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More Mystery…

I have to say this first… I, like millions of other people, I can’t believe that 10 years has gone by since the terrorist attacks.

Yes, I do remember where I was, and more than that I remember thinking “I need to call my dad.”  I always called my dad when things got scary.  I was thinking when is this going to stop and are they going to come here.  Silly as is sounds, I was driving to work and couldn’t get there fast enough.  I needed to be around other people to feel safe.

OK, I’m going to move on with what’s on the needles!

Mystery Shawl - Susanna IC

Yes, yes I did join another Mystery Shawl KAL!!!  I loved the last one so much I couldn’t wait to do another one.  This one is being done because Susanna IC on Ravelry has 1000 members (a lot more now).  We received our first clue Saturday and we will receive 4 more clues, 1 every 10 days.  This is a crescent-shaped shawl (my favorite shape) and I am getting to use the beads I bought for a KAL a few years ago.  The yarn is called Moo & Ewe by Miss Babs – the colorway is Blue Leg Mushroom.  We cast on 361 sts on size 10 needles, and then the shawl is knit on size 7’s.    The color of the yarn is difficult to describe, it has a bit on khaki in it and maybe a touch of brown-gray.

yarn for my newest mystery shawl

The Westknits Mystery Shawl was the very first time that I finished on time and was able to post pictures for the random drawings.  I may not have won, but I do have a wonderful shawl!

iphone picture of me at work

In order to eligible to win prizes you had to post a picture of your finished shawl on Thursday the 1st of September.  I only had my iphone that I could use to download pictures from… so the next two pictures were also taken with my phone.

Hanging from my cabinets in my office space.

I can’t wait for the weather to get cooler so I can wear it.

And let me not forget that my Mystery Shawl with Wendy is all done and blocked too!  I didn’t stay true to the pattern because I wanted to try to make it be a crescent shape.  Not the greatest shape, but I still love it and I will wear it.

Not the greatest picture, the color is so much more beautiful.

Yarn: Pagewood Farm Yukon (sock yarn)
Colorway: Seabreeze

up close edge

I have a couple other projects on my needles right now, and I haven’t given up on my RV blanket in the happy Lucy colors.  I even started the pillow to go with the blanket, but I do not have pictures yet.  That will have to wait until another day.
Other things that have gone on this month are…
The Sock Blanket reveal!  On September 1, we had a knit night like no other.  The sock blanket we have all been working on was completed and pictures taken.  The big secret… well, the blanket was not really for Friendship house, but for our much-loved friend (and LYS owner) Sherri Hughes.  She had no idea that all along this was being made for her.
Friendship Blanket – Knit Night @ Tully’s – 09/01/2011

She worked on weaving in the ends, and commented to Linda that she wished she could buy the blanket because she loved it so much.  I wish you could have seen the look on her face when we folded up the blanket and handed it to her with a card.  I think we all had tears in our eyes.  Sherri has come through so much with over a full year of breast cancer treatments.  She is one of the strongest people I know.  I am so glad that she loves it as much as we loved knitted it for her.  So much love and fun went into this blanket.

Sherri opening her card.

 In the picture of the blanket in the chair you can see the I-Cord edging, it’s a perfect finish to this blanket.

Don't you just want to wrap up in this blanket!

OK, I leave you now with a picture of my baby girl Cassie.

She loves to lay in the sunshine and look out the window.

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Another Mystery…

Well looky here… it’s JULY!

So much and so little has happened since I last posted.  Let me think a moment…

  • I finished my mom’s sweater, the beautiful February Lady sweater (she is coming to visit this weekend so I will get a picture of her wearing it.)
  • I actually got half way done with the Mystery Shawlette KAL – and I’m evening thinking about fixing my little mistake, and finishing it.
  • I started a crescent-shaped shawl (Mezquita Shawl by Roxanne Yeun) and I’m so close to finishing it… I started the bind-off only to remember that I didn’t want to just bind-off, I wanted to add a couple of rows of seed stitch so it wouldn’t roll.  So now I have to UN-Bind-off and knit those couple of rows.

    shawl in progress

  • I knit all the pieces of the cuties monster ever.  Her name is Penelope.  The pattern is wonderful and all I need to do now is stuff her and put the face on.  Hoping that I can get her completed this weekend.  She will be wonderful in pictures I’m sure!
  • I completed a very cute crocheted hat… yes, a baby hat.
  • Oh and we took the RV out to Ike Kinswa State Park – this was a great weekend, but no knitting got done.

the best smore EVER!

a perfect morning

the lake at our campsite... so still in the morning

a perfect evening looking the other direction on the lake

 

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

 

the park was full, but it was cozy for us (site #18)

 

the view from my chair

 

Now about this new mystery.

