Monday, December 31

A few FO's to finish out the year

First of all I finished my big bro's fingerless gloves. I really like the way they turned out. I hope he likes them too!

Start Date: December 22nd
End Date: December 29th

Yarn: Jeager Matchmaker
Pattern: Men's fingerless gloves
Needles: Addi Turbo US #3 (2 circulars)

Recipient: My big brother

Then I realized that i needed to have some socks done for the samkal4. Luckily I had been knitting on some socks for a class I was teaching. All I had to do was finish the heel's of both and weave in some ends. I used the pattern my super cool sister Allena wrote, It was published in the knitting pattern a day calendar 2008. Toasty Tootsies, its a free pattern, so go check it out!

Start Date: November?
End Date: December 29th
Yarn: Lambs Pride worsted
Pattern: Toasty Tootsies
Needles: Addi Turbo US #10 1/2 (2 circulars)
Recipient: A shop sample or for me... I'm not sure yet!

Sorry for the crappy picture, I didn't get to take it during the day light... there is so little of it now-a-days.

Those two FO's are coming off of my list for the Top 10 stash projects! Well sort of, I still need to make one more pair of fingerless gloves for Hubby, then that can be marked off. Also I need one more buddy bag to check that off of my list. I'm still working on my little brothers hat... its coming along nicely.

Lets review my list:

1~ 3 buddy bags (Christmas presents for my nieces)
Two done, one to go
2~ convertible mittens (For my FIL) (Based off of the pattern for fingerless gloves #4)
3~ Hat with a baseball bill (I can't find a patt
ern for the life of me... I'll have to make it up)
Almost done...
4~ 2 pair of Fingerless gloves
one done, one to go!
5~ A tie
Make that socks...
6~ Calorimetry

7~ Hat and scarf for Leah

8~ My handspun shrug

9~ Leah's cardigan

10~ Mom's zip-up hoody

11~ Wallaby

12~socks for December for the samkal4

Saturday, December 29

Sock a Month KAL 5

It's here!

I joined again!

I love the motivation, I love all the socks, I love all the people!

Come and check it out, they are only accepting 250 people so hurry on over for some fun:O)

6months, 6 pair of socks, loads of inspiration, discounts and chances to win stuff!!!!!

And look, its pink, I LOVE pink!

Oh, i should really go and finish my December socks.... later!

Friday, December 28

I think I can breath now

It was here, now its gone. Its always a bit sad when Christmas is over. But in this case the pressure is off. Well a little bit at least. I still need to finish my big bro's fingerless gloves, my little bro's hat, and socks for my dad. They all got wrapped yarn for Christmas:O) The fingerless gloves were on the needles and he asked me if he had to finish them himself. Actually right now I just need to finish the thumbs and weave in all the ends.

As promised:

The white elephant.

Project Stats:

Started & Finished: December 20th.
Yarn: peaches & creme
Pattern: Elefante
Needles: addi turbo's US # 6 (2 circulars)

Recipient: my dear friend Paulette took it at the last minute form the original person who had it, she just had to have it! Lucky for her she had the last number! I'm glad its in a home where she will be loved!

Today it snowed, a lot!

I went out and shoveled and then Gabe and I made a snowman.
The first of this winter!

Then Leah woke up from her nap and came out to help shovel again. There was another inch in that short of time.

Here they are in all its glory... before Gabe knocked it over. I was a little upset, I worked hard on that and my pants were soaked. I need to find some adults snow pants.

Back to knitting... I was having the hardest time figuring out how to make my brothers hat. Well really the brim of it. he wants a beanie with a brim, like a baseball hat. You've probably seen them around.

Anyways he cut up an old baseball hat and gave me a piece of
plastic to be covered with yarn.... HA! I swear I tried it like 13 times. Then today after my third time trying today it came to me. I figured it out!! I'm so pleased with it! I might try to write up the pattern...

I'll see how my time management is going :O)

Here is the little man modeling it for me! Cute eh?!

Speaking of cute, the other day I saw this:

The two men in my life doing the dishes. Lately Gabe has been
wanting to help, which is just fine with me! It was so sweet, I had to snap a few!

Speaking of snapping pictures over a Ravelry there is a group called project 365ers I joined *grin* i know I'm joining yet another group! but this one is cool you take a picture a day for a year. I'm going to start it on the 1st. Hopefully it will help me blog more... I'm not sure if I'll post once a week or every day, i think I'll just play it by ear!

