Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

This Christmas was very exciting; I made presents for my niece! My brother and his wife are expecting thier first, a little girl named Elizabeth this coming spring. I felt like being a super aunt and made hats, booties, and special onesies for her. It was really fun and went pretty fast. This was also great practice for our future!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Road Trip=Knitting Fun!

So we took off from Naugatuck CT December 22, at 7:30am; and headed West towards Iowa. Originally we were going to leave today, we noticed that Iowa was due to receive some pretty bad weather so we took off early. About half way thru our drive we decided that things were going pretty smoothly and as long as the roads were good we would drive straight thru in order to stay ahead of the weather. Which we did, so I had plenty of time to finish my fingerless gloves. I work at a very drafty computer a few days a week and with the colder weather starting I figured having a pair would be helpful. This is my first knitting project I have ever made without a real pattern, besides a scarf or square. I think they turned out pretty well. My momo saw them and now I have to make her a pair.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Socks for Nancy

My Mother in Law, Nancy gave me a sock pattern last Christmas. I finished my first pair of socks just in time for Thanksgiving; they turned out okay. Over Thanksgiving break I happened to go yarn shopping with Nancy and she found this Yarn and mentioned she like it. She put it down so I picked it up. I worked on these over 2 1/2 weeks, probably about 16 hours, much faster than my first pair. I figured that Nancy showed me how to make socks, my first official pair should be for her.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sewing Travel Kit

This is a traveling Sewing Kit I made for my Sister-in-Law Abby. A few years ago she noticed a travel kit I made for myself, she really like the idea so I made her one of her very own. I use these for single projects I happen to be working on. They unfold nicely to reveal the current project then fold back up into a compact case; I then throw the case into my purse or bag and take it with me.

I have one that I just made out of scraps I have started using it for Socks. I keep a tape measure, crochet hook and my #2 double point needles along with a small notebook and pattern. Once I finish one pair of socks I just throw in another ball of yarn and the next pair is started. So far it has been really great having everything in one place, I don't have to waste time looking for all the parts when I'm trying to head out the door in the morning.

This case above will fit: Large hoop ( or smaller), thread, scissors, thimbles and pattern. I even made a quilted backing for needles, I hate loosing mine. Now this one is finished it is time to drop it in the mail and make the next one.

This only took about 2 1/2 hours. I purchased a few of the quilters packs, they come with 4-5 12" squares of various cohesive colors. I cut sizes and shapes as needed and the whole thing gets ironed as I go. I wonder what the next one will be for?

Friday, November 27, 2009

Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!

Thanksgiving Socks!

I finally finished my first pair of socks! Just in time for Thanksgiving; it also just so happens that they are the exact color of Thanksgiving. I named them my Thanksgiving AKA Turkey Day Socks!

I have taken a few days off from work. I feel almost feel like I'm ready to go back, however I wish someone would just pay me to knit all day long. Yesterday was wonderful, good food, great family, and a lot of down time. We went for a wonderful walk, a little over 4 miles, then ate way too much. I have traveled to Maine to spend time with my husband's famiy. We love it here and don't want to leave. Sadly we must head home tomorrow. At least I have time to start another pair of socks for the 8 hour car ride home. It helps to think positive.

Sophia Benetello

Here is another set of Baby Gifts! One of my dearest friends is expecting her first, a little girl they are going to name Sophia Sara Benetello. She is exected to arrive in February. They will be having a baby shower in December and yesterday I made a hat, booties, and mittens for her. I have a few more projects to finish for her. Only one more baby left... my little brothers. We are supposed to find out what the sex is the beginning of December, so I haven't picked yarn yet. More pictures to follow.

Little Lila's Presents

I have finished my first ever Knit Baby Gifts! I finished last week, but I have been so busy that it has taken me a few days to get them online. I have even wrapped them up with all of little Lila's other presents and dropped them off at the Daileys.
I must say I am proud of myself... now on to Little Sophia Benetello...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Knitting at Work

I am at work today, like most Tuesdays. This afternoon has been busy but it has finally started to slow down. So I brought out my knitting; my handy dandy bag of tricks. I am working on a pair of booties to match that little white and pink hat for my niece Lila. Projects seem to go faster these days and I am finding I can change the pattern in the book to match what I want the end product to look like. I must say I'm very happy with my current project activity. I wish I could quit working and really start focusing on making cute little things for little ones, or big ones with a little more practice. A few days ago my husband said he was excited to get a homemade sweater, He's got a few more years till he gets one of those. I have made the trips to one of my favorite yarn stores on the planet, Knitting Central in Westport. They have great colors and everything you could need. I would like to find a little store of my own. Oh the time I would waste there.

The idea of doing what one wants to do is so fulfilling. The realization that I need to do what I can is the downer. Instead of going home to sit with my husband, eat dinner, and knit another baby booty I will be going to my second job tonight. I like both of my jobs, and wouldn't it be great if I only had to work one of them... But wouldn't it be better to get paid to do what I want? I real job to strive for?

Maybe when I grow up...

Friday, November 6, 2009

Little Lila's HAt

This is a little hat I made for my niece Lila Dailey for Christmas. It is my first Pom-Pom as well. I'm really excited about Christmas this year, there are lots of little ones just born or about to be born and I am making all their gifts. I am proud of my self!

Let's start at the very beginning.

Its a very good place to start.

I have just discovered that I TRULY LOVE to make things. I have always known that I liked to make things, I just never seemed to have the time. Over the past few years my life has changed and I have started to prioritize. My goal is to start doing things that make me happy first. Right know that is knitting and making cute gifts, and spending time with my husband. Then I design for a high school, but for now this is about what I like!

I hope someone someday follows me into this world, but for myself this is now the forum for me to share my projects with the world. I would love to hear any suggestions and criticisms, as long as they are constructive!

HUZZAH! Let's see what this world brings.