Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Welcome 2013!

Had some trouble logging into blogger last month but here's to a beautiful new year! We had a nice little surprise in November and I wanted to share our Christmas card with all of you.


Happy New Year!!

I'm already dreaming of yarn and patterns! :) Baby is due July 10th. 

Website might be down for a few days at the end of January. If all goes as planned everything should be easier to navigate and to contact me about pattern issues and general questions! I'm also halfway in the middle of getting my ideas together for the next set of cloths, hoping for a Feb release! I'll keep everyone posted!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hi There!

Just wanted to update everyone and let you all know that we're all doing good and that the kids are getting so big! We were hit with hurricane Sandy here on the east coast pretty bad two weeks ago. So many families are still without power and need to completely rebuild in our area. Tragically a school friend of mine lost his life when a tree fell onto his home during the storm. I ask all of you to please keep him and his family in your prayers.

**For the entire month of November I have been and will continue to donate half of all pattern sales to various Sandy relief charities in my area including the red cross and the aspca to help families and their pets during this difficult time.**

Thankfully our house didn't suffer too much damage and we only lost power for a little bit. Our internet/cable was knocked out and they don't know when it will be restored. Such a small thing in comparison to losing ones life. The gas shortage is still an interesting situation but with school being closed for two weeks we haven't needed to go anywhere that we couldn't walk to.
Still hoping we'll enjoy some normalcy for the holidays. Halloween was basically cancelled in NY but we still made the most of it. Lots of trees were still down but I made it back to my old neighborhood with the kids and it was a welcome surprise to see trick-or-treaters. This year we had a Luigi and Hello Kitty. Here are the silly faces that I face painted. They really know how to make Mom smile.


Since I haven't updated in what feels like forever... In some happy news I married my true love this year. No words could express having someone by your side that makes you a better person and all your dreams come true. Just for the record he's also been pushing me to write and knit more.



A lot of knitters have wrote me and asked if I'm going to start designing again and the answer is a definite yes.  Knitting will never leave my heart or my hands for too long. I'm still working on projects all the time from scarves to socks to small toys for the kids.

So here's to keeping this blog updated and my fingers busy! Now my long awaited question to all of you who still follow this blog and have enjoyed working through my patterns is: 
"What cloths would you love to work on next?
(I'd love to hear your answers!)


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Time to Start Again...?


OK, I need some inspiration... I need to knit!

A lot has happened since my last post so I'll write a small update. We sold the house that I built the apartment in over the summer so I'm temporarily living in a rental home until I can find another apartment that suits the kids and I perfectly. Although it broke my heart to let the house I grew up in go, it's a fresh start and we're all embracing it. Victor is already in Kindergarden and Ella will be starting Preschool on the 11th this month. I'm working everyday now and time is scarce. I'm also hoping to open up a business after the new year so my mind is cluttered with to-do's and research.


With all that said I really want nothing more then to sit down and start knitting again, maybe even some new pattern writing. Ellie had asked for a sweater last month and promising her that I would, I haven't even browsed patterns yet.


If anyone has recently knitted something for a little girl or seen a pattern lately that you think she might love please leave a comment with a link! She's very vintage and only wears dresses, cardigans, flats and headbands. Getting this girl in jeans with Winter around the corner is a battle in itself. Thank you for your help, I can't wait to get something on my needles. Which is more like, I can't wait to unpack all the boxes that say "YARN"!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Our New Addition..

Meet Lily! She's a Frenchie and was adopted by us early this month from a wonderful breeder, Big Creek Kennels. Lily has made our house a lot of fun. The kids are crazy over her and I am very lucky to have such a good pup. We're going through the long process of housebreaking at the moment. With the mountains of snow outside I'm longing for the days when I can take her outside to play and train. She's about 12 weeks now.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

I'm Going to Try a Lil Harder This Year...