Here is one
picture I took today: I love how the snow lays on everything, so beautiful! God sure can paint a pretty picture! The fence, the trees the cables, snow makes my heart melt!

Friday, December 21


I thought I'd update you all a bit. I'm knitting like crazy and haven't had time for the computer lately.... So I'll be updating you all with pictures... more info to be edited after Christmas!

This was our Christmas card picture!

we made cookies last sat.

The kids helped decorate!

I decorated llama cookies for the knitting group Christmas party last night!

Isn't the llama herd cute?!

I made 4 mug cozy for Gabe's teachers and teachers aids...

plus fudge and hot cocoa!

I finished my FIL's fingerless mitts, I still have some ends to weave in!

I made a basketball and hoop for a Christmas gift. I still need to figure out how to attach it to a door.

I made my niece's buddy bag... it still needs the i cord straps and a pouch on the front... She loves tink so I made it to match!

Oh and I don't have a pic of it but yesterday I made a white elephant for a white elephant gift exchange for the knitting group Christmas party! I actually had to sew the ears on after the exchanging part was over!

Friday, December 7

Another KAL...

Yes I've joined yet another kal :O)

So when I saw this over on Rebecca's blog I knew I just had to join! The gist of it is that you have to pick 10 projects to knit from your stash, hence the name of the KAL. From December to March you work on these and finish them. Oh yeah the big thing is that you can't buy any yarn, unless its for a charity thing. I told hubby about this and that I joined, and he said "this is a good one, I really like this group" Ha ha funny. I really don't buy that much yarn, but it will be good to get some of my unfinished projects done. I've had lots of success feeling self inflicted pressure form the sam kal4, so I thought why not give myself motivation to get some ufo's done and out of the way.

Some of my things are Christmas presents so half of my list will be done at the end of December. Alright so here is my list:


1~ 3 buddy bags (Christmas presents for my nieces) one is mostly done.

2~ convertible mittens (For my FIL) (Based off of the pattern for fingerless gloves #4)

3~ Hat with a baseball bill (I can't find a patt
ern for the life of me... I'll have to make it up)

4~ 2 pair of Fingerless gloves
5~ A tie
using some sock yarn!

6~ Calorimetry
This is some yarn I originally spun for socks... I think I have enough for this and socks... only time and knitting will tell!

7~ Hat and scarf for Leah
I found this yarn on clearance at michaels, and she liked it...

8~ My handspun shrug
I spun some merino and this is what I came up with... I just hope it turns out ok. I need to rip a little out on the arms, pretty much back to this picture. I don't like ripping so that is probably why I put it down. When this is finished it will be my first garment from yarn I spun!

9~ Leah's cardigan
I'm using bernants cottontots

10~ Mom's zip-up hoody (I started this in 2006 before I was pregnant with Chloe, she is now 10months old!) I'm using rowans all season's cotton

11~ Wallaby
I'm using lion brands cotton ease

12~ I almost forgot... I need socks for December for the samkal4

The first five on the list are for Christmas. I'm not too sure I finish them all on time, but I'm hoping I do! Also some I've already started and others I need to knit from scratch.... So here I go!

Monday, December 3

Whats a mommy to do...

When the weather has been so cold out that you don't want to bundle up your little ones to take them to the store to get the food you need that you usually have but don't and its lunch time....

No bread, so that means easy sandwiches are out of the question. I just don't want to do the old mac and cheese...

Its time to get creative!


Tuna on crackers! Do you see that it's a flower?! with broccoli grass underneath?!

Hubby has off tonight so I think I'll go to the store when he is home. Later I really want to go and get a Christmas tree, with all the snow we have it just seems like its time! We have gone and cut down our own tree in the past but I'm not sure we can if its really cold out... I'd hate to break a tradition, its so much fun! I'm sure I'll up date you in a day or two:O)

Christmas knitting is in high gear... Some of which I can't post about for the sake of keeping it a secret... so after the 25th you can see more! Wow, that is coming up quick!

Saturday, December 1

Mission Completion!

finished socks = happy little girl

Here they are! I think i finished weaving the ends in around 11PM last night. Just in time! Also I didn't have any yarn left over. Actually I barely had enough to weave in. She loves them and has been wearing them all morning. I did manage to get a little photo shoot in:O)

Project Stats:

Start Date: November 3rd
End Date: November 30th
Yarn: knit picks dye your own (kool aid)
Pattern: 3x2 rib w/cables
Needles: Addi Turbo US # 1
Method: Toe up, 2 socks on 2 circulars
Recipient: Leah