Wednesday, May 26, 2010

King Arthur and Knitting

Are you wondering just what is going on with the combination of a king and knitting?  It all started with a blog contest at Brighton Wool Gatherings at That'll Do Farm.  They had a newborn cria, that's a baby alpaca, that needed a name.  It thought the little guy looked very regal and suggested the name "King Arthur".  Andrea liked the name and I won some yarn.  I selected the naturally white lace from Juneau of Promised Land Alpacas.  I haven't decided just what project will be perfect for this yarn.  For the time being I am enjoying petting it and looking at patterns.  The needle with the yarn is a size US 1 that was handy.
On the knitting front, I have to show you just-plain-cute-as-a-button Max wearing the Chill Out Bib.

On the needles now is The Daily Sweater from "Mason Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines."  I am usng the Tahki Valentine wool and cotton yarn that I got for $1 last fall.  There are slubs in the very-splitty yarn but I think it will add to the sweatshirt casualness of the sweater.  The photo just shows a shapeless blue blob.

Also on the needles is a toe-up sock made with On Your Toes Bamboo.  It is a lovely tan, blue and cream varigated but the sun washed out the colors.  Pattern is Double Eyelet Rib Socks by Wendy Johnson.  I am knitting it using Magic Loop.  Don't know why I had not tried that style of knitting before.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Thank You, Mother

Happy Mother's Day to a wonderful woman who is most responsible for me being ME!

Thank you so much for the million and one things you have done for me over the years:

For loving my Daddy and demonstrating it in front of us kids so I learned how to show love.

For singing.  You sang around the house, at church and at special events. You taught me a lifelong love of music of all types.

For reading books to me until I could read them myself.  Even then I enjoyed listening to you read to little sister.  You took us to the library and convinced the librarian that we all needed to check out more books than 2 little ones a week.

For all the clothes you sewed, especially when you had to mix and match patterns to get the look and fit I wanted.  I remember shorts sets, skirts, shirts, dresses and prom dresses that were "just right" for the occasion.

For helping me learn to sew and embroider and enabling/encouraging me to learn to knit.

For the special birthday cakes and wonderful meals you prepared.  You taught me how to cook and enjoy the creations. 

For being my friend.

I could go on and on but hope these few things show how much I love and appreciate you.

For Mother's Day I knit a couple of small tote/market bags for Mother.

I am not forgetting my "other" mother, my dear mother-in-law.  She will be 95 years old next month and is no longer able to read or comprehend much of what is happening.  She is very dear to me and has treated me as a daughter from the day I married her younger son.  We have become such good friends and shared interests and laughs. 

Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Knitting Small Stuff

The last couple of months I have knit several smaller items.  Two of them were test knitting for Alli at Knitwits Alley.  These cloths are honoring Ellen DeGeneres.

My dear friend Sara had major surgery so I wanted to send her a little something to help with the recovery.  Pocketbook Slippers seemed to fit the occasion.  They are also one of Alli's patterns.  Pocketbook Slippers  I made up the bows to add extra pizzazz then stuffed a towel to model for the photo shoot.

Another fun project was a bib for 4 month old Max.  Since his grandpa likes penguins so well, I used the Chill Out!  pattern from Down Cloverlaine  Can't wait to see photos of Max wearing it.