Monday, February 28, 2011

Happy 6th Blogaversary to ScrappyKnitter!

Terrible picture but I wanted to put a cake on here. Hubby made this for me on my last birthday and gave it to me for breakfast. :o) He also used a votive candle. Gotta love him.
I can't believe it's been 6 years! I've learned a lot in those 6 years of blogging. I've learned a lot about knitting in those 6 years too.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd be able to figure out how to read a lace chart. I took a class and figured it out.  Never thought I'd figure out how to knit a sock, but I did, following all those links that bloggers put in their blog pages. I've been knitting since I was 6 and never knew there was so much to learn and love about my favorite hobby.  My "therapy."  My Mom used to ride horses. She always told me it was her therapy but I never knew what she meant. I do now.

Thanks for reading my blog, thanks for keeping me company all these years, and thanks for stopping by.

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wedding Bells will be Ringing!

February 22, 2011
Our youngest, the Baby Girl, got engaged last night to her Prince Charming, Knight in Shining Armor, Lucas. Wedding bells will be ringing in Alabama in a few months. That is her engagement ring. Thank goodness for text messaging, Facebooking and e-mail or I'd feel totally disconnected from this whole thing. She keeps me updated minute by minute! Thanks Alex. I love you!

I had to share this little guys picture again. This morning he came to the feeder right outside my sunroom/knitting room window. I must have taken 25 pictures before he sat still to get this one. Isn't he beautiful? You can see his backside colors over in my side bar.  He's taking off from the feeder below, perfect timing.  These birds have gone through 40 pounds of sunflower seed in less than 2 weeks.  Time for them to clean up the ground for a day or so, then we'll refill all 20 feeders again.  They empty them in less than 24 hours! P....I....G....S!

This is my Martha Cowl that I made awhile ago but never posted.  For some reason the girl who wrote the pattern took it off of Ravelry.  It was very easy and fast and crocheted but I used 1824 Cotton and it is not at all stretchy so it's not as big as I'd like it to be.  I do love that flower though. I'll just add it to the basket with all the others. ;o)
Adding the ribbing to the Elbow Room Sweater  last night at 11:30 when I was too excited over the engagement to sleep. This is 1 inch of ribbing.
It was supposed to have 5 inches of ribbing but with the one skein of yarn I had left I was only able to get 2 3/4 inches. I need to wash it, block it and then sew the side seams and it'll be done.  This came out beautiful but when I make it again (and I hope I do) I will have enough yarn for the 5" ribbing and I won't use this yarn. I have the sorest armpits in the world from working on it! Don't ask me why armpits, but that's where it gets me.

Saroyan and my cute sunflower man. I only work on Saroyan when I don't feel like thinking or reading instructions, charts or directions so it's slow going. I'm on the 3rd straight piece.
I got this cute sunflower man while at a festival in Gainesville (Mule Camp Market Festival) with my son, Nick. I love it and it reminds me of an old man. It's great to keep all my cute little stitch markers in.

The beginning of Mom's Nantucket Jacket!  Finally.  Going to work on this today and then some socks.  I'm enjoying having my 3 projects going at a time. My hands seem to be getting stiff when working with small sock needles (age? Lord!) so when I start making mistakes I know it's time to switch to something else.  Fun, get to blog a lot so that it seems like I'm a Bionic Knitter! NOT.

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cabled Socks for my Baby Girl Complete!

Thanks for the comments on my new RED blog. I really think red is so pretty and it does POP! It's fun to make time to play with this once in awhile.

I had to change my RSS feed subscriber (or whatever it's called)because the one I was using went out of business so if I don't have your blog listed in my sidebar could you send it to me? I tried replying to Beth but your blog isn't listed on your page. :o( I've lost so many of my favorite blogs, makes me sad.

 Okay, happy news! Alex's socks...................DONE!
These seem like they took forever (don't all socks?) but after posting the finished pair on Ravelry I realized it's only been a month. That's not bad. The worst part about knitting socks (besides the knitting of the socks) is the cost. When I think of the sock yarn I have stashed in the closet, and the amount that each skein/hank costs, well, I could buy enough socks at the store for every person who reads my blog plus my whole family. BUT, have you ever seen socks like this in your store? Me either! So, would these be Maternal or Paternal since they don't match exactly? That would have just been crazy to match stripes! Nope, not for me cause, well, you know, I hate knitting socks!

Next is a pair of the Firestarter Socks for me! Have to go look through all that sock yarn and see if I have red, cause why would you make those out of any other color?

Finishing up my Elbow Room sweater. Keeping my fingers crossed I have enough  yarn left. I have the ribbing to do around both fronts and the neck and only 1 skein of yarn left. I'm sure my ribbing wont be 5 inches like the picture, but I'm hoping to atleast get 3 or 4 inches. If I don't even get 2 inches I'll be a very upset knitter!

Our Painted Bunting came back for the 3rd year in a row, sitting w a male Cardinal and a purple finch
We're enjoying 70+ degree days with lots of sunshine, but I'm still not ready for winter to be over. I enjoy the cold and the slight, slight possibility of snow but I guess it's pretty much over this year. Our feeders are full of birds, our trees are starting to show signs of buds and there are spots of grass turning green in the lawn. I just really am not looking forward to the hot, humid, and more humid weather we have here in the Southern Summers!

Happy Knitting!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

 Valentine's Day 2011

I think I am loved! I got a dozen CHOCOLATE cupcakes with PINK frosting!

What more could a girl ask for?

I have gotten more done on my Elbow Room Sweater but that yarn really hurts my hands (am I getting old?) and I can still only do about 4 rows at a time.  I'm not too sure about this sweater but I love knitting it sideways, just because it's different.

The baby girls socks are coming along. One down, half of the other to go. And I STILL haven't finished her Bouldering Chalk Bag but I will, eventually. She hasn't been bouldering in awhile, so I haven't gotten in too much trouble yet.

The sun is shining today for the first time in what seems forever! I'm hoping everything dries out today so tomorrow I can take pictures of my knitting, but who doesn't enjoy looking at chocolate cupcakes and beautiful flowers?

Let me know what you think of the new blog style. I went with simple and my favorite color.  Is it easy to read? Hard? Too bright? I'm open to any and all suggestions. And thanks to Beth and Alex for helping. I decided to ditch the picture. 

Happy Valentine's Day to you all and Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Picture in Header

Scrappy Knitter is trying to get a new look, but like the human Scrappy Knitter I'm having trouble fitting into things. If you know how to make my pictures the size of the space in the header for a picture, please let me know. I'll be back after playing with this.
Happy Knitting!

Even in the very south of GA we get icicles!