Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Ian's Double Cap is done
I am not sure about this pattern, I find that it really needs to be longer from cuff to crown, it looks best when the cuff is not folded.
Do like the Cat/Bat Ears though.

Have whipped out a few more hats in the last few days will share when blocked.
Hint: love Brooklyn Tweed patterns, they just work!!

Oh, have a great Halloween, don't eat too much cheap candy!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

This says it All

I have accomplished nothing on the knitting front, feel like I am a month behind on Christmas gifts.
But you can't do much when one of your knitting hands is constantly reaching for either a tissue or the NyQuil.
This will eventually be a Double Cap for Ian if I ever feel well enough to finish it.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Treats for Me

A week or so ago I discovered these on my pillow as I was going to bed.
You may not be able to see it clearly but it says "treats for my mom" up in the right hand corner.
These were obviously a present from my dog "Toulouse".

They are my favorite thing to have with a cup of strong hot coffee.

I first discovered these treats as a child at my grandmother house, she and my grandfather always had bowls of Brach's candy at the ready.

As much as love the artisan truffles at The Chocolate Garden, there is just something about Maple Nut Goodies that remind me of happy childhood times.
And, I made this bag last 5 days.

The last time I had them was in Feburary at Jill's, she knows my weakness for cheap candy and all the horrid stories that go along with them.

Boston Baked Beans anyone?

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Can I just say.....

how fun this was to knit!

Back to cast on more!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

On the Needle & Wire

Today I began knitting with wire.
This is something I have wanted to try for quite some time.
My inspiration is Rosemary Hill.

Her designs with wire and yes, with yarn are stunning. So looking forward to receiving her book that I preordered on Amazon today.

So I have strung the beads and now it is just a matter of finding the right tension to actual knit.

How fun!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Cali's Recorder Case

Cali is our secretary's daughter and is learning the Recorder this year at school.
After carrying it around in it's basic vinyl case, she asked her mom if she thought I could make her something pretty.
Cali is also known by her good friends as "Princess Cali".
I had her come into the store and we talked about what colors she would want and took some measurements and after a week or so I came up with this.

I think she is pleased! She even played me a couple of songs on the recorder.
I told her to tell all her friends that it is a one of a kind and could not possibly be duplicated.

I told her mother, she will have a rude awakening when she figures out that I am really not all that.

You know my lot in life....that my greatest fans are little girls and old men!!!!!

Any Worsted Weight Yarn
I used Malabrigo and Cascade
Gauge: not important
Finished Size: 4" x 14"
Cast on: 30 sts....or what you need to obtain 4"
Knit in st/st until piece measures 28" ro 29" inches
Fold, seam with mattress stitch both edges
Pick up sts on both sides and knit 2 rows
Bind of with Picot Bind off - bind off 6 sts, *place last sts back on left needle, c/o 1 sts with cable cast on, bind off 5 sts* repeat between *.
Strap: c/o 4 sts work I cord until desired length
Flowers: c/o 3 sts work I-cord until desired length, form into simple daisy shape and sew with beading thread.

The perfect thing for all those Recorder playing Princesses.