Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!

Happy New Year....wishing everyone lots of hugs and happiness for the new year. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday. Spend some time with the ones you love! Hugs!!!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas....Happy Holidays

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Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and for those who don't celebrate Christmas....Happy Holidays! I hope you all have a safe and happy time whatever you do.
Lots of hugs!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Candle Cloth & Towels Freebies

Just a quick freebie for Christmas before I forget...again. This is my Christmas Candle Dishcloth as requested by Shirl. She likes to pretty her cloths up so feel free to embellish or not. The pattern doesn't include instructions for the little sparkles but you can add them where ever you choose if you'd like to do that. I'm also including the patterns for the matching towels....these haven't been tested yet so if you do them and find any errors...please YELL! Enjoy!

Christmas Candle Dishcloth

©Designed by Melanie Thompson

Test Knit by Shirley Smith

US Size 6 needle

100% Cotton Yarn

Cast on 46 stitches

Rows 1-5: Knit

Row 6: K6, P34, K6

Row 7 & All Odd Rows: Knit

Row 8: K5, P36, K5

Row 10: K4, P38, K4

Row 12: K4, P9, K20, P9, K4

Row 14: K4, P7, K24, P7, K4

Row 16: K4, P6, K26, P6, K4

Row 18: K4, P9, K4, P3, K6, P3, K4, P9, K4

Row 20: K4, P7, K7, P2, K6, P2, K7, P7, K4

Row 22: K4, P6, K8, P1, K8, P1, K8, P6, K4

Row 24: K4, P5, K8, P2, K8, P2, K8, P5, K4

Row 26: K4, P6, K6, P3, K8, P3, K6, P6, K4

Row 28: K4, P7, K3, P2, K14, P2, K3, P7, K4

Row 30: K4, P7, K1, P4, K14, P4, K1, P7, K4

Row 32: K4, P15, K8, P15, K4

Row 34: K4, P15, K8, P15, K4

Row 36: K4, P15, K8, P15, K4

Row 38: K4, P15, K8, P15, K4

Row 40: K4, P15, K8, P15, K4

Row 42: K4, P16, K6, P16, K4

Row 44: K4, P18, K2, P18, K4

Row 46: K4, P17, K4, P17, K4

Row 48: K4, P17, K3, P18, K4

Row 50: K4, P18, K2, P18, K4

Row 52: K4, P19, K1, P18, K4

Row 54: K4, P38, K4

Row 56: K5, P36, K5

Row 58: K6, P34, K6

Rows 59-63: Knit

Bind off and weave in the ends.


Christmas Candle Hanging Towel

©Designed by Melanie Thompson

Not Tested Yet

US Size 6 needles

100% Cotton Yarn

Cast on 68 stitches

Rows 1-7: Knit

Row 8: K4, P60, K4

Row 9 & All Odd Rows: Knit

Row 10: K4, P60, K4

Row 12: K4, P20, K20, P20, K4

Row 14: K4, P18, K24, P18, K4

Row 16: K4, P17, K26, P17, K4

Row 18: K4, P20, K4, P3, K6, P3, K4, P20, K4

Row 20: K4, P18, K7, P2, K6, P2, K7, P18, K4

Row 22: K4, P17, K8, P1, K8, P1, K8, P17, K4

Row 24: K4, P16, K8, P2, K8, P2, K8, P16, K4

Row 26: K4, P17, K6, P3, K8, P3, K6, P17, K4

Row 28: K4, P18, K3, P2, K14, P2, K3, P18, K4

Row 30: K4, P18, K1, P4, K14, P4, K1, P18, K4

Row 32: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 34: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 36: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 38: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 40: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 42: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 44: K4, P27, K6, P27, K4

Row 46: K4, P29, K2, P29, K4

Row 48: K4, P28, K4, P28, K4

Row 50: K4, P28, K3, P29, K4

Row 52: K4, P29, K2, P29, K4

Row 54: K4, P30, K1, P29, K4

Row 56: K4, P60, K4

Row 58: K4, P60, K4

Row 60: K4, P60, K4

Row 62: K4, P60, K4

Row 64: K4, P60, K4

Row 66: K4, P60, K4

Row 68: K4, P60, K4

Row 70: K4, P60, K4

Row 72: K4, P60, K4

Row 74: K4, P60, K4

Row 76: K4, P60, K4

Row 78: K4, P60, K4

Row 80: K4, P60, K4

Row 82: K4, P60, K4

Row 84: K4, P60, K4

Row 86: K4, P60, K4

Row 88: K4, P60, K4

Row 90: K4, P60, K4

Row 92: K4, P60, K4

Top Decreases

Row 93: K2tog to then end. (34 stitches)

Rows 94-97: Knit

Row 98: K2tog to the end. (17 stitches)

Rows 99-102: Knit

Row 103: K2tog, (K1, K2tog) to the end. (11 stitches)

Knit 31 rows

Top/Buttonhole

K2tog, K2tog, K1, YO, K2tog, K2tog, K2tog (7 stitches)

Knit 5 rows

K2tog, K3, K2tog, (5 stitches)

Bind off and weave in the ends.



