Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Another Knit This Week

I just finished up my first, of what may turn into
many, "Mystery Knit Alongs".
The basic idea is you know what you are going to knit
in that, I knew that I was going to make a shawl, but 
beyond that you no nothing about what the final
creation will look like.

The designer gives you an idea of what kind of yarn would
be best suited to the pattern, in this case, a subtly 
variegated yarn as opposed to a wildly, hand-painted
yarn was preferred.  And with this mystery knit, the
designer had paired with a yarn-dyer and had a 
custom made yarn for her KAL (knit-a-long) that you could
choose to purchase (I did).  

And then you wait for the clues to appear.
Fun, fun, fun!

I started my project April 15th and finished 
exactly one month later.  

It's not too big of a shawl, which I like.
However, I haven't decided if I'm going to keep
it or gift it.  Purple is not one of my go-to
colors, but I couldn't resist this yarn for some
reason, maybe because was meant to be
for one of my many purple loving friends! {grin}

Pattern:  Roxanne by Liz Abinante

Yarn:  Hipster Sock in the Ethereal colorway by Little Red Bicycle
and the bottom border in Dream in Color's Smooshy Sock Yarn.

Verdict:  This shawl has cables and lace and lots of fun
texture to it!
Would I have chosen this pattern to make on my own? 
Probably not, but that being said, it was a lot of fun to 
join in the discussions and knit up a mystery item!

(Some have compared it's shape to Cylon ships from BSG.{grin})

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Knit A Week

A birthday sweater for Princess #1.
This one may look familiar, as it was the same
pattern I used for the Prince's b-day sweater!
She chose the yarn and then waited patiently
for me to finish, which I'll have you know,
was only one day after *her* day! {grin}

Pattern:  Hotshot by Julia Stanfield

Yarn:  Cascade 220 Superwash Paints in 
Fruit Smoothie

Verdict:  Turned out great, she loves it!  
The only modification I made was to add a 
kangaroo pouch to the front.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Happiness Is . . .

. . . feeling emotionally and spiritually recharged and ready to deal with life again, despite being physically exhausted.


I follow that with a question for the Void:  How is it that my kids always seem to know when I've had a late (fun!) night . . . and choose the following morning to bless me with an extra early rising?!?!  Why, oh Void, why??

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A Knit A Week

Easter Knits for the Royals
All of these patterns came from the amazing
book, Itty Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson.
I started this tradition last year, when I made the sock monkey
for the Prince's basket, hoping to distract him from
the lack of candy.  It worked so well for all the kids
that I did it again this year!!

A little hippo for Princess #1 out of
leftover Socks that Rock sock yarn in the
Wonderful Goodness and Mr. Greenjeans colorways.

A stripey snake, complete with slithery tongue
for Princess #2 out of leftover Misti Alpaca
sock yarn.

A reversible bluebird/egg with a little nest for Princess #3.
How cool is this pattern????  Love this.
It was made out of scraps of Cascade 220.

And last, but not least, a little "Biscuit" puppy for the Prince.
He is made out of scraps of Cascade 220 and other
stash finds.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011


PRINCESS #1 is a . . .

* voracious reader

* faithful friend

* daughter of the One Most High

* responsible brother watcher

* creative creator

* lover of shoes

* gentle big sister

* giver of wonderful back scratches

* excellent scholar

* delightful dessert maker

* fast and furious bicyclist

* knitter

* wonderfully sweet daughter

Eleven years ago, we were blessed here at the Castle by the birth of our first born.
A daughter.
Thankfully, she broke us into parenting gently, however, her presence
rocked our little world of two.
We are eager to see what the "Judy Blume" years have in store for 
our sweet princess.  We know that she will continue to
grow ever in grace and beauty because of Who
she holds dear in her heart.

Happy 11th Princess #1.  You are dearly loved, Bugga.