Tuesday, February 20, 2007


Here's Himself modeling the finished balaclava:

I ran out of brown at the beginning of the crown, so I switched to black, in the same brand. I think the crown came out VERY well, and I'm quite pleased with it!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Bitter Cold Monday

Here's Edwin's Balaclava:

The eye opening/slit wasn't quite lined up in this shot, but you get the general idea. :) I'm using my Denise needles for this, and here's what it looks like on the needles:

I'm at the point now where I'll start decreasing & shaping for the crown...and I'm supposed to have size 8 US Double-Pointed needles. I don't, tho - I only have 7's. I now have to figure out if I need to knit MORE rows/stitches, or what, to make it work. My brain seems muddled, so I'm having a hard time figuring it out before I start with the needles. Transferring it from circ's to DPN's won't be hard, and it's neccessary because the Circular needles are too big around to knit down through the decreases on the crown. I need to knit down to about 4 stitches, and then pull closed, like a drawstring bag closing...then I'll secure & weave in the yarn end. Can't get that small with a circular needle, you really need the dpn's. Eh, I'll figure it out somehow.
Time to go get my brother from Dialysis...then I guess I'll hit A.C. Moore - I wanted to do it the other way around, but between reading to my daughter and her refusing to get dressed, the time has drizzled away.
Later, y'all. :)

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Doesn't FEEL like Tuesday...

February 10, 2007 - Newest knitted cotton dishcloth:

February 11, 2007 - Typical Sunday Night Event - Laundry:

February 12, 2007 - Progress on my Entrelac Scarf:

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Cold. Mittens.

February 6, 2007

Since it is so cold here in CT (20's), I decided to knit my daughter her very own pair of hand-knit mittens. They had to be warm, so, wool. They had to be soft - so, Malabrigo. All of my sock needles are tied up, so - they had to be done on two straight needles. So, This fantastic pattern. Started 11:30pm Sunday, took Monday afternoon & this morning off, finished tonite at 8:30pm. Oh, you wanna see? ;)

She. LOVES. Them. Says, "I'm NEVER taking them off!"...warms me heart, it does. :) There's absolutely NOTHING like being able to craft something with your very own hands that keeps your family safe & warm. Nothing.
Now, I'm hoping to do a two-needle wrist warmer, and if I have any success, I'll put them up on Etsy - and keep clicking the Gold Medal, something new might show up without notice!
I actually ordered more yarn to make more hats - and found a pattern I've been looking for, called "The Lucy Bag". I also ordered the yarn for it - as I like to make a pattern with the called-for yarn at least once, preferably the first time. ;) That way I know what it's supposed to look like, and then I can change it if I so choose. It's SO nice to get a box like this in the mail:

Now - it's cold here, so I'm off to bed. I've just watched my Dr. Who for the night, and I was lucky...it was an AMAZING two-parter. Wonderful, truly wonderful: "Everyone Lives - Just this once! I need more days like this!!" Absolutely LOVED it, and now I can have a happy sleep. More cold weather is coming this week, so we need to stay buttoned up tight, and pray that everyone stays safe. Do so, y'hear?