Category Archives: Knitting

February Lady

Well, it’s February. A year later than I originally hoped to wear my February Lady Sweater, but hey, it happens!!!

As it seems to be happening lately, my plans do not always equal reality. Wearing this to church & having Keith take the pictures didn’t pan out- kids were too sick and boogery to go so we stayed home. Neither did having my friend Michelle take a pic at sewing class. Her daughter was throwing up for days on end and she didn’t make it to class Tuesday night. Then I thought I could wear it to MOPS (which I did) and have a friend take a picture, but my son was super sick and his pediatrician’s office said they wanted to see him….. so I had to leave early in order to take him to the doctors and be back in time to pick up #1 from preschool.

Flexibility is something you need as a mom I guess!

My creation

I had to make do with my self timer and stacked a couple books to put the camera on. Excuse the “vogue” pose. I took a ton, but it was one of the only ones I didn’t look frumpy in!

I love the sweater! It’s the best fitting sweater I have ever knit. Pretty flattering too- as handknits can tend to make you look a little plumper than usual. At least the ones I have made. The design was awesome and you can’t beat a free Raverly download! I enjoyed the lace repeats, once you get in a rhythm it’s no work at all.

Now, how many variations can I wear this in the month of February?

Friday FO* Sneak Peek

(For my non-knitting friends, “FO” is knitting-speak for “Finished Object”)

February Lady Sweater gull lace

This green beauty was over a year in the making. Not that knitting a sweater should take that long, but when you start a sweater when pregnant with #2 and chose to focus your little post partum time on survival, well, this sweater sat untouched on the needles for a very. long. time.

Knitty friends, do you know which pattern this is?

I’m very excited to have finally finished it! It feels so good to be creating things again. A sense of accomplishment in my daily repeats. I am planning on wearing it to church on Sunday and have Keith do a proper photo shoot of my finished creation!!!

A joking and not so joking matter

I’ve been working on some resurrected WIPS, namely these socks I started, um, over two years ago.

I call them my Jester Socks, because of their crazy colors. They actually go with those crazy knee highs from Vogue that I made a few years ago.

I wanted detachable socks, so I could have the option of knee highs or socks. So I made some Jester Socks.

The not so joking matter? I live near Buffalo, and a commercial plane crashed last night into a neighborhood on the flight path. Everyone on board died.

I don’t know of anyone personally that was on the flight, but I do know a few people who’s husbands are emergency responders or work for some of the agencies on the scene.

The only place for comfort is Jesus. This morning I read from Psalm 46, 62, and 121. If you have a bible, check those out. If not, I linked to biblegateway. Truly, God’s Word is amazing and He is the only source for true joy, comfort, peace, and healing in troubling times. (Thus my knitting and bible in the first pic).

Hold tight to your loved ones and hold tight to the Lord.

Blocking Chaos

I was just wondering…

Does anyone else’s dining table look like this when they are blocking a sweater?

Pure chaos? Pieces pinned to ugly old towels, the nearest books holding them in place?

I think I want a blocking board. Or a friend who has one.

Keeping Warm

I took a short break this past weekend from my sweater to knit Sweet Pea a new hat. All of her old ones didn’t fit and I was feeling mildly guilty stuffing her cranium into size 6-12 month hats or throwing a blanket over her head when we went out in the tundra winter-wonderland. So I scrounged up some Lamb’s Pride and went to my trusty Last Minute Knitted Gifts to create yet another one of Kim’s Hats.

It’s taken me several days to capture my child wearing her new hat. Most of the pictures I took look like this:

I ran out of pink yarn, so I found some unidentified purple chunky yarn in my stash to complete the earflaps, ties, etc. I thought the flower was a fun and whimsical addition to tie in the purple. Lamb’s Pride is amazing yarn to work with and it is extremely functional in cold-weather wear. The thickness of the wool keeps moisture from snowflakes away and my baby’s head is always toasty warm.

One of the things I love about Kim’s Hat pattern is that there are several different types of patterns and you are encouraged to experiment with colors and styles to create something all your own. I hope Sweet Pea grows to love this hat as much as I do!

Street Progress

Street Smart Hoodie, that is.

I have 2/3s of the first sleeve done…. and I wish I had this sweater finished because it is a balmy 5 degrees today!

Christmas In January

Whew! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Christmas was fun, but then our entire household got sick, with me getting the worst of it. It’s no fun when Mama is ill! Thankfully I was well on the mend before my in-laws arrived for our first annual “Christmas In January.”

As I mentioned a few posts back, this year was a handmade Christmas. We were really moved by the Advent Conspiracy and wanted to participate in helping build water wells for the people of Sierra Leon. By careful budgeting and some craftiness, we were able to do so. I’d encourage everybody to check out the Advent Conspiracy for next Christmas- it was a breath of fresh air!

I think that many people have felt like the meaning of Christmas has been lost, taken over by commercialism. It was estimated that Americans would spend $450 BILLION on Christmas in 2008, and yet solving the worldwide humanitarian crisis of lack of clean drinking water would cost $10 BILLION.

Quite the drop in the bucket, eh?

So, what did we make???

This is one of five aprons I made. This particular one was for my sister-in-law, who is an amazing cook and wore this last week while she and her husband prepared the greatest roasted chicken dinner I’ve ever had.

A cable knit purse for my aunt, gizzly bear pajama pants for my husband, brother, cousin, and uncle (yes, they all match and no, I have not been able to get them to wear them at the same time for a photo-op), and brown and blue paisely lounge pants from Amy Butler’s In Stitches for my mom. My female cousins and my brother’s girlfriend received pajama pants that matched Sweet Pea’s lounge pants. No photo there either 😦

House Slippers from Knit Two Together for my sister-in-law and Keith.

We made Habanero Jelly with peppers from a friend’s garden. We also made grape jelly with grapes we picked!

I made my mother-in-law the Kimono from In Stitches and forgot to take a picture. They haven’t left yet, so maybe I can get a photo before they leave!