Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Mitts

My first two knitted Christmas gifts are gifted. They were mittens for the two teachers in Mitchell's classroom. I used Peggy O'Grady's "Arc Mittens" pattern, again. I really like the pattern as a quick gift. The pattern is in Interweave Knits' "Accessories 2011" issue.

The first pair used Trendsetter Yarns Vigna in the colorway "Tiger's Eye," held together with a strand of brown mohair, for fluffiness. (These two yarns were left over from a project I haven't posted, yet... Hint: this vest.).

The second one is a handspun, the "Loch Ness" I spun at the end of 2013. I held two strands together, and it still only used just over half the ball, so I suppose I could still make some fingerless mitts with the rest. The Merino/Silk/Angora is super soft and very warm, so it makes mitts that feel wonderful to wear.

Mitchell took these gifts to school on Friday, so it is safe to post them, now. :)

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, December 15, 2014

Wax Museum

Mitchell has been working on a semester project called, "The Wax Museum." They had to pick a historical figure and write a paper... with bibliography using at least three references. (I don't remember doing that until about fifth grade...). They also had an oral presentation where they had to dress as their character and recite their speech whenever anyone pushed the red button. At least they let them use note cards! Mitchell was Abraham Lincoln.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Ninja

I'm going to miss Halloween this year, for the first time, due to work travel. Mitchell is pretty laid back about it, but I am awfully disappointed. I got him into his costume, today, to take some pictures, ahead of the event.

Trick or treat!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, September 28, 2014


I finished and blocked a sweater last weekend. It is a bit free-form, just a large box with garter sleeve caps and cowl neck. I used some Corgi Hill Farm "Insomnia" which I finished some time ago, paired with Stricken Smitten hand-dyed Shimmer Glimmer yarn in the colorway "Plumage." I started the bottom in garter, switching to a couple of pattern stitches and stockinette, as mood suited me.

I saved a couple of pieces of handspun, in similar colors, to do the arm bands. Otherwise, I used up the handspun and switched to the Plumage.

I used two different knitting needles to keep the gauge as consistent as possible with the different yarns and stitch patterns.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mitchell Update

Mitchell has gone back to school. He's in the third grade. On the first day of school, he didn't really want his picture taken...

... but Chris did manage to catch a bit of a crooked smile.

A couple weeks earlier, we were at my folks' house, and he caught a stink bug in the back yard.

And last week, we caught a wooly worm.

Last night, then, we finally gave in and let him get a pet. It is a Russian hamster. Her name is pancake, because she was sleeping in a weird, flat position when we first saw her...


Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, August 18, 2014

Garter Yoke Cardigan

I finally sewed the buttons on my Garter Yoke Cardigan. I knitted it out of yarn I spun back in May, Southern Cross Fibre's "Cavern."

Ravelry Project Page

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay