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Been Ages…Back To Posting

December 24, 2010

Been hard at work on a Christmas present for Cheryl…

Entrelac Scarf

Should be done by tomorrow…PLEASE!  Procrastination really does come back to nip you in the butt if you aren’t careful!  I’ll post pictures as soon as all the projects are done!

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not sure if i should write a pattern for this one

January 1, 2010

I have a Jewish friend who asked for a hat for Hanukkah.  I had started on a very pretty tweed-looking hat when he texted me and asked if I could put Diesel in his hat — Diesel being his 100 lb. black dog.  It took me a while to figure out how I might do it.  I ended up deciding on making a basic hat pattern but then I took a pattern for a dishcloth with a dog on it because I couldn’t find a dog hat.  Instead of doing the knitting and purling it called for, I changed between the two colors.  Here’s a picture of the hat.

Puppy Beanie Design

Puppy Beanie

I think it’s a great pattern for a dog lover.  Plus, there aren’t any dog hat patterns that I could find anywhere.  Please give me some input as I took pretty careful notes as I was knitting and should be able to manage a pattern out of it!

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so much work done

December 29, 2009

I got everything but my cross stitch done.  Thankfully, I was able to find a gift for my aunt and uncle because I never got around to the cross stitch projects.  The first one that I was able to finish was Emma’s Frog Princess.  It was suppose to be a Frog Prince but because of the recent movie that came out, I thought that the Frog Princess idea would be very cute.  All I did was add a braid under the crown, but it made it very cute.

Emma's Frog Princess

I also got Michelle’s scarf finished.  I kind of pooped out at the last minute and only let it get long enough for it to go around her neck and wrap through once.  It still looks very nice, especially with the coral-colored buttons!

Michelle's Wave Scarf

Melissa’s mittens turned out great too.  The pattern has you use both US 5 & US 7 needles for them, but I kept the US 5 on the whole time because I forgot the US 7 dpn’s at home.  They turned out great and she LOVES them!

Melissa's Subway Mittens

Because my mom was off from work on the Monday before we left for Pittsburgh, I wasn’t able to get either of her projects done.  While we were in Pittsburgh we went to Knit One, which was just an amazing yarn store, we got some Ozark Handspun and I made her a wonderful cowl out of it.  This ended up being a replacement Christmas present and it turned out just wonderfully!

Mom's Ozark Handspun Cowl

That was all of my holiday knitting that I got done on the trip.  Because I got my tonsils out yesterday, I will have even more time on my hands to get more knitting projects done.  I can’t wait to get to them and be able to share them with you as well!  Hope everyone had a wonderful and  Merry Christmas.  If I don’t post before New Year’s Eve, Happy New Year to everyone as well!

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snow snow snow

December 20, 2009

Well, thanks to all the snow that we got here in Northern Virginia, I was able to get some work done on my mom’s Christmas presents.  The snow here is at a level I haven’t seen since I was in elementary school back in ’96!  Here’s just a couple views of our street and our house after about 3 hours of shoveling snow.

Our Street

Our House

Because of all this insane amount of snow that we had — accumulated in only one day — I was able to get to start my mom’s other Christmas present while the one that I started originially had to sit because she would know what it was when she saw it.  I’m making her the MancalaMia from knitty [here].  I’ve gotten the base of it done as well as one of the large bowls.  Here’s the progress so far.

MancalaMia

On top of that, I have been working on a great cross stitch for her as well.  For those of you unaware, my mom is a huge quilter.  I found in one of my cross stitch books a pattern for a “quilt block of the month” cross stitch sampler.  I began by completing each block, but quickly realized that the best way would be to get all the colors except white and the outlines and I have gotten much more done, although I still have more than half of it left.  It really does look great!

Sampler Close-Up

Sampler

 

I have been working furiously because we’re leaving for Pittsburgh on Tuesday and I won’t be able to work on her presents if we’re together for it all, so I really only have about 36 hours to get these two done.  Hopefully I can get to it all before then.  At least it will give me the car ride there and the car ride back to finish everyone else’s presents.  I hope everyone enjoys the snow around here and, from what I hear, up and down the east coast.

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falls church stitch ‘n bitch

December 15, 2009

So, I’ve gotten to the point where I  really don’t think that I can make sure to finish knitting projects without some support and since the two closest Stitch ‘n Bitch groups were in Reston and over the bridge in DC, I figured why not start one right here in Falls Church??  I think that we’ve decided that we’re going to have our meeting place at the Panera at Bailey’s Crossroads — this is only tentative.  I’m hoping to be able to meet some great new people and even make some wonderful new friends!  Check out our brand new group on Ravelry and join us if you’re in the area.

Falls Church Stitch 'n Bitch

Hopefully we get a nice showing!  Does anyone have experience in trying to start up a knitting circle?  Any advice you think is really important?  I look forward to hearing from you!

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such an amazing pattern, it must be shared

December 15, 2009

I am going through my usual list of blogs and this time I can finally respond to them with a link back to my own blog!  I happened to stumble upon one of the most beautiful sweaters I’ve seen in a while.  The original pattern is September [on Ravelry here] but she has made some wonderful alterations [on Ravelry here] to it that I’m going to have to cast on as soon as I finish my holiday knitting.  For those without Ravelry, which just seems crazy to me, here are a few pictures:

     September Sweater

 

Now if that isn’t one of the most beautiful sweaters you’ve seen, you’re just crazy.  But anyways, it’s time to get back to my blog commenting — yay!  Hope everyone else enjoys this sweater just as much as I have so far and I’m sure that I will once it’s finished and on me!

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holiday knitting

December 14, 2009

It always seems as though no matter how much time I give myself to complete projects that will be gifts, I never quite have enough time to get them all done.  There is quite a list of things that I need done…

  • Mom: sampler cross stitch
    55% Complete
  • Michelle: pink wave scarf
    90% Complete
  • Melissa: pink pocket mittens
    0% Complete
  • Cheryl: angel cross stitch
    35% Complete
  • Harry: lazy dog cross stitch
    5% Complete
  • Giorgio: fair isle hat
    100% Complete
  • Emma: knitted frog princess
    95% Complete

What am I going to do?!  I’m really not sure that there is any way for me to get all these projects done in a week and a half!  Well, I guess I should stop blogging and get to work, eh?  Hope everyone else’s knitting/crafting for the holidays is going better than mine is!

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