Catching Up

So, I’m a little behind on my blogging, and decided to do a little catch-up today.  Have I been busy?  Well, yes and no.  It seems like lately there’s always something to be done – generally having to do with the kids or school.  Nothing terribly exciting, just “stuff”.  But, I have managed to forge ahead a bit on my knitting to-do list.

Here’s what I’ve been working on:

I’ve been moving right along on the Rose Red hats for the aunts as seen here:

The pink is finished (Aunt Dolly), and so is the gray (Aunt Sis) – although the gray isn’t blocked yet. The lavender is for Aunt Neida, and is about 1/3 of the way through.

I’ve also finished 6 of the illusion dishcloths.  Then I ran out of cotton.  But, I think that should be just enough.  Here they are:

Finally, I have a couple of items knitted for (guess who!) in the Tea Swap.  (Under Ravelry’s Odd Duck Swaps).

I’m disappointed in the picture, because it really doesn’t show the cozy very well.  This is a cabled tea cozy.  I printed the pattern from the internet back in 2000 (I know this because the date is on my print-out), and it’s my FAVORITE tea cozy pattern (And I’ve made MANY tea cozys).  I keep going back to this one, because I love the variety – it’s actually more of an Aran pattern, I think – although you can’t really tell from the picture – too much camera flash.  Unfortunately, the pattern is no longer on the internet, so I can’t tell  you where to download it. I don’t even know the name of the designer.  The original link was at a place called cadvision.com/mikki which is no longer there.  If anyone has seen this pattern elsewhere or knows who the designer is, please let me know.  I’d love to pass along my thanks!

So that’s it for my current projects.

I think we had a knitting breakthrough with my daughter though (YEA!!!).  Some of you know that I taught her to knit last summer.  She picked it right up, but wasn’t all that interested.  So, (with some strong-arming from my husband) I have been trying very hard not to force the issue.  Thankfully, like me, Jasmine loves all knitting accessories – which is why she has her heart set on getting purple light-up knitting needles for Christmas and swears to me that she will actually use them.

Sorry – I’m getting off track – back to the story. Yesterday, she noticed one of my stitch markers that she decided she HAD to have.  My first response had a lot to do with 1. no, it’s mine, 2. you don’t even like to knit, etc. etc. etc.  So, she offered to earn it by knitting 5 rows on her scarf.  I decided 5 rows wasn’t enough to earn this particular stitch marker.  So, after a little friendly bartering, we settled on 15 rows.  (YEA!!!).  She made it through three so far.  Here is the scarf as it stands now:

She also made a little chart for herself with 15 boxes that she will check-off as she goes along.  We’ll see how long it will take her to get through all 15 rows.  (Assuming, of course, that she actually remembers and doesn’t lose interest in the marker).  Regardless, I am the proud mama watching her work on something that I love.  This time, she did all 3 rows without consulting me once!  YEA!!!!!

Life is good!

Am I a Designer?

So, I’ve been thinking for a while that it might be kind of cool to list a couple of my patterns as free downloads on Ravelry.   Not that they’re anything special, but they are mine, and I’m happy with them.  So, since I didn’t get much sleep last night (teething baby), and I’m not quite thinking straight, I figured, why not?

The first one I listed, since I already  had it in pdf form (I actually sold the pattern on ebay a few years back), is for the dragon hand puppet that I made for Jasmine way back when.

Here’s what it looks like:

Dragon Hand Puppet

Dragon Hand Puppet

And here’s the pdf with the pattern: dragonhandpuppet

It’s crocheted with scrap yarn and small bits of felt for the eyes/nose/tongue, and works up really quickly. The pdf includes patterns for the felt tongue, eyes & nose as well.

I also have a thread crochet beaded suncatcher that’s already written up – if I can just find it on the computer.

Beaded Sun Catcher

Beaded Sun Catcher

So, if this works, that will be next.  And, if I get really ambitious, I may try to write up the Christmas tree hat that I made for Jasmine a few years back.

Knitted Christmas Tree Hat

Knitted Christmas Tree Hat

But, with this one, I didn’t really have a plan.  I just kept knitting/adding do-dads until it looked like a Christmas tree.  That means I’ll have to go back and count stitches to try to come up with a usable pattern.  It may take until next Christmas before that one shows up.  Besides, once I get caught up on sleep, I’ll get back to normal life and forget that I wanted to to this – haha!