Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Mystery Yarn Ball Unravelled

I finished the pattern for the mug cozy that Robbie sent with my mystery yarn ball. It was a very interesting pattern with a cable stitch that I hadn't done before. I really liked this yarn (Paton's Decor) and love the result. These are the goodies that fell out as I knit. You can see how good I was - the candy is still there! I'm not sure what that little silver thing is next the the sample shout package. It has a hook on each end - anyone take a guess?

When I finished knitting the mug cozy I still had yarn left - so I kept on 'unraveling - and knit this little baby hat too!

Thanks Robbie for a great mystery yarn ball!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

And Then There Were None project

"The 2 skeins of wool were later found to have been made into a wig and placed on the dead body of Justice Wargrave. 'Five little Indian boys going in for law; One got in Chancery, and then there were four.' "

When I read that line I immediately thought of Hallowig. I decided to go with some purple yarn I had, instead of getting gray. I also made it longer than the pattern called for, with plans of working some wire into it to make it curl up, but bailed on that idea.


Mystery Yarn Ball

I received my mystery yarn ball from Robbie today! I love the colors in the yarn - the pattern is for a cup cozy and there are little treats sticking out of the ball. I think I'll start knitting! I'll let you know what I unravel!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Chain Reaction

What started as a scarf ended up as the handles for a handbag. I love it, Danielle. I still think I should make up a felted bracelet or choker for Abby on NCIS.......time time time, how can I get more?

UPDATE: The easier question to answer would be what DIDN'T fall out of the yarn ball!!! This is by no means a complete list: a lindt truffle, a package of california poppy seeds (to plant), stitch markers of various kind, a Celeste's garden bobby pin, hot chocolate mix, "Be Fearless" (which I need to tattoo to the back of my hand as a reminder and some cute little sheep clips.

As to how I made the bag from a scarf...I started out making the scarf. I was totally loving the process, but I realized that I wouldn't wear it often enough to tell people the wonderful story of how it entered my life.....so I made to baby scarves (marley's ghost pattern and put it on a handbag I made up as I went along. I felted it and this purse is the result. Life Is Good!!!! (just like the t-shirt says)

Thank you Nate!

I am so excited! I cant wait to start this project.....1/2 a sleeve left to do on my February Lady sweater....or this.....I hate making decisions!
Anyway, the pattern is for a mini yarn tamer - something that I can definitely use - and you can see the beautiful multicolored cotton yarn Nate sent me for this!
Cant wait to start 'unwrapping' the goodies inside!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

And Then There Were None Project

Emily Brent brought her knitting with her to Indian Island. She was working on a new knitting bag. She had 3 skeins of gray wool and one of green. Unfortunately, two of the gray skeins went missing, so Miss Brent could not finish her knitting bag which was just as well, I suppose, since she would have no use for it. "Six little Indian boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five."

The 2 skeins of wool were later found to have been made into a wig and placed on the dead body of Justice Wargrave. "Five little Indian boys going in for law; One got in Chancery, and then there were four." (Or so we are led to believe).
In memory of poor Miss Brent I finished her knitting bag for her - I hope she would have been pleased with it!

Friday, March 20, 2009

I've got California Sunshine, on a rainy Minnesota day

Today has been the day of extremes. I'm struggling with everything related to life (all self-imposed to boot) and have been all week (I like to be complete and thorough) but my basketball team won AND THIS came in the mail from Danielle.

Thank You Danielle.

I'm so excited to get started. I love everything I've seen so far, and this pattern is going to be a BLAST!!!

Knitted details to come!!!

.UPDATE (10:05pm cst): No I did NOT cheat and unwrap that loose stuff. Danielle was very nice to me and left me a few goodies to get me started. Thanks Danielle!!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Bonnie's Mystery Yarn Ball

I was Bonnie's upstream pal and thought I was being soooo sneaky! But she guessed who I was even before she received my package, which I had cleverly put my DDs return address on. Didn't count on her recognizing the postmark of the town I work in!
At least the pattern is a mystery (or has she figured that out too?)

I even pretended to be a Yankee fan.

Well, no I didn't go that far! The hat is a Red Sox hat (she's a Red Sox fan too) and it is technically in the yarn ball because it has a few yards of yarn wrapped around it.

