After finishing the hat, I dug out some yarn from my stash that I bought in Norway last year. I wanted to make some Norwegian style mittens with stranded colors and found a pattern I thought I would like. I could not get into the knitting, though. I was worried they were coming out too small, didn't love the pattern / design and the project sat on my coffee table for weeks without any progress.Read More
Last year I started an ambitious knitting project with new techniques and skills I had never tried. The 16-page pattern seemed complicated and overwhelming. I spent a lot of money on 7 skeins of fingering weight wool and purchased new needles all while doubting whether I could really knit a sweater that looked good and fit me.Read More
Those who know me even just a little know that I'm a Broncos fan. Some might say a Broncs fanatic. A few of my friends that don't like football come over to watch me watching the game. I'm guaranteed to yell. I often jump and sometimes lie prostrate on the ground. I throw my own penalty flags. I often make a comment immediately before the announcers repeat the same insight. I typically don't eat or drink unless it's halftime. Drinking a beer during the game puts more beer on me and the ground than in me.
I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't love the Broncos. One of my earliest Broncos memories is from Super Bowl XXII in 1988. I was almost 5 years old. My parents threw a party and when the Broncos were destroyed 42-10 by the Redskins, the adults decided to start a bonfire out back and burn all the Bronco gear in disgust. I remember telling my mom that I didn't want to throw my gear into the fire. She assured me that I didn't have to burn my gear while throwing in decorations from the house.Read More
Usually, I'm not someone who likes repeating knitting patterns. I like trying new ones, learning new skills and seeing the end results. But occasionally, I like a pattern so much that I make it again.
A little over 4 years ago, I made the modal-ly baby blanket from a Jared Flood pattern. I loved how it turned out, especially with the soft modal yarn (though it doesn't drape quite as nicely as it would with wool). While I like the pattern, what prompted me to remake this one was seeing the blanket in action, 4 years after I made it.Read More
It's pretty well documented on this blog that Fall is my favorite season, but that doesn't mean I don't like Summer. I love the long days, summer thunderstorms, bike rides, sunscreen, pool time, fresh fruit and veggies, hikes and BBQs.Read More
Yes, Easter was over 2 months ago. I'm sure it's the last thing anyone is thinking about now, but I'm way behind on posting and wanted to share a few pictures of my pysanky eggs from this year.
Some years I struggle to make any eggs worth keeping. Last year was one of those years. I tried several designs that didn't turn out looking as I had hoped. In desperation, I ended up keeping my last egg so I had something to show for my efforts. Each year I like to keep at least one egg. I have 5-6 at any given time displayed on my bookshelf. I replace them if I make one I like better in another year.Read More
I recently finished a few knitting projects and as I thought about what I should cast on next, I realized I have so much yarn in my stash. Leftover yarn, skeins I bought with no project in mind, stray projects I abandoned--I have enough to fill up a couple of cubbies in my IKEA cabinet. Instead of buying new yarn for new projects, I thought I would challenge myself to at least make a dent in the stash I have now. I've been knitting quite a few hats this winter (for me and for gifts). Many one skein projects are for hats or baby gifts or dishcloths. I tried to find some that looked fun and interesting and didn't all fit under the traditional categories.
It will be nice to try a few of these quick projects. What's your go-to project to use up leftover yarn?Read More
What happened to all those posts I promised in December? I had grand plans to edit photos, write patterns and have some posts queued up for January. Unfortunately, I brought back an unwanted souvenir from my trip to Costa Rica and spent the first three weeks of January fighting off a parasite. Daily life was hard enough, so I definitely didn't have the energy to create blog posts.
The good news is that the parasite is gone! Now that I have the energy, I'll start tackling my queue of projects to share here. Starting with this baby blanket I made back in November.Read More
I have some fun knitting projects to share soon, but haven't had time to download the pictures off my camera and post about them. During my upcoming two week vacation, I plan to get the projects ready to share (in between a trip to Costa Rica and days on the ski slopes in Colorado). Stay tuned for a Denver Broncos hat pattern (and more generally a tutorial on how to knit words) and a new baby blanket pattern.Read More