Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Thank you(s) and a little this and that

First of all, I want to thank all of you for sending your thoughts and prayers to our family. Karen and her children are doing as well as can be expected and greatly appreciate all the prayers and well wishes. I forwarded all the responses to her, and they mean so much to her. Thank you all again.

And thank you to Helen. Helen was my partner in the first Hot Socks swap. She was the person I sent to. We have stayed in touch with emails and by leaving comments on each others blogs. She lives in Australia. It amazes me that through the Internet you can develop friendships with people you have never met in person. Helen is one of those people, and I am so happy that knitting and the Internet have allowed us to meet. I was surprised to receive a package in the mail last week from Australia. And a lovely package it was. I love Jo Sharp designs and The Knittery yarns. The Merino Slim Sock 3 ply is a yarn base I have not knit with and it feels lovely. I will soon wind it and decide what to make with it. And, I have found several designs in the book that are calling to me. Thank you again Helen, for your kindness, friendship, and generosity.

It seems like it has been so long since I have blogged, I can't remember what I have shared, or even finished since the last post. I knit a Ballband Tote for DDK. I knit it with Cascade 220 in Navy and Schaefer Miss Priss in (what I believe is a discontinued colorway) Mr. Funny. She loves this bag and has been putting it to good use. I think it has (for right now anyway) replaced all her other bags. With what was left over from the tote, I knit a cabled hat for her. Her younger sister is modeling it and would also like one. Apparently K gets all the "cool" hats. I will have to find something in the stash to knit a "cool" hat for her.

I was lucky, and was able to get a skein of Wollmeise in the last Wollmeise restock at TLE The color is Dornroschen. I also got some of the CTH in the Burnished Berries color. Both are lovely and I must think of what to knit with each of them. And I haven't taken pictures of either of them , but I purchased some Louet Gems in Aqua and and CrabApple Blossom. They will become fingerless mitts.
I am working on a shawl for Karen. It was originally intended for her Birthday, but she has seen me knitting on it and knows it is for her. I am knitting this pattern in Dream in Color Baby in the Deep Sea Flower color. No pictures of it as I can't spread it out to get a good picture, but I am close to finishing it. It just seems to take for....ever to get across a row now. I have also been working on another pair of socks for CIC, pictures of those when they are finished. And I hope to start on some Christmas knitting soon. Can you believe it is October. It is hard to believe with the 80 degree temps we have been having here, but I am sure sock weather will be here soon.
I think that is about it. I hope you all have a wonderful week and Happy Knitting!!


Diane said...

No I can't believe it's October already. The shawl is beautiful. Can't wait to see some pictures.

baby face said...

I hope your family is doing as well
as can be expected. All the yarn
is beautiful and I can't wait until
I see it all knit up. I'm sure
your friend is falling in love with
her shawl.

Beth N said...

I am sure it will take time, but good to hear that all are doing as well as can be expected. I agree, it is amazing how much you can get involved with people that you never have seen--and what a joy the internet has brought to me in the knitting community. The yarn looks beautiful and I love the ballband tote--can't wait to see the shawl.

Daniele said...

I'm glad things are getting a little easier. You have great friends.

Love the cables on that hat and all the new yarney goodness!!

Oh, and, did you say Christmas knitting? UGH!

Karen said...

your girl does love her bags. and I can't wait till I can have my shawl, it's so pretty.
what a wonderful surprise package to get.
See you soon!

Helen Knits said...

I am really pleased that you like the things I sent you Monica. Enjoy!

Sheila said...

I love the shawl pattern. I'm sure you'll be done in a flash! It's funny how you have become one of my internet friends. I am amazed how friendships can develop without ever really meeting the other person.

Alisha said...

Your sister is lucky to have you and your family to help see her through this time for sure.

The bag is awesome! As well what a cute hat!

It is neat to make friendships with people everywhere through the internet. Hard to imagine really.

hakucho said...

I love your daughter's ballband bag...I can see why she loves it! The hat is extra special as well:)

I'll keep your sister and family in my thoughts and prayers. I'm sure it will be especially tough for them with the approaching holidays.

Shelley L. MacKenzie said...

What a great package from your friend in Australia. Love the bag and hat you knit for your daughter!

Jknits said...

That bag is great - it looks to be the perfect size. I like the hat too - it looks so comfy.

Jknits said...

I've nominated you for the I Love Your Blog award - I thought everyone should see the bag. Details are on my blog if you have a moment.

gypsyknits said...

My thoughts are with everyone in your family as you all continue to heal.

The shawl is gorgeous and will be greatly appreciated, I'm sure.

Love that bag! Just wait until my teen sees this one:)

Allison said...

I love all the projects you have shared especially the hat :-) What pattern did you use?