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Monday, February 23, 2009

One of those weeks

I have lots of knitting to share, but not a chance to take photos. More to come soon. But I did find a funny photo to share.

Last year, Lilee and I went to visit her dad and we went to the zoo!I really love this photo because I told them to look mean and they both made the same face!

As Lil gets older, it is so much fun going places like this with her. I remember doing the same things with Josh, but somehow it was different! Although he was a cutie too!

Sometimes it is hard to believe that he is going to be 20 this year! He is still just as cute, but a whole lot taller!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Noro Heaven

I have a love for Noro yarn, Kureyon, Silk Garden, anything Noro. I love the colors. The problem is I tend to buy 1 or 2 skeins at a time when they are on sale. Well, in the name of stash busting I made my Hubby a blanket.

I was inspired by this pattern. Victoria, the owner of my local yarn shop, Circle of Yarns, has a sample of this pattern in her store. I loved the shape so much that I bought the pattern to figure out how they made the squares. Well, the do them flat and then seam them up.......yuck! So as my usual, I set out to figure out how to do them in the round and have no sewing to do.

And Voila, this is what I came up with. A beautiful stash busting lap blanket for keeping warm under. I love the colors and the fact that is is round and was a lot of fun seeing the colors come out as I made the blocks. I matress stitched them together and presented it to hubby.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Adventures in Crochet

I started my Christmas gifts for last year in April. I wanted to hand make at least one thing for each person on my list. I did pretty good over all. The one that was the most fun was this granny square blanket for Lilee. I used this book for inspiration, a bit of imagination and Encore worsted weight yarn! Crochet usually hurts my arm. But I found these wonderful crochet hooks from Clover and they saved the day. As I got to the end, I decided I needed more length and did rows of smaller squares instead of another row of big squares. For the edging I did two rounds of double crochet shells. I am quite happy with it and would like to make another one for me. So it is on the loooong list of things I'd like to make.

Lilee's Birthday is right after Christmas. I usually ask her what she wants for her birthday because I always want to make it special and seperate from Christmas, I was alreay half way into her blanket at this point. Her answer was that she wanted a big girl blanket for her bed! Whew......

I barely got this done. I was working on it right up to the night before her birthday. I fibbed and told her that it was for her Opa and that I was working hard to finish it. When she went to bed on the night before I told here I would leave a present on her bed to open first thing in the morning. I finished the blanket and laid it atop her while she was sleeping, looking like an angel.

Well, she came and woke me in the morning, with a frown and announced that there was no present on her bed. I told her, are you sure? go look again, she looked at me like I was crazy and went to look and stomped back up the stairs and informed me......that there really wasn't a present on her bed. By this time I was having a hard time hold back my laughter and she was getting upset with me. So I asked her what blanket did she sleep with last night and asked her to go look and tell me..... a few seconds later I heard a squeal of delight and she came running upstairs with her big girl blanket, looked me in the eye and asked me how did I know that she liked pink?

I told her Grammas just know things like that.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009's about time

It has been almost a year since my last post.......almost a year since my father died....and I am okay. Actually, I am quite good. I have a wonderful family and a great husband, and a house full of funny, annoying pets.

I read quite a few blogs and am always impressed with how open people seem to be and how generous they are with sharing their lives. Well, I seem to be such a lurker, but I am going to make an effort to share more.

I have been knitting my brains out and starting to design some patterns. So this seems to be a good place to share those!

These fingerless mitten are the very first pattern I designed all by my self. I need to get those written up so I can share the pattern! Lilee really likes you can see from her "real" smile and not the fakey school picture smile she usually give me.

So I have a lot of catching up to do! I am off to sort photos and figure out what to share next!