Friday Finds!

I want to show off a couple of knitting projects for the little ones in our lives.  The work is usually quicker and for some reason, maybe it’s size, it always looks so cute!  This first one is the sweetest hat and so easy! Here is a pattern similar to the one I knitted.  The flowers are just the right touch for that special little girl!

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The other knitting hat project that I really liked was for a little boy.  This hat is warm and the stripes are great.  The earflaps say it all!

 

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

More Gift Ideas!

Time is getting short and we are getting really close to our gift-giving time!  As promised, here are a couple of quick knitting projects that can be finished in no time at all.  Get those needles going!  I have made this great looking headband for a gift.  It will keep someone special warm while out walking.  It’s a free pattern from Drops Design found in Ravelry.

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Here’s the one I made in a off-white worsted weight yarn!

 

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If you don’t want to keep your head warm, how about your hands.  There are so many different kinds of gloves, mittens, fingerless gloves, the list goes on and on!  Here are a couple of my favorites.

These mittens are fast and fun in bright red!

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Now these fingerless gloves definitely make a statement!  Just love the colors!

 

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

 

 

Holiday Project!

For the month of December, I am going to feature different projects that I am working on that are new to me!  My hope is that I will inspire you as much as I was inspired! First, I have always wanted to knit a Holiday ornament, but never could find something that I really liked – until now.  Using my leftover worsted weight yarn, it was an easy project to start with from Yarnspirations, especially since everything is probably at home.  These small Christmas trees have many uses; decorate your tree, or wreath, or do what I plan on using them as decoration on my presents to family and friends!  I have just gotten to the point where I would like to decorate them with sparkle!

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An the almost finished project- less the sparkle!

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Here’s my red Christmas tree!

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Here’s my finished trees!

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

Friday Finds!

It’s definitely December and cold out there!  The ground is frozen and makes me think that we have to think of knitting for the men in our lives.  They are out and about too and need some winter warm, so I have found a couple of great patterns to share with you.

The first is a great looking hat with earflaps that can be worn shopping around town or on the slopes.  The pattern is from The Purl Bee and I love the use of an I c0rd tie.

 

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Another great and easy pattern is one that I did for my son to take to his recent job with Americorp.  It’s called a Ribbed Watchcap Hat and the pattern is from Plymouth Yarn Company.  Here is the one I made and gave him as a gift.

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

 

Welcome December!

Good-bye November, hello December!

Got to tell you about going to dinner with my two beautiful children (who really aren’t children any longer, but very awesome adults). I enjoyed every minute of it!  We decided to meet at our favorite sushi restaurant called Sushi Thai @ the Park.  So, we decided to have a few (many!) different rolls.  Please believe me when I say that we ate everything!  So yummy….

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It’s tiime to speed up the process of getting those knitted gifts done. (Really, OMG!)  So, I am working every day on this cowl (yes, it’s a gift)  in a rich dark grey worsted weight yarn from Patons Classic Wool.  I know that I have showed your this pattern before, but I think it’s going to look great around a certain someone’s neck to keep them nice and warm.

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Here was another project that I would love to work on soon. These great boot cuffs that I found called Ravelry Rebehah’s Boot Cuffs.  The pattern is free and just what you need during those cold December months.  A quick and fun gift for so many on your Holiday list!

 

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

Class Time!

You can tell that it’s getting to be the beginning of the holiday season, because my Christmas Cactus is blooming!  I just love the colors and the uniqueness of this plant.  Just a little water and sun and it seems to be happy in that spot.

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I thought before the Holiday cooking starts, I would show you what I have been working on.  I have been asked to teach a beginners knitting class and am deciding on how best to approach the instruction.  I am going to start to teach the knit and purl stitch.  So, I started to make this pattern that I found here called, Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf.  It alternates the two stitches and becomes an interesting pattern which looks good on both sides and is really easy to follow.  I am using a bulky yarn from Loops & Threads called “Cozy Wool”.   I might suggest that we sew it together to make a cowl instead of a scarf just because this pattern looks so good close up around the neck.

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Happy knitting and Happy Thanksgiving,

Nancy

Friday Finds!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I thought I would show off some beautiful ways of bring the Holiday into your home.  The colors are so rich and rustic.  There is a simplicity to the season. A time to reflect and count your blessings.  A time to not sweat the small stuff and realize just how thankful you are…

 

A nice easy idea, it shows a touch of elegance.

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This wreath looks beautiful welcoming you family and friends.

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And, finally, with everyone around the table what better way to commit to writing you thankful thoughts!

 

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Enjoy,

 

Nancy

Happy 1st Anniversary!

Well, I can’t believe it, but my njgdesigns blog has been posting for one year!  I have to say that I really enjoy “talking” about knitting, family, puppy, and all my adventures.  I want to thank those who have been following me and also anyone who has  purchased any of my knitted items.  To say my thanks, I am raffling off one of my knitted  scarfs – just make a comment and I will randomly pick an email address.  The deadline will be to comment by Thursday at midnight!  I will announce the winner in my posting next Tuesday.  Good Luck!

 

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Today, we woke up to more soggy, wet, snow that just about covered the grass and made the street slushy and wet.  It was one of those days!  No long walks for puppy and me.

 

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With the Holidays coming, it’s time to get to those unfinished projects – mostly me!  I will show some of my work next time.

I’m always looking for ways of improving my blog and making it more enjoyable, so if you have any ideas, I would love to hear about it!

 

Happy knitting,

Nancy

Friday Finds!

Well, what I found when I woke up this morning was some white around the area!  So, though small and definitely not soft and fluffy, the first snow has fallen and lightly covered the trees, leaves (yes, I seem to forever have leaves!) and the trees.  It’s still mostly brown but if you look closely there are some pretty tiny showings of our next season to come.

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So, on to my knitting.  I have this yarn, that if you remember, I bought while on a trip to Boston at the Bean + Fiber store.  It’s the Noro, World of Nature yarn called Obi.

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I’m been trying to decide what to make and here are a couple of ideas.  With my two skeins of yarn, I can make “My Garter slipped” Scarf, which really shows off the various colors.  But, maybe I don’t want to make another scarf, so I looked further and I found these great looking hats for that upcoming winter weather!

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

Back to Boston!

This past weekend was great fun in Boston with friends!  We went to the Christmas Festival held each year at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.  Just take a look at the line – so many people anxiously waiting to get in and see over 200 artisans.  Since this was our first time, we were not prepared for the crowds, many carrying empty bags?  Who would have guessed how important those bags would come in later!

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It was exhausting fun!  Found a couple of great gifts and could have used those empty bags!

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Pretty sure this will become a yearly event for us!

Later that night, we experienced this great Japanese restaurant called, Shabu-Zen.  Friends and I ordered a Hot Pot, which was a pot divided in two.  You selected two different broths, meats, and/or vegetables and once they turned on the conventional oven that was sunk into the middle of the table, you started cooking your dinner.  It was so good!  Throw in some noodles, and away you go!

 

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Happy knitting,

Nancy