Category Archives: presents

Vine Flower Dress is Done!

Sometimes a little pressure is good.  The week before Tawna’s baby shower I cast on for this little cutie.

Vine Flower dress & Big Foot Lion

 Vine Flower dress & Big Foot Lion

Pattern: Vine Flower Dress by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in Azalea
Needles: size 6
Mods:  Changed neck to picot bind off. Changed garter stitch to 5 purl rows before starting the top section. Oh, and I use the size 6 needles for the entire dress.

I really love working with this yarn.  It’s soft, washable and inexpensive.  Tawna is doing her nursery in safari animals, so I thought the Big Foot Lion was to cute to pass up.  I should have taken a picture of his feet.  Oh wait, I do have this one picture from the shower (I’m sure Tawna won’t mind me putting this one or two pictures in.)

Tawna and Big Foot Lion

Tawna and Big Foot Lion

 and for Big Foot Lion’s close up (or should I say peeking out).

Big Foot Lion peeking out of the gift bag.

Big Foot Lion peeking out of the gift bag.

What would a Baby Shower be without food!  OK,  I should mention that we work with Tawna so this is a lunch time work baby shower.  And everyone I work with can sure cook… oh wait, maybe not everyone… sorry Kathy.  She tries hard, but she should maybe stick to take out.  We love her anyway.
This is what our delightful liscensing queen Lisa made for us… they didn’t last long! 
mmmmmmmm chocolate and strawberries!

mmmmmmmm chocolate and strawberries!

It was nice shower… and I’m not a big fan of baby showers. 
So now I’m off to working on a gift for my Color Swap partner.  I want to have it ready to go in the mail at the end of this month.  I’ll post more about this soft little project later. 
 For now I’m off to knit.  Have a great Easter weekend.
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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.

A bad week, getting better.

Last week was not such a great week at work. 

Monday I hurried to get payroll out and do all the things I would normally do on Tuesday also. 

Tuesday I was in a meeting in Seattle (had to leave the house just before 6 am to get there, only to discover that I was an hour early, and I got the times mixed up!)  When the meeting was over I dropped into the LYS store over there to pick up a couple of things for Christmas presents, just because I was so close I thought I should pop in.  I thought if I was fast I could get back on the highway and head for home and be there before dark… HA HA HA – I didn’t get home until 8 PM!!! It was a long day. 

Then came Wednesday – the whole day was spent fixing a stupid mistake.

Now let’s talk about Poison Me Thursday… The building I work in leaks!  I’m on the first floor so I don’t notice it unless I go up to the 3rd floor where they have the pretty blue tarps hanging from the ceiling.  They have been working on the roof for almost 3 weeks and now that they can’t seem to fix the leak, they are going… it’s been raining here for a few days.  Well, while this little obnoxious project has been going on they had to turn off our air/venting system and tape up the outside air intake.  On this lovely day, they took down the plastic that covered our outside air intake and turn the system back on.  However, they had a truck running all day taking the equipment off the roof, parked 10 feet from the vent.  About 11 am I started getting a really bad headache and sick feeling.  For the rest of the afternoon people kept coming in saying that it smelled like a garage in our office and that it made them sick to come in there.  Hmm, I’m sitting in the back of our office right next to the air intake and ready to pass out, but does anyone notice?  Finally they realized what they had done and turned the air vent off.  I left work about 4, got home and layed down on the sofa and didn’t wake up again until 1 in the morning.  Still a little sick feeling.  My hubby couldn’t believe that I came home and didn’t eat or knit!

Friday was a much better day.  I had a mammogram appointment first thing in the morning, and a very nice sick lady walked around the office looking like death warmed over.  Why do sick people come to work when they work with the public?  Everything else went well and I was off to work to find NO TRUCKS!!!  I got a lot of knitting done at break and lunch time.  I even finished another Christmas present!!!

