Cute Gift Idea

Wouldn’t this blankie make such a cute gift for a new baby??

The new colors of Cotton Ease are really nice and not so wild. I’ve seen where some people don’t like them as well, but I think they are just fine.

This blanket calls for only 2 skeins of yarn, so not only is it cute, but it would be cheap! Of course, no one would have to know that!! I am going to add this to my ever expanding list of baby gift options and maybe I will make one to have on hand for such an occassion.

A New (and Old) Obsession

Since I am not the least bit interested in watching the end of Babel (the first Brad Pitt movie I’ve ever given up on!), I decided to do a bit of pattern surfing. I haven’t been to Lion Brand in a couple of weeks and I am glad that I looked tonight. They have a new acrylic yarn called, Vanna’s Choice. I am sure that some are going to snub their noses since it’s acrylic, but if it’s good enough for Vanna, it’s good enough for me. Besides, with all of the blankets and other projects that I want to start on, one has to be economical every now and then.

I was thinking of making a trip to Michael’s tomorrow afternoon anyway so I am curious if they would have this yarn yet. I’d like to get a feel of it and see what it is like.

Here are two new blanket/afghan patterns recommending this yarn that I really love:

Blockbuster Afghan

This looks a lot like the Moderne Log Cabin from the Mason Dixon Knitting book. I wish that there was a better picture of it, but I think that I’ve seen enough to want to try it anyway.

Squared Afghan

Love at first sight!! A cheap project at only 8 balls of yarn and so cute! Definitely will I add this to my must do list!

I am obsessed with blankets and afghans lately!

I have started back on dishcloths this week. I subscribed to Creative Knitting Magazine last year, and during that time they started having a ‘must try stitch’ in their issues that they turned into a dishcloth pattern. Even though I’ve made close to 50 dishcloths I gave most of them away so I decided that it was time I made a few for myself using those patterns from the magazine issues. I want to get all of them finished before I post them here so that I don’t revert to my old ways of post after post of dishcloths. I am going to get them finished and show them all at once so we can all move on to bigger and better things!

Like afghans.

Slightly a Spoiler

I just finished reading The Friday Night Knitting Club, and if this isn’t a Julia Roberts match made in Heaven for a movie then I don’t know what is!

I am not sure that I am totally in love with this book.  I might even go out on a limb and say that I am not which is sort of a disappointment since I want to like a book that is so centered around the fantastic friends that you can meet through knitting.  But I found it to be more than a little predictable and maybe a little bit too melodramatic even though life doesn’t always have a happy ending.

However, up until the very end I didn’t really care what happened to any of the characters (except Darwin for some reason) and if not for the fact that I don’t like to leave books unfinished I could have walked away at any time. I didn’t find the characters to be very likeable (although that may have been the point), and most of the ‘big deal’ items in the book I just didn’t find to be such a big deal-like why Georgia and Cat hadn’t spoken in such a long time. Honestly, I was expecting something much more treacherous.

I hope I haven’t given away too much if you want to read the book.  If you have read it, please leave me your thoughts (even if you disagree with me!)!  Will you see the movie when it comes out?

Lucky Me

I got my second Secret Pal 10 package in the mail yesterday. My pal is really spoiling me!

I took this picture before leaving the house this morning and clearly it is not that great. Included in my package: 2 sheets of Hello Kitty paper, Hello Kitty sweet-tart dispenser, a lamb pen (So cute! I have another one different to this named Penny, so maybe this can be Penny’s boyfriend! 😉 ), some barnyard soap which includes a sheep, cow, and horse, lots of embroidery threads for cross stitching, a tea towel and 3 little ornament pillows to cross stitch, and an adorable Hello Kitty tote bag/purse!

I am really going to have to find something cute to cross-stitch on my tea towel and little pillows. I think the only things I lack to get started on something, other than choosing the cute patterns, are one of those hoop things and then some needles. Two things that can easily be purchased the next time I am at Wal-Mart.

I love this little purse! It is so sturdy! Since I don’t know how to sew, I don’t know how she did that but it is a nice touch. I didn’t take a picture of the inside, but it is lined in yellow and has a little pocket made from the HK fabric.

I wonder if my Pal made this. I asked her in an email, but that was right before I started this post so clearly she hasn’t had time to respond. IT IS SO CUTE! I love how Hello Kitty is a little cowgirl. This is the perfect size for keeping my new cross-stitching supplies in, so I think that is just what I am going to do.

A Belated Birthday ‘Valentine’

My friend Stacie has sent me the most wonderful yarn that she hand dyed (which she had named ‘Valentine’ – how appropriate given the wonderful valentine-y colors) as a belated birthday present.

How pretty is that!?!

It is about 220 yds of worsted weight wool, so now I have the huge and daunting task of trying to figure out something to make. I first thought maybe a scarf or a hat, but those seem kind of boring and I really want to make something special to do it justice. Any suggestions???

Pattern Surfing

I have finished the knitting on 3 felted coin purses, one in pink, one in purple, and one in lemongrass. I hope to have them felted by the end of the week. I have a really small washer and only 1 zippered lingerie bag, so it looks like I am going to be felting them one at a time. 😦

Since it has been a while, I thought I would share some of the cute patterns that I’ve found recently online.

At Wal-Mart the other night I gave in and bought the yarn to start the Three-Panel Striped Afghan. I have been admiring this new pattern from Lion Brand for a while.

Mine will look slightly different since I couldn’t find the varigated yarn, Homespun Fiesta. I got a different varigated yarn that I think will work just fine. The solid colors that the pattern calls for: candy apple, grape and fuschia are so vibrant! I am not totally in love with Homespun, but I think that this will be so cuddly when completed that I just couldn’t resist!

Another cute throw from Lion Brand is the Lion Suede Striped Afghan.

If I make this I will probably omit the rows of Spice and Garnet that the pattern calls for and use the Fuschia and Eggplant instead to make it a little more Mary Heather friendly. Those 2 colors just make it look a little too Southwestern for my tastes.

While on vacation I hit up some of the local yarn shops and happened to find some Noro Daria. I have been interested in this yarn for a while since I saw the Grumperina pattern, Corded, in MagKnits.

When I was buying the yarn, I couldn’t remember if the pattern called for 1 skein or 2, so I got 2 just to be on the safe side. Luckily, it is only 1 so if it turns out to be cute I will have enough to make another one for a gift. Also, I will get to practice using DPNs some more on this, so maybe I will be able to loosen up on my death grip.

I’ve found some cute baby patterns as well, but I think I will save those for another day!