Saturday, December 30, 2006

Gifts for me and tying up loose ends.

Look what I got in the mail! A prize I won in a drawing at togbean's place.

It's a Christmas Chicken! It's so sweet, but I feel like it belongs in a Pear Tree, don't you? Just as elegant as the Partridge and it'll have a special place in my tree next year. Sara made it herself. Actually she made a whole flock. She's really talented with the needle. knitting. sewing. embroidery.

And of course I have to show off the quilt my friend, Sammie sent from Georgia. It's a Calendar quilt ... notice the sheep in the top right hand corner for March? In like a Lion and out like a Lamb. I just LOVE, Sammie's quilts. And there's always room for more.

BTW, I got the mittens done! Yippee. But I noticed that no one else had any doubts that I would finish them before the end of December. Actually, your encouragement does help keep me from giving up. I like these mittens. They were easy to do. I used yarn left over from the fingerless mitts. Which is why they are stripey ... I used every bit I could too. And I like the red thumb, LOL. The basic pattern came from the book in the picture, Hats Gloves Scarves. Good basic patterns in this book. I highly recommend it. Especially for a beginner knitter. The knits are classic and an experienced knitter can build on them also. I'll be knitting more from this book. In fact, I have the Red Scarf Project coming up for January IAP at M.I.T. ... more on that later.

But right now ... this very weekend ... I'm knitting up Fingerless gloves. WHAT? Oh yah, they're for a my sister, Shelly's birthday on January 21st. I figure if I get them done now, they'll go off in the mail ... on time for a change! [I'm awful when it comes to birthdays.] And I wanted to try this new pattern from The Giving Flower.

But for those moments of mindless knitting ... you know when people are talking or the TV is on or I just need to meditate ... I'm working on this ... a luscious scarf ... knit with Rowan Kidsilk Haze. Got the yarn with a gift certificate the DH gave me for Christmas to use at the Seed Stitch Fine Yarn store. It was burning a hole in my wallet don't you know, so I used it for this beautiful yarn I've had my eye on for WEEKS. Just cast on 120 stitches on size 8 circulars 20 inch and knit, knit, knit until all your yarn is gone. 4 skeins. Heather says it's addictive and should be called "Cracksilk Haze". That's how additive it is to knit with Mohair ... but I think it's THIS yarn, Rowan Kidsilk Haze that's additive, LOL.

And then there's Starsky ... here's a peek of my progress so far. I anticipate this being "missing-in-action" for awhile because I have a lot of other knitting to get done first. So stay tuned for Starsky.

Looks like another month of Happy Knitting!


monica said...

Love the chicken it is so cute and the quilt is wonderful...Lucky you. I knew you would get those mittens done, and they look great, I love the colors. Your sister is going to love those cabled mitts, can't wait to see them.

Julia said...

The stripey mittens are fab! I love the tree shot!

Dipsy D. said...

I can't believe how productive you are - the mittens are totally awesome! And congrats on winning - that chicken rocks big time!
Have a very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year - all the best to you and your family! It's been so great "meeting" you this year and reading your amazing blog entries and your nice e-mails - I'm looking forward to many, many more!
Have a great one, my friend!

Heather said...

it is really the rowan that is soooo addictive to knit with. as the white shawl was not rowan I can say it wasn't as fun, but I still dig the mohair. Got 3 skeins of the turquoise yesterday from Reg to make my dad his requested manly version of the mohair tube. this will be thinner and thus more scarf like, maybe only 80 stitches around?
you'll see it on Thursday. Happy new year and I cannot wait to see the mystery project!! bring it to knitting :)

Shelley said...

The chicken is so cute! I love that quilt...nice and colourful! Your sister has a great name ;o) and her birthday is the day after mine! Mine's January 20th - which I'm sure you figured out easily when I said the day after mine...since you know her's is the 21st, logic would tell you mine is the 20th, LOL!

Dorothy said...

The chicken is beautiful! I think she deserves a spot on the pear tree too.

You have so many fascinating things going on and I can't wait to see what you design with the yarn in the previous posting.

I hear you on the Mohair/silk blend addiction. It's all I want to play with now. As soon as I get my other stuff done, I'm playing with my leftovers again.

togbean said...

I'm so happy that one of my little chicks found a home with the Stitching Nut! I know that CHicken Ginny is in a good place:)

And I seriously LOVE that shot of the mittens hugging the tree!
Keep up the amazing work lady.

Sandy said...

I love that chicken!