Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!

What a wonderful holiday I spent with all my kids and grands.  It was marvelous!  Now that I have a little downtime, I am tossing around a couple of ideas for knitting projects.  I am still knitting on Sothia - she stays in the car and is for the hours I spend taking my mom to doctors appts.

I was going to show a few of my projects I made for gifts this year.

First up, I bought a vintage Bucilla Felt kit off ebay (my second one) and made this adorable ABC wall hanging for mini Island Boy. Mini Orange boy got one last year for Christmas and loves it.  All the ornaments are hand sewn.  Only thing machine sewn is the rick rack around the edges.

Second, I made these adorable ABC letters and a bucket to put them in.  My only regret is that I did not do numbers.  Didn't even think about it.  Got it off PINTEREST .  Here is my photo of the ones I made.  Loved loved loved this.  Will most certainly make again -  great gifts. And, by the way, if you haven't been to PINTEREST, you are missing A LOT!  Love that website.

Next up I found these adorable tea mugs w/sidekick from Angela Ingram on Etsy.  Bought one for Cheryl and one for my mom.  Then I found a "tea wreath" to make on PINTEREST which I thought was the coolest thing.  I made mine a bit smaller than the one on the tuitorial but let me tell you, they were a huge hit.  I bought 2 boxes of assorted tea bags - mainly for color - and used those.  I painted the clothespins, covered them in scrapbook paper scraps and voila!  I love it so much that I just ordered my own mug from Angela's etsy shop on Monday!

I made some cute little felt citrus coasters for Island Girl. Here is a link to the Purl Bee tutorial.  Adorable!

I Island Girl a blanket out of Minkie fabric and Citron and Gray bird material on the back from Michael Miller but no photo; I made a slouchy hat for my niece and no photo.  I forget to take them sometimes!

Off the blocking mat this morning,  a plain old cowl I made from Cascade Yarns Eco Duo which is a glorious combo of baby alpaca and Merino wool that is undyed.  Seed stitch border and just plain old knit. 

Finally, here is a photo of Mini Orange boy who absolutely loved his car/train track quilt.  I had shown it in a previous post .

A few other handmades but this was about it.  Some I forgot to take photos - others the photos did not come out. 

OTN now is Summer Flies - again - this time in a cashmere blend.  AND the wonderful new Hiya Hiya SHARPs needles.  If you haven't tried them, you don't know what you're missing. 

Wishing each and everyone of you a most joyous, healthy, crafty and peaceful 2012...

Friday, December 09, 2011

Psssst... They're here...

Of course I am talking about the new Hiya Hiya SHARPs Needles!  They arrived yesterday here at The Yarn Grove and already they are a hit with lots and lots of you knitters!  In stock, currently, are the 4" and 5" Interchangeable Sets in Steel US size 2-8, Sizes 4" and 5" individual tips in US sizes 2-8 and also fixed Circulars (US sizes 2-8) in 16", 24", 32" and 40" lengths.

Some sizes of circulars are already sold out but rest assured, there will be more on their way soon.

These needles are of the same exceptional quality as all the other Hiya Hiya needles and products - and let me tell you, they are pointy tipped for all those lace projects you have been procrastinating about.

Any questions, please send me a message on Ravelry (janiegirl) or janeATtheyarngroveDOTcom.  Try them - I know you will love them.  I sure do...

Happy Holidays everyone!