Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hineri Hat

Totally love this hat!!!!!  Pattern is called Hineri and is a free pattern found HERE. I used one of my most favourite bulky yarns  - Rowan Cocoon in the Slate colourway.  I used one ball and about 4 rounds of yarn from the 2nd ball...The pattern states you need one ball, but for me, I needed the 2nd for just a titch of yarn.  I used size 6mm circular needles and knit it in about two days.

My forearms were killing me after knitting this hat - I think the speed and thickness of the needles contributed to the pain. I wanted to wear the hat ASAP and my hands and arms always hurt after knitting with larger needles. 

Friday, January 14, 2011

Startitis! The bug has hit me.

Holy cow have I ever got the urge to cast on every single project in my Ravely queue!  Well not everything, but I've cast on these projects in one day:

  1. Garter Yoke Cardigan - I'm using Noro Silk Garden and Cascade 220
  2. Ripley Hat - I'm using Berroco Peruvia Quick
  3. November Leaves hat - Malabrigo Worsted
  4. Hineri Hat - Rowan Cocoon - I cast on, finished it and am wearing it today!
  5. Fiddlehead Mittens - Drops Alpaca
  6. Cruiser Mittens - Alpaca Peru
All the projects except the garter yoke cardi are quite small ones, but because there are so many projects on the go, I doubt I will finish any of the small ones anytime soon. Sigh. This is what you get when you can't help yourself by casting on some many freaking projects.

Funny, I don't seem to be the one person feeling this way!  Reading through my blog list shows me I am not alone.  Lots of us knitters our there have been bitten by the startitis bug!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Norie Hat

I just finished the Norie hat from the Shetland Trader's first book:

I used Berroco's Ultra Alpaca Light
1.5 skeins
Needles Size: 3.25mm

I am not sure if I like it, well on me anyway.  It looks good from the side view and back view, but the full frontal view kind of distubes me....What do you think?

Knitting with Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light is awesome. It is so nice to knit with and to wear.  I made this hat to match my fingerless mittens I made with the Ultra Alpaca fine.  Pictures soon of these lovely mittens...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

My Girls

Boy, do I love these girls!  I am so blessed to have kids I enjoy being around. Don't get me wrong, they drive me nuts, but having them is exciting, interesting and fun!  November 19th they had a day off from school and we baked cookies from stratch, for the first time. I took tonnes of WIP pictures, trying my hand at better photography...see below.

They couldn't believe cookies were made this way, they were expecting the ready made mixture that they just had to add water and eggs to!  To their delight, and mine as well, they enjoyed making the cookies and sharing with their respective hockey teams.


 My try at artsy fartsy pictures:

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I miss blogging....

Hi!  As you can tell by the blog title, my name is Lisa and I knit. I would define myself as a knitter, not someone that just knits. Knitting is so much part of me as water is to the human body. Knitting calms me, makes me happy and I love creating.  I love seeing my loved ones wearing my hand knits. It warms me to know that my creations are keeping them warm and toasty.  I also love wearing things I've made, especially when I get to wear two or more hand knits at the same time.  It is my secret celebration every single time.

I've had other blogs that I enjoyed updating and am super excited to start a new one, in the New Year!  2010 wasn't a great year for me or my family and whew, am I ever glad it is over.  Although this year's celebration was at home (I have never stayed home for New Year's celebration!), it was awesome.  This year I spent the night with my husband and my two kids on the couch watching Grown Ups.  My youngest had a rather big accident that required surgery on her finger a few days earlier, so it didn't feel right leaving her.

Over the last few months I've been knitting but have not had the time to taking pictures of the things I've finished.  This year I am going to take more pictures, and not just of my knititng. Of my kids, because they grow so fast and I want to remember as much as I possibly can of their childhood.  I will also try to update this blog with pictures to document my 2011.  Pictures are worth a thousand words, and my memory is quite poor, so this resolution will help me greatly.