Wednesday, November 30, 2011

This Old Hat {Yarn Along}

Joining Ginny again for today's yarn along!
This sweet hat has lived and survived four children now. It's one of my favorites-and it's received more compliments than any other piece of clothing that my children have worn.

 When I crocheted it over 10 years ago, I never dreamed  that it would be included in so many of my favorite memories.

Kissing cold little cheeks after an early spring walk...Or sitting by a campfire with a sleeping bundle of love.
This hat has been through it all. It's been trampled in the back seat of the car.
It's been worn all over the continent.
Thrown up on.
It's been to football games.
Hockey Games.
Wet on.
Worn by various stuffies.
my sweet little niece borrowed the hat while she was a babe

It's been very well loved.

But it's starting to fall apart, and now with a brand new noggin to take care of, I'm afraid that it might not hold up. The ties are starting to fray, and I don't know how many more washes it can handle.

I don't want Lotte to be without my favorite hat though, so I need to re-create it.
I didn't follow a pattern when I made it, in fact, I'm not entirely sure that I made it out of embroidery floss. But I'm pretty sure.

I found the closest colours possible, and can't wait to start on this. Once I figure out exactly what I did, I'll share the pattern!

Monday, November 28, 2011

{Their World}

Every once in a while I'll leave my camera unattended, and later find the strangest, and sometimes most entertaining photos when I go to upload my memory card on to my computer.
Here are today's winners:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

At Last, She Knits! {yarn along}

I've spent the last few glorious {albeit sleepless} weeks in a drunken romance with Lotte.
I can't get enough of her, I just soak up every second I can.
We spend a lot of time curled up together on the couch while she eats. {or should I say, "snacks"?}

This has led to a lot of Internet time...and while I can't type with both hands, I can watch netflix, and YouTube!
Late last night while Lotte was in one of those "I'm no longer hungry but can we still play?" moods, it dawned on me to check out YouTube for knitting instructions. I can knit flat/square things in basic stitches, but circular knitting has always left me puzzled and confused, and my poor needles always end up shoved back in a box for "later". A girl can only knit so many scarves!

 I'm a hands on & visual learner, but I don't know anyone personally who can knit, {that lives anywhere near here anyway}, no one in my family knits,  and unfortunately I had always attempted to learn from what I like to call "the book of poorly illustrated diagrams".
But with the help of a few videos I've finally figured out circular knitting. I messed around with working four needles, and magic looping.{What an incredible concept!}

I found an easy beginner pattern that I'm really excited about trying.

I don't think that I'll  try alternating colours just yet step at a time!

p.s. I haven't been reading much lately other than a few magazines. I'll be working on finding something soon though. My hours are numbered, so whatever book I find has to be worth my time!