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Summer projects

Well it has been a long time since I posted anything.¬† I was very busy with our County Fair this year and being a 4-H leader didn’t make it any easier. ūüėĬ† Breezy did quite well.¬† Two of her items for fiber arts won champion ribbons and went to our State Fair and received blue ribbons there.¬† She did a display board on Loom Knitting¬†which earned her a champion ribbon locally.¬†She¬†loom knit a hat with her handspun yarn and received a champion ribbon as well.¬† I’ll try and post pictures of them as soon as I get them taken.

She did another display board on rabbit diseases and used electricity (which they learned how to do in class last year) to let a person know if they had gotten their answer right.  It turned out really well and a picture of it actually made it into our local paper.  Boy was she surprised.  Well enough about my daughter.

I did manage to make a few of the pinwheel dishcloths that Isela has in the Fall 2008 issue of¬†Loom Knitters Circle.¬† They are so much fun to make and my husband actually likes these.¬† I also tried Denise’s Mitered Dishcloth and that was also a lot of fun to make.¬† As I was making ths cloth, I thought it would be fun to make a scarf or a sweater using the mitered squares.¬† Oh the creative juices are flowing again.¬† Sorry about the poor pictures…they were taken from my phone as my camera broke.¬†

Speaking of creative juices, I have been working on¬†designs for the 2009 Loom Knit Calendar bewteen canning salsa and beans.¬† To give you a little hint as to what will be in the calendar, expect to see a little bit of lace, cables and knit and purl combos.¬† I am hoping to have it ready for download the end of this month.¬† I’ll keep you posted.¬† I also have some other designs knit up, just need to write and chart the instructions.¬† Designs include seahorses, hummingbird, owl, desert scene and I forget what else.¬†ūüôā I’ll post when I get them done.

I have also been busy trying to earn points to buy stuff on Amazon.¬† All it does is take a little bit of time and it’s fun.¬† I plan on buying some stuff for Christmas this way.¬† You can even buy yarn this way and not have to spend a cent.¬† Check it out and signup if interested!¬†¬†Points2Shop¬†

Have a great rest of the week and weekend everyone!


More projects finished….

I figured I’d better post the projects that I have finished or I would forget.¬† It’s been cold here for the last three weeks and I’ve done a lot of knitting and looming.¬† I finished the Rowan Handbag¬†and it turned out pretty good.¬† It’s a great bag with lots of room.¬† Speaking of bags I have submitted a purse that I designed to Markman Farm¬†for their Spring Contest.¬† Please stop by their contest page¬†and vote for my items (yes, I am shamfully asking for votes).¬† They rotate, so please check back in a couple of days.¬† I have the midnight sky purse and the simple fingerless gloves, but you can also vote others too.¬† ūüôā

With my designing hat on, I designed a new dishcloth pattern and Dianne Carroll tested it for me.¬† It is called “Hole in One”.¬† Also on the dishcloth theme, I finished a pretty pattern from Jean Barnett from Coats and Clark called the Butterfly Washcloth.¬† I can see making several of these and it would be fun to try to convert to a loom.

We are anxiously¬†awaiting baby bunnies.¬† We had one doe deliver a litter of four and one that is overdue right now by 3 days.¬† She has me a little worried and then another due on the 19th a day before Breezy and I head to Ellensburg, WA to the Washington State Convention.¬† We are really looking forward to going as it is a fun weekend and there are thousands of rabbits.¬†¬†¬† If you are wondering why we have so many does due it’s because she is taking a production doe to our County Fair this year and she wanted to choose the one that was in the best condition.¬†¬†¬† Well I’ve rambled on enough.¬† Have a great week everyone!


Project updates and such…

Well I figured I better at least get some projects posted before I totally forget about them.¬† I finished up the Felted Baguette by Isela Phelps.¬† It was a fun and easy pattern to follow.¬† I had to improvise a little as I didn’t buy enough Noro yarn on vacation, so I found some that seemed suitable in my stash.¬†¬†¬† This is how it turned out.¬† I use it as my knitting bag which works out great!¬† I am also working on Isela’s Rowan Handbag.¬† I love the tapering of this bag.¬† I have the bag itself done.¬† I just needs to be sewn up and¬† the strap to finish, but I have other projects that have taken the priority.¬† I had a shrug I made for my Voci performance on Monday and Tuesday.¬† This was needle knit and it turned out okay…the sleeves were a little long.¬† Oh well.¬† Speaking of Tuesday, Scott and I celebrated our 13th Wedding Anniversary.¬† He bought me a dozen long-stemmed red roses.¬† I guess he really does love me.¬†

