Mail Jackpot

When the mail arrived, the box was heavy and I was full of joy.  Kim of Handeyecrafts runs to best contests.  She is too generous.  Allison and I won the MOVIE themed contest she ran over the weekend.  In addition to these skeins

DSCF0645.jpgthere were these skeins!  These three will be used for MotherbearProject stuffies.  That blue has already been knitted into a bearshirt. 

The sock yarn in the first image is called Beards and Moustaches.  I’m in love.  I also love a good beard.  Fireman doesn’t like the bother and itch of growing a beard anymore, but I wish he would. I love a good beard.  

IN addition to the yarns Kim sent two awesome books.  ONE + ONE Wraps, Cowls and Capelets and The book, The Knitster.  Allison has her eye on the Egyptain Scarf /Shawl pattern.  I love the drape of the ELENA shawl , but I have to read the pattern carefully before I commit. 

I absolutely must have a floor cat pillow from the wild and crazy book The Knitster.  It is the wildest pattern book I’ve ever seen. I’m thrilled to have it on my shelf. 

Kim, You are dear and way too generous.  Thank you thank you for such an amazing box of goodies. 

 

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Meet MotherBear #1

DSCF0641Finished her last night.  OH boy.  I was so intimidated to seam the head, to stuff correctly, to cinch the neck and ears. (ears need further rounding)   I used you tube and Ravelry boards for lots of easy help.  I worried over stitching the face.  The knitting was the easy part! I think she’s got the huggable factor going….

Karen’s first is coming along really nicely, too.  I’ll show both our progress here as we continue. We’ are hooked now.  I’ll cast on a boy bear later today. 

Her name, (mostly for me to keep track of the bear progress) is Olga.  My grandmother Olga, from Hungary, the inspiration.  She knitted.  I met her once.  

We watched Darkhorse yesterday.  What a fun movie.  The brogues of the folks in the documentary are thick,  even for my ears.  I almost needed subtitles.  A great little story. I recommend it.  One of you recommended it to me, but I’ve forgotten who. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Mother Bear Project KAL

DSCF0629Something made me want to buy a kit and join the Mother Bear Project.  If you are not familiar, it is all about knitting and crocheting stuffed bears.  They are given to create comfort and hope for children in “emerging nations.” 

Want to know more?  motherbearproject.org.   They have a Ravelry Group and a Facebook Page too. 

It is very fun. So far the pattern, (there are 4 sets of instructions, so you can choose the instructions that you want to follow.  knitted flat or knitted in the round. Or crocheted!  ) is quite easy to follow.  

To make it even More Fun, My pal Karen wanted to make some bears,too.  We moved so I don’t see Karen often, but we text during SURVIVOR each week and more.  She patiently waited until my kit arrived, and we are both knitting bears. 

It is not a contest at all to see who finishes first. It is simply something we can do together to make the World a bit better.  We decided we are both making girl bears.   

So many of my bloggy pals are charitable in their knitting, sewing, crocheting, etc.  I wanted to up my charity.

And since we are on the verge of a snow/slush/rain/wind event for the next 48 hours, I guess I’ll have to sit and knit.  Lucky me!!

 

Brag Brag Bragging,

DSCF0619We found out this weekend, that Fezzik made the Purina Ad.  He’s on their website.  This is a photo of the screen.  He is the cat leaping off the couch, the big guy.  The cat on the bag and the coupon is his father, Chili.   But our boy made the print ad.  The Video “watch now” is not Fezzik, but another cat at the same photo shoot.


We may see more of him, Liz, our breeder and the connection to the this fun, says. So  keep an eye out. If by chance it comes out in the ad section of your paper with the coupon, please let me know. 

The other kitties in this house are just as loved and special you know!   Everyone got treats to celebrate Fezzik’s success.

You may recall the process was a long one the day of the photographing.  We got paid a one time fee of 300 dollars.  Fireman says we have crossed that one off our bucket list.

(My shawl knitting has halted.  I don’t like the pattern.  Time to frog it and start anew)

Thanks for sharing our joy about the little star in our house.

Monday Q and A April 2nd 2017

DSCF0567Happy Monday Q and A!!!

*What’s your safe place in turbulent weather?

*Are you more likely to alter a pattern or stick right to the instructions?

*Would you rather a hottub or a cold pool?

*What was the name of a pet you grew up with?

*How many knit dishcloths do you use, or have on hand?

*Have you ever been give an trophy?

*Would you rather knit, under a shady tree, poolside or beside a roaring fire?

Just seven questions today.  Here’s my answers:

  • I think my safest place is the basement under the stairway
  • As I continue to knit, I take more and more liberties with patterns.
  • Pool
  • Crumpet was our english springer spaniel
  • I have 7 dishcloths I use all the time
  • Ive never been given , or earned a trophy . It’s okay, don’t need one because…I share the World Series Trophy!!!  It’s never going to get old!
  • under a shady tree …thanks
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The Thing About Fingerless

Happy April!!! No fooling here, just thrilled we made it through March.

I worked on angora mitts last night.  I have one finished.  I cast on 40 stitches on size 4 needles and worked in the round until my knuckles. Then I knit back and forth in garter only for the cuff.

I’m still pulling little fibers out of my nose.  DSCF9125Now this is very very old fingerless from years ago.  They are perfect for working in the stables with the horses.  Machine wash and dry ….and they are warm.

Fingerless gloves/mittens are so useful.   Along with socks I think I use them the most in my life.

The sun is out!  It came out yesterday.  True to March bleck, it was absent from our viewing for the full last week of March.  The stars and the moon came back last night too….Happy April Everyone! No foolin!