Saturday, January 13, 2018

Knitted Sock Monkeys

So sweet. These two monkeys were finished in time for Christmas 2018 giving. The girlies loved them, which made this Knitty Noodle grandma very happy. Natalie picked the rainbow while Chloe wanted sleepy eyes with lashes.




Sunday, January 7, 2018

Pretty Pansies Afghan


Pretty Pansies pattern from Leisure Arts Presents Afghans for All Seasons. Pansies: Red Heart Yarn worsted weight yarn, various colors; Background: Caron One Pound worsted weight acrylic yarn, Cream. I started this afghan literally years ago, shortly before my mom passed away (that's 10+ years). Time flies by so quickly; it's a commitment of mine to finish this blanket in 2018. Required: 54 squares; currently completed 21. It's been such a long-term, backburner project...sigh. The squares don't take long to crochet, so I hope to make good progress or possibly even finish before the first quarter of the year.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Slouchy Cowl


Slouchy Cowl on me
It can be warm outside, especially here in Temecula, CA, located just north of San Diego, even during winter months, but inside the Casita, we tend to keep a cool-temperature house, generally speaking. Just finished this Slouchy Cowl, seen on me serving its purpose, to fight the chill and keep my shoulders warm. I downloaded this simple cowl by Nina, A Well-knit Shop; ninachicago.com. Quick and easy to knit using Size 17 jumbo needles and bulky yarn; the twist of the cowl was made after knitting, when it was seamed together. I used two strands of Lion Brand Yarn, Nature's Choice Organic Cotton (color Olive), worked together as one strand. Nice and warm, I like it!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

What is your goal?

Christine, take note. You've been knitting up lots and lots of dolls, bunnies, monkeys and other softie critters for the girlies. In 2018, let's focus on mastering Fair Isle knitting, perhaps an infinity scarf first, socks and leg warmers, maybe a complicated sweater as a final crowning achievement?

A New Sock Monkey from #Susan B. Anderson's "itty-bitty toys"


 A late starter am I.  Got it in my head to knit sock monkeys for the children coming to visit this Christmas 2017, so that we could play Monkey Bingo and Go Ape with monkeys in hand on Christmas Eve. It's been three weeks and still knitting like crazy. Two down, three to go. Crazy indeed, but oh so much fun as the monkeys come off the needles, one by one. 

Why Christine? Why always so last minute? Dearest hubby says, "It's because you're an artist, Christine." Bless that man's heart.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

It's a Bunny!

Pattern from Susan B. Anderson's book, Itty Bitty Toys. Yarn: Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street Collection; Cashmere Fleur De Lys; 90% extra fine merino, 10% cashmere; worsted weight (4). From start to finish, this bunny took about one week to knit. It's a cutie, maybe a Christmas present if I can bear to part with it.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Winter Projects 2017

I often wonder about what other knitters do; for example, how many projects do you work on at a time? Is it better to do only one at a time to finish faster? Those kinds of questions. See the aqua socks? I've been working on those socks for over two seasons; in fact, had to unravel one sock and redo...a couple of times...because I wasn't paying attention.
Christmas Rabbit in the making
Shawl and Crocheted Handtowel
A pair of socks for Jaden