Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Christmas Knitting

Christmas 2012 is now in the books: the gifts have been exchanged, opened and even worn. Now I can post about the stealth knitting I have been working on since last March! 

First up are the Melody Fingerless Mitts I knit for my daughter Libby. I picked up this kit at Vogue Knitting Live! in Chicago, and had fun knitting with beads for the first time. The yarn was JoJoLand Melody Superwash sock yarn. Beads were black size 6.

My daughter Kristen was the sweater recipient for this year, and she had chosen this Drops design last January, along with several others. That way I could pick the one I wanted to knit from her choices, and she would still be surprised! I used Berocco Vintage yarn, which knitted up beautifully. This cardigan, knit in the worsted weight yarn, is very warm. Even though there is waist shaping, the more boxy style will lend itself to layering very easily.

 I immediately thought of my son's girlfriend, Cassie, when I saw this Vickie Howell pattern in a recent knitting magazine. Knit with a bulky yarn, Sheepish, it was a fun pattern to knit up. And the yarn is deliciously soft and squishy!

The men in the family all received beanie hats this year. I was having lots of fun with these and ended up knitting one extra which will kick off my chemo hat donations for Knit Michigan in February. This basic men's hat pattern was given to me by my knitting buddy Janet, and I was able to memorize it without much trouble. The worsted weight yarns made the knitting quick and easy.

                              And what a good-lookin' bunch of fellows, I must say!

I have to admit that using March as a starting point for my Christmas Knitting really worked out well this year. I was finished with the majority of the knitting in November, with just the usual loose ends to tie up just before Christmas.

Now, I am nearly finished working on a commissioned scarf/wrap, and plan to cast on for the Claudia evilla  knitted skirt in the Kauni gray ombre colorway for me! I also have plans to cast on the Rockefeller shawl by Stephen West, and that's for me too. You can see I have some selfish knitting planned to kick off the new year :-)  And I had so much fun knitting with beads that I picked up 3 more packages of beads that match some of my stashed sock yarn, so more fingerless mitts are in my future, I'm sure! 

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Lightening Shawl

I finished this KAL with Sweet Pea's Yarn and Gifts last Spring, and now that the weather is colder I got a chance to wear it. The Lightening Shawl is a fun project to knit, and using the variegated Mini Mochi yarn made this shawl look fabulous. I inadvertently added a couple of rows (count much?), which I noticed when I started to run short on yarn. Thanks to my fellow knitter Kathy, I was able to use what she had left from her shawl to finish mine. 

Here is a close-up......maybe a little too "close-up"! LOL Hard to take those pics of yourself with the camera phone and smile at the same time :-)
I love the simple shawl pin I picked up last year at Knit Michigan. 

Posts to this blog have been few and far between since there has been NO sewing going on, and all my knitting is for Christmas right now....."stealth" knitting, as we knitters like to call it! Look for a knitting-heavy post soon, and a year-end wrap up after that. 
After the holidays, I'm looking forward to supplementing my work wardrobe with some new pieces. Last night after wrapping gifts (and a nice red wine!) I took full advantage of the sale going on at Gorgeous Fabrics......a gift to me!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Blogger Award

Thank you, Lori from Girls in the Garden, for nominating me for my first Blogger Award, the Very Inspiring Blog/One Lovely Blogger Award!

I'm thrilled that this came from Lori: an exceptional sewist, gardener, decorator, and Mom....not necessarily in that order :-) 

The rules of this award are:

1-Thank the person who nominated you.
2-Add The One Lovely Blog/Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
3-Share 7 things about yourself.
4-Pass the award on to 10 nominees.
5-Inform you nominees by posting a comment on their blogs. are 7 things:

1- I love sushi, but only eat it in Chicago with my 2 daughters
2-My husband and I are high school sweethearts, and we work together 4 days/week.
3- I am an alum from the University of Michigan so my blood runs maize and blue ;-)
4-I belong to 2 knitting groups, and one quilting group, and I love my knitting and sewing buddies!
5-Dresses are my favorite garments to sew.
6-TV viewing: Project Runway (but of course!), Parenthood, The Good Wife, Mad Men, Downton Abbey
7-Best way to spend a weekend: Game Night! with my husband, 4 kids and their friends.....priceless!

Passing this award on to 10 nominees will be difficult, since I see this weekend that many of the bloggers I read have already received this award. What I will do tho, is  
link to 3 sewing bloggers that I've just started reading. These gals are amazing:

1-Poldapop sews garments with a lot of detail
2-JuliaBobbin; amazing sewing skills
3-LauraMae at Lilacs & Lace loves to knit and sew retro

Opening my Google Reader everyday while I enjoy my morning coffee is a real treat for me, and I feel like I've made some 'real' online friends and continue to be inspired by their work. The Internet has opened up my world of sewing and knitting, and I feel like I learn something new almost every day!