Sunday, November 29, 2009

Santa Baby

Here is Scout's newest hat. I adapted my regular sock cap pattern by using size 9 needles but still casting on 56 stitches. Heading to my stash I chose TLC Essentials in #2319, Cherry Red. I have used various yarns in the past for the white but this time used Lion Brand Wool-Ease white multi #602-301. It has a little strand of sparkle running though it that gives it a nice look. I usually put a bell on the end but for any of my baby Santa hats I knit the white that matches the brim since babies put everything in their mouths. By her expression Scout seems to like the hat.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Snowmen Hats

Here are the girls finished snowmen hats. It worked perfect to give them to them today as there was a cold snap and they could use them on the playground. The pattern is from Lion Brand and the white yarn is Lion Brand Holiday Homespun in Starlight #200. The black and orange are just leftover worsted weight yarn. I am really not too crazy about Homespun but saw this and thought it was very cute. Then I got an e-mail from Scout, she types very well for an 8 month old, requesting the hat. I already had both of them finished. I was worried about the sizes because after I knitted them they looked too big. Happily they both fit great.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Helmet Liners

I made this helmet liner this weekend. Yarn Heaven, a LYS in the DFW area is collecting helmet liners to send to our troops in Afghanistan. This pattern came from Lion Brand Yarn that is linked to Yarn Heaven's web site. The pattern was originally from Bonnie Long. I have never made this style before but it was super easy and actually very fun. I used Dark Horse Yarns Rhapsody in color #64 brown that I purchased from Shabby Sheep. It is 100% Merino wool and very soft. I was pleased with the feel of the yarn but it must definitely be washed as it does have a shall we say woolly smell. When Joseph was in Iraq we were told to send things in 100% wool for two reasons. One, it is very warm. Two, you do not want any type of acrylic because of the danger of it melting. Even those great UnderArmor t-shirts were not allowed simply for safety. If you are interested in supporting our troops by making these helmet liners the info is at and there is also a group on Ravelry.

Monday, November 16, 2009

One Down, One To Go

One Monkey Sock is finished. These are really cool socks and so much fun to make. The only change I made while knitting them was to make the strong sturdy heel instead of the regular one in the pattern. I'm off to cast on the second sock.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Monkey Socks

No not socks that look like monkeys but CookieA's Monkey Socks. This is the first time I have made these and I am hooked. I am using Tofutsies in color #918. The pictures do not do the colors justice. They are bright oranges, reds and yellows. I am sure I will be making many more of this pattern.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veteran's Day 2009

Today we pause to honor all those who have served in our military. It is because of their sacrifices that we are able to enjoy the freedoms that we do. May we never take this for granted.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Another Pair of Socks Finished

Well, I finished what I called the Regia Redo 2. I actually feel a real sense of accomplishment. I am trying to use stash yarn for my socks before I buy anymore yarn. Yeah, right I know. These are the ones I talked about earlier the yarn being rescued from the bottom of the drawer since I would never wear the socks since they were huge. What was funny was as I started the second sock I noticed that they would not match. Actually this would make my sister very happy as she likes things that are "off" a little whereas I like things that match. This must be because that is the only place in my life where I have any control, my knitting. And at that thought, my RA has been giving me fits lately. I think it is the weather change and the fact that it has been nearly 80 degrees in November. I wake up and think what the heck is going on here. But I digress so back to the socks. Thank you Yarn Harlot for your Basic Sock Recipe. It has changed my thoughts about socks and now I cannot knit enough of them. As I knew there was not enough of the "old" yarn left I bought the blue to "match" for the rib, toe and heel. I really like them even though the stripes don't match exactly and no JE, you live in Florida so you can't have them.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Birthday Jo!

Today was Jo's 4th birthday. We had a Three Musketeer's Barbie birthday this year. It was a beautiful warm fall day with the sun shining. we had worried about that earlier in the week since it has been raining so much. There was a big turnout for the party and her gifts look like the Barbie aisle at WalMart. Everyone had a great time even Scout who was perfectly happy in her swing.