Thursday, November 26, 2015


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 between a pampered chef party, time to sew, and a guild meeting. Man oh man. 

Get your knit on!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Hats, hats, hats

If you know me, you know my favorite thing to knit is hats. They are a quick project, perfect to learn a new skill, and useful.  In Alaska, it's a rare day that you couldn't use a hat, so I don't mind that we have a bucket bursting with hats. The kids always love to dig through and pick their favorite hat for the day (or the hour) and it warms my heart to see one of my creations on their little noggin.  I knit Sawyer (Brochan Slouch by Kate Oates) a new hat while I was on my trip, and just this week whipped Lucy (Oh Christmas Tree! By VANGY knits) up a new one as well.  Her hat will soon have a matching one for Sawyer (in green) and maybe if I am ambitious, Weston and I might have blue ones. We will see though... I have a bit of other holiday knitting to get through as well.

The kids were being so sweet holding hands on the way to school...

Quick report on some other knitting. My beaded lace shawl is two repeats away from moving back into garter stripes.  It has been sidelined again for holiday knitting, but I hope to plow through the lace soonish.  My rainbow stripe blanket is on color 5! Which is halfway! So that is very exciting. It is going to be a pretty sizable blanket and I can't wait to snuggle under it on the couch.

I picked up yarn today to knit Sawyer a new sweater. I hope to get that finished in time for Christmas.  I expect some baby knits to jump on my needles soon as my SIL just found out she is expecting a little girl in March. If only there were more hours in the day for knitting!

In other news, the Cordova Center (the big, beautiful civic center that Weston is the project manager for) had its grand opening last night and what a grand event it was. A TON of people turned out to see the building and I think everyone had a great time.  It was wonderful to see the building used and full of people! I know this town has been waiting for that for a very long time and I was excited to be a part of it. And there is photo evidence that I know how to dress up and be girly....I even wore lipstick! So adult.

Until next time...Happy Knitting!