I wanted to say thank you to every single knitter who has ever bought a pattern from KrisKnits. I can't express how grateful I am and how much it helps us everyday. Sometimes life is just too much to handle and I'm trying to work on my time management between the kids, work and taking care of the house.


I've taken on so much by myself this past year. It's getting easier as the days go on and it truly breaks my heart that I cant seem to find the time for this blog or to keep writing patterns.. I wish I could finish every pattern or idea that I've started or sketched out lately but I'm missing yarn and needles to boot. I think an inventory is well overdue this week.


I'm going to try something a little different this year. Yes, January might be over already but I think if I can motivate myself to post at least one picture a day of my life from now on, then it will push me to start designing again. Being more active on this site and communicating with other knitters helps me as well. I'm so grateful for this community and for all of my friends who've stuck by my side at the hardest times. I'm not giving up on this site or the artist in my heart.





Friday, October 22, 2010

October Mystery Cloth is Here!

Happy Autumn everyone! I've been so busy this month between work and birthday parties it was too difficult to get everything on the computer. I did manage to finish an October KAL and I've decided to offer it as a Mystery Cloth Pattern. I hope everyone enjoys this knit, it was a lot of fun to design and write up. I used a dark purple yarn for my cloth but I would also suggest hues in green, blue, brown, red and orange.


October Mystery Cloth 2010:

Supplies:
  • 1 Ball of Lily's Sugar'n Cream Solid
  • US #3/3.25mm needles*
  • Tapestry Needle *I used a smaller needle size to obtain denser fabric and to make the picture stand out more.

Finished Measurements : Approx. 10"x10"

Pattern:

co 47s

(k1, p1) to last stitch, k1 repeat for 6 rows

row 1: "and all odd rows" (k1,p1) 2x, K to last 4s, (p1,k1)

row 2: (k1,p1)2x, p1, k6, (p1, k1)x3, p1, k4, p5, k2, p4, k4, p1, k4, p1, (p1,k1)2x
row 4: (k1,p1)2x, p2, k3, (p1, k1)x2, p1, k3, p1, k4, p5, k2, p4, k1, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, (p1,k1)2x
row 6: (k1,p1)2x, p2, k3, p1, k5, p1, k6, p4, k3, p4, k4, p1, k4, p1, (p1,k1)2x
row 8: (k1,p1)2x, p2, k3, (p1, k1)x4, p1, k4, p5, k2, p4, k4, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, (p1,k1)2x
row 10: (k1,p1)2x, p2, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, k4, p1, k3, p1, k3, p3, (k4, p1)x2, (p1,k1)2x

row 12: (k1,p1)2x, p2, k1, p1, k1, p5, k1, p3, k4, (p1, k1)x2, p1, k3, p4, k2, p2, k4, p1, (p1,k1)2x
row 14: (k1,p1)2x, p3, k1, p1, k1, p4, k1, p3, k4, (p1, k3)x2, p8, k4, p1, (p1,k1)2x
row 16: (k1,p1)2x, p3, k1, p1, k1, p8, k4, (p1, k3)x2, p9, k2, p2, (p1,k1)2x
row 18: (k1,p1)2x, p3, k3, p7, k6, p3, k5, p12, (p1,k1)2x
row 20: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k3, p6, k14, p3, k1, p8, (p1,k1)2x

row 22: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k4, p5, k14, p3, k2, p7, (p1,k1)2x
row 24: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k2, p2, k1, p2, k1, p1, k14, p3, k5, p4, (p1,k1)2x
row 26: (k1,p1)2x, p3, k4, p2, k2, p1, k2, p2, k1, p2, k9, p5, k2, p4, (p1,k1)2x
row 28: (k1,p1)2x, p1, k3, p1, k2, p4, k3, p2, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p2, k2, p6, k1, p4, (p1,k1)2x
row 30: (k1,p1)2x, k1, p5, k2, p4, k9, p2, k1, p2, k2, p6, k2, p3, (p1,k1)2x

