Friday, August 28, 2009

Mini-mal Swapping

The Central Virginia Girls groups over on Ravelry had a little swap going on during July & August.....well, a mini swap really. We needed to make our swap partner a mini knitted item, find a mini food item, and include one other mini-type something. On Thursday afternoon I met my partner, Lara, over at the Lovingston Cafe. We enjoyed some good conversation, trading our items, and a little DELICIOUS pie & cheese cake. Pictured above is what Lara included in my package: a mini knitted hat, a mini drop spindle, some stitch markers, and Altoids-the small version. This was a great no-pressure type swap. It didn't require a lot of knitting time, at least on my part - yet it did require that you be thoughtful in your planning. Lara certainly hit the mark with hers! I'd recommend a mini-swap to everyone!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pffefferminz Ishbel

Pffefferminz Ishbel
Originally uploaded by ckknitter
I woke up this morning and realized that last night, while in a fit a creative frenzy, I began another WIP. It was actually pretty calculated, as this is to be a birthday present for someone I know who loves green and blue. So, thanks to a mid-evening cup of coffee, I was winding the skein at 11:00 p.m. and still knitting the first seven rows at midnight. Then I made myself go to bed. Thankfully, this morning I still love it - both yarn (Wollmeise Pffefferminz Prinz) and pattern (Ishbel) - and I really wish I could stay home today and knit-knit-knit! Thank goodness Saturday is just two days away!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Gifted M-I-L

Originally uploaded by ckknitter
My m-i-l is amazing.....she has an adventurous creative spirit. I recently sent her some hand made stitch markers from several Etsy shops. She loved them, but was also intrigued be the possibility of making stitch markers of her own. Bip-boom-bang.....a month later, here they are! The beaded markers on the right are some of her first creations. According to the little bag, they are "made with love from Scamp's Bead Shop". Did I mention that she's now 82? Yep - she amazes me alright!

Confession: a year ago DS#3 asked me to knit him a hat. We sat at the computer and chose a pattern from Ravelry, then went to Ben Franklin and chose the yarn. A year later, I finally got around to knitting it for him. Here is the Ribbed Beanie designed by Wooly Wormhead - aka the Guilt Hat. DS & I are both very pleased with the outcome & think it was worth the wait!
Ribbed Beanie 2