Monday, February 12, 2018

Alaska Hat

I fell in love with this hat pattern the second I saw it!  It knit up fairly quickly and fits my head perfectly, although it is not a snug hat.  Depending on how it wears over the next couple months I might consider adding a fleece liner to make it beautiful and windproof.

The dark purple is a lovely accent, but it does obscure the tree line a bit.  If I were to knit it up again, I would start just after or at the end of the dark color.

Monday, January 29, 2018


Purple socks for my Birkenstock loving 12 yo.  She asked for a pair of hand knit socks for the holidays but time got away from me and these needed to wait until January.  They were off the needles quickly though, and that color!  I hope it stays this vibrant.

The twins' feet are the same size as mine, so I knit these a bit large (~1/4-inch) in hopes that she can have them for many more winters to come.

In Wisconsin we know how to keep our toes warm!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Sweet Home and Six Completed Sets!

I think I can probably admit myself to the Alicia Paulson fan club.  Just yesterday I put the last stitch in the 18th of her 18 holiday ornaments when I completed her "Sweet Home" kit.

[Even though we don't have a blue door, or stone archway, my youngest daughter suggested putting our house numbers above the door.  I love this special touch!]

I have process photos here, here and here, but I don't have full photos of each of the ornaments.  There are three that slipped by without being photographed (snowflake, deer and cabin w/red door)

Instead, I have the following photos of the 18 completed ornaments below. They run up our banister and hang from some fake garland with safety pins.  I know that someday - when the kids all move out and on to having their own trees - our tree will feel bare.  And we'll be able to put these ornaments on our tree when those years arrive.  Until then, they can hang in the hallway for us to enjoy all season long.

They are a bit out of order since the kids help hang them up, but you can see all the kits and/or pattern sets here:

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Socks

I pulled off these socks with just hours to spare before the stockings were filled - a new pair of socks for my husband for Christmas.  Seems to be a tradition for me to knit him a pair each holiday.  These are particularly special, as we picked up this yarn when we were on vacation together in Oregon a couple summers ago.  I have since learned that Foothills Yarn and Fiber in Hood River, OR has closed, but this yarn will live on here in Wisconsin!

I did make a small mistake when casting on the first sock and forgot to put on a 1x1 rib at the top of the leg.  Fortunately I caught my mistake early and was able to frog a bit and knit up.  The cast off edge turned into the Italian bind-off and while not a complete match is good enough for my husband.