Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wool Fidel

I just can't stop making these hats. Of course, I had to use leftover fishermen's wool from my vest to make a matching hat. I carried another heathered yarn with it just to make it appear slighting different and used the same buttons.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fishermen's Wool Vest

As the temps dropped this week, I started thinking about wool sweaters and flipping through vest patterns that I can layer under a blazer. Then I came upon the BEST Patons book with all kinds of sweater pattern variations. Seriously, I want to knit up every thing in it. The crew neck vest caught my eye so I purchased two skeins of Lion Brand Fishermen's pure virgin wool in Oatmeal and knit it up this weekend. When I was finishing it, I decided to add the collar.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Blanket for Grey

Neice Amy is expecting her first child in December. She's naming him Grey. I picked out some Navy yarn that fits the baby room ocean theme and had a week's notice for her baby shower so I had to get my KNIT ON -- and like, fast to get the blanket finished in time.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Handspun Fidel

This one is special. I knitted it from my very first hand carded and hand spun chunky yarn I made from assorted fibers when I first got my spinning wheel several years ago.
I haven't had a use for it until now. The many different fibers made the yarn somewhat stiff so for this project I carried along a worsted cream acrylic with it. This hat has great structure and not as floppy as the previous one I made.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Fidel (Crochet) Hat

It was a lazy Sunday morning. We were watching movies and I sat down with 80 yards of bulky handspun wool from That'll Do Ranch that I picked up at the festival in Winfield and a crochet hook. I looked at several hat patterns and made some modifications to this one and came up with my own crochet fidel hat. Update: Gifted it to someone special.

Pecan Grove Scarf

That red yarn (Twin Canyon Merino Silk) I purchased in Winfield at the Walnut Valley Festival from Denise has turned into a beautiful lace scarf. She designed the scarf and named it after the grove where we camped. Once I stretched it out with blocking wires, the knitted pecan leaf pattern came to life. I can almost hear the dulcimers, guitars and fiddles playing.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Kansas Barn Sale

Following our morning at Woofstock, I drove out to Hesston for the Kansas Barn Sale. The temperature dropped and a light drizzle fell making it almost too cold to shop for antiques and handmades. But I was able to spend some time with my friend Tamara at her booth and get one of her crochet flower embellished hats. She's a master at crochet.

Woofstock 2012

Molly and I had to bundle up for this year's benefit for the KS Humane Society at Sedgwick County Park. There was no need for wading pools for the dogs to cool off in this year. The cold front that came through allowed her to sport her hot pink handknit cabled sweater and I some matching hand mitts for a morning at the park - all for a great cause. That's the face of one happy dog!

Friday, October 05, 2012

Happy Birthday

I can say that Friday is an awesome day to have a birthday. I was able to have lunch with my dad, dinner with my husband and finish the day off with my family of friends and birthday cake. Oh yeah, throw in a new pair of red birthday western boots...I am truly blessed.