Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year's Eve

I guess one last post of 2011 is appropriate.  This one will not have any knit content, but lots of cuteness.  We have Darius ringing in the new year with us, but I anticipate we will all be asleep in our beds when the new year rolls in.  Tomorrow is a new day and Darius is full of energy each day.  This is Darius' recommended libation for New Year's Eve. 
High on the cuteness scale is Darius in his Jump and Go.  He loves to jump.
He brought his exersaucer with him because this is another of his favorite activities. 

There will be knitting content in the new year.  Happy New Year's!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Two Year Socks

Drum roll, please.  If you look back to my November 3, 2009 post, I was reporting that I started knitting a pair of socks.  I must be the world's slowest sock knitter because I am just now reporting those socks as finished.  Yippee!!!!  Actually, I have to be in the mood to knit socks - thin yarn, small needles.  The good news is that the socks are finished in time to enjoy them this winter.   They are very colorful so will be perfect with jeans.

I have am amazingly cute photo of Darius, but will not be posting that particular one since I think it is being featured on Darius' family Christmas card.  Don't want to spoil the surprise of that for those family members that follow my blog.  
No blog post is complete without a picture of the little Dumpling.  He was about 16 weeks old in the "Daddy's Backseat Driver" photo. 

Here is a photo of Darius wearing the Dinosaur vest his Grandma made for him.  I believe he liked it.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

End of November Update

I am having a hard time believing this is the last day of November.  Yipes!  That means December is tomorrow.  Where does the time go?  We had a quiet, but nice family Thanksgiving.  We took lots of pictures, but this is one of my favorites of Darius.  Some day he will not be too happy about being the object of what all the adults thought was cute/funny, but for now....    Darius says that next year he is wearing sweat pants on Thanksgiving.

I finished another prayer shawl.  This one is knitted with Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn in "pizazz pink".  I love this pattern and find it very relaxing to knit.  The color was fun to knit, too.  I will turn this in tomorrow evening at Prayer Shawl Knitting.  This make four for 2011.

I also knitted up 4 pairs of little thumbless mittens for Darius.  The first pair was my trial pair and they were perfect so they went home with him before I remembered to take a picture.  They were light blue.  Then, I made 3 more pairs.  I realized that my gauge was little off so went down a needle size for the red ones and the olive green ones, but they all will fit his little hands this winter.  I used a Spud and Chloe free pattern. 

I'll leave this post with another picture of the world's cutest grandson.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

One FO and Another Baby Afghan

Yesterday I finished a little vest for grandson, Darius.  Searched through my button stash and found some cute dinosaur buttons to finish it off.   The pattern is from Jill Eaton's book, Minnies quick knits for babies and toddlers.  I made the Newborn size and it used less than one skein of Bernat Softee Chunky in color "Fern". 
Before he was born, I knitted a baby afghan in colors to go with Darius' room at his house.   As I was thinking about this, I decided Darius needs an afghan at Grandma's house, too.  I started a simple diagonal baby afghan from a Knitting Made Easy leaflet published by Coats and Clark.  The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, but I am using two strands of sport weight.  I am using Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly Baby Sport in white and pee wee prints.  Here is a close up of the Pee Wee Print and also a bit of the afghan.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Every Little Guy Needs a Pumpkin Hat

My dear son always said that people should not be allowed to put "cutesy" hats on poor defenseless babies and/or children.  Apparently, Darius agrees with Uncle Rob.  Here was Darius' initial reaction to the precious Pumpkin Hat his Grandma knitted for him.
No, he is not screaming.  He was merely trying to figure out how best to get out of the hat. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Darius is 7 Weeks Old

I am probably starting to sound like a rerun, but this baby just gets cuter by the minute.  For those with Facebook, you've seen this photo when Em posted it yesterday evening.  I  found it too cute to pass up so it is going here on the blog.
I finished a Pumpkin Hat and a Candy Corn Hat for him.  I need his darling little head now to try them on.  I may need to knit larger or smaller, but that ok since they are quick, little projects.  Em says we need to put this kind of stuff on him before he is old enough to protest.   These hats will be so much cuter on him than they are in this photo.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Darius is 6 Weeks Old

What a happy, smiley baby!  He is already 6 weeks old and gets cuter by the day.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Prayer Shawl FO

This Prayer Shawl has been on the needles for longer than I care to admit, but finally today I finished it.  This will be ready to turn in to the Prayer Shawl Ministry when we meet in October.  I am hoping to finish a rectangular shawl also by that meeting so I will have two shawls to contribute.  The triangular shawl above was knitted using Lion Brand Homespun in "Mixed Berries".

