Thursday, April 10, 2014

We Have Stripes!


Little Man danced around acting silly when I had him try on his sweater now that it has stripes and armholes!!






I'll have a few days off from work over the next week so I'm hoping I can make some good progress!!  I'd love for him to be able to wear it during the cool spring weather!

Oh, and did I tell you how he makes sure I call it a "hoodie" and not a sweater...somehow hoodie apparently sounds cooler!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Little Man's Hoodie Progress


I'm knitting Little Man an orange hoodie that will have some royal blue accent stripes.  We looked at patterns together and then I picked the type of yarn and he chose the colors.  It's been a collaboration.  I hope that means that when it's done he'll love it and grab it whenever he wants to be cozy.



I took this photo of him trying it on a few rows before it was time to set aside the sleeve stitches.  It's knit from the top down in one piece and I will pick-up stitches for the hood around the neckline.


As I was knitting Little Man was happily making bracelets on his Rainbow Loom.  A fun crafty time before the craziness of the week starts!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Cable Back Shell...FINISHED!

I could hardly wait to show you the finished Cable Back Shell! I finished weaving in ends on Thursday and had Hubby take some photos to share today.  The most fabulous thing about it? IT FITS!!!!  I've made a couple of sweaters for myself that, despite doing a gauge swatch, just came out WAY to big.  After working with such fine yarn and itty-bitty needles I'm happy I'll be able to wear this piece!




Love the party in the back ;)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Purl Bee Cable Back Shell


I am still plugging away at the Cable Back Shell from The Purl Bee.  It's a free pattern and I'm using some REALLY thin yarn on size 3 needles to knit it up.  It's still freezing cold here so I'm in no hurry to finish it to wear it right away, but some days it really feels like 4 rows makes absolutely NO progress.  In order to keep making progress I'm trying to at least get 4 rows done a day, which doesn't take too long...I'm thinking in another week or so I'll be ready to seam it up.  It's knit all in one piece which is a great type of construction...the ribbing you see there before the neck hole is where it will be folded in half...and then I'll stitch  up either side leaving space for my arms.   I look forward to seeing it complete!


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Topsy Turvy Egg To Turtle 2!

I'll be adding some Ravellenic digital medals to the sidebar!

I chose a project I thought I could finish during the winter Olympics...and one that I needed to get done for my nephew.  He had seen the turtle I made for Little Man and wanted one too.  The only thing I have left to do is to get it to the post office!





Hopefully it doesn't wind up being a toy for his cat!

This pattern is a pattern I downloaded for free from Knitting Daily's website.  It was designed by Susan B Anderson and has very little finishing since the legs and even the shell are knit from picked up stitches.  When you're done with the knitting, you're almost completely done...you just have the eyes (and a mouth if you want one) left.  It's pretty quick, and SUPER cute!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Aren't They Adorable?

We picked up Little Man's turtles from our Mommy-Son pottery painting outing...aren't they precious? He was so proud of learning how to use the tip of the paintbrush to make perfect dots and eyes...and I was happy to show him :)  And the little turtle? Can you tell it's wearing swim goggles?

They're sitting on his desk right now..so I'm so glad I snapped this photo to bring a smile to my face when I see them.



Thursday, February 13, 2014

Mother Son Pottery Painting

Little Man had off the Tuesday after MLK Day and I wanted to have some fun with him.  He had been talking about painting pottery since he saw a place near us, but it was closed so I had been on the lookout for somewhere else to go.  When I saw a Groupon deal for one not too far away, I jumped on it, and it was a perfect activity for us.  

First we headed to the library.  Then we had lunch out.  And then, we headed to Meg-Art to paint some pottery.


Little Man picked two little turtles.  He enjoyed picking the colors out almost as much as painting them.




I loved watching him so into painting.


I just started back to work and I'm even more grateful I got to have some time like that with him.  I can't wait to see how the turtles will look when we pick them up!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Wine Cork Wreath Crafting

 Over MLK weekend our family friends came with their kids for a quick visit.  During some time while the kids played in the basement the Mom and I put her wine cork collection to good use.  She'd made trivets and trays, but we thought wreaths could be cute.  We didn't want to drill holes so we went with a flat styrofoam wreath form that we painted with acrylic paint.  While the paint dried we broke the corks into 3 main sizes...then we laid out the placement before we started wielding the hot glue gun.  Since she had lots of duplicate corks we were able to create patterns with the corks.  After lining the inside we created the pattern on the main part of the wreath.


We enjoyed a glass of wine while making our wine cork wreaths.




My friend enjoyed trying cork patterns.


SUCCESS!!!


I got a little crazy with the hot glue, so I found this great rope trim to stick in the crevice between the cork rows.  A few dabs of hot glue permanently stuck it in the wreath and now I'm just waiting for Hubby to hang it!


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Turtle Stocking Stuffer

I've been busy, but I HAD to show you how cute the little topsy turvy turtle (designed by one of my favorite designers Susan B Anderson) came out! Little Man loved it.  I put it in his stocking in egg form and he loves flipping it back and forth...he even has my nephew who is a year older asking for one.  Of course my nephew also wants one of the mama turtles with babies...and my brother looked at him like he was crazy.  I think I may have to do a topsy turvy one for him though..it didn't take nearly as long as the mama turtle and it wouldn't take up too much space.  Added bonus is I have yarn already too since it doesn't require much.


Next post I hope to blog about the major crafting and travels from 2013 (including when we went to DISNEY for the first time ever) and after that I want to share about some adult crafting I was able to do this past weekend when my friend visited from Atlanta with her family...you may want to have a glass of wine in hand when you read that post...you may get thirsty!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Phew!

The hat is fixed! And now I'm ready for next week when I brave the freezing cold temperatures of my hometown! Last year I walked through the snow with nothing on top of my head...which was kind of gross when it melted!  The picked up stitches worked out well, and now I'm finished ! It looks like I have a conehead, but that's not the hat's fault...apparently I have a conehead and that's why most hats don't looks so great on me ;)



In other knitting news the Egg to Turtle knitting pattern by Susan B Anderson was released free on the Knitting Daily website and since I've been OBSESSED with this pattern, I cast-on for it right after finishing my hat.  Never mind the fact that my son is probably too old for a little stuffed turtle in his stocking, he's getting one!


The egg was finished in under an hour!


The turtle itself is pretty close to being finished, I'm going to try to finish the legs and face tonight.  If I manage to do that, all I'll have left to do is seam the 2 together for a little reversible toy turtle...super cute, right?