Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Back to knitting again...yea!

Finally! I have been trying for the past 3 days to get pictures uploaded here and have had forty fits, it seems. The Wallaby sweater has been finished and is off on it's journey to the baker's helper. Now, it's a wait and see game to find out if I added too much length to the arms and body of the sweater. I used the child's size 12 pattern in the booklet by Cottage Creations and then extended the body and sleeves a couple of extra inches. It took me just under 3 skeins of navy "I Love this Yarn!" from the Hobby Lobby stores.

In about 2 days of doc's appointments/knitting time, I'm closing in on the next Feather and Fan Rainbow Baby Blanket. That one was due at Christmas time, I'm a little behind schedule.

But it feels really good to be back to my knitting mojo. And I have to say that it's due to the Baker's Helper. What a charmer. I do hope he's happy with the sweater, even if I didn't put in the 'C' that he wanted on the front. My brain just isn't back to that much figuring.

To answer the question about the Norwegian Star Hat-it comes from Charlene Schurch's book, "Hat's On!", and it's the 3rd time I've knit it up. Sadly I don't have the book with me, so I can't show you the cover. But if you google it, you'll find it right away.

The Irish Hiking Scarf was made with Silky Flamme yarn that I picked up from A Piece of Ewe here in Bay City, MI when I came on Christmas Day without my scarf and hat. It was on clearance, and I really like how soft it is! It doesn't make the cable POP like a solid wool would,but with the alpaca and silk in it, it's sooooooo cuddly soft to wrap around my neck! Even if it does shed on the car seat, I don't mind it one bit!

Prior to leaving over the holidays, I took advantage of some huge book sales, free shipping, and gift money and picked up/ordered some new knitting books. Can you see a theme here? Lots of color knitting! I'm just dying to get some things off my 'to-do' list so I can start the backpack on the cover of Norwegian Handknits! Oh baby! That is screaming my name! Can't.hardly.wait.!

Thank you to each and everyone of you who have taken the time to write about my Auntie and my Dad. We'll know the outcome of surgical appointments tomorrow afternoon when we meet with the surgeon now that all presurgery testing has been completed. He's had an aneurysm that's gone untreated due to the seriousness of his fall back in 2004 that led to all the other surgeries, treatments, etc...since that time. After his 12 weeks of being in the hospital in 2008, he'd sworn off anymore surgery. However, after looking at his pictures last week, we are all in agreement that it can no longer be put off. So for this trip I brought along 2 baby blankets that are past due and my Florence sweater. I have decided to join the Ravelry group for WIP's for the Olympic knitting feat with my Florence Sweater. Because I've not touched it since April, 2009, it qualifies. Now, I know I'll have one baby blanket done prior to opening ceremonies, but the 2nd one is doubtful -and that baby came back in December! Are any of you participating in Olympic Knitting?

As to the notes about my Auntie, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. We had my Uncle over for dinner Monday night and there was an obvious 'hole' at the dinner table. They had a love story like no other! I'll try and share the recipe that I made soon. It brought back a lot of good memories! Good food, good family and friends. Not to mention some great memories. I get to sprinkle it all with some good knitting...what more can a girl want?

I'm heading out to take some snow pictures. We are at the top of the snow storm on the weather maps, but we still got plenty! Stay warm!

6 comments:

lovealegna said...

You've inspired me to enter the Ravelympics :)

Little Ol' Liz said...

Cathy -
I just love when a knitter highly recommends a pattern that's a winner like the Wallaby Sweater. I purchased that just before years end, and am waiting for a reason to knit it. No fear, reason or no, I'll get one at least started this year!
Best wishes to you and your family during this stressful time. I hope everything works out well.

Jennifer said...

Yeah! You made a wonderful wallaby. Are you hooked?

Cathy said...

So totally hooked! I want one for me, but it's got to wait until I get my Florence finished. I bought that yarn while here in Michigan back in 2008. This was Wallaby #2....I love it as much as I love the BSJ and the Baby Jiffy Knit sweaters! Head over heels! And I can blame it..errrr....owe it all to Jennifer! ahahaah..

Elizabeth Knits said...

Lovely work, and great looking sweater. What an inspiration!

knit1purrl2 said...

wow where can I get that lovely rainbow blanket pattern looks to be a baby blanket?
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