wednesday yarn along (and other things)

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Joining Ginny.

I didn’t get a chance to take a picture wearing the hat(s), so this will have to do. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to do my very first test knit! Sam Lamb (have you read her blog? She designs the cutest knitting patterns and just released her first sewing pattern!) chose a few people to test knit her newest knitting pattern, the Hillier Hearts Cap. The hat is knit in a worsted weight and I chose Cascade 220 Heather by Cascade Yarns. I haven’t created a project page for this hat on Ravelry yet, but I plan on doing it in the next few days and you’ll be able to find more info there. After I knit the first hat in the small adult size I had plenty of leftover yarn so I decided to make a matching hat for Eddie in the toddler size. She loves it and it looks so sweet on her. Even after knitting two hats, I still had plenty of yarn leftover so I modified a basic mitten pattern that I found and made Eddie some matching mittens, with a little heart on each palm. I attached them with an i-cord to prevent loss. We have a habit of losing mittens around here. I am so in love with this pattern. There are endless color combinations and it’s adorable on a child but not too cutesy for an adult to wear.

Tonight is the fourth night of Chanukah. I will post more about our festivities on Friday but I will say that we are having a great time and it makes such a difference when your children are actually aware of the celebrations going on around them. Sam is participating more in the prayers; his Hebrew is terrible but he’s only three and it’s adorable to watch him try. Eddie hums along with the songs and they both picked up (real fast) the certainty that they will receive a present each night before bed. Saturday night one of the local congregations is having a Chanukah party and we plan on attending and hopefully we will meet some new friends. I love this time of year. Family, friends, songs, prayer and of course…the food. Is there anything better?

wednesday yarn along

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Joining Ginny.

I’m not sure if this counts as a Yarn Along worthy post, because technically these projects have been completed for months. (Years, if you count the poncho.) But I have been meaning to take photos of these items for a long time and having my sister in town over Thanksgiving weekend was the perfect opportunity. Hannah was very generous with her time and seemed to genuinely enjoy herself. She didn’t complain once about having to repeat the entire photo shoot, even though it was 31 degrees outside. What a trooper!

I listed each project name below but if you want to know the pattern or yarn used just pop over to my Ravelry page and take a look. I have to say, my favorite knit featured today is my Lodgepole hat. I loved knitting that hat; it was my first time doing color work and I had so much fun. It was also the first time I used Quince and Co. yarn, which has started a very unhealthy love affair between myself and Quince and Co. It’s quite one-sided.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

Lodgepole hat by Sara Grespach

Gap-Tactic Cowl by Jen Geigley

Spring Garden Shorties by Cathy Cambell

Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarn and Teas

Reading Mitts by Susie Rogers

frosty morning

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Did everyone have a good Thanksgiving? I’m still full. I’ve been eating non-stop since Thursday afternoon and I think I’ve gained twenty pounds, and no, it is not baby weight.

We’ve had an exceptionally cold week and while it hasn’t snowed, it’s been so frosty and cold every morning that snow doesn’t seem too far off.

My sister Hannah has been visiting us for the holiday weekend and I asked her to help me photograph a pile of knitted items that I’ve been dying to show you all for some time now. I hate modeling my own stuff and much prefer to be the photographer as opposed to the, uh…photographee (that’s a word, right? I’m going to say it is and move on.) Anyway, here is where the story takes a turn for the worse: I have mentioned the problems I’ve been having with my camera/card/computer in the past. But the last week or so everything has been working just fine. After taking  about 100 photos yesterday, I tried to import them onto my computer only to have every single file corrupted during the transfer process. I was so mad. But what could I do? Hannah is coming over again this afternoon and we’re going to retake all the photos. I replaced the card so I can’t imagine it happening again. Fingers crossed. 

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