Sunday, December 30, 2007

A Wonderful Christmas....

And a good time was had by all! Here we see Kaylee comtemplating what Uncle Jed might be about to open. Have you ever heard of a little boy who did not want to open his presents? Well that was Colby this year, 3 years old and he was content to play with his matchbox cars in the corner while everyone else opened gifts. He certainly doesn't take after his father, in the midst of the presents above ...

I have my first skein of Noro Sock yarn!!! What an amazing vortex of colorful wonderfulness!!!

Now if only I could finish this pair of Grinchy Christmas socks that Rock that did not get finished in time to wear on Christmas... I am attempting to turn the heel of a toe up sock. Cat Bordhi, what are you trying to tell me in those strange diagrams? I am not helping myself understand at all by Magic looping socks explained on DPNs or 2 circulars, now am I? And can I please get back to knitting my Dracula's bride shawl now? I have finished and presented all mittens hats and socks meant to be gifts. There are many new Mystery Shawls waiting to be knit in January so I'd better get busy!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

I Finished the Quilt!

I have been working night and day and I have finally finished the quilt for Savannah for Christmas. Now I am writing a book of I Spy poems to go with the quilt, here is a sample poem:

I spy a kiwi, some eggs and some cherries,
An ice cream sundae and fresh strawberries!
A blue plate special, a birthday cake,
Some peanuts, some pickles and
A roast beef to bake!

I spy a wish list, flamingos, and holly,
A tiny pink dress to fit a paper dolly.
I spy el Apache and a big red tepee
A man driving a car,
Oh where can he be?

It took quite a while to do all the quilting, which I did as zigzags all the way down each diagonal pink stripe. I hope this picture will show what I mean...

I am having so much fun with this project! I am hoping that she will have her mom read her a poem each night at bedtime and she can look for the items as she drifts off to sleep.

Here is a picture of the label I put on the back in the lower right hand corner.

I have also finished a knitted hat for granddaughter Kaylee, the pattern is the Shining Star Hat by Kate Gilbert. I used Bamboozle yarn, which has a high percentage of bamboo fiber in the yarn. I didn't really like working with it because of the stretch, which created constant tensioning problems. Also the holes tended to close up and hide the pretty star pattern unless you stretch the hat right out, here I have it stretched over a coffee can. I think her little head will be big enough to showcase the pattern well.

Back to writing poems...

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Santa's Workshop...

I have spent the last two days making placemats! This Route 66 set is going to our oldest daughter in Arizona. The fabric is perfect, her husband worked in Kingman, which is mentioned on the top placemat! They have two children, so this is a set of four.

The second set is for daughter Sara and her family. She has four children, so this is a set of six. It took FOREVER to miter all of those corners!!!!! She loves anything froggy, so I hope she likes these.

The third set is for daughter Josie and family. Her Richard is a bit of a gourmet cook, and the first meal he ever cooked for her was pasta, so I thought this might be appropriate... These are a set of three. I still have more kids but this is enough placemats for one year, maybe next year!!

I also finished off another pair of mittens, this pair for grandson Colby. I put his initials on them so they will be easy to spot at daycare! Boy have I been productive today. Now I have to get back to quilting the quilt, it is a race to Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Snow Day!

We had a mini-blizzard yesterday, it sure made it feel more like Christmas. Gary helped me to learn to use a snow-blower, and I did a couple of rows up and down the driveway. I haven't learned to start it yet though, so I have a way to go before he can come home from work to find a cleared driveway!

My granddaughter spent the day learning to snowboard up and down the streets of her small town. My daughter took a video and put it on YouTube! Now let's see if I can insert a clip....

Wow have I impressed myself now! Is there nothing I can't do? Lol! And it only took me two days to figure this out. Anyway this is granddaughter Savannah, the future recipient of the quilt I am working on which you have seen in a previous post.

Have a marvelous snow filled day!