Sunday, December 28, 2008

Ahhh the Holidays.....

Like always with the holidays - it seems to take forever for them
to arrive. Then when they do they are over in a flash.
Here is a quick overview of some of the hub-bub.

Christmas morning - after Dad's scavenger hunt/ guessing game for extra gifts.
The kids got to share in the cash!

Then we headed to my mom's - where she is famous for her shared/multiple gifts...
this time it was my sister and I - we received very cool shirts.
The quote is "My Sister has the Best Sister in the world"
Gotta love it.

My sister got knitted item #42 for the year!
It kept me up past midnight getting it finished!

The next day we headed to my Mother-in-laws.
Here is little Noelle in her felted clogs! She liked them better
than the stuffed giraffe we got her.
She knows how to make her Aunt happy.

Oh and we celebrated her baptism too!
Here she is with her family at church!

Tomorrow it is back to work for me -- then some elf needs to clean up around here.
Oh and there is a knitted item #43 to give out.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sorry I've Been Busy - it is that time of year

One of my excuses is that there was a big party.
It was a holiday open house at my Mom's last weekend.
See here I am with my Mom behind all the food!
The night before the party I made these for a little girl coming to the party.
They are the 41st knitted item of the year.
The next morning I felted them in Mom's washer.
Aren't they cute?

And here they are on little Sophia -- she is 6 mos old -
she is my cousin Luke's little girl. Here she is with my brother Jim.
Wearing her little slippers -- they are a bit big.
She will fit them next Christmas.

So that was what I have been up to.
This week is the last week of school and we have had snow and some ice
so things are busy.
I have one more Christmas gift to make and another set of little clogs for a 3 year old.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

HEY e ..... Look what I've done!

I would like to thank my good friend e - if not for her fun, funky, arty example I probably would have never started this possibly unreachable adventure of a knit resolution blog. She made a resolution on her own loverly blog -- and reached in like JULY. She urged me to try it out -- I think as a way to keep me from overloading her blog comments daily. She knew my secret hobby of blog reading (90% of that being knit blogs) and told me I too could be a blogger.

So the whole new years resolution of trying to knit 40 items in 2008 was established in midish January of this year. I picked a number far shorter than her 100 painted canvases for the year and randomly chose 40 as my target number - this was done without thinking that 2 knitted items a month would be quite alot for me the knitter of just 5 years (this summer). I jumped in really wanting to make gifts for special people in my life.

My 39th item is shown at it's beginnings here on Nov. 10th under the pink hat. It is off to find the person it is meant for --and I am hoping they are not reading this - hence - the cloak and dagger stuff on a beautiful alpaca item.

These cute greenies are meant to be felted (and will as soon as I get off here) for a special almost 2 year old that owns the pink hat in picture.

SO I am PROUD to show you blog readers finished item #40 Taaaadaaaaaaa.......

Now to get to work on #41!!!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sorry I am late on this one

Here is the picture of #37 and #38.
For some reason the peach ones (that my husband says are pink)
are long -- they did not shrink up much and look sorta odd.

But the blue ones are as cute as can be and
are destine for a lovely young lad.

I am making christmas goodies today.
And sometime the tree will go up - and I have that cool gray
scarf that I am trying to finish -- so that it can be mailed.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

37 & 38 -- Nearing my Resolution Goal

No pictures today -- I promise a few tomorrow.
Completed project 36 is felted clogs -- they are not as small as expected - so I will find a person they fit to give them to.
Number 37 is a tiny pair of felted clogs for a coworkers fun.

Those clogs are quick and fun!

This weekend there is a big wrestling meet -- I hope to finish the gray scarf that needs mailed out soon.

Pictures tomorrow I promise.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Cuteness Abounds Here!

Here is project 36 - it really is a burgundy 2 x 2 ribbed scarf -- not so pink as it looks in this photo. It goes with the hat I made last week. They will be given to a gentleman who hangs out in our store alot - he is jobless. So the gals at work thought he could use a warm hat and scarf.
It is a thick scarf and the hat I made on smaller needles is really dense and will be quite warm.
Here is my niece Noelle - she is one - playing with the scarf yarn (much truer color in this picture!) She is almost walking... and is such a sweetie. And I think I have taught her to love yarn.

She enjoyed playing with the ball as it fell apart - lucky for me Noelle's mom was happy to untangle it and wind it into a ball for me.

