Monday, February 8, 2016

A long January

Whew! Finally getting around to updating again after a long break. We had a wonderful trip to Hawaii. It was amazing to just relax and hang out with Weston for six days. Not having to take anyone else to the bathroom or feed anyone else was just simply delightful.  I didn't get as much knitting done as I thought I would, but I enjoyed doing nothing. That isn't something I am normally good at, but it was nice.  I made a lot of progress on my Lilli Pilli shawl, I am now half way through the 100-row garter stripe section.  After that I have another small lace section, which I am sure will slow me down, but I am excited to have this finished! It will probably be the fanciest thing I have ever knitted for myself.



We also did a few tourist-y things.  We went and played mini-golf, visited a goat farm, and a vodka farm.  The tour of the vodka farm was very interesting and I learned a lot! If you are ever in Maui, be sure to stop by the Ocean Vodka farm as it is a fun little outing.



I have finally started on Weston's Gansey again. Nothing like knitting on a deadline! I really hope it works out this time because I am not sure I have it in me to knit it a third time. (Not that I knit the whole sweater the first time, but I knit enough to be quite annoyed at myself for having to reknit it.)

Hopefully I will have more beautiful knitting to share with you soon! Keep those needles clicking!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Making progress

I have been knitting quite a bit.  Mostly on Sawyer's sweater, as every time he sees it he asks if it will be done "tomorrow" because "I love sweaters Mom!". I am almost ready to attach the bottom of the pocket, then I have about 3 inches of knitting left. Then the collar and the sleeves. So, still a lot...but less than there was last month!


The other knitting project that has been occupying my time is a test knit for my friend, Brittany (bohoknitterchic on Revelry, check out her designs here).  It is a bias knit shawl and the pattern should be published soon. I am loving my color combo! It is a fun knit, easy enough to do while the kids are up, interesting enough to want to work on when they are asleep...I keep finding myself thinking "just four more rows" so I can change colors again. 


I am struggling with trying to decide what knitting to take on my trip. We are going to Hawaii at the end of the month (just Weston and I!) and I will need plenty to keep me busy. It's a long flight, and then six days without kids....ahhhh, the luxury! 

I have also been doing some sewing, although I have no pictures to show. One weekend Weston took Sawyer and the dogs out camping, so Lucy and I had the run of the house. I had her help me sew a charm square quilt.  We were able to finish all of the blocks, but I still need to do a bit more before I sew the top together. It is a cute quilt, lots of pinks and flowers. 

Hopefully I can continue to make good progress on everything!
Happy Knitting

Friday, January 1, 2016

Year end round up

I had a great knitting year. I finished 32 (!) projects. If you are on Ravelry, here is a link to see my projects.

Here is a quick round up of what I knit:

14 hats
5 cowls
2 blankets (one was crocheted)
4 pairs of mittens
1 shawl
2 toys
1 doll blanket
1 pair of slippers
2 sweaters

So, clearly hats are still my favorite thing to knit.  I actually wound yarn to knit two hats today. HA! I am really hoping to finish 16 projects this year (last years goal was 15) but I know I have some bigger projects on the needles that I need to finish.  Weston's sweater (an adult sweater in fingering weight yarn...), a few sweaters for Sawyer (that kid is getting bigger), and at least one blanket. I have the yarn for three I think....so one of them should get finished.

Not only did I wind yarn to knit two hats, I also bought yarn to knit Sawyer some Spider-Man mittens.  Hopefully those go quickly and he gets to wear them this winter. The weather here has been terrible. We had a white Christmas but a few days later it started raining and it basically hasn't stopped. Between the wind and the rain, the kids still need hand knits to stay warm, so hopefully I can whip out these cool new mittens quickly.

I should have some quilts to share soon.  I am almost finished with the top for a baby quilt for my SIL.  And Lucy and I spent the day working on sewing a charm square quilt.  That should go together quickly.  I also fell victim to the recent Craftsy sale and bought a kit for a fox quilt and a quilt for Sawyer.  That should be here soon! Yea!

One last thing to share. I did spend the week before Christmas sewing the kids pjs for Christmas Eve. It was a few late nights, but it was totally worth it.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Snow and knitting

It's been a while. I kept thinking I would get better pictures of my finished projects, but I haven't so...oh well. It has been a great month here so far. I actually got our advent calendar up and in use! I love it.  The mittens look so cute hanging on the wall and I have been planning it for about four years, so it is nice to finally see it happening.


