Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

Christmas is here and I really don't want the long, holiday weekend to end. It has been packed full of last minute shopping and knitting then time with friends, family, and our pets, Molly and Sheba. Our neice Amy looked adorable in the striped slouchy watch cap I knitted and she was a dear to make us a prime rib dinner on Christmas Eve. It amazes me that she can be such a great host when she is getting married in just 6 days.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Slouchy Watch Cap

I found a great Cascade yarns pattern, the Mock Cable Watch Cap. It calls for Eco Cloud, but I'm using Berroco's Ultra Alpaca. The yarn makes this relaxed-fit hat soft and slouchy (but not too much of a rasta slouch) and I really like the mock cable design. I'll be making many more of these hats.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Out for a Spin

Met up with some of my knitting friends, Jan and Pat, for an afternoon of spinning at their monthly gathering at Covenant Presbyterian Church. It's probably been over a year since I've had my wheel out and it was so much fun to chat it up with them about our dogs, life, sloths and menopause while working on a spool of recycled silk.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Antique Vanity

I've been looking quite a while for a bedroom/makeup vanity and finally found one at the Flying Moose antique mall for the bargain price of $150. I debated it for several weeks and today Mom shows up with it loaded in the back of her Subaru. It's in very good condition but I gave it a good soaking with Old English dark oil scratch cover and went to Bed, Bath & Beyond to get some drawer organizers filling it up with beauty products from two of my bathrooms. It will be nice to have everything in one comfortable, girly place. I feel much more organized and everything has it's place now.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

GAP-tastic Cowl & Mitts

The pattern for this was inspired by the huge loopy cowls that can be found at the GAP. My home-made GAP-tastic cowl is even better in a Kermit the Frog green, soft Berroco Comfort Chunky yarn and fingerless mitts that I made up to match.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Santa Baby!

That's my Santa Baby making an appearance for the kids at a lock-in at the Tae Kwon Do Academy. They all went nuts when he walked into the room with his bell and bag full of toys. I'm nuts for him too!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Christmas Boxer

This is Molly's first Christmas so I needed to get a holiday picture of her to make my annual ornament. She was so naughty on our trip to see Santa. She piddled on his lap and while I had my back to her, she raced across the room and jumped up on the table where I was paying. So cute but such a bad baby boxer!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Purple Haze

I found the perfect shade of purple to knit up a pair of arm warmers/mitts to go with a hand spun and dyed hat I made a couple years ago in my spinning class. The pattern is Toast in 100% baby alpaca that's oh so soft and hazy.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Pink Cables

What Up, Dog?

You're looking pretty fabulous in that hot pink hand knit cable sweater.

Molly struts her stuff in this Irish Fisherdog and Friend ensemble that I knit from two skeins of Encore Chunky (75% acrylic/25% wool) from the book, Knitting for Dogs. It seems to bring out her inner super star.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Just Finished

I've been on a Plymouth Yarn kick lately. It's an affordable, practical, easy to care for yarn that doesn't "split" like other acrylic blends. I just finished a second Kimono and cast on a third for Christmas gifts.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Denim Kimono

Inspired by the sample on the shop hop at Wildflower Knits in Manhattan. It's the perfect lounging sweater to go with pajama bottoms on chilly winter days. Easily knit over a sick weekend from Encore Colorspun (75% acrylic/25% wool) that's simple to care for and just as cozy as an afghan.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Paint the Towne

My neighbor, Shawndra, invited me to a girls' night out at Paint the Towne. I've always wanted a crash course in (acrylic) painting and this was a quick and affordable way to do it. They provide all of the supplies and instructions and we just showed up with a bottle of wine and got to work on our pear paintings. I now have my work of art hanging in my kitchen.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

November in Canton

Mom and I went to Texas over the weekend to visit family and spend a day shopping in Canton at the First Monday flea market with Molly in tow. She's great around crowds but it was warm and she got tired so I purchased a shopping basket that's very popular at these events. She loves it and I joke that I don't need to carry around a tiny dog when I have such a well behaved baby boxer.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Socks for Mom

Mom asked me to knit her another pair of socks. She has small feet so this way she can get them to fit and she likes to wear them as bed socks. For this pair, I knit them from Cascade Fixation (cotton/elastic) that makes them fit snug and warm.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Yarn Hop (Day 3)

Only three local shops to cover today starting with some catch up time with my friend, Tracie at Odd Balls Yarn shop. The new Knit Noro book and sample ruffled knee high socks has me really inspired. Then there's more baby yarn from Heritage Hut and Twist. My yarn hop Hobo Bag is complete and I now have so many projects to keep me busy this winter...bring it!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Yarn Hop (Day 2)

What a great excuse to get the motorcycle out for a 100 mile round trip hop for yarn. At iYarn in Winfield I got a couple of Pure & Simple knitting patterns and took a scenic curvy road back road home from Augusta. The cool air and smells of fall have me feeling refreshed and happy. So far I have the handle and top of my hobo bag complete and now ready to start on the body of the bag.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Yarn Hop (Day 1)

There are 12 yarn shops participating in this year's Central Kansas Yarn Hop. I picked up my friend Karen in Canton and we started our hop up north in Wamego where I found inspiration in a sample Tea Leaves Cardigan (I really want to make this). In Manhattan at Wildflower Knits I purchased yarn to make the shop sample kimono (comfy for wearing around the house). Some yarn to make another moebius cowl in Abilene, Knitpicks #2 needles in McPherson, clog sock pattern in Lindsborg and striping baby cardigan yarn in El Dorado. At 480 miles we called it a day and I still have 4 more shops yet to make it to.