A Mystery Animal KAL… yes, today begins another mystery knit a long!  Well OK, yes I am going to join in on this one too!  Big surprise.  There are 4 clues, each delivered on a Friday.  This first clue says BODY and has 49 rounds.  I will be starting very soon tonight.

The CLUE at the bottom of the page says “This mammal has more than 250 species in his family.  He’s not the most diverse creature in the world, but he has it all over the aardvark (total aardvark species = 1).  But really, how many types of aardvarks does one planet need?”

So I went out and searched and found this… Carnivores are a group of mammals that consists of about 250 species. Carnivores include dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes, bears, raccoons, mustelids, sea lions, fur seals, hyenas, aardwolves, wolverines and cats.

I’m hoping that this mystery animal is a dog or wolf, bear or maybe even a sea-lion or a seal.  I’m sure I will love whatever it is!  If you want to join this KAL you can find the details here.  Go ahead, go look you know you want to make an animal.  And I love Emily Ivey – Oh, I didn’t tell you that Emily is the designer!  I love her website too.

OK, I need to get busy and do some house fluffing before mom gets here and then I want to start my mystery animal!  I’ll take lots of pictures this weekend and update this post properly with pictures!

just peachy…

Peachy Sweet Clara dress is DONE!  I can’t wait to see a picture of Lola in this. 

Clara Dress pattern

I finished this wonderful project last Sunday and I wasn’t sure if I like the crocheted neck edge or not.  I’m going to leave it, I think.   I still need to get a button for the back at the neck.  I’ve been sick most of this week and so maybe I can get out of the house and look for the perfect button tomorrow.

DETAILS:
Pattern: Clara by Karin Vestergaard Mathiesen
Needles: size 3 circ and dpn
Yarn: Sirdar Juicy DK – used 4 skeins had very little left, I also only knit 6 seed stitch rounds around each sleeve instead of 10 rounds, because I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough yarn. 4 skeins is 412 yards.
Size: smallest of the 2
A few more pictures up close…
It difficult to show the true color, so just trust me… it’s YUMMY!

sleeves are 6 rows of seed stitch and then CO in seed stitch

OK, one more picture…
botton edge up close

I’m already thinking about the next project… pictures will follow!

a little lime whirligig…

As promised… here is the little lime green whirligig!

Upclose lime green Whirligig Shrug

I can’t wait to see what these will look like on a real baby.  This next picture you can see the difference in size.  Like I said I used size 6 needles with both.  The first one was knit with DK weight yarn (as suggested in the pattern) and this one is a much heavier weight yarn (worsted/aran weight).  I love them both.

Several people have asked me about there not being a button or something to close it… but I keep telling them… this is NOT a sweater, it’s a shrug and it’s not to close in front.  From what I have been told, a shrug is a perfect choice for  a wee one because they can’t take them off very easily.  The larger of these two is for Rick’s niece Jenna.  Her due date was June 4th, and we just found out that she had her baby on Thursday! – April 29th… she is only 4 1/2 pounds… so I think it will be awhile before she’ll be wearing this.  The second shrug… the lime green one, if for display at The Yarn Corner in Aberdeen. 

Details again:  Whirligig Shrug from Interweave Knits Weekend Special Issue 2009.  Lime green Cotton-Ease, less than one skein.  Size 6 needles.

Double the fun!

May Day…

Where does the time go?  Can you believe it’s May 1st already?  It scares me to stop and think about how fast time seems to be rushing by me… maybe the fear comes from looking back at what I have done with my time, or NOT done with my time.  So with that in mind… I need to knit more!  LOL

About knitting…  I started another Whirligig for the shop (The Yarn Corner).  This time using Lime green Cotton-Ease yarn.  I made the smallest size, and used size 6 needles again.  At first I thought that the size was looking like the same size as the 6 month size I made out of the DK weight yarn, but that was just for the back, and then I could see it was most certainly going to be much smaller.  It is so darn cute now that it’s done.  I haven’t taken pictures yet, but I will do that tomorrow. 

Now for my two cents on this shrug… I think that the Cotton-Ease is a good choice for a larger shrug, and an older little girl, but for a tiny wee one… I think I would stick with the DK weight yarn.  This pattern for sure gets a big thumbs up in my book. 

When I post pictures tomorrow I’ll post about what I am going to start next!  I know you can hardly wait until tomorrow now right?  hee-hee… nighty night!

Spring Whirligig Done!

Under normal conditions this really is a weekend project.  I’m very happy with the way it turned out and I can’t wait to get started on another one… this next one will be in Cotton-Ease.  OK, on with the pictures! 

 

Whirligig back

 

Whirligig front!

  

Up close sleeve and collar (collar done right!)

