Monday, November 28, 2016

Blues to Rainbows

A few more hats that I finished in the last month. I am also finishing up a purple hat that I should have finished in the next day or two.  I tend to like purples and blues so my stash of yarn has a definite hue to it. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Today the shawls --

I love shawls and I love to knit shawls. So I thought I would post some of my completed shawls today:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I opened an Etsy shop with the hopes that I can sell some of this hats.  Check it out.

I will be putting more and more hats and see if I can move them along.  Meanwhile, here are some more of my hats:

Monday, November 21, 2016

Hats! Hats!

I have been a hat knitting frenzy for the past two months even though I have only one head. Yes, I can give lots of them away, but my family has decided this year to not give gifts; just hang out together. I may give them hats anyway. So here are some of the hats that I have finished. I will post a few more every day, so stay tuned.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Hooded Cowl for Christina and Simone

Other big news from the past year is that Dane and Christina got engaged. Dane is our son and soon (as in September 2017) Christina will officially join our family. She's already a part now so I am looking forward to having a daughter. Dane and Christina have been together for four years and have been joined my grand-dogs Bella and Simone. Bella is a husky and German shepherd mix and Simone is a chihuahua and dachshund mix (a chi-weany) and they are the sweetest dogs ever. Unfortunately, Neko is not a big fan. He is not crazy about people so you can imagine how he feels about dogs.

Anyway, Christina wanted a hooded cowl instead a hat and so I designed this one for her last Christmas.

I wish I would have written down the pattern but I just kind of knitted it freehand.  I first made a cowl out of bulky yarn and large circular needles, probably size 13. I made sure it was big enough to wrap around her shoulders. Then I picked up stitches along the edge and knitted the hood, joining the hood at the top with a three needle cast off.

Not only does it keep her warm but also the sweet and delicate Simone. It does get cold in Colorado and this cute little number keeps Christina and Simone wrapped up. The more I look at this hooded cowl, I think I will have to design it again and offer the pattern. I'll have to work on that.

Saturday, November 5, 2016


Okay, I'm back writing in my blog. Now I should have time again because I retired! There is nothing more delightful than going to bed and realizing that I don't have to get up in the morning and get ready for work.

But I have been knitting. I actually retired on August 1, and I spent all of August and September just knitting, making hat after hat, couple of pair of socks, and working and frogging a sweater that is just not talking to me. It was like I needed to barricade myself in my house for a while to celebrate solitude. I kept waiting for a SWAT team to appear on my front yard with a bullhorn telling me to coming out. No one showed up, so my knitting continued.

And yes, I have been enjoying my little black kitty in my lap while I knit. He will sit in my lap only when Ken is not home. I hope to get my own cat one of these days. {sigh}

Anyway, here is one of the hats that I designed. The tree design is not mine, but a down-sized it for this hat. I will put more of my hats up over the next several days. So --- I'm back! Stay tuned.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Rugs are the best place to ...

We have rigged our deck so Neko can go outside and still be safe. When he was out there this morning, he started to howl miserably. I ran to the door to let him in. He streaked by me into the living room to our pretty throw rug and up-chucked his entire breakfast.
He really is an ass.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Doctor Who Scarf.

My son wanted a Doctor Who scarf. So here it is. I have actually never watched the series so I had to troll through Ravelry to find examples. According to my son, there are also different scarves for different seasons of the series. This color arrangement is from season 14.

I used size 10 needles and cast on 50 stitches. Then I just knitted every row, following the picture. I have to admit that I don't like fringe on scarf, and I especially don't like it on this scarf, but my son said it was important. It's all a matter of taste, I guess.

Also my son is in Los Angeles. I am not sure he really needs a scarf for anything more than style. But I guess that's also a matter of taste.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Velociraptor at the Vet

Today is the day that is pure dread in our house. I had to take Neko to the vet to get his shots.

Now you are in trouble when you call for the appointment and the receptionists say, "Oh yes, we remember Neko." These people see hundreds of cats a year and yet Neko stands out in their minds.

I sent the carrier on the table and it shakes back and forward -- a la the opening scene to Jurassic Park. After all, he is the velociraptor of cats. Someone in the back room calls out: "Shoot him! Shoot him!" Of course, they were actually talking about his rabies and distemper shots. I don't know why they even give him a distemper shot. It's not like we would notice if he had distemper.

Anyway, he is fine and has recovered. I look forward the carrying of the grudge.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

No, I did not fall off the face of the earth

I know, I know. It has been months since I have posted. I realy don't have an excuse other than my job takes all my energy and time. Then I spend the rest of my time and energy knitting. So I promise to try to keep up better now that things are calmer at work.

So here is what I am working on now. My son wants a Dr. Who scarf and this is the beginning of it.  I have complete about 10 feet so far and have about 8 feet left to do.  I have never actually watched any of the Dr. Who shows, but there are pictures all over the internet, not to mention Ravelry. (My ravelry name is KniceKnitties in case you want to know)

I hope to post pictures of the stuff i have done over the last several months as well. I am starting to work on Christmas presents (i.e., the Dr Who scarf). I have finished a pair of felted slippers and very pleased with how they turned out. I can't believe it is already October with one 2 1/2 months left.  I have too many things to do.