Friday, December 30, 2005

You are a Believer

You believe in God and your chosen religion.

Whether you're Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or Hindu..

Your convictions are strong and unwavering.

You think your religion is the one true way, for everyone.

My Very First Set of Stitch Markers

I used these markers while stitching my Irish Hiking Scarf thanks to these wonderful instructions.

As you can see, I got a little crazy with the beads. I can't wait to create more of these yarn charms. If I'm any good, I'll call my new found creations, FeminiKNITTY Designs. Hey, it could happen...every knitter has to have a dream! ;-)

My Yarn Stash Closet

This is what happens to knitter's on a serious budget.
I should post a sign that says, "Will work for yarn!"

My Baby....Misty

I just wanted to share a photo of my baby, Misty. She's a schnauzer/shih tzu mix and as sweet as she can be...well, most days.

Cable-Knit Purse...Assembly Required

Yarn: 1 5 oz skein Red Heart Soft Worsted Weight in black

Needles: Size 10

Fabric for Lining: a beautiful pink satin butterfly themed remnant found in the Wal-Mart bin

Notions: 2 bamboo handles and a satin pink ribbon for trim

Recipient: Candace

Note: This Margaret Nicole knock off pattern knitted up pretty quickly.

Update: The seems on both the bag and fabric lining are done. I just have to come up with a simple way to get the handles sewn on with both the fabric and bag combined. This was supposed to be another Christmas gift, but do to my anxiety with seaming objects together, it has been placed on the UFO aisle. To be continued....

Irish Hiking Wrist Warmers

Yarn: 1 skein of Lion Brand's Wool-Ease in Chestnut Heather

Needles: Size 8

Recipient: Me, of course

Note: These knitted up so quick and the seaming, which I hate, didn't take very long either. I also knitted a pair of these in Red Heart Soft worsted weight in black to go along with my sister's extremely long scarf. I'll definately be recreating these little gems again.

Irish Hiking Scarf

Yarn: 2 5 oz skeins of Red Heart Soft Worsted Weight in black

Needles: Size 8

Length: 51"x100" (she wanted it extra long)

Recipient: Candace, baby sister

Note: This was my very first attempt at cables. I loved the pattern and was amazed at how easy cables can be. I need to update this photo to show the garter stitch trim I added with Lion Brand's Fun Fur in black just to give the edges a little flirty flair. My sister loved it.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Knitting Goodies

Just look at the goodies I found today in an impromptu shopping spree. My favorite book store, Half Price Books, had everything marked 20% off. I just happened to come across two great calendars for 2006, Knit Bits: Cool Stuff to Know About the Knitting Lifestyle daily desk calendar and Barbara Albright's Simple Knits wall calendar. I got both of these wonderful finds for a total of $11.

A small trip across the street to my local Barnes & Nobles produced the Knitting Pattern-a-Day desk calendar for 50% off at a whopping $7 and both Maggie Sefton's knitting mysteries: Knit One, Kill Two and Needled to Death. Now all I need is more yarn stash, needles and a nice cuppa mint green tea to start the year off right.
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Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)

When I'm worried and I can't sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep

And I fall asleep counting my blessings

Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney sung this little song by Irving Berlin in the movie White Christmas, one of my favorite holiday classics. As I look back over the past year, I can't help but count my many blessings: family, friends, good health, heart, and mind.

When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I had none at all

And I fall asleep counting my blessings

I think about a nursery and I picture curly heads
And one by one I count them as they slumber in their beds

Every Christmas I remind myself that I'm blessed to end each year alive and well and start the New Year off the same way. I'm excited of what will become of the year 2006: meeting new knitters, starting new projects, and hopefully finishing some too. As you count your blessings, I pray that the New Year brings love, joy, peace, hope, and happiness to all my fellow knitters.

If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep

And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings

Friday, December 23, 2005

Tricks of the Trade

Just received my yarn ball winder; never know how I got along without this wonderful invention. The Yarn Clam, purchased at a LYS, is a small plastic container that holds your yarn in place so it doesn't roll everywhere. And last but not least, my very first knitting journal. After meeting Heather at a recent Sit-n-Knit, I took a glance at her brag book and couldn't wait to start my own. Posted by Picasa

In with Both Feet

Okay, I'm jumping in on the bandwagon and creating my very own blog. There are so many creative knitters out there in cyber world that I'm looking forward to chat with and share ideas. Many photos will be forthcoming after I decipher all this code, buttons, UFOs, FOs, etc. I feel like I'm in an amateur version of the I push the green button or the blue?

Anyway, welcome to my world!