Friday, June 21, 2013

Life

There are so many changes happening in my life right now. Some of my wishes are coming true, but not without sacrifice.

After battling cancer for two years, my father passed away one month ago today.
I saw him take his last breath and was finally at peace.
I put on his knitted blue hat because his body grew cold.
I made him the knit hat one cold evening before going to the hospital for the millionth time... and if I might add, knitted in record time.
Now, I have it in my possession to cherish.
I have to be honest, I don't like death. I understand it's a part of life, everyone and everything dies, but still...

I couldn't bring myself to write this post for the longest time, after all, it's a knitting blog and I try to keep it positive.
And, this is not happy news, but this is my life right now, and it's challenging me in more ways than one.
I do have some knitting, but I'll save it for a little while longer.

Happy Summer Solstice :-)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Owls For You

My latest knitting project has to do with a large pair of eyes.
Lately, I've been seeing a lot of owl hats on Pinterest, Etsy, and other fun sites.
Looks easy enough to make, right?
I had plenty of time to spend on my owl hat over the weekend since I had a sinus cold and still do. Wah.
Using 16"cir size 13, I began with 6 rows in garter stitch and continued in stockinette until I ran out of yarn.
Leaving a strand long enough to bind off the top, I used the kitchener stitch to close it straight across.
The eyes were made and attached, but decided to start over, so I cut them off and frogged both.
My crochet hooks wait patiently as I decide how to approach the next step. Eye color? Sizes? With or without lashes?
So many decisions to make. :-)
Back to Pinterest and some cold medicine. :-)

Yarn: Lion Brand Hometown USA in Aspen Tweed and Santa Fe Tweed

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Ponchos Galore

Word around Twitterville is that Google Reader will be a thing of the past. Not sure how I feel about the demise of Google Reader since I rarely use it - including this little blog of mine. It might have an expiration date of its own someday.
But, until then, I'll continue posting.
Remember the fun poncho I started for a little friend of mine a month or two ago?
After three experimental starts and re-starts with the bright colors, it started looking like a sarape. Not exactly what I had in mind when I decided to start this project.

I decided to switch the bright yarn for softer colors. Much more happy with it and glad to report it was a GO from the mama. It's going to be a very Springy-Easter-Egg-looking poncho. I went from making a sarape to an Easter egg poncho in a snap.
And, because sometimes I can be a "bite more than I can chew" type of person, I thought, "What the heck, why not start another project?"
Multitasking at its finest or self-destruction. Not quite sure which one I relate to the most or fits the best. This FO was easier. A quick crochet hop, skip, and a jump and ta-da! Finito.
My friend was pleased and hopefully, my little friend was pleased as well.
Happy Knitting to all. :-)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

On one of our rare rainy days, I was on my way to Starbucks(shocker, I know)... 
As I strolled down the walkway, I happen to look down and saw this...
a small hole on the sidewalk in the shape of a heart.
I never noticed it before, until now.
Glistening in the daylight, a little heart filled with water waiting to be noticed.
Did it mean that love was around the corner?
Wishful thinking.
But, my favorite coffee shop was around the corner and they were about to indulge me with some love in a cup.
Thank you, Starbucks!  I heart you, too.
Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Knitting Update

2013 started out with some ambitious knitting.
I treated myself to a few Ravelry patterns I had my eye on for a while now.
By the second week of January, I had a couple of projects on the needles.
I think of knitting as my cardio. Known to many as a relaxing hobby, for me it's intense and part of the enjoyment is watching my project take shape...asap. :-/
Last week we experienced - what this Cali native considers -strange weather.
For several weeks now, the temps dropped into the 30's and 40's in the evenings; 50's and 60's in the day. Brrrr.
It was so cold I kept getting brain freeze; hence all the knitting.
Today was nice and warm. Go figure.
Tomorrow, cloudy and the next day we expect rain.
Thanks Mother Nature. Thanks a lot.
I started knitting a pair of arm warmers in the midst of our cold snap.
Showed them to my friend. She loved them. They are now hers. :-)
I was halfway done with the first arm warmer, tried them on, and noticed they were a little too big around the arm. It wasn't a bad thing, but I wanted snugness. Added ribbing all-around. Problem solved.
The color is a beautiful burgundy. The picture shows them in a reddish tone. Darn camera. Picture below is closer to the actual color.
 
 Starting a new pair in blue for my friend's daughter and...
a fun poncho.

Happy Knitting. :-)

Friday, January 4, 2013

New Year Knitting