row 32: (k1,p1)2x, p5, k3, p4, k2, p2, k1, p2, k10, p5, k3, p2, (p1,k1)2x
row 34: (k1,p1)2x, p3, k4, p4, k3, p2, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p2, k4, p9, (p1,k1)2x
row 36: (k1,p1)2x, k1, p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k13, p1, k1, p1, k7, p7, (p1,k1)2x
row 38: (k1,p1)2x, (p1, k1)x2, p2, k2, p2, k4, p2, k1, p2, k12, p8, (p1,k1)2x
row 40: (k1,p1)2x, p2, k1, p4, k1, p3, k4, p1, k1, p1, k12, p9,(p1, k1)x2

row 42: (k1,p1)2x, p2, k1, p4, k2, p2, k15, p1, k3, p9, (p1,k1)2x
row 44: (k1,p1)2x, p2, k1, p5, k3, p1, k8, p1, k2, p2, k1, p1, k3, p9, (p1,k1)2x
row 46: (k1,p1)2x, p1, k1, p6, (k1, p1)x2, k8, p1, k2, p2, k1, p2, k2, p9, (p1,k1)2x
row 48: (k1,p1)2x, p1, k1, p4, k3, p2, k1, p1, k6, p2, k5, p3, k1, p9, (p1,k1)2x
row 50: (k1,p1)2x, k1, p4, k3, p5, k6, p2, k2, p2, k1, p3, k1, p3, k3, p3, (p1,k1)2x

row 52: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k2, p1, k2, p5, k4, p3, k2, p2, k1, p6, k3, p1, k1, p2, (p1,k1)2x
row 54: (k1,p1)2x, p1, k2, p1, k1, p3, k1, p5, k4, p1, k9, p3, k3, p5, (p1,k1)2x
row 56: (k1,p1)2x, k1, p2, k2, p4, k2, p4, k3, p2, k7, p4, k2, p6, (p1,k1)2x
row 58: (k1,p1)2x, p2, k1, p5, k1, p2, k2, p3, k1, p4, k5, p5, k2, p6, (p1,k1)2x
row 60: (k1,p1)2x, p1, k1, p1, k1, p4, k1, p3, k2, p2, k1, p4, k5, p5, k3, p5, (p1,k1)2x
row 62: (k1,p1)2x, p1, k1, (p2, k1)x2, p4, (k1, p1)x2, k1, p5, k3, p7, k3, p1, k1, p2, (p1,k1)2x
row 64: (k1,p1)2x, k1, p2, k2, p3, k1, p2, k1, p11, k1, p9, k3, p3, (p1,k1)2x
row 66: (k1,p1)2x, (p2, k1)x2, p33, (p1,k1)2x

row 68: (k1,p1) to last stitch, k1 Repeat for 4 more rows
next row: bo in pattern

Weave in ends.

Here is the pattern on Ravelry!


I'm glad to now mention that I have some help in organization so I can continue this blog and my pattern writing. I'm a very grateful woman at the moment!

Monday, September 27, 2010

I'm Back.. For Good.

It's been a very, very difficult summer. Due to family situations I had to start working full time and then some just to make ends meet. This took a severe toll on so many different aspects of my life. Thinking of them now can almost make me break down and cry. I'm still working through these difficult times everyday with an open heart and a smile . "When life gives you lemons..."

It's been so hard to neglect this part of my life for all of these months. It's honestly made me very depressed. I don't know where to even begin to apologize to every single one of you who follow this blog and wondered where I might be, if I was alright or not. Or to every knitter who might've had a problem with a pattern and sent an email that I just wasn't able to get to. Sometimes life becomes too much to handle and that's exactly what happened. I had no choice but to let some things suffer. There is more to the story but I beg you to forgive us and hope that you will continue to read and follow as I have so much to share with you.

Just a side note... and an important one. I am determined to continue the KAL and offer all of the "back-issue" cloths up in full within the next month. I know a lot of knitters wanted to have a complete set of 12 months by the end of the year. I'm making sure that this will be possible.
There will be an October KAL on the 1st of the month.

