Weekend Update

Let’s see..

Brian went off to the Jr. High church rally leaving us to fend for ourselves! So we went to game night and had tacos!

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We played games and had fun!

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Tannor decided playing Apples to Apples with the cards was just too passe.. so he did this instead!

Pretty cool!

Then it was Azia’s birthday and we had a yummy yummy cake!!

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It’s a Cake Boss cake called Oh My Ganache! And it was GOOOOOOD!

Over the weekend I was also able to get the left front of Sylvi done!

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So far this sweater could be done on a knitting loom.. probably not the case when I get to the fancy cable-y part! Very exciting to do a ‘dry block’ on it and see that it is just right!

And so fast even with the seed stitch! What should I work on next? A sleeve? The other front? Or..the fun part! The back?!

Actually, I had already decided to leave the sleeves, since I need to shorten them a bit for my leetle arms.

Have to do some maths!

So, how did your weekend go?

Finished Friday: Not a Katniss Hat

I have been reading The Hunger Games series along with my two oldest children. The books are quite good, I am through them all. We are all looking forward to going to the movie as well.

Last week Azia and I went to the book store to get the 2nd and 3rd books for her for her birthday. While we were there we looked through the illustrated movie guide book. While thumbing through it I saw a photo of the actress who plays the main character, Katniss, in a really nice knitted blue cloche. I thought COOL! I am going to knit a Katniss hat so I can wear it to the premier of the movie and be the coolest mom ever..

So I looked at the photo, made a quick analysis of the hat design, pretty simple looks like it’s made with Lion Brand Homespun, yeah I can to it! Our next stop was JoAnn’ Fabrics of course (hey don’t look at me that way we WERE going there anyway! Azia wanted some zebra stripe fabric!) So I picked up two skeins of the proper color (it was on sale AND I had a coupon!) and took it home.

I sat down and figured out an initial pattern plan, and started knitting.

I wanted to verify a detail on the photo of the hat so I went online to see if I could find it.

I did.

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My excitement deflated like a popped balloon when I realized the photo was not a picture of the actress as Katniss.. NOPE! It was her in her role in the movie Winter’s Bone (also an excellent film, though a little dark)

Well DRATS!

I dropped that hat like a hot potato and didn’t pick it up for days, nearly a week in fact. But then I decided to pick it up again and finish it.

Here is is:

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Waddya think?

 

I am going to finalize the pattern for needles next week, and also work on a loom knit version.

Once the pattern is up for sale I will be using $1 from each sale to go to Art Feeds. This is an organization based in Joplin, Misouri that helps kids through art. They were there both before and after the tornado and even after when they lost everything as well. there picked up, carried on and helped in the way they knew best by using art for the kids to work through what happened to them.

Having seen the destruction first hand, I have been looking for a way to help out.

The rest of the sale will go toward me attending a training session for Brethren Children’s Disaster Services.

I think this is fitting because both Winter’s Bone,(which took place in Missouri) and The Hunger Games are stories about kids who by their circumstances have lost much but persevered, and made their lives better, but in real life no kid should have to do that on their own. So I’d like to help.

So please look for the patterns next week. I hope to have details about the charity when I find it, and help me make a difference!

Two on Twos-day!

Well my finished Friday post didn’t pan out. So now I have a bonus finished project for you!

First up, my Rustic Autumn Shawl:

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Well.. mine is not so autumn-y it is more summery with the rainbow yarn!

The details: This is a needle knit, the pattern can be found here: Click here

Yarn: Kauni Strikkfasthed 8/2

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Bought at The Clay Purl in Nashville IN

Knit up on my Addi Turbos!!

I used exactly one ball of yarn, and had about 24” left over!! YES!! NO LEFTOVERS!

This was an easy knit, anyone who is a beginner with shawls should try this one out!

Love the pattern!! It was a fun knit!

Next up: Elisabeth’s Cowl from Wendy Knits Lace

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This is one of the introductory patterns in Wendy’s new book. An easy lace knit, even I didn’t make any mistakes on it!! Which is impressive!!

I have it pinned up on a piece of cardboard to block right now, I need to get some ‘action’ shots of these!

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease. (not sure of the color it is variegated browns very pretty)

The pattern can be found in the book Wendy Knits Lace

This is also a needle knit, I am happy to say that this lace pattern is an easy one to do on  a knitting loom! No translation needed other than for a K2Tog, move your stitch to the right and for a SSK, move your stitch to the left!

And of course you want to keep your stitches LOOSE when working lace on a loom!

I have leftovers. Grr. It tool less yarn than the pattern called for.

I would definitely knit this one again it’s a nice easy fast knit. I made it in two evenings!

I will give it a try sometime soon on the loom!

I am playing with some small projects on a new loom, I will give you all some more information when I get a thumbs up from the loom maker!! So look for that soon!

Finished Friday: Two Trips to the Finish Line!

First up: Lady Lovelace

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It is no secret that Teva Durham is one of my favourite knitting designers. I love her creative bent on design! And so when I saw one of her patterns in Knitty I HAD to knit it! And so I did. Now I have only done the cardigan, I do have the yarn for the Shawl portion as well and plan to knit that up before winter.

The yarn is Teva’s as well, it is  Which is so soft that it is even good for against the skin wear. I am not sure if it is produced any more. it was a bit difficult to find a retailer selling it so  could get more to knit up the shawl. Here is a little detail of the sleeve:

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Today also marks the end of our official school year. This is the first time I have not gotten everyone done with their progress, but working full time for most of the school year sort of puts a dent in your productivity.

Jaxom will finish his first year of high school today, Azia has a bit of work to finish Caleb is doing fine and Julian will be sliding solidly into the 3rd grade level of all classes. So the little guys will be at the same level next year.  I plan to spend some time this summer seeing what is holding my little Julian back in reading and seeing what we can do about it.