Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Dutch Girls Knitting
(free picture from Internet)
I love old pictures of people. I just want to know who they were and what their lives were like. I wish there was a way to find out about them. Unfortunately, I suspect most pictures will have a story made up by myself.
I have not been knitting much in the last two weeks. I've been knocked down by a cold with a nasty cough and on Sunday I got hit with a nasty stomach bug. Today I am feeling better but still not great. We are leaving tomorrow to go to my older brother's for Thanksgiving. I'm taking some knitting with me but my plan to have all three kids wearing their Seed Stitch Cardigans will not happen. Henry's and Irene's still need buttons and I've only just started the sleeves on Gavin's. Oh well, not much I can do.
I joined a swap group on Ravelry. The group is called Speedy Swappers. They have multiple swaps going on. I joined the Holiday Card swap. It is a less expensive swap since money is pretty much non-existent around here. We get assigned a person and we make up a box for them. In this swap we are to include a holiday card, holiday recipe, ornament, and notions (measuring tape, stitch markers, etc). The total amount to spend is between $15-$20. We can add more to our boxes if we choose. I have some ideas for a couple of extra things I'd like to include. I'm actually excited about the swap and I hope that my box pleases my partner. Can't wait to see what I get ;-)
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Knitting Away My Stress

I knitted winter hats for Henry and Irene. It was a simple pattern from the Lion Brand Yarn website. It calls for Hometown USA yarn which is what I used for Irene's hat. The color is New Orleans French Berry. I love it and it matches her winter jacket quite nicely.Henry hat is the same pattern but I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky in grass green. The color matches the color of the inside of the hood and jacket.
I also made a birthday present for my brother, Matt. A simple scarf in a knit 2, purl 2 rib. I used Country Looms Loops and Threads yarn from Michael's. The yarn is very soft and I liked it. I just wish they had a website that had patterns for the yarn.
I am also working on a birthday gift for my sister-in-law. It involves felting, which I have not done before. The piece is knitted and I am quite pleased with it....I just haven't done the felting bit yet. I am also working on what I call an endless shawl. It was suppose to use two balls of Lion Brand Homespun. Of course, I used a different Lion Brand yarn and ended up running out of yarn two rows before then end. I bought another ball and then decided to lengthen the shawl. To do this I had to make sure the total stitch count was divisible by 3 which meant adding and additional 21 rows. Yes, 21 rows. That is because the pattern is 7 rows long. Yeah....I thought I was going to be done only to discover I don't have enough yarn again. I'm debating getting more. At this point I may frog it all and knit my husband a hat and scarf from the yarn.
As always, I am missing my mother like crazy. I feel very, very tired all the time. Life is rather messed up here right now. Keep calm and knit on.