Friday, February 18, 2011

Free with Purchase

One of the favorite weekend activities for Chuck and I is going to estate and antique sales.  I love finding odd things to re purpose in unusual ways around my house.  Recently we found this set of 4 sewing table drawers.  [I know exactly what I'm going to do with these, but 1st I need to find the right house to buy.]

When Chuck loaded them into the car he pointed out the surprise of a butterfly in one of the drawers.  I thought; Oh, that's sweet.

It wasn't until I got home that I even realized it was a REAL butterfly that is in perfect preserved condition.  How on earth did that get there?!  You never know what you'll find. That's exactly what keeps me checking out junk!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Rain Boot Love

I live in the Chihuahuan Desert so rain here is very limited, but when I saw these boots with the knit imaging on them it didn't matter. I had to have them and my daughter thought so too because she sent them to me for Christmas! I'm so obsessed in-love with these I was compelled to knit for them!

I made this up because I couldn't find any boot topper patterns that would add to the charming knit stripes on the boots themselves instead of being the main focus. I think this is a good compromise.  I'd say this is more a recipe than a pattern though.

I used Cascade 220 in assorted scraps.  Having used scraps I'm not sure of the yardage but both together weight 134 grams. (That weight is after I trimmed everything.) Size US #9 needle. Gauge is not important but I have about 4 stitches to the inch in garter stitch.

Here's what I did:
Co 20 stitches, knit 4 rows of each color (=1 stripe.) Colors were chosen in random order and adjusted so they weren't repeated too close. 31 stripes.  The 31 stripes were the right length for my specific boots.  I wanted the stripes to go completely around the boot top with out too much pull but also not be too loose. I cast off after the 4th row and cut yarn leaving enough to sew up the seam. Then seamed the 1st and last rows together with the mattress stitch.

I then picked up 96 stitches and joined in the round and knit 2x2 rib. You may want to pick up a few extra stitches to make sure you don't have holes or gaps and then evenly around decrease them to a number divisible by 4. I did 29 rows then BO in rib. Of course if you want the "leg" part to be longer you certainly could add rows.  If you desire, weave in your ends, but I didn't bother. I just tied 2 side by side ends together and trimmed them evenly around. Using the #9 needle for the ribbing means the ribbing will hug the inside of the boot and not my leg. You might prefer to use a smaller needle so they are snug to your legs!

Fold them over with the ribbing on the inside and wear with great pleasure!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Snow!! But 1st Swim!

The girls were fantastic in Santa Fe this past weekend!  One more big meet this weekend in Hobbs.  I think they all had fun and Miranda was an excellent team leader!

Johanna, Coach Gormley, Amber and Miranda

 Amber and Johanna waiting to warm up

And we had snow! Almost 3" which I'm told is the more snow than this area has had in 10 years! It fell through the early morning of Wednesday. Practically the whole city shut down. Schools where closed, government buildings and even Chuck's work.  Then we lost power. Later to find that the electric company had lost two of the generator stations and were over loaded so they were cycling different areas of the city with power outages for an hour at a time.  We had 3 outages before we went to bed and the news is reporting it will continue today with the cycling.

The view out my window yesterday.

The birds were staying warm and refueling all day

I even had some Dark Eyed Juncos visit for the 1st time

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wait, Knit, Blog.

I can't tell you how many times I've heard "I would never find the time to knit." This amazes me. Often when I am waiting around, I knit. A woman recently came and sat with me at a basketball game and asked about my knitting. She shared with me a project she had started 6 months ago. It was a baby sweater for her niece. She had only the sleeves left, but the baby was now 14 months and she was making a 12 month size, no way it would fit her. She then said "with all the kids sports I just don't have the time to knit!" I didn't understand her point. I was at my daughters game, I was knitting. It was a back to back game, I had lots of time to knit, at least 4 hours of it sitting in the bleachers. I said as much and she shrugged. So I continued to knit. While I watched and cheered on my daughter.

I usually have socks OTN because they are easy to travel with and getting to the end of the needle is quick. Do you knit while you wait? What is the perfect project for you to take along?

We've been watching lots of swimming the last couple weeks. Go MVCS Sonblazers! GO BLUE! GO GOLD! Last weekend in Artesia, Johanna beat her personal best time in the 50m Freestyle by 4 seconds! She is the swimmer in bottom lane. Johanna amazes me with her strength and grace. We're heading to Districts this weekend in Sante Fe.
These socks are in MVCS school colors, mostly knit at swimming. Where I find the time.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I'm trying to be more adventurous on my life these days. I love knitting and even though Ravelry has an unbelievable amount of patterns, I can't always find exactly what I want. So I improvise. I decided today, I should list a couple of such items as patterns. Who knows, maybe one of my patterns is exactly what someone else is looking for.

I'm starting with my Wee Hats. If the amount of comments and messages I received is any indication this will be a success. Hope you enjoy!

Wee Hats

I used an assortment of left over sock yarns. not much is needed. Less than 5 yards for each hat.

I used size US #0-#1 needles.

Cast on 24 stitches, join in the round for knitting. Knit 4 rounds in 1x1 (K1, P1) rib. Then knit 14 rounds in plain knit, stockinette. Decrease round; *k3, k2tog* around. ( I ended up with 1 extra stitch, I knit it. In the 3rd round this corrects itself.) Knit 1 round. Decrease round; *k2, k2tog* k1. Knit one round. Decrease round; *k1, k2tog.* DO NOT knit a round. Decrease; k2tog around. Draw yarn through the last 5 stitches to close and weave in ends.

I love these little hats, I hung them on my small Christmas tree along with wee socks and sweaters.

Happy Knitting!