I had so much fun winding up this ball. I hope that Bonnie has as much fun unwinding it!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Traveling Baby Blanket #2Update.

Group 2...just in case you were wondering....the blanket has been living at my house since Monday. I finally sat down tonight and clicked out my piece. Thanks to the Orangemen going for the 7th overtime in two days (and one tonight) I was able to finish. It's all packed up and ready to go. Now, I'm not sure I'll have the get up and go to get to the post office tomorrow, but at least that's the only hurdle left for it to leave Minnesota on it's way to Stephanie's place. Look out Stephanie.....it's gonna be your way before long!!!

Thanks for this opportunity. It's been a blessing.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Well, I was just going to say,

that I got my Mystery Yarn Ball Swap Package yesterday, but Shelly seems to have beaten me to it! Hubband and I had gone North to The Cities that are way bigger than where we live, while Shelly had headed East from her home to come to the "bigger town". (What was it yesterday with people needing to be in a place "bigger" than where they live?) When we got home I noticed a package on the front porch, but there wasn't a notice about it with the mail.
So of course I looked out there, and I found this pretty box with identifying information on the lid.

Inside was this wonderful Mystery Yarn Ball with a wonderful pattern to knit a market bag. I will be casting on very soon, because I have wanted a Market bag for ages, and because I want to see what all is hiding in that ball!

The most fun I've had in ages.

Okay, the secret is out...and I have to tell you, I've had a blast. Thanks Barbara for playing along!

Barbara was my partner (and yes, I massacred her name on the box...this is what happens when Shelly gets too amped up AND is being pushed by the family to get going)

She lives about 45 miles from me in a bigger town. I can ALWAYS find something to do in a bigger place. Namely, shop. I convinced the family that this would be a great outing for Saturday. We loaded up the car and headed down the road. That's her swap package on the dash (which was only there long enough for it's photo op). As we neared her house, I became more and more nervous. Remember the feeling before you tp'd somebody's house? Yep. That's the one I'm talking about. My palms even got sweaty. We pulled into her driveway and put the package on the porch, snapped a picture and went on our merry way.

Then I heard about the pending snow storm. I'm envisioning this box with the mystery yarn ball stuck in a snow blower, or blown all over the neighborhood, etc.

Thankfully, she arrived home and safely got the box before anything happened to it.

What happened to the snow? Well, I don't know what happened at her place, but in the next 48 hours, I plan on blogging about it. It's was THAT pathetic! Come on over and see my at kademomDOTblogspotDOTcom. It involves a near blizzard forecast and the search for flying flakes.

Thanks for being such a good sport, Barbara, and I do hope we can meet up one of these days!

A Game of Whoduknit Clue

Rules of the Game

Mr. Boddy has been killed once again. One clue a day for the next 6 days will be posted on the Whoduknit Yahoo Group. Read the clues carefully and by process of elimination, you will figure out WHO is the murderer; WHAT weapon was used in the murder and WHERE the murder took place. Clues begin on Sunday, March 8 and end on Friday the 13th (will it be your lucky day?). After the last clue has been posted you will have 48 hours to solve the crime and e-mail the correct answer to me. grammieknitsatyahoodotcom. Please do not e-mail your answers to the group!

Suspects: Mr. Green, Professor Plum, Col. Mustard, Mrs. Peacock, Mrs. White, Miss Scarlet

Weapons: Knife, candlestick, revolver, rope, lead pipe, wrench

Rooms: Ballroom, kitchen, conservatory, study. billiard room, lounge

Thursday, March 05, 2009

I recieved my Mystery Ball yesterday :-) It's from Bonnie! This really is the best group ever. The exchanges we have on WhoDuKnit are always "trustable". I have been in several that are not! So I'm here for ever :-)

This is what I got from Bonnie. A great ball of yarn filled with goodies for me to find, and a card with a pattern for a shawl. So now I'm knitting all day long to get it finished. You can follow the progress and the goodie-findings over on my blog. THANK YOU, BONNIE!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Traveling Blanket #1

This is the most recent picture of our first traveling blanket. My contribution is done in a true purple. I hope to get it in the mail tomorrow. That wicked cold that's been going around has been visiting with me. Promise not to send it on with the blanket!