Saturday, September 27, 2014

Shhh! It's a secret...

But the cats know about it...

Heck! I almost knit a tail into it the other day!

Still, I can't show you the whole picture for a little longer... BUT, I can show you these:

Don't drink coffee? Use them for a fancy chai tea!

Or for that steaming mug of cocoa! They fit disposable and reusable cups from all the popular coffeehouse chains!

Such a pretty little knit, and so fun in these fall colors! Bonus! With fall finally making its appearance, we're all tending to keep a hot cup of comfort nearby, which makes a knitted coffee sleeve a perfect coffee (tea, cocoa) companion! :) Is this another "I-have-to-knit-a-bazillion-of-these" obsession? Maybe. Probably. Well, a bazillion...or at least until I run out of yarn. So far, I have 5. :)

What's your obsession?

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit yourself a cozy in Good Health!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


I took approximately 137 pictures while visiting Mork, Mindy and Peanut. Approximately. After editing out the just-too-blurry and way-off-center and what-was-I-thinking??? photos, I was left with 88 nice photos...or 88 photos that I can at least crop a lovely image out of, and a quite a few that are totally awesome! Of course, I only showed you 23 family photos on Saturday, the best and brightest, to be sure. But there are a couple more that I had intended to blog, until they got kindof lost in the digital shuffle of it this one:

Reminds me of a time, not too long ago (relatively speaking, because 7-10 years is long ago to some) when I spent a lot of time at baseball fields with yarn in my know, like this:

Mork had a couple of softball tournament games while we were in town, and it was awfully fun to watch him play ball again! (Bonus, his team won the tournament, and he was named MVP...proud mama!) What was even better was this: almost every time he was up to bat, we told Peanut to "Cheer for Daddy!" So, she stood up, faced the field and shouted, "Go, Daddy! Go, Daddy! Go, Daddy! GOOOO!!! Hit it HARD, Daddy!!!," while excitedly jumping up and down and clapping. (Gah! The cute!) When he reached a stopping point (on first, second or third base), she switched to a chorus of, "Yayyyy, Daddy!!!," and all that cheering wore her out, to be sure!

Yes, ball fields and knitting just seem to go together in my world...and so do little girls and cute, hand-knit sweaters. My life is good. 

Speaking of good, since coming home, I've made lots of good progress in the knitting department...such as a finished Brickless shawl,

(By the way, thank you Auto Awesome, for the fabulous edits to my clothesline blocking...welcome Fall!)

and a half finished pair of Christmas Socks, pair 7 of 7, if you're keeping track!

There's also some secret knitting going on, but that' know...secret...sooo, yeah. That's all I'm going to say about that. :) 

Are you doing any secret knitting? Are you doing ANY knitting these days? Tell me about it!

And Knit in Good Health!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Some Big News!

Ok, since I've teased it, let's start with this:

That's right, Mork and Mindy are expecting another Pretty Baby! Bonus, it's a girl, and Peanut has already dubbed her "Princess Pants," so let the pink (and purple and teal and yellow) knitting commence! Actually, it already has...and here's a sampling of the latest:

::Wow! That's a lot of yarning, Pretty!::

Why, yes. Yes, it is! But I recently had many down hours of car travel, so my needles (and hooks) were pretty busy! You see, we visited last week, and we all did lot of fun going to their local Zoo! And while it wasn't her first time to feed the giraffes (her fave, by the way),

and it wasn't her first time to feed the birds,

or the other animals,

this was the first time she has agreed to ride the merry-go-round! She was a little nervous at first, but eventually she got the hang of it, and really had fun!

We also went to play at the mall..."Lookit 'dis, Gramma!"

Wow! What else can you do? Oh! I see, you can play on the slip and slide!

That makes a girl hungry, doesn't it?

Then there were the barbie dolls...

...walks to the playground...

...and the knitting...

...and the modeling of socks and sweaters...

Man! What a fun trip! Thank you to Mork and Mindy, for having us in your home, and for continuing to make sure that we faraway grandparents can still be such a big part of your lives. You really don't know how much that means to us. We love you all, as much as we love cupcakes (and that's a LOT)! maybe even more!

Thanks for stopping by to share in the adventures, dear friends. 
Knit in Good Health!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Busy Hands!

My hands have been SO very BUSY lately! Christmas socks, Frozen hats, Peanut sweaters...gah! So much yarn (and so little time, as the saying goes)! So, to celebrate these busy hands and fingers, and because the thermometers are all telling me that winter will be here before I know it, I've done a little pampering for my busy hands! Enter these pretty mitts...

It was pretty difficult to get a good shot of both the color and the pattern in these stunning, colorwork mitts, but when I changed the camera angle just a bit...

