Sunday, September 12, 2010

Warm Heads, Warm Feet

These are very easy two needle slippers - one size fits all. The pattern has been around forever - you can find it here. These will probably go to nursing home patients.
I used the Norwegian Star Earflap Hat pattern on Ravelry for these hats, changing the pattern on the brown one to a puppy dog pattern, and on the white one to a textured pattern instead of using another color.
These hats are easy and fun to make and I plan to make more for Christmas presents.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Happy Birthday Jacob and Jordyn

Spectacular Seventeens!
It's not easy lighting 34 candles

And not easy blowing them all out!
Love you guys - just wish you hadn't grown up so fast!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Happy Anniversary Diana and Jayson

21 years ago.

And Through the years
You can find an instruction video of this tri-shutter card here.

And another Christmas Stocking completed (except for cross-stitching the name on it)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A little bit of Scrappin'

After being inspired at a scrapbook party I went to last week, I made a dozen of these birthday party invitations for my granddaughter, who will be turning 11 next week. It will be a beach party and sleep over at their lake house.
You pull the tab at the bottom

And the pictures flip up.

Party with Tori! The directions for this "Waterfall" card are on You-tube

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Christmas in July Continued

One more stocking finished. I'm calling these finished but I think I'm going to have to line them. There are all those stranded threads inside that stocking stuffers will get caught on. Also have to cross stitch the names on them as soon as I decide who gets which one.
These stockings have been great practice for Fair Isle knitting, and also sock knitting - especially since I only had to make one of each and not a pair!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Christmas in July

I actually finished something! Two somethings actually. These were so much fun to do. (see the details in my previous post.) I have one more to make and then I'll have the grandchildren done. Then, maybe some smaller ones for the adults.
Just finished a book by an author I haven't read before - Richard Montanari, titled The Rosary Girls. Quite gory, but a real page turner that kept me guessing until the end. I ordered the second in the series, The Skin Gods.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Christmas in July

I've been in a knitting slump recently, but then was inspired by these Christmas stockings on the Holiday Mystery Gift-along. You have to join the Yahoo group to get the patterns, but it's a fun group, and there is also a crochet version of the Christmas stockings. Terry, the designer of the knit stockings, and her husband quit their jobs, sold everything, and now live aboard their 50 foot Gulfstar Sailmaster and cruise wherever their vagabond spirits take them! You can read about their adventures on her blog. Terry is an avid knitter and designer and very generously shares some of her designs with her Yahoo Group.

This one is the textured stocking with a snowflake motif and a tree motif done so far. It's really not hard - just follow a chart with knits and purls. The heel might prove to be a little challenging if you have never knit socks before.
This one is the stranded version, with the tree motif and the deer motif done so far.

These stockings are addictive. While I'm knitting one I find myself thinking about which one I'll be knitting next. I'd like to make at least one for each grandchild, and then maybe for the rest of the family.
I've got plenty of yarn (thanks to Roni) and I'm having a lot of fun with this.
I'm still plugging away on my feather and fan shawl. Finished reading Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish, which I loved and would definitely recommend, and I'm now reading P.D. James, The Private Patient, which I am also enjoying. Both of those books are selections from my Whoduknit Group.
Hope you are all staying cool and enjoying your summer!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Knit one, crochet too

I received this yarn in a Whoduknit swap from my swap pal Claire. It's hand dyed merino wool and really soft and nice to work with. The pattern is Lionbrand's Very Easy Ripple Shawl, which is really a feather and fan pattern.
This is "Eva's Shawl" crocheted with Jo-Anns Sensation Ranbow Boucle yarn and a size I hook, instead of the lace yarn called for in the pattern. This yarn is hard to work with but I love the results - a lightweight, soft, shoulder hug that stays on. The yarn was a gift from my friend Layne, and I have enough to crochet another shawl, probably the pistachio Lace-Up shawl. (on Ravelry)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A little progress

I'm still in a knitting slump - but did manage to knit some mindless dish cloths - mostly Grandmother's favorites, with a couple more challenging designs. And, no...I don't do this many dishes. In fact I rarely do dishes at all! But they are nice to have on hand for a little gift.

And, yes, I am counting each one separately for my 52 in 52 because I'm way behind this year!

I finally found the perfect pattern for the Prism Rayon Ribbon that my niece Linda sent me. The pattern is the Panda Cotton Drop Stitch Scarf .

I added some fringe to it to show off the beautiful ribbon more.

And last (and least) is my Voodoo Doll - my own design (can you tell?).
I crocheted this as my project for my Whoduknit Group inspired by our May book, Deadly Night by Heather Graham. As you might guess the book dabbles in the occult - voodoo dolls, reading of tea leaves and palms,
and of course ghosts. It was a fun read. I had fun making the voodoo doll, but haven't decided who to use it on yet.