 

A funny thing about being sick or not feeling well… no matter what you think you know, when you don’t feel well suddenly you don’t know squat!  I picked up the stitches around the collar and started to knit… unfortunately I was knitting on the wrong side… I knit the whole thing and then thought to myself… this looks dumb… hey, this is backwards or reversed.  So… off it came and i tried again, for what ever reason the way I picked up stitches I was not on the wrong side when I was ready to start knitting and this was just a bit much for my tired brain… so when it said knit, I purled… and when it said purl… I knitted!  And it looks great! 

WRONG... WRONG... WRONG... This is what the collar should NOT look like!

OK, now I’m off to start another one! 

Spring…

As of the time of this post Spring is only about 3 hours away!   Today is to be the nicest day of the weekend and I’m thinking it’s time to get some plants in the planter boxes.  With all the sunshine we are to have today I just want to be outside.  I’m thinking it will also be a great day to sit in the sunshine and knit!

Last weekend I went to my brother’s to see one of my nephew’s in a play.  He is so talented… this is the second play I have seen him in, and I know he has been in at least 5 I think.  It amazes me to see all these kids with such wonderful voices and so much talent.   It was also my mom’s birthday last Sunday.  So after the play we celebrated with the most wonderful warm german chocolate cake.  My sister-in-law way out did her self on this one.  Over all it was a great day and after hugging all 5 boys, my mom and brother and sis-in-law goodbye, I headed for home. 

I finally got to deliver the Juliet sweater I made for Kathy (sis-in-law).  I wasn’t thinking about pictures, so I didn’t take any… but here are a few from before delivery.

Periwinkle Juliet

I’ll have to see if my brother will take a picture of her in the sweater… cause she looks really cute in it.  This was a very fun and quick pattern. 

I-Cord closure

I have the yarn from another frogged project that I think would make this up wonderfully… this time for me!   It’s red Cascade Sierra.  If I knit with it double stranded I get perfect gauge.  But before that happens I have many other things I’d like to start. 

 
Well, I’m off to start my day… happy first day of Spring to you all.
 
 

A month in review…

OK, I did it… I finally got all the photos off our camera.  I didn’t realize there I had so many stacking up in there.   I’m going to share a snapshot of several things that have gone on over the last month or maybe longer.

 

World Wide Knit in Public Day

Let’s begin with yesterday!  World Wide Knit in Public day was a lot of fun.  We got together at the Coffee Bean Cafe and Popcorn Factory in Aberdeen.  This is the 3rd year we have met here.  Each year has been very different, all good, just different.  This year I actually got some knitting done!  I also got to catch up with knitting friends that I haven’t seen in a long time, and I made new friends too! 

Here is a snapshot of my day yesterday…

WWKIP 2009

The Knitting Shack

I also found pictures of a few beautiful days in my new Knitting Shack aka our pop-up camper.  We set it up on our lot next door, Rick has been mowing it and making it look like part of our yard.  We thought my brother and his family were coming to visit, they have 5 boys.  They love staying out there.  Well, they ended up not coming to visit and we decided to leave it up.  I love being able to go out there and just knit or take my laptop with me and listen to books too.  The view is fantastic and it’s very relaxing, and I feel like I’m far away from everything. 

The days in the Knitting Shack

The days in the Knitting Shack

As you can see in the pictures, I’m not the only one that loves to go out there.  Both dogs run over there the second they go out the back door, they love it too.

Maddy Moo Chicken

I may have mentioned that I was knitting a cousin to the Sister Chickens.  Her name is Maddy Moo Chicken.  My friend Teresa retired from the Treasurers office on May 31st, and I wanted her to have something to take with her that would remind her of us and the fun we had.  She saw the others chickens while I knit on them and was there when they were auctioned off.  She really wanted a cow, but I just couldn’t find a knitted cow that I could fall in love with.
Teresas Retirement gift Maddy Moo Chicken

Teresa's Retirement gift "Maddy Moo Chicken"

It’s hard to believe that Teresa worked for the county for 38 years!  She must have started working here in 6th grade.

Another Friendship Blanket

It has probably taken a lot longer that it should have, but we wanted to make sure to have everything mapped out well before everyone started knitting.  Our goal is that when we are done knitting our colorful blocks, we will have very little sewing together to do at the end.

This blanket is very colorful and it makes you feel happy just knitting it!  When the blanket is completed it will go to the Friendship House in Aberdeen.  This is where our 2008 Olympics knitting project went also.   We hope that this blanket will make a few kids feel good and warm.

A colorful start to a blanket!

A colorful start to a blanket!

The color of yarn that looks dark blue in the picture is actually very grape/purple.  I will post more about this project in the near future.  It was real fun to wind all the yarn cakes too!  Each skein was made into 2 cakes.  We are using Encore worsted weight yarn.  We will have 14 knitters and each knitter will knit 4 blocks.  So we put together kits that include the patterns they are to knit, the detailed instructions and the 4 colors of yarn into a large ziploc bag, and numbered each bag.  

