Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

EFL - Christmas Time is Upon Us

This year, in the efforts to put talents to good use, our family decided to handmake as many Christmas gifts as possible.

We framed paintings that have been done for years and never displayed, we knitted hats and matching mittens, we sewed baby blankets, made homemade cards, delivered baked goods and enjoyed the quieter times of the season.

However, in all the 'enjoying of the quieter' time, we got quite busy! Funny how that happens :) All our lovely homemade gifts were wrapped at the last minute, and very few photos were taken!

Here's one, just for fun - Mike's Handwarmers!

- 'manish' scraps of fabric (2 patterns x 2 pieces of approx 5" each)
- long grain brown rice
- 100% cotton quilt batting
- sewing machine
- needle and thread for hand-sewing.

Merry Christmas, everyone :)


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Meme: What Have You Knit

I don't normally do this sort of thing. Mainly because it reminds me how much I have yet to try that I want to try. But, what better way to get started than to make a list, and have it here.

Mark with bold the things you have knit, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest.
Cable cast on
Mittens: Tip-down
Hats: Top-down
Hats: Cuff-up
Knitting with silk
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Twisted stitch patterns

Knitting with bamboo yarn
Garter stitch
Stockinette stitch
Mittens: Cuff-up
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns

I-cord cast on
Knitting with metal wire
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Moebius band knitting
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting

wo end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own hand-spun yarn
Graffiti knitting
Continental knitting
Combination knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Participate in an exchange
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dyeing with plant colors
Dyeing spinning fiber
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on one or two circulars
Knitting with someone else’s hand-spun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener stitch
Knitted flowers
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarn
Stuffed toys
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Free-form knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/arm-warmers
Knitting a pattern from an on-line knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus!

... Right down McBean Street :)

Hunter enjoyed the Richmond Santa Claus parade (so did his parents!). It's always fun to watch the floats, see the horses and listen to the pipers! Especially when it's not too cold.