I need to start this again, I didn't realize how much joy it brought into my life an other's until it was gone. I've surely missed you..


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Did Someone Say Fudge?

I made this for the family last week and it was such a huge hit. I don't think there could ever be too much of this to go around. I found this recipe in one of my Mother's filing cabinets and it brought back great memories. It was always a wonderful treat. Staying true to the recipe it was as delicious and addicting as I could remember.


Oreo Cream Fudge:

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook/Set Time: 1
½ hours
Yields: 60 servings

Ingredients:
  • 13x9" pan and enough foil to line
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow fluff
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup Oreo cookies, finely crushed
  • 1 cup Oreo cookies, crumbled


Directions:


  1. Line 13x9" pan with foil and butter the foil.
  2. Combine sugar, butter, milk in medium saucepan over medium high heat.
  3. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil; stirring constantly. Boil for 3 minutes and remove from heat.
  4. Stir in white chocolate morsels, marshmallow cream, finely crushed cookies, and vanilla until melted and well blended.
  5. Pour evenly into prepared pan.
  6. Sprinkle crumbled Oreos over hot mixture and lightly press down or gently swirl into fudge with knife if desired.
  7. Refrigerate until firm. Lift foil from pan and remove from fudge. Cut fudge into squares.

April Mystery KAL: Final Clue #6

row 52: (k1,p1)2x, p2, k1, p3, k1, p6, k1, (p5, k1)x2, p6, k1, p3, k1, p2, (p1,k1)2x
row 54: (k1,p1)2x, p7, k2, p5, k2, p3, k1, p3, k2, p5, k2, p4, k1, p2, (p1,k1)2x
row 56: (k1,p1)2x, p5, k1, p3, k1, p6, k1, (p2, k1)x2, p6, k1, p9 (p1,k1)2x
row 58: (k1,p1)2x, p5, k1, p4, k2, p5, k1, (p1, k1)x2, p5, k2, p3, k1, p6, (p1,k1)2x
row 60: (k1,p1)2x, p2, k1, p9, k4, p2, k3, p2, k4, p5, k1, p6, (p1,k1)2x
row 62: (k1,p1)2x, p2, k1, p5, k1, p7, k7, p6, k1, p5, k1, p3, (p1,k1)2x
row 64: (k1,p1)2x, p8, k1, p2, k1, p7, k1, (p4, k1)x2, p5, k1, p3, (p1,k1)2x
row 66: (k1,p1)2x, p39, (p1,k1)2x

row 68: (k1,p1) to last stitch, k1 Repeat for 4 more rows
next row: bo in pattern

Weave in ends.

I'm almost finished with the first pattern of a new collection I've been working on. It's too adorable for words and I can't wait to show you. Trying to balance home and creativity is difficult sometimes but lately I've had a lot of help and I couldn't be more grateful.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Flower Cloths...

I'm so glad to finally have these up on here! I have honestly been working on them since before we moved but so much was pushed aside while we settled into our new home. I've been a busy bee lately and devoting every evening to nothing but knitting and pattern writing. I'm also working on re-doing the website to make it more organized and knit oriented.


This pattern is available as a PDF download and priced at $3.25. There are eight cloth patterns in this set. You can purchase this pattern if you are a Ravelry member by clicking the "Buy Now" button below the pictures. The Flower Cloths are also available in my Pattern Store here as a Ravelry Download. There are 5 pages total and the download is sized at 5MB. If you have any questions about the pattern or payment options, please feel free to contact me via email at kris@krisknits.com or on Ravelry: KristenKnits.






Heres a link to the pattern page on Ravelry!

