Safe and appreciated

I mailed a package to my friend in Kentucky last Saturday.  She received it safe and sound yesterday so I thought I’d share pictures of what I sent to her.  The soaker is for her 8-month old girl.  Yarn: Cascade 220 (green and brick-red) and Sensations Kashmira (aqua – discontinued).

Curly Purly Soaker front

Curly Purly Soaker back

Originally I was going to make a face on the back side but didn’t have the right colors of yarn to finish it.

I also sent her very own pair of Musica Mitts.  She loves music and commented on the mitts I made for Mr. Aitch so I thought I’d make a pair for her.

Leah's Musica Mitts

Knit Picks Stroll in fingering weight yarn: Midnight Heather (dark navy), Firecracker Heather (red), Pea Pod (green), and Dusk (blue).  Size 2.5 US needles.  Total stitches: 8520

Whoa!  8520 stitches!!

Winging it

I started making a soaker on my business trip to Philadelphia at the end of September.  I knit on the train and in my hotel room and used elements from two different patterns: Curly Purly Soakers and Das Monster Pants.

It had been two and a half months since I looked at the patterns and knitting and I had no idea where I was.  My notes were almost worthless.  So I’m winging it.

Pictures later…

Felt ornaments

So our Christmas tree is up but not decorated.  I want to make some felt ornaments so the twins can help decorate the lower branches of the tree.   I actually ventured out to a few stores Friday afternoon for some supplies.  No Black Friday mobs in the afternoon.  

Future felt ornaments

The white cutouts are some of my paper patterns that I’ll need to transfer to cardstock or thin plastic so I can reuse them.  Not shown are assorted beads and embroidery floss.
Starting new projects always gets my heart pumping and my creative juices flowing.  I have a few projects I need to finish before I dive into these…listed in no particular order:
    1. Musica mitts: one down, one to go. Deadline: December 22.  I’m using fingering weight yarn and think sport weight would have been better for a larger mitt.
    2. Three Spud & Chloe earflap hats: one finished, one waiting for strap, one waiting to get started. Deadline: December 10 for these two  and December 22 for the third one.

    Toddler size hats

    3. Buttons for the above mentioned hats.  Deadline December 9.
    4. Seamless slippers for Dr. Professor: finished except for sewing on the rest of the sole. Deadline: last week.

    Teal and heather green seamless slippers

    5. Soakers: One halfway finished, one still in a ball.  Deadline: December 10.
    6. Ms Ida mittens: One thumb to go.  Deadline: December 9 (though the recipient wanted them yesterday).  This is an old progress picture. 

    Ms Ida CLM right palm

    I must confess that these are not for the meek.  For some reason I could not get the thumbs right so abandoned the pattern and figured out another way to decrease and keep in the pattern.  Sort of….  If I’m brave, I’ll post a picture.

Weekend wonders and UFOs

I have been doing some redecorating in my house and that’s been taking some time away from my knitting.  I repainted the dining room in September and the living room a couple of weeks ago. The crown molding will go up sometime early next year.  I’m trying to get the rooms back together again for a dinner party in early November.

We have a bay window in the living room and sheer curtains hanging the window.  It just never looked finished in there so I decided to hang dummy panels on either side of the window.  Sounds easy, right?  In theory it is.  Trying to find the right curtains isn’t so easy.

The room is a bluish-green and I think it’s too light but I’m not changing it now.  I have two chairs and matching ottoman in a linen colored fabric with trees.  I tried to find a fabric sample as the description sounds weird.  Anyway, I wanted curtains that combine the blue of the walls and the green in the chairs.

I bought five different pairs of curtains this past week.  The ones I love compete with the chairs too much so I decided to go with some I found at Wal-Mart of all places.  The only problem was that the curtain was discontinued and they only had one panel.

I looked on-line and found a few stores that still had some in stock.  One was a store near my best friend who lives 400 miles away.  I called her and she said she would go right then and see if she could find it for me.  After an hour of searching, she called me and said she found it and was sending the panel to me.  I really owe her big time for this.

She wants me to send her a picture of the window.  That will be hard as I’ve tried to do this before and it just doesn’t turn out that well.

I made a whirlwind trip to have lunch with my aunt, sister and brother on Saturday.  Six hours driving in the car and four hours visiting.  It was so nice to see them all together.  Mr. Aitch had to work so I went by myself.

My sister said she loved the Ms Ida mittens so I took them with me for her to try on.  The thumb is way too long but the rest seems to fit her.  I’ll remove one diamond repeat on the thumbs and send them to her.  She doesn’t want the finger part to flip so I will remove that.

Ms Ida Chain Link mittens size: adult medium

Soon those will be finished and I can concentrate on the soakers I started last month.

The orange slippers are done except for the soles.  Hopefully I can get photos of those two projects posted this week.

They all made fun of the apple cozy.  Guess what they are getting for Christmas?  =)

Swiffer covers, apple cosy, soaker