January 26, 2011

2 Skeins

I've done a little more work on the Winding Path sweater.  I'm trying not to rush it, so I'm only knitting every other day.  I often find myself excited about a project because I can't wait to wear it or have it finished.  I'm trying to enjoy each step of this project; the feel of the yarn, the process of each piece, and the growing anticipation as I see parts of it finished.

I've knitted the body of the sweater, split off for the arm holes, and worked it up the back.  Now I've joined a third skein and am knitting up the front.  I love that most of this sweater is knit in the round, all in one piece.  Only the arms will have to be seamed on to the main piece.  I LOVE knitting in the round!

Armhole split- working up the back

Progress so far- the body measure 18"

January 24, 2011

What happens after I shut the door?


He went to bed in just his jammies, but apparently wanted to keep his head warm.  The kids say he was pretending to be Captain Jack Sparrow, so he needed a pirate hat!

January 21, 2011

5 hours, 1 skein

Every other Tuesday night I host a 'knit together' at my house.  My dear friend, Kate, who first inspired me to learn knitting, helped start it and we have several friends who have come.  3 ladies have learned to knit, and the rest of us pick up new skills as we see what others are doing.  Kate is also the one knitting the Winding Path sweater with me.  This Tuesday we had several hours to get it started.  Here are some images of what we accomplished!

Kate's sweater on the left, mine on the right.

The 'Winding Path' increases

Working k3tog

We had to work some new increases that neither of us had tried before.  We learned the LI(lifted increase) where you knit into the stitch below the next one on the left needle.  However, following the pattern, we were on a purl stitch.  It doesn't look as 'invisible' as everyone says this increase should look, but it's ok.  And after much searching, we decided to make our own video of the LI2-p(double purled lifted increase).  Hope it helps someone out there!

video

January 18, 2011

Knock, Knock

Who's there?  A box of 6 skeins of yarn?  Perfect!

French Berry!!!











So, this is the yarn for my new knitting project... a sweater!  My friend, Kate, and I decided to knit a sweater back a couple months ago.  This is a first for us and we were waiting for the holidays to be over.  So, come early January, I went online and ordered my yarn, and here it is!  Cheap (or should we say frugal?), bright, and super soft!  The sweater we are going to knit is Winding Path from the book Reversible Knits: 50 Brand-New, Groundbreaking Stitch Patterns, and can be viewed here on Ravelry:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/winding-path

I'll post pictures as we knit along.

January 12, 2011

Snowy Days

I love snow days!  I never thought I would look forward to days when school was cancelled, but now that my little girly is in kindergarten, I cherish the days we unexpectedly get to just hang around the house together.  Movies, hot chocolate, books, games, and a little knitting for me!

I finished a new hat for Aevyn this morning.  It's a beret style with a bow threaded through the rim.  I'm not sure of that detail yet.  I might switch it out for a floppy, satin bow.  What do you think?  You can buy your own soon in my etsy shop!

I'm looking forward to a cozy evening with my husband tonight.  He was stuck in Detroit last night after his flight home was cancelled, so it will be nice to spend some time together.  Have you ever played Settlers of Catan?  It's one of our favorite games, and we also have the card game, for nights when it's just the two of us.  I'm thinking some spiced wine might be just the thing to help beat the cold winter night.  Here's my recipe:


Winter Wassail

4 cups red wine
4 orange slices
6 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 T sugar

Simmer these together for about 15 minutes.
Pour into mugs and use cinnamon stick as a garnish.

(I think I'll add a dash of Cointreau or brandy too!) 

Enjoy your winter evening!!   

January 5, 2011

Hello?

It's the beginning of the year, and I'm in the mood to try something new!  So, hello!  My name is Lacey.

Sugarplum, Scallywag, and me!
I am a stay-at-home momma to my sweet children, who are the inspiration of everything I do!  I am a wife to my hubby, Pete.  I'm a sister, daughter, and friend.  I love my Savior Jesus, I love my family, and I love beauty.  The times when I am the most happy are when my home is filled with people, laughter, food, and fun.


I've enjoyed reading a lot of craft and kitchen blogs, and what appeals to me the most is the sense of community people can find in sharing their projects, inspirations, and experiences.  I hope to share some of what I've learned as I practice my skills and try new things.

Leave a comment or suggestion, I'd love to hear from whoever is out there!