Christmas Candle Flat Towel

©Designed by Melanie Thompson

Not tested yet

US Size 6 needles

100% Cotton Yarn

Cast on 68 stitches

Rows 1-7: Knit

Row 8: K4, P60, K4

Row 9 & All Odd Rows: Knit

Row 10: K4, P60, K4

Row 12: K4, P20, K20, P20, K4

Row 14: K4, P18, K24, P18, K4

Row 16: K4, P17, K26, P17, K4

Row 18: K4, P20, K4, P3, K6, P3, K4, P20, K4

Row 20: K4, P18, K7, P2, K6, P2, K7, P18, K4

Row 22: K4, P17, K8, P1, K8, P1, K8, P17, K4

Row 24: K4, P16, K8, P2, K8, P2, K8, P16, K4

Row 26: K4, P17, K6, P3, K8, P3, K6, P17, K4

Row 28: K4, P18, K3, P2, K14, P2, K3, P18, K4

Row 30: K4, P18, K1, P4, K14, P4, K1, P18, K4

Row 32: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 34: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 36: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 38: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 40: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 42: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 44: K4, P27, K6, P27, K4

Row 46: K4, P29, K2, P29, K4

Row 48: K4, P28, K4, P28, K4

Row 50: K4, P28, K3, P29, K4

Row 52: K4, P29, K2, P29, K4

Row 54: K4, P30, K1, P29, K4

Row 56: K4, P60, K4

Row 58: K4, P60, K4

Row 60: K4, P60, K4

Row 62: K4, P60, K4

Row 64: K4, P60, K4

Row 66: K4, P60, K4

Row 68: K4, P60, K4

Row 70: K4, P60, K4

Row 72: K4, P60, K4

Row 74: K4, P60, K4

Row 76: K4, P60, K4

Row 78: K4, P60, K4

Row 80: K4, P60, K4

Row 82: K4, P60, K4

Row 84: K4, P60, K4

Row 86: K4, P60, K4

Row 88: K4, P60, K4

Row 90: K4, P60, K4

Row 92: K4, P60, K4

Row 94: K4, P60, K4

Row 96: K4, P60, K4

Row 98: K4, P60, K4

Row 100: K4, P60, K4

Row 102: K4, P60, K4

Row 104: K4, P60, K4

Row 106: K4, P60, K4

Row 108: K4, P60, K4

Row 110: K4, P60, K4

Row 112: K4, P60, K4

Row 114: K4, P60, K4

Row 116: K4, P60, K4

Row 118: K4, P60, K4

Row 120: K4, P60, K4

Row 122: K4, P29, K1, P30, K4

Row 124: K4, P29, K2, P29, K4

Row 126: K4, P29, K3, P28, K4

Row 128: K4, P28, K4, P28, K4

Row 130: K4, P29, K2, P29, K4

Row 132: K4, P27, K6, P27, K4

Row 134: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 136: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 138: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 140: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 142: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 144: K4, P26, K8, P26, K4

Row 146: K4, P18, K1, P4, K14, P4, K1, P18, K4

Row 148: K4, P18, K3, P2, K14, P2, K3, P18, K4

Row 150: K4, P17, K6, P3, K8, P3, K6, P17, K4

Row 152: K4, P16, K8, P2, K8, P2, K8, P16, K4

Row 154: K4, P17, K8, P1, K8, P1, K8, P17, K4

Row 156: K4, P18, K7, P2, K6, P2, K7, P18, K4

Row 158: K4, P20, K4, P3, K6, P3, K4, P20, K4

Row 160: K4, P17, K26, P17, K4

Row 162: K4, P18, K24, P18, K4

Row 164: K4, P20, K20, P20, K4

Row 166: K4, P60, K4

Row 168: K4, P60, K4

Rows 169-175: Knit

Bind off and weave in the ends.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Playing Catch Up...

I'm sort of back among the living again. Today I feel a little better after fighting a nasty stomach virus. I originally planned this to post yesterday but was interrupted when the youngest started her round of this dang "bug". She was up and down all night with a sick tummy and now my youngest son is putting in his time. Bless their little hearts. I was really hoping it would pass them by. So far, the oldest two are the only ones not affected. I sure hope this is over soon.

On a brighter note...here's a few of the things I've actually managed to finish during my absence from blogging.

There's actually two of these little bags for some little girls in the family but I don't have a photo of the other one yet...same thing, just different colors. This was done with the pattern Ceron form Toggle Knits. Super quick knit and so easy. Always a good thing. :)

This is the Knitted Snake Puppet Scarf which I think is only available as a Ravelry purchase. It's a pretty easy pattern but I had to think a bit when I was seaming the mouth part...it worked out so it's a safe one for all us blond knitters. If I figured it out...anybody can. :P This is a gift for my little cousin...hopefully he will like it.

This set was done for the newest little cousin. She is about 9 months old now and so cute. I used a vintage pattern for the mittens that can be found here . The hat pattern I used the Cable Baby Beanie from Sweater Babe. I should have done a little pair of cable booties and then it would really have been an awesome set. :P


This is Officer Lemon. He was a gift for the Resource Officer at my youngest daughter's school. He's good at his job and the kids all love him. His last name is Lemmons so the kids naturally decided to call him Lemon...what better gift could we have made for him? lol According the the daughter...he thought it was cute and liked it very much.

