Sunday, February 8, 2015

January Knitting.....

Lone Star Knitters uses January as the official UFO month....you dig around and find all those projects lurking or hiding and finish them off or spend sometime ripping!

I came acorss a couple of things that needed finishing........and then got the 'startitus' and the Grands found the need for GramMa knitting........Who was I to argue?

One of the things I had on the needles was a Hooded Scarf.  I started this when all our time seemed to be sitting in Doctor's Waiting Rooms..........
The pattern was found on Ravelry called 
Red Riding Hood/Rodluvan

                         

I used a new to me yarn by Lion Brand called Heartland.  Know that most of my things are from the I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby........but when I need a slightly lighter yarn this may become my next 'go to yarn'......

After this a new testing was spotted and Jasen was just the right size........so Cabled Yoke had to be made......

I used the Heartland yarn again........told you it may become the go to.........and a great little top down sweater was made.  The designer added the little cabling above the shoulder line that will be good for boys or girls......the Sea Bee's family has been sick so no picture of this one being modeled yet.

Then it seems 'the year of hats' began.  Hats are a great thing for instant satisfaction knitting.....so many different patterns and color combinations can be done......here are the few I made in January.

My sister Vicki managed to break her foot.........yep.......and did a wonderful job doing so....plate and pins and off the foot for way too long........well.......she needed a smile and I happen to know she is in the mood for hats......so.....this one SCREAMED to be made.  The original was a crochet version but easily addapted to knit........
and her as the model.....

...told ya it made her smile.
I was digging through the stash looking for something 'different' and found some Red Heart Boutique Sashay.......had picked it up thinking of the girls......so made up this little skirt.
Lilly tired it on for me ...but I was told "It's a little too big GramMa" so it had joined the other things in the basket waiting for 'the right sized' little gal to come along (or change her mind)

The following are just hats waiting for someone to claim.....and around here they do get snatched and taken home.......or just worn for fun while here.....


And our Jasen turned 5....where has the time gone? (Doesn't every Grandmother say this?)  His first choice of anything was Spiderman!  Knowing that the other Grandparents and Mom and Dad would fill these wishes above and beyond......
I knitted a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle hat.....
....now I too added to the Spiderman collection.....but thought something 'new' should be added .......(Think he liked it?)

Well.......that is my knitting for January.........





Friday, December 26, 2014

Way too long......

Way too long in between posting.......let's blame it on the Doctors.  This year we have......
....gone through scare of Lung Cancer ...Richard
....survived Bladder Cancer ...Richard
....had Carpal Tunnel surgery ...Richard
....Cataract surgery twice ...Richard
....knee problems since falling down three silly steps last Christmas (note to those interested....do not do this in front of family)
....pre-Cancer Hysterectomy ....Me

But one good thing about sitting in waiting rooms is you have plenty of time to knit.....although I would highly recommend you find other ways to enjoy knitting.

Christmas has come and gone........This year the little gals got hats, scarves and fingerless mitts from GramMa.....
Journey
Julianna
Addyson

Lilly

These belong to Olivia and Jocelyn

Jasen got fingerless mitts to match up to a hat that he personally requested.......
He told me not to worry......"It fits perfectly"
just needed adjusting.....
PopPa D was at work as well.....he made doll cradles for Lilly and Addyson and a hat rack for Jasen.  Then 'the Kid' requested a step stool (really for Addyson)
 I got to play around and painted dandelions on it.

I also did just one little bit of sewing.......Jasen is a HUGE fan of the Wild Kratts.......of course I had to set through several showings of the cartoon to truly understand how and what they were......results were this.......
The pocket in the front is for the "Power Disks"......He also got a messenger type bag with a dinosaur on the front to hold all his Wild Kratts things...

I do think that Christmas at the Imholte's was very Merry Merry!
  

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I started a blanket when Richard was told there was a small tumor in his bladder......Cranberry got me though this......
Simple basket weave pattern that just grew into a large baby blanket.  I used 3 skeins of I Love This Yarn with a size 10.5 needle for the softest fabric that still held the pattern well.

Recently I had stumbled across a designer Julie Williams of Little Cotton Rabbits and fell in love with her designs.

Addyson was showing me how the elephant sounds and I found the sweetest pattern by this designer that I knew I had to knit for her........besides GramMa Alice has been lacking in knitting the 'little things' for my youngest GrandDaughter.....shame on GramMa..........
I finished this sweet little thing up last night.  I used worsted instead of the lighter weight suggested and our little elphant came out to about 10 inches tall........fun to knit and I am thinking I may need to knit another just to have here at GramMa's!

ps....tumor was removed and Richard is now Cancer free!  We are very blessed.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

This could become a habit........

I just finished up a quick test and before I forget to come and post about it.........
It is called Tiny Brick Road.  When I first saw it the patterning at the neck and shoulders made me think of a sunflower.  I may have to knit another and attempt getting the sunflower look in the bodice.....maybe a brown neckline with the bodice in yellow and body/sleeves in a contrast color?  Maybe.........

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Opps.......

I meant to add the pictures I got of a few of my little gals wearing the Red Riding Hood Capes I made at Christmas.......
...wonder why Julianna turned up sideways?....
.....Addyson in her's.....
....and Olivia and Jocelyn under the tree.....

Done it again.......

I have managed to lag behind in the updates......Oh well......let's catch up!

I had the chance to join up in a KAL on Ravelry .....and this is what I made.....

The pattern is called Hiya Hiya Waves......a really interesting cabling pattern.  I used True Blue by Elle......it is a Indigo died Cotton......I threw it into the washer 3 times with a load of jeans to start the fading......and this is what came about.....
...a nice soft fading......The scarf is a bit stiff yet but I expect it to soften up over time just like your favorite pair of jeans..

I was fortunate to help with the testing of a sweet little girl sweater........Daisy Stitch Cardigan.......
I used my favorite "go-to" yarn......I Love This Yarn in Iced Violet and Lavender Smoke.  I learned a new stitch! And love the results.

I have a few things on the needles.........a couple of baby blankets that are more for 'carry along knitting'.......and eventually they will be finished.

I made another of the cowls from the Shades of Beige pattern I talked about earlier....this pattern was/is addictive!

and this one modeled by 'Someone' that may become a favorite model here......

I found a new colorway in the I Love This Yarn that is calling me to try this pattern with......YIKES!  This one is really addictive!


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Something I never do........

Honestly I have never written about any contests before.....but......then I haven't been following Chandi of Expression Fiber Arts either.

Talk about beautiful yarns.......you just have to see to believe.  So for my first time ever .........head over to .......
http://www.expressionfiberarts.com/
 .......and check out the merchandise.

When you see what I am talking about you too will want to follow her on her blog to see what is coming up next!