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Dec 30, 2010

Warm Hands

I finished stitching on Saturday!

left mitten finished

right mitten finished

These mittens are a combination of two patterns, Simple Mittens (Worked Flat) by The Students of Subway Academy II and Photographer Mittens by Bea Aarebrot (both patterns are free). I followed the basic structure of the simple mittens, modifying the pattern slightly for my yarn and needles, then added the finger hole from the photographer mittens. In case you were wondering, they were knit on size 3 needles and made with Patons Kroy Socks Jacquards yarn in Fern Rose Jacquard.

I am pretty happy with them; they have a few flaws, but overall they turned out great. Now I need to tuck in the strings and block them and I will be able to wear them!

Dec 28, 2010

No real post today. I still feel like I am on vacation.

Three girls making a "sandman" at the beach
image from State Library and Archives of Florda

I did finish knitting my mittens though. You can see what they look like on Thursday. My long weekend was really nice, I am looking forward to the next one. Luckily I don't have to wait long; no work on Friday - HURRAH!!!

Does anyone have any exciting New Years plans? I am not sure exactly what I will be doing. My sister will be in town and I just found out that she invited some friends over so we should have fun.

Dec 23, 2010

I was so close to finishing these up Monday, but I messed up somewhere on the right mitten's decreases and had to rip it back pretty far so it wouldn't be longer than the left mitten.

mittens wip

Now I am have to take them with me/work on them on the plane so I can finish them over the weekend. I am pretty excited they are almost done; they are going to look great and I can't wait to wear them.

right mitten wip

Did you notice the hole? I made a finger hole in the right mitten à la these photographer's mittens. Once they are done I will share with you the patterns I combined and modified to fit my yarn and ability as a first time 'real' knitter.

Dec 21, 2010

Cute Food Fabric

What should I do with this?

both fabrics

When I first started blogging I dared myself to use up the craft stuff that I had on hand. I haven't stuck to my dare and still have so much stuff that is just sitting in my craft room taking up storage space. This cute fabric is one/two of the 'treasures' that have been hiding away waiting for me to figure out what to make with it.

Facts about the fabric:
cotton candy friends and funny picnic food flannel fabric by Jennifer & Johnny Yanok
one yard each piece (about 40" wide)

If you have any ideas for me please leave a comment. Thanks!

Dec 16, 2010

I am not done with my mittens yet, but I did finish the left mitten's thumb and have started on the right mitten. Instead of just sharing photos of my not finished mittens again, I am sharing some knitting patterns that I am thinking about starting.

Log Cabin
by flickr user queensaraknits
This blanket is perfect. I know it will take forever to knit up, but I don't think I can resist. The pattern is Moderne Log Cabin Blanket from Mason-Dixon Knitting and is available for free download here: log_cabin.pdf.

by ravelry user integerclub
This turban is great. I am particularly fond of the colors integerclub used. The pattern is Knit Yourself a Turban from the Victoria and Albert Museum and is available for free here: Two Knitted Turbans. This would be much quicker to knit up than the blanket plus it uses size 3 needles (the only needle size I have).

Dec 14, 2010

The other day I got the 2011 Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds' seed book and couldn't have been more excited. Now I can't stop thinking about next year's garden. I know it is really really early, but here are some garden photos. I really like the look of greenery with cement.

DIY Garden Planter
by flickr user ecken
Cinder Blocks in My Garden
from flickr user Bowstringy
Planter Clay Pots Cinder Block Garden
by flickr user cdsessums
2010 Organic Vegetable Garden Bed March 17
by flickr user inthiscorner
Morning Light
by flickr user justthismoment
seedum in concrete planter
by flickr user ojamaa9design
by flickr user mag3737
I am seriously considering putting in a raised garden this year and think cinder blocks would be an easy way to go. Cinder block walls look neat too. I need to work on the plans still to figure out what all I will need and how much it will cost, so we'll see if I actually do it.

Dec 9, 2010

Snow Globe Winner

It finally happened.

The random number generator picked number one and my mother is the winner!

No projects or project updates to share with you today. I haven't knit since my last post, I still need to find and watch the ssp video.

Dec 7, 2010

Mitten Update

I am almost done with my first mitten. Well, I messed up my decreases at the top of the mitten so if I decide not to rip it out I am almost done. It is not really noticeable and this is my first real knitting project so I think I will just leave it.

left mitten

Besides, I already have a small section of purls where there should be knits at the start of the thumb that I decided to let be so this mitten wasn't going to be perfect anyway.

left mitten detail

I haven't been devoting enough time to knitting. Hopefully they both will be finished next week. I just need to sit down, watch a video on how to do a ssp (learned how to ssk, but I think ssp is a bit different) so I can finish this mitten, and start up the next one.

Reminder: Today is the last day to enter the snow globe giveaway!

Dec 2, 2010

Snow Globe Giveaway!

Happy December! To celebrate the snow that blanketed the valley yesterday I am giving away this waterless snow globe I made!

snow globe

Look at all the snow! This snow globe is a small canning jar and has a wire 'sculpture' of trees and lots of glitter inside. (The term sculpture is used loosely here.) Here is the detail picture:

snow globe detail

One large pink tree and two smaller green trees live inside this glittery wonderland.
It could be yours; here's how to win:
1. Leave a comment below by  next Tuesday, December 7th 11:59pm MST.
2. Wait. The winner will be picked using a random number generator and will be announced on my Thursday December 9th post.

Note: Anyone can enter, even if they live outside the US.