These next two scarves I whipped up for a project a friend is doing....The Bridge Project . Sandy is a sweet person and she invited me to join the Ravelry group so I had to get a couple sent to her ASAP. These things will go towards helping a group of homeless people (mostly men) who live under a bridge in Central Ohio. It gets so much colder up north than it does down here in the South and I hate to think of these people with nothing to help keep them warm.


This is my favorite of the two..it was done with Lion Brand Thick & Quick in Butterscotch. I used the Scrunchable Scarf pattern which has now become a favorite pattern. It's almost mindless and with this bulky yarn...man, does it knit up fast! I'm pretty sure there will be more of these in the future. I wasn't too sure how it would look in the bulky yarn but this was a really nice surprise.

The next one I just cast on and knit until I ran out of yarn. This is Lion Brand Home Spun. I bought this so long ago and was planning to knit a little lapghan but just never got around to it. Since Sandy asked for mostly manly colors...this was the first thing I grabbed out of the stash. It also turned out to be a nice surprise. I wouldn't have thought to use it for a scarf but it is soooo soft and squishy. Hopefully they'll both help keep someone warm during these cold winter months.

If any of you have any scarves, hats, mittens or gloves stashed away with no intended purpose or just have a little time to whip out something....knit or crochet...think about Sandy and The Bridge Project. The goal is 100 of each item. She has counters on the blog to keep us updated on how things are going.

I'll try to get back soon and catch you up on what's been happening in our neck of the woods. Hope everyone is well and the "bugs" stay away from you all. For all of you who are getting snowed under....remember we take all the snow donations you want to blow down this way. It had been crazy weather lately.....last few days in the 70's! By Monday....back down to the 40's. You never know how to dress. :P

Stay safe and lots of hugs to you!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Surprise!

Hello, hello!!! Didja miss me? :) I won't go into all the yucky details...Mom was sick again and in the hospital but she's doing so much better now and things are getting more normal. It just had me really worried and at my wit's end with the holidays coming up too. But, not to worry...you can't keep us knitter's down for long.

I have some new designs that I'll be posting for free as I get back into my blogging. I have to get them all sorted out...lost my place and need to get it all organized. I hate when things get crazy!

I have been knitting amid the chaos....got to get photos of everything and get them posted too. I just finished a baby blankie for my sister to give to a friend at work. She picked it up this morning and I realized after she left...I didn't get a photo! :P Oh well, it's just a blue version of the previous pink blankie with the horrible to knit with Baby Clouds. Man, am I glad that is over. lol


This is the cowl I finally finished. I cast on so many different ones and just couldn't find "the one". This one is written to be knit in the round but I did it flat and seamed it since that seemed to go faster for me. Sadly, I don't know the colorway of this yarn....it's some I had left over from a long time ago. I'm pretty sure it's Lion Brand Wool Ease.

The pattern actually shows up really well but with my blurry photos...it's hard to tell. I used the Seaweed Cowl by Elizabeth Blake. (Rav link) I love this cowl!! It's reversible and looks nice on either side. I tried to link to the blog for those non-Ravelers but the site isn't available right now.


I have made nice progress with my Christmas knitting....hope to post photos soon...they don't read the blog so it's safe. :P I also have an alligator scarf OTN and may cast on another cowl of some kind soon.

I just had my cell phone upgraded and added texting so my oldest daughter is teaching an old dog new tricks. I think I have the hang of it but I have no clue about all the text lingo...she has a lot of work to do. lol I'm trying to figure out how to operate all the little features of the phone...oldest daughter says she can't even figure that out so I think I'm in trouble. :P

I had an awesome day yesterday out thrift store hopping with Froggie. We even hit the towns around us for some new finds. We did really well I think. I actually snagged a Coach purse for $3.oo! I couldn't believe it! Then in another store...I found a nice Dooney & Bourke purse for $1.5o! I got some fabric scraps cheap which I think will be great for lining bags or small projects like pin cushions. It was a good day! :)

Well, that's about enough for now. It feels great to be blogging again. I hate that I feel like I've lost touch with my bloggy friends. I haven't commented in so long on other blogs and I miss you all so much. I will be commenting again...you have been warned! :P I hope everyone is having great weather and good luck.

For those who do....please say a prayer for Wendy and her hubby Jack. He is going to be having open heart surgery and they need our prayers and support. She's trying to be strong *which she is* and hold down the fort while they go through this together. Being strong for the sake of family is a hard thing to do and can take a toll on a person....that I can relate to....so please remember them.

Hugs!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Pumpkin Dishcloth Freebie

I thought it was about time I shared another free pattern. Just my way of saying "Thanks" for hanging around and reading my blog even though lately I really stink at keeping it updated. :P
So....here's a little pattern for you that's appropriate for the season and the upcoming holiday. The pattern is written for one color like the first photo but for those of you skilled in changing colors...the second photo is also an option. For those who aren't...don't feel alone...I am not a color changing skilled knitter either. Thanks to Shirl for the test knitting...otherwise I wouldn't have that second photo. :P Hugs!