Color Swap

I failed to post pictures of the last swap I participated in, but I think I did talk about it.  If not here, I know I said a big thank you to my swap partner for a wonderful package.  And I mentioned it on Ravelry.

The color I picked was Chocolate brown or Coffee brown – my favorite scents and things to enjoy.  The person that I swapped with wanted pink.  I know I showed you pictures of the pink cowl I knit for her.  Well my knitted item that I received in a beautiful brown yarn, is fingerless mitts!  I love, love, love them.  She also got me some wonderful chocolates, beautiful yarn, coffee, and a journal and much more.  This collage of everything I received just doesn’t do it justice, but you can see how wonderful and thoughtful she was to put together all these great things.

Brown Color Swap

Brown Color Swap

 OK, so now we are kind of up to date.  And I have run out of time for the evening, because I need to get back to knitting a wedding gift that I need for the end of this month.  I’ll post about it too later.

Happy Knitting!

Swell Hats & a courthouse rabbit…

A couple of weekends ago I went to Maple Valley to see my family.  My nephew and one of my soon to be nephews were in a play.  Annie!  The boys did a great job and I was very impressed.  (I am a very proud aunt!) 

Anyway, I brought with me… hats!   Well not just any hat… I brought with me 6 knitted Swell hats. All different and designed for each boy.   (They are all posted on my Ravelry projects page.)  I had put the long hang down ties on two of the hats, and then asked each boy if they wanted the ties or not.  All said no ties.  Then one by one they each looked at how cool dad looked in his hat with ties and they each asked for ties!  They are so cute.

This all happened on a Saturday night.  I left late and drove home, but my mom spent the night with them.  She told me the next afternoon that when the boys (all 5 of them) got up the next morning to get ready for church they were all wearing their hats!  This made me smile – real big!

The hats in various stages of adding ties.

The hats in various stages of adding ties.

 

OK, now the courthouse rabbit story.

It just so happens that on the Friday before I went to see the Swell hat boys, a rabbit was visiting were I work.  I came out of the building to go home, and there it was.  Just eating and hopping around.  He was so cute I just had to take a couple of pictures.  No, I don’t always have my camera with me… but I had the chicken sisters with me and I had been taking pictures of them!

Too cute.

Too cute.

Soon after I snapped this picture a small child began chasing the rabbit and he quickly departed. 

Its starting to look a little like spring at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse.

It's starting to look a little like spring at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse.

Update:  This week someone mentioned that two rabbits have been sighted around the courthouse lawns.

I’ll blog again soon.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Three Sisters…

I have lots of posting to do.  So lets see… I think I’ll just do several over the next couple of days.

First up… The Three Sista Chickens!

Last month I started knitting chickens for the Grays Harbor County Fair auction.  In the past I have donated themed gift baskets and this year I wanted to knit something fun.  So when I saw the pattern for Knit Chickens by Susan B. Anderson – how could I resist.

Everyday the pattern and yarn went to work with me and at break and during my lunch I would knit on them.  Soon Stripe the littlest chicken was done.

Little Sista Stripe

Little Sista Stripe

Now, even with stripe done, she came to work with me each day, and traveled around with me where ever I went.  She inspired me to keep working on her sisters.  People at work from different departments started coming to visit the little Stripe chicken.   Soon we had another sister chicken… her name is Flower.

The girls and I visiting Sherri at The Yarn Corner.

The girls and I visiting Sherri at The Yarn Corner.

 Now with Flower done, her and little sister Stripe decided they needed to go out and explore.  So I took them to the library with me in Montesano.  They waited for me in the flowers.

Stripe and Flower waiting for me at the library in Montesano.

Stripe and Flower waiting for me at the library in Montesano.

This was fun and the sun was shinning (a rare treat) so we went to the beach in Ocean Shores on the way home.

Camera setting got messed up while we were at the beach.

Camera setting got messed up while we were at the beach.

Now with auction time getting close, I pressed on and picked up the pace and soon Dot the third sister was done.  It was time to go back and visit Sherri at The Yarn Corner for one more photo shoot!

The girls visit The Yarn Corner sheep.

The girls visit The Yarn Corner sheep.

 

The girls watching it rain outside.

The girls watching it rain outside.

 

The sun came out for a minute and the girls look into the shop at yarn!

The sun came out for a minute and the girls look into the shop at yarn!

 

The girls already to go to work with me.

The girls already to go to work with me.

The sad day when the girls left to go off to auction finally came and I wrote a letter to send with the photo collage I put together.  This was to remind them of all the adventures we had together and to tell them that they were going to continue their life adventures with someone else. 

The Three Sista Chickens collage.

The Three Sista Chickens collage.

Saturday was the auction and they went to a very good home for $110.00 in the live auction!!!!!!  I was very proud of them. 
So now people at work ask me if I miss them.  Well of course, but guess what?  I’m going to make cousins!
OK, enough for now.  I’ll post again a couple of times this weekend.