Tuesday, January 17, 2012

~ Yarn Along ~

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I am always happy when I am able to Ginny for her wonderful Yarn Along.

I have just one small knitting project to finish up right now and am really feeling the need to start something new. I already have more cardigans planned, maybe pink ones for spring and summer birthdays, but those will have to wait until yarn can be purchased. For now I will try to think of something small and fun, maybe something with the girls. Ahh, that is a good idea...


So now I will finally show you finished pictures of a few of the handmade holiday gifts.


This is one set of the nesting bowls. These sure were neat to make. I was able to knit all the bowls in the evenings, and the wet felting was very enjoyable. Goodness I love wool!


And mittens for the girls, the first pairs I have ever knitted. Also very fun.


Since I knit both pairs from the same green yarn I decided to add a small bit of embroidery to each pair. These mittens have seen a lot of use already. Chloe's are even kind of muddy. Chessa's have come home from the horses covered in burrs.


And some hat/bonnet pictures. I plan on updating my ravelry page with notes on patterns, etc., but I've never really ever updated much of anything on my ravelry page, so who knows when I will really get around to it. The hat pattern though is called Pauline, and quite wonderful I think. I love how it covers the girls ears so well too. I may want to make these again in thicker yarns next winter.

I am happy to say that hats, mittens, and cardigans are worn almost everyday. I am so grateful that my girls love to wear their mama made clothing. It feels so good to be able to clothe them in handmade warmth.


I had been wanting to share this beautiful old book, in really great condition, that we found at the library book sale a few months ago. It makes me very happy. I just so happened to be in the picture, and rather than edit myself out I decided I could just leave it...


I do believe our winter wishes have been answered, winter seems to have finally wakened!
I wrote last year here about some of our other favorite winter books. (And if you asked about the winter book from my last post, you can see more of it there.)

(And this brings up the whole comments and questions thing again. I never know where/how best to answer. I would like to try to start responding more within the comments. I think I will try that...)

And finally I have picked up my poor neglected granny squares. I do not mind that I went three seasons without working on them. It was always meant to be that kind of project, most special for cozy winter days. It was nice to start working on them again, on a beautiful snowy day...

I wonder if you have any special winter handwork projects happening?
Happy creating!


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18 comments:

Linda said...

Your projects are so beautiful Renee, your nesting bowls are gorgeous colours and Jen has just seen the mittens and requested a pair:)
Love to you
Linda

Plain and Joyful Living said...

Hi Renee,
I was thinking about your granny squares the other day:)
Your knitting is just beautiful of course, and I especially like the nesting bowls.
So wonderful that your daughters appreciate all of the handmade goodness.
Warmly, Tonya

Nadja said...

Such pretty projects, Renee! I do love the bonnets...my big girl feels too big for them (she wants a slouchy hat) and my little one doesn't like things that tie under the chin!

Ginny said...

It's all so pretty Renee! I especially love the girls' hats!

pinkundine said...

I love the rainbow of felted bowls, so pretty :)

Natalie said...

On my screen, your granny squares match the cover or your "Winter Awake" book.
Beautiful.
Thank you for sharing

Cynthia said...

All your knitting (and crochet!) is just so lovely. I especially like the little embroidered detail on the mittens. They are very sweet.

kdb said...

I love those hats you knitted- but what I really popped over from my reader to say it how nice it is to catch a glance of you, it's not often that we see you in your posts. a lovely picture, indeed.

Kim said...

Your girl's hats and mittens look so cozy and sweet, as all girl items should be!
I finished a project on my snow day home yesterday--so today while I am home again, I will be starting a charity project, baby blanket that I will be giving away this spring--
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leafy-baby-blanket
I have a lovely navy blue yarn so it can go home with a beautiful baby boy from our pediatric interim care center, which takes care of drug babies until they are ready to go home.
*smiles*

anna said...

Ohhh your work is so beautiful. Every single piece! It looks as though you and your family are keeping beautifully warm this winter, in every way.

Laura said...

I really love the girl's hats, I truly do they look so warm and sweet! Nice to 'see' you too :-)

Lori ann said...

very sweet knits, your girls are are so cute in them. i miss my girls at that age. i just love the magic of wool too.

Mama Ash Grove said...

Dear Renee, I thought I had commented here! Well I sure read it and had all sorts of nice things in my head that I said.
I love your knitting projects, and of course you know I love Emily Dickinson!
Those bonnets for teh girls are beautiufl and I know my big girl would love one, and probably look like she could be your third daughter in it!
<3

heather said...

Love the felted bowls and I really like the granny squares. The brown throughout is really lovely and ties them together yet doesn't darken them. In fact, I think the brown makes the bright colors pop a bit more. Gorgeous!

Sarah-Our Island Home said...

I love those nesting bowls! Beautiful colours! I have been wanting to make some for a long time... Maybe one of my next projects... And those mittens and bonnets are adorable! Your basket of granny squares does look like a cosy, fun, winter project! I have a weakness for granny squares but never was able to get "hooked" on crochet. Thank you for the reading inspiration as well...

Heather Woollove said...

Your nesting bowls are so pretty!
I know that they were received with joy at Christmas-time!

mamainthequietcorner said...

Love the bonnets! I searched Ravelry for "Pauline" but couldn't find this pattern; do you have a link for it?? I'd love to make it for my girls!

W-S Wanderings said...

Hmmm, I thought I had commented here before. Maybe it was when Blogger was having fits and wouldn't let me comment. Well, I just wanted to say that your bowls are a colourful delight. And your mittens are SO pretty. I just made my first pair too, though they are nowhere as successful as YOUR first attempt.

Beautiful work.