But she’ll share…..sometimes.

Beautiful Disaster

Please raise your hand if you totally suck at working a pattern.  Nobody?  ME… I’m the doof!

While I have finished my girlfriend’s wedding shawl ((original post here)), THE wedding shawl, it’s totally too BIG.  Ugh.  I had an awesome time working on it and maybe that’s what I should be focusing on, but after I gave it a soak and got it on the blocking mat, seems that it’s roughly TWICE the height she wanted.  So, I’m hoping that just blocking for the points on the end will be enough.  It’s laid flat with the ceiling fan going, so I should know by tonight whether it will be a bust or not.  I’m totally not ripping it back a repeat.  If I do that, I’d have to redo the edging, assuming I rip back to the right row.

Sorry about the really unnatural looking pic, but I wanted to make the stitches stand out.  Actually, I’m really please with how it came out…. but it’s just really big…. and I could not pull on it hard enough to make really nice points.  Want to see a thing of beauty?  You can’t see the silver in this, but the yarn is Kraemer’s Sterling Silk and Silver, in Tuxedo colorway, which is really a nice black.  This is real sterling silver inter woven into the yarn.  Unfortunately, because of having problems sourcing the silver for this yarn, Kraemer’s has changed it a bit.  I heard that now they are using artificial metallic fibers for the silver part, but on the up side, the new yarn, itself is supposed to be softer feeling.

It’s settled.  I’m going to HAVE to make another one for me.  Maybe next year.  I’ve got so many projects waiting in the wings… BUT if a wedding pops up in the next couple of years, this will be my shawl.

Okay, I guess that’s enough.  I feel better now…. just hoping Paula still likes it.  If she totally hates it, I get to keep it… weeeeee~!


Monday, November 21, 2011 ~ Posted by | Gift Knitting, Knitting, Patterns | , , , | Leave a comment

Wedding Nightsongs

A good friend of mine is getting married December of 2011.  Being a knitter, the first thing I thought about was, “OH.  I can make her a shawl or something.”  Well, she picked out Gail (aka Nightsongs), a beautiful, yet free pattern that she happened to pick out.  Though I love lace, I do have a hard time connecting to knitting charts which most lace knitting patterns are written as.  As luck would have it somebody actually created something called an “UNchart” which is sort of a part written and part charted pattern.  It was love at first sight!

So, the yarn that Paula pick out is Sterling Silk and Silver by Kraemer Yarns in Tuxedo colorway (black).  63% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk, 15% Nylon, 2% Silver ~3.5 oz./ 100 Grams, approximately 420 Yards.  This stuff is lovely.   Real sterling silver threads run all through this stuff.  Recently, Kraemer’s was forced to give up getting real silver threading because it’s getting harder and harder to get, so now they have some other fake material substituting for the silver…. SO, I am making this shawl, with one of the last skeins available with the sterling silver inside.  Nice gift, eh!

I had completed the majority of the shawl when it got really hot this summer.  Of course, I totally abandoned the project knowing I had plenty of time.  About a week ago, I picked it back up and as of tonight, I’m up to the last 19 knitted rows for the edging.  My eyes were giving me some problems at about 11pm, so I stopped for tonight and will resume tomorrow… I can’t wait to get this thing done, but I’m loving it and watching the leaves develop and I’m really looking forward to blocking this baby using my relatively new blocking wires.  This will be the first project I’m using them for and excited…. Well, as excited as you can get, considering.

Yeah, I was pretty boring tonight, but I did want to document this shawl in some way and have been meaning to do it…. PLUS this will be the first post on my knitting blog in a LONG time, so it really was begging to be done.

Now for something really important.  I have a wedding to go to at the end of March 2012 and I’m considering asking Paula if I could borrow her shawl… hee hee.  We’ll see…. I have no idea what I’m wearing for that yet, but I do know that I don’t have any elegant piece like this to speak of in my wardrobe.  After completing this one, I’ve got some serious Christmas knitting to start, so I can’t even whip out another shawl right now.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. ~1 Corinthians 13:2

Oh well, searching for this quote has pushed me past 12 midnight and so I’ve lost the post a day challenge.  That’s okay, though, because I have love.

Saturday, October 8, 2011 ~ Posted by | Crafts, Gift Knitting, Knitting | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Christmas FO Alert!

Yep, I just mailed out the Hogwarts scarf to my nephew. To me, he always looked like a young Harry Potter so I guess that’s why he ended up getting the Gryffindor Scarf. Here is a pic… that’s the Drake doing a little modeling for me:

The Drake modeling Gryffindor Scarf Matching hat? I’ll have to wait and see if Peter even likes the scarf before I do something like that. Doesn’t the Drake look cute?

Notice the child-safe implements of safety in just one piece of furniture. That’s the Drake, you can never have enough implements of safety to keep prying little hands OUT of our stuff!

