Monday, January 31, 2011

Day of Snow and Ice

First he makes banana bread! We sample it while it's hot. Then we walk to the Post Office to mail my ebay sales and to pick up our mail.
Then we shovel.
This is the end of round one! There is ice under the snow so we wear ice trekkers.
I knit on some doll sweaters to list for sale.
He had meetings and computer work so set up an "office" in the basement.
This is an hour after round two. The prediction is for snow to occur all night.
Another view of the front sidewalk after the second shoveling of the day.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sweaters for Grandchildren

This year is designated to sweaters and recipients will include: two grandbabies, one toddler grandson, the Doc, and myself! Below is the yarn for my Virginia grandchildren and I'll cast on the pink for Brooklyn very soon. The family is moving very soon to the DC area and all are definitely going to need more winter clothes than they need in Houston.

Catholic Schools Week

Until we close on our new home in Colorado, we belong to this very active and very large parish in Centennial. It's actually too large for my and Jeff's preference but once we move further north, we'll find our niche. May God bless all teachers, and all Catholic School teachers.
Each family at St. Thomas More Parish was given a blessed candle for their home.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

First Eunice Sock Done

Personal Favorite Home

Of all the homes we've lived in, of all the homes we have purchased during our 38 years of marriage, this has to be my favorite! This home is in Corpus Christi, listed for sale in April 2010, and is our "summer home" since it is still on the market for sale. What fond memories I have of all the great things that happened during our five years there.

Count the Projects

My newest Kish girl is already working! I can't wait to sew for her! She is 12 inches tall and has poseable hands, elbows, knees and feet.
You might be able to spot my Eunice socks and several doll sweaters.

Double Strands at Toe for Eunice Socks

Yes, the first sock is nearly done; I just need to taper the toe. Using two strands at once, I'm hoping to fill up the toe area of my boot plus avoid any holes in the toe area for a long time.

Thick Sock for Narrow Foot

Yes, well, my floral Doc Marten boots are huge and yes, I admit to having narrow feet. However, I LOVE my boots! After all, I've worn Birkenstock sandals for the last 30 years!!!! No one wears boots and wool socks in Edinburg, Texas, or Corpus Christi, Texas!! Thanks to all the cables and lace patterns, my Eunice socks will help fill up my boots!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Most Precious Ever

Such a good brother!! Those eyes of little sis sure indicate a longing for a piece of popcorn, to grab and taste the chapstick, and to touch and drool on all of brother's treasures. At five months, all she gets is a new hat!!

What an adorable duo!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Check Corrections First

This is how the chart should have looked in the book.
Here is the Eunice sock chart that is all wrong! Unfortunately, I didn't check for corrections before knitting the heel, looking at the pictures in Sock Innovation and trying to knit according to the picture.
Here's the heel of the first sock, the one I knit before searching for corrections. I chose to leave the heel as is, only have a few knit stitches where there should be purls. Two knitting friends had a hard time seeing "errors" in my work without my pointing out the area. Sock #2 will be knit according to the corrections.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Thank You, Kristine

I love your babies, my grandbabies.

Thank You, John Jeffrey

Wow! What a delightful book! Little grandson added some other uses for me like: knit Rudolph hats, play slow/fast game, play scoop you, splash water when drinking from the water fountain, pull the wagon lots and lots with him as passenger, and "do this" on park equipment.

Eunice Socks

Cuff down, designed by cookie a. and so adorable! For me!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ladybug Hat for DC

Brooklyn needs a new hat to wear around the city in her new home. It'll be cold in Washington D.C. but oh so pretty. My brother was born there but I don't remember much from those four years of residence. I did enjoy being a tourist when I was a teenager and then again, when attending a NCEA Conference in Baltimore as an adult. Lots to see!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Ladybug Earflap Hat Experiment

My brain imagines a ladybug hat for Brooklyn. Here's the beginning, and on straight needles so I don't have as much of the black yarn to weave in later.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Knitting Fun

I used Grandson's leftover yarn (an Aran style in size 2) for this sweater and hat for Gregor.
I have wanted to knit these socks for a long time. They are called Eunice..................

and are a pattern in cookie a's book called Sock Innovation. I found the book at our library this afternoon! Yay!
I started a Ladybug earflap hat, using my own design, for little Brooklyn, my giggly granddaughter.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Oops!! S L O W D O W N !!!!

Stop sign is DEAD! This actually occured last night between our shoveling of the driveway (yes, twice).
Jeff brushed off the snow before we went to bed; this morning my car had some ice but not much snow.

Pam's car was rather chilly too.
She likes the snow!! Her new boots work great!
May I have mittens, please?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Easy American Girl Tights

You need a basic sewing machine, thread, and a pair (or one!) of knee high adult socks. I like socks with a bit of lycra in the fabric content. You will need about 4-5 minutes to sew the tights. Turn the sock inside out; measure down from the top to accomodate the doll's torso. It'll be roughly 4 inches.
Fold the sock flat, cut off the foot, and stitch down the center, twice, leaving a small space, about 1/8 inch, to cut open.

After stitching twice, cut the two legs apart.
Fold the foot as pictured and stitch across, twice.

Here's another view of the stitched foot.
Voila!! They're a good fit so some little hands might need help from larger hands to get these on the doll. They will NOT fall down!!
Here's another view of the foot when the tights are on the doll.

San Diego & Then Some

His San Diego socks asre done and I have leftover yarn for another doll sweater. The sweater is knit from the neck down, increasing every other row at the markers to form a raglan style cardigan.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tiered Sewn Skirt

The Kids' Sewing "Girl's Skirt" class is this afternoon and I found a doll pattern that is so similar. Doll Patterns are usually $14.95 but they are on sale this week for a mere .99. At $14.95, I usually take time to draft my own! Can't wait to be able to spread out and sew, sew, sew!