Sunday, November 16, 2014

To Gift or Not

With all of the holidays fast approaching, I've read a lot about knitters gearing up to knit gifts. And a lot of knitters who are gearing up to not.

The Knitmore Girls are hosting a Grinch-along where they are encouraging knitters to just enjoy the holidays and knit without pressure. If you take a picture of your non-gift knitting fun and post it on their Ravelry group or Instagram, you could win a Grinchy knitting bag sewn by the Knitmore Girls. I will definitely be posting in this thread, because I have a couple of projects that are for personal fun and won't be given as gifts. And I want to win a Grinchy bag because they are so cute AND it will be from the Knitmore Girls.

Yarn Floozies has a really fun Knitting Time Calculator, that will help calculate the cost of a hand knit gift. This is more for people making requests and not really gifts, but I really liked the idea behind it. It might help to give me a reality check should I decide to knit an I Heart Noro blanket because it's obviously full of knitted love and everyone I love should have one.

If I were to decide that I want to plunge headfirst into some serious gift knitting for the challenge and adrenaline rush, Curious Handmade has a really nice free Holiday Gift Knitting Planner. I think this is a cool idea and I think the Yarn Harlot plans out her knitting time similarly on a spreadsheet.

I don't have any plans to bust out a bunch of hand knits for this holiday season, but I always say that. And then I get everything planned out for my family and decide that just maybe I could squeeze a gift or two in. This usually happens the beginning of December. We'll see if it happens this year.

I have been inspired by some of the Advent calendars and Holiday decoration knitting patterns I've seen on the Hot Right Now Ravelry list recently. One of my favorites is this Knitted Gingerbread House from Frankie's Knitted Stuff. I love her patterns and this house has a hinged roof so you can fill the inside with candy. The other pattern she has coming out is an Advent Garland with 24 different decorations on it. It starts December 1st and ends Christmas Eve. I love the idea of knitting one little ornament a day and having a cute handmade garland to hang up on Christmas. I might just have to do this one!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Knit Surfers

I am having so much fun podcasting with my friend Nancy from Common Threads. We podcast about our local community, surfing, and knitting. I'm posting the shownotes on the Common Threads blog that is located here.

I just posted Episode 3 and it turned out great!

Here are the first 3 episodes:

Episode 1 - The Beginning
Episode 2 - New Encinitas
Episode 3 - The Cardiff Kook

I hope everyone enjoys it!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Day 6

This is 1 oz - I have 3 more ozs to spin and then plying. With 15 days left on the tour, if I spin .25 oz per day, I'll have the singles done in 12 days. Then I'll ply it the last 3 days of the tour.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tour de Fleece progress

Finished the Dreambird fiber on Tour de Fleece Day 3. Tomorrow I can start the RedFish Dyeworks 50% Silk and 50% Superfine Merino

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tour de Fleece 2013

Tour de Fleece started yesterday! My goal was to finish spinning the singles for my dreambird, which I did, but I was also able to ply about half! My goal for today is to finish plying the dreambird fiber.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Lucky Charms

Name of Project: Lucky Charms
Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sock-aholic
Yardage: one skein (480 yards), but I have quite a bit left over
Needles: Size US 0 (2.0 mm) Knit Picks circulars
Time to Complete Project: 7 weeks
Pattern Notes: I have 8 stars up the front of the foot and I really like the length these turned out. I'm also completely infatuated with this color and have decided that the next time I buy yarn, it will be in this color for a sweater.

Monster Zebras!
 My monster zebra socks are going along very smoothly and I carry them around quite a bit. I'm working up the leg on the first sock and expect to have it finished in the next few days and will cast on for the second soon.

Travelling sock Knitalong
The idea of this fun project was to have a pair of socks travel around a group of friends so that when you get them back you have a finished pair. Each knitter cast on for the toes and increased to the width that they required and then sent their toes on to the next person. There are 11 knitters in my circle and I personally have knitted on 6 pairs of socks, not counting my own toes. So I'll have 4 more pairs pass through my knitting bag and then I'll have my own back. It has been really fun trying out new stitch patterns on the short little section of sock and also matching yarns to what has already been knit. I've also really enjoyed watching the other pairs take shape.

Above is the current state of my socks, they are ready for the heel turn and are about halfway done. I've got lots of beautiful yarn and bling, I can't wait to get these in my hands.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Great Disguise

My son's class performed Moses before the Thanksgiving break while they were learning about the history of the Hebrews. The play was excellent and I loved the songs performed during the play. My son and two others played two parts, the hebrew slaves and the 3 shepherds. My son told me he needed a beard and his idea was to cut his hair and glue it to his face. I told him not to worry, I would come up with something that wasn't as permanent. I remembered seeing the Instant Beard pattern before Halloween and thinking, if I ever have a costume where I need a beard, I'm making one of these. They only took a couple of hours and turned out absolutely hilarious!

This is son #2 modeling beard #1.

This is son #1 modeling beard #2.
And Shepherd #3. I made his beard a little longer so they didn't all look exactly the same.

Once I made those three, his teacher asked me if I could make one for Moses. I didn't follow the pattern for this, I just cast on a few stitches and increased on each row until I had enough stitches to go around the face. Then I cast off for the mouth and re-cast the stitches on the next row for the mustache.

Here's the whole 3rd/4th grade cast of Moses!
I'm not a big fan of wearing facial hair for costumes but I really liked these beards. They can be taken on and off easily and the pattern cups the chin for a great fit. I've worn a couple of "man" costumes that have involved the use of mustaches and beards and I'm a little uncomfortable in that role. I tend to stick more to the "girly" costumes. But maybe if I had a pink beard...