Sunday, December 25, 2005

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! I will post a little more later, but when I was looking through the pictures, I came across this one...since my blog name is about finishing UFOs...these two sweaters were finished Christmas Eve in the AM just in time to wear to the Zoo which has free admission on Christmas Eve. They are made from Cascade 220 and King Cole Mohair in stripes. I used a pattern from Silver Creek Classics, a company from my adopted hometown, Bellingham, Washington. It's a pretty simple design, I mainly used it to know what size to make. I got the wool just after the girls' first birthday. My best friend Shelley helped me pick it out when she was here almost two years later, this deserves a spot on the UFO blog! LOL Definitely a good thing I chose a bigger size! Posted by Picasa

Monday, December 12, 2005

Catching Up, A Meme and FOs!

This is my hubby and kids on Thanksgiving! We had a quiet (well as quiet as this crew gets!) holiday at home! Sorry I haven't posted for awhile. Life has been hectic and sad. I have been feeling very down since my friend Laura was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer. She had surgery on December 1st and the Cancer is a very rare type which I am told is not curable, but is highly respondent to chemotherapy, so hopefully at some point in time her life will normalize somewhat. Right now things are pretty rough. She will start chemo therapy this week. If you feel led, please pray for Laura. She is like family to us and especially to my kids. She has been coming to visit every Monday to play with ds, ever since I was pg with the twins and couldn't get around much. She is very gifted with children and is a retired teacher/daycare provider. Anyway, please pray for "our Laura"!

I have been busy knitting away on several small objects plus the two shawls since August. I am still knitting one last item for my AKSP which she will receive in I can't show that yet. It's almost done, except I had "help" from one of the kids and/or the cat and it has to be "fixed"! After Christmas knitting is finished I will try to get back to some UFOs! I have also been considering doing the Aran Knit Along on the Aran knitting list on Yahoo designed by Janet Szabo. I'm not sure if I will really have the time though as I have a couple shawl projects on my list too.

Before, I show you the finished objects below, I will leave you with a little Meme that my friend Amy tagged me with. It's another one that helps you get to know people. You are supposed to tag 7 people to do this too, but I always hate doing that, especially when a lot of people I know don't do these, but if you decide to do it, please let me know so that I can read yours!

Seven Things to do before I die (Not Necessarily in Order)
1) Become the woman God created me to be. (Ok - I'm totally stealing this answer - I love it too Amy!!)
2) Write my family history and possibly another book
3) Get totally caught up on my scrapbooking (100+ years of pictures!)
4) Travel with my husband (no kids, not that I don't love them! LOL)
5) Have a home that can be used for hospitality ministry/home fellowship groups
6) Raise my children to be followers of God
7) Lose weight/be healthy
Seven Things I can not do
1) Turn away from God
2) Run a marathon
3) Hurt someone on purpose
4) Be quiet when I see someone being wronged
5) Bungee jump, roller coasters etc
6) Drink coffee
7) Blog daily
Seven Things that attract me to my Spouse
1) He is a sincere follower of Jesus and seeks God's will
2) His eyes/smile
3) His servant spirit
4) His sensitivity and caring
5) His laughter and sense of humor
6) His artistic talent
7) His intelligence
Seven things I say most often
1) I love you
2) Anyway...
4) GIRLS!!
5) I can't understand you when you're whining!
6) No yelling!
7) Get down from there!
Seven Books (or series) I love
1) The Bible
2) Anne of Green Gables series
3) Chronicles of Narnia
4) Zion Chronicles (Bodie Thoene)
5) Alice Starmore knitting books
6) Laura Ingalls Wilder's books/books about her
7) Becky Higgins scrapbooking idea books
Seven Movies I watch over and over again(or would watch over and over if I had the time)
1) The Hiding Place
2) Sound of Music
3) Lord of the Rings (all 3)
4) Fiddler on the Roof
5) Anna and the King
6) Somewhere In Time
7) Anne of Green Gables (all 3)

For some reason, blogger wants this to be first, so please keep reading past this to catch up and the rest of the finished objects are below this. Thanks! These are the River Rapid socks from a free pattern from this neat blog I knit it with the Kool-Aid dyed yarn I did this summer with the Knit Picks dye your own fingering weight merino. I put a big sippy cup in there to stretch it out so you can see the pattern a little. These will go to my cousin, who is 15 and I have no clue what to get her! I don't know if she will like them or not! They were a fun pattern to knit. Pretty easy. Posted by Picasa

Not knitting, but a FO, none the less! These are pillowcases I made for a pre-teen boy. They take one yard each and are made on the serger so go fast! Posted by Picasa

Okay...this is not knitting but it is the quilt I made for my Aunt Grace and I am finally getting it ready to send off today. The binding is not so hot orange! It looks like kitty furn in person. This is the first quilt I have made and it won't win any prizes but it was a lot of fun and my Aunt will love it!  Posted by Picasa

6 dish cloths I knit for my cousin who is in her first apartment. I also made her a small recipe book out of one of those small notebooks that holds 3x5 cards, the same color of blue as in the cloths. I included some recipes that I like to use frequently and some from our Grandma Johnson. Posted by Picasa

I made this for my niece. It is Hothouse Pink from Lamb's Pride worsted (Brown Sheep) and is a little more florescent than the photo. The scarf was from a pattern at and is a wavy rib...I was trying to find something funky for a teenager. She lives in Vermont, so hopefully she will wear it! The hat is the Lamb's Pride mixed in with some burgandy mohair from Katia...something old in my stash! :o) Posted by Picasa

Another shot of the Flared Smoke Ring from Louisiana designer Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer of This one went to Germany. Posted by Picasa

It's hard to tell but this hat is olive green with white flecks in it. A Pinguoin yarn from my stash. The ivory snowflakes are Brown Sheep. This hat went to Germany also. I didn't include in the photograph but I also made this hat in a sky blue with white out of Brown Sheep. It's a Green Mountain Spinnery design I've had forever. It's nice and warm, self lined where the snowflakes are. Posted by Picasa

This is another Iris Schreier scarf out of Charisma yarn from New Zealand. I got it from ebay along with the Wee Woolies yarn, both together costing about half of what one would have cost. The hat is from Sally Melville's knit stitch and uses Paton's merino for the cream portion. It was knit flat and is meant as a beginner's hat. I would knit it in the round if I did it again. I was mainly looking for a pattern that would work with the garter stitch scarf. Posted by Picasa

This is an Iris Schreier pattern from I got the wool from eBay and it was "Winter Solstice" from Wee Woolies by JoLen. It's prettier in know how it goes capturing colors in doors! Posted by Picasa

Here is Kiri again in Knit Picks Cloud, Autumn, baby Alpaca. One more shot before it left for Germany! Posted by Picasa