Saturday, August 29, 2009

August Owl ATC Swap

This owl ATC was made for the August swap.(January - July owl ATC's are pictured in a collage in an older post. ) So far, I've been in all the swaps for this year. The theme is of coarse owls...
so you will end up with an owl ATC for each month. Owls are one of my favorites so creating each months theme has been fun.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Gone Crazy with Knit Hats ....

Ive totally gone crazy making knit hats. So, instead of picturing them all separate Im gonna wait till they are all completed and make a collage. Hope everyone wants a hat for Christmas! I still have some trouble reading other patterns so this will take some practice on my part! There are so many gifts I need to work on to get completed. Of coarse, all the new fall and winter fibers are coming out ..... which makes me keep wanting to add to my list. They are all so fabulous.
Im still excited about the whole experience of knitting and about the new friends Im making along the way. There is way more to knitting than just making hats --it has a whole history behind it, skills that have been passed down from generation to generation. Im just glad I can be a small part of it.

Above: I totally love the art works by Conni Togal ! ("Sheep Incognito") Definatelly a favorite...
I am hoping to furnish my craft room with these wonderful whimsical works of art:)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Christmas List Continued...

Started another hat today...hasnt taken very long to get this far already!I'm realllly liking the quicker projects. Almost instant gratification:) Besides all that, repeating the pattern is helping me learn the stitches and is improving my technique. I can see a big difference in my stitches ---from the begining till now. I used a long tail cast on-- just learned that one and it works well for me,so I'm gonna stick with that.

Monday, August 17, 2009

London Beanie Knit Hat Finished!

Yea! One down and the rest of the list to go. I was really surprised at how fast this project went. It only took me a couple of days to finish. I thought this pattern was pretty easy and since Im a begining knitter thats saying some thing! I did have some help reading the pattern since Im learning some of the basic stitches as I go. Over all the pattern went smoothly.
This pattern is the London Beanie by Mark Thrailkill.

Pattern can be found at

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Some of Dalton's trip Pictures: (2009)

1. The White House
2. The Washington Monument
3. The Arlington Cemetery
4. Smithsonian Castle
5. The shoes Judy Garland wore for the
Wizard of Oz ( my personal favorite:)

Christmas WIP's

These are just a couple of my most recent WIP'S (works in progess). The black, gray, and rust colored yarn above is what I have finished so far on my sons first knit hat. Not bad for only a couple days work so far!
The second-the blues and buff colors are the beginings of my moms crochet reversable afghan. That one will take alot more work before its full sized. Wish me luck!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Are You Being Served? (British Comedy)

Are You Being Served? This has always been one of my favorite TV shows!!!! Brings back fond memories and can still make me laugh till I cry!

Above: These pictures are from Amazon .com where the DVD's can be ordered.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The "Handmade" Christmas "TO DO" List

Wow, Dalton will be returning from his trip to Washington DC & Chicago just in time to start school! I will be sure to add some of his pictures when he gets home. He's got quite a collection to show me when he gets here. Can't wait to hear all the stories that go with them. He did tell me he's had an awesome time so far!

Since the last entry I can't begin to tell you how the crochet and knitting projects have piled up!
I've already started a crochet afghan (reversable)for my mother as one of her Christmas presents. She unknowingly picked out the yarns for her own gift several months ago:) , but my list has grown from there. Dalton requested a knit hat for fall/school which he also picked the yarn out for, but I found another skein I knew he would love the 2nd hat will be for Christmas. Im sure most of you would take no time at all to whip those up, but these will be my first hats ever. My knitting stitches have improved a great deal, but I am still slow when it comes to new projects. Ive already had to frog the first attempt and start over.
Then of coarse, my projects are last on the"to do"list. I found the softest alpaca yarn ever ( my favorite). Its so soft its almost sinful! Can't keep my hands out of it! Im using that on a cowl for winter. I chose a natural color so it will go with pretty much every thing.
Every time I think my list is complete someone in the family picks up my pattern books and says ---I really like that --maybe you can make me one. LOL
Its pretty funny actually! My daughter, God love her, said she will not wear any thing that looks handmade/knit because it looks like its for old people. Well, she has added at least 3 more projects to my list! She still has the picture in her head of little old ladies knitting in rocking chairs. I did try to tell her they have knitting Vogue... but that was a lost cause. Little by little she is seeing more knitted things that appeal to her.
Ive also been busy reading the knitting mystery series by Maggie Sefton. I love them and havent been able to put them down. They get a thumbs up from me! She describes how she is a fiber flousey....loving all the colors and textures of the new and old yarns alike. I have to say that I totally understand! I have been saving and stashing yarns for a good long while now. Just waiting for the perfect project for them. They are all very tempting (eye candy) and the actual movements of knitting are very relaxing! Im not quite good enough yet to get to the meditation stage but Im working on it!

Awwww... isnt he the cutest?!

Above: Maggie Sefton Knitting mystery book series

Alpaca: Picture uploaded by Gienepien