Pumpkin Dishcloth

©Designed by Melanie Thompson

Test Knit by Shirley Smith

US Size 6 needles

100% Cotton Yarn

Cast on 47 stitches

Rows 1-5: Knit

Row 6: K4, P39, K4

Row 7 & All Odd Rows: Knit

Row 8: K4, P39, K4

Row 10: K4, P9, K21, P9, K4

Row 12: K4, P7, K3, P3, K5, P3, K5, P3, K3, P7, K4

Row 14: K4, P6, K3, P3, K6, P3, K6, P3, K3, P6, K4

Row 16: K4, P5, K3, P3, K6, P5, K6, P3, K3, P5, K4

Row 18: K4, P4, K3, P4, K6, P5, K6, P4, K3, P4, K4

Row 20: K4, P3, K4, P4, K6, P5, K6, P4, K4, P3, K4

Row 22: K4, P3, K4, P4, K6, P5, K6, P4, K4, P3, K4

Row 24: K4, P3, K4, P4, K6, P5, K6, P4, K4, P3, K4

Row 26: K4, P3, K4, P4, K6, P5, K6, P4, K4, P3, K4

Row 28: K4, P3, K4, P4, K6, P5, K6, P4, K4, P3, K4

Row 30: K4, P3, K4, P4, K6, P5, K6, P4, K4, P3, K4

Row 32: K4, P4, K5, P3, K5, P5, K5, P3, K5, P4, K4

Row 34: K4, P6, K4, P3, K4, P5, K4, P3, K4, P6, K4

Row 36: K4, P8, K3, P3, K4, P3, K4, P3, K3, P8, K4

Row 38: K4, P10, K3, P2, K3, P3, K3, P2, K3, P10, K4

Row 40: K4, P12, K15, P12, K4

Row 42: K4, P17, K4, P18, K4

Row 44: K4, P18, K4, P17, K4

Row 46: K4, P19, K4, P16, K4

Row 48: K4, P39, K4

Row 50: K4, P39, K4

Rows 51-55: Knit

Bind off and weave in the ends.






Sunday, November 2, 2008

Trick Or Treat Memories

I was going to delete this photo and then I thought....WAIT! This is my brain after all this Halloween excitement. :P Am I ever glad that this is over.

The resident Trick or Treater....my ghost. I have no idea why she wanted to be a ghost but I didn't argue. This costume cost $2...twin size bed sheet at the thrift store. Woo Hoo! She insisted on having a bow on her head but it was a clear plastic bow so you can't see it unless you're up close. It made her happy so that's all that matters.

This was in someone's yard on our route during the night and I thought it was pretty awesome. I had a really hard time getting the photo....couldn't get a clear one no matter how hard I tried. It was pretty busy and fast moving along the road so I didn't have much time anyway.

This is a little better but the Pirate was going back down into the treasure chest at this point so you still don't get the full effect.

I did no decorating this year myself so I thought I would include the pumpkin from a friend's front porch. You gotta have at least one pumpkin. My Ghost had fun and got plenty of candy she doesn't even need so I guess it was a good night. We finished of with some scary movies and pizza...no cooking..YAY!!! I hope you all had a great Halloween. This is hopefully our last one to go out Trick or Treating.

I've finished my snake scarf and I'm working on some cute little cable cuff mittens for my cousin. It's a vintage knitting pattern and it knits up so fast. I have now learned to do cables on the needle. YEAH! Then I am on to a hat to go with her little mittens. After that...not sure. I'm just happy to finally be making some Christmas knitting progress.

Hugs!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Just A 'Lil Bragging...

I mentioned in the previous post that my son had won 3rd place in the local paper's Halloween Story Contest and today I checked and they had his story posted on the website. *so cool* Being a Mom...we feel this uncontrollable urge to brag so here's his story for your Halloween reading pleasure. :P They give them the first part of the story and they have to make up the rest. His part is in bold print.

Wayne just barely heard his mom’s voice over the video game he was playing.

“Stay out of the snack jar,” he heard her say. “I’ll only be gone a half an hour, and I’ll be bringing supper back.”

“Yeah, yeah,” Wayne murmured to the computer screen as he heard her car pull out of the driveway.

He soon paused the game and headed to the kitchen when the lure of the jar became too much.

“I’ll just have one,” he thought, as he ran up the stairs to the kitchen. “Mom will never know.”

The jar was always filled with cookies and mini candy bars and snack cakes. He didn’t know what to grab. Maybe he’d get one of each.

As he stuck his hand in, he looked into the side of the snack jar, which was made of heavy, bumpy glass that distorted and blurred the contents.

“Aaaigh,” he yelled suddenly as he saw what was in the jar. He tried to jerk his hand out, but …

…Something had grabbed his hand. He struggled to pull his hand out, but he couldn’t break free. Instead of trying to pull his hand out, he picked up the jar, and smashed it on the counter. He saw what was grabbing his hand, “What is that???” he yelled. It was another hand, but not just any hand. It was very bony and a weird shade of green. Its fingernails were long and sharp as if they’d never been cut.

