Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Frosty Jr.

I decided Frosty needed a companion, but as I tried to design another snowman, Frosty’s teenage son appeared.  Hence we have Frosty Jr.march misc 063
The left-handed pattern can be found here.
And the right-handed pattern can be found here.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Frosty the Snowman

This is my favorite of the snowman patterns that I have written this winter.
march misc 069
I have both left and right handed versions of this pattern.  Please note that it really doesn’t matter which version you use.  If you use the opposite pattern you will get a mirror image of Frosty.  The wind will be blowing from the left instead of the right, and the carrot nose will be slanted the other direction.
You can find the left-handed pattern here.
The right-handed pattern can be found here.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Snowman in Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth Pattern

march misc 084
Here’s my pattern for a Snowman in Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth.  I’ve enjoyed adding a crochet border on my Grandma’s Favorite cloths  I have written this as an option for this cloth.
I have written the pattern with both the left and right handed sections in one pattern.  I’m hoping it won’t be too confusing.  The pattern can be found here.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Snowman Pattern

Here’s the first of my snowmen patterns to share.  This one reminds me of a first grader’s attempt, but as I looked at the cloth later,  I thought he was still cute enough to share.
march misc 071
I’ve made directions for both left and right handed knitters.  I realize that it really doesn’t make a difference which pattern you would follow because there are no words.  The snowman’s arms are the only thing that will really change by following the opposite directions.
The left-handed pdf pattern is found here.
The right-handed pdf pattern is found here.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Let it Snow!

This really should have been a January or February entry, but alas it’s now almost the end of March.
Usually Eugene gets a dusting of snow at least once a year; sometimes we are lucky to even get a few inches - but not this year.  For the past three months I’ve been knitting the only snow I’ve seen this year. 
The snowflakes -
January 010
march misc 086
January 2010 016
January 2010 012
January 2010 028
The snowmen – this was a KAL through Kris Knits blog starting here
march misc 087
These last snowmen are my patterns which I will post over the next few weeks -
Snowman -
march misc 071
Snowman in Grandma’s Favorite -
march misc 084
Frosty Jr. -
march misc 063
and Frosty -
march misc 069

Monday, February 1, 2010

Valentine Countdown - Day 1

Today for the Valentine Countdown our card read, "Tonight exchange cheesy Valentine cards that you'll make or buy for less than $1." Well tonight I found a card on my pillow. I opened it to find the words - I love you!! along with a slice of cheese. I love my husband's sense of humor! :)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Valentine Countdown Calendar

My sister-in-law inspired me with her Valentine Countdown Calendar.  Check out her blog here.  You can also check out the blog where she got her idea from this link.  Here is mine – can’t wait for February 1st!

January 019

Friday, January 22, 2010

Cables – My First Attempt

January 2010 023I joined another KAL group at the end of October – Rachel Knitting Room Group.  This was our November KAL.  I’ve never done cables before, but after doing this dishcloth/hotpad – I’m not afraid any more.  I’m actually excited about making something with cables.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Happy 2010

January 2010 004
My life story is being a bit behind lately.  Anyway here’s the January Monthly Dishcloth KAL.
Here’s wishing everyone a happy new year!

Friday, January 8, 2010


Well we’re barely a week into this new year and I’ve already broken my 3rd goal for 2010.

To try to use more of my yarn stash instead of buying yarn. 

I went with my mother to Ben Franklin Craft Store – those of you who really know me would see that this was the first step in breaking my goal.  We actually went for a jewelry trip, but I always have to check the yarns.  I have been waiting for them to get the Sugar ‘n Cream Warm Brown yarn in because I’m in the middle of a hat and ran out.  I was so proud of myself because as I roamed the yarn aisles, nothing jumped out at me saying I needed it now.  We bought our jewelry needs and left the store, but then I saw the clearance yarns.  Oh, just let me look for a minute!

Here’s what I found – Di.ve Fiamma, made in Vergnasco, Italy.

yarn 005

and in this color -

yarn 003

and in this color.  Also notice the change in bulk of the yarn.

yarn 015

I was pulled in because of the price.  These were on clearance for $2 a ball.  Who could turn that down?!   When I got home, I was even more pleased because I discovered that these originally sold for $18 a ball.  Boy, did I get a deal.  

I bought 14 balls of yarn worth $252 for $28!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

December Cloths

I decided to post all the cloths I knitted in December.  I’ll start with the last ones I did, which were the December Mid-Month Dishcloth KAL.  As I started knitting I saw what looked like leaves appearing, so I knitted this in green.  (Sorry the picture is a bit blurry)
knitting and crochet hats 026
After knitting this, I discovered the title was Vegas Fountains so I decided to knit it again using blue for water.
Vegas Fountains
The rest of the cloths I knitted in December are Christmasy.  This is the December Monthly Dishcloth KAL (from the first of December).  This is called Wrapper Cloth.
Wrapper Cloth
I forgot about this angel.  It was November’s Mid-Month Dishcloth KAL.
I found this pattern on the Mason-Dixon blog and decided to try it with a variegated yarn.
Christmas cloth 2
This is called Shades of Christmas and was shared with the Monthly Dishcloth KAL group by Janet Nogle.
Christmas Cloth
Someone in one of my knitting groups did this Christmas cloth in stripes yarn.  I loved it so much I decided to do one also.
Christmas Dishcloth
A feather and fan in variegated yarn.
Christmas Feather and Fan
Grandma’s favorite with a crocheted border.
Christmas Grandma's Favorite
Another Grandma’s favorite with crocheted border.  The stripe was inspired by the above Wrapper Cloth.
Christmas Stripe

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Goals for 2010

A goal is just a dream unless you write it down.

This is what my 12 year old keeps saying - I think she said she heard it in Tae Kwon Do.  I've heard it other places, too.

1.   Read the entire Old Testament.  -  This is our course of study in Sunday School this year.

2.   Continue to read the Book of Mormon twice a year.    I have done this since the challenge at the end of 2005.

3.   To try to use more of my yarn stash instead of buying yarn.  Notice I said "try."  I think this will be a bit hard for me!

4.   Get more of my UFOs finished.  This one may take me longer than a year.

Yesterday I picked up yarn that my son James bought for me two Christmas’s ago.  I’ve tried a scarf pattern with this yarn and frogged it several times.   I think I’m finally liking what is happening with it this time.

scarf 2010 003

Friday, January 1, 2010

Homemade Christmas Presents

I only made a couple of presents this year. 
I fell in love with this hat pattern and love it even more now that I made it.   This was made from a yarn called “Poems” by Wisdom Yarns.  I love the long color stripes.
bobble hat back
This hat is titled “bobble hat.”  The pattern is found here - http://yarndemon.googlepages.com/bobblehat

With some of the left over yarn I made this headband.
knitting and crochet hats 002 
This pattern calls for a bulky yarn, but it was written so well that I was able to convert it to a worsted weight very easily.
The pattern for the headband is found here - http://neekaknits.blogspot.com/2009/12/blue-leaf-headband.html