Is she not the cutest?!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Gobble Gobble

Here are my brother-in-law Rob and my husband Jim out back preparing to fry our Turkey.
By preparing I mean opening a beer.
The end result though was a wonderful turkey.
I got no shots of the bird going in I was too busy in the kitchen getting the other
stuff ready to eat. There were 16 here. So lots of food and lots of family.
Here are the guys after eating -- the big one on the sofa is my
brother Jim.

After most of the company left (the in laws are here til Saturday)

We went to friends and had a fun little turning on the Christmas lights event

it included a live drum roll and some fireworks.

Today I worked in the morning then we all went to see Bolt at the movies -
Alex - 7 and Hannah 5 really liked it - but so did the rest of us.
Now to watch football and knit

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Two for One - One blogging post that is

Look -- 2 finished projects! They look like they
go together but they done - I will make a different scarf to match the hat.
The lovely scarf will be a Christmas gift that needs to be shipped in about a week.
These are #34 and #35!
Yeah -- I make make Forty items this year.

Monday, November 24, 2008

YAHOOO for Project #33

This is my youngest new winter coat - brown with a touch of purple or burgundy
in the bright light. So I found this wonderful, very soft, fat yarn
that made this great scarf!
It is a 2 by 2 rib for those of you who know what that means.
She was in no mood to model this right before bed tonight -
you guessed it she is 12 1/2!
This is a nice long scarf ~ she can wrap it twice around her neck at least.
And I think I have enough yarn to make a hat too.
Now off to finish that second peach clog, oh and that scarf for a Christmas gift,
and those other 2 Christmas gifts, and a hat and scarf for a
homeless guy that hangs out at the store....and who knows what else while my
day job kicks into high gear.
OH WELL..... like the song says ..... I can sleep when I'm dead.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Knitting & Wrestling...Wrestling & Knitting

Wrestling season started today - Joe is in the green.
got about 4 inches knitted on Mara's scarf during this freshman only event.
In this hard to see pictures the peach clog is unfelted (its partner is 3/4ths completed
but needs more yarn on Monday). It is supposed to fit someone in 1st grade...
the shoe beside it is my size 8 shoe.
I am hoping it will felt to fit the small person it is intended for.
I will get more (shall we say better) pictures later.

Friday, November 21, 2008

To Show You Size

Wanted to show you just how small and cute these little felted clogs are. This is Brooke modeling them for the blog in the 5 seconds before she headed out to school!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Great Day

Me and Sandra Lee -- of Semi-homemade fame!
She was signing in Ohio today - so a friend and I went to see her.
It was great fun - she was funny and nice -- what a perfect day!
OH and I finished project # 32!
a pair of felted clogs -- tiny ones
The left is the finished knitted clog - the right is the other one after going through a hot
agitated bath in my washer.
I made one last night and one tonight. They were so fun.
Oh and the wool was free from a friend.
Now I am going to felt the other one and tuck them away for a
Christmas gift for a small girl, and get started on another pair!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What My Knitting Day Looks Like

Here is Lyn teaching Sam a cast on (I think).

Here are the gals and I headed down the block to Keltie's for lunch.

This is Pam - she always greets us at the resturant with a smile!

Here we are ready to eat Keltie's good food.
Left to right it is Cheryl, Rosanna, Jill and I.

This is what my knitting day on most Tuesday looks like!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lots Going On - No Pictures

Sorry for no posts lately. Just regular old life for a Mom of 3 kids stuff going on. Wrestling season is under way. Yes the meets are long - but I like watching the kids and usually can get lots of knitting in during them. Our first meet is Saturday and I am planning what I need to take knitting wise to keep me happy.

Weather here has gone from balmy the first week of Nov. to down right cold this week. I believe winter has set in.

I will snap some blog photos today - so that I can share tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Isn't She Cute!

Here is Miss Claire in her new hat.
She and her Nana came to storytime - so I gave her the cute
new hat. She really liked it and wore it all around the store.

Monday, November 10, 2008

And Another.... hat! Miss Claire will like this - she is almost 2 - I hope to give it to her tomorrow.
This is finished project 31!

And if you look closely you project #31 is atop my current in progress project #32. It is a moss stitch scarf out of charcoal grey alpaca (do you know that I have a 'thing' for alpaca?). It will be a nice Christmas gift for a nice family member.

I am busy knitting -- especially now that winter weather has arrived in the Midwest -- man do I wish our fireplace was working. We need to get it all redone on the inside (it has cracks in the back wall) so now fires in it til that is done -- probably in the spring - bummer.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Internet Was Down - So Two Finished Projects

Here is a cute little girl hat -- think my 5 year old niece will like it.
Of course yesterday and today it is 75 degrees out there - so no hat needed.
And you don't need these (what we call) Muffeties - thanks to
Brooke loves them -- you can call them wrist warmers,

I used 2 colors on both projects out of necessity - not enough of the main color to finish the projects. So I'm saying I used up leftover yarn from my stash!
So these are # 29 and #30
-- hey 40 may not be so far away!

