Monday, February 14, 2011

Granny Squares - how I love you!

Last summer, I crochet a HUGE granny square blanket for my older daughter, made with about 24 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino yarn on a 3.25mm hook. It was time consuming, super duper fun and the results are spectacular if I do so say myself! See:


Another View:



I had alot of odds and ends of colours leftover so I made her a matching pillowcase:



Apparently I can't seem to get enough of crocheting granny squares, so here is the start of another one:

(sorry, couldn't get the colours to be as brillant as they are!)

This one is for Jay's best friend, but in no way shape or form will it be as big as the one I made Jay. That one fits a double sized bed. This one will be more the size of a lap blanket. I love her best friend like she is my own daughter, but I can't push myself to crochet another one that size.  She will be happy with a lap sized one. She has two crochet blankies a great auntie made her when she was born, but they are both ratty and dingy so I new, fresher looking one will make her squeel...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Owl Vest - a gift -

My younger daughter asked me to knit something for her teacher's soon to be born son, so I obliged:


This is the owl baby vest, a free pattern found HERE. Very simple pattern and extremely fast. This little vest gives the impression alot of work was required, but actually you can keep it your little secret - it is dead easy. I found the buttons at a small local fabric shop and am so happy they work so well. 

Maddy and I still have to create the label, wrap it up nicely and she still needs to make a card.  All in all, I am very please with this little vest and it now sits on the back of one of my living room chairs so that it reminds me items are still outstanding. I love looking at it, so it is nice to see it on display. At least for a little while.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Plain Ole Vanilla Socks

I am on a finishing role people!  woo hoo....Another pair of socks are done - like dinner!   I knit the first sock pretty quickly and then put them away, for about 3 years!  What the hell?  Unlike alot of sock knitters that do not like knitting the 2nd sock, as I on the other hand really like knitting the 2nd sock. I think it is because I can go on auto pilot, knowing how many rows to knit before the heel and how many rows to knit to the toe decreases.  Not sure why, but I like knitting the 2nd sock alot!

I knit these socks using a pink/grey Austermann Step sock yarn that I bought, I think at the Maryland Wool and Sheep festival 3 to 4 years ago. I think. Doesn't matter, because now they are finished, pictures taken, uploaded to Ravelry and a blog post is done.




Saturday, February 5, 2011

How many knits is too many?

By my front door I have a lantern moon three basket tower that holds all our winter accessories.  This basket holds mostly hand knit goodies and gives me and my girls alot of choice of what to wear day to day.  But lately I am into knitting accessories and put my newly finished Fiddlehead Mittens (you can kind of see them at the top on the right, beside the orange mittens) and thought to myself, mmm...I think I have enough hats, mittens and scarves now, I should really stop knitting them. 

The thought immeditely left my brain as I picked up my Ripley hat and started to knit.  Guess it isn't that much of a concern.