Sunday, December 20, 2009

Holiday Cheer

Ready? OK!

I love my comfy sweater.
I love my comfy sweater!

How cute are these boots?
How cute are my boots?!

Forget the jewels and cashmere.
Forget the... wait... no!

Hand knit sweaters.
And cowboy boots!

Sending you holiday cheer!
Best wishes for 2010!

Wooly & Michele :)

This is our holiday card for this year. Inspired by my favorite commercial. Every time it comes on, I drop everything, jump up and down and scream with the girls. Wooly frantically tries to find the remote & hit 'mute' while demanding that I stop. It's hilarious!

I told him, "Okay, one funny photo! Here, hold my leg!"
"What do you mean by funny? Do I have to?"

YAY! Needless to say, the funny one made it as our card!

It Beginning To Look Alot Like Christmas...

"I think these pipes are going to work out!"
"What was that for? Oh, yeah, I guess it is looking like Christmas..."

Wooly is very happy with his new bagpipes. He already showed all his friends and they agree that he stole them. Now he's busy fussing around with reeds & bags trying to get the perfect tone. He even had me sew on a patch on his bag. He wanted me to show him how to use my sewing machine, but I don't want him messing around with it. It might get broken & I need it for my Norwegian sweater. Priorities man!

I wasn't about to 'forget the jewels...' and not get anything for Christmas. I got myself freshwater pearls this year, 3 different kinds - white is freshwater, middle is Tahitian ringed, right is Autumn keshi. Yes, I wear them all together at once. Kamati likes them too.

"...quiet! Here she comes!"
"What was that for?"
"What's going on here?"
"Nothing! Honest!"

Yeah, right! I thought the lamb went home... and turtle is still here? Sigh. No good, I tell you.

Wishing you lots of good cheer this holiday season!
Celebrate wholeheartedly... with gusto!

We'll see you next year!
Got your queue ready?

... and to all... a cheery night!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Delphine Amore

I finished Delphine just in time for the cold weather.
Never mind that face I'm making.

I shortened it by 2 charts because I'm short. Notice the odd pattern? Just before the V. It's a Twisted Tradition's trademark. I love this sweater.

When I showed Wooly, he said, "That's SPECTACULAR!"
I said, "Yep! It's Lorraine, she's spectacular!"

I'm her biggest fan. :)

Jamieson's Spindrift
3mm & 3.25mm needles
size small
St Moritz

I'm going to try something new for the New Year. I've always loved those Dale of Norway sweaters, so when a KAL formed, I jumped in. 

Norwegian yarn isn't sticky like Shetland yarn (Jamieson's) and is thicker weight.

I decided it would be a good ideal to knit something small to see if I could get gauge & make the colorwork show up. Mr K's birthday is this month, so what better than a child's hat?!

St Mortiz Child's Hat
Dale of Norway Falk - wool
2.75mm & 3.25mm needles
For Mr K

We won't talk about how many times I started over... or who's evil plan it was to include a row with 3 colors (black + blue + white)... yes, that row in the center of the diamond with the white dot. Falk is heavy duty yarn, surviving all my ripping! I left off the tassel. Mostly because I didn't want to make one. :)

Mr K is going to be three! He's in Pre-preschool and has 3 blonde girlfriends. I wonder if they're Norwegian?! LOL!

I'm showing the inside because I want to share how I attached the edge to the inside.
You know how you cast on, knit so many rows for the edge, purl one row for the fold line and after you're all done making the hat, they tell you to sew the edge inside the hat loosely...

When I made Ruth Sorensen's hat, she has you pick up stitches on your cast on, then knit them together with the stitches you have on your needle. (Like a 3 needle bind off, without the bind off.) You end up with a really nice finished inside. Then you just continue knitting your hat as patterned.

It's Amore
Wooly & I were watching television...

Wooly says, "What's this commercial for? Oh pizza! Yum"
I sang, "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie... it's AMORE!"
Wooly starts belly laughing, red in the face & says, "What?"
Me, "It's AMORE. It's LOVE! It's a real song!"
Wooly, "I know. Eye in your pie... in the sky... it's Maury?"
Me, "No! lol! It's Italian, sing it with me..."

I was so thrilled! I got him to sing! He refuses to sing because he thinks he sounds like an asthmatic bullfrog. I've been hearing him sing it every now & then & it just tickles me! 

So, this morning we're eating brunch & Wooly says, "I bought a set of bagpipes... they were on sale... I saved a thousand dollars!... what's wrong with you? You're so mad you can't even look at me! Oh, there we go, the eye roll! What is it? (and he sings) IT'S AMORE!!!"

That did it! I busted out laughing! 

So guess what I ordered?

LOL! :)

Okay, so hope you have a wonderful holiday full of laughter & love!

Happy Knitting! :)