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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

For the Sock Obsessed!

Thought you might find this link to be as useful as I think it is ...

The Sock Calculator

Check it out!

Monday, April 25, 2005

Completed projects ...

Saw the birthday girls this past weekend and since all four had their birthdays this past month, I gave them all their gifts at one time. My grand daughters in the front got a crocheted cupcake purse for the youngest and the knitted handbag for the oldest. The other two got sewn shoulder bags since they both just turned 9. Of course, there's money inside for the shopping they'll now what to do.

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I then got the mate to my knit knee high socks done. Even took a picture to show that they FIT ... and they're oh SO comfortable!

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Now to start on my next pair of socks. Gee, I love knitting those while commuting by train everyday. When I saw the girls (including 1 of my grandsons) I traced a hand and a foot of each one. Had them sign & date the pages and now I have a guide to go by when I knit either socks, slippers, mittens or even gloves. Well, I think I'll make slippers & mittens to start off with. At least I know they all appreciate the things I've been making them. The girls were all happy to tell me, "We still have the hats you made us, Grammy!"

Sure puts a smile in my heart! And my fingers are itching to knit ...

Thursday, April 14, 2005

My Library, Part I

So, I promised to start a list of the books in my knitting library. I am happy to lend out books that I am not using at the moment, or to bring in books for other people to look at if they are contempalting purchasing those titles. These are just the titles that I can remember right now, but I'll make a full list with all the links later on. Stacy, I like your idea of making a separate page for this -- as soon as I figure out how, I'll move the complete list there!!

Reference Books:
Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book
Big Book of Knitting, Katharina Buss
The Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques, Nancie Wiseman

General Patterns:
The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, Ann Budd
The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, Ann Budd
Stitch 'n' Bitch
Stitch 'n' Bitch Nation

Adults' Patterns:
Rowan 37

Kids' Patterns:
Adorable Knits for Tots, Zoe Mellor
Pipsqueaks (by Rowan)
Tadpoles and Tiddlers (I think that's the name! -- also by Rowan)

To be completed ...

Monday, April 11, 2005

The Knit Handbag is done.

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Only took me 3 days to make so it really went fast. I did follow the pattern for the handles. I was originally going to make Icords, but the pattern was much more substantial. It's for my grand daughter that's turning 16 in two weeks. I hope she likes it. Here's the pattern I somewhat went by, but not exactly...

Well, I'll have to put money inside also... what else are Gramma's for?

Baby blanket

Baby blanket
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I finished the baby blanket for my future nephew. It turned out better than I expected. I like it. I hope he and his parents don't mind a little bit of pink.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Sheepshearing Festival in Waltham

Hi all,

Just wanted to alert you that the annual Sheepshearing Festival will be happening on April 23rd at Gore Place in Waltham. There will be demonstrations of spinning, weaving and possibly knitting. And the sheep are provided! :)


Wednesday, April 06, 2005

A Gift for the New Baby.

I finished a sweater set to go with the crocheted carriage blanket I made. Both are in crochet. Now I need to get myself to KNIT a set. Well I am knitting a handbag for my 16 year old granddaughter's birthday. Hope she likes it!

If only I can figure out how I can post a picture on our blog. Remember, I'm new at this and it'll take a few tries ... here goes ...

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Hurray, I did it!

Thanks for the advise to make the picture smaller!!

Friday, April 01, 2005

I Found Myself!

Thanks to Stacy, I now know that I am a "Knitting Guru." But I must confess I based a lot of my answers on crocheting as well. Which also involves YARN. Something I've done for 30 years now. Only recently did I get the "knitting bug". I did teach myself to knit years ago so that I could make some of those lovely knitted items in the books I bought for crocheting. Back in the beginning (you know in the "old days"), you always got a book that had both needlecrafts in them. So I learned just enough knitting to get by. Well I know I am a "Crocheting Guru" and with some more experience perhaps I can one day really claim to be a ...

Knitting Guru
You appear to be a Knitting Guru. You love knitting
and do it all the time. While finishing a piece
is the plan, you still love the process, and
can't imagine a day going by without giving
some time to your yarn. Packing for vacation
involves leaving ample space for the stash and
supplies. It can be hard to tell where the yarn
ends and you begin.

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What Kind of Knitter are You?

I found this fun knitting quiz on Crystal's blog.

Apparently, I am a Knitting Adventurer:

Knitting Adventurer
You appear to be a Knitting Adventurer.
You are through those knitting growing pains and
feeling more adventurous. You can follow a
standard pattern if it's not too complicated
and know where to go to get help. Maybe you've
started to experiment with different fibers and
you might be eyeing a book with a cool
technique you've never tried. Perhaps you
prefer to stick to other people's patterns but
you are trying to challenge yourself more.
Regardless of your preference, you are
continually trying to grow as a knitter, and as
well you should since your non-knitting friends
are probably dropping some serious hints, these

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