Saturday, December 03, 2016

Christmas Knitting Continued and a Baby Blanket

I finished that scarf for my friend. I think it's quite handsome.

Hope he likes it. Men can be persnickety about clothes sometimes.

I also started knitting a candy-cane hat for a friend's little girl. It's her first Christmas so I wanted to make her something special.


Of course, now it occurs to me that I might have to make something for her older siblings, too, so they don't get jealous. I'll have to give it some thought.

My nephew's mom recently got married and she's already expecting a baby, so I'm going to make a blanket with this yarn.

She isn't due until next June, though, so I'm setting aside the yarn until after I'm done with my Christmas gifts. This is going to be a big adjustment for my nephew. He'll be nearly 10 by the time his half-sibling is born. It will be interesting to see the dynamic between them, given the big age gap.

Since I have so much time, I may even make another prayer shawl before I start the baby blanket. I heard from the ladies at church who are organizing the prayer shawl ministry that a couple of our shawls have been given out and were very well received. The pastor is really happy about the ministry and wants us to continue it. It's always gratifying to know that your work is appreciated.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Christmas Knitting and a Limited Edition Yarn

I wasn't planning to knit any Christmas gifts this year but this woman in my church choir has been kind enough to pick me up for every rehearsal (I don't have a car), so I decided to make a jagged little cowl for her. She's very stylish so I think she'll like this striped chevron pattern. The yarns are both Stroll tonal from Knit Picks.

I had plenty left over so I decided to also make a scarf for my choir director, who also sometimes gives me rides home from rehearsal. He's also a great friend. These colors are going to look great with his blueberry eyes. I'm using the mistake stitch rib pattern.

The ladies over at Mason-Dixon Knitting commissioned Jill Draper to make a custom color way of her amazing Rifton yarn. I resisted for a while but finally bought one. Isn't it gorgeous? This photo doesn't do it justice.


I haven't decided what to make with it yet. Once I do, you know I'll post pictures.

Are you knitting Christmas gifts? If so, I wish you lots of happy holiday knitting.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Crocheted Cowl

I finished crocheting this cowl during my lunch break yesterday. I think I'm going to wear it for the first time this evening. The colors are perfect for the season.

I've already cast on for another cowl (a knitted one), but this one will be a Christmas gift for a friend. Photos will follow when it's done.

Monday, October 17, 2016

New Books, New Projects

I've acquired some new knitting and crocheting books lately. Some friends gave me an Amazon gift card and I used it to buy this one from Arne & Carlos. I'm excited to sit down and take a look at it tonight. I also ordered a book of crocheted dishcloth patterns but it hasn't arrived yet.

Both of these books were birthday gifts from a friend. All the patterns in this book are extremely colorful and fun, but I'm especially excited to try my hand at crocheting some of the Christmas ornaments.

I got this one because, although I love a challenge, once in a while I want something easy to make, and this book has some easy but gorgeous patterns.

Finally, the first of the Mason-Dixon field guides arrived in my mailbox today. I love this concept of a series of small knitting books each on a separate topic. I can't wait to see what they come up with next.

I've been working on two new projects, one knit and one crochet.  This crocheted cowl is made with some Knit Picks Capretta yarn I had in the stash.

This lace scarf is knitted with the gradient yarn I got from Fiber Optic Yarn at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool festival last month.


I've been switching back and forth between the two projects depending on my mood or whenever I get bored with what I'm working on. Now I just wish it would get cool so I could start wearing all this stuff I'm making. This fall has been way too warm. It was 80 degrees today! This weather is ridiculous.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Second Finished Prayer Shawl

I finally finished that blue prayer shawl I started a while back. I'm happy with how it turned out. I used Mighty Stitch bulky from Knit Picks and size 11 needles, so it worked up pretty quickly.

I think I'm done with charity knitting for the rest of the year. I've done stuff for Afghans for Afghans, Christmas at Sea, and this church prayer shawl ministry. I may do a couple of Christmas gifts for family members, but other than that, the rest of my knitting and crocheting this year will be for myself. I need some more wool socks before winter, too.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Fest

Today I went to the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival for the first time. It was raining when we arrived, but it cleared up and the day ended up being gorgeous. We got to see lots of sheep (and a few goats and rabbits). We also got to watch some border collies compete in sheep-herding. And of course, we went shopping.

I went over budget, but I don't care. I found some gorgeous stuff and can't wait to use it.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Few More Crocheted Items and Another Prayer Shawl

I've been practicing crochet off and on and have managed to make three more dish cloths. This one is just plain single crochet with a chain border.

This shell one turned out much better than I expected.

This modified granny square one got a little weird in the final rounds. However, I'm feeling more confident and think I'm ready to tackle a real (but simple) project, like a scarf.

I also started another prayer shawl.

I love how that knit 3, purl 3 pattern looks in stripes. I bought various blues, purples, and greens and am going to switch colors as I run out, just to add a little more interest.

What are you knitting as summer winds down? Are you already starting on cold-weather items?