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?