Happy Tuesday!

Well, welcome to a new week and I hope you all had a great weekend and Easter!  It was great to be with family and friends.  With good food, conversation, and laughter we are able to reconnect, relax, and create more memories so important in this relatively short life that we live.  And with the beautiful weather that we are experiencing this past weekend, what a great way to see April as it starts to turn into May!  I see buds appearing on the trees slowly, very slowly.

On to knitting, I finished the black and white scarf that I was working on.  Its big, bulky and warm! It will be great later this year, when the winter comes back – not that I want to rush it or anything!  I would really like a nice long spring that changes slowly into a summer with bright sunny days.

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So, I have a request for a spring/summer weight scarf for someone.  This would be something that they could wear out to a special meeting or maybe just with jeans on a Saturday out and about with friends.  I went looking in the recent Vogue Knitting Magazine for  Spring/Summer 2014.  I know one idea is another scarf, but what better way to add to your outfit, it’s just a necessary accessory to almost every outfit!  So, the first one that I really think is pretty is called “Wave Lace” done in a soft, what they call, “Creme de Menthe”!  It’s so soft and has that lacy look.

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I also was thinking about the idea of a great tunic to wear with your white pants this summer. The overall pattern illustrates a wing-type of lace pattern.  It is on the long side and really demonstrates a streamline silhouette . This tunic is available to knit in plus sizes also.

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Whichever you pick as your next knitting project, think light weight, lacy, in soft jewel-tone tones.

Happy knitting,

Nancy

Welcome!

Today, we reached almost 70 degrees, what a change in what seems like a short time!  I know we all have been wanting better weather and now it is here!  Many of you are on spring break, traveling to someplace warmer and just anxious to get away from home for awhile.  Well, if you are, I hope you enjoy yourselves. I on the other hand, am happy to be working this week in my new job! :) I know I will be working on the yard and getting it in shape for the summer ahead.

So, I started playing around with this really super bulky  (6) yarn in black and white mix.  It ‘s from Lion Brand called Wool-Ease.  I’m knitting it in a moss stitch so that it’s nice and thick and warm, when the time comes to be kept warm again!  Anyway, while knitting it, it forms stripes that look kinda fun!

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With Easter next weekend, I thought I would try one of the many “knitted critters” that are out there.  They are so cute and lots of fun to make. Remember this really cute bunny rabbit from Susan B. Anderson? It just doesn’t have to be for the new bundles of joy you might be thinking of – during this time of year – everyone would love to have one!

 

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I also found this little guy in, Simply Baby pattern book, by Debbie Bliss, on Ravelry. that I would like to put in my knitting bucket list! It’s the best little bear pattern that I have found done primarily in a garter stitch.  Check out his little nose. So, sweet!

 

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Happy Easter, happy knitting,

 

Nancy

 

 

Friday Finds!

The weekend is almost here and we can continue to think about spring!  I love to see the snow gone and maybe we will soon see flowers blooming, after a long, cold, cold, winter.  Get out there and do some outside activities, I know I am, with puppy, of course!

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I found this really fun sweater pattern for the spring weather on Pinterest. It’s done in a neutral color and looks great with the white t-shirt underneath.  I like the bulky look of it, yet with the short sleeves, it’s not heavy.  I am going to check out it, why don’t you do too.   Enjoy your weekend!

Happy knitting,

Nancy

Happy Monday!

Hello All!  This past weekend has been just beautiful here.  For a nice change, it was sunny, you could feel the warmth of the sun and it was a little windy, but I saw people walking along the neighborhood, yard cleanup, and overall, just happier people!  Of course, puppy and I were out and about for our daily walk.  He starts to literally freak out if I reach for that pair of sneakers or open the closet door where I keep the bags for you-know-what!  All in all, we are both so happy to be out in the sunshine.  Here he is trying to wait very patiently and I actually think he’s doing a very good job, (this time)!

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Anyway, after our walk, I cooked up some chicken cutlets for my salads this week.  Since they looked so good, I had to have a couple for dinner.  I think I have been making these cutlets for as long as I can remember.  My kids have always liked them and you can change up the recipe by making chicken parmesan with pasta or just by making a vegetable or salad to go with it. My son likes to use ranch dressing to dip them into.  Either way, I have been making them the same way my mom has been making them forever! And I do mean forever! Don’t they look so good!

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Ok, so I really should get to the knitting.  I went yesterday to my new favorite knitting store in the area, Trumpet Hill, and had a look around at all the beautiful yarn.  This is like having writers block – I can’t decide what to knit next.  I have a couple of projects to finish, but they are not moving me at this time!  I did sign up for this knitting class in May that I will tell you all about later, but  I am excited to learn a new technique and have a wonderful cowl in the end.  With the weather changing, I feel like my knitting should be changing along with it?  I don’t know – call me crazy!

