Monday, December 31, 2007

2007 Year in Review

When you do all the knitting you think it would be more and actually it was. I never took pictures of the three sweaters I made for bazaars and sold 2 actually. I also have two pairs of socks I made for myself I haven't photographed either and one more doily I made for my brother's girlfriend for christmas.

I am proud of myself though. I think I pushed myself and excelled at knitting this year. This was the year of fair isle and cables for sure.

Now for resolutions. I resolve to not have any this year! I never keep them, so why bother right! Last year I was going to loose 80 lbs by this time. That didn't happen I don't think I lost any weight actually I did loose 10 pounds right before thanksgiving and I haven't put that weight back on through the holidays so that makes me happy. I am however stronger, I can play more with my kids before I get tired and I am more muscular so that is a fair trade.

So what is in store for next year? I think this next year will be the year of lace. I have already cast on for the shallowtail shawl and having fun with that. I have a fair amount of lace yarn to play with so it should be fun. I am also going to attempt to trudge through my WIP pile. We'll see how that goes with me being a cast on slut.

Well over and out for 2007 hello 2008!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

A Question For You Knitters?????


My daughter is having surgery in a week and a half! Wow I just realized this was sneaking up on us. So her surgery is only 2 hours but.... she will be in the hospital at least two days. I am going to be staying in the hospital with her in her room.

I am thinking about items to keep us both busy. Her list is easy but I am trying to think of what knitting projects I should bring while she is resting or watching DVDs.

Socks of course are easy but should I bring a bigger project? Will I get bored with socks? What if I run out of knitting? Will I die? Am I a bad mother for thinking of what to knit when I should be worried about my daughter?

I have always wanted to knit the Swallowtail Shawl from Interweave Knits and I have the issue and the yarn maybe I should start that? From what I hear it is a fast easy knit maybe I could finish it in the time I am there? With my 3 doily projects that I did for christmas gifts I think I can handle that project.

I also have the yarn and pattern for the Knit Picks Telemark Ski Sweater but maybe that is too much of an extensive project to bring with me?

I am also working on a baby sweater maybe I should just bring that?


Saturday, December 22, 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Note To Self .....

Don't start christmas knitting the second week of December.

I have 2 more gifts to finish. I think I can I think I can. One is a doily for my mother that is in progress and the other is a hat for Paul which technically can be done in a day with a sore wrist afterward.

Friday, December 14, 2007


We did our annual visit to see Santa last weekend. Riley got a little star struck and couldn't tell Santa about the barbie that she wants and has been talking about non-stop since October. It was reminiscent of Ralphie's visit in A Christmas Story.

Jake didn't want to have anything to do with Santa again. Can you see Paul hiding behind Jake?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

One Down

I thought I wasn't going to do a lot of knitting for christmas this year because I thought I had knit all I could for people in years past but I forgot about DOILYS!

This one is for my mother-in-law. I attempted this one a few years ago and I used too large of thread with too small of needles and it just didn't turn out right. Now that I am a more experienced knitter I am proud to give this as a gift.

It only took me a few days so I think I will make a few more as gifts. I know my mother and grandmother would love one.

Oh I should say where I got the pattern ;) This is from the FIrst Book of Modern Lace Knitting. It is the large doily from the Valentine Design. The only modifications I made besides picking thread and needles in the guage I wanted to knit in was changing the crochet edging. The edging calles for a lot of chains which makes more loops on the end. (something like 3st 9ch twice then 3 st 7 ch twice all the way around). I lessened it considerably (3st, 3hdc, 3st, 3ch 1dc into 3 loops, 3ch all the way around) and I am very happy with the outcome.