Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year and Wishes for 2013

I wish everyone a Happy New Year and have photos of a few finishes to share.   The first is a photo of my Mom wearing the sweater finished.  She loved it and wore it Christmas Day.  The second finish is the Annabell's Cowl that I knitted for my sister, she's wearing in the photo too.  My arm is still not strong and I will "try" and survive without knitting for two more weeks if possible....which does make me crazy....once my arm is better I'll get back to finishing the hoodie and another project that I've started.  I looked at my old post for things to accomplish for 2012 and not very much completed; but I did start and finish different projects.  I do hope to finish my sister's quilt before March I hope; would like to finish my other sister's cross-stitch too.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

2013 Knitting Projects and Colours of Shetland

I received Kate Davies new book in the mail today, it was a surprise, as it took less than a week to arrive!
I also purchased her hat pattern online at ravelry titled Sheep Heid and then purchased two types of yarn at Black Mountain Yarn Shop to make in mid-January.  I'll be using Blue Sky Alpaca Melange and Malabrigo Finito (it's a superfine merino wool) 
I'm also planning to knit the Lucy Hat, from the Knitscene, 2012 magazine that I purchased at the Black Mountain Yarn Shop.  I chose a green for the center band and a darker shade of brown/beige for the rest of the hat....


 Here's a closer  look at my color choices...Madelintosh tosh vintage

I continue to work on my sister's cowl for Christmas but will have to take a break from knitting for at least two weeks once it's complete -  since I've developed tennis "knitting" elbow in my right arm and if I don't take care of it, it'll get worse; which for me would be just awful....Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend - happy stitching, knitting, sewing and crafting everyone!!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Baked Acorn Squash and Sweater Blocking

I've just finished blocking my mom's sweater and have provided a few photos.  1st one is the soaking processes in my RV sink; the sink is much smaller than a standard size but it was plenty of room.  After soaking all the pieces (left and right front, back and sleeves) for 15 minutes, I squished out as much water as I could, then rolled each piece in a large bath towel and let them all sit for about 1 hour.  Once that step was completed, I measured then moved around each piece until it fit the finished measurement from Lily Chin's directions, then pinned.  This whole process took about an hour and 40 minutes..  

Now, it's just wait for all pieces to dry, then I can begin the process of sewing together using the Mattress Stitch.   I have also been able to knit about 6" of my sister's Annabella' Cowl (for Christmas) in the past few days.  I think I'll take a break from knitting today and start hand-quilting my other sister's quilt since it's so lovely and warm outside today.

I did make the Classic Baked Acorn Squash from Simply Recipes last week and they turned out really tasty.  Here's a photo and the link to the recipe.  

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Annabella's Cowl and Staghorn Cabled Coat photos

I finished the knitting all the pieces of my mom's Christmas present the Staghorn Cabled Coat from Lily Chin's book Power Cables.  Saturday morning I hope to block all the pieces then stitch together maybe early next week. Here's a photo of the completed left front - since I used a variegated yarn the cables are as distinct if I'd used one colorway.   I'm also posting a photo of the Annabella's Cowl from Churchmouse Yarns finished for myself.  I used  dragonfly fibers Traveller, which is a superwash Merino; purchased at the Black Mountain Yarn Shop.

The Twist Collective Winter 2012 is here....