Happy Birthday, ie: Independence Day to the country that I love, the United States of America.
I’m sorry Dad!! So much going on lately, I got that card out to you on time, but didn’t get this on my blog. I have a wonderful Dad, who has always been there, has always provided for his family and was always there in the middle of the night when we were sick, holding us as we threw up on him (what a great dad it takes to do that :P.) Love you Dad!!
I did get the 2nd pair of fingerless mitts done for the teacher just before the end of the school year. These are the Te Ara Fingerless Mitts and they are really pretty on, very elegant looking :). I used the skein of V Yarn (her etsy store is here) that I won on the Never Cast Off ravelry podcast. The yarn was very pleasant to to knit with :).
I’m working on the preemie knitted caps again. And I’m going to knit one here shortly for a friend who’s 5 year old grandson has a kind of blood cancer. I’m sure he will be losing his hair and will enjoy a hat to wear, I’ll post a picture when I get it started. Cancer is so ugly. 😦
I have never seen a double yolk egg before. Imagine my surprise when I cracked open an egg from the grocery store for my breakfast this morning and it had a double yolk. Pretty cool :).
I have finished the Au Clair Fingerless Gauntlets. I made them mitts instead by only doing 3 cables instead of 7 (which just makes them shorter.) They were a fun knit, I hope Maddie’s teacher will enjoy them.
This is some spinning fiber I bought at the Cedar Rapids Fiber Festival. The fiber in the left corner is black (not brown as it shows), green and blue and is a BFL and Corriedale cross 64%, Alpaca 27% and Sari Silk waste 9%. It’s very soft and oh so beautiful and is from Fiber Curio and Sundries, LLC. The other fiber in the top right corner I purchased is 100% Rambouille from Mountain Colors.
I did break down and buy some knitting tools that I have been wanting for a quite a while. The picture on the left is 2 DPN (double pointed needle) holders, which makes it really nice so the stitches don’t fall off the needles while your project is in progress. I also got a nipper to cut my yarn and a little case to put my stitch markers in and a needle gauge and a sheep progress keeper. These I purchased on Etsy from Twisted Yarn and Fiber Co. The picture on the right are some wonderful progress keepers from Yarn Candy Studio. I bought a row counter progress keeper (very nice for when I’m doing work and knowing what row I’m on is necessary) and I bought Harry Potter progress keepers and I love those Harry Potter progress keepers, of course I love the Harry Potter movies so maybe that is why :). The one you can’t see very well has a hologram in it that is a picture of the patronus charm for Harry (stag’s head) and the words expecto patronus. It’s really very cute, was sad it didn’t show up in the picture very well.
Went to my son’s today to watch him “blow out” his alpacas in prep for the shearers who came to shear the alpaca. The shearers did all 6 alpaca in one hr. I will have some pictures to post eventually.
Missing you mom!
I couldn’t resist, love it :).
I bought some knitting accessories for myself (don’t do that very often) and I will get pictures and put up soon. Been sick with yet another cold and laryngitis again so I haven’t felt like doing much :(. Also as soon as my back is better (yes I threw it out again) I need to skirt the fleece I have and send it off to be processed into yarn. I’ll talk more about that when it happens 😛
I did finish The Heat Advisory Shawl for my oldest son’s fiancee, see picture on the left, :). I like the way it turned out and after getting it wet and rising it has fulled a little and is really pretty. The picture underneath is a close up of the lacey bottom.
I’d like to start a pair of socks now, but I will need to split the yarn so I can do two at a time to make sure they are the same length for the leg and foot :), and first, I need to start those fingerless mitts for the little one’s teachers school year end gifts. I have decided on the Au Clair Fingerless Gloves, they are very cute, I will give more info on those in the next few days. I have also started another one of those 2×2 ribbed newborn hats, great yarn and cute pattern. 🙂
May you have a Blessed Easter day, full of hope and love.
I am still working on the shawl but someone at my church asked for those of us who could knit to please make some caps for newborns and other children for the Ronald McDonald house. I couldn’t resist and so I cast on a newborn hat. I will be doing more of these in various sizes as the children will be various sizes :).
I don’t often knit with acrylic yarn because I prefer natural fibers, but busy moms with sick children don’t usually have the time to mess with special washing instructions for wool, or the child might be allergic to wool, so I thought at least it could look pretty. I chose Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek, 4 ozs, 208 yards, I believe it’s a worsted weight which is what was called for in this pattern. Oh my it is so soft!! So it will be pretty and soft :). The pattern I went with is from 5 Easy Pieces – Knit Newborn Hats (this is a free pattern on Ravelry) and is called 2×2 rib hat. This was a very quick and easy knit and with this yarn it is very soft and squishy :). I was very pleased :).
I’ll be working on the shawl this week, perhaps I will get it finished this week ;). Then I will knit another hat, I think I can get two from this skein of yarn.
On my way home, I saw that the first of the male Robins have arrived!!! I didn’t get to take a picture because I couldn’t stop, there were vehicles behind me :(. I will take a picture and put it in here tomorrow. 🙂 The females will follow in about 2 weeks which means SPRING is on the way!!!!
This is how The Heat Advisory Shawl is coming along. I have about 8 more rows before I start the lace work. It is a very enjoyable knit 🙂 I’ll post more when I get some on the lace work done. 🙂
*UPDATE – Ugh I have not been able to get a picture of the male Robbins, but I’ll keep trying. I was not able to catch those beautiful robins, will try again next year – I’ll be prepared next year :P.