Wednesday, November 29, 2006

November Socks

Finally I have finished my November socks for the SAM2 KAL. I used Bernat Hot Sox yarn, and I think the colour was Hot Red or Red Hot or something like that. I took the wrapper off awhile back because it had a pattern on it I was going to try, and wouldn't you know it...I can't find it now. Anyway, I used 2.75 mm dpns, and made the pattern myself.

It is the first sock pattern (or any pattern for that matter) that I have ever made. Sure there are a few mistakes in it, and it's not the prettiest pattern compared to the "experts" out there...but it's my pattern and I like it. I have it written down, just need to type it up now. I'm sure there are places in the pattern that could be improved, but's my first pattern :o).

I was able to get another pair of the pocket book slippers done for the mitten tree (you can see the picture to the right). It really is such an easy pattern, and I am sure I'll make some more to put on the mitten tree for next year. I didn't get any picture of them stretched out though, so you can't really see how they look. I might try to make an adult pair of them and then put them on to show you what they look like. That probably won't be for a little while though because I'm a little busy with Christmas knitting and school work.

The picture to the right was taken two weeks ago at the church.
There were a lot of items on and under it, but I forgot to bring my camera this past Sunday to get the picture of it with even more items on it. We should find out in this week's bulletin just how much of each item was donated. There are definately a LOT of mittens, but other items include: gloves, hats, scarves, socks, sweaters, slippers and who knows what else.

I'm working on a scarf in my spare moments. It's a very easy pattern so it's not taking long to do - I just need to sit down and work on it. I don't have a lot left, and I'm still debating on whether or not I will put fringe on the ends. When I get it completed, I'll post a picture of it. Not sure if I'll use it as a Christmas gift for someone, or if I'll put it away for next year's mitten tree though.

Better be off and work at my homework. I have an essay due tomorrow and I need to do some fine tuning to it - make it sound better and what not.

Happy knitting!

Friday, November 17, 2006

My Prize and Latest FO

Today's mail was great! Normally I don't get much in the way of mail - bank statement, credit card statement, couple of catalogues - that sort of thing. But today was extra awesome mail. I got a craft catalogue that I get AND even better, I got the prize I won from Alisha's contest from Halloween. I posted about the contest on my blog, and she was going to pick a winner from those who posted about her contest - that is how I won. There was also a prize for the person who guessed how many pumpkin seeds were in her little dish.

There it is over to the right...isn't is so cute? She even personalized it with my name. Also in the package was a little snowman that you soak in water and it expands. I'm hoping my nephew will be up this weekend (he's nearly 3 1/2) and I think he would love to watch it grow. And look at that awesome card - it's a felted Santa! Don't think I have seen one like that before. It is so cute! Thanks so much Alisha!

I finished up a quite little item to put on the mitten tree at church this weekend (this might be the last weekend it's up so I want to get a couple of more small things made for it. If I find out that it will be up another week, then I'll make a couple more items for it.

The latest item I've finished knitting is the Pocketbook Slippers for Wee Ones. It was a quick knit, and only took a couple of hours to make the pair. Click on the link for the pattern. I used some acrylic yarn that I had around the house (probably Red Heart, but not totally sure and not sure of the colourway since the band has long been gone) and size 4.5 mm bamboo needles.

I will make these little slippers again - probably another pair before Sunday so I can add those to the mitten tree. Could probably get a pair done watching some TV tonight.

There is also a pattern available for these slippers in an adult size, but the link messed up on the sheet I printed out. I'll try to get it later though and post it if anyone is interested.
I saw these patterns on another blog, but I can't remember whose it was. If you know who posted the link for them (or if it is your blog), please let me know so I can link back to that blog as well.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Children's Hat

Here is a picture of the children's hat that I had been working on. I finished it last night, but it was too late (read dark) to take a picture of it; I waited until this afternoon.

The colours are showing brighter on here because I used the flash. Any of the pictures I tried to take without the flash were too dark.

I used Paton's Classic Wool, black for the ribbing, and...ummm...I forget the colourway of the rest of it. I'll have to look into it as I have another skein of it. The needles were 4.5mm circular for the whole thing. I think next time I do this hat (or really any other hat), I will probably follow the directions and use the bigger size it called for to do the top part of it.

I wanted to get a picture of the hat on my friend's daughter to see how it would fit on a child's head, but she was sick tonight so I didn't get the chance. I also thought it might be nice to have a live model to show my work for once (with her mother's permission mind you) such luck - no live model that is, not that I didn't get permission...though technically I didn't get her permission since I didn't see her daughter tonight to take the picture, so I couldn't ask. Confused? Me too.

