Saturday, December 27, 2008
This holiday I seemed to be quite together in getting most of my knitted gifts done in time. I ended up making several cowls (two with the Forest Canopy Cowl pattern, one with the Spiralicious pattern and one that buttoned for a friend that would hate pulling something on and off over her head). I also made three of the Noro striped scarves (the third one was finished on Christmas Day for my Dad) and a Ravenclaw hat. I'll have some pictures and talk more about those when I get home to my computer.
Now I am visiting in NJ for a while and I brought the yarn for my first sweaters of 2009. Yeah, I could have brought something else to work on and I wouldn't have been tempted, but it really is the perfect time to get some quality knitting in and I just couldn't help myself. The first two sweaters I am working on will be the Central Park Hoodie in Shaba Green Peace Fleece and Amy King's striped Noro vest from Knitty in Noro Silk Garden. I figure they should compliment each other since the vest will be great for mindless knitting and I'm not sure how much I will need to concentrate on the Central Park Hoodie. I have decided to make the button closure on the hoodie and will actually not make the hoodie - so I guess it's actually a CPNH instead of a CPH. I loved Norma's and have since seen Anne's and Karen is finishing up hers and I think that I will get much more wear out of it and love mine more with the buttons and collar.
Please forgive me for breaking the rules but I am having fun and that is definitely one of the most important rules for this 12 sweaters in 2009 marathon!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Even though I am not doing a lot of quilting lately, I still love fabric. The colors and texture – you can get into it the same way you get into yarn. It’s all a tactile thing.
Here are some of the quilts I worked on in the past. An appliqued wall hanging:
We have a handmade quilt on our bed and another one on our couch. This is the quilt I am currently working on and I'm hoping to get it done in time for a Christmas present for my daughter.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I apologize for the crappy mirror shot. The pattern is Mr. Greenjeans but I'm calling mine Ms. Pumpkinpants because of the color.
This sweater is amazing. The fit is perfect; the yarn is soft and cozy (Jaeger Shetland Aran bought here a while back). It was great to make because there was really no finishing work to talk of when the knitting was done. A little bit of wet steaming with the iron, sew on the button and it was ready to be worn. And believe me, I am definitely wearing it!!!
The O's, W's and G's stand for orange, white and green and the thing on top is a pompom (apparently a very important feature). I looked through my stash and found a few skeins of Mission Falls 1824 wool and we went to the store to pick up the white/cream.
Now I have to start a hat to add to all of the other things on the needles around here.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
but I also have my own pair of blue suede shoes.
Friday, November 14, 2008
And, on the same day, my girlfriend handed me this magazine. It's been out for a while and of course I decided that I wanted it. And as soon as I decided that, I couldn't find it anywhere. She found the last copy at a Joann's near her.
Talk about a great Monday. Maybe I should have played the lottery.
Friday, November 07, 2008
We chose this pattern together and picked out the colors (Ella Rae Classic yarn). I modified the pullover version to include some extra stitches at the front. Hell, if I was going to do this, I may as well go all the way and do a steek also. This way I would learn two new things with this project.
The finished knitting –
Which then sat for a while since the next step was cutting. And all along I was researching what to do after the cutting step. To be honest, the cutting didn’t bother me so much since the whole zipper thing was my real roadblock.
Ok, so I knew that after the cutting, I would need to pick up the stitches and knit some sort of edging. I picked a seed stitch border that I saw on Claudia’s blog. Two of the sites that I found useful were Claudia’s post here and Bonne Marie’s instructions here. I also decided that I would probably go with Anne’s advice on hand sewing the zipper in since that would give me more control. I also liked Julia’s advice on knitting a facing to hide all the inside zipper stuff but then I read somewhere about sewing a ribbon over the inside part of the zipper and this seemed like the way to go.
I shortened the zipper and sewed the ribbon on the back. Then basted the front of the cardigan closed and basted the zipper to the inside of the sweater. Sewing the zipper to the sweater was a little difficult since I also had to be concerned with holding the ribbon out of the way – didn’t want to get that caught in the stitching since the whole idea of using the ribbon was to be able to hide all of the stitching which was holding the zipper down. Hand sewing was definitely the way to go as I think I may have been cursing the machine in this step. I stitched each side of the zipper down twice and then tacked the ribbon down which successfully neatened up the inside of the sweater.
And voila – isn’t it pretty!
It even works!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Can you guess what one of my favorite colors is? I’ll give you some hints…
Green cup with orange swirls hand painted for me by my daughter at one of those pottery places.
Orange picture frame – hand painted by both my daughter and I (at same place, different time).
Orange sweater in progress.
Orange monkey socks – now finished and worn often.
My orange Wing of the Moth shawl – oh, how I love this one!!
Some orange yarn from my stash which may become this.
I think you may have guessed one of my favorite colors.
Friday, October 31, 2008
I’m not ready to give this blog up entirely but obviously, I need a different plan. My new plan is to try and write a little bit during the day and then send it home for posting and adding pictures later. I’ll try that for a while and see how it works. For now, I give you the letter N.
I love going into New York City. There is always so much to see.
We can go to Broadway plays. These are the last two plays we saw: Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.
In New York City, we can go to the American Girl Place for tea and then take a cab downtown for shopping in some great yarn and fabric shops. And there are always fun places to eat. Once in a while, we may see some out of the ordinary sites in New York City.
Want a closer look?
