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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Knitting, knitting, knitting...

I love cold weather. Seriously. Snowy, drizzly, frosty and frigid. I tend to be "craftier" during the cold weather months. Knitting especially suits me at this time...cuddly balls of yarn, fluffy garments cascading from working needles and endless inspiration!

Knitting for others is such a pleasure...thoughts and prayers are worked into each item, no matter how small. Each item is as unique as its soon-to-be owner. I tend to "knit on the fly," altering the pattern to suit my knitting style or the recipient's taste.

What's in the workbasket, now?

Working on a pair of fingerless gloves in alpaca.

The boys attended an alpaca fiber show with our dear friend, Mr. Tom Ryan. They were quite taken by the sweet creatures and brought home the delicious, heathery gray yarn that is on the needles.

Two lovely capelets for my sweet granddaughters. My two youngest daughters received these same capelets for Easter and wear them constantly...real princess capes, they call them!

Crowns! I love this pattern. I made eight of these last year. Super quick to knit and definitely a one-of-a-kind stocking stuffer. I stitch on rhinestone buttons and pearls, and knit flat rather than in the round. Much easier to adjust the size, should it stretch.

My favorite hat "recipe." I've knit at least six of these. Very flattering and a quick knit.

Mittens. Mittens, mittens, mittens. My "little kittens" are always losing their mittens...

These weekend the girls and I will finish our St. Lucy Crowns and dolls (patterned after these).
The boys will be searching the woods for greenery for the Advent wreath and to deck the mantle. What fun!

Are you crafting yet? What's in your basket? I'd love to know!


Suzanne said...

I am knitting my very first blanket. I've only known how to cast on and one simple stitch my sister taught me when I was 9 or 10. I just learned how to purl three weeks ago from a book. I had to study the pictures because I just couldn't make out the process from the written directions. :) Next on my agenda is painting and distressing our dining room table, and then I have to shellac the inside of our buffet.

scmom (Barbara) said...

Very cute knitting projects; I may try one of those darling crowns. I don't get much more expert than baby booties, so I stick with baby hats and booties. Unfortunately I have no babies -- so they are donated. I need to take lessons from you so I can make that cool hat!

Kimberly said...


Your blanket is lovely! How taught yourself to 'purl'.

Barb: We simply have to meet...the hat appears complicated, but is actually quite simple. I've seen your lovely amazes me that you have time to knit!