Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone. All of my Christmas knitting is complete, and I also finished up a cowl for each of Joe's three sisters. I am now knitting a pair of socks for me!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Visit from the Sock Whisperer

As you know, I'm making my latest pair of socks for Joe from Austerman Step yarn. The yarn in the ball looks very camo like. The yarn knit up does not. I'm not crazy about the yarn, but bought it, its soft and lovely on the foot. Yesterday when I was knitting on the sock the sweater I knit for mom two years ago was laying there, and I thought, wow, these socks would go with mom's sweater...and then that's when it happened....I had a visit from the Sock Whisperer who told me "you dummy - you should be making the socks for your mother!" Joe has a small foot, and mom has a wide foot so they essentially would wear the same size (I tried a pair of his on her foot this summer, so that is a for sure not a guess statement). After that little visit from the whisperer, I am feeling much better about making these socks. She will love them. I will, however, only have two pair to give Joe for Christmas, and I wanted to make him three. But he will not care. I'm turning the heel so should be done this week.

I whipped up a little cowl called "Ellen" - a free Ravelry download - only took a couple of hours. I used Classic Al Chunky yarn. it is a very classic look and yarn. not sure who will get it - maybe Aunt Charlotte or one of Joe's sisters.

Martha finished up her sweater. It is stunning! She used a pattern by Barbara Wiseman, a small privately published pattern, published in about 1998, her friend had given her a copy. She did some minor changes with the guage to make it work with the yarn she had, and made it one block longer and wishes she made in one block longer still. She was running out of the variagated yarn by the last sleeve and that is why there is only a few blocks of it that show, and the front bind off has green and the variagated. She did start this and rip it all out as you know.

We had our annual Christmas dinner at our house last ngiht . I only took a few pictures :

Magic loves the Christmas tree as much as I do! Have a wonderful, safe week.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christmas Gigglefest 2008

Here are some pictures of the first annual Christmas Gigglefest.

I had "the girls" over on Saturday for a fun crafty afternoon.

Kathy is working on a crocheted afghan. This picture is one she made a while ago.
We (well I ) called it an heirloom afghan because that's what it reminded me of.

Roberta is crocheting a shawl. Well, she was working on a shawl, but she finished
it while at the gigglefest and then started a poncho for her niece.

Sue is hooking a rug with a horse pattern on it. She is doing a lovely job !

Kathy is working on a crocheted scarf. The colors are stunninig. She showed us some of
her work and it is quite lovely. She is making bookmarks that are really adorable.

Marcia is making socks. She has turned into quite the sock knitter! These are her first two-colored pair.

Ruth brought her spinning wheel and gave us all a lesson. He spinning is quite lovely - and
very relaxing to watch!

Tiffany is making a scarf for her dear friend Mary. Hopefully! it will be done for Christmas.

The space was a little cramped, but no one (seemed to) care. The giggles just kept flowing.

We had lots and lots of good food to eat - everyone brought something - and thanks Joe for the homemade wine.

I was able to get my sock finished. One more to go and I'll be done with Christmas knitting.

We went out in blizzard conditions today and got our tree. Joe was like Paul Bunyan hauling it on his shoulders and carrying it thru the woods. This picture does not show how cute it is with the lights on. It is much smaller than usual, but much more manageable.

This is our fake tree that is quite cute - I screwed up these pictures and the lights are not showing up.

Merry Christmas - have a good, safe week!