Friday, May 30, 2008
The turn-out, on this beautiful Spring-like Friday evening was great (at least a dozen wonderful ladies and even a few young un's knittin' away too!). They seemed to like Great Yarns and the designs ... and some of them homeschool!
Dh took the littles and we made an afternoon of it ... them to play at the park, read and eat McD's "sundaes" and mom to knit and talk about knitting for more than 2-1/2 hours! What more could I want?
Mary, one of the group from the In the Spirit of Design retreat came down -- her friend Melissa was to come too, but her date with the "Sock Monkey" won out! Maybe next time I'm in Colorado, huh Melissa????
But you do need to check out Lynette's shop ... it's a cozy nest of beautiful yarns, tools, and books (including a lending library!) and a fabulous place to spend a Friday evening! So, if you're ever in Frederick, CO (less than 30 minutes from Denver) ... do stop and shop at Knitter's Nest -- you'll love it!
THANKS to all the KN regulars for the warm welcome and the hospitality.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
(in Clark Plaza)334 Fifth StreetFrederick, Colorado
Fold the rectangle in half, with the RS out and the hems lined up. From the remaining yarn, wrap a TIGHT, two-inch ball for the head.
Place the "head" in the center of the top fold and wrap a hair-band of desired color (we know this baby is a girl so that's why I used deep pink -- you could use ANY color). You can move the fabric around a bit to get a smooth "face" while tucking the folds around the sides.
For the limbs -- do the left leg first by measuring 6" from the hem up the left side and half the hem (6-1/2"), grab this section and wrap a band around leg portion tightly. Grab the remaining 4 inches and make the arm. Repeat for the right side. Play with these wrappings a bit until you have Raggy Maggy just as you'd like her.
This makes a GREAT teething doll -- easy to grasp, cotton that softens as it washes, and easy-care: just take off the bands, remove the head and wash the rectangle and re-make. The cotton soaks up the burbles and droolings of a baby and looks just as good the 300th day as on the first day.
CAUTION: occasionally check the hair bands for any signs of fraying -- replace immediately!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
When my youngest son's arrival was expected, I knew I wanted to make this baby something special as he was something special -- I was over 40 and in a foreign country and I was expecting my 5th child. Yes, he was going to be something special and he needed something that would set his birth apart from his siblings'.
Bam-bam was due in late November in Austria -- so a cozy Christening Gown seemed the perfect "special" baby item. I poured my love and prayers for a healthy baby into the design and knitting of this set -- that's why I used a heart-lace theme throughout the bonnet, sweater, socks and blanket. The blanket has a cross on it when spread out on the floor.
I used the same yarn but different size needles -- so the bonnet and jacket were knitted on 5s, the socks on 3s and the blanket on 11s. This gave me the loft I needed for a fluffy blanket while giving the delicacy I needed for the socks. The wool is a natural, DK weight wool from Austria.
This is truly an heirloom set and one I'm so proud of I even made a doll to fit the outfit. This doll will wear the outfit until I have either more children or till grandchildren start needing Christening outfits!
Don't you just love knitting?