“Oh! My God! It looks like it had just been ripped off!” said Wayne.

After a few seconds, he realized that he’d ripped it off, and that it also had an owner. “Where’d that hole come from?” He was speaking of a strange hole where the cookie jar was. He’d never noticed it before, but it seems to have been there a long time. He opened the bottom cabinets and saw that there was nothing there but a little door in the back. “Hey, I think I see a light in the door!”

As he went to open the door, he heard a beastly shriek. He jerked away, but went back to opening it. He placed his hand on the doorknob. It was warm, as if someone were just touching it. He opened it, the light went off, and it was pitch black. He stared into the darkness of the doorway, and something reached out and grabbed him. He was being pulled in! “Help!” he screamed, but there was no one to help him.

“Wayne, I’m home,” said his mom, as she walked in the door. Seeing his game still paused, she figured he was in the kitchen. She looked, and he wasn’t there. She looked everywhere and couldn’t find him. She looked, and looked, and looked but still couldn’t find him, not yet aware, that she never will.

Third place
Skaterboy
8th grade



Friday, October 24, 2008

Rambling

A post of random rambling.....

So am I the only one who didn't get the memo about how "someone" reduced the numbers of hours in a day so that now there is no possible way to accomplish what you want to accomplish in one day? I totally missed the memo but it had to happen. It doesn't seem to matter how much or how little I need to do or how well I plan to do this much or little...I never have time to get it done. I am soooo far behind on my blog reading...it is downright embarrassing. I haven't forgotten you all...I promise to get caught up.


Just because I cannot do a blog post without a photo...it drives me insane...I'm weird that way. I took this photo a few days ago...it's autumn....why the daisies and the bees? There should be lots of colors and leaves on the ground. This looks like Spring. Actually now...there is some color and leaves are falling. It's cold today and it's raining...not complaining. Just saying....

I have managed to get a lot of new dishcloth designs charted up and they are being test knit as I type. Most of them will be sets with a flat towel and a hanging towel. What I NEED to be doing however is knitting Christmas gifts. Of course, it would help if I knew what I was going to be knitting but I haven't figured that out yet either. :P I'm thinking something fast, easy...no brainer sort of thing.

My oldest daughter has received two acceptance letters this week from colleges she has applied to...YAY!!!! She's worried she won't be able to decide which one she wants to attend. I reminded her that she's blessed to be able to choose from more than one college...not all kids will have that opportunity. Just wait until she gets a few more letters...then I can really watch her sweat it out. lol

Skater boy had a good week too. He won 3rd place in the local newspaper's Halloween Story Writing Contest. He got a nice certificate for his efforts and his story will appear in the paper on Halloween.

The only other random fact I can think to share is that I finally got the buttons sewn on my little sweater for Ms Thang's baby doll. I wanted to post a photo but it's too dark for photo taking now.

I am loving this cool weather...it is awesome. I am drinking lots of French Vanilla Cappuccino which will most likely begin to appear in places I do not wish to see it appear. But it is cold out and cappuccino is a cold weather requirement.

And Brian...I promise to get busy with my lessons soon. All this charting has me cross eyed temporarily. :O) Thanks so much for the wonderful photos...it's going to be a big help.

Hope you all have a great weekend. TGIF!! Hopefully, I will be back soon with something a little less random. :P I just wanted to let you know I am still here.
Hugs!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Freebie Day!!! Some Coasters For You.

These are some little coasters we did our group as a quick little surprise KAL. They're quick to knit and all 6 can be done with one ball of cotton. The patterns are written for only one color but you can change them up however you'd like. I hope you enjoy them.





Coffee Cup Coaster

©Designed by Melanie Thompson

Test Knit by Shirley Smith

US Size 6 needle

100 % Cotton Yarn

Cast on 22 stitches

Rows 1-5: Knit

Row 6: K2, P18, K2

Row 7 & All Odd Rows: Knit

Row 8: K2, P18, K2

Row 10: K2, P3, K9, P6, K2

Row 12: K2, P4, K7, P7, K2

Row 14: K2, P3, K13, P2, K2

Row 16: K2, P2, K10, P2, K3, P1, K2

Row 18: K2, P1, K12, P2, K2, P1, K2

Row 20: K2, P1, K12, P1, K3, P1, K2

Row 22: K2, P12, K4, P2, K2

Row 24: K2, P18, K2

Row 26: K2, P18, K2

Rows 27-31: Knit

Bind off and weave in the ends.




Salt Coaster

©Designed by Melanie Thompson

Test Knit by Shirley Smith

US Size 6 needle

100% Cotton Yarn

Cast on 22 stitches

Rows 1-5: Knit

Row 6: K2, P18, K2

Rows 7 & All Odd Rows: Knit

Row 8: K2, P5, K8, P5, K2

Row 10: K2, P4, K10, P4, K2

Row 12: K2, P4, K2, P6, K2, P4, K2

Row 14: K2, P4, K7, P1, K2, P4, K2

Row 16: K2, P4, K2, P6, K2, P4, K2

Row 18: K2, P4, K2, P1, K7, P4, K2

Row 20: K2, P4, K2, P6, K2, P4, K2

Row 22: K2, P4, K10, P4, K2

Row 24: K2, P3, K12, P3, K2

Row 26: K2, P3, K12, P3, K2

Row 28: K2, P3, K12, P3, K2

Row 30: K2, P18, K2

Rows 31-35: Knit

Bind off and weave in the ends.







