Thursday, November 27, 2008

Turkey Lurkey Dee

Things I'm thankful for this year:
1. Cute babies
2, Silly hats
3. Cute babies in silly hats
4. Knitting silly hats
5. Having a husband who sees a silly hat on ravelry, and says "You have to make that!"

Happy Thanksgiving from a bunch of turkeys!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Stopping by the Woods

My last pattern for the Yarns Ewenique Sock Club, Ewenique Feet, comes out today.

Pattern: Stopping by the Woods
Yarn: Mountain Colors Bearfoot
Needles: 2.75mm
Dates: Last winter-November 22, 2008

The design features a row of candy canes at the top, then snow falling on pine trees. The foot is plain.
The sock also features a picot edge and an eye of partridge heel flap. 

I really like this pattern, though the red yarn was a PITA to photograph. It will be available here and in my Ravelry store next year. 

Monday, November 17, 2008

Second Sock Syndrome Slayed (for now)

Apologies first of all, for the tiny pictures. I tried to steal them from my flickr account, and they turned out tiny. I buckled down before bambino arrived and finished up two long-suffering pairs of socks.
Pattern: Embossed Leaves by Mona Schmidt (who is my baby twin, almost!) from Interweave Winter 2005 and Favorite Socks
Yarn: Sweet Georgia in Life Aquatic (I hoarded this yarn for a long time)
Needles: 2.75mm Chiagoo DPNs
Dates: September 2007 (cast on itis land)-August 2008. But each sock was knit super fast when I worked on them
Mods: Regular ribbing at the top, slip stitch heel
Thoughts: Love them. Can't wait to wear them! The yarn is fab - very soft and so pretty. The pattern is great - just enough to keep you interested without having to consult the chart every row. Love it!
Pattern: Child's First Sock by Nancy Bush from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Rio de la Plata Merino Sock
Needles: 2.25mm Chiagoo DPNs
Dates: June 2007-August 2008
Mods: I added a repeat to make them larger around, and eliminated the pattern on the foot due to my inability to figure out how to make it work with that extra pattern repeat. 
Thoughts: Love them too! The yarn is so nice - unbelievably soft and so nice to knit with. The pattern again here was great - just enough to keep my interest without being too complicated. 

Would you believe that I have 3 socks sitting in the heel flap and 2 nearly there? I've got to get those heels turned and end the year finishing up some socks! In my baby knitting frenzy this summer I forgot how nice plain vanilla socks are - I'm trying to remedy that now!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Knitted Gifties

Finally! A post showing (most of) the cute handmade gifts bambino received from my sweet friends. 
My mom knit her first socks! Yippee for her! They will look very cute with bambino's xmas dress!
Blanket from my LYS lovelies - the color is way off, but lord knows how long it would take me to post this if I wait to take another picture. :) Each square has tiny footprints on it, and the colors are the same as the nursery colors - we love it!
Cutest crocheted dress I've ever seen! From my sweet friend Debora. Can't wait until spring when she can wear this! (Color is off here too a bit.)
Adorable sweater from my friend Angel - her first knitted garment! This is hubby's favorite gift, which I find amusing, since he hates froo-froo stuff. There is a cute hood back there too. 
And a sweet, sweet dress, knitted by the Longhorn Diva herself! Adorable dress, booties and hairband. Can't wait to dress her up in this this winter! 

I'm totally spoiled, as there are more blankets (knitted and crocheted), bibs, a cute clock, a quilt..... I love how I've discovered all these talented people just by having a baby! Many of my friends and co-workers have gifted us handcrafted things, and I just treasure them. Knowing how special these things are to me, makes it worth all the effort I put into gifts. 

More knitting from my needles soon!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Here's my little duckie! Quack quack!