Saturday, December 19, 2009

No Knitting Only Family

It's been difficult to find time to post. I read and comment on a lot of blogs but just not posting on my own.
Knitting has been slow because of my lupie hands. The cold just makes my hand unable to function. So I sit sadly looking at my knitting basket with dreams of finished projects dancing in my head.

These are pictures from Thanksgiving.
Our puppy Maggie who now lives at my Last Borns' new house.

Last Born has taken over Thanksgiving. Here she is making pumpkin bread.

Yarn is never too far away in our family.
This is First Born crocheting a Spiderman Blanket.

Every year after the big Lupus Gala in NYC that raises thousands of dollars to find a cure. A friend at work brings me this.

I am thankful for people like her who care enough to help find a cure and I get chocolate too!

First Born has a new livingroom which we will be breaking in Christmas Day because she has taken over that holiday.

Oh no I have no more holidays to host!!!!
My plan worked.

Friday, November 13, 2009

My 100th Post!

My Tower of Gloves!

I have given many away but still have a few.

Just finished this pair out of Cascade 220 Tweed.
I used the Blackthorn pattern from Knitting New Mittens & Gloves by Robin Melanson.
I didn't add the little vest part as I had on my first pair and I used a 1x1 Rib for the cuff. I just love tweed yarn!

These are the same pattern without the Rib cuff and made out of Noro Kureyon. I love the natural rustic look and the beautiful colorway Noro creates.

Now my venture into Fair Isle Gloves! Winter Twilight Mitts
These are for my First Born. A free pattern from Knittingdaily Winter Twilight Mitts that I am working on making gloves. I hope it works and I don't have to frog them because my daughter doesn't like them as mitts. Time will tell.

These are for my Last Born and are also a free pattern, from Interweave Norwegian Gloves
(when you go to the link scroll down to find the pattern)
They are beautiful gloves but the pattern is a little confusing for my old brain.
I was able to finish the little finger after frogging it once and have started the ring finger.

The palm and the thumb gusset are also very beautiful.

The reason for the missing pictures is because Geocity is no more. I must wait for First Born to fix it.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Owls and Gloves

My good friend ML's daughter stopped by with these cuties!

Not only are these Owl Cupcakes the sweetest things in the world but they are also the sweetest as in good to eat!
Thanks AL!!!

I finished the gloves for them.
This is ML modeling hers.

AL modeling hers. Yes these are the hands that made those great cupcakes.

The pattern is from a great book Not Just Socks by Sandi Rosner and they're made out of Colinette Jitterbug. I just love this yarn for gloves because it knits up beautifully,the fit is great all the time and it wears well after months of use and washing.

This is my First Born modeling the fiished Almeara Gloves by Jared Flood.

I made them out of Cascade Yarns 220 Tweed a yarn I love to work with but I didn't love making them. They are warm and will be great on very cold days but I will not make another pair anytime soon.

I made another pair of Raspberry Mitts by Krista A. from Tidewater Knits for a coworker's daughter. I used Bernat Satin and good acrylic yarn.
NO that's not an oxymoron.
There are some very good acrylic yarns out there.

I'm working on yet another pair of gloves! These are another pair of these Blackthorns I made a while ago.

They are from Knitting New Mittens & Gloves by Robin Melanson a great book for anyone who loves to make mitts and gloves.
I'm making them out of Noro Kureyon and will not be putting on the little vest.
I love this pattern because it has great shaping that gives the glove a more fitted look.

I picked up some goodies at my LYS stix-n-stitches.

Those are 4" needles to make fingers on my gloves. They are made by Hiya Hiya and made it so much easier working on fingers. The book is Traditional Fair Isle Knitting by Sheila McGregor. I love learning the history of fair isle and there are tons of designs. Thanks Sunday for suggesting it!
I also got my Interweave Knit Holiday Gifts and it's filled with great projects.
Maybe I'll start making something other than gloves! NOT!!!!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

On the way to keep others warm!

Part of empty nest is going through a life time of Things. I went to the attic to check out how many things I had and I found this.

She is so sweet!

I have no idea how she got in the attic but she is home now.

On their way to a new home.

