Thursday, July 29, 2010

Olivia's New Woolies

This is Olivia. She is wearing her new diaper cover & seems to enjoy it. I love it when Mom's send me pictures of baby wearing the cover I made for them. I have a special page on my web site that is dedicated to my babies in their covers.

My store has been very slow due to the economy I suppose. Several friends report the same with their sites. I miss all the busy work to get my orders filled. I like to knit every day so am working on charity garments when I don't have orders. Also, love to shop for yarn as much as I love knitting it. I am making some sweaters for family too & will post pix when they are finished.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

For My Store

This is a garment that I made for my store. It is a Forest Green Longie for a 2 yr old. It is a wool diaper cover designed to wick the water away from baby's wet cloth diaper into the soaker. It keeps baby drier than disposables & is better for the environment as landfills are full of dirty diapers. I have been making soakers for over 6 years now & enjoy it very much. This garment was designed with KnitWare Basic by Great Knit Designs. I sell cute Tee Shirts to go with the covers & let Mom choose which free transfer she wants from my web site. I also have lots of embroidery designs that can be chosen. I enjoy this activity very much. When I am not busy in my store I do my charity knitting.

Our weather here has been sunny & bright for the past couple of weeks. We don't get this kind of weather every summer so it is a pleasure when we do. Mostly we get rain, & more rain. That's why they call us the 'Evergreen State.'

I am going to start doing some volunteer work next month. I will be driving elderly clients to doctor's appointments & going grocery shopping for them. Maybe some light housework. I am very much looking forward to starting. I am kept pretty busy with my store & charity knitting but I like being busy. I am the kind of person that can't just sit down & watch TV etc. I need some hand work to do so I don't feel like I'm wasting time. LOL

Saturday, July 17, 2010

We had such a nice day today that it was a pleasure to be outside. Here in Western Washington we get more than our fair share of rain. I'm not complaining, but sunny days are nice too.

This is a Garter Carriage sweater that I made for my DIL. It is a sport weight yarn. Millor Piropo that is just right for our rainy weather. It is a cut & sew round neckline with drop shoulder sleeves. Usually for GC or Fairisle sweaters I use cut & sew as it is sooo much easier that doing decrease on the pattern. Most of my sweaters are made from Piropo as it seems to be the perfect weight for this area. I do also use other weights of yarn like worsted or fingering but Piropo is my favorite. My DIL is from a warmer climate & misses all the sunny days that she had at home.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Another sweater for the Women's Shelter

This sweater I made from Red Hearts Solid Kids. It is a nice soft yarn, softer than most of the RH line. It comes in bright colors that a small child will enjoy. I have so much fun making sweaters for the shelter. One time, when I was in WalMart, I saw a little boy wearing one of my sweaters & hat. He looked so cute I wanted to pick him up & hug him!!

I am going to start work on the fairisle sweater that I want to make but haven't had the time to get too. It will be alot of fun I think as I love the beautiful fairisle designs that came with my machine. I use the small designs for children so little fingers don't get caught in the floats. I have alot of Brother designs too, & have uploaded some of them to DAK so that I can make them on my Silver Reed machine. My Brother 965i is not connected to my computer. I would love to hook it up but would have to get a longer cable for it. Irene says that the longer the cable the more likely that the connection will fail. I am going to give it a try anyway & hope for the best.

Friday, July 9, 2010


Today I worked on my web site. I bought some new appliques' for my tees that I sell there. I sell my tees in sizes 6 months - 4T.
I had some cross stitch machine embroidery that I did on tees for my g'son. I wasn't satisfied with the way they looked so went to Holly for some much needed advice. She was able to sort out the problem. Isn't the internet wonderful?? When you have a problem there is always someone to help solve it. They have lots of cute embroidery designs & I love to go there & just browse.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Here is a winter set of sweater & pants for a 12 month old baby & is for my g'son. I also sell this set on my web site, KnitKnacks for Baby. It is made from a sport weight yarn. The applique' is 100% wool felt. The pattern is generated with 'KnitWare.' The colors are Royal Blue & Christmas Green. The wool felt works great as an applique' & can be machine washed & dried. I tried some of the felt from WalMart but didn't like the way it looked. I think it was made from recycled plastic. The felt that I am using now is much nicer & looks much better. I bought it on the web & the price was very reasonable. It comes in 12" x 12" squares & I can get at least 2 appliques' from each square. She has so many colors to chose from, I had a hard time deciding which to buy.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Here are some sweaters that my friend made for 'Knits for Kids'. This is a great charity to knit for. They have a need for donations. The pattern is on their web site. They ask that you use their pattern so that no one will get a fancier sweater than some one else. They have some cute photos of kids. So if you want to use up some of your stash think of them. Terri said she made these with Red Heart SS that had been sitting in her closet for sometime. Now it is going to good use, & Thx to Terri for being so generous.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

This is a swatch that I knitted on my SR SK860. It is a fairisle design that I am going to use to make a sweater for my g'son. It will be a size 12 months. I am going to make some Brown pants to go with the sweater & maybe, if I have enuff yarn, a hat too!! I have an EC-1 Controller that I had rebuilt & still use for my 860 as it is not hooked up to my computer with DAK. This is one of the designs that came with the machine. My son & his wife are moving to Northern California & it does get cool there in the winter. I do believe that they get some snow there also. Both of them are expecting me to make some sweaters for them too. I try to knit every day but Sunday.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Another Sweater for the \women's Shelter

This is another sweater that I made for the Women's Shelter. It is a size 6. The pattern was generated by 'KnitWare' & is a raglan with stripes as you can see. It was knit on my Silver Reed SK860 with some Red Heart Super Saver. I try to make at least one sweater for the shelter every month, but business has been slow so am making more this month. I am using up some of my stash for these sweaters as I have tons of yarn in my garage & want it to go to a good cause. I look at all my yarn & ask myself 'where did it all come from'??