Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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I hope you all have enjoyed the Holidays as much as I have! The New Year is just about here too.  We will be welcoming in 2014.  Wow, 2014!  I know it’s going to be a great year with good health, new ventures, and new friends.   I’m sure you will agree, it has been such a busy time, shopping, cooking, sending out holiday cards, wrapping presents, more cooking, and more shopping!  I love decorating the tree and  awaiting for family and friends to share in this special holiday.  So much to be thankful for!

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During all of the above, there were a few moments that  I was able to find time to knit. Haha.  I have finished the long Wristers and they are really warm.  I had more of the same yarn left so I have been working on a new scarf in a different pattern.  It’s in the forefront of my picture. I worked it in a k1 p3 to the end of the row, for 4 rows and then switched the pattern. The effect is rows and rows of colorful texture.  What do you think?

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Soon I will be deciding what to knit next?  A friend suggested that his dog needed a warm coat in our dropping temperatures (tonight it’s supposed to go down to 8 degrees!) Really, that’s way too cold.  Ok, I love my dog, so I think that’s a great idea.  Let me know if you know of a pattern for a medium size puppy.  I know I will be looking through Pinterest or Raverly – they have so many patterns for just about everything you want to make!

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Happy New Year!

Nancy

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Friday Finds!

It’s Friday already!  I know you would all agree that the week before Christmas went very fast.  I don’t know how your to do list is going, but mine seems to be longer than ever.  There is still so much that I want to do and need to do.  Haha, but as all the experts tell you – it’s not good to stress and somehow it will all get done!  The important thing to remember is to spend time with family and friends and to appreciate their health, their uniqueness, and their love.

So, with that said, I thought I would feature a couple of quick “Finds” that could be used for gifts and that could be done in a weekend!

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I know that I definitely want to try both of these quick, good-looking patterns!

Happy Holidays!

Nancy

More snow!

Well, we really got hit this time with lots of snow over the weekend.  They estimated that it was about a foot of snow fell from Saturday afternoon to early Sunday morning.  I was warm inside my house with my puppy, knitting away.  I finished the little earflap hat, pictures to come. The wristers are almost done also, but I haven’t touched the sweater.  Don’t worry, its still in my knitting bowl in my room, calling to me.

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So, it’s time to look for another project to begin.  I do have a couple of orders to complete, but I want to look for something else to work on.  Any suggestions?

So, tell me, is anyone going to the Vogueknitting Live knitting event this January in New York?  I would love to get the opportunity to go.  One of the other knitting blogs that I follow, Susan B. Anderson is going to be one of the teachers! That would be exciting.  Let me hear from you if you are scheduled to attend.  I definitely want to go the next time it comes to the east coast.  What a great way to meet other knitters, attend classes taught by the best, and be able to purchase some awesome yarns!

Well, I will be adding more to my blog, so please opt to follow me and stay tuned for more!

Nancy

Friday Finds

So, have you ever checked out Craftsy.com?   This is an awesome site! They have online classes that allow you to watch step by step instructions on specific items such as knitting,weaving,  and many other fun projects,  that you will want to make!  I know I really enjoyed watching the “i cord bind off” that was also featured on Pinterest.   Just click on their link and discover all that they have to offer!

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It’s Freezing Outside!

Well, its finally happened.  The temperature outside is way below the expected normal for this time of year in the great northeast and we have been having snow flurries on and off the last couple of days.  I can’t say that it doesn’t look really pretty outside – but today – its really cold!  I was thinking of walking my dog, Sally, and he keeps looking at me and I keep thinking, it’s really cold out there.  I just don’t think it’s going to happen today.  I don’t think he wants to go for a walk either!

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(But isn’t he cute?!)

Anyway, we are in the middle of the Holiday season, so get those gift lists going and let me know if you would like to put in a quick order for a pretty scarf or a warm winter hat for Grandma or Uncle Ted.

I don’t know about other knitters, but right now I have three different projects going on; I am working on the long wristers I was telling you about.

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I decided to make them a little shorter, instead of a total of 18″, I stopped at 14″, this way I can bunch them up around my wrist and really keep the cold out.  Maybe I just have short arms? Either way, this worked the best for me.  That’s how you should think of all projects; you don’t have to work them completely as the directions dictate – be creative, make them more personal, do what works for you!

I’m also knitting on a baby hat with ear flaps for a handsome little guy I know.

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I am working it in a rich brown from Berroco Vintage Yarns.  I can’t wait to see it completed.  The yarn is from Peru and is a machine washable blend of wool, nylon, and acrylic.

The third project is a sweater I am actually knitting for myself.  It is an interesting pattern; you start at one cuff and work all the way to the other cuff.  This means that there is minimal finishing.  It should be interesting and I hope to finish it for next winter!  This is what it looks like from the magazine.  What do you think?

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Finally, I am going to introduce, “Friday Finds”.  This will be a section that I have wanted to develop for a long time.  It will feature anything from new techniques in knitting to a really neat bag to put you traveling project in.  Stay tuned and let me know if you have any ideas about what you would like to see.

Keep warm,

Nancy

Thanksgiving!

Well, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, I know I did.  I ate so many great dishes that my daughter made.  Mmm, and I got several containers of leftovers!  And the desserts, the absolute best molasses cookies.  I have to thank everyone for a great Black Friday weekend and for checking out my blog.  It was awesome!

I also have to thank my friend Courtney of Sweet Tooth Sweet Life for featuring some of my knitting items on her blog.  Courtney’s blog is definitely one to check out if you want to learn more about family, health, and fitness.  I highly recommend it.

Watch for more to come.  Let me know what you are interested in – what would you like to learn more about, talk about, or show me?  Send me your pictures!  I would love to see some of your work.

Over the weekend, I started working on a new project.  They are officially called “Long Wristers”.  They are basically fingerless gloves that are knitted long enough to go up to your elbows.  I’m working them in Lion Brand yarn called Aurora.  It is a medium worsted weight yarn in multicolored pinks, berry and blues.  It will look great and keep you warm in a k1p1 ribbing.  It will go with all kinds of outfits and is fun to make!  Pictures to follow.

Talk to you soon,

Nancy