Lily's Sugar'n Cream Solid:

Tulip - 01740 Hot Pink (Pink)
Rose - 00046: Rose Pink (Pink)
Daisy - 00001: White (White)
Watering Can - 00083: Cornflower Blue (Blue)
Sunflower- 00073: Sunshine (Yellow)
Lily - 00042 Tea Rose (Peach)
Pansy - 01317 Hot Purple (Purple)
Violets -
00093 Soft Violet (Purple)


You don't need a Ravelry account to purchase the pattern. Ravelry will re-direct you to paypal and will email you a link to download the pattern.

I made each written pattern with a corresponding chart for the dishcloth. From the sets that I've already made, I've managed to get about 2-2½ cloths out of one ball of Lily's Sugar'n Cream Solid Yarn. Though you can use any kitchen cotton you prefer.



April Mystery KAL
: Clue #5

row 42: (k1,p1)2x, (p1, k1)x3, p3, (k1, p1)x2, k1, p3, (k1, p1)x2, k1, p3, (k1, p1)x2, k1, p3,
(k1, p1)x3, (p1,k1)2x
row 44: (k1,p1)2x, p3, k1, p2, k3, p2, k1, p2, k3, p2, k1, p2, k3, p2, k1, p2, k3, p2, k1, p3, (p1,k1)2x
row 46: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k1, p6, (k1, p7)x2, k1, p6, k1, p4, (p1,k1)2x
row 48: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k1, p7, (k1, p6)x2, k1, p7, k1, p4, (p1,k1)2x
row 50: (k1,p1)2x, (p2, k1)x2, p6, k2, p5, k1, p5, k2, p6, k1, p5, (p1,k1)2x


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Kitten's and Cloth's...

We adopted two beautiful male kittens this month and they've made our family so happy. They have such wonderful personalities and although they aren't brothers you would never know it by the way they play and cuddle up next to each other. Already getting into my very visible yarn stash around the house I've had to resort to putting everything back into the plastic bins I moved in with.


Victor and Ella named our brown tabby "Baby Jaguar" after their favorite cartoon and I named our fluffy gray kitten "Gabriel" because he is as sweet as an angel.

I've been working on getting the Flower Set of cloths ready to publish by Monday so that's where my free time has been going this week. Here's a preview of the colors I chose.



April Mystery KAL
: Clue #4

row 32: (k1,p1)2x, p1, k1, p8, k6, p3, k1, p3, k6, p8, k1, p1, (p1,k1)2x
row 34: (k1,p1)2x, p1, k1, p9, k4, p4, k1, p4, k4, p9, k1, p1, (p1,k1)2x
row 36: (k1,p1)2x, p19, k1, p19, (p1,k1)2x
row 38: (k1,p1)2x, p3, (k1, p7)x4, k1, p3, (p1,k1)2x
row 40: (k1,p1)2x, p3, k2, p5, k1, p1, k1, p5, k3, p5, k1, p1, k1, p5, k2, p3, (p1,k1)2x

Monday, April 26, 2010

KAL Update..!

Just a quick post to update the April KAL. I'm determined to actually finish this one by the end of the month. I've been so busy with the lil' ones and we've adopted not one but two beautiful and loving kittens. I going to share some pictures of them with you this week. I took this shot of my lovelies today, they make my heart melt.





April Mystery KAL: Clue #3

row 22: (k1,p1)2x, p10, k2, p2, k2, p3, k1, p1, k4, p2, k4, p4, k1, p3, (p1,k1)2x
row 24: (k1,p1)2x, p12, k2, p5, k1, p2, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p9, (p1,k1)2x
row 26: (k1,p1)2x, p11, k1, p2, k1, p4, k1, p2, k3, p2, k3, p9, (p1,k1)2x
row 28: (k1,p1)2x, p10, k1, p4, k1, p3, k1, p3, k1, p4, k1, p10, (p1,k1)2x
row 30: (k1,p1)2x, p10, k1, p4, k1, p3, k1, p3, k1, p4, k1, p10, (p1,k1)2x

Happy Knitting!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Saturday Afternoon Cookies...

Cookies are my absolute favorite treat. For me, making them is half the fun. Here's a simple cookie recipe that just about anyone can squeeze into the weekend. It's one of my family's favorites and they are so delicious!



