital teaching knitting.  I worked with four moms-to-be who are spending the holidays in the hospital, so who am I to complain? As promised I have some finishes to share:

Booties for a friend's new grand daughter,

several scarves,

a hat,

And a Monster named Louie. (If you've never tried one of Rebecca Danger's monsters, you should, as they are FUN!  Now, I need to get back to the needles.  There are four birthdays coming right up before the end of January, one on the day after tomorrow and two before January 11th. Yikes!

Our Backyard

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Finally a Post!

Wow, I don't think I've ever gone almost a month without posting anything!  And I've not been very good at keeping up with everyone else's posts either.  It's been very busy here though.  I have a few projects completed but can't share them till after Christmas, but I can
update you on a few things.

Last month we watched our youngest grandson sing as his school glee club honored veterans.  It was a fun, inspiring morning!

I finally finished this aged UFO but won't reveal how long ago it was started.  Maybe I'll even wear it next summer?

On the Friday before Veteran's Day weekend, a friend and I attended the Block Party Quilters' annual show.  This small quilt was done by a talented friend in our small quilt group.

There are way too many other photos for one post, but this one was one of my favorites and appropriate for the season. 

This little tank top hopped off my needles just in time for our littlest grand daughter to wear it in their annual Christmas photo with Santa.  (This year is the first photo where both kids were smiling, not crying, and I'm sure Santa appreciated that!)

Every year in Seattle there's a display of gingerbread "houses".  And every year the creations have been more elaborate and less like houses.  This year's theme was "Seattle Then and in the Future". ( Donations are given to support research for Juvenile Diabetes.) We never fail to be amazed at the creativity.  Here are two of our favorites:

Can you even imagine the amount of flour, sugar and candy are used in these?

Well, that's about it for now.  I will show the rest of my completed projects next week.  For once one of my Christmas cacti plants  looked at the calendar and is blooming right on schedule!

Happy Holidays!!

PS  The other thing that kept us very busy was preparing for our choir program on the third Sunday of Advent.  Have a listen if you wish.