Saturday, December 30, 2006

Happy Holidays!

I realize I've been late with everything this year so forgive the lateness of my wishes. I'm sorry that things have been so hectic I have barely looked at your blogs in so long...I plan on catching up when I wake up on New Year's Day.

So here is a shrug I've made out of ribbon for the shop. The Vixen is not the easiest to work with because of the cord that holds everything together. But I do like the fact it lends itself into being more tube-like then flat. This is easy as pie and a snap to do. I will make another one later in feather and fan for Spring.

This is a poncho that I made for Yule. You YO, K2, YO in the two corners on every other row and it increases beautifully. I used Patons and Cascade ribbon and I really liked the way this came out.

Here is shawl I made in EL Silky Wool and Cascade ribbon for my MIL. It is classic Red Hat style and I really enjoyed making it. The pattern is in Lavish Lace and I will be making it again.

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday season! And....Indigo - thank you for the beautiful dishcloth. I ran out of cotton but yours will be on its way soon.

Happy crafting,


Sunday, December 10, 2006

See Penguins Do Live In My Fridge

Welcome, Pablo the Penguin to my menagerie of animal critters. He was really hard to make. Most every part of him confounded me since the directions were not the best and took three knitters to figure them out. But that aside, I did the best I could and I think he is cute. I just hope my sister likes him.

Happy crafting,


Monday, December 04, 2006

Finding Serenity in Chaos

This was the first weekend in so long that I went to bed on Sunday feeling a sense of harmony. That’s not to say the weekend didn’t have its ups and downs but I was able to meet them with grace and not kicking and screaming. And let me tell you it is a good feeling. :)

I’ve been so crazy as of late that I had forgotten how to let go. But (deep breath) I am remembering how to find serenity again amidst the chaos of life thanks to this weekend. Funny how something so normal and insignificant can make you feel whole again. So can rows upon rows of merino. Ah, merino…

This is the pinwheel blanket that I’ve wanted to finish but other things got in the way. Notice the picot edging. I have fallen in love with this edging. And I think it is a good part of why I feel so serene; silly as that may be.

Here is Mom’s new lap blanket with (you guessed it) more picot edging. This time I was going for a rolling edge and I really like it. I used SWT soy and EL silky wool. I have to make something else that I can put this edging on…

“Don’t look at me,” says the penguin.
“Not me either,” says the sheep.

Oh well…you both have to sleep sometime… (heh)

Okay, so I guess I need to update since this is a new month and all.


* Finish shrug – never got to
* Make another dishcloth - done
* Make a penguin – almost done
* Work on pinwheel blanket - done
* Work on sheep – never got to
* Make another lap blanket – done

I’m really not going to complain considering how crazy November was.

• Finish shrug
• Finish penguin
• Finish sheep
• Work on crochet class I, II, III
• Write up shrug pattern
• Work up reversible cable class

I guess after seeing my goals you might have a question or two. I decided to teach crochet at the LYS and I’m making a blanket of stitches that you can make in three parts or two or whatever your desired skill level is. I have always crocheted in between my knitting so I think this provides a nice break for me.

Also because of some slander at another knitting shop about my ability as a teacher which I will not rant about since I am feeling so darn serene today…I have decided to go for my TKGA Master Knitter title. I know it will not be easy but knowing is half the battle (yo Joe) and I would rather be knowledgeable then fight someone who feels they have to demean others.

***Thank you for everyone's prayers and good thoughts. They mean so much to me!***

***I wanted to send Von, Sue, and Denise a special shout out. Thank you for the lovely dishcloths! I love them!***

***Also for all you gamers out there…may this serve as a warning…the Wii is so much fun that you will find it hard to put it down…if only I could knit with it!***

So whatever you celebrate (Chrismahannukwanzawalisolstice) I hope the seasons bring you serenity within the chaos that warms your heart and enriches your soul.

Happy crafting,