Friday, August 12, 2016

My Gift Card Purchases

For my birthday back in May and for Mother's Day, my eldest daughter gave me a gift card for a very nice local yarn store.  That LYS is closing up shop by mid-Sept.  So, I wanted to use the gift card before it was rendered useless.

I got some new sock yarn.  It's Regia Cotton Sock yarn and it has a real nice feel to it.  The neat feature of the yarn is the yellow strands in it.  You pull on the yarn and cut off the length of yellow, then cast on.  When starting the second sock, you repeat the process of casting on with the color after the yellow section.

And, of course, I can't ever have too many knitting needles. I selected 2-Cirs of Addi's Sock Rocket Needles, size 1.  I love these needles.

Check out these cute Panda Point Protectors!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Can't Wait to Cast On This One

My 4 YO granddaughter has been wanting me to knit her a sweater and it had to have a pocket or pockets.  Ha!   When they get an idea in their head, they don't let go of it or change it.

I've been looking on Ravelry and Pinterest and Knitting Central for a girls' sweater pattern with pockets for over a year.  Then, one day, this popped up at me:  Patches & Pockets from (free registration required.)  Ravelry link here.

© Annie's
I can't wait to CO this sweater!  Instead of using Cascade yarn as suggested, I'm going to use Caron's Simply Soft in Fushia & Purple. 

The Cascade yarn would have cost me between $85-$95 to make this sweater.  Caron's Simply Soft cost about $18 plus shipping.  That's more my budget, esp.;for a child's sweater that they will out grow very fast.

Current Project-Lace Braids Baby Blanket

My cousin in San Diego recently had a picture of her 2 toy poodles, which were very cute, but I noticed the blanket laying on the footstool in the background.  I had to ask my cousin about it.

She told me that it was called, "Lace Braids Baby Blanket".  Well, I did a search on Ravelry and discovered it's from 60 Quick Baby Knits.

I've had this book for a while now and I really never paid much attention to this particular pattern until my cousin posted in on Facebook with her poodles.

I'm using Red Hearts Soft yarn in White and size 8 needles.  What I really love about this pattern is that it has the feel and look of cables without all the work involved.

I don't have anyone in particular that I'm making this for, but it's always fun and rewarding to knit baby items, and always good to have a gift on hand when the occasion arises.


Hopscotch Cardi x 3!