Tuesday, November 25, 2014


The winner of the blog giveaway is Knitnginthemitten!

 Stay tuned for more giveaways and fun in the coming months:-)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Baby Sweater Progress and a Giveaway!

The snow is falling (rapidly) here in NE Ohio.  It feels like January, but it's only November.  It's the perfect time to snuggle up in a warm blanket and knit something!

I've made significant progress on my Hug Me pullover.  I've completed the front and back sections, and am currently on sleeve #1.  I decided to go with the teal/sage green/chocolate color combination because I love how those colors look together.  It's been a pretty simple knit so far, and I'm hoping to get the sleeves done this week and attach them/finish the sweater this weekend.

I'm having a giveaway this week as well.  Up for grabs:  a skein of Cascade Heritage sock yarn in a pretty(and spring-like) lilac color, and a copy of The Joy of Sox by Linda Kopp.  I will draw a winner on Monday, November 24th, so enter by midnight on Sunday, November 23rd.

I have another copy of TJOS, and I've knit the Blue Crush socks out of it so far (well, one of the pair anyway) but there are so many great patterns in the book, you will have trouble deciding which one to knit first!

How to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post (please include your Rav nickname so I can contact you if you are the winner)        or
  • Leave a comment on the Ravelry post about this giveaway in the 'Contests & Giveaways" forum.

You can get one extra entry if you:

  • Follow my blog  or
  • Follow me on Twitter (I am KnittingMama on Twitter).

Good luck and thanks for reading!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

FO: Socks!

I *finally* finished a long-languishing pair of socks using ONline Supersocke Cotton 100--a cotton/wool blend sock yarn.
I started these in June 2009, and finished them today, October 25th, 2014.
I did not like the yarn a lot at first--not a fan of the self-patterning that was going on in the skein, but these turned out to be very comfortable and perfect for cozy fall evenings.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

And the winner is...

The winner of my blog giveaway is Rosebob!

Be on the lookout for more blog contests and giveaways soon!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Baby hats & yarn giveaway!

We've been having some very warm, summer-like temps up here in NE Ohio lately.  I love the sunshine (delightful after the bad winter we had)  and the heat, but the storms and tornado warnings I can definitely do without!

Currently OTN:  Monkey socks for KAL on Ravelry, a scarf for Pine Ridge, and some baby hats for Pine Ridge/Stitches from the Heart.  I'm making a cute one right now--Grinch colors--see pic below.

I'm also having another yarn giveaway!  Details:
  • To enter, just leave a comment on this post OR on the Ravelry thread in the 'Contests & Giveaways' Group.
  • I will draw a winner on Saturday, May 17th, in the evening.  All entries up till then will be in the mix.
  • Please leave an email or your Ravelry username in the comment.
  • I will ship anywhere
Good luck!!

The prize:  
A skein (996 yards) of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Lace SemiSolids in the Amethyst colorway.  Yarn has been stored in Ziploc bag in plastic bin in a smoke-and-pet-free home.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Lots going on lately!

There has been a lot going on lately in life--family visits, traveling, celebrations, and knitting.  My son celebrated his First Communion this past weekend and it was wonderful.  The sun started shining during the ceremony, and we had a nice family gathering at home post-church.  I wanted to make the day really special for my son, so I decided to make a centerpiece for the table that also did double-duty as dessert.

My mom and I chose to use macarons and meringues for the display.  I arranged them in a cross pattern that turned out really well!

We bought macarons from Vanille Patisserie in Chicago, which has a wonderful assortment of pastries.  We chose the teal blue (vanille flavor) and the cream (hazelnut flavor)--colors went with our color scheme.  The macarons held up great-refrigerated for a day or so prior to serving.  You can't really see the cream-colored macarons--they are underneath the meringue cookies we piled up on top.  The centerpiece was very fitting and looked great!

I finished my Cadence socks a couple weeks ago-- I used Cascade Heritage in an aqua blue color--they look and fit great.


Currently OTN:  a pair of Monkey socks in String Theory Colorworks Continuum self-striping MCN.  Colorway is Particle Accelerator.  I love the yarn and the striping is fantastic.  Pics to come tomorrow when I have more of it done :-)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

FO: D-Man Socks

I recently finished a pair of D-Man socks using Knitpicks Felici in "Gelato."  I love how soft these socks are and the colors remind me of spring, which has finally seemed to arrive in NE Ohio, after a seemingly endless winter.

This pattern was very simple to follow and perfect for in-front-of-tv knitting, esp. during Downton Abbey:-)