Norwegian Mittens

The snow is falling, snow upon snow. It is as if the earth is decorating itself and getting ready for Christmas.

I was reading EZ’s December entry in her Knitter’s Almanac and savored her words:

“The human heart hankers after stability and tradition. The feeling and atmosphere of Christmases past, the anticipation of those to come, and the magic presence of Christmas now should all blend and blur, giving the distraught soul something to hang on to…”

Isn’t that lovely?

Ah, EZ, you knew what was good  – that which is simple.

I’m knitting away on the next project in Knitting Around. The Norwegian Mittens. So far I have knit the cuff. I keep thinking of last minute gifts that need to be knit. Also, baking and cleaning and visiting with friends have been getting in the way. But I realize that is the spirit of EZ, isn’t it?

I have also begun to realize that I am not going to make my 1 year deadline. Perhaps if life did not throw me such curve balls as it did this past year, I would have made it. But, that is life and so I will accept the fact that I will not make the deadline… and keep knitting!

Knit with pleasure, my friends!


The Baby Bog Jacket

I’m so sorry for my long delay in showing you the completed Baby Bog Jacket. But I have some good reasons.

I decided to make the Baby Bog Jacket after realizing that it is essentially the same as the adult version. I needed to save time because … well.. have you noticed? I’m a little behind on my deadline if I’m really, truly going to finish this project by the end of the year. This has been a hard summer.

Luckily for me I had a sweet baby niece I could make the Baby Bog for. So off I went.

This is one project I would highly recommend. It is simple and yet produces a lovely jacket. I don’t know why the Baby Bog isn’t more popular than the Baby Surprise Jacket.

The only modifications I made were in the length and number of rows I knit. My little niece is pint size – as you can see. She is 4 months and somewhere around 10 lbs. Tiny, tiny. But she is the sweetest and has the sweetest smile. Oh, we adore her.

The day after I gave the completed Bog Jacket to her, my sister took her in for some check ups and found that she had two holes in her heart as well as cardio myopathy. What followed was several days in the hospital with my dear, sweet niece hooked up to all sorts of wires and monitors.

To make a long story short, we are still awaiting test results to get the full story. But she is scheduled for open heart surgery on Nov 8 – meanwhile she’s on medication, to which she seems to be responding well.

So… as you can imagine … my family and I have been doing some serious praying and would appreciate your prayers for this dear, sweet, baby girl.

The Details:
Pattern: Baby Bog from Knitting Around by EZ
Yarn: Sock Yarn, handpainted by me – I used a little under 450 yards – probably 420
Needles: US #3

A Zimmermann Moment

I had the most amazing “Zimmermann” moment last night. But perhaps I should start at the beginning.

A friend of mine was privileged to go to Knitting Camp 2 – THE knitting camp put on by Meg Swansen and Schoolhouse Press. Ah, I know, doesn’t it sound glorious?

She arrived home and sent me an email and said, “Hey can you pop by the knitting shop.” I thought it was so that she could tell me all about the camp and I was ecstatic. Couldn’t pop by in the afternoon because we had the mold inspector coming by the house, but arranged with my husband to watch the baby if I left dinner for them both. So off I went — a night to myself, to hear the grand tales of knitting camp.

And lo and behold I get there and my friend surprises me with the new EZ bag – signed by Meg Swansen herself!

Talk about swooning. Actually, I’m told I screamed.  I was so excited. It totally made my year. What a jolt of happiness amongst such dreary house situations.

And, Tonia, my friend, also captured this:

Now, isn’t that just adorable? Meg, you are the cutest!

Tonia — I cannot thank you enough. You are one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I know. May you be blessed ten-fold for the blessing you have heaped upon me.

And to all the Knitting Camp knitters who have joined us, Welcome! We are just plowing our way through the mobius vest and are about to head into the Bog Jacket! Join us or offer some advice!

Happy Knitting to all!