Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What is it?

I knit the "Give it a Whirl Bag" from Creative Knitting, July 2006, with Patons Classic Merino in Rosewood (variegated) - a quick knit, finished in a day, but...I didn't like the results. It was too floppy and I didn't like the way the colors pooled. So...what to do? - throw it in a washer full of hot water of course. Now I love the way it pooled, but I don't know what it is! Is it a flower pot?

Or, is it a hat? This yarn was actually the same yarn I used on the scarf he is wearing, but it looks completely different.

Is it really just a smaller, felted version of the "Give it a Whirl" Bag?

What do you think?

Monday, February 18, 2008

President's Day/Vacation

This is winter vacation week - a much needed break for the kids and teachers! We are dogsitting this week - DD and family have gone to Florida. Now everyone say awwwww.......
Casper is a four year old Maltese and he's the best little dog! His misses his kids though.
I plan to read, knit, scrapbook, and maybe even do a little cleaning and organizing.
I'm reading Nora Robert's Birthright, which is the February Whoduknit book, and knitting the Whoduknit mystery KAL, and the Give it a Whirl Bag from Creative Knitting, July 2006. Tomorrow I'm going to a pot luck all day crop (scrapbooking) party. The cleaning and organizing has to do with my 'craft room' which I can't even walk into right now. It would be nice to be able to find things in it. But for now, it's pouring and promises to do so for the next 24 hours - so, back to my book!

Friday, February 15, 2008

I've been Tagged!

I've been tagged by Chris.

At least it is a fun--quick one - and actually I've done it before.

The Rules--

1. Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages.

2.Open the book to page 123 and find the 5th sentence.

3. Post the next 3 sentences.

4. Tag 5 people

I still have Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann (the Whoduknit January book) sitting on my computer desk because I was referring to it during our discussion. So..
"She's not stupid," murmered Miss Maple, more to herself than to any of the other sheep. "Beth's not stupid. She thinks too much of souls and not enough of human beings, but she's not stupid."

I Tag:


Thursday, February 14, 2008


We had another snow day yesterday and I thought about spending the day knitting one of these great dishcloths from Kris Knits - she has the cutest dishcloth designs on her blog! Or one of the other valentine projects I found on The Daily Chum, (Love the Daily Chum!) like the teeny meeny crochet heart or the crochet valentine box and candy. But then decided to dig out an old hobby of mine that's been neglected for a long time - scrapbooking -and I made this star Valentine album for my DD.

The kids at school were wound up tight today - Valentine's Day is one of their favorite days. They just love exchanging Valentine cards. We couldn't get out on the playground which was frozen solid so there was no running off that energy. The room mothers were in for a party with games, crafts and snacks. After finally winding down and getting them on the bus, it was wonderful to come home to a box of chocolates, flowers, and dinner cooked by DH himself! Hope your day was special too!

Friday, February 08, 2008

The Daily Chum

If you haven't visited Lime and Violet on The Daily Chum, don't waste another minute - run right over there now to find patterns like the cute Easter Egg Cozies, Rattlesnake Creek Socks, an adorable heart dishcloth, plus more, more, more, every day!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Now you see it, now you don't

I knit this illusion heart scarf for my granddaughter. Thanks to Laura's line by line pattern it was really easy. I used Vanna's Choice yarn - less than one skein each of Rose and Beige (which is really a cream color) for a 10 repeat, 50" long scarf. You can find laura's line by line instructions here,

or, if you prefer to work from a chart - you can find that here.

Monday, February 04, 2008

There is no Joy in New England

"The Patriots lost the Super Bowl. It is an alternate universe. It does not compute. It's like hearing Tony Bennett singing, "I Left My Heart in Ashtabula," or seeing a photo of Mitt Romney with his hair messed up." We still love ya' Tom!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Sunday Brunch

The rain last week washed away most of our snow (not to worry, it will be back!) and this morning we had four guests in our backyard, munching on the apples left over from the fall. We really don't see this too often since this is prime deer hunting country and they are pretty skittish, but I guess they know hunting season is over and they are safe for another year!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Groundhog Day

Punxzutawney Phil has spoken - 6 more weeks of winter! You might as well settle in and spend it knitting - maybe some of these cute hedgehogs from Fibertrends?
Or this free hedgehog pattern from lionbrand (you have to register to get this free pattern.)

If you are prone to cabin fever and live in New England you might want to check out the New England Textile Arts/SPA - Knit and Spin Retreat in Freeport Maine, February 22, 23, and 24 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Knitting Sheep

This is my project for this month's Whoduknit book, Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann. In this book sheep are the detectives, and yes, they have names and they talk! So here is "Miss Maple", the cleverest sheep in the flock taking a knitting break. The pattern for the knitting sheep is here.
My sheep is really very special because her black sweater is knit from hand spun alpaca that was sent to me by Vicki in one of the International Tote Exchanges. And, that yarn came from her very own special alpaca, Buck!