Monday, December 19, 2005

'tis the season

The scarf and fingerless gloves are for granddaughter, Taylor. After several tries, I gave up on getting these to show in their true color--purple with fuschia/blue/purple eyelash type yarn.
Taylor has long, slender fingers and even though I did reduce the pattern, the thumb hole was still rather large--so I crocheted an extended and smaller thumb opening.
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Fingerless glove

This is the first half of my first pair of fingerless gloves, aka gauntlets. They are soft and cuddly, but I'm not sure about the extra fluff around the palm. Depending on what you're doing while wearing them, it could be a detriment. I used leftover yarn from scarves I made last year. Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 02, 2005

Another view

We moved to the patio and between gusts of wind this shot was taken. I used Caron "Simply Soft" worsted weight yarn and it took about 2.75 skeins (including fringe). Did I mention how soft it is??? Posted by Picasa

Model and friends

Although the picture doesn't quite capture the 12-20 mph winds blowing across the front yard, friend Lynne graciously offered to model the black shawl while Saba chased Cozmo in the background.  Posted by Picasa

Soft and warm and FAST!

My friend, Kathy Keller, gifted me with a shawl last winter that I wear often. It is so soft and snuggly and looks beautiful. I decided that I would like to create this same shawl in black for a special person and Kathy graciously loaned me her pattern--which I believe came from a Family Circle Magazine in the late 80s. It was begun on Saturday, November 27 and finished Thursday, December 1...all but the fringing which I completed early this morning. It was so quick, I may have time for another before the holidays! Posted by Picasa

Oh, my Pretty!

With the help of my husband, Daryl, who crafted the copper pin base, I embellished this pin using silver wire and beads, hematite, and an almost clear agate with a bit of black along one edge. I was inspired by some amazing artists on the web to pull out my jewelry materials and create a shawl pin to hold my latest shawl in place. The winds in New Mexico can turn the casual wearing of a shawl into quite a challenging event. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Shaped Tee with Collar

Oops! I was so excited to finish the "shaped tee with collar" for my friend Sylvia that I gave it to her the next day (November 16). That was before I took pictures of it for my blog. I hope to have photos to post soon.

I've now started on another smoke ring that will be a Yule gift for someone. I hope to have at least three of these done in the next few weeks! Then there are the skeins that arrived for a cabled poncho for me. I hope to have that started and finished long before next spring. It's gotten a bit chilly of late, with the overnight temperatures in the teens and low twenties. Brrr, and then some!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Lace back

This view shows off the pattern best, IMO. Again, it is plenty long for this tall gal. Posted by Picasa

Another First...in Lace!

At long last, I have blocked my first lace shawl and with the advent of our cold weather, wearing it! I love the feel of it and my only wish would be to have known how to widen the shawl for more "wrap" in the front without adding a great deal of length to it. I'm 5' 10" and so this is nice and long as is. Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 07, 2005

Sock it to me!

My first pair of socks were fun to make. As you can see, I forgot to start the second one off in the same place in the self patterning yarn. They are bright and wild, so perhaps the average person won't notice my little slip up! Posted by Picasa

Completed "smoke ring"

This was my second of three smoke rings. This one was done using the lace weight (dye it or not) Merino wool from Knitpicks. I loved working with it! I did use a different method to add the glass beads. Instead of cutting off the yarn, threading the beads on and adding them that way, I used a tiny crochet hook to insert them onto the slipped knit stitches instead.  Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 29, 2005


On Sandia Mountain Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Once upon a time...

Greetings to all who come my way. It's a cloudy and occasionally rainy day in the east mountains of New Mexico as I write this. I'm a third generation Californian who retired to New Mexico in late 2003, where I live with my husband of almost 20 years, seven cats and one dog. According to DH, I'm addicted to HGTV and DIY...and methinks he may be right :-). I'm a quilter during the day, and knit in the evenings and on road trips. Life is definitely good!
Kat