I was looking through Pinterest and came across this really cute idea for teaching a child how to knit.  The book tells a little rhyme to go along with knitting.  It’s called, A Child’s Seasonal Treasury, by Betty M. Jones, and it goes like this:

in through the front door

running round the back

peeping through the window

off comes jack!

How cute is that!  When my grandmother taught me how to knit, I don’t remember any rhyme, but what a great way to get started.  Someday, maybe I’ve be able to use it.  Too cute!

Happy Knitting,

Nancy

Happy Friday!

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Hi all!  This is no time for laying around!  I have been doing a lot of reading for my blog and will be showing you my new knitting projects soon.  Have a great weekend!

Happy knitting,

Nancy

Welcome April!

I don’t know about you, but I am so glad that March as moved on!  I hope that means that that crazy winter weather has marched away too!  We are looking at 50ish degrees or so, all this week and it’s going to feel awesome!  That means that we can start thinking about some of those lighter weight knitting projects. You know, those airy, lacy patterns that look great with our summer cremes, whites and pastels. And that brings me to my usual problem, what to start next.  I see so many great projects to knit, I have that difficult decision.

I did work on a couple of already started projects, including, another baby hat. I thought it would be fun to work it in a muilt-colored yarn in different shades of blue.  I didn’t knot the top and I think it looks kinda cute.  Take a look!

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Remember that beautiful shug that I featured awhile ago from debbie bliss? Well I am finally at the point of attaching those long, lovely, colorful fringes.  Can’t wait to wear this out.

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Stay tune for the next new project!

Happy Knitting,

Nancy

Friday Finds!

Happy Friday to all!

I want to review that book that I was telling you about that is a must read!  The Knitting Circle, by Ann Hood.  It’s all about the different lives and trials and tribulations of a few women that get together unexpectedly through knitting.  I could personally relate to some of the stories and I know you could probably find a little of yourself in there somewhere as well.  It proves to me, that through knitting and conversation, strong friendships are created!  Though considered an easy read, I personally think it brought strong emotions to the surface for this reader.  Check it out for yourself , whether you are a knitter or not and let me know what you think?

 

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Happy Knitting,

Nancy

Happy Monday!

Welcome to a new week.  The weekend is over and I have recouped from my marathon knitting order that I happily delivered on Friday night.  I have to say, I do like the way it came out and hope the mother-to-be that is receiving it feels the same way.  Because my friend, who placed the order, really liked the little hat, I have decided that I will maybe make a couple of more!  This time, I think I will use multicolored yarn and get into the pink family a little.  There are definitely little girls being born too!  Anyway, here’s a picture of both the hat and blanket.  Let me know what you think?

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I just have to talk about my latest shopping trip to Trader Joe’s.  Hope you have one near you, beccause it’s the best.  I bought this spread called Eggplant Garlic and put some of it on their Artisan Multigrain Bread and it was so good!  That made my day of cleaning, vacuuming, and just picking up around the house.  You have to try it!

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Well, on to my next knitting project. We are still in cold weather and  I have been looking and reading the last Vogue Magazine that I received and just trying to decide what to start next.  Most of the patterns are for spring and summer styles, so I could either get a just on that season or stick to the warmer knitting projects.  I will have to think about that one.  Besides the baby hats, my biggest problem is that I want to make everything I see and just don’t know what to start with.  I get myself in such a state looking and thinking at all the possibilities that I just can’t pick one.  If you look on Pinterest, you will see that I pin a lot of knitting ideas. There are so many great patterns out there, it’s really hard to decide.

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Happy Knitting,

Nancy

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

It’s a green day today!   I celebrated with family and friends on Saturday and I hope you all got a chance to relax and enjoy too.  That cabbage and corned beef was looking good.  I’m happy we are getting through the month of March, but we have not gotten out of the cold, cold weather.

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I am working hard to complete the baby blanket and hat on time for my friend.  I just started the hat today as you can see and I really haven’t gotten very far.  Sleeping in a little today probably did not help!  Anyway, as a newborn hat goes, it shouldn’t take me too long.  I love the pretty blue that I’m using.  It’s not really the expected baby blue, it has a soft sheen to it that I love and I think it will look really good in the photos that are to come for this special little bundle of joy.  The pattern that I’m using is from Rachel’s Knits.

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So working on my latest project, of course, has me putting my other knitting ideas on hold for just a short time.  But you all continue to knit away and share your projects with me!

Happy Knitting,

Nancy