Saturday, December 18, 2010

What a strange weather week...

This week has definitely been a challenge for us as we dealt with snow and ice. My grandkids, of course, loved being out of school a couple of days. Ariel could hardly stand it until she got outside to make snow angels and play in the snow. And then the ice on the trees was so beautiful...but dangerous on the roads. It made driving much more challenging for me this week. I felt I was creeping along as everyone else flew by me. Sorry, but having another accident was not what I wanted this week. I was on high alert when driving.

I wanted to share with you a finished project I completed this week. This is Stephen West's Slipped Rib scarf. I used Filatura di Crosa Aliseo yarn and it made a lovely shawlette when paired with a pretty shawl pin.

Cindy brought in several items to share. First of all, she made this sweater out of Louisa Harding Albero. The pattern is in Andra Knight-Bowman's book, "Easy Cable Knits for All Seasons.

Then she brought in a boatload of socks she had made over the summer. She used Swedish Yarns Raggi, Opal 6 ply and Berroco Comfort.

Patty's Coquille Shawl out of Crystal Palace Mini Mochi was so pretty. I need to make me one of these.

She also made a garter stitch entrelac scarf out of Skacel Opus 1. Very nice.

And Barbara's Pi Shawl from this past Summer's Lace KAL was simply breathtaking. I did the same shawl, but used a DK weight cotton. Barbara was brave and used a lace weight merino yarn.

Also I wanted to share this recipe with you. Lin brought in these yummy tasting turtles to one of the class Christmas parties. They are wonderful and quick to make. I might have to make some of these for the Gray clan this Christmas.

Sweet & Salty Turtles

Place an unwrapped Rolo candy piece on a small round pretzel. Bake for 5-6 minutes in a 175 degree oven until the rolo is melted. Place a pecan half on top of the Rolo and let it set.

And before I close, I had to share this photo of Ariel...and her Daddy...and Jasmine. Ariel had made her own set of reindeer antlers out of paper towels and a headband. I love the way she is so creative.

Hope your Christmas plans are coming together nicely and that your knitting and crocheting projects get finished in time!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Show and Tell Friday...

Lots of Show and Tell items today...

But first we'll start with my sweet great-nephew. I got to see him again on Thanksgiving and I couldn't get over how much he looks like my nephew...and my brother. He was taking great delight in pulling off his socks. Hmmm...maybe that's what I should knit for him this Christmas...socks he can't get off. :~)

Jennifer made this cute hat...and a pair of mitts... out of Malabrigo yarn. It's a Ysolda Teague pattern called Snap Dragon Tam Very cute!

This was Chris' first knitting project...a fan & feather scarf made of SweaterKits Wild Silk. Not bad for a beginner!

The balloon tying creations from Skacel brought out the kid in Lisa as she made this cute tiara. There are still some kits available in the shop to make these adorable animals.

Debbie brought in several items to share with us. Her fingerless mitts were made from Noro Silk Garden.

Her scarf was made with Plymouth Baby Alpaca DK yarn using a simple 3 stitch pattern.

And her Primetime Shawl (one of Lisa's patterns) was made using Louisa Harding's Sari Ribbon.

Need a quick gift to make for someone this Christmas? Then make this shawl using one skein of Aslan Trends Litoral. It's quick, easy, and will be sure to please that special someone on your list.

If you need some time to work on your Christmas projects, come join us this evening from 6-9 pm for our Friday Night Knitting Club. Just bring a snack to share and your current project. We'll be talking about some new ideas for our FNKC in 2011. Hope to see you there!