Monday, February 29, 2016

That entrelac afghan I started last year.

This was a fun project.   The yarn is like butter!   Noro silk garden.   I probably used 24 skeins.  And this was definitely a non thinking project once I got started...although I kept Rosemary Dresdale's book by my side... The kids love this throw
In the beginning

Nov  2015

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Sharing Love

 Over the past year I've been very fortunate to be able to share my love of knitting and crochet with others. After my surgery I decided that I wanted to give back and spend time creating blankets for children in the hospital.    This has been therapeutic for me..and helped me get back to knitting.   It took 3 months before I picked up needles.    So strange and confusing for me, that with all the time I had available..the best I could do to focus was to thumb through magazines...look at pictures.   Once I finally  had the energy and concentration to start a project this is what I did:

Sunday, February 14, 2016

More Love

You may have heard of the fires in Northern California last summer (2015).  It was devastating for the entire community affected by this storm of fire.   Some parts of a neighborhood would be burned away on one side of the street, and the homes on the other side of the street were perfectly fine.  It was amazing.  I can not imagine what it would be like if someone knocked at my door and said you have a minute to get out.     The community around Cobb and Middletown rallied together to help those homeless, to help the animals and the children.    it's devastating to lose everything. One of the efforts that was made was to make quilts for the children.   The goal was to collect 400 quilts to give to pre-K through second grade.   Well  the community came together and quilts came in from all over the country.  860 quilts were donated .  The quilts were brought to the local schools before Christmas, and the children had the opportunity to pick out that they wanted .

Sharing the love.  

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Finishing Part 2

I know we all have unfinished projects in our stash.  Well this past  year I made the decision to complete all my unfinished projects. In doing so I realized that I have projects that would never be finished I lost interest or really have no need for them anymore. But I did find a project, not one of my own making , yet one that was knit by my daughters great-grandmother. It was a Christmas stocking that was probably created sometime in the 1970s and I had it stored away.   That was perfectly knit Nana was a wonderful crafts person and I remember sitting watching her crochet when I was young girl.   Nana was a beautiful woman, loving and kind.  I really don't know why I never completed this stocking for my daughter.  She is a young woman now and it should've been completed for her when she was a child.  
A lovely stocking.   

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Finishing Part 1

Finishing is a time consuming but critical aspect for the success in knitting projects.   I spent the last two days finishing 4 projects and I am so pleased with the results.   Two sweaters have zippers with grosgrain ribbon on the inside band.    Seamlessly Simple Patterns with different  color combinations and stitches.  I used a seed stitch for the bands with zippers..very stable.