Archive | August, 2012

The Stars at Night…..

31 Aug

♪ ♫ are big and bright! (clap- clap-clap-clap) deep in the heart of Texas! ♫ ♪

In keeping with my Texas theme for the name of my knitted creations, I have named my second socks “The Stars at Night”.    The lyrics to the famous song about my state was written by June Hershey in 1941 and the song has been sung by many famous people such as Perry Como, Gene Autry, and Bing Crosby.  Both the University of Texas and the University of Houston’s marching bands plays this song during each football home game.  It is also played during the seventh-inning stretch at all Astro’s home games.

Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Knit Picks, saying my pattern was now up on the website.  You can check it out here.

Or on Raverly here.

My first blog post about The Stars at Night socks can be found  here.

Ravenellic Games

13 Aug

The Ravenellic Games have ended and I knitted my way across 4 finished lines!  Yay!!!  For those of you who don’t know, every two years the members on the website Ravelry compete in an Olympic Competition of their own…. a knitting/crocheting olympics.  They compete in events such as: Charity Rowing, Double-Knit Boxing, Felted Freestyle, Cowl Jump, and Whip Wrestling.  There are over 30 events from which to choose.  I competed in the Hat Dash, Single Skein Sprint, Synchronized Stash Busting, and the Modular Relay.  I knitted a Ravenellic Malabrigo Hat, which qualified for the first three events and I knitted 10 hexipuffs for the Modular Relay.    Below are some pictures of my finished projects.  I hope to get better pictures of the hat soon.  The hat was knit from a skein of Malabrigo which was in my stash for about 3 years.  It’s knit in the pattern orchids & fairy lights, and is my second hat using this pattern.  I love, love, love this pattern and plan to knit a few more for Christmas gifts!

Knitting & Crocheting with Grandma

10 Aug

Yesterday was so much fun!  My grandma is staying over at my mom and dad’s house this weekend, because my aunt and her husband are out-of-town.  Since my grandmother is 92 years old and can’t walk very well, my parents asked if I would come sit with her while they were at work.  Since I was off work, and since I don’t get to see my grandma very often, I quickly agreed.  My grandmother turned 92 years old in April of this year.  She is in great health for her age, but has a hard time getting around and walks with a walker.  She has crocheted ever since I can remember.  Unfortunately, I’ve never learned to crochet, but I’m hoping to have my grandma teach me this weekend.  I do know how to make a chain, but that’s as far as I go.  So, I arrived at my mom’s house around 8:15 AM.  I had stopped at Duncan Donuts and picked us up a donut and coffee.  After breakfast we went straight to our crafting.  I knitted on a shawl, while grandma crocheted on a baby blanket.  My grandma crochet’s baby blankets and donates them to a hospital in Austin, TX, where my cousin’s mother-in-law volunteers.  My grandma loves crocheting the blankets and has been making then for a little over a year.  She told me that this was the first pink baby blanket she has made and that she loves the color pink, but she was having a hard time finishing the blanket because she gets tired of looking at the color.  She told me she was determined to finish it this weekend while at my mom’s house.  We spent the whole day knitting and crocheting, talking, watching TV and I even took her for a short walk around the block.  What an awesome day!  I feel very blessed to have spent the day with my grandma.

Knitting Needle Containers for the Wall

5 Aug

Last year, while still in the process of planning my knitting/sewing room, I found some white metal hanging plant containers at Ikea.  Here is the link http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90186094/  They were about $6 each.  I had planned to hang them on my wall, next to my yarn cabinet, to hold all my straight knitting needles.  Soon after setting up my room, I hung the containers and placed my needles inside.  I always felt they looked a little plain, so today, I tied a red ribbon around each container and labeled them as to size of knitting needles.  The ribbon is the same ribbon that I used on my multi-drawer cabinet and my decorative suitcase storage boxes.  I think the ribbon and labels make them look a lot better.  I can also easily find the size needle I’m looking for without having to look through multiple containers, since they are arrange according to size.  I also added some light-weight pompoms to the bottom and sides of the containers, to help cushion the tips of the needles and keep them standing up straight.  I’m happy with the results.  I might buy some tiny rubberbands to keep the pairs together, as I think that would be helpful.  Now to find a container for my double-pointed needles…