Bluebonnets To Peaches

A Knitted Gift
January 1, 2010, 7:00 am
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I usually try to make several knitted gifts for Christmas; however, I knew I wouldn’t have time this past year so I only knitted one gift.  I made this scarf for my teaching assistant, the purple shade screams her name!

I forgot to take a picture of the entire scarf, but it is a simple fan and feather pattern with ultra thin alpacca yarn.  It’s a good thing I started it early, using such small yarn did take awhile to knit up!

From my needles
December 14, 2009, 7:00 am
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My neighbor recently (okay, actually it’s been a few months but I’m just now getting around to posting the pictures so just play along with me 🙂 had a new baby boy!  She enjoys walking and I knew it wouldn’t be long before she and the new baby would be out walking in the neighborhood.  I thought a stroller blanket would be nice.  Because I had made the curtains for the new baby’s room, I was able to perfectly match the green she used in the room! A stroller blanket is made longer than a typical baby blanket, but skinner so that it fits better in a stroller.  Here’s out it turned out:

A closer look at the knit pattern:

What I’ve been Knitting
January 13, 2009, 7:00 am
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Have you noticed that I haven’t posted a knitting post in awhile?  In fact the last knitting post I had was this one.  Now that Christmas is over I can share what I’ve been knitting! 


I’ve been wanting to learn to knit socks for a long time.  Sheri’s blog  at The Loopy Ewe was the very first blog I ever started reading.  In fact my knitting friend and I bought a DVD to learn to knit socks, but I moved away before we got the chance to watch it.  All knitters that knit socks talk about how awesome they are to knit for several reasons; they are small and portable, you can try out all sorts of patterns, no 2 socks are ever the same, they are enjoyable to wear . . .  Back in October I took full advantage of my local yarn store closing and bought some skeins to try my hand at knitting socks.  The skeins were all 40% off so I decided it would be a good time to try it out.

The fact that I am interested in knitting socks is very funny all in itself.  I HATE buying socks!  I always have.  It just seems like such a waste of money.  My socks have to have 2-3 holes in them before I throw them out.  It’s a huge joke in our family, and last year for Christmas everyone bought me socks and I ended up with about 20 pairs – that’s enough socks for the next decade!

For all of you non-knitters, let me explain that socks can become expensive to knit.  A nice skein of sock yarn is around $25, and one skein makes one pair of socks!  That’s right, I’ve been knitting socks that cost $25 a pair!  And that does not calculate in my time.  In Kari Cornell’s book For the Love of Knitting, A Celebration of the Knitter’s Art, Sigrid Arnott calculates the cost per sock:

“I don’t keep track, but if I spend twenty-five hours knitting a sock and multiply that by minimum wage of $5.15, that sock should cost $128.75.  Considering my years of “training” in the highly technical “field” of knitting, I should earn at least the $17.62 per hour that the federal government sets as the wage for, say, a Cable Splicer (whatever that is, although by the name alone it seems analogous to knitting).  At that rate, my sock’s value skyrockets to $440.50.  And that’s just for one foot.”

Deena, Angie (and soon to be Landis), y’all are wearing $1000 socks!  All the sock knitters were right, I am now totally addicted to knitting socks!  I just wonder why I waited so long to try them out!

Welcome to the World Harper!
October 21, 2008, 6:00 pm
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My Chiropractors, Jim Bob and Cyndi, welcomed their first son into the world on Monday morning!  I am so happy for them, they are going to make great parents!  I credit Jim Bob and Cyndi for getting rid of Nick’s asthma and they hold a special place in my heart!  Remember this post?  The blanket was for Harper, here is a picture of the completed blanket:

I know the picture isn’t showing up great on the blog, there is much more detail in the panels than you can see from the picture.  I knitted the center panel and knitting friend knitted the outer two and sewed them all together (I’m still pondering how I got out of sewing it all together)!

Welcome to the world Harper!  You are a lucky guy with very loving parents!

A Great Find!
October 13, 2008, 12:06 pm
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I don’t believe in luck or in coincidence, but I do believe in being shown favor by the Lord.  On Thursday, both boys were at school and I had found a local yarn shop here in town online.  I decided it would be the perfect day to go check out my new local yarn store in person.

When I arrived, the owner was the only person in the store and the place was a mess.  I explained to her that I had just moved from Texas and she was my closest yarn store!  She replied “I’m so sorry you found us like this, we are closing!”  What?  Closing? But you are the closest store to me!  Then she said the words that every knitter dreams about . . . “but feel free to look around, everything in the store is 40% off!”

If I believed in luck, this is where I would say “It’s my lucky day!”  However, I choose to believe that the Lord knows how much I enjoy knitting (there is just something about creating beautiful pieces with a piece of string and a couple of sticks!) and He enjoys seeing my delight!  I was much like a kid in a candy store!  I’m sure I could have purchased more, but I had to leave to pick up the kids from school.  It is no coincidence that I have been here since July and I just now found the time to visit the store!  I am sad to learn that the store is closing, but I will gladly take the 40% off!

I can’t show you everything I purchased, a lot of what I got are for Christmas presents.  Here’s a picture of 2 of the items I purchased. 

The yarn is my favorite, alpaca, and the box includes everything you need to make a felted wreath.  I don’t plan on making the wreath for this year . . . but maybe next year 🙂

On my needles . . .
August 21, 2008, 9:43 am
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I haven’t had near as much time to knit as I thought I would, but I have made a little progress on the scarf I brought with me.  The pattern is called “whimsical” and I’m using a yarn that I got at the awsome December sale at The Woolie Ewe in Plano, TX.  I would give you the details on the yarn, but I didn’t bring the ballband with me.  If I remember correctly, the yarn is from Brazil . . . I chose it for the colors.  You can’t really make out the pattern from the picture, but it is an eyelet type design with a 12 row repeat.

Just in time
July 22, 2008, 8:34 pm
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I’ve finished my piece for a the baby blanket just in time!  My knitting friend and I have a mutual friend that is expecting her first baby so we thought it would be really neat to make her a baby blanket that we both knitted on. 

After much discussion and looking through patterns, we finally decided that I would make one strip and KF would make 2 strips and then we will sew the 3 strips together and then knit a border around the 3 strips to finish it off. 

My Knitted Piece

My Knitted Piece

The only rules we put on our knitting were the colors and size.  Our pregnant friend is not using traditional baby colors so we went with her neutral color theme.  The advantage to this is that the baby will be able to use the blanket for years to come and it won’t look “babyish”.

This was a fun project, I enjoyed doing whatever stitch patterns I wanted to do.  When I picked a stitch pattern that I didn’t like I was free to switch it to something else. 

Since I won’t be here, KF will be sewing up the blanket and knitting on the border (don’t you like how I got out of that one 🙂  I’ll be sure and post a picture of the completed blanket when it is done!