The school I teach in is 6 years old. In the summer the air often doesn't work but in the winter it works great! The classrooms get very cold and I made these for a coworker.
The pattern is Raspberry Mitts which is a free pattern by Tidewater Knits.

This scarf is for the son of a new friend who feels like an old friend.
He started an upscale NYC high school and will be doing a great deal of walking in the city on cold days.

I hope this keeps him warm.

My family is blessed to have the L family as friends.
This scarf is for Papa JL who wears a scarf at all times.

JL has multiple sclerosis but doesn't let it hold him down. He holds a full time job and whenever you talk to him he has a smile on his face and is inspirational.

To find out more or learn how you can help here are a couple of websites.
National MS Society
MS Association of America

The gloves I'm making Mama ML and Daughter/College Freshmen AL are ready for the last fitting.

I've started the second Almeara Glove which already is better than the first. I will have to make another pair so they both match.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Today I Meet My Son.

OK so he isn't my for real son.
Jared Flood better known as brooklyntweed did a book signing at stix-n-stitches my LYS.

He was nice enough to humor me!

Getting my book signed.

KP getting her book signed.

My Beaumont Beanie Done

The Fresco Classic Elite is too fuzzy for my sinuses.
I messed up the top but will make it again and get it right.

I'm all set for my next Flood project. Quincy in Ariosa Classic Elite.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thanks to Sunday Holm

Sunday helping Pat get some yarn for a project she was making.

Last summer The Chalk Dust Knitters went to our LYS Stix-n-Stitches to have Sunday Holm give us some lessons on Fair Isle knitting. She told us the story of an EZ sweater she was recreating the pattern for. We were amazed as we often were with Sunday, her gifts as a knitter and the giving and humble person she is.
Now this lost EZ sweater has been found and will be brought back to life by the many knitters that will make it.

Please take the time to read these articals because they will touch and inspire you. Twist Collective Joan Morhard Smith

Twist Collective Sunday Holm

Let's remember and thank Sunday Holm for the many months she spent birthing the pattern. If not for her love for knitting and EZ this sweater would have been lost forever.
Thank you Sunday!

Chalk Dust Knitters showing off their Fair Isle last summer.

This was mine.

Now look what I can do. See what a good teacher Sunday is!
This is a pattern by Jeanne Stevenson.

It's very easy and fast to knit up. The model is First Born

I used Knit Picks(brown)and Zarella(green)yarns.

While at Stix-n-Stitches this week I picked up Made in Brooklyn by Jared Flood.

I also picked up some Fresco from Classic Elite. My daughter posted beautiful picture of the yarn on her blog and we will be making this together.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Good People Good Knitting Good Life!

I would like to thank the following bloggers for helping Lupies after reading my last post.

First Born amazing daughter.

Two Cables


What Did I Learn Today?

Living Lupie my friend in the fight.

Dr Chop Suey Knits


Thank you all for taking the time to help. You are not only great bloggers and knitters/crocheters but awesome people!

The Chalk Dust Knitters met up. Some members were missed
Crochet with me where are you?

School Nurse Jackie feel better soon we need you!

Diamonds and Purls hurry back from AC.

New to the group Sassy Super Librarian her blog is new and will soon be on it's way.

As always lots of good food, knitting/crocheting and talking.

My husband and I went to dinner with some good friends to a new place.
Assembly Steak House is an old school Steak House.

The pictures were sent to me by Daughter A and I don't know how to center them. I will ask First Born to help.
I had the Filet Mignon.

Mom M and College Freahmen Daughter A had the Roast Prime Ribs of Beef.

Hubbie and M's hubbie J had the Maryland Crabcakes with Chesapeake Corn Sauce.

There is nothing like good food and time with great friends. I am truly Blessed!

Now to some projects.
I am almost finished with the first Almeara Gloves by Jared Flood.
I am making them out of cascade 220 tweed. Always check for corrections when starting a project. I didn't do that and the middle finger isn't right. I went to the Vogueknitting sight and not only found that correction but found one for the thumb. Other than that I am enjoying the pattern.

This is Flora by Tentenknits an inspiring knitter and designer.

This is only the 3rd fair isle project I have done and I need more work with those floats.