Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Day

Hi!

Daddy, that is, um... Santa, had Mitchell's gifts all arranged and a fort built out of the Lincoln Logs. The spacing between the gifts was strategic, allowing for the four dinosaurs and wooly mammoth to lay in wait for one little boy to find them. Once he found the wooly mammoth, he got distracted from opening gifts.



The dinosaurs were immediately integrated into the fort scene, which Mommy and Daddy found very amusing. :)

Most of Mitchell's gifts were marked, "From Santa." However, there was one from Mommy. Hee, hee! I had to order this from the "Coop" (the bookstore on campus). They don't seem to be widely available. Not much of a market!

Happy Knitting!

Lisa Kay


Monday, December 24, 2007

Sock #5 and Mannequin Leg


Hi!

Christmas Eve gives me a chance to post this photo for two reasons:

1. There were two pairs of these "Monkey" socks, and one was a Christmas gift for my mom. Since my folks check the blog, I had to wait!

2. Dad got me this cool mannequin leg for Christmas. The ubiquitous "little bird" told him I wanted one!

The sock pattern is the "Monkey" by CookieA, on Knitty.com. The yarn is Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnets, Carrera, in colorway "Aquatide." It is 50% wool, 50% silk. Yummy.

I actually made this sock six times. The first two were tight. (I used a size smaller needles than the pattern. Not a good idea.) I thought I'd just put up with them being tight... I had planned to make two pair. After I made the second pair for my mom, I decided they were wonderful and that I had to re-knit the first pair. Since I can knit a sock in about two weeks, I spent about three months on these socks. Boy, was I ready to be done with them!

I also made three of the mini's.

Here is the yarn in hank and ball. It is wonderful stuff.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Christmas Eve



Hi!

We had our first round of Christmas, today, with my side of the family. Chris's side of the family will be tomorrow. Grandma and Grandpa brought Mitchell a "big wheel" type tri-cycle, and he enjoyed helping Daddy put it together!

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay


Saturday, December 22, 2007

Dune Fronts




Hi!

I finished the fronts for the Dune Sweater. Mitchell seemed very excited when I laid them out. He ran around in circles, and then seemed to be making a commentary by giving them a good stomp!
Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Dune Back


Dune Back
Originally uploaded by LisaKay2004

Hi! Here is the first finished piece of the Dune Sweater. I'm very happy with it so far. With all the Christmas stuff going on, I'm not doing much knitting. I'm heading off to my brother's graduation, today, and I'll get some knitting time in the car.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Rosemarie Lace Pullover


Hi!

While I was in Maryland the last week in November, I also found some yarn for the Louet "Rosemarie" lace pullover pattern that I had already purchased. Actually, Ellen (at Crazy For Ewe) found the yarn. She had the great suggestion of combining this Ranco sock yarn (top of the photo) with the Alchemy "Haiku" (bottom of the photo), one strand each. I also purchased enough of the sock yarn to make matching socks! The variegated colors are very alike, even in different brands. I can't wait to make it!

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Wrixlan Jacket


Hi!

I've had the Jamieson's book for some time. In fact, I'm told it is out of print. The Wrixlan Jacket is something I picked out to make, long before I was ready to make it (experience-wise). I finally got yarn for it, at Knitty Couture in St. Louis on "The Loop." It is a new store that just opened this fall. They carry some very lovely sock yarn (so this puts it high on my list), and they special ordered me the Dream In Color "Classy" yarn because I needed more than they had in stock. I also bought enough to make Mitchell a pull-over, too. I'm not sure if this is my next project, but I'm looking forward to making it, either way.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Friday, December 7, 2007

Mitchell is Two!


Hi!

Mitchell had his second birthday this week. He shared his cake with his new Peter Pan characters.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay


Sunday, December 2, 2007

Block Box



Hi!
I've said that Mitchell loves hats, and he also loves to put other things on his head. Here he is with the box for his alphabet letter blocks. He also asked Mommy to put it on her head, but we don't have a picture of that one!
Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay


Saturday, November 24, 2007

Bright-Eyed Boy

Hi, Again,

Here is the latest of Mitchell! :)

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Dune Sweater


Hi!

I have started another sweater. I modified a pattern for the first time. The ideas came from Sally Melville's "The Purl Stitch." The shape came from the cardigan, and the "fabric" came from the coat. I even picked the same yarn as she used in the coat. I thought the fabric in the coat was gorgeous, but the long length and A-line style of the coat were a bit too fancy for me. After all, if I can't wear it to work, where would I wear it? We are "business casual" at the office...

I have about six inches of the back done. The picture shows the swatchs. The left swatch is made with the needles Sally used (8 and 10), and the right was the closest I got to gauge (9 and 10.5). The rows where I'm pointing are "stockinette" rows on the larger needles. I made the stitch gauge but not the row gauge. That is OK, because I had to re-draft the pattern to the new gauge, anyway. (Sally's cardigan uses much smaller gauge with cotton yarn.) So, I drew out the shapes for the cardigan in my size and recalculated the number of stitches and rows given the results I got in my gauge swatch. Neat!

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Friday, November 16, 2007

Santa's Lap


Hi!

We saw Santa at the mall for the first time of the year, and there was no line to see him. Therefore, we took advantage of the opportunity!

