Thursday, December 12, 2013

Another giveaway to enter!
OOO, very pretty yarn!  This is from FIESTA yarns, their Gracie.  Jump on it, like a duck on a june bug!  (Remember what I said about being lucky?)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Only two more weeks

Groan!  I don't know how I'll ever finish what I want to make for the dept.  I've discovered another method of making the ruffly scarves, using a spool knitter (I know!  Who'd a thunk it!), which Disco loves to use.  I then offered her $2.00 for every scarf she could finish.  So she went off and found her smaller spool knitter, and has been happily making I-cord for two days.  I don't recall asking for I-cord.  I'm not yet ready to throw in the towel, but I am stopping at the library on the way home...mixed messages, much? 
Laws, look what I did!  I won another blogger giveaway!  Just two days ago I got a Harmony Guide to Edgings, from Lara Smoot ( [love her name...]).  And the same day, I read torirot's stitches ( found out that she drew my comment for a free pattern!  I chose her Blomekrans Vest, which is just fabulous and looks like it'll be a ton of fun.  So folks, I'm lucky -- you'd better follow this blog, the luck might rub off.
We have not put up a single holiday decoration yet, except for the Santa mobile that always hangs over the bookcase (too hard to get to, to take it down!), and a little shelf-sitter by the front door.  But today I found the cutest idea for using old greeting cards for ornaments, and I think I'll have to put that to use. 
Gotta run!  Happy holidays!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Carpe that diem

This is our little ginger cat, TomTom, modeling a baby hat I made a while back.  He totally rocks a hat.  I have been busy busy, but there aren't enough hours in the day for the knitter wanting to make holiday gifts for all & sundry.  And I have a commission to start immediatly after the holiday rush:  a coworker would like a nice heirloom sweater for a grandson!  I showed her some pics of the Gramps Cardigan ( by Kate Oates, and she was enthralled -- as I was, when I first saw this darling cardigan!  So, I bought the pattern, and then we looked at yarns, and now there are six skeins of Knit Picks City Tweed DK  calling my name.  This is such an adorable cardi for kids, I can hardly wait to get it started.  Over Thanksgiving weekend, I went to JoAnn & got a different ribbon and some bigger snaps for the Bunny Hop, and will try to finish that this weekend.  I'd really like the Princess to have her sweater before Christmas.  Also, it's filling a very large project bag, which I'd like to have for my Aidez (which will be postponed until I get the Gramps done -- Le Sigh!).  And sometime this coming year I will make a cardigan for the Plaidman; likely something by Martin Storey as I like a lot of his designs.  To recap: I'm committed (or  I oughta be...) to knitting not one or two but three cardigans in the foreseeable future.  Dang, this is exactly why I wanted to learn to knit!  I love love love sweaters.  I've been knitting for what, about 10 years now?  and the Bunny Hop is the first "real" sweater I've knit.  Oh, I've made shrugs, anybody can make a shrug--just knit a long rectangle, and sew the ends into cylinders for 10-12" -- but I'd never knit a sweater with actual sleeves.  The Knitter has arrived.