Sugar and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies:

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 15 - 25 min
Yields: 20 Sandwich Cookies

Ingredients:
  • 5 oz unsalted butter
  • 4 oz generous 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup generous all purpose flour
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate broken into pieces
  • 2 tbsp confectioners' sugar


Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk, then the flour. Continue beating until well mixed.
  3. Shape dough into a mound and break off walnut sized pieces rolling them into little balls with the palm of your hands. Place them on parchment paper on a cookie sheet spacing them 2" apart for expansion during cooking. Slightly press down the balls of dough.
  4. Bake in preheated oven, 325 F/160 C, for 15 - 25 minutes. Cooke time will vary with different ovens, watch for slight browning on edges.
  5. Carefully transfer cookies on parchment paper to wire racks to cool completely.
  6. Place the semisweet chocolate in a small heatproof bowl and set over pan of barely simmering water, stirring constantly until melted. Remove bowl from heat
  7. Remove the cookies from the parchment and spread the melted chocolate on the bases and sandwich another cookie on top. Return assembled cookie to wire rack and dust with confectioners' sugar.
  8. Add some melted chocolate to a sandwich bag with a spoon and cut off one of the bottom tips to drizzle chocolate over the tops. Cool completely and serve.



April Mystery KAL: Clue #2

row 12: (k1,p1)2x, p2, k1, p1, k2, p5, k4, p1, k1, p2, k1, p4, k4, p3, (k1, p1)x4, (p1,k1)2x
row 14: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k1, p5, k5, p4, k1, p4, k5, p3, k1, p2, k1, p3, (p1,k1)2x
row 16: (k1,p1)2x, (p4, k1)x2, p1, (k1, p2)x2, k5, (p2, k1)x2, p1, k1, p4, k2, p3, (p1,k1)2x
row 18: (k1,p1)2x, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, k2, p4, (k1, p1)x4, k1, p4, k2, p5, k1, p3, (p1,k1)2x
row 20: (k1,p1)2x, (p4, k1)x2, p6, k7, p6, k1, p4, k1, p1, k1, p2, (p1,k1)2x

Saturday, April 17, 2010

April KAL!...

Sometimes when life catches up to you it becomes overwhelming. I tried to overwork myself these past few weeks but it was impossible to find the time for anything design related. Thank you everyone for being patient for this KAL. I'm in love with this pattern! Victor and Ella both helped me design this month's cloth and they are so proud of it. I'm sure you will love it just as much!


We went out the other morning and gathered all the dandelions we could find around our house. Our lovely bouquet lasted only a few days but it did brighten us up during the Spring rains yesterday.


April 2010:

Supplies:
  • 1 Ball of Lily's Sugar'n Cream Solid
I'm using 01105 Country Blue (Blue), but you can use any color you wish. A light to medium pink, purple or green would go well also.
  • US #3/3.25mm needles*
  • Tapestry Needle *I used a smaller needle size to obtain denser fabric and to make the picture stand out more.

Finished Measurements : Approx. 10"x10"

Pattern:

co 47s

(k1, p1) to last stitch, k1 repeat for 6 rows

row 1: "and all odd rows" (k1,p1) 2x, K to last 4s, (p1,k1)

row 2: (k1,p1)2x, p39, (p1,k1)2x
row 4: (k1,p1)2x, p2, k35, p2, (p1,k1)2x
row 6: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k2, p4, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1, p7, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p3, k2, p1, k1, p3, (p1,k1)2x
row 8: (k1,p1)2x, p3, k2, p1, k1, p4, k4, p2, k2, p5, k4, p4, k1, p1, k2, p3, (p1,k1)2x
row 10: (k1,p1)2x, p2, k1, p1, k1, p6, k4, p1, k1, p2, k1, p4, k1, p2, k1, p4, k1, p2, k2, p2, (p1,k1)2x


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter!...

