Saturday, December 31, 2011

End of Year Wrap-Up

I've finished a few things, started a few things, and still have a few things underway.  Here's the knitting that I've finished since the last post.  Maybe I'll get organized and post the spinning that I've done tomorrow.

I last reported on the hat and booties made for my banker friend's new baby.  They were finished in time to give to him when he was just a couple of weeks old and I was happy to receive a photo of the baby wearing his new hat.  As the youngest of four boys (!) I thought it would be nice if he had a couple of items made just for him.

I made a quick hat for a neighbor in the desert who was going home to the wilds of northern Canada for Christmas.  He saw me knitting one day and asked if I was making him a hat, so I did.  Sorry for the fuzzy photo; it wasn't stored on this computer and it fuzzed up when I imported it from Flickr or Ravelry.  You get the idea.

I made some socks for my sister out of Madelinetosh Sock in the colorway Shoreline, since that's the city she lives in.  Same problem with the photo, so sorry about the fuzz.

My last two objects were gifts; socks for my massage therapist and a scarf for the Princess.  The socks were made from Vesper self-striping yarn in the colorway Sugar Maple.  This yarn is fun to knit with and stripes up nicely, but there are little white flecks at the ends of the color repeats sometimes.  I guess that's why self-striping yarn is hard to come by; it's hard to make.  The afterthought heels continue the stripes nicely but they're not my favorite to make.  Maybe they'll grow on me if I do a few more.

I made this scarf out of an Old Shale lace pattern and I used Wollmeise 100% merino sock yarn in the Lavendel colorway.  It is the most beautiful deep purple.  I tried to adjust the color so it shows correctly and it looks pretty close.  I hope she likes it.

I'm enrolled in a class at Madrona Fiber Arts in February with Franklin Habit to learn to take better photos of knitwear.  I definitely need to learn how to set up a shot so it looks attractive and also how to adjust color and focus.  Maybe I need a new camera?

I started a sweater a couple of days ago.  It was one of those things where I wanted to make the pattern with some yarn I had.....the fact that I'm not sure of my gauge and if I have enough yarn are two items I'll worry about later.  Knitting magic happens sometimes, right?  I'll start measuring, think good thoughts, and hope for the best.  That's what we do, isn't it?

As the year ends on a grey day here in the Pacific Northwest, I look forward to a happy, healthy 2012 with lots of knitting and spinning.  Best wishes to all of you, my friends and family; let's all be the best people we can in the coming year.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Better Late Than Never, Thanksgiving Edition

I've had a request for Thanksgiving photos, so here they are.  We had a lovely holiday with 19 family members and friends joining us for dinner.  We strung together three long tables so everyone would feel included.

DH advises future SIL on proper method of setting up tables.

Big Bro and Little Sis enjoyThanksgiving eve.

AR needs to learn how to smile better.

Buddy's already looking for crumbs.

Cool turkey centerpiece made from bread that AR found at a local bakery.

Gram always closes her eyes.

Apparently purple was the color of the day.

Gram looks happy now.

Good looking kids, huh?

There's DH waaaay down there at the end.

A fun bunch, great food, a wonderful gathering.  I'm thankful for family.

The fun and games continue into the next day and a good time is had by all.