Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Jenny's Purse

As I've said before, Jenny is the owner of many of my knitting projects and this Noni Bag is one of my favorites.  This was an easy project to knit but of course when the knitting is done there is still plenty to do: felting, adding reinforcement to sides and bottom of the bag so it stands up nice, making a lining and attaching the cute little feet & handles.  It was my first time at making a lining of any kind and I found a VERY helpful tutorial on Noni's site.  I used the recommended Cascade 220 colors called for in her pattern because I loved everything about the design.  My only difference is I ended up using one large flower because I liked the way it looked.  I'm working on another Noni bag for myself and I am changing it up a bit to put my own spin on it. It's kind of on the back burner though because I keep getting sidetracked by other things like mittens, socks & spinning ;)  I promise to get to that post about spinning soon!  

Monday, July 7, 2008

Bird in Hand Mittens

As you can see I finished Jean's mittens! I had a knitting quota every day of my vacation last week and I got them done a day early...  thank goodness because it took 2 days for them to dry after their Eucalan bath.  I am very happy with the way they turned out and I think Jean really likes them too :)  I love Kate Gilbert's Bird in Hand pattern. It was a fun knit and I will make another pair for myself some time.  I did have trouble getting gauge with Cascade 220 Superwash but when I switched to the 220 Quatro I got the gauge I was looking for with US size 2 Turbo Addi circulars.  Knitting worsted weight on size 2 needles was very fatiguing for my hands so it will be awhile before I go back for seconds.  My hands were so tired by Saturday that I've had to take a break from knitting and save my hands for work :(  I'll do a few rows on my Fisherwoman socks tonight to get a little knitting fix and if that doesn't work I can always spin a little ;)    

Thursday, July 3, 2008

On Vacation...

We're on vacation this week... a whole week at our little island house. Paul was sitting in his rocker on the porch having coffee this morning and he looked up to see this deer out near the barn having a morning snack. He quietly went into the house and got his camera and the deer hung out long enough to have her picture taken. When I woke up this morning the picture was waiting for me on the desktop of our computer. Even though I missed it I still got to enjoy the view :)
I am finishing up Jean's birthday present today. I can't wait to show you (so beautiful!).