Sheepish

jenjoycedesign©sheepyA sheepish little guy as he is without his clothing ! That’s because I am suffering from a bout of thumb tendinitis right after finishing him, and having a little knitting rest before starting on his little vest. Then again, he looks quite fine for a 3-month old without anything on, just in case I don’t get the vest made in time, don’t you think? He only stands about eight inches, just right for a little Nap Mate. Pattern is “James the Galway Sheep”  by Janice Anderson, and an adorable design I must say, even without rose accessory and fair-isle vest 😉

Done & dusted (almost) ~~ one sheepy little chap for one special newborn baby for Christmas.

Gift Making

jenjoycedesign©blue cowlAnother cowl of the design I am working on for gifts.  The cowl would normally get a steam press just to help open up all that lacework, but since the fuzzy mohair is knitted in I decided against it.

jenjoycedesign©fuzzy

There are three yarns held together for this blue cowl,  yarns from this post here.

I also am reworking these…

jenjoycedesign©Tartan & Tweed half-mitts

Tartan & Tweed Mitts which I am busy making several different ones so that in the new year I will be updating the pattern to include more weights of yarn and size ranges. These are made from some Cascade Sport Superwash which was gift yarn from Carol (hello & thank you Carol… xx 🙂 )

Oh , the joys of hand-made gifts. I can never get over it… the high I feel when I am finished with yet another. The pile is growing quite a bit, and thankfully I still have 12 days to make. Everyone, how are you doing with your hand-made gifts?

A Tall Stack

jenjoycedesign©stack of Dicey Caps

.. of Scottish Caps !

Above photographed folded, and with toories not tied on in order to show how one might have several colors handy & tie on for the occasion.  The original Dicey Cap, making it’s pattern debut  back in this post,   knit with Jamiesons Shetland Spindrift in natural color “Shaela” .

jenjoycedesign©Dicey Cap Shaela

And  one in Jamiesons  natural  “Sholmit” ( which I think may be my favorite grey of all Spindrift greys.)

jenjoycedesign©Dicey Cap (Sholmit)

And one in Jamiesons natural color “Shetland Black”

( more of a brown black, and has lots of lovely flecks of grey in it.)

jenjoycedesign©Dicey cap Shetland Black

So there you have it, a stack of Dicey Highland Caps ready to be wrapped & stashed under the tree, three weeks ahead of Christmas. How is your gift-making coming along ?
jenjoycedesign©Dicey CapDicey Highland Cap Pattern is HERE.

Winding Up

jenjoycedesign©windingI’m winding off yarn, while winding up creatively, and gathering colorways of skinny yarn culled from my growing baskets & drawers, to knit ‘held together’ into fluffy cowls. Like this one in blue. Two shades of Malabrigo Sock and one skein of Shibui Silk Cloud…jenjoycedesign©blue comboMy official Rest From Knitting continues through the weekend as I am basically doing the prep work to the knitting, and cleaning and organizing my space(s) too, paying close attention to the somewhat random beginnings of the next process.

Camp Socks

jenjoycedesign©camp knitting
Its already been almost three weeks since we were at 9000 ft elevation and I was knitting-in-the-wild beneath a lovely brewing storm on a huge granite rock. I had so thoroughly enjoyed the quick packing trek to Granite Lake, the sitting cross-legged on the granite in complete stitching meditation, one with the darkening sky and gathering storm, the quiet of everything before the outbreak, even the fish hunkering down.  Yet I remember yet distinct intermittent sounds ~~  the wind whipping the tent about and water boiling to make trail coffee. And it just doesn’t get any better than that ( High Sierra trip posted here ).

So here my friends, are another pair of Penny Candy Socks. Just a simple, wild & maybe even frivolous (and very blue) pair of socks, made on that High Sierra excursion but I hadn’t gotten around to washing & blocking them until just now.

jenjoycedesign©camp socks finished !

jenjoycedesign©finished camp socks

And they are added to the slowly growing pile of knitted socks designated for xmas gifts….

jenjoycedesign©pile of socks

Gad… already LESS than only five months away!   Horror of the crafting gift-maker-and-giver is that xmas appears in a blink after sweltering heat of summer, when one couldn’t feel further away from the winter solstice and gift-giving frenzy. But I’m wise now, at my age, I’ve learned, and I am already stashing knitted gifts…

jenjoycedesign©box of sox

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I’ve already gotten about 12″ into one of two Autumn Sweaters 2014 , but no hints on that yet (top top secret!) .  In contrast to tiny stitches of fingering & fine fingering yarn for socks, gloves, hats….  I am knitting rounds and rounds of worsted-weight, and how refreshingly speedy I’m turning out the rounds for a change!

In the next few days my nieces will be visiting up here in the Hermitage again, for a visit in their last week of summer vacation, so we’ll be up to baking in the kitchen, in addition to just generally “chil-laxing” as they put it,  and not without their ECD’s ((electronic devices of choice ))~~ but no doubt the visit will be  punctuated with famously artistic and fun photo-shoot after digging through my cedar trunk now becoming quite full of knitteds.  Looking forward to that,  and we’ll see you on the flipside of the riotous occasion!

Note:  Oh! The hand-made wooden Shaker-style box, if not authentic Shaker box, was found last week at my favorite thrift shop for $4 ~ a bargain !  It is now a lovely knitting notions box & photo prop as well, and I’m super pleased with myself for finding it.