November 2008


I can’t remember exactly when my Mother got this lamp at the auction, maybe it was last year. Anyway, I found the perfect lamp shade for it, and then last month I finally got it over to the lamp shop to get it rewired, raised the post so that the lamp shade sat on it better, and then I got the most perfect finial for it.

A close up of the birds on the lamp…

And finally the finial…

Isn’t it beautiful? Actually I thought it was the ugliest lamp in the world when my Mom bought it, but it grows on you, and now that it has been washed up and has new wiring, shade and finial, it’s just the most unique lamp.

And let it be known, right here and now, that I have my sticker on the bottom of this lamp. So brothers, and sisters…it’s mine, Mommy said so!!

Thanksgiving

 

As I continue on my 3 day Thanksgiving preparation quest, stuffing is in progress as I type…I give thanks for all of my wonderful family and friends, as well as all of the blessings I have in my life…

This is the 7th Thanksgiving without my husband Walt here with me, he loved the turkey, the dressing, the smashed taters and gravy. I miss him and love him more and more each passing day. I know he is having a heavenly Thanksgiving meal with my Dad and all of my loved ones who have passed on. You are not forgotten, each of you have been a wonderful part of my life and I know that we will be together again someday.

I have a callus on my finger!!  

I’m not sure if it’s because of the yarn, and the smaller needles…but I got me one heck of a callus on my index finger.

But the hat is coming along beautifully…and I can not wait to see what the finished product looks like.

Danish No Earflap Hat

Still haven’t decided if I’m going to leave the rolled brim, or if I’m going to fold and sew like the pattern says to do.

Oh and this hat is for me. I ain’t givin’ it away!!

The other day I talked about starting a new project; the Danish Earflap Hat from the Hats On! book that I got from Amazon. So anyways, I gotta tell you, I just love working this project. Okay, it was a little boring doing the 2 inches of hem stuff in one color.

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But once I got to the fair isle part, I am loving how the pattern is coming along. So of course I had to take a snap shot and let youse all see how I’m doing with it.

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I just love the colors so far, and I can’t wait to see the greens, blues, and oranges when I get to them on that skein of Noro Silk Garden.

Oh, and I decided to forego the earflaps on the hat. I think it will be gorgeous even without those flaps. Besides, who says ya need flaps anyway!!!

I’m not so fast at this knitting stuff, but I have accomplished a few more items since I completed the Simple Fair Isle Hat…

First is the hat that I made for my niece Maddie…she’s adorable, and she got a new winter coat, so she needed a new hat to go with it…

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For the few seconds that she actually kept it on her head, she looked so dang purdy!! I used bits and pieces of different hat patterns to come up with this hat pattern, and I didn’t write it down…dang. I’m sure that my sister will force the cutie pie to wear her hat this winter…

Then I wanted to try “real” fair isle knitting, but not something really complicated, so I found a pattern for a ski band in Paton’s Big Chill pattern booklet. I’m thinking this should be for me when I go outdoors and snow blow the driveway!!

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A closeup of the stitches…

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I started a new project yesterday. I’m really into making hats because they don’t take like months to finish, and they are useful now that winter is approaching. I bought a book off of Amazon called Hats On! by Charlene Schurch. There are some really beautiful hats in this book! The one I’ve choosen to knit is the Danish Earflap Hat. I bought a skein of Nature Spun in Plumberry and instead of using 2 or three different yarn colors, I bought a skein of Noro Silk Garden 258 to do the fair isle portion of the pattern. I think it’s going to look absolutely fab! I’ve not decided if I’m going to do the earflaps yet, I may not…I have one more inch to knit before I make up my mind on that one…I’ll post pictures of the hat when I complete it!

Oh, and I’ve got to say…I’ve been using Addi Turbo circular needles to knit with…I think they make me a much better knitter, and I can knit so much faster than with other needles…I am so glad that I can afford them…

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