Happy Easter everyone! We had so much fun yesterday at the party and I have lots of pictures to share. I haven't moved them over from my camera yet but I will tomorrow night after I take more easter shots. I'm going to post the last update for the March cloth at the bottom. Monday will start the April Mystery Cloth KAL. I haven't decided yet but I'm going to use either a soft blue, green or grey cotton yarn to knit mine.

We made these Easter eggs on Thursday and I'm so proud how they came out. I used water-proof stickers and masking tape to create the effects of the stenciled and plaid eggs. It turned out to be a very easy method and wasn't messy at all. After the eggs were dyed I used an X-Acto knife to pull up the stickers so I wouldn't smudge the colors.


This is a picture of what my kitchen looked like the night before the party. I had my girlfriend come over and we ended up baking the night away. I love the rushed atmosphere when getting ready for a party, I just wish there were more excuses to have one.



March Mystery Cloth KAL Clue # 6

row 52: (k1,p1)2x, p7, k1, p8, (k1, p2)x2, k1, p8, k1, p7, (p1,k1)2x
row 54: (k1,p1)2x, k1, p7, k1, p7, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p6, k1, p7, k1, (p1,k1)2x
row 56: (k1,p1)2x, k1, p2, k1, p5, k1, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k1, p5, k1, p2, k1, (p1,k1)2x
row 58: (k1,p1)2x, p1, k2, p7, k1, p6, k1, p1, k1, p8, k1, p7, k2, p1, (p1,k1)2x
row 60: (k1,p1)2x, k3, p2, k1, p5, k2, p5, k1, p7, k2, p5, k1, p2, k3, (p1,k1)2x
row 62: (k1,p1)2x, k2, p1, k2, p8, k3, p7, k3, p8, k2, p1, k2, (p1,k1)2x
row 64: (k1,p1)2x, k1, p1, k3, p11, k7, p11, k3, p1, k1, (p1,k1)2x
row 66: (k1,p1)2x, p1, k3, p1, k2, p25, k2, p1, k3, p1, (p1,k1)2x

row 68: (k1,p1) to last stitch, k1 Repeat for 4 more rows
next row: bo in pattern

Weave in ends.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Taste of Spring...

I went out this morning for a walk with my Mother to enjoy the first real day of sunshine in a week. I took a few pictures of the flowers that are sprouting and wanted to share. Our March KAL update is at the bottom!







March Mystery Cloth KAL Clue # 5

row 42: (k1,p1)2x, p5, k1, p6, (k1, p2)x2, k3, p12, k1, p5, (p1,k1)2x
row 44: (k1,p1)2x, p5, k1, p7, k1, p4, k1, p14, k1, p5, (p1,k1)2x
row 46: (k1,p1)2x, p5, k1, p8, k3, p2, k2, p12, k1, p5, (p1,k1)2x
row 48: (k1,p1)2x, p6, k1, p9, k2, p3, k1, p10, k1, p6, (p1,k1)2x
row 50: (k1,p1)2x, p6, k1, p9, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p9, k1, p6, (p1,k1)2x

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Knitting Up a Storm...

I don't really know what happened this week. I think Spring got the better of me, as did my kids and the knitting. Oh my the knitting! My fingers are flying trying to get patterns ready to be published. I truly love how one collection of patterns in particular are knitting up and I can't wait to show you once they're finished. They aren't dishcloths but are still cotton made and adorable as ever. Thank you everyone for your concern this week, it means a lot to me. I have too many creative thoughts running through my mind to stay away for too long.


I should be back on track with the updates for this week so we can all finish our cloths by Sunday. We're having a huge Easter party at our house this Friday with friends and family so I should have a lot to write about over the next few days.

So.. Without further ado..