Pepper Coaster

©Designed by Melanie Thompson

Test Knit by Shirley Smith

US Size 6 needle

100% Cotton Yarn

Cast on 22 stitches

Rows 1-5: Knit

Row 6: K2, P18, K2

Rows 7 & All Odd Rows: Knit

Row 8: K2, P5, K8, P5, K2

Row 10: K2, P4, K10, P4, K2

Row 12: K2, P4, K2, P2, K6, P4, K2

Row 14: K2, P4, K2, P2, K6, P4, K2

Row 16: K2, P4, K2, P6, K2, P4, K2

Row 18: K2, P4, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P4, K2

Row 20: K2, P4, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P4, K2

Row 22: K2, P4, K2, P6, K2, P4, K2

Row 24: K2, P3, K12, P3, K2

Row 26: K2, P3, K12, P3, K2

Row 28: K2, P3, K12, P3, K2

Row 30: K2, P18, K2

Rows 31-35: Knit

Bind off and weave in the ends.






Knife Coaster

©Designed by Melanie Thompson

Test Knit by Shirley Smith

US Size 6 needle

100% Cotton Yarn

Cast on 22 stitches

Rows 1-5: Knit

Row 6: K2, P18, K2

Row 7 & All Odd Rows: Knit

Row 8: K2, P7, K2, P9, K2

Row 10: K2, P7, K2, P9, K2

Row 12: K2, P7, K2, P9, K2

Row 14: K2, P7, K2, P9, K2

Row 16: K2, P7, K2, P9, K2

Row 18: K2, P7, K3, P8, K2

Row 20: K2, P7, K4, P7, K2

Row 22: K2, P7, K4, P7, K2

Row 24: K2, P7, K4, P7, K2

Row 26: K2, P7, K3, P8, K2

Row 28: K2, P7, K1, P10, K2

Row 30: K2, P18, K2

Rows 31-35: Knit

Bind off and weave in the ends.




Spoon Coaster

©Designed by Melanie Thompson

Test Knit by Shirley Smith

US Size 6 needle

100% Cotton Yarn

Cast on 22 stitches

Rows 1-5: Knit

Row 6: K2, P18, K2

Row 7 & All Odd Rows: Knit

Row 8: K2, P8, K2, P8, K2

Row 10: K2, P8, K2, P8, K2

Row 12: K2, P8, K2, P8, K2

Row 14: K2, P8, K2, P8, K2

Row 16: K2, P8, K2, P8, K2

Row 18: K2, P8, K2, P8, K2

Row 20: K2, P7, K4, P7, K2

Row 22: K2, P6, K6, P6, K2

Row 24: K2, P6, K6, P6, K2

Row 26: K2, P7, K4, P7, K2

Row 28: K2, P7, K4, P7, K2

Row 30: K2, P18, K2

Rows 31-35: Knit

Bind off and weave in the ends.





Fork Coaster

©Designed by Melanie Thompson

Test Knit by Shirley Smith

US Size 6 needle

100% Cotton Yarn

Cast on 22 stitches

Rows 1-5: Knit

Row 6: K2, P18, K2

Row 7 & All Odd Rows: Knit

Row 8: K2, P8, K1, P9, K2

Row 10: K2, P8, K1, P9, K2

Row 12: K2, P8, K1, P9, K2

Row 14: K2, P8, K1, P9, K2

Row 16: K2, P8, K1, P9, K2

Row 18: K2, P7, K3, P8, K2

Row 20: K2, P5, K7, P6, K2

Row 22: K2, P5, (K1, P1) 3 times, K1, P6, K2

Row 24: K2, P5, (K1, P1) 3 times, K1, P6, K2

Row 26: K2, P5, (K1, P1) 3 times, K1, P6, K2

Row 28: K2, P18, K2

Rows 29-33: Knit

Bind off and weave in the ends


I hope you're all having a great weekend and nice weather. It's downright cold here tonight but I'm not complaining. Hugs!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Calendar Of Hope


I just had to make a quick post to let you all know that our Calendar Of Hope is up! You can find it at Knit Pink and all the profits from the sale of the calendar go towards Breast Cancer Research. The price is $15 US Dollars and it is an instant download. (PDF) I am so excited and honored to be a part of this project. I hope you'll go check it out.




This is my contribution. It's called Wings Of Hope. The photo was taken by Rachel and she does such a great job of making the cloths look good. I wanted to send out a huge thanks to Cindy and Rachel for their hard work getting this calendar together and for letting me be a part of such a worthwhile project.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Fall Is Here and Contest Goodies.

Fall has finally arrived!! YAY!! I love this time of year. We still have some pretty warm days and the leaves aren't turning colors so much just yet but it's getting there.

