Sunday, January 31, 2010

Snow Bliss

Where I live snow is a rarity, so this weekend was quite a thrill for us. My dog has never seen snow and you would have thought by the way he was jumping and leaping that he was still a puppy. I think the snow brings out the kid in all of us!
With the snowstorm, my nesting instincts appeared and I found myself quite busy around the house. I finished my niece's birthday present, along with my sister's birthday present but I can't show it here just yet or I'll spoil the surprise! I have also been working on painting my bedroom... the project that never ends! I am one step closer though.
Because I can't show what I have done this weekend, I will share one of the items I made and couldn't blog about before Christmas. I knit this beanie AKA "Rib-A-Roni Hat" for my son, and also for my brother in law for this past Christmas. I found the pattern on Ravelry and was really happy with the results. I used Lion Brand Wool-ease yarn worsted weight.
My son actually loves it and wears it often. It's always nice when you get rave reviews from a teenager. They are hard to please!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bitty Bags

I found a cute little pattern for these zippered pouches at Moda Bakeshop and you can find the "recipe" here. It's a great way to use up those scraps you have around. I use one of these little lovelies to put my knitting accessories in. The other one has yet to find a home.

Of course I can't leave well enough alone and the pattern morphed into these "Bitty Bags" you see below. They are a wonderful size for makeup or odds and ends you put in your purse.
I like the way I did the lining on these better than the Moda Bakeshop pouches. The first ones I did had the zipper exposed a bit and I didn't like it as much so I changed it!
How cute is this little cherry wristlet?!
And since I'm on the subject of Bitty Bags... my sister made this for me to put my ipod in but I put it to another use. It stores my flash drives that I bring back and forth to work and it is just awesome! I just had to share it with you. Thanks Kim!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sock it to Me

Happy New Year to everyone! I have been very remiss in my blogging. I haven't posted since October... yikes!!! Typical excuses: work, family, Holidays blah blah blah... I've been getting "jabs" from my lovely sister Kim: "So I checked your blog AGAIN and still nothing. What's up with that?" Well, I got the hint Kim. I guess the first step is just to jump in again and do it!

So here they are. I finally finished these wonderful socks. I'm so happy I could screech! I spent so much time in the last few months working on gifts for Christmas, it was nice to do something for ME! I know I'm so selfish. I had blogged about them here as a work in progress.
I used a beautiful wool finger weight Araucania hand dyed yarn. The pattern was a simple one I got from my local yarn shop when I took a class there. By the end of the 4 week class I had finished one sock, but with Christmas creeping up on me I had to put the other sock aside so I could finish Christmas projects. I was not about to fall victim to the "one sock syndrome" so after the holidays I got to work and found that single sock a mate! Aren't they cute?
I'm so crazy I started on another pair which will probably be gifted to someone else of course :)

Well there ya go! Hopefully it won't be another 3 months until I blog again. I hope not because I have so much to share.
Have a great week!