Sunday, December 30, 2012

Finished Socks!!

Woohoo, I just finished my Daughter's Christmas socks and only a few days behind schedule.  I feel like I am on a role, a finished hat yesterday and socks today. If only I could have been this productive before Christmas!

 The toe was finished at a London Lightening basketball game that the kids and I went to this afternoon.

Here is the happy new sock owner modeling the finished socks.  The stripes were off by a couple of rows so they don't quite match but neither one of us is too worried about it.

The important thing is that she likes them and they fit her perfectly.

The next project is an alpaca cowl for my sister in law that was also a Christmas gift. The pattern says it can be knit in an evening.  We will see.

A Finished Reversible Hat

This is my new favourite hat pattern.  It is a reversible hat making it fun to knit and super warm to wear.

Pattern -  Christopher
Yarn - Patons Classic Wool
Needles - 4.5mm dpns and 16" circular

 You begin knitting the hat top down,

 switch colours for the reversible side,
 and this is what the finished hat looks like,

finish off the ends and then you have a wonderful hat that can be worn with either colour on the outside!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Quiet Christmas Morning

Christmas morning this year was quite different from what I am used to but it was still a wonderful day.

 I started the day with a walk in the park.  It had snowed on Christmas Eve so it was a perfect winters day; cool, crisp, the snow crunched under your feet and when the sun came out the snow sparkled.

 I only met one other person on my walk.  A woman out jogging.  She was dressed all in clothing that runners wear and I wondered if she had unwrapped everything earlier that morning.
 We exchanged Merry Christmas and I continued with my walk down to the river. 

 I loved the fact that on a Tuesday morning at 8 am there was ONE car on the street.  Any other day at this time there would have been 4 lanes of traffic bumper to bumper.  It was nice knowing that no one was rushing to work or to the shopping mall and that everyone was home with their family having breakfast, opening gifts and just being together.
Once home I packed my knitting bag and spent the afternoon with my parents and the evening with wonderful friends. 
This picture was taken on Christmas Eve and I think it sums up what Christmas is all about; having fun and making memories with family and friends.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve has always been my favourite night of the year.  This year was no exception.  I spent the evening with family and friends and it was a perfect night.  There was wonderful food, some kissing under the mistletoe ;) Christmas caroling, a candle light Christmas church service and gifts.

I was given this wonderful gift, a candle that looks like a ball of yarn!
I lit the candle but only for a moment, I just couldn't let it burn.

The cat was enjoying a new resting spot,
more gifts were opened,
and everyone loved their hand knit gifts

and it is snowing.  It is going to be a white Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone.  I hope everyone has some wonderful family time this Christmas just like we did tonight.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Six Days to Christmas!

With the count down on to Christmas, I have a pair of socks well on their way to being finished. 
Thank goodness my daughter likes ankle socks!
Only six days to Christmas!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Cats Enjoy Christmas Too

With Christmas just around the corner, everyone in our family is in the Christmas mood; even the cat.

Since it is the Christmas season, I can see where the beds, quilts, pillows, couch and knitted afghans just won't do for a comfy place to sleep.

I can understand that anyone small enough to fit under the Christmas tree - with it's decorations, lights and the gifts wrapped in pretty paper with ribbons and bows - would choose that for their napping spot. 

Please feel free to knock down a branch along with some of the decorations and enjoy your nap.

(Really, I should just the thankful the tree is still standing!)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Super Simple Knit Candy Canes

The other night I was in the mood to knit something quick and I wanted it to be Christmasy. These simple i-cord knit candy canes are what I came up with.
Here are the supplies. Small amounts of red and white worsted weight yarn. What I have here are 3 grams each of cotton, a 4mm circular needle, a 6" piece of pipe cleaner and a darning needle to weave in your ends.
To knit the pipe cleaner into the center of the i-cord candy cane bring the working yarn around behind the pipe cleaner before working the first st of each row.
The view from the back of your work
This is how it looks once you get the first 4 rows knit
Here is the i-cord tube finished
Trim off the excess wire, weave in ends and bend into shape
Use them to decorate Christmas gifts
or to decorate floral arrangements or your Christmas tree
My helper
I will post this pattern for anyone who would like to knit some holiday cheer of their own!

