Friday, March 19, 2010

Gifts for Liam

It has been pure enjoyment to hand-knit a few items for a new baby.
Can't make enough of these baby booties, such a fun pattern to work.

Pattern:Blue Steps
Needles: Size 1
Yarn: Lornas Laces Shepherd Sock
Colorway: Forest

Pattern: Master Charles Ear Flap Hat
Needles:Size 8
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto held double.

Great pattern, great price, and quick project.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I Want to Be a Mermaid

While on Holiday last month, I revisited Weeki Wachee, one of those old, tatty, endearing, Florida Tourist Venues.

I have a great fondness for Weeki Wachee, for when last visited was 7 or 8 years old and fascinated by the lure of the "mermaids".

Having been one of those fortunate kids to grow up in the 60's and 70's with a backyard pool, my sisters and I practiced our Weeki Wachee somersaults relentlessly.

At my best I could achieve 10 rotations. I was 9.....

...I still want to be a mermaid.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Dozen Dishclothes

Yes, I am knitting, just haven't felt like blogging.
Since these have been given to the recipient will post a wee bit about them.

I have never been a fan of handknitted dishclothes, disliked the wet noodle feel.
Prefer heft and scrub-ability when washing and wiping.
I searched all the databases looking for a pattern which would obtain the hand feel I was after.

Loved the Linoleum Dishcloth immediately. Quickly fell in like with the BallBand Dishcloth.

Decided to try both but downsized to a size 5 needle.
This created the feel I was looking for. Yes!

Other cloths were worked with stitch patterns from Harmony Guide Knit and Purl, always with a garter stitch border.

Pattern Source: Mason Dixon Knitting, Harmony Guide Knit/Purl Stitch Guide
Yarn: Peaches-Cream, Sugar-Cream, Lion Cotton
Needles: Crystal Palace Bamboo 5
For: Friend Jill

Monday, January 4, 2010

Take this and Add 17 more inches!

It has been snowing for 4 days.

We shoveled the drive twice this am, just to get to the office.

Thank goodness it waited until after the annual New Year's Day Shopping Trip to hit.