I am also working on a design for a purse for Markman Farms Spring Pattern contest.¬† I am inviting you all to stop by her website and vote for your favorite pattern.¬† She should have the poll up this weekend.¬† I have two patterns up (or will)¬† one for Simple Fingerless Mitts and the other for my Midnight Sky Purse (picture coming soon).¬† The fingerless mitts I taught on Lynn’s Beginning Loom Knitting Class this week.¬† I am either a good teacher (hahaha) or not many are doing the class.¬† It has been so quiet.¬† Not many questions.¬† It has been fun and I hope to teach some more classes again.¬† I will be teaching an afghan square for Loom Class in June which will entail lace knitting.

For those of you who like to design, I am taking submissions for the 2009 Loom Knit Dishcloth Calendar until August 31st.  Check out the submission guidelines and submit them as soon as possible.

Well I think I have finally ran out of things to say.¬† I am going to enjoy our very warm, summer like weather ,this weekend and work on my tan, in addition to showing my rabbits.¬† I am hoping to get another leg on my¬† polish bunny Zorro.¬† He managed to pick up one last weekend for Best of Opposite Sex Breed under judge Kevin Rudolph.¬† Just 2 more to go and I can grand him.¬† Go Zorro!¬† Here are the three babies we had 3 1/2 weeks ago, which I will leave you with.¬† Their father is Marshmellow and Breezy calls them Mini Marshmellows. Aren’t they the cutest?

Our Trip to AZ (and looming/knitting, of course)

Lynn and IWell we finally got back from our 3 week long vacation on Friday.  The trip was quite a success, but exhausting.  We left home on Easter morning about 8 am and made it to Susanville, CA that night.  I was able to meet up with Lynn Markman on Monday before we headed down to Bishop to do a little rockhounding, the next day.  I think we picked up some apache tears.  We then left Bishop and headed to Death Valley National Park.  We stopped along the way to look at an abandoned mining cemetary and an abandoned mine.  

While¬†in Death Valley at one of the lookouts, we actually saw fighter jets flyDeath Valley by.¬† If you can see a little green dot in the picture, it’s the¬†jet.¬†¬†We also saw¬†4¬†planes refueling a jet.¬† The kids thought that was pretty cool.¬†That night we stayed in Lake Havasu, AZ.¬†The next day we finally made it to our destination, my mom and dad’s place in Rio Rico.¬† We managed to take most of the backroads there which was quite an adventure.¬† Found out that one of the Forest Service roads we took, which had an old ghost town, Ruby, AZ, is where a lot of the drug dealings and illegals take place.¬† Wish we would have known about that before hand!!! LOL¬† After 4 days in the car with 3 kids and me riding in the back between two, I was ready to relax!

On the way down, I worked on the lace and cable scarf from Dipsy Doodle.  It is turning out very well I think and I hope the person receiving it likes it as well.

I also tried Bethany’s baby booties, but did it in 100% cotton yarn.¬† Not a good choice, not give and I ended up breaking the yarn.¬† :o(¬† So I put that away.¬† I did, however, buy some yarn in Prescott, AZ at A Good Yarn that is 50% cotton and 50% acrylic.¬† I aslo figured I would need to make the bootie bigger as the baby I am making them for is almost 6 months old.¬† I will post a picture as soon as I get them done.

While in Prescott, I was able to meet up with Lisa Anderson.¬† It was so great to meet her.¬† We had a great time hitting the Yarn stores.¬† I think she has rubbed off on me as far as buying yarn.¬† It was a hoot!¬† Her husband, Nate, was the chauffer and he didn’t complain all that much.¬† He actually does WAY better than my husband would ever do.¬† I bought yarn for the felted baguette of Isela’s…Noro Kureyon, but found out that I didn’t get enough so I am improvising with some wool I have at home to finish it.¬† I hope it turns out okay.¬† I also picked up some cotton yarn and a tank pattern for needles that uses the daisy stitch.¬† I can’t wait to try it.¬† It may be next year by the time I get everything I want to do done.¬†¬† I am hoping to make this an annual event with Lisa as it was so much fun!¬† Thanks Lisa!!

