Thursday, January 22, 2015

Little Summer Dress


     Oh my gosh!  I have a favorite new pattern and yarn!  This sweet pattern is free on Ravelry and is called "Little Summer Dress" and I knit it using Rowan's "Baby Merino Silk DK" in  this wonderful color   "Limone".
     I have had a smile on my face all week because we found out our oldest son and his beautiful wife are having a baby girl in July!  So everything "girl" is really calling out to me! 
     To be fair, I have also been knitting several boy projects because we are also being blessed with a new grandson the end of March!  Two babies for us!
     I had better get busy!   Happy Knitting!   Alison

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Koigu Ruffles

     I love Koigu yarn so much and this pattern from Churchmouse has been making it's way to the top of the pile for a while now!  Its actually written specifically for this yarn by a beginning knitter!
     When I went to Phoenix last weekend I took it along and it knit up so fast!  I love that its small and full of color!  The perfect little scarf!
    

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Alexandra Cowl


     The holidays are over and now I can knit a few things from "The List"!
     Each month we receive from Dream In Color the " Dream Club Yarn of the Month" with a pattern for that specific yarn.  It always amazes me what they come up with, I am never disappointed for sure! This was the selection for December and I love it!
     The pattern has a 12 stitch repeat and sorry. but the colors really don't show well with my camera.  My suggestion here is when you have a pattern that has a repeat across each row, make sure to use stitch markers.  I placed a marker every 12 stitches so when I had a mistake, I only had to go back those 12 stitches to find my problem.  It makes things so much easier!
     I hope you are finding something to knit that has been calling to you! Stay warm, and Happy Knitting!  Alison

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