Yep. BOOM! That's what they look like, pretty stunning (if I do say so, myself...and I do)!

How have you been pampering your hands as you prepare for the cold, dry weather brought on by Ol' Man Winter? Now is the time to take a breath and invest in those hands that will do all of the holiday creating for your family, and I'm so happy that your little break today included a moment on the Pretty Knitty Blog! 

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Boxed Set

Short-post Saturday...just long enough to say that this boxed set

is now on its way to Italy! Yay!

When it gets there, and they have had their photo shoot, I'll share a picture of all the cousin hats in action...for now, this will have to do!

Poor White Cat!

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hat Trick!

So, when cousins in Italy love yarny things, and a cousin in Ohio loves to make yarny things, and all the cousins love the new Disney movie Frozen (and all its characters)...well, you had to know that THIS was bound to happen!

Crocheted hats for trolls, Anna, Elsa and Kristoff, but I think my favorite is Summeeeeer!

Well, actually, it'll be fall soon, and these are part of the Halloween, that's 5 hats for 5 cousins, and then there's the family dog. Looks like he is accustomed to headgear, so let's measure his head and make him some antlers, a la Sven the reindeer! What do you think, G?

I think he approves! I know that I approve of all the fun I have had, and will continue to have, on that last hat! Until then, when I'm not designing silly hats, I'm still knitting socks...and fingerless mitts - these are turning out great!

What tricks have you pulled out of your hat this week? If they're rabbits, you should know that winter holidays are way closer than Easter, and maybe you should reconsider your project list...just sayin'.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing part of your day! I hope that you (and I) have lots of time this fall to Knit in Good Health!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Wall-la! Wallaby!

Finally finished is the Wonderful Wilhelmina Wallaby!

Why Whilhelmina? Well, I'm not sure...the designer gave every size of the sweater its own "W" name, and this is the size 6, and the size 6 is Wilhelmina, and now I am the QUEEN of the run-on sentence! I might also be the Princess of the Wallaby, because this

is the FIFTH Wallaby I've finished since I started knitting sweaters! Check that out...the number 5 holds over for another! Oh! You know what else? I started Christmas socks, pair 6...

...and a pair of fair-aisle mitts!

I have been a busy knitter, even in these dog days of summer-fall! I'm certainly glad that it has started to cool off a bit today, and I'm looking forward to finally using my oven a bit more. I really miss that home-baked smell of just about anything in the oven on a crisp day. (And then, without warning, a quick pic of Peanut, all ready for her first day of preschool this past week...she loved it!)

Totally distracted now...I hear that happens to Grammas! I hope that your week and the start of your school year (if that applies) have been good, and that your knitting and crafting have been productive! 

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health, friends!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


If you know me on Ravelry, you've heard me rave (just a bit) about Hannah and her buttons over at Fastenation Studios. If not, may I introduce you here? I've been drooling over the buttons for a few weeks, after seeing them on the Knit Girllls, The Fat Squirrel and also Must Stash! If you have not checked that first link yet, take a minute to click it now...I'll wait. Go ahead, really!*

I know, right!?! Beautiful! And, may I tell you, they are even more gorgeous in person! I know this because I've ordered some, and they came just yesterday...look!

I KNOW, riiiight! So pretty, and so perfect for the yarns I have waiting for them! I need to cast on about three more sweaters, Right. This. Minute! Thank you, Hannah, for the wonderful buttons!

On the WIP front, I'm still working on the Wallaby...still not finished...nothing new there. The new stuff is all on the Frozen hats, which number 4.15 right now...see?

Once all the bases are done, I'll finish the hair and embellishments, and then I will ship them off to their Halloween home in Italy...I can't wait to see the photos of my cousins in them! These are gonna be so much fun! And speaking of fun hats, I've also done a couple more pumpkins and fruit for your head!

And that's about it for the yarn work this far. Of course, knit night is tomorrow, so there may be some sweaters cast on then...if I can finish up that Wallaby tonight! And there are still two more pair of socks, so there are definite knitting plans in the works...stay tuned to see what ends up on my hooks and needles next!

What's on your needles (and/or hooks, and/or beading needles, and/or craft tables)? Whatever it is, I know that it is fabulous, and I hope that you'll share a picture with me! :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and Knit (and crochet, and bead, and craft) in Good Health!

*Hannah has not paid me or given me any buttons in exchange for this review, and I waited until the buttons I ordered arrived to toot her horn over here. But seriously, these are some seriously cute buttons, and I seriously cannot wait to put them on a sweater! Multiple sweaters even! So yummy! :) If you knit or sew, or use buttons on anything...ever...get yourself some of these beautiful buttons!