Saturday, October 30, 2010

Check out the Giveaway!

Oh my goodness you have to visit Olof Knitting with Olof and get in on her latest give-away from Blue Sky Alpaca. It's beautiful yarn and I'm sure you will love it!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Wonderful Give Away!

Knitting with Olof at has a terrific give away at the moment for Brown Sheep yarn. Check out her blog and enter for your chance to win!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Works of my Fingers

Psalms 9: 3&4                                       

"3)When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

I've been enjoying the fall weather so much. I'm walking with the dogs every day enjoying the beauty of nature , fascinated to know that the God who is capable of creating the universe , loves me.... and that I am on  His mind. Me....... flawed and broken, sin-sick,  willful and full of wanderlust. He loves me.

I thought I had best post a few photos so you wouldn't think I've been slacking off in my knitting! This is a little project I've made for a sweet girl. I hope you like it Amber!!

I belong to a sock yarn swap on Ravelry and receive this great Opal sock yarn in a swap. These are socks for my daughter for Christmas.

These mittens are made with Noro Taiyo..... I love this yarn! I like the pattern too and will definitely make them again. I'll make a matching scarf and hat and my secret sister will be getting them for Christmas. I hope she enjoys them.

I've got a very sweet Debbie Bliss baby set made too, but you'll have to wait for later for a photo of it as I still have to sew on the buttons! So you see, I've been busy.
I have another pair of mittens on the needles, so watch for coming pictures of those too.

Monday, September 13, 2010

First Day Photo

My daughter wasn't to thrilled to have her photo taken the first day of school. "That's for little kids, mom. " I was told. I personally think it's for much older kids...... mother's in fact. After all, you only have a first day in Eighth grade once.

Can't you just read in her expression that she's not impressed with me?
Your mom thinks you are wonderful.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Recent Projects

I'm still faithfully picking up my knitting everyday. This month has been a little busier with the joys of summer living happening, but I've managed to finish a baby set..........
which I'll send off to a new little baby girl expected to arrive soon. I've also been participating in a mystery KAL (Knit Along) for a hat and mittens that will be sent off to a charity. It's so fun to knit from a clue and see what turns out when you finish.
I so hope they provide some warmth for some one who needs them this coming winter. I was able to send off 13 winter hats that I had knitted up just waiting for someone to need them. They'll be going to an orphanage in Romania. I'm so glad that I had them ready to send. I was just trying to use up some of my partial skeins of lefter over yarn, and then the opportunity to help presented itself.
Currently I'm working on a baby blanket. Hopefully I'll soon have it finished and will be able to share a photo with your all. Happy knitting!

Friday, June 25, 2010

A Lamb for a little lamb.

Hello everyone...... at least to the several of you who read my blog. :) Mostly I do this for my own enjoyment! I had such fun knitting up this lamb from itty bitty toys . It was a quick project, completed in just two days. She's going to a "forever" home with a brand new great niece that's soon to be born. I hope she's loved!

Monday, June 21, 2010

My Knitted Chicken

It seems like I've been knitting this project for the longest time, but perhaps that's because of the fiddly bits that took time to do too. I really enjoyed making this chooky. I'm not really sure why she appeals to me so much, but I think she's a bird of distinction. The pattern includes two other sizes , and I want to make those girls as well.

This is a Susan B. Anderson pattern for Blue Sky Alpaca. It's made with Blue Sky Alpaca Dyed Cotton. I purchased both pattern and yarn at Jimmy Bean Wool .
I hope your needles are all clicking, or perhaps they are like mine....... clucking!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Little Projects

I like to keep something always on my needles for the few minutes that I find to knit everyday. I've completed a few of these little items over the past week or two. Two are bibs. I have no idea why I'm knitting bibs really. My 13 year old doesn't wear them! I'm sure I'll find a home for them.

Too bad I'm not a better photographer! This one is called Trucking along Bib.You can find the pattern here Down Cloverlaine along with many other lovelies.
I switched up the pattern a wee bit.
My second bib is called the Miss B Thing Bib. It's decidedly more feminine and quite pretty.

You can find this pattern here at The Knitorious Mrs. B .
Just keep scrolling down until you come to her free patterns.
I love this one, and I'm sure I'll make more of them.

My daughter has a friend who is crazy about Hello Kitty. She's graduating from grade eight this year, so of course I had to make a little Hello Kitty to tuck into her grad gift. It's pretty cute so I'm sure she'll be happy.

The pattern for this Look-a-Like Hello Kitty is found here.
 I just appreciate you talented knitters who design patterns and then share them for free!
Now I'm off in search of some cider vinegar. I'm makimg pulled pork for sandwiches. I have a new panini press and we are thoroughly enjoying it.
After I get that situation under control, I'm going to start knitting a baby set for a new grand niece who will be arrive a little later this summer. 
It's fun to browse through the patterns although somewhat difficult to narrow it down to just one.
Stitch on!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A True Dilema

I can't quite figure out how to knit and garden at the same time...... it's most unfortunate as I enjoy both so passionately. I also have discovered that if I garden all day, my eyes just won't stay open for an evening of knitting. I think both activities are alike as they involve colour and texture and creativity, and make me terribly happy to be child of the One who planned it all. In fact as each knitting stitch works together I think of how we are known by God before we are knitted together in our mothers' wombs. As I garden I like to remember how He clothes the lilies of the field in splendor, and takes care of me too.
Here's a little project that I've been working on for this year. The arbor does need to be white I think, so I'll get out my trusty brush and can of paint and it will soon be.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

It must be my day, I'm a Happy Mother!

