Friday, September 16, 2016

A Shawl for new member of the family

I made this shawl for a new member of our family.  It was getting close to the wedding date when I decided that maybe I needed to make something special to welcome the bride into our family.  This is the Uhura shawl found on Ravelry.  I added tons of beads.  At one point during the making of the shawl, a box of beads hit the floor so it was like 52 pickup except with 500 beads.  But the end result made me happy.  She was very happy to receive the gift as well.  I also made her a pair of barefoot sandals by Chandi once I heard that she was going to be barefoot for the wedding.
This is the shawl being blocked. 
I did enjoy making this shawl and it actually made up very quickly. You can see the barefoot sandals in the collage.  I also added beads to the sandal pattern.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Dr Who Scarf started

I am working on a Doctor Who Scarf. It is a double knit pattern from the Nerdy Knitter.  I only have the first pattern done.  This is to be a birthday present.    The other side is white with blue. 

I made this double knit scarf for my son in law.  I found patterns on Ravelry for the Harry Potter charts.  They were actually dishcloth patterns but I used the parts I needed to complete the

Monday, April 25, 2016

 This is the Mithril Vest that I knitted for my daughter.  She had requested one after seeing the pattern on Ravelry.  This is by Susan Pandorf of Sunflower Designs  I purchased her ebook last year as a Christmas present for myself.  There were so many beautiful designs it was hard to decide which one to start with.  My daughter made that decision for me.

I am very proud of this project.  It is made from merino superwash yarn and had over 500 beads on the front.  I think if I made it again I would choice darker beads so they would show up better.  But my daughter wanted to the color and beads as close to the original as possible.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

 These were finished in time for Christmas this year.  They are both double knit.  So the design is visible on both side of the scarf and the hat can be worn with either side showing.  Word of advice if you are going to start a double knit project keep in mind it is like to making two projects and takes about the same time as making two.  Also your gauge will be different so consider that if you going to make your own design.  I found that when I started the skull hat that I was making a cowl instead of the hat because I figured the pattern using the gauge I usually get when using worsted weight and size 4 needles.  Now I am on my way to start a pair of fingerless gloves to match the red and black in the set.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Christmas knitting has begun

This is a combination of several charts. The dark mark I found on Ravelry…/libra…/harry-potter-dark-mark-chart. The others are based on deathflake pattern and other skull patterns I have found on the internet. This will be a gift for my grandson.  He is really into skulls.  I wanted to add a spider to keep with the Harry Potter items but apparently he hates spiders.  So stuck to the Dark Mark and skulls.  I will be scouring for dinosaur patterns soon for the other grandson.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Summer is Over

The kids have all started back to school.  The school bell is ringing and the buses are making their way out and about. 

I remember how empty the house always seemed the first day of school.  How I had wanted just a day without baking, crafts, tea parties, picnics, listening to the arguing over the tv, and all the other little things they did all day.  Then once that first day was here it was like I was lost.

Mothers with little ones who have the privilege of being able to stay home with them at least through preschool treasure those moments.  They are gone so quickly.

The older I get the more I realize that my Aunt Ruth was right.  The older you get the faster time goes. 

Slow down, take your time.  Some day you will wish that you could hold them in your lap again.  To pass the day in the backyard picnicking.  To know you could glance out your kitchen window and smile at their antics or rush out the back door to settle a dispute. 

Although now it seems like summer lasts forever and you are as ready for them to go back as they are to get out of the house and start a new adventure, treasure it.  Once it is gone, it is gone. 

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