February 27, 2007

The only green around here is yarn!

Well, I haven't been knitting much lately, but I've been spinning and sewing. I did finish knitting the afghan, but sent it off before I got a picture. But is is loved and being used.

I finished up my second skein of yarn for the Interweave skein swap for Julie. It is a mixed fiber batt and I spun it thick/thin. I hope that she likes it! The color is called Godzilla. The snow in background is some left over from our storm this weekend.

After struggling for several years with crib sheets that don't fit after a few washings and rip at the corner seams, I decided to sew a few of my own. I bought the flannel on sale at Joann's and used the pattern at Bundles of Love as a rough guide. Here is B's sheet, which has pink guitars, to match her pink guitar (she's a girly girl!). My mom made the blanket and pillow out of patchwork flannel and chenille. It was her first project on her new sewing machine. B carries the pillow downstairs with her in the morning, and back upstairs for bed at night.

I made A's sheet out of a cute train print. The little blanket bunny is a modified version of the one at the Lionbrand website, but I rewrote it for a different yarn and gauge. A loves it and plays with it before he goes to sleep and after he wakes up.

Since we moved here just over a month ago, we have had some snow every week. The last one froze into a 3 inch sheet of ice. But on Sunday we hat 6 or so inches of wet snow. My husband was shoveling, and B wanted to join him. She made snow angels and played, and he helped her make her first snowman when he was done.

A spent some time outside too. He was my intrepid little explorer, trying to dig out the rocks and pick at everything. He didn't like his mittens too much, but he did like to try to see what the snow tasted like!

February 09, 2007

Secret Skein Swap and a Hat

Late last week I received a box in the mail from my Interweave Secret Skein partner. In the box was a beautiful skein of three-ply Jacob yarn, and three ball of the roving that my partner used to spin the yarn. She said that it was once of her first fleeces that she purchased, and she separated the fleece into light, medium, and dark colors, sent it to Stonehenge to be processed, and then she spun this beautiful yarn with it. She later told me that the skein won a blue ribbon at the state/local fair! What a generous partner I have! I can hardly wait to finishe spinning the next skein for my secret partner, so I can play with this!

On the knitting front, I've been working on the afghan that I used as a backdrop in the above picture. I usually prefer to crochet afghans, but I am trying to finish up some UFOs, and this one is for a very special person who is having some health issues at the moment, so I have a lot of incentive to get it finished. I also knit up this hat to test one of Kimberly's new patterns. I used some stash yarns, and some leftover purple handspun. I like hoe it turned out, and B has claimed it, even though it is way to big for her!

February 01, 2007

A Life Overflowing Package and Snow!

A few days after moving in to our new house, we had our first snowfall of the season. It was only an inch or so, but it was quite pretty!

A wonderful package also arrived from Kimberly, my A Life Overflowing partner that week. In the package was a beautiful mug, plaque, and some tea, and a gorgeous skein of sock yarn that she dyed herself! It is called Summer Haze, and is all the colors that you will find in a summer garden: yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, and pink. It makes me happy just to look at it!

I haven't had a lot of time to knit since our move, but I started a project yesterday, and should have pictures up in the next few days.