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Announcing Darius Diesel

On August 17th a new joy came into our lives - Darius Diesel, our first grandchild.  He weighed in at 8 lb, 2 oz and was 20 inches long.  He is such a cutie!!!!  I had the thrill of catching one of his early smiles on camera while having some Grandma time with him. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Some Scarves

I finished the scarf I was knitting for Special Olympics.  More info on this project at the link below.  You get all the information on the guidelines and this year's colors.  There is a great deal of freedom to play with various stitch patterns for this scarf project since the only true requirements are size of finished scarf and the two colors.  Beyond that, your imagination is your only limitation.  I chose to knit a feather and fan, with a 2 stitch garter border.
Another scarf I finished is a sample to share with my knitting guild as part of our community service knitting.  This is a free pattern online and I love it!  It was super simple to knit and makes a nice warm, attractive scarf.   You can use worsted weight, chunky, or doubled worsted weight (which is what I did).  I was sorting some yarn last week and found two partial skeins of cream color worsted weight.  I cast on and knitted till one of the balls of yarn ran out.  I cast on the suggested 17 stitches on a #11 needle.  The finished scarf is 6.5 inches wide, which is wider than I personally like, but will probably be perfect for someone.  I like the drape of the finished knitting using the suggested #11 needle so will do that again.  This pattern can be found at: 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Just a Little Knitting

Not much to show, but I have had fun knitting a couple of little baby hats for Darius.  We are still waiting for him to make his arrival.  I used Bernat Baby Jacquards for these hats.  The one on the left was knit from "Macaroon" and the one on the right from "Boo Berries".  They are from a Ravelry pattern, Very Basic Baby Beanie.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Diaper Cake

I made my first-ever diaper cake for Emily and Steve's BBQ/Baby Shower and I am thrilled with the end result.   No rain for the BBQ/baby shower, but it was a hot, hot, hot day.  I know the expectant Mom had to be uncomfortable, but she was a trooper.   Thought I would share some pictures of the diaper cake, which eventually will be dismantled so that the baby can wear the diapers, the sneakers, use the receiving blankets and baby washcloths, and play with the little toys.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Rambling Rows Baby Afghan

The Rambling Rows baby afghan is finished!  This is the Cottage Creations pattern.  It was so much fun to knit.  I gave it to the expectant mother (my daughter) on Saturday.  The colors match those in her nursery bedding set. 

I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn "Sapphire" and Vanna's Choice Baby in colors "Bluebell", "Aqua", "Sweet Pea", and "Chocolate Cake".  Below is a closer photo.  The "Sweet Pea" looks a bit washed out in the photos.  In person, I am thrilled with the colors and how well they match the purchased bedding.

Since I am so pleased with the finished baby afghan, here is one more photo.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Froggy Baby Sweater & Charity Hats

I have sewn the buttons on the Froggy baby sweater and it turned out very cute, in my opinion.  This is knitted from Cabin Fever #606 - "Buttons Cardigan". 

Here is a close-up of the cute little froggy buttons.

Here are the two sample hats I knitted for yesterday evening's knitting guild charity hat KAL.  The one on the left is the Swirled Ski Cap found at
The one on the right is the Helix Striped Cap found at:

Please excuse the sorry-looking pompom on the Swirled Ski Cap.  Apparently, I was born without the pompom gene.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Strawberry Pie

Everyone in my family LOVES this strawberry pie.   It is a recipe I have been making since the first months of my marriage, which makes it a very old recipe.  I have had many requests to share, so thought I'd get it written down here.

Strawberry Pie

1 qt. strawberries, washed and cut up (I generally use more than one quart because I like the pie full.)

1- 9 inch pie shell baked

3/4 c. sugar

2 Tbsp. corn starch

2 Tbsp. corn syrup

1 c. water

3 Tbsp. strawberry jello (Wild Strawberry, if you can get it.  Otherwise just Strawberry.)

Mix sugar, corn starch, corn syrup, and water in saucepan. Heat to boiling. Continue cooking and stirring until mixture thickens and becomes clear. Add jello and cool.

Put berries into baked and cooled pie shell. Pour jello mixture over.

Chill for several hours.

We're Having a Baby

We are going to be first-time grandparents in August.  It's a boy!   Baby Bump photo below was taken last week as my daughter was outside at school supervising her Kindergarten students at recess. 
Of course, there will be knitting.  Currently, I am making a Rambling Rows (Cottage Creations) baby afghan, using colors from her nursery bedding set.  Can't show you a photo of the afghan in progress because I want my daughter to see it totally finished, rather than part way.  But, here is the yarn I am using.  I have completed 23 of the 50 blocks in the afghan so still have some knitting to do on this project.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Big Green Block Took Over My Life

Anyone who knows that I work as a seasonal tax preparer, will understand that THE BIG GREEN BLOCK has taken over my life since the beginning of January. It has been a good, but very busy tax season for me. Lots of long hours and not much else for these months. I have been knitting, but only mindless knitting. If it needs any brain power, it is out of the question for me. By the time I get home, get dinner on the table and cleaned up, my brain shuts down and I have very little energy. I made some dishcloths.

I made some hats for the homeless.
I hope, with the end of tax season, to do a much better job with this blogging.