     I've had a lovely day beginning with my church family, then lunch out with my family, and now a little time this evening with you. I'm so delighted to receive a wonderful Kitchen Aid mixer today. I've been wanting one for so long. I can't wait to try out the dough hook. Thank you dear husband of mine.
     It's been a rather hectic week. We seem to have a fundraising push on now that the school year is nearing completion. All parents and students are requested to help out in raising funds for the grade 7/8 class trip. As there is no longer any government funding available for such an endeavour, we work hard ourselves so our children can enjoy their trip. We had several events this week, and have another coming up next week. We have to raise 30,000 dollars , so we need a lot of events! Inspite of the extra work, I did find time to knit up a baby bib.
This was a quick project to do. I used Lily Peaches 'n Cream cotton yarn in the Violet Stripes colourway. I really love the way the stripes form so perfectly, and find the colour combination so pretty. If you visit Down Cloverlaine, you'll find patterns for many different bibs, all of which are free and they are so cute so you can't go wrong This pattern is called Rhonda's Delight Bib, and looks so much better in person! I hope to knit up many more as the Lord is blessing so many of my family members with new bundles of joy this year.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

It's All Together.

I've finally got my basket completed. This is being donated to a fundraising auction for my daughter's class trip.It's been so much fun knitting up items for this project. All of the knitted pieces included are from the itty-bitty books by Susan B Anderson . I know it's difficult to see through the basket wrap, but I just wanted to share what I've been up to recently.
You can see Mr. Monkey peeking out, as well as the squishy balls and a wee pair of socks. In the back the tip of the vertical stripes hat  is showing. I hope people bid on my basket! The auction is this Thursday evening..... May 6th.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Monkey Business

I trust you've enjoyed your week, and that all your stitches fell into place for you! I've enjoyed working on this little fellow this week. I think he's rather dapper for such a playful fellow. Now he needs to find a home with someone to love him.You can find this pattern in Itty Bitty Toys by Susan B Anderson. He's fun to knit, and I just love the way his feet and hand are done. The thumbs and toes add a lot of character. A little girl I know is soon to have a first birthday...... she of course will need a birthday hat, so I'm on to the next project. Perhaps I'll be able to post a photo of her wearing it for you all to see soon.

Monday, April 19, 2010

More To Love a Child

I was able to get three more little hats knit over the weekend, so tomorrow they'll be mailed off soon to meet their new baby owners. This has really been a fun project! I did received some sock yarn today that I've been waiting on. I have a pair of nearly finished socks just waiting for this yarn so that I can complete them. Just think, I'll have left over yarn for a little pair of socks!

Friday, April 16, 2010

It's About Time!

I knit this up several months ago, and have been just lazy getting it posted here. In fact, I just put the buttons on it this evening. I'm beginning to get worried that my little niece has outgrown it before I even got it to her. Oh my, good thing she has a little sister coming along. I love this sweater. It's made from Marble Chunky yarn from James C Brett. I don't normally like chunky yarn, but this is so very soft and pretty. I will definitely use it again.
These little hats are for the charity To Love a Child. It's been fun knitting them up, and also is a great use for those part balls of yarn one has laying around. I'm going to do a few more over the weekend.
I really am inspired to knit at the moment........... can you believe it's snowing here tonight?

Happy Knitting!!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Finally Some Photos

Well, I'm sure this will come as a shock, but here are a couple of photos finally! The first one is of my pig from Itty-Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson. She's a rather bright piggy don't you think? I hope my great neice will enjoy her.
Here are my most recent sock projects. The pair at the top is The Lace Sock from Patons Next Steps Four book. They are knit in JL's Pegasus yarn. I love the colour way. Next is another Paton's pattern. They are the Spiral-striped Socks from Socks in The City. They are knit in Patons Kroy Socks jaquards in the Tutti Fruitti colour way. They are quite pretty, although a little difficult to see here.
Finally the bottom pair, yet another Patons pattern from Next Steps Four. These are the Basic Socks done in a most interesting yarn. I've not used a self patterning wool before, so these have been great fun to knit up. They are knit from Fortimssima Colori, a great superwash wool. You'll notice some needles peeking through........I ran out of yarn so, I had to order more to finish up the second sock.
Can you believe I don't have another project on the needles yet? Whatever am I waiting for? Knit a stitch or two for me!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Hello Again!

I have been enjoying my life, and knitting away. I have finished up those socks, and I started another pair, only to run out of yarn to finish the second one. Oh well, I've ordered some more , so they will soon be done too. In the meantime, I'm knitting a pig from Itty -Bitty Toys. It's pretty cute so far, all I've got left to do are the legs. Now I've been making promises to get photos on here, so I'll bite the bullet and post some later tonight.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Safely Through Another Week!

My days are just flying by, and I am glad to be back into the swing of things. Next week will be much simpler as I'm going to be working just three hours a day. I'm so happy for that as I was only looking to work about 15 hrs or so a week. Just enough to get me out of the house and mixing with people, and not enough to frustrate me or my family. I enjoy the people I'm working with, and so it's all good. I'm blessed to not have to work, but have the choice to do so.
 I've had a few minutes here and there to knit this week, so my second sock is coming along nicely. I think I've actually managed to get the pattern fixed into my brain, which sure makes it move along quicker. I'll get some photos posted here soon of my projects.
  My neice is working on a pinwheel sweater for her daughter and I can't wait to see it. It's so nice to have someone to share my knitting passion with.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Here is my very first post. This has been a busy week for me. I'm beginning a new job after 15 years of being at home. My daughter is now 13, and I feel the urge to be out more, knowing that she will be fine without my constant presence. Actually, I really feel that God opened the door for me to have this job, and so I want to bloom where I'm planted. Our first day open for business will be Monday, March 8th. I'm so excited! The downside of being out of the house more, is that there's just less time to knit! I've got a list of projects I want to do , and just not enough time. I'm knitting some interesting socks for my mom, that I'll get posted here a.s.a.p.