Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wallaby Sweaters!

     When I was growing up we usually got a hand knit sweater for Christmas.  Sometimes it was pieces and parts of a sweater, and sometimes it was a box of yarn with a promise of a sweater, but a Christmas sweater usually happened each year!
     I don't think I ever really appreciated it until years later when I realized what it must have taken my Mom to accomplish this!  She was a single parent with 4 kids and usually 2 jobs besides all the sewing and knitting she did for others.  She was amazing!
     This year I was kind of dragging my feet about knitting "Wallaby" sweaters for my grandkids.  When I asked my daughter if they would even want them, she told me they love them and she really hoped they would get them!  Enough said...the yarn was picked and I have been knitting away!
     I finished them both tonight and now they are ready for a good blocking!  I have to say, I feel close to my Mom when I can re-create what she did for me, my siblings and all our children!
     I hope you are enjoying some Holiday Knitting too!    Alison
    

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fingerless Mitts

     My sweet husband Al does not enjoy getting gifts.  Every year since we have been married I get the same lecture this time of year: "please don't buy me anything" and "I don't need anything" which is difficult because I always have a list!
     This year however I had a great idea!  At his work he is outside a good amount of time so I found a pattern for fingerless mitts that would fit him (he has big hands).  The pattern is on www.ravelry.com  and is called Men's Fingerless Mitts by Kathy North.  It is a free download and I loved knitting her pattern!
     Now that they are all done  I just need to wrap them up for Christmas morning!  I love knitting for those I love!   Alison

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Cotton!


     This time of year I start to get over-whelmed with all the ideas I have for gift giving and all the people I want to knit something special for.  THEN we get a shipment of new cotton in and this darling sweater pattern and all my good intentions are on hold!
     When we need shop models for the shop Suzette and I usually "divide and conquer" and that's what happened here, I did the baby sweater and she came up with this great idea of baby wash cloths!  They actually ended up arriving at the shop on the same day which is amazing!
     I love knitting for babies, its so much less knitting than an adult sweater!
     I'm now back to re-thinking those Christmas gifts!  I hope your list isn't too long and you have lots of time to knit!    Alison

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sheep Ornament

     Can you believe how cute this is?  As knitters we tend to collect anything with sheep on it... and so when I found this pattern I thought it was meant for us!
     I handed the pattern to Judy at the shop and she was excited to give it a try.  It was intended to have a glass ornament inside it, but who want to worry about it getting broken?  So we stuffed it!
     I found this sweet little hanger at Hobby Lobby, tied a bow. . and voila!  A hanging Sheep Ornament!   It makes me smile!
     Do you have a knitter or two you need a gift for?  The pattern is free and it works up very fast!
Happy Sheep Knitting!   Alison  

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cables!

                              It's been a while since my last post and so here are a few updates!

     I had my foot surgery which I thought I would breeze right thru, and was so wrong!  The first couple of days were a cinch and I was so encouraged...but after they took out the pain pump and I had to be on my feet at the shop all day...I was miserable!  I think the worse is now behind me and I can actually wear "normal" shoes for a bit each day!  It's amazing how much we rely on our feet!  Thank you for all the well wishes, it helped me so much!
     While I was recouping, I designed the latest in our series of "Simple Scarves".  Last year we started with The Garter Stitch scarf, The Seed Stitch scarf and The Ribbed scarf...so it seams right to add a Cable Scarf.  Each of these patterns are written for both Worsted weight and Bulky weight and have instructions written out for easy knitting.  If you need to make some great Christmas gifts, any one of these would knit up fast!
     I always like to encourage folks to try doing cables, there are so many great patterns using cables and they just aren't that hard!
     Time to get onto the next project...there is never a dull moment!
Happy Knitting!   Alison

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New Socks!


     Next week I have to go and have some foot surgery to have a bone removed that is causing me grief.  Needless to say, I have been really "frazzeled" this week and not looking forward to this at all.
     This morning I was at the shop and Jaki walked in to give me a little "feel good" present!  Custom knit socks!  I love love love them so much!
     The best thing to give a fellow knitter is something hand knit!  Yahoo for me!  I have such great friends!  Won't they be impressed when I jump up on the surgery table with these bad boys on!
    Thank you Jaki... you made me so very happy today!   Alison 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fluffy Squares Blanket


     Oh my gosh!  I wish you could feel how soft this yarn is!   We just got it at the shop and of course it's called "fluffy"!! I couldn't decide which color I loved the most so I made up this little pattern using 3 of them.  I think I'll make another one using the blue and green.
     If you have a new little one on the way, this is a fast little knit and everyone will love how soft and cuddly it is!
Happy Knitting!   Alison