Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Festivals & FOs'

I've been working a lot on both knitting and the upcoming festivals. There's this terrific Celtic vendor who makes the cutest of fairy-related items, http://www.faerieworks.biz/ and she and I have been corresponding on how we could incorporate her wares into the fiber festival. I recently asked her if she would considering making fiber-related wine bottle stoppers, e.g. sheep, balls of yarn or alpaca as toppers for the cork. She also makes these adorable signs and I was describing some knitting catchphrases that would be fun on signs, e.g. "Sheep Happens," "Yarn Pirate," "KnitWit" et cetera. And then, it occurred to me. I like Jerry Lee Lewis. Thirteen year old wives aside, he is an amazing musician and his songs have always moved me. Like a lightening bolt, my new blog sub-title was born, "Goodness! Gracious! Great Balls of Fiber."

I explained to Jen at Faerieworks that if she made me a sign like that, I'd buy it in an
instant, so here's hoping.... LOL

The finished blue-based Baby Butterfly Wrap using my Noro look-alike, Universal Classic Shades, along with a dusty blue skein of Vanna White.

A beret for my four year old second cousin, Hannah.

And my first Jester hat (for Wyatt, another second cousin & a total clown of a boy).

Friday, January 22, 2010

Snoopy Dance

Briana has finally grown into her Mason Dixon Kimono! The BSJ is still too big, but I can be
patient. (Racing off now to find new baby patterns - -lol - - see ya at Ravelry).


Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Keep Me Sane" Knitting

Here's something new and different. It's a Butterfly Baby Wrap that I found on Ravelry. There are three babies due to arrive in Spring and I've been getting ready. This is the first wrap and I used Universal Yarn/Classic Shades and Plymouth Encore. The Universal yarn looks exactly like Noro, but it's a very, very soft wool/acrylic blend.

I started and almost finished the second wrap at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA. Dad was hospitalized due to both pneumonia and dehydration. We came very close to losing him Sunday night/Monday morning and I was nothing more than a mass of quivering nerves. The knitting, literally, kept me sane. I'm so happy to say that he's on the mend and doing infinitely better!

More hospital knitting. My nephew, Tyler, wanted a ear flap hat and here it is (Lion's Brand Wool-Ease/Thick & Quick). My father suggested the tassels on top. :)

Felted & finished - - the Araucania clogs.

Happy Knitting All!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

An FO, at long last!

In the recent past, it felt like an uphill battle trying to find time to knit. I know that you can relate with the chaotic Thanksgiving & Christmas rush. Irregardless of how well you prepared (or in my case, didn't at all), something was always grasping at your free time.

I finally made some time and finished this feather & fan "lapghan" for my grandmother. It began as a baby blanket with no one in particular in mind, but my dad actually suggested gifting it to my grandmother and it clicked. Her birthday is later this month.

This was my pre-Christmas rush project. I've done several cabled neck warmers for assorted
friends and family.

And I had a "request." My boss asked for felted clogs (I gave her a pair a few years ago). Linda picked out the yarn (Araucania & Universal worsted) and believe me, the picture doesn't do the colors justice. It hope it felts up easily and retains the colors well.

One more clog to go and then I'm diving into "Baby Butterfly Wraps." It's an adorable little pattern I found on Ravelry.

Stay warm & happy knitting,


Monday, January 04, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone. I hope 2010 is an incredible year for you and yours!