Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Miss Molly's Duke Thorpe

My son's beloved second grade teacher, Molly, is a Duke alum and a huge fan of their Blue Devil's basketball team.  Their team colors are blue and white.  So, of course we had to dye up some Duke Blue yarn for her Christmas gift.  And, knit it into a rugged hat to keep her head warm on all of her adventures.  Molly is an avid hiker. She and her husband have hiked nearly all of Colorado's 53 Fourteeners (mountains with elevations at or above 14,000 feet).  So, I am confident that this hat will get lots of use.  

Molly is very sentimental.  So, I expect a few tears when she opens her gift.  I'm more than a little excited to see her reaction!  

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Man of Many Knits

Early this morning, despite being feverish and having a bad head cold, my overachiever of a husband set out to shovel a light layer of snow from our driveway.  (I had to snap a photo of how cute he looked all bundled up in his handknits.)  That man sure is prompt when it comes to shoveling.  If it were up to me, the job would wait until after I have had my coffee, my breakfast, taken a shower, knit a few rows of whatever project I am working on, started a craft project with the boys and done just about whatever else I could think of.  At which point, quite honestly, I am nearly certain that the snow will have already melted off the driveway.  Eliminating the need to do any shoveling at all.  Brilliant, right?

Although we live in Colorado, we are in the high desert portion of the state.  Which means that we get very little snow.  The snow that does manage to make its way to our neck of the woods never sticks around long.  So, it's kind of a novelty!

The hat is the awesomely fast to knit, Man Hat, by Haven Leavitt...Knit in Spectra, in the colorway, Curry.  This hat is a new favorite and will surely be knit up in many more colors, as it's just such a great fitting, warm hat.  The broken ribbing makes for a really lofty hat with lots of little air pockets to hold in heat.  Kinda like a waffle knit shirt.  The scarf is just some crazy acrylic yarn I picked up years ago in the sale bin of a little knitting shop in Salt Lake City, UT.  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

On the Needles - Chloe (Part 3)

I suppose I should call this post, "Off the Needles".  As, I am finally finished with the adorable Chloe sweater I am knitting as a gift for our dear friend's eighth birthday.  Her party is a week from tomorrow.  So, I am happy to say that there will be no last minute, up-til'-midnight, frantic knitting going on the night before the party.  Wow!  That's a first.  

This was a fun knit and such a departure from my usual "boy knits" in blue, gray and brown.  It even has ruffles.  Ruffles!!!  So fun.  

Friday, December 7, 2012

On the Needles - Chloe (Part 2)

Reya's little Chloe sweater is moving right along.  This is good, as her birthday is just a little over a week away.  I just have the ruffle at the bottom, a bit of sleeve knitting and a few buttons to sew on.  I tried it on my son, despite his outspoken protests, and it is so stinkin' cute!  

While it's not a difficult pattern, the stripes mean that I had to tote around three balls of yarn everywhere the project went.  I am a very mobile knitter.  My knitting must be able to travel between karate practice, doctor visits, playdates, and Knit Night at my local yarn shop.  Each and every time I went to take it from my knitting bag, the three skeins managed to somehow wind themselves into a big rat's nest.  I mean, how is that even possible?  I think the next striped project I knit will be a "home" only knitting project.

I can't wait to see her reaction when she unwraps her gift on her birthday.  I am hoping that it will be extra meaningful as she had a hand in designing the sweater.  So fun!!!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Becky's Blush Baby Bliss

I just had to share Raveler, Knittingma's, super cute little sweater vest/dress she knit up (lickety split no less) in just one skein of Luna Grey Orion (Superwash Merino DK) in the colorway, Blush.  Becky is an amazingly accomplished knitter whose projects are truly awe inspiring.  Her photographs are always lovely and her models adorable!  

Thanks, Becky, for sharing your photos (and your daughter's cuteness)!