Friday, February 20, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I'd like to tell you about about my friend, Kathleen. She's more than your average friend.
Kathleen and I were co-workers several years ago. We were three women in this small but beautiful office with a view of the mountains that was to die for. My first impression of Kathleen was that she was indeed very friendly, bubbly and warm. She was young enough to be my daughter. I used to laughingly tell her she was the office social butterfly, going up and down the halls making sure everyone was doing ok, etc.
Kathleen had already lost weight to be at optimal health in anticipation of invitro fertilization. There were times when she would laugh and tell me she knew she was telling me more than I wanted to know. Finally, Kathleen was pregnant. She shared the ultrasound pictures and we discovered that there were to be two babies. She shared her life but she did not want anyone to know the sex of her babies including herself.
We laughed. I had post-it notes on my bulletin board with names of two girls, names of two boys, and names if it was to be one of each. Every other day Kathleen would change her mind on the names so thus the post-it notes allowed for easy changes as I was having difficulty remembering all the possible names.
Kathleen had twin boys, Owen and William, six years ago today, and I fell in love with the boys. Happy Birthday, Owen and William.
Much to my chagrin Kathleen and family moved about 7 hours away but we stayed in touch.
On one of Kathleen's visits, the boys were not quite 3 years old. While she was tending to one in another room, Owen spoke to me. I couldn't understand him as his speech was still difficult to comprehend. "Can you say that again, Owen?" Again, I couldn't understand. "One more time, please, Owen," I said. Owen jumped up on the couch, took a couple steps towards me, cupped his little hand around my ear and SHOUTED!. You see, with all his young confidence, surely I must be hard of hearing as he certainly could understand what he was trying to tell me. Kids are so precious and innocent, aren't they!!!
Recently, I came home and there was a package waiting for me from Kathleen. My first thought was, "I sure hope there's a picture of the boys in that package!". Well there was (and handsome at age 6 today, they are) along with a beautiful framed picture of a lighthouse with it's history card on the back. (I'm a lighthouse collector.) But even more precious was the note........... which ended with "I miss you, Joan. Please feel free to come visit anytime."
Kathleen had no idea what that note meant to me that day. But thank you, Kathleen.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease
Needles: Size 7
(Does anyone know why I keep having formatting problems in Blogger?")
Before I tell you about "What happens when you lose your handbag in Vermont", an update on my knitting!
Another Thermis completed. This one is for a friend and has been knitted with shorter repeats than the blue one. I still need to add my label before giving it to the recipient. She doesn't read my blog so it is safe to post it now.
Again, it's about the buttons. The cream one has black leather buttons.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
- First section has three individual zippered clear view pockets that hold my: stitch markers (Altoid metal container...perfect!)
- Yarn sewing needles (again in metal container)
- Measuring Tape
- Stitch Holders
- My business cards (I lose the bag and they know who it belongs to.)
- Cable Needles
- Row Counters
- Needle Inventory Card (which never seems to be up-t0-date)
- Gauge Ruler (which looks impressive but I hardly ever use it)
- Post It Notes (used to easily locate a pattern in a book)
- Nail file (don't want to make pulls in my yarn)
- Cell phone or small clock to remind me I have other things in my life to do besides knitting
- Yarn Requirement Chart (I don't know how I ever lived without this.)
- My trusty crochet hook
- Energy bar (exercising those knitting fingers ..well!)
my Denise Needles and protects the case and makes for easy portability.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Pattern: Helena (<--click for free pattern on Knitty.com)
Yarn: Bernat Baby
Needles: Size 8
The sweater has been finished for about a week. It was a fun and quick knit.
I love the picot edge on the sleeves and the bottom. The ties are a nice change from buttons and buttonholes.
One of the reasons it knitted up so quickly is because the pattern stitch on the "skirt" portion of the sweater is very similar to two other projects I have knitted.
One was the Estonian wedding shawl. The center portion of the shawl is what is similar.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Yarn: Palette by Knitpicks (fingering)
Needles: Size 1 & 2
I told you the other post about my Selbuvotter mitten book I had just purchased from KnitPicks.com. You still have time to get it at 40% off till tomorrow. I love, love, love, this book!
It was extremely difficult trying to decide which mitten to knit first. I've been chatting with Gayle (<---click) who knits beautiful mittens from this book and she has given me valuable pointers on Stranded Knitting which has several approaches one of which is holding one color yarn in one hand and the other color yarn in the other hand. (English and Continental)
Well, no pun intended, but I feel like I'm all thumbs so it has been slow going but definitely worth it.
You must be comfortable reading charts to knit the mittens in this book. I still need to highlight certain things to make it easier on my eyes as well as locate my magnetic board with a line ruler to rest this pattern on while knitting. I'll also show you in a future post some of the gadgets I use so not to handle my patterns any more than I have to. Otherwise, I lose valuable knitting time.
Already, tonight will be the 3rd of four mitten classes with my students. It has been so much fun. I need to come up with a new knitting project for the next class that will be offered that will entice folks to sign up as the nice weather will be here by then and it may be a little more difficult to recruit people. Any suggestions?
I've finished the Helena sweater....post in a few days. I've also finished another Thermis neck warmer....post in a few days.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book. I plan to start writing patterns so I purchased this book as a guide on blind faith. It is fantastic, absolutely fantastic!! It also has knitting graph paper because stitches are not square, they are rectangular. If you were to draw a circle on regular graph paper and followed the chart and knitted that circle, it would be oval. Whereas the circle will remain true to its shape if the design is laid out on knitting graph paper first and then knitted. Lots of wonderful photographs and great information. Definitely worth the money!
I have been wanting this mitten book for a very, very long time. I actually belong to the Yahoo group Selbuvotter and have just lurked on that site. I can't wait to start one of these mittens. This book is probably more for experienced knitters.
And here is the total order, all $51.34 so I could get free shipping. All the yarn is from the Palette colorway collection at Knit Picks.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Yarn: Bernat Baby Sport
Needles: Size 2 & 6 Just a sneak peak at what I have been working on. I started this sweater last Saturday evening, worked on it during Superbowl and a couple more hours since. It's a quick knit and difficult to put down. It has not yet been blocked.
What's nice about this pattern is that it is knit from the neck down on circulars and the sleeves are on dps so there are no seams to weave. The bottom edge is picot, hard to see in the photo as the hem hasn't been turned yet.
Stitches need to be picked up along the front edges and neck which is not my favorite thing to do.
I have no clue who this sweater is going to be gifted to. I wish I could show you a pic of a baby, newly born with the scent of heaven still in the air, wearing the sweater. Can't you just feel the softness of the baby nuzzled in your arms!!!
Here's a closer look at the pattern.
Instead of working on this sweater, I should have been working on the mitten for my class this Thursday, but I do work well under pressure.
I also have another sweater for Jakob that still needs 1/2 sleeve and assembly and then that's done. I'm 3/4 done on a cowl for a co-worker but have become bored with it.