Thursday, December 28, 2006

After the "Big Day"

I finished the Prairie Shawl from the book, Folk Shawls. I used Rowan Plaid and size 13 needles and I'm really happy with the way it turned out. It's very soft and lofty and the stitches are close without being too open. This will be very toasty and all someone like me (hot blooded) will need when I go out no matter how cold it gets.....that is, if it ever gets cold this winter!

Above are the Opal "Owl" socks I knit for my daughter-in-law and she loved them. They are just her colors and fit her feet perfectly. I knit these using size 1 dpns and wow, were the stitches ever so tiny. They seemed to take a bit longer to complete but were well worth the effort. I'm so glad she was happy with them!

I promised you pictures so here's another one....a scarf for another daughter-in-law knit using Artful Yarns "Jazz" in a buttery soft merino. She was very happy with this also and I was so glad to see her eyes light up when she opened it. I used a basket weave pattern which turned out quite nicely.

I know I've posted this before but this was a Christmas gift for my granddaughter, a poncho with a matching hat (which I forgot to take a picture of) knit using Araucania Nature Wool in a light and dark red. It was a pleasure to knit and she looked so cute in it on Christmas day.

I also knit a hat for my son using Cascade 220 in black as he requested and I really liked working with this yarn. It fit him perfectly and will be warm without being too heavy. I also knit a Rowan Plaid scarf for my sweet daughter which she loved. I knit my mother a pair of leg warmers using Indiecita Baby Alpaca in a deep purple and they came out beautifully, but I neglected to get a picture of those as well. Finally, I crocheted my mom a lap blanket in GGH's Aspen using the ripple stitch, but that was the first Christmas gift I finished back in November, but here's a picture of it anyway.

I hope everyone of my cyber pals had a lovely Christmas surrounded by their loved ones and I want to wish all of you a very happy, healthy, and joyful New Year in 2007!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Christmas Presents

Geez, I havent' posted for quite awhile, but like all of you, I've been busily knitting and crocheting trying to complete my Christmas gifts in time for the big day. I've been doing pretty well, all things considered, and have finished the lap blanket for my mother, the poncho and matching hat for my granddaughter, a lovely shawl for ???? and I'm about 75% finished with my last two items which are a pair of Opal socks for my DIL and a pair of leg warmers using Indiecita Baby Alpaca for my mother. I also whipped up 3 scarves for assorted loved ones and they turned out nicely.

Right now I don't have pictures but I promise to upload them as soon as I complete everything which should be in the next week to 10 days. Today I need to wrap and finish up sending the Christmas cards out and then it's back to knitting. This year I've done so much better with figuring out the time I'd actually need to finish up. In the past I'd be furiously clicking away trying to get done by the eleventh hour and frazzled to the max.

Our weather isn't cooperating to put me in the spirit though, because it's going to be in the 50's and 60's for the next 10 days and even after that, there's no real cold in the forecast......ergo, my snow scene here, LOL. I love it when it's frosty and cold and the fireplace is going and all things are Christmas, at least to me, anyhow.
So, dear readers (especially those who have stuck with me, even in my absence), I wish you a productive, yet joyful upcoming 11 days in which to complete the things you have on your lists. May you have much happiness, joy, and peace in your life as you wait for Christmas day to arrive.

P.S. Since my walking schedule has taken a serious back seat to all my other activities, I'm going to suspend the contest for now, but may bring it back in the New Year.