Friday, January 29, 2010

It's Snowing!

It started snowing today around 1 p.m. and it's still snowing. I just snapped this picture looking out toward the road from my front porch. This is the first time we've had any significant snowfall in several years. It's beautiful and it's always so quiet when it's snowing. Just like a winter wonderland.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Robert B. Parker Dies

I was so disappointed to hear that Robert B. Parker passed away on Monday. He was one of my favorite authors. I read all of his books and could hardly wait for the next one to come out. A coworker of mine feels the same way. When we found out, she said, "What are we going to do?" For reading, I mean. There are other authors that we like, but he was one of the best by far. I'm really going to miss him and his books. His webpage: Robert B. Parker.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Afghan and One More Hat

I wanted to share another hat that I made using my Knifty Knitter. This one is the blue with furry black brim.

I have some more of this yarn and I'll be making some more of these hats in adult and children's sizes. I'm going to put them in my Etsy shop at some point very soon.

I've also been working on an afghan to put across the back of my sofa. I finished it about a week ago.

I have to give my piano teacher credit for this pattern. When I was at her house taking my lesson one day, she showed me some squares that she was working on for a small afghan. I thought it was so pretty I decided to make one too. We used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton yarn in Ivory. I can't remember the size of the crochet hook, but whatever size is on the yarn label is what I used. To make one square, you chain 25, then single crochet in the second chain from the hook, and in each chain across. At the end of the row, turn, ch 1 and repeat the first row. Just keep crocheting rows until you have a square. Then we decided to put some of our tatted medallions in the middle of each square. It was a fun project and to tell the truth, I'm surprised I actually finished this. I so often start a project and then, for whatever reason, lose interest and put it down for awhile.

Right now I'm working on knitting a child's sweater. I got the pattern from the inside label of the yarn I used to make the afghan. I'll try to take some pictures of it and post them soon.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Knifty Knitter Hats

We've had some snow here, and being snowed in I decided to make some hats using my Knifty Knitter round green loom. I decided to bling them up a little bit by putting some fun fur type yarn on the brim. I think they came out really cute.

The black hat was made with Lion Brand Wool Ease, and a Hobby Lobby brand of furry trim. I think it was Yarn Bee brand. For the brim I held one strand of the furry yarn and one strand of black Wool Ease together and knit for 5 inches. After making the brim, I dropped the furry yarn and held together one strand of black and one strand of a dark gray of the Wool Ease to make the remainder of the hat. I knitted for about 8 inches and then gathered the top. It couldn't be easier or faster and it made a warm, pretty, stylish hat.

For the blue hat, I used Lion Brand Homespun yarn in 368 Montana Sky color, and Fun Fur stripes in Deep Sea color. To make the blue hat, it was basically the same thing as with the black hat. For the brim, I held one strand of the homespun and one strand of the fun fur together for the brim. After making the brim, I held 2 strands together of the homespun for the remainder of the hat.

I couldn't believe how well these hats came out. They were both quick and really, really warm. I think I'll be making some more.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Julie & Julia

Ever since I saw the movie Julie & Julia I have been reading everything I can about Julia Child, Julie Powell and the movie. Am I obssessed? Maybe, but I just think it's interesting reading. I would love to read the entire blog that Julie wrote because I think it would be interesting too. If anyone is interested, here is the link to her blog. The Julie/Julia Project.

The movie was fantastic. Everyone I've talked to has loved it. I love it too and I don't really know why. Well, for one thing, the French countryside is beautiful. Also, the old cars and everything make this a charming movie. I've watched it twice already and will probably watch it again.

I also love those pearls that Julia Child always wore. I love pearls. I think they are so elegant and pretty. They make the dullest outfit look very refined and elegant. On some women. I'm not sure how that would look on me, but I've worn them with jeans and several other things.

Here is the movie trailer for Julia & Julia.

Julie & Julia Movie Trailer