I'm sorry for being so long updating but I've been going another round with sinus issues and my left ear is so stopped up I can't hear as well out of it. It's driving me insane! Yeah, short trip. :P


So, finally I can get to posting my awesome contest winnings!!! Thanks, Christy!!! I have been wanting to try this yarn for a while. I just have to figure out what to make now. She also included that little soap....handmade goat's milk with the most wonderful smell. I hate to use it because it will be gone then and I can't smell it anymore. :P I keep it on my desk so I can sniff it. lol You just can't beat handmade soap.

I finally caught up on my blog reading tonight and now I must get caught up on my knitting. My poor little tea cozy is waiting to be finished and then I have to get the stand done...which is like a round potholder that the teapot sits on. I've also got several new designs for the group which I need to get written up and tested. I so hate to get behind...it seems to take forever to catch up again.

Hope everything is going well in your neck of the woods. Hopefully I won't be gone for so long before I post again.
Hugs!

* Don't forget to visit Aunt Kathy...her contest is in full swing.*

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

September Project 365 Mosaic

September Mosaic
My photos for the month of September for my Project 365. I started out with a theme (reflection) and kept it up for most of the month. The last row was just random shots. :)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

See...I Have Been Knitting...

This is the almost finished placemat. I still need to do the border for it. The border is going to be Hot Green and then I'm going to do more placemats with the green in place of the blue and use blue for border. I hope that made sense. :P

This is the little matching coaster. It also is waiting on a border. Half of these will be done like the placemats....switching the blue and green for a little variety.

And my Easy Cable Knit Hat is finished. I can't believe I knitted this hat in one day!! I've done cables before but only a few times and very small projects like dishcloths. This is a super easy cable pattern for beginning cable knitters. It's simple and easy to follow and knits up super fast!
The first photo is the true color. It was knitted in Bernat Softee Chunky in the color Too Purple.

This one looks more bluish but I had to show you the crown. It's my favorite thing about this pattern. I should have gone up a needle size or two since I am a tight knitter but I didn't. The result was a pretty small hat. It was pretty snug on Ms Thang's head. lol

I'm thinking I will make some hats for Christmas gifts. It's hard to find something for the men and they don't get too excited about getting dishcloths. :P I didn't think I could knit a hat so fast but now that I know I can....hats might be the way to go.

Anyone know of a nice cable hat knit in the round. I hate seams!!!
*off to hunt for patterns*

Hugs!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Update And Upcoming Contests

First off, if you haven't visited Confessions of an Apron Queen then now is the time. In October, she is having tons of giveaways. The prizes include...not only aprons but valuable coupons and gift shopping cards. Be sure to check it out and make note of the dates or subscribe so you won't miss a thing.



Nothing new is going on around here really. I have done some knitting but I haven't gotten photos yet. I will get those up soon. I finished my placemat and matching coaster from a KAL in our Yahoo group...Shirley's Knitting Knook. We started out as a dishcloth KAL group but have since decided to not only do our dishcloths but other small knits as well. Right now, we're in the midst of doing kitchen KALS. Lots of nice little knits to spruce up the kitchen. We're planning on knitting our way around the house. :P

Just for fun, we're all knitting the same hat. It's the Easy Cable Knit Hat. It's not a KAL so much as we're just printing out the pattern and doing it at the same time so we can help the ones who might need some assistance. I already lost a stitch and had to frog back a bit but I'm back on track and hope to be finished tomorrow.

Otherwise, just enjoying the cooler weather and the little bit of rain we're getting right now. I so love the fall. It's my favorite time of year. :)

If any of you are on Plurk...it's my newest fun thing to do. Feel free to friend me.... lilknitter of course.

Hope everyone is having an awesome weekend!!! HUGS!

Friday, September 19, 2008

International Talk Like A Pirate Day!



My pirate name is:


Iron Prudentilla Rackham



A pirate's life isn't easy; it takes a tough person. That's okay with you, though, since you a tough person. You have the good fortune of having a good name, since Rackham (pronounced RACKem, not rack-ham) is one of the coolest sounding surnames for a pirate. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
part of the fidius.org network

Alright, Mateys...go get yer own Pirate name. Arggg!

Hugs!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Blog Awards

I haven't been blogging as much lately. I seem to have gotten behind on everything again. Now I'm playing catch up on my blog reading...think I got that taken care of. Today the weather has been so nice...it's only 66 degrees F right now. The wind has been blowing...it's kinda cool. Man, I love this time of year. Summer is nice but HOT is not my favorite. :P

I received two "I Love Your Blog" awards. *blushing* I love my online friends!!! I'm supposed to tag more friends and pass them along but I know some folks don't care much for tagging. So...I'm bending the rules. It's so hard to pick on a few blog I love so I've decided....If you're reading my blog right now...You're the recipient of both of these awards. Grab them and post them on your blog if you wish. I love everyone who takes the time to read my blog. :)

This one I received from Sandy who is super nice. She knits and crochets so I like to visit and see what she's up to. She does a lot of charity knitting and crochet so there's always something to see. Pop over and say hi!


This one is from Tea who did the same with this award and passed it out to everyone. If you haven't seen her blog...which would be a surprise to me....you really gotta check her out. She is a lot of fun and has tons of pretty pictures and projects to see.

