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December 2009 Blog Posts (112)

Lace Shawl

I must say that I think I have out done myself this time. I finished this pattern in 9 days. Now I have had a considerable amount of time off from work and that has been tremendously wonderful. I'm not sure who to gift this beautiful shawl to yet, but it never takes us knitters long to think of the next birthday or holiday. Happy New Year's Eve Knitting and may this new year bring you much yarn and handmade happiness!



Added by Sock Girl on December 31, 2009 at 5:46pm — 7 Comments

Oh, Right!

Yeah, ok, I have a bad habit of forgetting that I have blogs. Every year I start a couple and then a year or two later I find them and delete them and replace them with new blogs that I forget about... I had dedicated myself to faithfully blogging (and was doing ok at it), but I moved to a computerless place that was twice as lacking in internet facilities and had to kind of give up for awhile. That being said, I have both a computer and the internet now (as you can see), and I WILL update,… Continue

Added by Kiwi on December 31, 2009 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Hanae Hat available on the KP site!

Hooray! My new hat pattern just became available through the Knit Picks website! Here's the link!

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I'm so excited to be part of the Knit Picks Independent Designer Partnership program and love… Continue

Added by missknitta on December 31, 2009 at 12:48pm — 5 Comments

Ripping update

I left for dinner last night carrying my purse stuffed with my mis-knit scarf and new yarn. My plan was to do the heartbreaking ripping while in the company of loving family members and then get started again right away.

And, I am very happy!! I am knitting with one strand of new (fresh) yarn and one strand of ripped (used) yarn. The difference in the fabric is just like Erica's scarf in our office! Much, much, much better!! Today I am going to enjoy reading The Help by and knitting.… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on December 31, 2009 at 12:05pm — 5 Comments

Huck Hat success!

I bought 5 kits for my 2 sisters and 3 great-nieces for Christmas. I also bought 4 other colors skeins so they weren't all blue. I started knitting at Thanksgiving, but despite devoting all my spare time to the projects, I was only able to get one completely put together. So I wrapped up it up and put all the other hats (pieces) into gallon zip locks. After the 8 year old unwrapped the completed hat, I handed out the other 4 bags and told them I'd finish them and mail them after Christmas (they… Continue

Added by Barbara Gambrell on December 31, 2009 at 9:39am — 2 Comments

The Exleftcoastgirl Returns from Her Hiatus

Well hello everyone. I wish you all a belated Merry Christmas! I took part in a "Secret Santa" gift exchange at one of the high schools. My giftee received a hand-knitted scarf in her favorite color. She also happened to be my Secret Santa, and ended giving me a bag of unskirted Albaca fiber to spin. The person who sold it to her said I should wash it. I peeked in the bag, and I agree. It does need to be washed. Considering the bits and pieces of you-know-what that are in the bag, the fleece… Continue

Added by exleftcoastgirl on December 30, 2009 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

New Born's Going Home Hat

Yahoo, I just love hats!!! And I love color work to spice it up. This hat was made at the request of a friend, expecting her second in January. I put it off so long (she asked back in October!) and I JUST managed to finish it, hopefully she will receive it before the birth, as it is to go with the baby's going home outfit. It is a basic little hat with a bit of 1x1 ribbing, then some very simple colorwork to match the outfit. I made it up as i went along.…


Added by Jenny on December 30, 2009 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

A fairly happy ending...and I might just keep the dog.

For those of you who saw my posting of my handmade wedding veil being eaten by my dog...there has been a happen ending. My mom and I worked a long time trying to figure it out, and finally decided on zigzagging on the sewing machine around the salvageable area of the veil, then carefully trimming it off. We finished off the edges with some fray check, and around the top where there were more yarn overs and more tension because of the weight of the bottom, we sewed some interfacing in as well.… Continue

Added by Anita Doherty on December 30, 2009 at 10:04am — 8 Comments

What a Week!

This has been a roller-coaster week! First, my birthday is the day after Christmas. We went to No Worries for breakfast--DH, DS2, DS2's girlfriend, DD, Joanie and I. Here's what I got from DH for Christmas:

It's the Knitter's Handy Carry-all kit, the scale and the Options needle stand from KP, and two more hanks of alpaca yarn. I think I'll try the Ivo socks from the… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on December 30, 2009 at 9:30am — 9 Comments


Erica Jackofsky is one of the extremely talented designers participating in our… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on December 30, 2009 at 5:35am — 10 Comments

The First...

Alright, testing this out, we'll see how I like it. Let's be knitting related. Home for the holidays, I was able to take off upwards of one week with only my parents on the agenda. Sounded great when I planned it....