Next up is something called a Helmet Hat I am making for Little D. It’s not a FO yet, but will be in a couple of days. I’m making it with Red Heart Mexicana yarn. It’s feeling much softer than other RH yarns I’ve used lately and it’s pretty bouncy stuff, too. Here’s a pic of what I’ve got so far:
Mexicana Helmet Hat

Cool… until I realized tonight that I better get my hynie in gear because this will be the only few months that he’ll be able to actually wear it. So, I am thinking tonight who else can I give it to, after LD grows out of it. I really don’t think that my SIL will let her daughter wear something like this. At any rate, I have six more rows to go before I need to start shaping the head.

1DominicaMuneca (Lamira) over at Ravelry said that this hat looks an awful lot like helmet liners that some folks are making over at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. I’ve included the link because I think this is a great way to donate your time and talent to our people stationed in the cold areas on the planet. It’s also a great way to show our support in our own special way. Please go over and check it out. Hey, if I can make one of these, I think pretty much anyone can!

Okay, one more… though patterns keep finding their way onto my needles and hooks… I have been involved with a Vintage Vertical Stripe Blanket CAL over on Ravelry… see I really DO spend too much time over there. Well, I am almost finished with it, only 5-10 more stripes to go, then will finish it off with a black border. Here are some pics:

Gabe and VVS Blanket

Little Drake just loves this blanket, but it’s already spoken for. I’m giving it to my friend, Charlene. I can mention her here because I doubt she even knows I have a blog.

See, he just loves it!

Well, I guess that’s about it for now.  Next time, I’ll be writing a little about my crochet group, I think.  I’ve got PICS, Dee!

Thursday, February 21, 2008 ~ Posted by | Crochet, Gift Knitting, Knitting | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Another Finished Gift!

Whew…. Just in time!

Just finished putting the buttons on the Huggable Kid’s Vest. I cannot tell you the joy, the satisfaction that I am experiencing right now. To take something that you’ve made with your own hands and to lovingly place it into a box with tissue paper, and then wrap it in Christmas paper. Didn’t have a bow so I tied a small stuffed snowman as the center of a tied bow. Again, I can’t explain this feeling. I lovingly looked down out my little pink vest and it was like I was sending my child out into the world. It’s pink, it’s fuzzy and boy, is it heavy. I was amazed at how heavy it really is. It was knit by holding one strand, each, of LB Fancy Fur and KP Crayon yarns and knit as one.
Isabella's VestI even knit a button band! Something I never thought I’d do because I didn’t think it was an important part of a pattern. Yep, ignorance is bliss until you try to make something. Now I can see that the function of a button band is so that the two side halves will fit together at the bottom point… that is, if the pattern has a point bottom, front. So far, I don’t know if there is any other reason for it. I could not get the buttons I wanted for this project. I wanted gold buttons, but I did not bring the vest with me when I went shopping and I was left guessing.

I was also concerned about buttons adding more confusing to a busy color pattern. Fancy Fur has blobs of color sprinkled throughout, so MC was pink with spots of blue, pink, yellow, aqua… etc. I finally got plain see through buttons with a colored, shiny finish. Know what I mean? Probably not, but I’ll make sure to take a close up of it when the recipient tries it on. Then I put a mauve, matte finish, resin rose button at the very top. Partially because the other buttons came two on a card, and needed a fifth… (that’s how they get ya) and partially because I love the look of having a unique button, out of place, on my tops. I’ll replace buttons like that for the heck of it… but that is not everyone’s taste. I’ll offer to sew on a matching one at the top if they want…. yes, I’ll have to go back for more buttons.

Isabella's Vest2Sigh. I just hope that Isabella likes it, and I hope it FITS her. She is the little girl upstairs from us and sometimes I baby sit her on Saturdays. I don’t have any pics right now, but I hope to snap a pic of her wearing it. It will be touch and go because they don’t get in until late. I just hope that she is awake enough. If not, I might have to wait until after Christmas to even give it to her.

Edited 12/23/07 10:21pm: Queen Isabella says she feels like a movie star in her new vest! I guess she LIKES it! She’s a real cutie pie.

Nanny's Magic SocksI have about one inch left on the magic socks… my first pair of socks. That, in itself, is exciting… but it looks as if I’ll be knitting them while at my dad’s house on Christmas Eve so that when we get to DH’s sister’s we can give them to my mom-in-law on Christmas Day.

Sweater Bag



What is left for tonight is trying to insert lining into a felted sweater tote bag that I originally made for myself, but then to my horror, my dad’s wife took a liking to it, so I think I’ll give it to her for Christmas. That bag is tremendous and I’m a little disappointed, but it means a whole lot more to me to give it to someone that I am pretty sure will love it.

Edited 12/24/05~3:41am: OMG! Just finished this bag and I absolutely love it, despite all my mistakes and cockeyed sewing…. without pins, I might add! I really wish I were keeping it, but I’ll just go out and look for another sweater. Definitely a learning experience! The handles are not really icord because when I made them, I didn’t know what icord was, or how it should be constructed…. NOW I know. So, I twisted the flat straps to make a nice spiral. Oh, I did add a pocket to cover up that neck hole… that is something I won’t do again, leaving in the neck. Now, I’ve gotta get some sleep!

I’ll have up-to-date pics hopefully after the Christmas holiday.


Sunday, December 23, 2007 ~ Posted by | Gift Knitting, Knitting, Patterns | , , , , | Leave a comment