Monday, December 10, 2012

First Family Christmas

Yesterday was the first of our family Christmas get togethers. I was ready for an afternoon of fun with family members I usualy only see once or maybe twice a year. I made a yummy dessert, had my Christmas cards ready to hand out and a simple stocking stitch hat to knit while I chatted and played games with the kids.
It was a perfect afternoon.

Monday, December 3, 2012

A Little Bit of Everything

December is here so that means Christmas decorating is in full swing! Mom and I spent a day gathering greenery for our outdoor winter arrangements. This type of thing is definitely not my specialty but it was fun spending the day with my Mom and I think the pots look wintery and festive.
I know someone who doesn't like Christmas. I know, I can't believe it either. So, I am trying to get her into the Christmas spirit with some Christmasy things :)
Has anyone tried cutting glass? I hadn't either but thanks to Pintrest and Youtube I found out that it isn't hard to do at all. I had broken one of my favourite candle holders
and wanted to try and salvage it. This is what we did. Wrapped the end with tinfoil, soaked some cotton yarn in nail polish remover, tied the yarn around were we wanted the glass to break and lit the yarn on fire over a sink of cold water.
When the flame went out we put the end we were cutting into the cold water. According to the videos we had watched this alone should have cut the glass but what we were cutting was very thick and the glass was cracked but not enough to break. We poured boiling water on the yarn then put it back into the cold water and with a little tapping on the cut end it worked! Now, it isn't perfect, it did crack up the side a bit and a small piece broke out of it but it is WAY better than it was when we started. The next step was a little bit of sanding. We also used the electric sander because we wanted to even out the edge where the piece had broken.
It isn't perfect but is it darn close and it is useable!
On the knitting front, the afghan is getting closer to being finished everyday. My goal is to have it ready for the crochet edging by Sunday. I have started a sock now that the afghan is getting to big to cart everywhere with me. The needles and yarn feel sooooo tiny!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Finished Hand Warmers!

A finished project!
This ball of yarn and pattern were part of our goodie bag from Rhinebeck this year. One thing that I really, really want to start doing is knitting with the new yarn that I buy and not stashing it. It feels great to have used used this pattern and to have knit up this ball of yarn and in the process I have a Christmas gift.
Pattern - Lion Brand Vanna's Sequins Sparlking Knit Wristers (free pattern on ravelry) Yarn - Lion Brand Vanna's Sequins Needles - 4mm Modifications - none The yarn was great to knit with. The only tricky part was seaming the mitt with mattress stitch, the sequins didn't always like to pull through the sts without some coaxing but that wouldn't stop me from knitting with this yarn again.
If you are needing a quick gift for someone on your Christmas list, this pattern might be what you are looking for. It is knit in stocking st with a garter st edging, there is no shaping involved and it is knit flat then seamed to make the thumb opening. Super simple!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Knitter's Version of Christmas Shopping

It snowed this morning!

The Christmas season doesn't usually start at our house until Dec 1st but with the snow outside the kids were in the mood to go Christmas shopping.

They shopped. I knit. Since I am knitting most of my gifts this year, my definition of Christmas shopping is taking my knitting to the mall. As we walked by Santa my daughter took a lovely picture of me and my knitting.

Thankully we arrived at the mall early and we were ready to leave as the crowds arrived. It certainly takes away the Christmas spirit when you can't find a parking spot and then you have to line up to pay for your gifts.

I hope everyone's Christmas knitting is on schedule!!
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Fibre Art Festival and Sale

This event is going on this weekend at the Covent Garden Market in London.

There are talented ladies demonstrating spinning, weaving, tatting, lace making and rug hooking.

We watched and asked questions about naalbinding, needle tatting and weaving.
We were very lucky to catch the lady that was showing the naalbinding as she was only there today for a short while and won't be back on Sunday. It was very interesting to learn this technique was developed back in the stone age way before knitting and crochet and that she leaned this skill while in Sweden. There isn't any knitting needles or crochet hooks involved. You use a length of wool threaded onto what looks like a large darning needle to make your sts. This is something to add to our "how to learn someday list".

There is also a good selection of handmade items for sale that included some knitted items and a pillow done in Swedish Weaving.

If you are looking for something fun to do tomorrow, head to the market and check it out!
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