First FO for 2020 and a Little Knitting Humor :)

Leg Wamers  I started these leg warmers just before Christmas and didn’t get them finished in time.  So they are my first FO of 2020.  This is a pattern from Creative Knitting Magazine Autumn 2013, the pattern is called Colorfully Comfortable Leg Warmers by Kathy North.  The pattern has a different cable running down the front but I decided not to add them, they are for a teenager and felt the busy color was enough going on.  I used a size 10 12″ circular (because I didn’t have a size 9 😦 , I can’t remember what the maker of the needle is because I can’t find the package it came in, so unlike me) and a size 9 16″ Knitters Pride Karbonz circular (love Karbonz).  She loves them, hope they help keep her warm on her walks to and from school this winter, we get very cold in Jan and Feb.  Actually it is snowing right now!  Weather said between 1 and 3 inches, I think it will be closer to 1.

  Thought this knitting humor would be perfect to start the new year. 🙂

Merry Christmas 2019

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From the Book of Mormon on Christmas Eve day

“And it came to pass that he cried mightily unto the Lord all that day; and behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying:

Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfill all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets” 3 Nephi 1:12-13

May you all have a blessed and wonderful Christmas, and may the peace of this season be with you through out the New Year.

Enjoy this video about Christ’s birth 🙂

https://www.comeuntochrist.org/light-the-world/the-christ-child

Craft Fair and New Progress Keepers :)

I bought a new progress keeper that I have been saving for.  It is a hand crafted polymer progress keeper.  I bought the little duck in a bottle (looks like it’s swimming in the bottle.)  She buys the bottles but crafts the duck and puts the stuff in the bottom to look like water.  Her crafting is amazing!  She also sent a cinnamon roll progress keeper and a crown stitch marker.  Please go check out her shop CharmingMinisShop on Etsy, you will be amazed at her crafting skills.

I was asked to help a family member at a Mall Christmas craft fair.   His spouse was out of town and he needed help and I happily agreed to help with their alpaca merchandise.  I have included some pictures of his set up and some cute Alpaca stuffies on his table.  The yarn is from their herd.  I did this on Saturday and after Church on Sunday.  It was fun, I was encouraged to bring my spinning wheel to spin there, so I brought my Rick Reeves Wheel, which allowed me to get some spinning practice on it. 🙂  Since it is a double drive wheel, and I’m not real practiced on those (I’ve always used a scotch tension drive) and since alpaca is a slippery fiber, I blended some alpaca with a little wool on my blending board so that it was a little more grabby and easier to spin on a different wheel.  Went well :).

Hope everyone is having a great December :).

December is finally here! Plus Flax Sweater is Finished!

I finished the Flax infant sweater by Tin Can Knits.  Love her design, knit from the top down and no joining or sewing up seams, perfect!!  Wish to colors showed up better, I seriously lack photo skills!  It has light blue, pink, purple, green and yellow.

The 2nd picture is a musical clock that I received as a gift on Thanksgiving.  My son’s mother-in-law and I exchange gifts on Thanksgiving and this was the gift she gave me.  My eyes almost popped out of my head, I love it so much.  It plays music on the hr and turns off the musical chimes when it’s dark so it won’t wake you up, how is that for awesome.  I gave her the Changing Stair Cases shawl  I had been knitting for her, hehe, she was also very excited :), lace shawls will do that ;).  Life is good :P.  I’m still working on some Charity hats, but I need to pick my next project.  Well actually I think it has picked me and I need to finish my spin for the hat I’m making for my family member.  I will have some time later this week to work on finishing it.  Hope everyone has a great December, only 3 or 4 more months (depending on where you live) until Spring :P.

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving Day

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving day with family and friends.  May we remember those who have less.  Sharing what we have is a blessing to others, not only lifting them but us as well.  I hope we can all find ways to bless the lives of others.

