Friday thankFulness

What a wonderful Thanksgiving we had. We were able to see our niece and her family in from Pittsburgh. Such wonderful memories we create when together. My SIL makes an awesome spread so that makes the day even better! This year we were missing an important part. My MIL became ill on Saturday and by Tuesday she was in need of major help. So off to the hospital she went. Pneumonia is the diagnosis. I tried to send her tons of photos and videos so she could see the little ones.

The photos I was overjoyed to get were of the Great-N C-Man and his new blanket. The first one I knit him did not survive his babyhood, so it was fairly ragged. I knit him a 2nd blanket, but it never replaced the ragged one. And then the ragged one was lost this summer. So 5 years later another “green one” was made, almost exactly like the 1st one. I think it was a hit.


Yarn: Cascade Pacific
Pattern: Prairie Blanket

Then off to the 2nd celebration of the day at my Brother’s house. The draw for me there is the homemade dumplings my sister, and now nieces and daughters, rolls out. I had a plate of them all by themselves! Oh, and my 2nd slice of pumpkin pie. And then we watch movies in the theater room. This year it was The Mummy, with Brendan Fraiser. Can you believe they are trying to remake it with Tom Cruise!!! Yuck! I will boycott it if so.

In finishing news for this Friday I have another…….hat. Of course I do. It’s probably going to be hats for the next 3 weeks as I have 7 more to go.


Yarn: Dye Cauldron DK in Regatta
Pattern: Unpublished at this time

This is a test knit that will be published soon. Not to worry about a spoiler since she has photos posted on her blog. Creative stuffing produced the side shots. I think the one on the left looks like a spaceship!

Now head over to iknead2knit to see what finishes others are flashing!

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Wednesday Thanks

Like every other American Knit Blogger I must acknowledge the upcoming holiday with my list of thanks. My list may be small but I think it covers it all.

I thank God for being right where he wants me to be, where my gifts and talents can be used for him. I only hope that I do a better job of honoring him by loving more, doing more for others, and obeying him.

Now, the knitting, which I am really thankful for!

This sweet hat will either grace the head of GNiece #1 or #2. It is in the hands of the youngest since she is here in town. Once I know how it fits her I will know how big or little to make the 2nd one. I just love this pattern!!


Pattern: Ava Beret
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Sock in Fuchsia and Cascade Heritage Handpainted in Dahlia

The body is knit with the Knit 1 Below method which creates a pronounced V stitch. The pattern calls for hand spun, but it doesn’t tell you if the hand spun is fingering or heavier. Considering they decrease for the body I assume it is thicker. So I just used the yarn doubled and knit this one on 80 sts throughout.

The MC is used for the row of K1, K1below. The CC is used to purl 1 row. Alternating these two rows creates a neat effect. I was afraid the variegated would get muddy since it’s held double, but it still worked.

I counted last night and I actually have 10 hats to do before/after Christmas. 2 of the 10 are done and 1 was cast on last night. Of course, I only have the yarn for 2 of the remaining 8, so shopping at WEBS is about to happen.

I also counted the number of hats I have made this year and the total is 50. 36 for charity and 14 for family and friends. 80% of these hats were preemie to newborn in size, so they go quick. I knit 37 hats in 2014, and only a few of them were charity bound. I hope to continue this effort next year and use up all those scraps and odd balls!

Now, go prep for your Turkey Day if you live in the States. And then sit down to read some great blog posts at the following links.

Life and Yarn

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Keeping Calm and continuing to cast on all the things!

But very soon I will no longer be able to Keep Calm if my queue doesn’t stop growing! Ack! In the past week I have gotten a call for two hats, joined a test knitting project for a hat, decided to make hats for my great nieces and nephews, 1 done-4 to go, pulled the Cabled Wrap out of purgatory, and I am taken by the urge to cast on for a sweater AND a shawl! Actually, I want to cast on a ton of sweaters, but will only allow 1 to be started. And then I have to fit in a poncho that is uber long and fringed. Why, oh why do I open my mouth and say, “yes” or “that’s a great idea”.

Towards my desire to knit Woodstove I at least got 2 skeins of the yarn out of the closet. I don’t need the entire batch, so to avoid trashing my knitting niche even further I will just keep a few on hand. I brought all the Jo Sharp Silk Road DK down from the closet for the Cabled Wrap, but I need to coral it somewhere out of sight or reach from the pup. He grabbed one out of the knitting basket this weekend while we were gone. He doesn’t destroy them anymore, just lets me know he can take them when he wants.

And since I always need an easy knit on hand for sitting and waiting or watching sports, I got another hat done for babies of a local hospital.

imageYarn: Ella Rae leftovers
Pattern: Magic Coffee Bean Hat

I need to ask the nurses at the hospital if the sizing is good. It says it is a newborn size on the pattern, but it’s so hard to tell when you don’t have a babe around to try it on.

Tomorrow I will show the hat for the 1st great-niece. It’s just adorable! One of my favorite patterns, Ava Beret. I hope to have enough yarn to make three from the Cascade Heritage I have. I got three out of the yarn I used for the ones I made in February.

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