Friday, November 30, 2007

Gettin' Cozy with Cables!

Hello again!!
Maaaan we sure had some chilly days this week and I wanted nothing more for myself then a nice warm hat to wear when I go out to take Paisley to school and back everyday. I searched a bit on the net this afternoon for a free pattern and finally came aross one that I liked (alot). First I'm just going to say that sometimes free patterns are the best patterns, I loved making every inch of this hat. I've never visited this blog before and found the hat pattern/blog off google, but man it's cute. It's called Cozy Cabled Toque (from Domestic Affair). It called for bulky weight yarn, so I just double stranded some Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK that Rhonda gave me a while back and I used 6mm needles instead of the 6.5mm the pattern was using. I really love how it turned out for the most part. The only part I wasn't too crazy on was how I did the baby cables, I don't think I did them quite right but I still really love the toque anyway. Let me know what you think, I'd appreciate the feedback. I'm thinking it may need a pom-pom as well......?? This is the very first hat that I've knit that I actually enjoyed, I was never too fond of making them before. If you're looking for a last minute Christmas gift to knit, this would work great!
I'll be making this toque again, so I'll have time to get those baby cables right!!!! Next on my agenda is cabled mitts to match perhaps, sounds tempting. I'm more then 1/2 finished the Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater as well. I've been pretty busy this week with.......knitting! :-)

Oh yeah, I haven't mentioned my sweater (Tiltled Duster) in a while. It's been done for quite some time, I just need to (groan) sew it all up and get some nice buttons for it, I really would like to wear it soon. :-)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Finally...some knitting!!

It was pretty chilly last week in Southern Ontario and since Paisley's in school this year I thought why not knit her some warm mittens and I also needed to live up to my title "Smitten4Mittens". I created my blog nearly 2 years ago and I don't think I've made any mittens since the very first few posts. I was browsing on annypurls blog and noticed that she had recently made mittens for her son. I fell in love with the pattern that she used and had to get it! The pattern is called Target Wave Mittens from Norah Gaughan's Knitting Nature. It was a pretty straight forward pattern to follow and now I'm on a mission to make more. By the suggestion of Rhonda, I did the pattern on 3 1/4 mm needles for a tighter and warmer knit. I did it in the medium size and the fit turned out perfect! Paisley would like to give a pair to her cousin Lucas and her best friend Briana for Christmas this year. :-) I hope you enjoy my rather uncooperative model. If you're looking for a super quick knit, this is it! It only took my 2 days to make these babies working on them on and off.

It's also time to start another Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater. My sister's due date is appraoching and fast (January 10th).

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The many reasons for being MIA

Hello to all! Wow, LOL it's been quite a while since my last post. Geez, I've even missed Halloween!! Paisley went out as a pumpkin, although she's lucky she even went out at all, she was sick with a fever and vomitting the day before and then the Thurs and Friday she was also sick. Some kind of flu bug took out my whole family last month and part of this one too. I think it's finally gone now though, at least I know I'm feeling better. Last month was the worst though, the evil bug got me first, slow taking Paisley out, then ME AGAIN, then Ron. Terrible, LOL sooo terrible! Not much knitting was done last month either, I started the monkey socks and still have it 3/4 of the way done on the needle. I've just been so damn tired. I will get back to it...soon but I just had to cast on for a baby sweater last night. My sister's date for her c-section is January 10th, I'd better get moving!!!!! It's the first knitting I've done in weeks too.

I also have some exciting news that I would like to share with you all. I think it's pretty safe at this point to spill the beans and it will explain some of my lack of blogging and knitting as well. There are actually 2 things now that I think of it.....

Ron got a job!!!! He starts friday. It's at a company called Challenger in Cambridge and.....

we're expecting again, I'm about 11 weeks along and I've been freaking TIRED (I think I'm starting to come around though)!! LOL

So that about sums it all up.....

Birthday is my next focus, Paisley's birthday is on December 8th and she wants a party this year. My child also informed her gramma and I that she wants mitts and a hat made out of Alpaca! How hallarious is that??

Oh yeah, LOL We went for a drive the other night and I couldn't believe how many people have their Chirstmas lights up!! I LOVE Christmas but I would wait at least until the Santa Claus Parade, that was always a tradition with my family.

Okay, that's really it for now!!