Monday, March 26, 2012

Cousins

We just got back from our Family Ski Trip.  It's an annual family reunion of 30-40 people who love to ski and hang out.  Each year there's a little something fun and quirky.  Sometimes there's a holiday like St. Patrick's Day or Easter and there's always something fun to do with that.  This year we knew the weather would be warm so one of the cousins brought lei's for everyone to wear skiing.  I've been croknitting those hats (see The Post with No Title) and they go very quickly so I got the harebrained idea that I should knit hats for everyone for next year's ski trip.  I figure I have a year to come up with 40 or so various hats for ages 5-75 and for both men and women.  I'm not under the false impression that everyone will wear a hat but I think it would be very fun to have a bunch of fun hats for people to choose from.  The lady cousins loved the croknitted hats so I'll do some of those and it will be lots of fun to come up with ideas.  40 hats in 52 weeks - am I nuts or is this fun!


Can't you see fun hats next year?



Sunday, March 25, 2012

The 80º Scarf

I work with an amazing, level headed, fun, beautiful woman and I've wanted to knit something for her for some time.  I wanted to make her a scarf because she works out on the playground and we live in the northeast - it gets COLD.  But not this March!  Sometimes we get major snow storms in March and plenty of cold weather but when I finished this scarf last week it was 80º!  I gave it to her anyway figuring she can put it away for next year if it never gets cold enough during this school year.  The colors in this scarf will match her blue eyes and go great with her skin and hair.








The pattern is Chevron Scarf by Joelle Hoverson from Last Minute Knitted Gifts with a crocheted edging.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Bracelets

This weekend has been all about the wrap bracelets - out of braided ribbon yarn, i-cord cotton string and crocheted ribbon yarns.  Some have extra beading sewn on.  I love hand sewing almost as much as I love knitting.  It's very soothing and beautiful to watch the beads adorn the bracelets.




And also St. Patty's day.  Not that we're Irish but 29 years ago my husband met me for our first date.  It wasn't a blind date but it had been arranged.  He was wearing a green plastic hat and carrying a green carnation.   It was one of the best days in my life. 
Here's to 29 more!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spring Homework

The kids are loving the spring weather.
Homework on the swingset.
I'm working away on an out of season scarf for a friend and a lightweight cardi out of sock yarn for myself.  Warm weather can't stop the knitting!

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Post With No Title


I've been knitting hats.
Lion Brand Homespun. Garter brims. Crocheted Crowns.
There's a third, plain blue hat, but my daughter wore it to bed so no pic.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Favorite Stitch

Do you have a favorite knitting or crochet stitch?  Do you have a go to stitch or one that you just love to create, design with, and wear?  Debbie Bliss seems to have a thing for seed stitch.  Elizabeth Zimmerman was a fan of garter stitch.  I'm no Debbie or Elizabeth but I do have a favorite stitch and it's this . . .

K1, yo, K2tog

It's sort of a ribbed faggot stitch although I think technically the faggot stitch is ssp but one of the reasons I love this stitch so much is that it's so soothing to actually knit it and k2tog is smoother than the purl.

And I love the product.  It's light an airy but has enough structure to hold up.  I use it for scarves mostly and to date have knit at least 10 projects using this stitch.

Do you have a favorite stitch?