Saturday, December 22, 2007

London Beanie for my Teenager

This is a quick son wanted a skater beanie...aka the London Beanie...this one was a bit too big (um...I didn't follow the pattern), so I recast on...and followed the pattern, and it fits perfectly as intended!
I used Caron's Simply Soft, since my teenager has no regard for use and care of wool, and loses things quickly. BUT he loves this hat! Pattern is here, and with better photos!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

What? It's Mid December? AND Christmas is 5 Days Away? Yikes!

I feel like Charlie Brown in this comic strip....lots of snow, and I'm contemplating the "things" of life. But wait! I received a wonderful, special package from my SP11 Pal, Phyllis.
What a nice gift to receive...2 skeins (in Magenta and Henna colorways) of Manos del Uruguay, the IK Holiday Gifts issue, a skein of Noro (soon to be incorporated into a hat for hubby), Jelly Bellies (already in my belly), body lotion , organic chocolate truffles (yum), a beautiful embossed journal, and get this...3 skeins of Bitty Bunz (140 yd/25gm) in color's soft and beautiful. It's from Artfibers, and the content is 70% Angora and 30% Extrafine Merino. I will have some special knitting ahead of me! Thanks, Phyllis!

Hey! Thanks to Marly and Sharon at the HolidayKalCal, I've won a random prize of a cute mini purse from Woo Hoo! Thanks!

Next, I have my Branching Out scarf, blocked and on it's way to my Christmas Around the World Swap pal, Deb, in Georgia. It's knit in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool on number 5 US.

Next, is a "Crest O' The Wave" scarf, an Elegant Ewe pattern, knit in Zephyr Wool Silk Lace Weight and it was a joy to knit...easy to memorize pattern, and the scarf is lusciously soft in the Zephyr! This is for my secret Sonshine Pal at church. The color is actually a blue, but you can't really see it in this's more of an aqua, which is one of the recipient's favorite colors.

In other knitting news: I'm almost finished knitting my third pair of Fiber Trends Felted soon to follow. They're all knit in Cascade 220...two women's pairs, and one pair for my dad. I still need to put on the suede bottoms and some embellishments. I'm also casting on a skater beanie for my middle son, in brown and blue colorways, which will hopefully be under the Christmas tree next week.
I apologize for not blogging for the past few weeks: believe it or not, I sliced off the tip of my thumb (soft tissue only) a few weeks ago (with a Costco knife), and I could NOT type with it! Nor knit. All is well now. Silly me. I pay attention when I use knives now!
Hubby also has been laid off at work as of Dec 7th after 13 years at the company, and there were 27 people in middle management who were affected. I know that the Lord had plans for us and is in control, and I look forward to what the future holds, but in His timing. Son from Norwich U is home for the Christmas break, and it's SO wonderful to have him home!
Well, time to finish the last felted clog for Christmas, and get back to listening to my downloaded knitting pocasts. Check out Yarn Thing and She-Knits, and Stash and Burn...Now, go get knitting!