Wow, are my hands tired!! I feel like every single solitary minute I have a break, I knit. I just know that Christmas is coming up WAY too fast and I don’t want to spend the last week stressed out trying to finish the kids gifts! So, it’s been relaxing 🙂 I knit dishcloths as soon as I get up, while I drink coffee with my husband. Then I knit right up until it’s time to make breakfast. When it’s quiet time, I try to hide in my room and work on some of the kids gifts, and every evening I sit and knit until about 11!
I started another dishcloth this AM and here are the other 4 I’ve finished…
I started a cute little "Sheldon the Turtle" for my 6 year old, "Z"…
This is what he’ll look like (pic taken from the SHELDON THE TURTLE PATTERN site)
See…his little shell comes off!!! Isn’t he adorable??????
Here’s what I’ve done so far… I had to stop because I need to buy the little eyes and we aren’t going Christmas shopping until tomorrow. (My parents are babysitting ALL day!! WOO HOO!!!!!!)
This shows my knitting notebook with all my patterns in page protectors. That way, as you can see, I can mark off the rows I’ve knit with dry erase marker and never ruin my pattern! My niece keeps all hers like this too and I saw, on my favorite show, (Knitty Gritty) how to use the dry erase! I should have thought of this sooner, since I do that with my Flylady Control Journal, but I’ve always been a little on the slooooow side! Guess me and Sheldon have something in common! hehe
I’ve been working on a little project for myself, when I want to knit something other than a dishcloth and the kids are around so I can’t knit their gifts! It’s a FIBONACCI SCARF that I saw on "Knitty Gritty" and I am loving it!!! (if you are part of "Ravelry", I also added it as a pattern on there and someone requested to use a pic of my scarf as the pattern pic! I thought that was cool!) I bought a few yarns to match my winter coat and I am using some of my leftover yarns that also coordinate. The whole idea is to knit all rows and make sure the "purl" bumps on the right side add up to a Fibonacci number! I think it’s VERY cool. If you don’t know what Fibonacci numbers are… you can read about it at the scarf pattern site 🙂
Here’s my scarf started and the yarn…
and I knit all this in one evening! The needle is so big (size 11) so it works up really fast!!
There are a bunch of weaved in ends on the back that you end up tying off and pulling half of them forward to the right side to add an extra little funkiness to the scarf! I can’t wait to show you the finished scarf. BUT… Christmas gifts come first!!
My oldest son has always wanted one of those cool winter hats that’s like a mask with eye and mouth holes. I found this site (KNIT HELMET LINERS) and decided I would try to knit one for my little soldier! 🙂
Here it is so far… this is a side view. It looks kinda weird, but to the left is the top of the hat that I am knitting in the round. Once that parts looks like a hat, it won’t look so strange! hehe
and here is a view from the front. It kinda looks like I’m making a puppet or something…
Sweet "L" wants a new baby doll and something for the baby to wear, so I hunted online for preemie patterns, since there aren’t many free knit doll patterns. I actually found this site that has a pattern for a burial gown… but I will post it as a BABY DOLL DRESS PATTERN (burial gown) and if anyone ever wanted to donate a dress, I think that would be great!! I am going to buy some off white yarn and make one at some point since I think it is so beautiful and it would truly bless someone after a loss. But for now, I am blessing my daughter with a beautiful dress for her baby doll….
Here it is started…
So… that is 3 of my kids and little man "E" is getting the "Mr. Bean" bear that I am almost done with… but that left my Middle Boy, "A". He loves trains and cars so I just couldn’t think what to make for him. The other day I decided to ask him and he said "a little bear"…so that is what he is going to get!! (Maybe 2 of them since they ARE little!!) I found this pattern, SCOTT THE BEAR, at the Lion’s Brand wool site. BUT, since "Scott" is my ex-husband, I am just leaving this little guy unnamed and letting "A" choose! hehe
This is what it will look like (hopefully!): (I am just using different colored wool. He loves orange, so I used "pumpkin" and then "avocado" for the 2nd color)
Isn’t he just kissable?? (that’s what my niece, Haley said!!)
and he’s crocheted, so I had to switch my brain gears over from years of knitting back into crochet mode!!! I actually had to go online a couple times to figure out what a few of the pattern things meant!! It really is VERY easy and fast to crochet!!
This is what I’ve done so far. I have to knit another leg, arms and a tail and then I have to also buy the eyes and nose for him before finishing!! Here he is looking a little skinny and like he’s in the hospital all hooked up to machines or something.
Now I am going to blog about my daughter, "Z", who is really getting so cute at her crocheting!!!
She made a "hat" that fit her little sister’s doll…
But she decided it made a much better bed for "Sparky"…(the visor of the hat is his little blanket!)
Are you in the process of making anything crafty for Christmas?? Pop over to Shereen’s site and add a link to your blog… or just go and look what other’s have done and get inspired!! SHEREEN’S "WAITING FOR HIM" BLOG—SEW CRAFTY FRIDAY
Have a GREAT weekend!!! Love, Bridget