Category Archives: Gifties

2009 Recap – Part 2

Towards the end of the year, I also ended up making a few little holiday gifties for some very special people.

Toasty Mitts

Pattern: Toasty, by Leslie Friend
Yarn: My own handspun, spun from Funky Carolina SW Merino in the Smores colorway
Needles: Addi 32″ US4 (4mm)
Measurements: Smallish size
Started: November 30, 2009
Finished: December 3, 2009
Other Details: Love these — now I just need to make myself a pair! I was worried they were going to be too small on our super sweet neighbor Suzanne, but they fit her skinny hands perfectly!

Dad's Thorpe

Pattern: Thorpe, by Kirtsen Kapur
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Merino Worsted in the Mountain Shadow colorway
Needles: Addi 16″ US7 (4.5mm)
Measurements: XL, 22-23 inch circumference
Started: December 10, 2009
Finished: December 18, 2009
Other Details: I made this hat for my dad — its turning into a holiday tradition that my dad gets a new knit hat each year :) He wears them out, which of course I love!

SP Goodies!

Ok, I had the best SP ever! Turns out it was Anne, who lives all of… okay, I’ll give her 1 mile, from me! I’ve never seen her blog before believe it or not. In this last package, she sent me: a beautiful card made by Cara (another local blogger I’ve never heard of unfortunately), an entire case full of beads (you know I love my stitch markers), some chocolate (um, its gone already), and a beautiful scarf which I am going to wear on Thursday when I am working at my LYS! I want to wait to take a picture of me wearing it since I look horrible tonight with my red, itchy, allergy eyes :)

So, thank you Anne… from the bottom of my heart. You really made so many of my days so pleasant with your comments, gifts and emails.

Besides the SP high I am on right now, I am still trekking away at the HP scarf. I dyed up 5 more skeins of Gryffindor yarn for those of you who ordered some this week! I am attempting to get a logo (see last post) and seperate blog going by next week.. so keep your fingers crossed!


Swatch Time

As promised, here is a swatch of the Gryffindor yarn I dyed yesterday. I am really happy with how it came out, even though I was unsure of how wide to make the yellow stripes. I was going for a similar look as the newest HP scarf, the one with the smaller yellow stripes. I also really like the natural variation in the dark red color. I dyed another, longer skein yesterday, meaning that the red sections are going to be slightly bigger and the yellow stripes might be another half a round longer. I already have a few takers on these, but will be dyeing more within the next few days if you are interested. I also have another Grapevine variation, but I still need to wind and knit a swatch of that one first :)

And, look what surprised me in the mail yesterday! Wow! A fantastic little RAOK from Cheryl at Diva Knitting! I love the new notecards and am sure they will come in handy in the near future :). So, thank you Cheryl.. you made my day!

And last but not least, the new pattern and yarn I ordered came in the mail from Morehouse Farm! I can’t wait to start knitting this little camisole since I think it will be great for the early fall. I told myself I can start this once I get the baby blanket done (mind you, I finished all the squares yesterday). So, just some seaming (yeah right, just SOME) and I’ll be having a block party!

Enjoy your Saturday everyone! I am off to celebrate my Uncle’s birthday with some great company and great food as always :)



A Bunch Of Jibberish

Oh, another few days gone by, and I have so little to show for it right now. I’ve been working on a secret project, which will be debuting tomorrow (keep your fingers crossed). I’ve also been trekking away at theses blocks… Can you guess how many I have done from the pictures?! On two blocks so far, I ran short a meter or two of yarn and might be cutting a few tails to make up for it.

As for mail news, Rebecca sent me the greatest little thank you package. I gave her the extra’s for two of the blue colors in the wave skirt. She is going to be making one with different shades of blues! Its going to be beautiful! So, thank you Rebecca, I LOVE all these little goodies :)

Besides all that, is there anyone out there that is good with Blogger?! As you can see, I am starting to archive some things to cut down on all the nonsense in the right hand bar. I’ve figured out how to do galleries for finished works, but can’t seem to figure out how to have a link to various posts. For example, under the Who I Am category, I want to be able to click on that link and have only the three posts that explain who I am. I can get the link to go to one post, but what do I need to do to have it link to more than one post?! Does that make sense? Its not the end of the world if this isn’t possible, but I think it would make for better browsing.


Swatch time

As promised, here is a swatch of the “Grapevine” colorway. At first I wasn’t crazy about it, but it has totally grown on me! Christine is the proud new owner of this yarn… I hope you make some great socks :)! Go say hello to Christine, she has 5 kids and is a wonderful knitter! I think I am going to do a second version of this in all stripes as well once the heat subsides in Boston.

And, how cool are these stitch markers?! Lee Anne sent me these a few days ago and they are already in use on a secret project :) so, thanks Lee Anne, you are such a doll!