I have been working with Mitchell for about a month, prepping him for what he would say when Santa asked him what he wanted for Christmas. (The answer was, "World Peace.") He got really good at it, and we always laughed, so he gave a big smile when he said it. When he was actually in the presence of Santa, though, I couldn't get him to do it! (Of course!) It was fun though, and he smiled for the camera. :) [Note that I bought the CD with the picture, and I'm allowed to post it to a web page or print copies, etc. Really!]

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Reading to Mitchell



Hi,

No matter what time of day it is, Mitchell loves to read. We go to the library every three weeks and change out his books. (Of course, we have a lot of our own, too.)

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay



Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!!!

Hi,

We took Mitchell trick-or-treating. We got him to say, "Trick or Treat" during practice at home, but he played "Michigan J. Frog" in public. He certainly was cute! We made it to a handful of houses on the culdesac before he had had enough. Then, he enjoyed giving out candy at home. I suppose that feels safer. :)
I didn't get many pictures with the Elmo "hood" up, because Mitchell kept pulling it off. We were lucky to get the costume on at all, since he made a big fuss. Finally, we started going outside and said we were putting a coat on, and we managed to get him into it.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay








Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Nina (no Pinta or Santa Maria)


Hi!


The replica of the Nina stopped in Alton, and we went up to see it. We were amazed at how small it is. A small cabin, below, provided the captain some shelter, and he reportedly shared it with Columbus. However, the rest of the ship was full of supplies, and the remainder of the crew "lived" on the deck. The replica was made in Brazil using "traditional" methods. They do have a diesel for canals and locks, but generally are under way with sails only. It is so tiny!


Happy Knitting,

Lisa Kay

Friday, October 19, 2007

Mini Opal Fire



Hi!

I made these little miniature socks out of leftover "Opal Fire" from the Crazy For Ewe sock club. They are about two inches tall and two inches in the foot. I glued (aaack! glue on knitting???) magnets to the back, and I have one on my refrigerator, and I mailed one to Ellen. :) Maybe I'll start a collection of refrigerator magnets...

Happy Knitting!

Lisa Kay

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Bountiful Bursting Blooms, Batman!


Hi!

Last fall, I picked up six perennial aster plants at a home improvement store. The instructions said to shear them by 1/2 in the middle of summer, which I did. I think it made a big difference, because they were getting "leggy." After that, they really filled out and became nice mounds. It delayed their blooms (because they were budded-out when I sheared them), but it was worth the wait! I have six of these beauties in the side yard. I owe a nod to my friend Elinor. Before she befriended me, I would have been lucky to grow a few blades of fescue... what a treat these purple blooms are! :)

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay


Sunday, October 7, 2007

Sock #4: CFE Sock Club





Hi,
I finished the Crazy For Ewe (CFE) sock club socks, using the first yarn, which was the July yarn, I believe. (I haven't had it that long; I joined on one of my trips, later.) It is "Opal Fire" by the Great Adirondack Yarn Company, a custom-dyed yarn for the club.
The sock club also provided some wonderful patterns, but the one I wanted to make had a complicated chart, and I copped out and made an easy pattern. I used "Crosshatch Lace" from More Sensational Knitted Socks. It has a six-stitch, 8-row repeat that is easy to memorize. I don't think my results look quite like the pictures. I wonder if they knitted into the back of their yarn-overs. I knitted into the front of YO's. It makes the lace openings rather large. I like the socks, though!
Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

P.S. Here is the gorgeous yarn, in hank and ball.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Mitchell Likes Hats




Hi!
Mitchell likes to put on hats of all kinds, some that fit him, and some that fit his dad. The Titleist hat came from the St. Louis Cardinals baseball players. Grandpa Evelsizer drives a limo, and he happened to take several of the players to a golf tournament. They had a stack of these hats, and they gave one to my dad. He gave it to Mitchell. How cool is that?

Note that one of the pictures has a preview of the Elmo trick-or-treat bucket. :)

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay
P.S. I am down to the toe on the second sock out of the Crazy For Ewe sock club yarn, so the pair should be posted, soon!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Halloween Dragon, Re-Visited

Hi!

In case you were wondering, here's what Mitchell looked like in the dragon outfit, last year.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay


Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ready for Halloween?

Hi!

The dragon is last year's Halloween costume. It has been hanging around the house... Mitchell likes to tell Mommy to put it on!

This year, we have an Elmo costume. Grandma Evelsizer also got him an Elmo trick-or-treat bucket, so that will work out nicely... Pictures to come, of course!

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Mommy's Frogs... or Mitchell's?


Hi,

I've collected frogs forever, and Mitchell has taken over my frog collection pretty much as his own. :)

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay


Sunday Night Dinner






Hi,

On Sundays, we've been having the grandparents over for dinner. Here are some pictures Grandpa Evelsizer took last week and this week.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Bouncing On The Bed


Hi!

Mitchell is a thrill-seeker. He likes to be tossed in the air (in or out of the pool), and he likes to climb. He bounces on the bed, either the "little bed" (crib) or the "big bed" (Mommy and Daddy's bed). I started calling him an acrobat, and now he can say, "Acrobat." What a little stinker!

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Socks For My Wardrobe


Hi!

I've been purchasing yarns that appeal to me, and not worrying much about how they matched anything I have in my closet. (Pants cover them most of the time anyway...) However, I recently bought some fun green pants, and then I saw a cute yarn and decided to get that to "match" the pants. Now I just need to get knitting...

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Up The Slide, Down The Slide



Hi!
We take Mitchell to the park often, since we have a very nice one in town. We had him up there, today, feeding the ducks and goats and playing on the equipment. He really likes the slides... both directions!
Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay