Saturday, December 30, 2006

It's finally snowing!!! 23 degrees and a beautiful fine snow is falling. This winter hasn't been a winter so far. I'm sure after the 5th or 6th storm I'll be cursing snow but right now it is so pretty. Today's project is to continue with the yarn inventory. Every bag will be opened, counted and all the info put into an Excel spreadsheet. It's fun rummaging through the bags, some of the yarn is 30-35 years old and still in good condition. I've worked my way through a lot of the oiled Irish Aran yarn brought back from a trip to Ireland 30 years ago but there is still some left. Amazing what is in that closet, everything from old Tahki to 2 ply jumper weight. Doubt I'll live long enough to use it all up.

Christmas in VA was a good family time. Photo is of mom with the red/white scrap lap quilt I made her. Perfect size for her to sit in her favorite chair and read. It's a 14 1/2 hour drive down to VA but worth the trip. Just seems longer and more traffic every time we drive it.
"Marina" is 6" short of finishing the second sleeve and blocking to wear. "Shirt Tail Hemmed Fair Isle" has first sleeve started, body done. Joe's all over rib has front done, back 3/4 and no sleeves. It's the car sweater since I don't have to look at it to knit. Three fair isle patterns with yarn all collected and ready and who knows what will inspire me going through the stash.

Happy New Year to all. Hoping the new year brings more finished projects than started ones!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Two boy sweaters done! As predicted the blue sweater was a bit too big and the red a bit too small but the boys should get some wear out of them this winter. I didn't have the opportunity to measure them so we went on size 2T and 5T. Mr. Blue Sweater is growing quickly so his will be perfect next year or later winter. Mr. Red Sweater might get some of the winter out of it but it won't go wasted. My daughter has lots of friends to pass this along to. Next set of sweaters, I won't go by the generic measurements but make a trip to visit and break out the old tape measure. Kept waiting for security in kids clothing stores to come ask me why I was measuring all their sweaters!

Christmas gifts are all made. Once they are wrapped I'll get back to both sweaters - Beadwork and Marina. Very different knits and I swap off to rest the hands.