See why I love New York City!
Friday, August 15, 2008
"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
I really love being a mom although I will admit that can be really hard work. I’m always wondering if I am doing the right things and there are many times when I wish I could ask my own mom how she did things when I was young. One thing I have learned is to go with my gut feeling - even if others are doing it, if it doesn't feel right to me, it probably isn't ok for us.
I've learned that I need a lot of patience and there are times when I am definitely better at practicing it than others. Sometimes I find myself being drawn into the world of an 8 year old and reverting back to that age myself. Then when we start arguing with each other, I need to remember to step back and ask myself – who is in charge here anyway!
I love making things for new moms. I think I enjoy baby sweaters because they take so much less time than adult sized sweaters. I just finished this for my neighbors’ soon to be granddaughter. It's a pattern from Monkeysuits and knit from Cascade 220 Superwash.
I've also finally finished putting the buttons on these two baby sweaters. I wonder why it takes me forever to do those last bit of finishing details - it seems that I'd rather start knitting something new. The sweater on the left is the Rocketry Baby Cardigan in Manos wool and the one on the right is made from Zealana wool/delaka blend (possum wool - cool, huh!) and is a great free pattern.
I’ll even do some baking for a soon to be mom. My daughter’s teacher was out on maternity leave this past year and the woman who came in to take her place was also pregnant. When she was leaving, the class threw her a shower and this was one of my contributions. Cupcakes from the book Hello Cupcake.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Last week we went to a free outdoor concert/picnic at a local farm. It's the same farm I go to to pick berries and other fruit and it is a beautiful spot. Apparently they have these concerts almost every Tuesday during the summer and I hope to go to a few more. You can bring your own food and wine but they do have food for sale. Besides their regular collection of homemade sandwiches, salads and yummy baked goods, they coordinate a menu to go with the style of music that is being played. Last week it was fish and chips or bangers and mash to go along with an awesome Beatles tribute band - Abbey Rhode. The music was so much fun. As you can see, the kids thought so too!
Friday, August 01, 2008
Does anyone else get it? Here's a clue - you might need to be a Harry Potter fan to get it. Yes, that's right - the Weasley's house was called The Burrow. Now maybe I amuse very easily, but I got a big kick out of staying in The Burrow.
We also spend time in New Jersey and one of the things we did was visit the lake that my sister and her family joined.
The kids loved playing in the water and the kayak was a big hit with everyone.
This lake club also offers camping sites and we ended up camping there for two nights - another delight for my daughter but not quite as much for me. I didn't sleep all that well but was happy to be camping with adults that took their morning coffee as seriously as I do. I would have been a hurting girl if I hadn't been able to have my morning coffee.
This past weekend we took a quick trip out to the Cape - Wellfleet to be exact. I really wanted to check out the bike paths and the motel we stayed at was just off of one of the converted rails to trails. We also visited one of the ponds that exist in this area and, once again, had a fun time swimming and playing in the sand.
And yes, there has been some time for knitting but that will have to wait for another post. In the meantime, I will leave you with this awesome link - the Twist Collective premiere issue. I've just started looking through it and it is beautifully done. Enjoy!
Friday, July 25, 2008
That's a picture of my daughter since I can't take a picture of myself, but it's true - I am taking horseback riding lessons. I have taken two lessons so far - one on my own and one with my daughter. I think we will continue to take the lessons together - it's a bit cheaper and my daughter loves the idea of us doing this together.
I have never felt in control when I've been on a horse. When I would go on trail rides with my dad, I would get the horse that decided he wanted to go waist high into the lake to get a drink of water. Now is that the fault of the horse or the rider? Or maybe a combination of both. So, I decided to take some lessons and see what happens. It's a lot more work than I remember.
One other benefit - it seems to be great exercise for my legs since I can really feel it the next day. Either that or I am really out of shape which is a possibility too. So go ahead - learn something new. It may turn out to be just what you were looking for!
Thursday, July 03, 2008
My daughter has picked winners for the last contest. She had a hard time narrowing them down and finally settled on 4 winners which was more than I originally told her to have but that's ok. So, here they are (in no particular order):
1. Elaine from Knitting
2. Turtle from turtles lake knitting
3. Bronwyn from Knitting:Impossible
4. Blogless in NJ
Congratulations to all! Please email me at hoyerln at msn dot com and let me know your preferences - what you like to knit, colors you like. I'm not making any promises but I'd like to give you something you will use and love. Oh and be sure to include your address. I will be gone next week so I won't be getting back to anyone until after the 14th.
Thanks to everyone for playing along.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
My daughter loves this stuff. She's not the greatest eater - one might say that she is a little picky, but I have seen worse. We have this joke that when she was younger and we went to the Chinese buffet for dinner, all she would eat was the Chinese jello. Anyway, I saw the box and decided to make it for dessert that night. As I'm mixing it up, I'm wondering what I will do for my J post. Hey girl, it's right in front of me!
Now, some people might like to eat it like this, but I think it looks a little naked.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
This is a child who knows what she wants and she has asked for a cardigan with a zipper (oh no, the dreaded zipper!). Anyway, I've started the body in the round with plans of steeking so I added 5 stitches which I have set off with markers and the 3 middle stitches I purl. This way I should be really clear where I need to cut. Do you think it will work?
If you don't know about the contest going on here at Knitting by the Sea, you can check out this post. Please enter if you'd like!