Friday, December 19, 2008

Happy Holidays Everyone!

The next week will probably be a blur of activity for me so I wanted to take time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas filled with loads of love & laughter.

After months & months of delays, my daughter's boyfriend deployed to Afghanistan yesterday. He had a 9 hour airport layover here in DC so she drove up (speeding all the way, I'm sure) from southern VA & we found a great seafood place for dinner. Although I have spoken to him by phone over the last 2 years - this was our first face-to-face meeting. Such an awesome young man! As a young boy his mom made alot of his clothing so I've promised him loads of handknit care packages (hmmmmm - cashmere socks might be a nice treat). Here's praying that the next 6 months goes VERY quickly & he's back with us safe & sound.

On the last leg of my holiday knitting & very pleased with everything. There will be a little something handmade in everybody's Christmas stocking this year. Looking ahead to the New Year, I've joined the Sweater-A-Month group on Ravelry. Won't succumb to the pressure but hope to end up with less stash & a few new wearables. First up will be this Inca Marl Ruffled Coat pattern by Jan McCarthy.

Looks like a 2 month project to me! Enjoy your holiday!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Fetching My Mojo

The Fetching Fingerless Gloves pattern by Cheryl Niamath first caught my eye years ago. It calls for knitting on double point needles (DPNs) which I soon found were like cryptonite to me...... I just couldn't get the hang of it. Here I am years later with wonderful knitting buds who probably got tired of me talking about Fetchings & suggested that I try 2 circular needles instead. BINGO! I absolutely love the pattern (completed in 2 days). Decided to use Bernat Cashmere Natural Blends from the stash for my trial pair. Wow - soft, thick & wonderful.

I was so happy after finishing them last week, my knitting mojo went in full swing. Here's the pics so far........

Each item only took a day of knitting so they're high on my list. The first is another One Skein Beret from Artful Yarns Old Western. The second hat is the Purls Arrow Hat that I found on Nice pattern & once again only took a day of knitting. My self-imposed yarn diet isn't working very well. I fell in love with Creatively Dyed Yarns at last month's Stitches East event. As I was walking away with my loot (aka purchases), I saw this beautiful colorway.
It's called "Canoe" and it's the most fabulous mix of blue, green & gray! You'll notice that isn't a stock photo. It's the 2 hanks I ordered & received last week. Headed home today to continue the Knitting Mojo Marathon..........