Archive for December, 2007

Knitting Revealed

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

For the last month or so I was knitting away on Christmas gifts. Here they all are:

Gift Knitting

There was one more pair of cabled wristwarmers that is not pictured here. I finished them after I took this photo. As you can see, I was on a wristwarmer and felted clog kick. The wristwarmers are so practical for cold winter driving and chilly office environments, plus it’s relatively easy to fit lots of people.

The clogs are great for those of us with cold feet and wood floors (or any cold floor). If you’re a knitter you know this has been a really popular pattern. I can see why – the results are quite nice. I know I’ll be making more of these in the future.

Patterns seen above:
- Fiber Trends Felted Clogs, available at Linda’s
- Backyard Leaves Scarf from Scarf Style
- Cabled Fingerless Mitts (free) shown in blue and burgundy
- Fetching (free) shown in blue
- Noro Fingerless Mitts shown in multicolor

Now I’m working on my mom’s birthday gift, then….who knows what! Hats or socks are likely.

‘Twas a White Christmas

Friday, December 28th, 2007

There was a lot of white this Christmas season. From Montana to Snoqualmie Pass there was plenty of snow and icy roads.

Snoqualmie Pass

It had snowed on our house on Saturday, then again on Christmas Day (4 inches), then more on the 27th. Here you see the snow and the only Christmas present we gave each other.

Snow at the house

Inside it was warm and cozy. Well, not really WARM because we were almost out of propane and our furnace sucks. It was warm enough when we had company and the rest of the time we wore fleece jackets and sweatshirts. There was also show jumping (see the blurry image on the TV?).

It was nice to have the comforts of home for a few days. Unfortunately duty calls and there was a gap in the weather so we headed back to Montana.  It turned out to be good timing as traffic was light, there was almost no snow falling, and the roads were 90% bare and wet.

Up next: gift knitting revealed.

Don’t Let the Door Hit You…

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

on your way out. Powweb we are so OVER YOU. We are done with bounced email and slow website response. Our new provider is so fast we don’t know why we didn’t make the move sooner.

Everything should be the same for all of you reading except FASTER.  Oh, and email you send me probably won’t bounce anymore either. Who knows, maybe I’ll even improve the website now.

I’ve Been Knitting…

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

I’m just not showing it to you. Christmas gift knitting certainly slows down blog posting. Here’s a sneak peak:

Sneak Peak

I still have a few things to make! I’ve been enjoying it, but I’m starting to think ahead to projects that don’t have a Christmas deadline. Winter accessories are on the top of my queue as well as getting back into socks.

I Won!

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

There was an exciting surprise in my email inbox this morning – I won tapmouse’s contest! She had a photo of 6 socks in progress and asked her readers if they could identify the yarn and pattern in each of them. Being a sock-obsessed knitter myself I couldn’t resist the challenge.

Looking at her photo, I was certain that the top center sock was Titania STR and the Titania’s Revenge pattern, the bottom left was definitely a Monkey, but what was that yarn that looked similar to Trekking? Panda Cotton. For some reason I also knew the red/maroon yarn was Mountain Colors Bearfoot.  In the end I was stumped on the bottom right sock. I gave it one more try on her blog and stumbled across the answer. Duh! The answer to the pattern had been right in front of me the whole time – Campanulas!

As the winner tapmouse is sending me a lovely skein of Fleece Artist. Fleece Artist yarn has this luminosity to it that I love. Remember the Valentine’s Day socks?

Thanks tapmouse, you made my day!