The kids alternate who gets to hang a mitten every morning and when all the clips are full the next day will be Christmas. I have been knitting a lot, some of which I can't share because it is gift knitting, but some that I can because it is for ME! I love rainbows. I am knitting a rainbow blanket for the couch, but it just wasn't going fast enough for my taste. And Knit Picks had a sale....so I whipped up this over Thanksgiving. 


It makes me so happy to see this draped over the couch all day and cuddle up with it at night. It was knit with the new super bulky Knit Picks wool, Tuff Puff. So far it has held up well and kept me nice and warm. I have also whipped out a hat for Sawyer (which he claims is itchy...apparently he doesn't care for alpaca) and a pair of mittens for Lucy. 



I have plenty of projects to keep my needles busy. I still have one gift to finish, and a few mini mittens to knit up to finish the advent calendar. I also have yarn to knit about five different hats. Ha! I apparently have a hat knitting problem. I also have a sweater started for Sawyer that need attention. And Weston's sweater...which I have to redo all the math for, but have decided on a gage and needle size, so that is a step in the right direction. 

Knitting isn't the only thing that has been keeping me busy. We have had a lot of fun Christmas events going on around town.  This weekend was Breakfast with Santa and it was a blast. It was Candy Land themed this year and there was a life sized Candy Land board on the floor of the cafeteria where the kids could play. It has also snowed a lot this week! YEA! I woke up this morning to close to a foot of snow which is awesome. I love winter (when there is snow) so I was quite happy to walk the dogs in a winter wonderland this morning!

Alright, back to knitting. Stay warm!


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December!

Wow. How is it already December? Thankfully, I am almost finished with my holiday knitting! Pictures of that will have to wait, but I have some other things to share today. When Sawyer was born I decided I wanted to knit an advent calendar. A few years later, I gathered the yarn to knit it, and last year I actually started it! I found the pieces when I was looking for something else the other day and was inspired to get it finished this year! This is what I have so far:


I still need to knit a few mittens, but the plan is to hang one every day, which gives me time. I finally got the string all finished and the kids and I will hang it after school. Pictures next time, as I found the cutest snowman ribbon and mini clothes pins to use. 

In knitting news, I finished a pair of mittens for my SIL, and should be able to finish Sawyer's Christmas hat today. I did also finish the crochet blanket I was working on. It lives on my couch and cheers me up every time I see it. 

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We spent it in a cabin, which was fun! There was a deck of Uno cards so we played for a while and I read the kids the first book in the Magic Treehouse series. A good time was had by everyone. Now back to holiday knitting....more pictures next time! 



Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thankful

It is Thanksgiving here and I am grateful. I am grateful that I have shelter (it has sounded like a hurricane outside for the past two days), food, and heat. Grateful for my family (even though my kids got up at 5am today) and friends. Grateful that I have time to knit. I have finished a cowl for my new SIL, but I still need to block it. I am almost finished with Sawyer's christmas hat and almost finished with a super chunky granny square crochet throw that I started yesterday. I also sewed a small baby quilt for my SIL. This will be my first time being an aunt and I am very excited! I will probably overwhelm you with pictures next time, but today I will just leave you with this one. The kids being themselves. Happy knitting. 


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Knitting lull

I have been in a bit of a knitting lull this week. I almost finished Sawyer's green Christmas tree hat, but then got sidetracked with some other sewing projects.  We had our local quilt guild's tea and auction this weekend and it was so fun! I bought a few items and enjoyed the excitement of a live auction.  I had never really participated in a live auction before so it was quite memorable. I had the kids with me, and they were very well behaved...I think sitting at the table that had a bowl of swedish fish had something to do with that! I sewed these two pillows to donate to the auction.


The blocks are from the book Farm Girl Vintage and they were very fun to piece! There is a sheep block in the book, so I plan on making myself some sheep pillows sometime. I also would love to make the sampler quilt, which has all different 6" blocks.  Another member of the guild is working on that and the blocks are just adorable. 

The other excitement of the weekend was that we had professional pictures taken of our family! In eight years of marriage, we have never done that (even for our wedding), so I am very excited to see how they turn out. Lucy was quite grumpy during the whole shoot, so hopefully there is one where she doesn't look angry. We were all practicing our smiles before going, and clearly she is capable of smiling. Silly girl. 


No real updates on knitting as I just haven't been doing much.  Next time I should have at least one FO. I realized this morning that we are about 5 weeks away from Christmas and I haven't started any of my gift knitting yet! YIKES! I don't knit a ton for holiday gifting, but I have a few smaller things planned.  The yarn and patterns are all chosen (and printed out somewhere, I think) but I need to start! Perhaps that will be my plan for the weekend...in between a pampered chef party, time to sew, and a guild meeting. Man oh man. 

Get your knit on!