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Double Dose

A double dose of cuteness for today! Two wee one hats for the special baby on the way…..

A sweet pea hat for those first precious few months –

Pattern: Sweet Pea Hat, by Susan B. Anderson
Yarn: Debbie Bliss cotton dk in natural (002) and leftover Rowan Handknit cotton in #219
Needles: Clover dpn’s US 6 (4mm)
Measurements: About a 12″ circumference, for a 0-3 month old
Started: October 16, 2008
Finished: October 18, 2008
Other Details: Only three pea’s in the pod for me!

and, a bumble bee hat for those cold winter days; zzzzz –

Pattern: Based on the Bumble Bee Hat, by Susan B. Anderson
Yarn: Cascade 220 SW in black (#815), and Debbie Bliss Rialto in yellow (#007)
Needles: Clover dpn’s US 7 (4.5mm)
Measurements: About an 11″ circumference, for a 0-3 month old
Started: October 19, 2008
Finished: October 22, 2008
Other Details: I ended up just winging this bumble bee hat, based on Susan’s version. Its so cute! I have so much yarn leftover, I can make many more of these in the future. zzZZzz–zzz

Happy Halloween!

Simple Yet Effective

Yep, its another birthday present for my mom! I saw this on the Thursday before her birthday, and ran out to find a skein of Noro Kureyon sock yarn. I found this colorway at Mew Mew’s yarn shop (the store is named after the owner’s cat – I met the cat!) in Louisville and though it would work up beautifully.

Even though I would never use this yarn for socks, it sure did work out really well for a small shawl. It knit up oh, so quick too! Laura gets an A+ for the most accurate pattern name (not to mention beautifully, easy pattern). My mom loved it, and I hope she wears it lots as the colder weather sets in. She even allowed me to take a few pictures of it on….

Pattern: Simple Yet Effective Shawl, by Laura Chau
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock yarn #S188
Needles: Addi Lace 32″ US 4 (3.5mm)
Measurements: About 41″ across top and 19″ down center
Started: October 9, 2008
Finished: October 12, 2008
Other Details: I cut off the last 6 rows or so, since I was running short on time.

A Little Peak

I’ve been busy dyeing up some new base yarns this week. I finally have the gorgeous new Classic Sock, Merino Sport and Merino Worsted in stock and ready for you!

From left to right: Little Miss Sunshine, Split Pea, Emerald, Wild Sage and Toasted Walnut (all in Classic Sock).

The store update is on October 28th at 11am MDT. Hope to see you there! xo – Dani

Anemoi Take Two

My mom’s birthday was fast approaching and I wanted to knit her something special for the cold winter months here in Colorado. I thought about it for all of two seconds before I had the answer – Anemoi mittens. My mom always loved my pair, and I had the most perfect colors in my stash to match one of her warm jackets.

Pattern: Anemoi Mittens by Eunny Jang
Yarn: Matchmaker 4 ply in 662 (natural) and 650 (periwinkle)
Measurements: Large
Started: September 15, 2008
Finished: October 12, 2008
Other Details: I loved knitting these just as much as the first time. My only modification was to knit the cuff on a 2.5mm and the mitten itself on a 3.00mm.

Out of the Dark

I’m so far behind on blogging, I don’t even know where to begin! I know, it could be really easy for me to say, “life got in the way, time just flies, etc. etc” but we have had alot more going on than that. I was trying really hard to avoid writing this post, but I finally realized that its okay – its okay to open up a little.

Do you ever go through a period in your life, say a few days, or a few weeks, or perhaps a few months, where you seriously start to wonder if there is a dark cloud over your head? Well, Scott and I have been going through one of those times these last few months. Nothing huge or devastating has happened, just a bunch of little things that have been piling up on top of each other. We moved, Scott left his job, our car died in the middle of nowhere Utah, Kali (one of our indoor kitties) had been lost (and then found thank goodness), we bought a new car (Honda Civic Hybrid) after said car died, I ended up at the doctors and now Scott needs to have surgery. Oh, yeah, we are also still living at my parents and had our credit card number stolen online. Sometimes you just wonder where all the bad ends and goodness starts to happen again….

I think we had a huge turn of events the end of last week when we found out my cousin and her husband are going to be adopting a baby in a few weeks (ahh! we are just in tears excited). Life has that way of making us do a double-take.

Now that the storm seems to have subsided (over our heads at least), we can really look back and appreciate what we have gone through. Times like this definitely make us stronger and we are just so thankful that my familiy was right here with us. I think the hardest part of it all, is that we had plans. We wanted to travel tons this year, buy a house, etc. etc – its hard to put some of your deepest desires on hold and wait for the right time. I know that we still have a few more bumps in the road in the near future, but all in all, life isn’t that bad. Every morning I wake up and look outside my window and see the mountains, the yarn drying in the fresh air, the kitties and Scott still sleeping — and I just have to smile.

I have been doing some knitting, and I’ll show you three finished projects in the near future. Thanks so much for reading – xo, Dani