Another Flax Sweater Started

Flax baby sweater 2a

The color in this picture is not showing as colorful as it is, it’s a white with lots of colors (lavender, green, pink and purple running through it, sigh, I’m not a good photographer).  I used the same yarn and needle sizes that I used on the other Flax sweater .  You can see the color a little better on the hat .  I love the construction on this sweater and it’s a free pattern.  Knitting these small sweaters is pretty fast and addictive.  But you can knit larger ones, the sizing goes up to 4XL.

Trying to shake another cold, so sick (pun intended :P) and tired of catching stuff, ugh.  No choir Christmas singing for me this year because it has wrecked my voice for the next month or so, makes me so sad :(.

Veteran’s Day 2019

Veteran's Day

For our Military, who have given service and sacrificed for our freedom!

 

I would like to take a moment to thank all those veterans who fought in the various wars and “police actions” for our freedom.   Thank you for your service, and thank you to your families for allowing you to do that.

I would also like to thank my Dad, who is also a Veteran!

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Happy Birthday Dad and FO Flax Sweater

My Dad

Happy Belated Birthday Dad.  I didn’t forget (hope you got your birthday card in time), I just haven’t been on line much this past week.  Hoping you had a very happy birthday!!!

 

Flax Sweater size 6 month to 1 year

Well, it is finished, you can read more about the yarn and needles in the previous post.  I will have to figure out what to do to keep the stitches that I am holding for the sleeves (the sweater is knit in one piece, love that!) to keep them from getting too tight while they sit there waiting their turn to be knit.  If anyone has more experience in how to keep hold stitches from getting too tight please let me know.  You can see the little line where I took them off the yarn that was holding them for later use.  I know my friend’s daughter won’t mind, she will just be tickled to get a hand knit sweater for her baby.  I was knitting the newborn to 6 month size but it turned out larger than I thought it would, 6 month to 1 year.  But babies grow fast and better to turn up the sleeve cuff and the baby be able to wear it all winter than not.  I think I will knit another one to match the hat I made for my friends little one. 🙂  FO for my non knitting friends is a knitting term that means finished object :).

Started another charity hat (my mindless knitting that also helps others).  I’ll post a picture of it, or my progress of it, in a few days.  I also need to get to work on the spinning I’m working on, which was going to be toward the wedding shawl I am going to knit for a family member.  I made this same family member a hat a couple of years ago and she lost the hat sometime this past summer (long story, wasn’t her fault honest), and she has requested, with a ton of apologies, another hat just like it, so the spin will now be for that.   So hat first then shawl.  There is always a never ending list of things to knit, and as long as they space themselves out it’s all good  :).

Flax Infant Sweater and SNOW

I am working on the Flax sweater for an infant for a friend (size 6 months to 1 year.)  The Flax pullover sweater is a free pattern by Tin Can Knits and it’s a really easy sweater to knit and goes from sizes newborn to 4XL.  I am at the bottom ribbing on the body, I will be starting the sleeves tomorrow :).  It’s done from the top down so there won’t be any sewing things together.  🙂  I am using I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby and size 5 (for the neck ribbing) 16″ circular Knitter’s Pride Karbonz needles (I am loving the Karbonz they are mostly carbon fiber with brass tips so they are not super slippery like metal needles, I am not a fan of reg metal needles tho sometimes that is what I have) and size 7 16″ Knit Picks Radiant Wooden circular needles for the body  (wood needles are always my first choice), and a size 7 9″ Circular Chiagoo bamboo circular needles for the sleeves and size 5 9″metal Chiagoo circular needles for the sleeve ribbing..  All are fixed needles and not interchangeable, the interchangeables of the needles I like are pretty expensive :P.

You can also see from the pictures that we have had our first and 2nd snow for this winter, sigh.  The first snow was 3 inches on Monday night and the 2nd one was 2 more inches last night.  Monday nights snow mostly melted on Tuesday because it got up to 40F.  Last nights snow is still on the ground because it only got up to 34F.  Poor trick or treaters, it’s in the upper 20’s right now and is suppose to be 20 over night :(.   I am not ready for winter, fall isn’t even over yet!!!

If you live somewhere where it’s already getting cold, stay warm!