Thursday, December 31, 2009
I've made great progress on the 2009 knitting resolutions, only leaving one 2008 item on the needles...I will revisit the Bonnie Ribbon tank top in 2010, as well as the powder blue summer top that needs some help with the sleeves...but let's not talk about what didn't get done......
The Central Park Hoodie was a big milestone, as I'd worked on that for over a year....as was Mum's blanket which I thought about, cast on and cast off in just over a month... how different projects can be! Lots of great fair isle hats, some for family and friends, some for our church bazaar charity. Thirty four finished projects ~ not bad at all!!! Plus I've posted on this blog almost every day, only missing a few days last January....
The best part of my knitting this year was the Sock Summit experience with my friends. A delightful time in a yarn and knitting paradise with long time friends and those we just met yet felt we'd known forever.... Happy New Year to you all, and the best of knitting in 2010!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Check out this Christmas sock yarn with the tinsel built right in! How fun is this!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Not in time to wrap them up for an "under the tree surprise" for Christmas, but still done in 2009, so that is good news for all. They turned out very nicely, although pooling and zig zags, but sweetie E loves them just the same as if they were perfectly striped or patterned in a logic way....
Plus, I think sweetie E is very pleased, as these are the first socks I've knit for her...
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Such a great game to watch ~ tied for most of it seemed, then up by 2 and down by 2... still able to knit the ribbing on these socks... I'm making progress on them...bit by bit...
then Michigan State lost.... to Texas... ug.... Come On Spartans!!!!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
It is from my local yarn shop... Cultured Purls...I have high hopes that it might be for me...
Please, Santa, please.....
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
We ate little finger sandwiches, crab pastries, raspberry tarts, chocolate truffles and mini-pineapple upside down cakes.
We used silver serving dishes and silver tongs, and Virginia wore a vintage black velvet dress with beaded shoulders and yoke. It was a perfect way to relax with friends this afternoon ~ a wonderful Christmas tradition....
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
My fingers and eyes were getting a wee bit tired of knitting socks tonight, so I cast on with size 11 needles. I'm using Comfort Bulky, and the pattern Zig and Zag Pram Blanket by Debbie Orr and have only knit a few rows. Very nontraditional yarn colors for a baby, but I like them since they are bright and happy....Joy, Joy, Joy.....
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
and we had fun.....in the picture below, you can see my mum's wonderful bread bowl that works like a charm! It is a 'real' bread bowl with that beautiful brown stripe...
some laughs as well....hey, check out her apron, as I made it years ago when I was a quilter....
yummy, I can almost smell the fresh baked bread!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Although the Christmas tree has 'only' lights on it ~ no decorations ~ I decided to relax anyway, as 'tis the season for Joy Joy Joy.....and I needed a bit of knitting time for my Joy!
The netting you see is the 'yarn bra' that keeps the yarn from tangling with the other ball ~ while I'm knitting one heel turn, the other ball is put in the other sock to keep it out of the way, another tip from Queen Kahuna! I hope you are taking some time for knitting joy this holiday season!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I'm not sure what Shadow is checking for, but she sits on each one, and appears very relaxed...perhaps she would like these to remain as our door mat?
Here is Bennie, still fascinated by our tree....
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I've never darned a sock, and now wished I would have asked Marion move details about her "darn it" class at Sock Summit... but I did not...
But, I think I did ok...even though there are no directions in my Knitters Companion (which was a sad surprise, as I thought everything was supposed to be in there!?) I would show you the final darning job, but sweetie H is wearing them already....so that is good news!!!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
The "other blanket" on oh-so-smooth rosewood needles... (a theme here?)
Here, with our little Cougar fan.....
A lovely scarf that has such beautiful yarn that I didn't notice the needles ~ I love those deep blues and greens and it is oh-so-soft yarn too.... lovely, and a gift for this month ~ knit knit knit on!!!
Did I mention we also celebrated a December birthday! Hurrah!!
We had a blast ~ thanks again to Sue for being such a great hostess and letting us stay until the wee hours!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The Mobeius (not sure how spell check will handle that one) of 100% natural alpaca....this received a standing ovation, plus a few awards from the crowd. It is stunning....Hurrah to Debi!
The Lacy Scarf on size bazillion needles ~ incredible that such honking needles can produce such a lacy feast of fibre...beautiful beautiful beautiful ~ we are all thinking about knitting one of these....who gets those needles next?
P.S. The creative force behind this piece of lacy goodness is our amazing Holiday Hostess. She has been voted in as Annual December Yarn Yoga Hostess ~ we had a delightful time! Thanks Sue!