Luckily, I got mainly knitting things for Christmas (believe that or not!) so I have been kept entertained. I decided to start the Knitter's Handy Carry All.

A little back-story, I haven't knit with needles larger than size 6 in about 3 the size… Continue

Added by Rose on December 29, 2009 at 11:15am — 5 Comments

I'd rather be knitting.......

It's after Christmas now, and I think everyone liked what I made them for Christmas. I lost the cowl that I made for my sister in law though, and she teased me about leaving her

I'm still working on my BSJ but since it looks like Christmas threw up all over my house so we are mainly cleaning today :( My DD is helping me bless her heart and she is doing a great job but I'd still rather be knitting.......

I'm thinking about restarting my Journey to the Center of a… Continue

Added by Amy Green on December 29, 2009 at 10:56am — 4 Comments


Well, our Christmas plans had to be rescheduled due to the freak Blizzard in Oklahoma! We got snowed in on Christmas Eve, we were able to make to Tulsa late Christmas Day. Most of our Christmas celebrating took place on Saturday though, and then it was time to drive back home. We still have a lot of snow out side, and the weather forecast is giving more snow sometime today.

On knitted gift news, everyone that recieved a knitting gift was super happy! The reactions were exactly what I… Continue

Added by Jess on December 29, 2009 at 8:08am — 3 Comments

Trip Home

Bright and freakin' early we board a plane home. I am waiting to see what kind of security measures we will encounter. We will be there earlier than usual just in case. The only knitting I have for the plane is a lacy thing that takes concentration every third row. This is not too bad until my daughter starts getting antsy. It should be interesting. I may have to have a book or two as backup. I did actually knit in a movie for the first time today. We brought the girls to see the Princess and… Continue

Added by Julie Prerost on December 28, 2009 at 8:09pm — 3 Comments

Post Christmas/Pre-New Year's Knitting

As you will recall from my last blog, I finished all my Christmas knitting two days early. So I had a day to make some deliveries, and Christmas Eve to cook... of course, I did a little knitting, too.

Then on Christmas day, in addition to visiting with friends and family and opening up presents, I cast on for Lola Curly Pig, found on Ravelry.

I am knitting this little stuffed pig… Continue

Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on December 28, 2009 at 5:09pm — 20 Comments

sock darning

I have worn a hole in the heel of one of my socks, and the other sock is looking kind of thin in that same area. Any advise on how to fix the hole and how to keep the other from becoming a hole?

Added by IrmoKnitter on December 28, 2009 at 4:46pm — 2 Comments

FO: Men's Grey Socks

Uncle John requested some house socks in Dallas Cowboys colors for Christmas. And, with a size 12 foot, I was grateful he wanted slippers. That meant I could use worsted weight yarn!

I want to say that this pattern was not very good. I got gauge perfectly, but the socks were way too narrow for a man. They would fit a woman fine, but not a man. Of course, I noticed this after I'd already finished the first and was halfway done with the second, so I had to rip out and start… Continue

Added by Cristi-Lael on December 28, 2009 at 3:55pm — No Comments

FO: Tell Me A Tail Bookmarks

I've started a bit of a tradition. Every year I knit a bookmark for each of T's teachers. Of course, I may be changing that when the girls are in high school and have 6 teachers each. But, for now, there were only 2 and I was able to knock them out pretty quickly. And, you may notice I used the same sock yarn that I used last year for her teachers. In fact, I finished off the skein, which always makes me happy as there's no wasted yarn.…


Added by Cristi-Lael on December 28, 2009 at 3:29pm — No Comments

FO: Gwen Slouch

Since I'd made a hat for Justin, I thought I might as well make on for his fiance, Ashton too. And, since she's young, thin, and beautiful I figured she'd need a beautiful slouch made out of sock yarn.


I've only got the one picture, sorry. I had planned to take pictures of everyine wearing their gifts on Christmas day,… Continue

Added by Cristi-Lael on December 28, 2009 at 3:20pm — 3 Comments

FO: Turn A Square 1 & 2

My uncle's roomate, David, and my brother are both the type of men who look good in beanie caps. Which is good because beanies are so darn easy to make. (It still makes me a little sad that Ron looks so incredibly bad in a beanie. He'd probably get a lot more handknit items if he could wear the easy, quick stuff.)

So, this year I went looking for a new beanie to make for each of them. I wanted something quick and easy, that used the yarn I already had in my stash, but was also fun… Continue

Added by Cristi-Lael on December 28, 2009 at 3:11pm — No Comments

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