I will post more pictures of our vacation as soon as I get them off our camera and on to the computer along with pics of the projects I have finished.¬† I did manage to knit a pair of Ribbed Anklets¬†from May’s issue of Creative Knitting Magazine and finished them this last weekend.¬† I knit them on two circulars.¬† I definitely like this way instead of using dpns.¬†

On another crafty note, if you haven’t already been there, check out Karen’s (cre8tivkj) patterns blog.¬†¬† She has some wonderful patterns for sale and for free.¬† I was lucky enough to test knit her Bunnies in Love pattern which was a lot of fun.¬† She is also having a contest right now to win a MP3 player.¬† Doesn’t that sound like fun?¬† Check it out.

Enough chattering right now.  Need to let my son get going on his school work. 

Finished projects for March

Well since half the month of March is almost gone, I thought I’d better post something.¬† I have been working on various Prairie¬†Bootsitems, both needle and loom knit.¬† Someone posted on one of the yahoo groups about this cute¬†pattern for Prairie Boots…I couldn’t resist and bought the pattern.¬† I knitted them up first in Bernat Softee Chunky before I made some in the Alpaca Blend yarn I bought to see how it would turn out.¬† It was also my first time knitting in the round using 2 circular needles, a lot easier than using DPNs.¬† I’ve got a design in mind for the loom for making boots similar to these….keep an eye out for them. ūüôā

Cell phone - closedcell phone openMy mom asked me to make her a case for her cell phone so she could find it in her purse.  At the time I did this pattern I was (and still am) into cables and fell in love with the look of this pattern from Coats and Clark.   I think you could easily either convert this to the loom or make up your own design using cables for the loom.  I think the next one I make, for me, will have a button on one side of the strap so I can button it around the strap of my bag (got to get one first LOL), that way it will be more accessible. 

Bunnies in¬†LoveBunnies in¬†love-plainNow that the March Loom -A-Long on Ravelry’s Loomin Dishcloths is well underway and other’s have posted their way cute cloths, I will post the one I test knit for Karen (see last post)¬† It was fund and a great way to get into using intarsia.¬† I even learned how to make center pull bobbins which was a lot easier than using my makeshift bobbins.¬† I also did it in just plain knit and purl stitches in case others wanted to knit if up that way.¬†

Hope to have a few more things done to post before the month is over.   I should have plent of time looming in the car on our way to Arizona.  I will try to post pictures of our trip for those who might be interested.  I am hoping to stop and see Lynn Markman and possible Lisa Anderson.  We will be gone for about 3 weeks.  Should be interesting and fun at the same time.  We leave on Easter Sunday!  I can hardly wait for warm weather!!!

On another note….I now have all my patterns on my website.¬†¬† Check it out!¬† Give suggestions, etc.¬† Talk to you all later!

And the winner is….

The day you have been waiting for to find out who guessed the right amount of dishcloths in the stack….well, I have 2 winners who guessed the correct amount.¬† 19 dishcloths!¬† Keggy will be receiving the printed copy and Kansas will be receiving the downloadable copy.¬† Thank you all for playing it was fun!¬†

On the crafting/looming side, I was lucky enough to test knit a pattern for the March LAL on Ravelry’s Loomin Dishcloths group for Karen G.¬† We are doing colorwork for March and the pattern she has designed is sooo cute!¬† I’ll post a picture of the cloths as soon as I get her okay to (and I get them finished)

Have a great weekend!

Contest Time & projects finished Happy 2nd Blog Anniversary to me. I can hardly believe it has been two years already. With that I have a little something for those of you that read my blog. I am going to run a little contest. What’s the contest you say? 2008 Loom Knit Dishcloth Calendar CoverWell it’s an easy one….just guess how many dishcloths there are in the picture. Prize is the 2008 Loom Knit Dishcloth Calendar. Just email me your guess (smcelheran at gorge dot net) and put blog contest in the subject line and you could be the lucky winner of this great calendar. It is filled with great designs from Lynn Markman, Janice Haley, Karen Gielen and myself.¬† I will take guesses through February 28th and announce the winner on February 29th!¬† Good Luck!!!

Dishcloths for contest


Cabled MittCabled Mitt PairOn the creative end of things, I finished up the Cabled Mitt Pattern from Isela Phelps that we did on Ravelry for February’s Loom-A-Long. What a fun pattern and definitely something to challenge a person especially if they have never done cables before. These mitts will go with the hat I finished from Isela’s booklet Learn to Knit Cables on Looms.

Cion Earflap HatThe hat is the Cion Earflap Hat. It turned out okay for my first attempt at cables on looms. I think my next project from the book will be the shawl. I think I want to try a little lace with some cables and give it away as a prayer shawl.

Well enough babbling….have a great weekend!