Friday, December 28, 2012

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Hello! Thank you for checking out the blog, I hope you find something interesting while you're here. If you'd like to see what other creative peeps are up to, check out the blog circus over at Wisdom Begins In Wonder.

I got to see my granddaughter play basketball last week...
that's her at the free-throw line. She's the tallest on the JV team and she's only 14!

I missed posting last week in the flurry of activity that led up to Christmas. Work was crazy busy and I was frantically knitting a couple of gifts. I managed to get two hats done for my son and DIL...
and finished the yoga socks I was knitting. Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of the finished socks. I'll have to have Tammy take one when she wears them.

There was yummy food on Christmas Eve, chicken enchilada casserole and ribs...
we had to set up the long table (actually two tables)

even Little Winnie came and celebrated with us (he got some ribs too).

Hope you all had a nice holiday weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing what all of you have created lately. Have a great weekend and a Happy New Year! I gotta get back to my new toy...


Friday, December 14, 2012

Only a few more sleeps...

until the holiday festivities are in full swing.  (all pics can be biggie-sized by clicking on them)

Happy Fiber Arts Friday! Be sure to visit Wisdom Begins in Wonder to see what other creative folks are up to this week.

I've been a busy bee; Knitting...
I really enjoyed knitting this hat. You do a provisional crochet cast-on, then knit 25 rows of stockinette in the background color.  Purl 1 row for the fold then knit 25 rows of the two-color chart. Pick up the stitches of the provisional cast-on and a 3 needle operation that knits the liner to the outer part then continue with the rest of the hat. The double thickness keeps ears nice and toasty. I've used this technique to make a picot edge on several pair of socks and it works great. Gotta tell you, it's a lot easier knitting this way on size 8 than it is on size 1 needles.


I took a few pics while I was doing it...

You put your right needle through both front and back needles in left hand then pull the loop through both stitches so they're connected, like a 3 needle bind-off without the binding off part. It's like magic!                                                          
This also covers the larger floats in the skull area of the colorwork. Hopefully, you'll find a use for this technique some day, if you haven't already. LittleDog wasn't very happy because he couldn't sit on me while I was doing it. He did get a few opportunities this week to get a good rub from The Saint though...
Sewing...and you know he had to do his Captain Morgan pose in his new jammies...

and shopping the internets.




Most gifty things are taken care of. There is a pair of sock-type-things being knit...
and I need to come up with a son-in-law gift...I haven't had a genius idea about that yet. It's going to be hard to beat the Swamp People t-shirt I got him last year.

Thank you for stopping in. Have a great weekend!

Friday, December 7, 2012

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Hello! Thank you for stopping here and checking out what's been going on. This post is part of Fiber Arts Friday, a blog circus hosted by Wisdom Begins In Wonder. If you'd like to see more fibery stuff created by other talented folks go check it out by clicking through the link.

It's been pretty busy around here this week. I've gotten over my Serenity-Blanket-is-finished let-down and gotten started on a new hat for someone special for Christmas. I enjoy colorwork.
Pattern: Skull Hat
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needle: US 7 & US 8
Provisional cast on

Since I had a day off on Wednesday I had time to get a couple pair of Pajammy pants mostly done for The Saint. He likes fun fabrics...

I'm wishing we would get some real winter weather. I have so much knitwear that I could employ if it would get and stay cold outside. It's a bit much when the temperature is 60F though.

Winston has enjoyed his no-holds-barred diet the past week. The vet said to give him anything he'll eat so he's been livin large in the food department. Val posted a link to a Daily Puglet post that I thought said it best. (get your hankies handy) It'd been awhile since I read it before and it was good a good reminder. Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts. We appreciate them so much.

I finished a little pink scarf for this cutie last week...
Isn't Evelyn adorable? She's the daughter of my co-worker Angie. Thanks to her for taking this pic.

I hope you all have a great weekend and that you get to spend some time enjoying some fiber activities. Now I've got a few more seams to sew...