Friday, October 31, 2008

#27 & Halloween fun

Here is the lovely Liza in finished project #27!
It is a pretty sage green and looks great.
I had a banana costume from a friend (thanks R).
I wore it for a couple hours at work today.
This is my coworker Mike -- he came in today just to laugh at me.

This is Liz as "Little Red from the Hood"!
Here I am with Kandi -- she was a 1950's gal -
she looked so cute.
That banana was hard to work in.

Happy Halloween one and all.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


See here is the cutest toddler hat! I need to get started on another.
I have about 4 little girls who need these hats
especially now that it is cold here.
I cam up with the little stitch design myself.
This is completed project #28.
I will photograph the #27 scarf tomorrow! - Don't want you to think it
is not really done.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

No Photo

I have completed project #27. It was a moss green scarf just like the pink and grey one.
I made it for a friend at work and I got so excited that I gave it to her and forgot to take a picture. I told her I would take her picture later this week wearing the scarf.
It was a good day - I gave away 2 knitted items to their new owners. I promise more in the works!
And pictures!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fall Break

Yesterday and today are Fall Break for the kids - so I happily requested the days off work too.
Talked to my mom and we made plans with my sister and her 2 girls who were also off.
We called my cousins and went to see the newest member of the Wilson clan. The beautiful Sophie! She is now 5 months old and is adorable - even side by side with her Grandpa Joe.
We had a nice lunch with Sophie & her Grandma Barbie and her Aunt Sam. We have not seen them in quite awhile so it was really a nice time.
Before going to lunch we went to an apple orchard and got apples and cider and then went for a hike in their 8 acre corn maze. It was fun - the girls paired off and then Joe hung with me and Grammy and Aunt Julie. There are 10 markers in the maze and you get to pick a topic and are given a sheet with 10 multiple choice questions to help you figure out which way to go.
Here are my Mom, Joe and my sister Julie enjoying the corn maze - it took us about 30 mins to get through it - but it was sunny and dry and we really had fun. Good thing we did not plan it for today - it is rainy and dreary out there today.

My knitting bag made the trip but only to show off a couple scarves -- no knitting was done til I was home with my feet up. My gorgeous green scarf is moving right along.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Scarf to go with the Hat

Here is a drop stitch scarf.
It is going to my coworker - the same one I gave the hat too.
Scroll down to my October 9th post to see the hat.

Yes I will weave in the ends this morning.
And then it is good to go.
This is completed project number 26.
Even my kids are asking what # project is that mom when I am knitting.
Oh and the other great thing is that someone GAVE me this yarn - free!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Lovely Number Twenty Five

Here it is #25 on my completed projects for the year!

Here it is being blocked tonight on my living room floor! It is so pretty to look at. And now that fall is in the air I think the recipient will be happy to receive this lovely scarf.
The great thing about this scarf is that it looks much more difficult than it really is. That is a great payoff for me the knitter -- I get lots of oohhs and aahhs and they think I am so talented when really this pattern is a fun and a breeze to knit.

I have one more to make for an unsuspecting friend.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Pretty in Pink

Here is the 1st half of the pretty pink scarf. I started the other half twice - I think it was too late at night and my brain was not functioning. It seems to be moving along better now. Hope to have a finished object by this weekend.

Sorry I have not posted lately - we are finishing soccer and marching band things with the kids. The lovely fall weather around here has been another distraction.

Friday, October 10, 2008


One cute little roll of k1, p1 rib knitting!
And it is a very nice alpaca purplish scarf.
I think I know who the recipient will be.

WOW! 24 projects completed so far this year.

On to the next project -- I have nothing on the needles -- that will change tonight.

I have another cute pink scarf to make & I think there is a little girl out there who

needs to have a fun hat when it starts to get cold this winter ~ hmmmm

there are probably 3 little girls in my life that need warm, adorable knitted hats

this winter.

I better get started!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I am on a Roll!!!

Completed project # 23!

It is a lovely cream colored hat -- in a pattern I had done about 3 years ago.
It has a possible home ~ when a coordinating scarf gets done.
(The scarf is not even started.)

It is a bit big on the model - or maybe she is smaller than the recipient.

I have another scarf that is 2/3rds completed. So keep looking for the next completed project!