Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Today is my wonderful Dad's birthday! I hope he has a terrific day, I wish I could spend the day or at least dinner with him. It's days like today that are always the hardest for me since I live away from family. I sent his present on Wednesday and he is supposed to receive it today...crossing my fingers! 

The last couple weeks I have been working on this along with other projects, but today is all about my Dad! We get to see him and the kiddos in October and I can't wait. 
My dad has been one of the few people that have supported me no matter what. Even if he doesn't agree with my decision, he still supports me. Don't get me wrong he will tell me if he disagrees, but he is still there for me. 
He is always hard to buy for and even harder to knit for! However, when I saw this pattern I knew I had to make it for him. He has a collection of stuffed gorillas and I thought he would like it. 

Meet Jerry. He and I had our frustrations, because I kept misreading the pattern. He was also in such a hurry to be made and get to my Dad's to play that he I just kept messing up. I hope the gorillas don't scare him, because they are quite a bit bigger than him. 

I do hope he brings a smile to my Dad's face and that my Dad knows he was made with love. 
Happy Birthday Daddy! 
We love you and miss you!

Details of Monkey:
Needle - US size 6 (4 mm)
Yarn - Lion Brand Wool-Ease
Pattern - Jerry the Musical Monkey by Rebecca Danger (I LOVE her patterns)
Would I knit this again? YES! Next time with different colors. 

Things I learned with this pattern - 
1. Make sure you read the directions twice before starting.
2. Make sure you verify how many stitches to cast on.
3. Don't rush!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Playing Catch Up

I haven't posted our menu because we are just rotating the same dinners...turkey patties, spaghetti, salad, chicken.  These are meals we like and all are super quick and easy.  Eric did make chile verde on Sunday and it was so yummy! 

If you know me, you know I like LOVE bags and purses. I might have an addiction to them.  I like to keep each of my knitting projects in a separate project bag.  I have bought a couple and have used some small bags I already had for others. However, I got the urge to sew some bags!  Before buying a sewing machine, I wanted to make sure I was going to be able to make them.  So I asked my friend Amy to help me...she did and we made some super cute bags!!
She made this one to show me how to do it. Isn't it cute?? I love it!

This is the one I made (with Amy's help) and I was pretty impressed with myself! I have now added a sewing machine to my wish list. 

Diatom Shawl
 Of course, I've been knitting! 
I am working slowly on my Diatom shawl! Amy and I decided to make it a knit-a-long (KAL). I'm excited she is joining me. 

The knitting group I go to is having a retreat in October. Everyone is making slippers so we can take pictures. I don't wear slippers, so I decided to make little slipper socks. I love how they are turning out.

Another friend asked me to make her some dishcloths. I got one done, but have put it on hold for a week or so to get a couple gifts done. So while this is one completed cloth, I don't consider this a completed project until the other 3 are done. I have an idea to modify this pattern and hope it turns out good. 

What new recipes are you trying? 
If you knit, what is your favorite pattern as a go to for gifts?

Have a great day!!
~ Cassey

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Football knitting and Finished Project

Football is my favorite sport to watch on tv and this will be my first year to knit during football season! Maybe this year I can stay interested in a full game. I don't do good with just sitting and watching anything on tv, I feel like I have to be doing something. This was my main reason for wanting to learn to knit, to give me something to do while watching movies or tv. I'm excited to see how much knitting I get done while watching the games with Eric. 

Finished Project -

I finished my Saroyan scarf last week.

This was such a fun pattern to knit

it was so neat to watch each leaf form. 

Details of this project:
Needle - US size 7 (4.5 mm)
Yarn - Morning Moon alpaca
Amount of yarn - about 1 1/2 skeins ***
Pattern - Saroyan
Size made - 7 increases - 12 straights - 7 decreases
Would I knit this again? YES! The new Saroyan pattern came out this week and I can't wait to try it. There are leaves on both sides of the scarf!

Things I learned with this pattern - 
1. Do not cut yarn until you are 100% sure you are done with the pattern
2. I love alpaca
3. I don't have enough t-pins (this has been resolved!!)
4. When I knit this again do only increases/decrease to make a triangle.
5. Listen to Amy and take her suggestions.

*** I did not measure my skeins before starting to knit. Ravelry has 190 yards per skein, Morning Moon's signs at the booth listed the skeins as 200 yards, and a friend measured hers and only had around 183 yards. Since I didn't measure I don't know exactly how much I used. I have around 90 yards left out of 2 skeins.