KNITTING GAL

April 22, 2008

Contest boodle and stuff I have finished....

I want to give a big thanks to my blog pal cat girl for sending my prize out. I just love the book and I have never had fingering weight yarn before. It is from Knit Picks and called Jewel. I will have to figure out something special to make from it. I can't wait. Plus the book is very special. It teaches you about magical knitting and the moebius pattern. It indeed looks very magical. I do so admire Cat Bordhi's philosophy about knitting. It takes you to another level of experience and you end up with something quite extraordinary. So, many thanks cat girl!









This project is for a friend whose daughter in law just had beautiful identical twin girls. I hope they like their little hooded sweaters. I adore making baby items and I have two more expectant moms to knit for. I have to get moving on the items as they are both due in the next month. But that is what I like about baby clothes. They knit up one-two-three- and look too sweet for words. I rather like these sweaters. I made them from Jiffy from Lion Brand and the pattern is on their web site. I do love making patterns that are intended for the yarn. It makes life so easy. I often drive myself batty by making an item with yarn from my stash and hoping for the best. Baby clothes are very forgiving, so I tend to make them from my stash. I was lucky to find a pattern that went with yarn in my stash. If I want something to come out just right I buy the yarn for the pattern and actually do a swatch! Not often, just when a lot of money is involved. These little sweaters cost around four dollars to make as I purchased the yarn at Joann's clearance and I knew I would use the yarn someday!

My hubby's socks are made from Knit Picks Essential-Grass. I loved the color and the feel is very soft and comfy. The pattern is a mock cable and is from the book Sensational Knitted Socks. How I love that book for socks. If you want to make great socks that is the book for you. The instructions are clear and you have so many options. Check it out if you are a sock knitter. Even if you are a newbie, there is a class sock to start off with and it explains the anatomy of the sock. Really marvelous. I finished them while on vacation with my sisters and mom. We had a wonderful time and our children have virtually grown up together. They are close in ages and we have watched as they grew up and then graduated from college and are now going out into the big wide world. It has been a very happy experience for me and I have been blessed with a wonderful family.
Try the music that I have on my sidebar. It is some of the loveliest music ever written. I have it running often when I am blogging or just goofing around on my computer. Once you navigate away from my page it will stop, so I just open another tab and shrink it. It is so soothing. I hope that you enjoy it too. I do update the music from time to time, so be sure to check. I have a fondness for "pretty music". Especially classical and opera music. I just recently found a you tube piece with a young man conducting the Prelude and the Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde. Even if you don't like classical check this out-it is lovely-especially part two. I am sure the music will be familiar to you. Well, time to go. I see I have started using dashes and the word lovely keeps cropping up. So, before I start using parenthesis and any more comas I better stop. ( Although I actually quite like parenthesis!) Take care.

9 comments:

Rachel said...

Great socks! I actually finally looked through the Sensational Socks that I won from your contest (since now I actually knit socks!) and the list of socks I want to knit increased exponentially! Great patterns in there!

Sonya said...

That is a really cool prize!


Love the hubby's socks.

Cindy said...

"Lovely" finished objects. You got your knitting mojo back with a vengence. It's so good to hear from you again!

KSee said...

What a great prize. The socks look great.
My friend has the Sensational Knitted Socks book and swears by it. I get intimited with so may instructions. BUT I know one day I will own it.

ellen said...

I'm glad you got the prize--and I hope maybe there's shawl in your future, or something with the laceweight Knitpicks yarn. And that you'll find the Cat Bhordi book not only interesting, but useful. But if you like, and don't knit with laceweight--maybe someone will swap with you for some sock yarn. I love a good swap!
Trudy (http://catgirlknitson.blospot.com

Donna Lee said...

Families are both blessings and problems. I'm glad yours is filled with blessings. The socks look great. Making man-socks is tough because they have big feet.

Firefly Nights said...

Didn't realize that book was about the moebius pattern. Looks interesting. I don't care for lace weight yarn and have substituted fingering weight for some of what I'm working on. It should work for lots of shawls. Yes, your music is nice.

Sheila said...

The sweaters are cute. I know what you mean about knitting baby items. It's like popcorn...easy to eat and fast!

hope said...

I love the socks. You've inspired me to try that Knit Picks yarn and also to by the Sensational Knitted Socks book. The sweaters are adorable too. I think I will add them to my repetoire for all the expectant mothers I have to knit for. Thanks for the inspiration.