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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!

We actually got a white Christmas here in Nashville, Tennessee - the first one in 17 years. What's really nice about it is that the ground was covered, as were the trees, but the streets were just wet, so we were able to get over to my brother's house and back (he lives about 45 minutes away) without any trouble.

I made purses for my nieces this year:

My nephew had requested some more yarn and a hook to replace the one he had lost, so I came up with some various types of yarn for him. He also liked making granny squares, so I found a book that had patterns for 50 different types of squares. He seemed really excited about trying several.

I decided to give my mother the socks I finally finished (2 years in the making - I've got to get a little faster!), since they are really her colors:

I'm going to put some new socks on the needles really soon. I want to try the toe-up method this time.

And finally, here is my latest progress on Arabian Woman. She's really coming along, and I might be able to finish her next year if I just work on her a bit more!

I hope that everyone has had a very merry Christmas and we're looking forward to a happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Knit lace scarf

I found this pattern online, and decided I'd like to try making it. I've had little success in the past with lacy patterns (any pattern with intentional holes), but I'm forging ahead anyway. Found some pretty Patons yarn at Joann's, can't wait to see how it works up.

I spent today listening to a Harry Potter audiobook, and managed to finish the first and second clues in three two colorways and two sizes. Sadly, I have to return to work for a couple of days so that others can take their Christmas vacations now. It would be really nice if things were REALLY slow before and between the holidays.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I'm still here

I've just been working on Christmas presents and the new mystery quilt I've designed for the quilt guild for 2011. I'll be back to share some pictures after the prezzies have been gifted. :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bernat Mystery Afghan finished!

Hooray, it is finished! I changed the colors in the border slightly. The pattern called for te dark mauve to be used in two places, the outer row (where I did use it) and the other color change row, where I decided the grass would better bring the whole thing together. I am certain I made the right choice, seeing it here.

Now on to other projects, including a couple of last minute Christmas presents.

Thursday, December 02, 2010


My wizard has seen a little needle action in the past couple of weeks, and so has nearly a complete head and beard.

I've been working a lot on the mystery quilt for my guild, making sure that I have measurements down correctly, instructions written out for the first clue, and I've made a couple of colorways and sizes of the January clue (and one colorway of July's clue, which is the most complicated of them all). I am so excited about this quilt! I'll be sharing more with you about it as the clues are released. I just hope that everyone else likes it as well.

Clue #9 (Bernat Mystery Afghan)

I finally finished all squares for Clues 1-8, and the 9th clue is the assembly. When I laid mine out on the floor to see how it was going to look, I didn't like how the colors fell, so I took a page from a fellow Ravelry member, and here is how I'm going to assemble my afghan. I have to admit, this is my LEAST favorite part, just a little less fun than weaving in ends...

It may take a while, but I'm hoping to finish it in December so I can enter it in Bernat's contest.