This was a patten I used from the holiday issue of the holiday Knit Simple that I mentioned in the previous post. The pattern was very easy to follow and knit up in no time really - well, so long as I kept knitting and not putting it down too often. I think I'll definately be using these patterns again in the future!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Jumping On Board

Ok, I have finally jumped on board and bought the One Skein book
this afternoon - better late than never eh? I have found some projects that I am going to try soon. I have seen other knitters finished projects and have wanted to get this book for some time now. Let's hope I can do a good job ;o).

I also got the holiday issue of Vogue Knitting the other day and really like the scarf featured on the cover. I think that is one I'm going to try - looks kind of scary though (the process, not the actual scarf).

I also got the holiday issue of Knit Simple the same day as the Vogue magazine. I wanted to do a children's hat with the left over yarn from the mitten projects I've recently done. This issue has basic patterns to follow for sizes from premies to adult males, so I just chose one and started it Saturday evening. I worked on it briefly on Sunday and a little today. It's probably 1/3 done so far and when I get it completed, I will post a picture here for you to see. I wanted to finish up some black, so I decided to do the ribbing in that and the rest of the hat in one of the varrigated yarns I had...I ended up not using the mitten yarn, but one of the other part skeins I had. I didn't think the two skeins from the recent mitten projects would really work with the black since there was none in that yarn. Anyway, I'll show the picture when I get the hat done - which will hopefully be in the next few days or by the weekend at the latest.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


I've been working on one of the Christmas gifts lately, and am nearly finished it. I just hope it turns out well enough to give as a gift - otherwise I'll have to find something else and hope to get it completed in time. I'll have to start on my other friend's gift too so that I'll get it done in time. I've got a couple of ideas for something simple for a couple other friends, so hopefully I'll get those done in time for Christmas as well. Those two I could show pics when/if I get their gifts done, because they don't read my blog.

I have also been working on my November entry for
Knittin' Mittens. Here is the pic of the completed mittens:

They are children's size 6-8, and done on 4.5mm dpns using Patons Classic Wool Merino in the Rosewood colourway - at least I think that is the colour...I have two wrappers and wasn't sure which was the right one...LOL.

Next I will have to get some socks done for the SAM2 to count for my November entry. I'll have to get cracking at those and work on them between the Christmas gifts. I am just so close to completing the first of the gifts, so I'll have to go work on that between doing some homework this afternoon and this evening. I'll keep you posted as to whether or not it works out, and like I said before, you'll see pics of it after the recipient receives it at Christmas.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Another Contest

Chappysmom is having a contest. I like contests - I never win, but I like entering them. I mean, you will never win if you don't enter right? So if I at least enter, I have a chance of winning...

The idea is that you take a picture of your calendar, the month of November, and post it on your blog. If she gets enough people taking part then she will offer a prize of something nice from her stash. If not, the contest will just be a meme. Hopefully enough people will enter! Here is my entry:

It's not a pretty picture. November's picture is a 1933 Ford Speedstar Coup. The calendar is from a cousin's auto repair shop, hence the picture of a car. The whole calendar is of old cars, and my dad got it when he took the car in for something last year. It's much better than the one from the previous year - it was one of those big 18-wheeler type trucks, well actually the cabs (or whatever they are called). They had all had pictures and designs painted on them. My dad got it as well from the same cousin's shop. I am hoping this year he'll get something with pretty scenes or flowers instead. That is what they usually get, but for the last two years they haven't. Anyway, this is my entry for the contest.

And, not to be outdone by a silly calendar, Tinker Belle has requested that her picture be shown too - to pretty up this post. So, without further ado, here she is getting ready for a nap (don't mind the icky old '70s era chair she's in:

Friday, November 03, 2006

A Contest and Not Much Else

Alisha is having a contest, and the cutoff is tomorrow (Saturday). Go check it out.

I've been doing some knitting, though can't show you the pictures yet. I'm working on a Christmas gifts for one of my friends and she reads this blog sometimes. If I post a pic, then she'll know what she's getting - so, no pics until after she gets the gift...hopefully I'll remember to post them LOL! The next item I'll be working on will be a Christmas gift for another friend who reads this blog too - so, no pic of that (or hint as to what it is) until after she gets it as well.

I've also started a pair of mittens for November's entry of my Knittin' Mittens KAL in a similar colourway as the pair in the previous post. This pair has more brown in it though, and not the rusty/reddy colour. I'll post the pic when they are done.

The KAL is still open for anyone interested in joining. Just send me an email or leave a comment on this blog or the mitten blog and I'll add your name. Also, if you'd be interested in donating a prize, that would be fabulous. The winner for this month was Mandy; her name was picked by Susan who donated the prize for October. Can't wait to see what Susan is sending her.

Well, that's all for now. Hopefully I'll get the mittens done this weekend and will post a pic...and maybe I'll do something else as well so that I'll have other pics to show.

Happy Knitting!