Thanks to all who take the time to visit and don't forget to take these awards with you. It's my way saying thanks. Leave me a little comment so if I don't already visit your blog...I can now. :)

Hugs!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Quick Update

Sorry for the delay in updating. I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who offered prayers for Chante. She went to the specialist and thankfully she is now feeling better. She still had some of the effects of the tick fever and also had a severe sinus infection. They also learned that she is anemic. She is taking her meds and recovering and is feeling a lot better. Thank you for keeping her in your thoughts and prayers.


I also wanted to remind everyone to send out those prayers for those who lost loved ones on 9/11. Remember those who lost their lives and all the heroes involved in the aftermath of that tragedy. It has been 7 years today. This is a good time to count our blessings and appreciate the things that we take for granted everyday. Don't forget to tell the ones you love how much they mean to you.

Love and hugs to all my friends and family.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Prayers Needed....

This is Chante...Shirl's sweet little granddaughter. She has been very sick after having been bitten by a tick. She seemed to be doing better until today. Shirl says she has spiked a very high fever (104 F) and she is lethargic. They live in South Africa and there isn't a pediatrician close by. It's a long drive to the doctor where she will be going first thing in the morning. We take so much for granted here...think of how you would feel if this were your child and you couldn't jump in the car and rush to the doctor's office. We're all very worried about her and I want to ask those of you who will to pray for her. She's such a sweet little girl and as sick as she is...she's worried about missing more school. Please....say a little prayer to keep her safe until they can get her to the doctor.

*Chante...Aunty Mel is thinking of you and sending you lots of hugs! Lief jou baie!*

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Trying Something New....

I have decided I am ready to venture on to something new and a little challenging for me. Of course, this is when my head decides it's time for a migraine. I've spent the last 3 days dealing with that....talk about bad timing...and on a weekend. Grrr! I finally feel semi-normal again.


This is what I have managed to accomplish when the light isn't so bright and wearing my sunglasses. :P I am knitting my first real raglan sweater. It's a baby sweater but I figured I'd start out small just to get the "mechanics" of how it's done. I have to say...once again...not as hard as I had imagined. I love the way the sleeves look with the increases...so neat.

This is my youngest daughter's nearly naked doll modeling the sweater. She is the reason I started the sweater...she seriously needs some clothes. :P I refuse to have a porn star doll around here. She is getting dressed ASAP. lol I managed to get a good bit done today since my head is feeling better so I'm now at the point of joining the sweater sides and putting the sleeve stitches aside. If I can get this part right...the sweater should turn out okay I think. I'm using a skein of Omega Sinfonia...not sure of the color since the band is long gone. I think this is a skein Froggie threw my way.

Before I go off to knit some more....check out this contest! Christy is having a "For The Fun Of Knit" contest on her blog. Just leave a comment. She's so funny and I love her Weekly Warnings. If you've never read them....go back through her blog and check them out...they are hilarious! Sorry, Christy...I know some of them are funny at your expense but you know I love ya!

Okay..back to my sweater. I really want to call this one an FO soon. :)
Hugs!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A Few Good Finds.

I had a few things I needed to get done today and Froggie was off work so we decided to do our errands together and maybe hit a thrift store or two. We picked a good day for it. I picked up some nice little treasures today.


These are 4 of the 5 aprons I snagged today. My favorite is the one the on far right. They all look vintage with the exception of the one at the bottom. It's not a very pretty fabric but it's cute once you get it all tied up. I'll have to get Ms Thang to model it properly in the daylight.

I also got lucky with some fabric. None of them are really big pieces but each one is plenty big enough for a small bag or other small project. I'm still in the practicing stages so I don't need anything big at this point.

I definitely see this as a small tote bag. I love the print. It has a serious country feel to it and I couldn't resist. I paid $1.00 or less for every one of them. I love a bargain. :P

I have absolutely no earthly idea what I will do with these. I found two of these little handkerchiefs in mint condition...except for the creases. They're so pretty and they satisfy my love of vintage so of course I grabbed them, too. Any ideas on what to do with them?

One more little goodie...not sure if this one is a handkerchief or a scarf but it was too cute to pass up. I loved the little strawberry design and not until I got home and inspected everything did I see the cute little snails. Another one that I have no idea what to do with. For a whopping 25 cents...it was worth snagging. :)


This is the other apron I got today and then decided to give to Froggie. She loves green (frogs) and I thought she should have this one since it's such a pretty shade of green. I'm also thinking maybe she'll get the "apron bug" too if I force this one on her. :P It has green apples on the pocket and the price tag still attached. She was crazy....I mean...NICE enough to model it while waiting for school to let out.

Big Thanks! to Froggie for the sewing goodies she brought me today. I'll post photos soon. She gave me and my Mom a ton of sewing stuff she had from her family members...the cases and all! I was pretty shocked that she meant for us to keep it. Thanks, Froggie. That was a super, awesome thing for you to do!!

I'm off to go digging through all the dewing stuff....I have no idea what she's got in there.

Hugs!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Labor Day!

Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Labor Day holiday.

My 365 blog photos for the month of August.

August 2008 Mosaic
Click to go to Flickr and see it bigger.