November 30, 2011

A Step Further...

I decided the mini-mittens could have a whole new level of cute...I took them a step further and personalized them for my sister's kids. Here they are with their initials - now they have their own personal ornaments.

November 14, 2011

Mini Madness

I graduated from mini stockings to mini mittens - these are fun to knit up, take very little time and really are adorable. Of course, my whole family thinks I'm a little nuts. I think I'm clever! It's a free pattern and it uses up old scraps of yarn. I love how I can use a yarn and reminisce about what I made with it originally...

November 11, 2011

When In Doubt - Make More Stockings

When the October snowstorm hit, I had some knitting time but was at an impasse on some other projects. I rooted around in my knitting closet and found a bag with the materials to make mini Christmas stockings. So, I reacquainted myself with the pattern and cast on. Here's what I accomplished in a few days...I've decided for this year's unplanned frugal Christmas (usually I am frugal but this year we won't even be doing Christmas cards) I'm going to use them to decorate a wreath to give to my MIL for her December birthday. Not the most exciting gift but handmade and done with love...and affordable.

I won't have much knitting to show for a while...this injury to my wrist has really sidelined my knitting - I think I've done perhaps 4 rows on a lengthwise scarf in the past week. So frustrating for me as knitting is my peaceful salvation and I really need it right now more than ever.

November 5, 2011

The Aunt Hits The Mark Again

My sister emailed me this photo of my niece on her 8th birthday - the sweater fit perfectly and it was immediately accessorized with some "pearls". How perfect! Don't you just love when you make something for someone and it is loved?

November 4, 2011

Lots to Tell - The Good, Bad and Ugly

Well, it has been an interesting week here in our corner of the Northeast. I'll try not to belabor it too much but I will tell you it has affected my knitting. I was wide awake from 3-4am today and had a clever post all written in my head - I don't know that now at 9:40 I'll be able to replicate it.

First of all - I finished this Corrugated Capelet - they must have liked my version as it is now one of the featured photos on the Ravelry page. I made it out of Ecological Wool which I dyed a few weeks ago - LOVE it and love color. My father took one look at it and told my mother it looked like I was wearing a fitted you need to know that when my mom first met my dad he was wearing a striped polo shirt and madras shorts at the same time...enough said. Okay that's "the good".

The "bad" hit on Friday afternoon when my husband came home unusually early which sent of alarms in my head. His company was recently acquired and he was told that he was no longer needed as all the marketing would be handled out their Chicago office. No warning, no severance - nothing - don't let the door hit you on the way out. It's hard to be happy and optimistic in this current economy with 2 college tuition bills looming in the future. I just don't have words or a picture so we 'll cut to a cute dog shot.

The October Snowstorm hit on Saturday - it hit fast and furious and really did a huge amount of damage to our home state of Connecticut. We went out mid-storm to get the snow off the branches as best possible and our sweet dog decided it was a good time to lie down in the snow (she does have a bit of Chow in her). We were one of the lucky 50% in our town that did not lose power - I maintain the guy upstairs new that with our Friday fiasco it was the last thing we could handle.

This is just one of the 4 trees on our property that came crashing down. Our Japanese Maple took quite a hit too but survived. On Sunday morning, we had to spend 2 hours clearing our driveway just so the plow could get in. Okay - here's the "ugly" - there was a large dangling limb on a tree (8 inches in diameter easily). I went to pull it down and didn't move fast enough and it slammed into might right forearm. After trying not to pass out from the pain, I got back to work.

Monday morning dawned and I was on the phone with the doctor (making the most of the few months of insurance we have left before they cut that too). Xrays were ordered and showed up negative. No school Monday or Tuesday but I worked on Wednesday and by Thursday morning the pain was still so bad I couldn't do anything - tears ensued, knitting had halted...not good.

Net/net I was sent to a orthopedic hand specialist who quickly diagnosed "intersection syndrome" where the tendons start grating on each other. You could almost hear them grate. A cortisone shot and a wrist brace have made the pain go away and gentle knitting can begin. Unfortunately the brace has the DREADED Velcro so no hand knits can be worn right now. But this too shall pass. He said this could be from repetitive motions and I admitted I'm "an obsessive knitter" but he deemed it was the accident and not the obsession that cause this.

So for now I'm glad to be free of pain and in a warm home - as for the "bad" only time and patience will take care of that.