Sunday, December 24, 2006

Recent Finished Project

Joey 2

Joey 1
I found an easy hat to knit in the Stitch 'n Bitch book. Since I didn't have the yarn and want to use up yarn I already have, I modified it a bit. It turned out to be big enough for Joey's joey. And, to finish it up, I made him a matching scarf.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

A Knitter's Christmas Eve

Christmas KnitterPicture courtesy of A Good Yarn

H/T to Kim

'Twas the night before Christmas and all around me

Was unfinished knitting not under the tree.
The stockings weren't hung by the chimney
with care'

Cause the heels and toes had not a stitch there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
But I had not finished the caps for
their heads.

Dad was asleep; he was no help at all,
And the sweater for him was six inches too small,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I put down my needles to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tripped over my yarn and fell down with a crash.
The tangle of yarn that lay deep as the snow
Reminded me how much I still had to go.
Out on my lawn I heard such a noise,
I thought it would wake both Dad and the boys.
And though I was tired, my brain a bit thick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
But what I heard then left me perplexed,
For not a name I heard was what I expected,"Move, Ashford!
Move, Lopi! Move, Addi and Clover!Move, Reynolds! Move Starmore! Move
Froelich --move overPaton, don't circle 'round; stand in the line.

Come now, you sheep will work out just fine!
I know this is hard; it's just your first year,I'd hate to go back to eight tiny reindeer."
I peered over the sill; what I saw was amazing,
Eight wooly sheep on my lawn all a-grazing.
And then, in a twinkle, I heard at the door
Santa's feet coming across the porch floor.
I rose from my knees and got back on my feet,
And as I turned 'round St Nick I did meet.
He was dressed all in wool from his head to his toe,
And his clothes were hand knit from above to below.
A bright Fairisle sweater he wore on his back,
And his toys were all stuffed in an Aran knit sack.
His cap was a wonder of bobbles and lace
A beautiful frame for his rosy red face.
The scarf 'round his neck could have stretched for a mile,
And the socks peeking over his boots were Argyle.
The back of his mittens bore an intricate cable.
And suddenly on one I espied a small label,"S.C." was duplicate stitched on the cuff,
And I asked, "Hey, Nick, did you knit all this stuff?"He proudly replied,
"Ho, ho, ho, yes I did.

I learned how to knit when I was a kid."
He was chubby and plump, a quite well-dressed old man,
And I laughed to myself, for I'd thought up a plan.
I flashed him a grin and jumped up in the air,
And the next thing he knew, he was tied to a chair,
He spoke not a word, but looked in his lap
Where I'd laid my needles and yarn for a cap.
He quickly began knitting, first one cap then two,
For the first time I thought I might really get through.
He put heels in the stockings and toes in some socks.
While I sat back drinking scotch on the rocks.
So quickly like magic his needles they flew
That he was all finished by quarter to two.
He sprang for his sleigh when I let him go free,
And over his shoulder he looked back at me,
And I heard him exclaim as he sailed past the moon,
"Next year start your knitting sometime around June!"

Author Unknown

Knit From Your Stash 2007

Knitting Lady
Picture courtesy of A Good Yarn

Lana of Knit and Pray posted about this the other day. Since I have a wicker trunk full of yarn that I haven't work on yet, I thought this was a project/resolution, I could probably do/keep.

The following is from Wendy's website:

Knit From Your Stash 2007: Guidelines for L-B and Wendy

1. The Knit-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon will start January 1, 2007 and run through September 30, 2007 -- a period of nine months.

2. We will not buy any yarn during that period, with the following exceptions:

2.a. Sock yarn does not count. What? You think we are made of stone?

2.b. If someone asks for a specific knitted gift that we really and truly do not have the yarn for, we may buy yarn to knit that gift.

2.c. If we are knitting something and run out of yarn, we may purchase enough to complete the project.

2.d. We each get one "Get Out of Jail Free" card -- we are each allowed to fall off the wagon one time.

3. We are allowed to receive gifts of yarn.

4. Spinning fiber of any sort is exempt.

Anyone else who would like to join us in this is welcome to do so! Feel free to link to this page or to post the guidelines on your own blog. You may also alter the guidelines to suit your own situation.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Knitting Videos

H/T to Susie

This is a wonderful site with knitting videos.

Lets Knit2gether-A Video Podcast about Knitting

Friday, December 8, 2006

Christmas Knitting Songs

Christmas Knitter Picture courtesy of A Good Yarn

H/T to Sandy of Knitting Novices for sharing this cute site.

Click Here

The following is one of the songs you will find there:

To the tune of "Up On the Housetop"
written by Connie

Down at the yarn store reindeer pause, Out jumps good old Santa Claus He goes on a yarn skein shopping spree
Brings all the knitters on his list

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Help With Cables

CablesPicture Courtesy of Chantal's Stained Glass

If you need help with knitting cables (which looks harder than it really is to do), check out
Knitting for Dummies: Knitting Cables

Saturday, December 2, 2006

What Kind of Knitter Are you?

H/T to Flavio

What Kind of Knitter Are You?

You appear to be a Knitting Adventurer. You are through those knitting growing pains and feeling more adventurous. You can follow a standard pattern if it's not too complicated and know where to go to get help. Maybe you've started to experiment with different fibers and you might be eyeing a book with a cool technique you've never tried. Perhaps you prefer to stick to other people's patterns but you are trying to challenge yourself more. Regardless of your preference, you are continually trying to grow as a knitter, and as well you should since your non-knitting friends are probably dropping some serious hints, these days.
Take this quiz!


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Christmas Table Runner

Christmas Table Runner Yesterday I finished the table runner I was working on. It looks like a big scarf but it will be going on our table, over a moss green tablecloth. I am currently working on Christmas placemats that I hope to finish before Christmas.

Friday, December 1, 2006

Real Men Knit

Moving My Knitting Blog to Beta

I haven't posted much on my knitting blog because I seem to have trouble with the url. Thought it would be a good time to move it to the new beta blogger.