Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Raspberry Cheesecake Monkeys

I finished my first pair of Monkey socks. I say "first pair" because I strongly suspect I will be using this pattern again. The yarn is from Sock Pixie in the "Raspberry Cheesecake" colorway. Size 2.5 mm dpn's.

I added leg gussets to the back of these socks too. Here's a close-up:

I love these socks!!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

One out of three

Not what I was going for. I'll admit, I over-committed myself. The only project I was able to complete for the Pahrump Fiber Arts show was the round ripple baby blanket. The Monkey Socks are really close, don't even ask about the hat. Angie, Mamie and I drove to Pahrump Wednesday to drop off the entries. The drop off place was The Quilted Dragon, this place is a beautiful little quilt shop. I bought some gorgous fabric. Anywho, our group has four entries. My crocheted baby blanket, a crochet baby blanket by Mamie, a crocheted turtle toy by Sandra and a pair of knitted socks from Angie. I can't wait to see how everyone does in the judging.

Here is a picture of my entry:

The yarn is TLC Baby in the "Snooky" colorway. Size G hook. It took 2 and a half skeins to made the blanket 45" across. I edged this with a round of reverse single crochet. I have a skeins and a half left so I'm thinking about making a jacket and hat. Any pattern suggestions (knit or crochet)?

This one is for my friend Tracy. The baby shower was this Saturday, so I wrote her an I.O.U. letter explaining that the blanket was entered in the Fiber Art Show and I would bring it to her afterwards, I included this picture of the blanket. She loved it and her husband was really flattered that I had made something for them that was so nice I could enter it in a show like that. It's really just a simple blanket, I'm happy he feels it's so special.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Baby fever

Have I mentioned my friends Liane and Josh? They had a baby girl at the end of December and she's beautiful. I went a little crazy and made several baby items for her.

This is the first set I made. A knitted cap and sock set. The hat didn't fit, but the socks do.

This set is crocheted. It's a bit bigger than the knitted set so it will be a couple of months before she can wear these.

Both set were made with leftover sport weight baby yarn from my stash. I don't know the brand name.

I also crocheted this little dress and matching shoes. The pattern is "Pink Parfait" by Rebecca Leigh, from Beautiful Baby Boutique. The yarn is Bernat Softee Baby. This is the 0-3 months size, but the baby is very, very small and my not be wearing this until she's about six months old.

This is the front.

This is the back.

I just love the shoes! I tempted to make another pair in black and white, I think they would be adorable. What do you think?

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Happy Birthday Margie!

Tonight is our crochet group meeting and I got an email reminder that today is Margie's birthday. I'm thinking shots might be in order. ONLY 1 or 2, I have to be at work at 5 am tomorrow. Over the next few weeks we are training online with Pennsylvania, so we have to be logged in for thier time zone. Anywho, I missed last week's crochet meeting so I'm happy to be going tonight. I can't wait to see what everyone is submitting for the Pahrump Fiber Arts Show. I have some preliminary pictures of mine. Wanna see?

For the Crochet catagory:

A round ripple baby blanket. This is for my friend Tracy, she's having a boy in April. The yarn is TLC Baby in the "Snooky" colorway. Size G hook.

For the knitting catagory:

Grumperina's "Odessa" hat in Misti Alpaca worsted. The color looks a little turquoise here, but it's more of a country blue. I'm using the Magic Loop method. You can see I have a long way to go on this one.

Cookie A's "Monkey" socks. The yarn is from Sock Pixie in the Raspberry Cheesecake colorway. I'm using Knit Picks Harmony DPN's in size 2.5 mm. I love these needles! Thanks Sheri!! The first sock is almost finished.

For more info on these projects, visit me on Ravelry, I'm grandysdaughter there.

Ok, I'm off to work on these.

Monday, February 04, 2008

I'm back from Pennsylvania

I returned from my trip safe and sound. It was an enjoyable trip. I'm going to like this new job very much. Everyone I met at the company was nice and so helpful. The hotel they put us in is is a good place to stay; the Inn at Reading. Training went well; our trainer, Sherry is wonderful. I chaneled the harlot and convinced her to take a sock picture.

After work hours we did a little shopping. We went to the VF Outlet and visited Coach, Dooney Burke, Lee, Wrangler and more. I didn't buy any purses, but I did buy some jeans for my hubby, oh and some shoes for me. We also went to the Berkshire Mall, where I bought a pair of shoes and a pair of silver hoop earrings. Anybody seeing a trend here?

Sherry took us to West Reading one day for lunch and I was able to visit a lovely yarn shop. The Yarn Gallery. This is a very nice little store, the ladies there were very friendly and helpful. I bought just a little bit of yarn and some circular needles, I post more about those later.

I saw a celebrity?!

Any idea who this is? My traveling companions and I didn't have a clue, we had to ask. We knew he was famous because people were talking excitingly and taking his picture. So, I took a couple of pictures too.

Apparently, it's Flava Flave. He was on our flight to Las Vegas. After we picked up my luggage, Flave fell in step with Lynn and I on our way out to the parking garage. I asked him how his flight was. He said it was good but that he was just happy to be going "h-o-m-e!" I couldn't have agreed more.

One last comment; I was more excited to see Leslie's baby at the airport than I was seeing Flava. Leslie is one of the other trainees that was traveling with me. She talked about her baby all week, how cute he is and how much she missed him. I have to agree, he is a cutie, I'd have missed him too.