Well I’ve been knitting on Christmas presents and I have 2 done now.  I stepped away from the beautiful white little scarf I was working on last weekend to cast on the Birthday Cowl.  I love a quick knitting project that turns out.  This is the most wonderful yarn to knit with, I want more for a sweater, but that will have to wait.  In the mean time let me just say, if you need a quick present this is a great pattern.

All done and ready to wear.

All done and ready to wear.

 

this is the slouchier view.

this is the slouchier view.

Not the greatest picture, but you get the idea.

Not the greatest picture, but you get the idea.

Pattern: Birthday Cowl (free download)  (the only change I made was to knit 3 rows of seed stitch instead of garter stitch.  I knit until it measured 10 inches and then knit another 3 rows of seed stitch.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Dolce  – colorway Doe #940 – 55% superfine alpaca 23% wool 22% silk – 109 yards per skein and I used about 1 and maybe a third of the second skein.
Needles: size 8 bamboo circ
I’m hoping that this color will go with most anything.  I know I don’t usually wear a long winter scarf, but I think I would like a couple of these to throw on for warmth and to keep the wind out.  I think it would look great with a jean jacket.  I pulled it up high so you could see the size, but it could be worn more slouchier.   

 

Next up… remember the Knitspot.com pattern Fiddlehead Scarf that I started in the beautiful Red Clover Honey yarn… well, I changed my mind and I decided I wanted to do something else with that yarn, so I took in out and restarted the Fiddlehead scarf in a lovely color of Willow.  I just started it and wanted to get a few pattern repeats done.  It a good knit for quite time.  Not a good gabbing knit for me. 

3 repeats of Fiddlehead on a not so sunny Sunday morning.

3 repeats of Fiddlehead on a not so sunny Sunday morning.

It’s a little hard to tell the yarn color in the outdoor picture.  The yarn is Louet Gems in Super Fine/Fingering Weight – 185 yards per skein – colorway Willow 80-1552-20/7
I cant seem to capture the color correctly... Ill try again later.

I can't seem to capture the color correctly... I'll try again later.

 OK, this project needs to get back in the bag for after I finish my white little scarf. 

We are going camping this coming weekend… Yes, that’s right camping!  And you are all invited to join up with us if you want. (Oct 10th – 12th)  We’ll be staying at the Kalaoch Campground and there is a lodge nearby too.  Anyway, I’ll be needing an easy knitting project of course, so I started this one!

This is a Knitty.com pattern - Aibhlinn

This is a Knitty.com pattern - Aibhlinn

Another green colored project.  I love this color!  It’s Cascade 220 Heather #9322 – another great color for a sweater.  I’m not a huge bobble fan and when I saw this knit up on Ravelry I saw many people had changed the bobbles to picot cast on, or just left it plain.  It’s going to be a gift and I’m going to knit it totally according to the pattern.  Aibhlinn (pronounced “ave – leen”) is a very straight forward pattern that I think I can gab and chat all I want while knitting it!  Go check out how many have been made in Ravelry, and how cute they are.  I should maybe have made it out of something softer, but I’m hoping it will be OK.  Once again, the color of the yarn doesn’t show up correctly, but I’ll try to do better later when I have more to show of it.
I did pick up another skein of Cascade 220 Heathers in colorway #4006 – I’m going to use it in a Swell hat (another Christmas present) I hadn’t ever seen this color before and I love it.  It reminds me of blackberries.
Cascade 220 Heathers color # 4006

Cascade 220 Heathers color # 4006

I only bought one skein because I’m going to use it as the waves in the hat pattern, and when I’m ready for more I’ll see if my LYS can get this color.  Another use for this yarn I’m thinking will be to make the felted clogs for me, I’d like this to be the bottom color. – but that goes on the next year knitting list, after the Christmas knitting!  That list is really getting big!!!

Well I’m going to get back to knittng on my white little scarf, and maybe a quick trip to the beach to let the dogs run.

Have a safe week and keep knitting!