Yarn Hop Project

Each shop in the yarn hop gives participants a ball of yarn to combine to make a project. Last year it was a linen stitch scarf and this year a scrappy crochet or knit bag (pictured). There's a passport book that each shop will stamp and prizes to be drawn from all 12 shops. I'm working on my bag right now.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Turn a Heel

The best part of constructing a sock to me is when I turn the heel and pick up the stitches to start the gusset. This is where the fun action takes place and the ball gets rolling.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Moebius Cowl

Moebius, an object with one surface and one edge. Take a strip of paper, twist it and tape the ends together will illustrate the basis of this wonderful cowl . It was so enjoyable knitting around and around. I started it on the drive down to Oklahoma on Friday, then worked on it tableside while family played cards in the lodge and while sitting beside the creek on a lazy Saturday afternoon. I will make many more of these. Knit from Plymouth kettle dyed superwash fine merino wool.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Singer Sew Handy

My cousin's wife, Michelle, brought me a gift that was left in a rental house, this 1953 Singer Sew Handy Model 2 sewing machine complete with an owner's manual. I've been coveting these at flea markets for years. It's a real machine - not a toy. In true 50's verbage it reads, "Using this machine you will learn the basic principals of machine sewing, first making your dolly's clothes and perhaps small gift articles; then your own play clothes, shorts, pinafores, skirts, and clothes for little sister." How sweet.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Family Reunion 2012

Molly had a big adventurous weekend at my annual family reunion in Osage Hills Park outside of Bartlesville, OK. She got to learn how to be a dog by playing in the creek and going for long hikes in the woods. Poor little thing was flat out dog tired when it came to sitting by the campfire at night curling up in my lap in a deep sleep.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Boxer Blanket

Molly has been waiting patiently for me to complete her baby (puppy) blanket. She sat beside me this afternoon as I sewed the paw print fleece to the back of the embroidered top, turned right sides out and seamed up along the edges. Then used red yarn to tie both pieces together in the middle of the fabric squares. Now she has her very own personalized blanket to cover her spot on the couch and car seat cover for some road trips coming up soon.

Baby Boxer

That's my little gremlin, little Miss Molly at 4 months old. She's just about house broke, leash trained and my constant companion for errands in the Jeep and long walks around the neighborhood. And she's working on growing into those ears.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Baby Sweater

Making baby clothes is so very fast, easy and gratifying. It takes no time at all to knit up a cardigan and this seamless yoked sweater is for the newest addition to our family, Jozie, fitting her at about 3 months. The pattern can be adapted to a girl or boy and is one of my favorite patterns. Debbie Bliss's baby cashmerino yarn (merino wool/microfibre/cashmere) makes it exceptionally soft and the slate color is neutral enough to go with other colors besides pink.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Blues, Bikes & BBQ

It was another good ride to Fayetteville for the Blues, Bikes & BBQ biker rally. It gets bigger every year and is now the 4th largest motorcycle rally. With temps in the 70's we had some really nice weather for hanging out in the sun listening to live bands and riding around. I found that I can overdose on caffeine and that I will never get tired of having breakfast at Waffle House.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Welcome Fall

Today is the first day of fall. It's about time our weather cools down so that I can ride my bicycle to work after a summer of 52 days of at least 100 degree temperatures. Talk about being robbed of summer, bike rides, tops off of the Jeep and was just too hot to enjoy much of anything outdoors.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Campmates & Bluegrass

I now have campmates! Angelique drove in from New Mexico and picked up our LYS goddess, Shelly, and they set up camp beside me. To my delight, they brought a stove and "real" food to prepare along with cheese, crackers and wine. We have been living it up.

There are several stages set up on the fairgrounds. We laid out blankets on the hill by Stage 2 and knit the day away while huddled under umbrellas during periods of light rain. Later tonight we set under cover at the grandstand and saw The Wilders perform while down below a group of women danced around in can-can/tutu skirts, cowboy hats and boots while waving around bright glow sticks. It was somewhat magical and they looked liked dancing fairies. Tommy Emmanuel played a mean guitar and my favorite turned out to be Michael Martin Murphey and his cowboy songs. After he performed I got to go up and meet him and get some CD's signed. That was pretty awesome.