Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Socks

This is a pair of Christmas socks for nephew#2. I finished these on the 23rd of December.

This nephew immediately put these socks on his feet after he opened the gift on Christmas Day and I didn't see him take them off. He came home with us from the 25th to the 27th. His mom asked if he had taken them off at all. He said they were too comfy to take off. It is always nice to have positive feedback on hand knit gifts!

And then there were three

I decided at the last minute to do a little stealth knitting for the girls. I managed to knit these practically under their noses without many questions being asked and the secret not being exposed.

I used some of my stash Cascade 220 to make these water bottle insulators. And size 2 or 3 needles.

The stitch patterns were picked out of my handy Barbara Walker stitch dictionaries.

The next time I do the gray pattern I won't include the seed stitch rows. It was the first one I made and I didn't have enough time to rip it out and start over. I was still had to get my nephew's sock done before Christmas day. I finished that on the 23rd. Whew! Close call!

Christmas Secrets

Here is one of the Christmas secrets I was keeping.

It was a Christmas present to my sister.

The pattern is the Black Olives Stole. I had just enough of the 100% rayon cone left to make this second stole. Plus I knew she would love it!

I lost my blocking mattress so now I'm using a pink insulation board. Worked great! Pinned it on the bed then moved it to finish drying on the upstairs stairwell.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Birthday Flowers

December has been crazy. But that is not unusual. Dd#1 finished up the classroom portion of the driver's ed class. She has been driving mostly with me and does a great job!

December is always busy with the Sunday School Christmas program. Rehearsals are the first 3 Saturdays in December. I've taken advantage of that time to do a little Christmas shopping. The program was scheduled for yesterday but due to the cold weather it needed to be postponed. Dd#3's part is Mary (which she isn't very excited about to say the least. She really is not comfortable being in front of so many people. That is genetic and runs through the maternal side of my family.) Dd#2 is one of the narrators (all the older kids are narrators). She is happy she doesn't have to wear a costume.

Besides the shopping and trying to finish Christmas knitting projects (blocking on the bed today!) we also had a birthday to celebrate. Dd#2 turned 14!

We signed up to sponsor the altar flowers for the Sunday of dd#2's birthday party so we'd have some pretty flowers on the table. And boy they were gorgeous! We didn't specify anything so we were pleasantly surprised with the arrangement.

This picture doesn't do it justice. And the smell...ooooh so lovely!

None of us at the party knew what these pretty little flowers were. Can any of you identify it for us???

It had little pine-like needles and dainty little white flowers. Many of the little flowers are still closed on this branch.

This branch had mostly opened flowers.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Baby Shower

This cute little Baby Feet cloth was adorable hanging on the outside of the baby shower gift bag. That was my job. I used Omega Sinfonia which is a sport weight cotton and size 7 needles. The pattern is quick and easy.

And the gift hiding in the bag was a snuggle sized (or car seat) blanket knit by dd#1. She was going to do the Multidirectional Diagonal pattern but at the half way point decided to finish with Grandma's Favorite cloth (without the eyelets on the edge). We were a spidget short on the green but we did a little fudging that was not noticeable (to most anyway).

The yarn is Cascade 220 100% Superwash wool. One skein of blue and one of green. She used size 8 needles.

Ravelry links:
Baby Feet Cloth
Multidirectional Diagonal Cloth
Grandma's Favorite

P.S. One more Christmas gift off the needles tonight! Woohoo! No details until after Christmas...shhh!!!!