March Mystery Cloth KAL Clue # 3 & 4

row 22: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k31, p4, (p1,k1)2x
row 24: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k1, p4, k8, p6, k4, p6, k2, p4, (p1,k1)2x
row 26: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k1, p4, k9, p4, k5, p6, k2, p4, (p1,k1)2x
row 28: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k1, p5, k6, p1, k2, p2, k7, p4, k1, p1, k1, p4, (p1,k1)2x
row 30: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k2, p4, k6, p3, k2, p1, k7, p2, k2, p1, k1, p4, (p1,k1)2x

row 32: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p2, k2, p1, k1, p6, k9, p3, k1, p4, (p1,k1)2x
row 34: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k1, p2, k2, p6, k1, p7, k6, p5, k1, p4, (p1,k1)2x
row 36: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k1, p9, k2, p7, k6, p5, k1, p4, (p1,k1)2x
row 38: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k1, p8, k1, p9, k1, p1, k2, p7, k1, p4, (p1,k1)2x
row 40: (k1,p1)2x, p4, k1, p7, k1, p8, k2, p11, k1, p4, (p1,k1)2x

Saturday, March 20, 2010

March KAL Update!

Just a quick update. I'll post tomorrow with some knitting pictures tomorrow and another update!


March Mystery Cloth KAL Clue # 2

row 12: (k1,p1)2x, k1, p2, k1, p3, k25, p3, k1, p2, k1, (p1,k1)2x
row 14: (k1,p1)2x, k1, p5, k2, (p3, k1)x5, p3, k2, p5, k1, (p1,k1)2x
row 16: (k1,p1)2x, p5, k1, p1, k1, (p3, k1)x6, p1, k1, p5, (p1,k1)2x
row 18: (k1,p1)2x, p5, k1, p1, k1, (p3, k1)x6, p1, k1, p5, (p1,k1)2x
row 20: (k1,p1)2x, p3, k33, p3, (p1,k1)2x

Thursday, March 18, 2010

March Mystery KAL...

It's.. adorable. I hope everyone enjoys this months mystery cloth. My Mother had a hand in helping me sketch out a design so I'm going to give her most of the credit here. I have the entire pattern written out and ready to go for updates every two or three days. There will be six posts in all until the end of the month so we will be able to start April's on the first! It feels great to finally catch up on everything that I've let slide for awhile.


The kids wanted to make some rice crispy treat Easter eggs the other night and they were fantastic. They only took about 5 minutes to make and another 10 to decorate. We're having an Easter party in a few weeks and I'm definitely making these again, there was almost no cleanup. We dipped them in chocolate and then frosted with icing and sprinkles.


I'm still working on the Flower set of washcloths and they're almost ready to be published for Spring. This weekend I'm going to attack my overflowing inbox of emails and answer everything. I really don't like leaving things for too long.



March 2010:

Supplies:
  • 1 Ball of Lily's Sugar'n Cream Solid
I'm using 00093 Soft Violet (Purple), but you can use any color you wish. A light to medium pink, blue or yellow would go well also.
  • US #3/3.25mm needles*
  • Tapestry Needle *I used a smaller needle size to obtain denser fabric and to make the picture stand out more.

Finished Measurements : Approx. 10"x10"

Pattern:

co 47s

(k1, p1) to last stitch, k1 repeat for 6 rows

row 1: "and all odd rows" (k1,p1) 2x, K to last 4s, (p1,k1)

row 2: (k1,p1)2x, p1, k3, p1, k2, p25, k2, p1, k3, p1, (p1,k1)2x
row 4: (k1,p1)2x, k1, p1, k3, p4, k21, p4, k3, p1, k1, (p1,k1)2x
row 6: (k1,p1)2x, k2, p1, k2, p5, k19, p5, k2, p1, k2, (p1,k1)2x
row 8: (k1,p1)2x, k3, p2, k1, p3, k3, (p3, k1)x3, p3, k3, p3, k1, p2, k3, (p1,k1)2x
row 10: (k1,p1)2x, p1, k2, p5, k1, p2, (k1, p3)x4, k1, p2, k1, p5, k2, p1, (p1,k1)2x