Knitting Highlights from 2017

My daughter, Gigi, and I completed a number of projects over the past year and we recently took pictures. Here are some of the best.

Gigi made a lovely shawl called Whippoorwill by Carina Spencer. Very light and soft, it feels nearly weightless. Gigi added some miyuki glass beads along the bottom edge. Read all the details regarding Gigi’s modifications on her project page.



This is the Reversible Cabled-Rib Shawl by Lily Chin. Gigi titled it Brown Coils on her project page.


She knitted it with a very fine, merino yarn, two cobweb strands held together, light as a feather and so soft!

I finished a sweater I’d been working on for the past two years – Old Town by Carol Sunday. Made of 50% merino wool and 50% angora rabbit fur, it’s soft, fluffy and very warm. Read more on my Ravelry project page.





Gigi made a lovely angora shrug, called Veronika Cardigan by Shannon Cook. Super fast and simple, it took her only one week! I love wearing it, so soft and cosy! Here’s her project page. (I’m about to leave the house to go to work here; it’s raining in the background.)


Last is a beautiful, angora cardigan that Gigi completed exactly one year ago, but we just recently got some good pictures. It’s Snowbird by Heidi Kirrmaier. Gigi made a few good modifications which you can read about on her project page.


Knitting has been a great encouragement for Gigi as she goes through the recovery process of healing from Lyme disease. She hopes to design and market her own patterns at some point in the future.

We recently signed up for a year’s subscription to Craftsy Unlimited so we can learn from established experts regarding every aspect of knitting, sewing, photography, and many other creative things we’re interested in pursuing. We just finished watching Knit Faster with Continental Knitting and learned a bunch of helpful tips. We both learned to knit continental style as we’re left handed, but Lorilee Beltman gave us insights on how to improve and refine our technique.

Here are a few other things we finished this year that you can view on our Ravelry profiles.


We’re excited and looking forward to all the New Year will bring. Blessings to all of you in 2018.



An Outfit for Elijah


My 26 year old daughter, Charity, is expecting our first grandbaby, due on July 11. I made a romper from an old Butterick pattern 5470 and am very happy with how it turned out.

This was my first experience using KamSnaps and they were a cinch. I bought this set from Amazon upon recommendation of Rachel from StitchedInColor who wrote about her experience making a romper for her baby girl.

I added some interfacing to the edges to make them nice and sturdy. However, one end was a little too thick for the length of the snap prong. To fix that, I carefully removed a little circle of a couple thicknesses of fabric right around the prong. Then when the opposing socket was attached, it fit and completely covered the area where fabric had been cut away.


I also found a pattern at NewConceptions for some very cute booties. I frequently salvage useful fabric from clothing we no longer want. At one time we had a bunch of sweatshirts to get rid of and I cut them up for later use. I saved the wrist bands too and recently found those work really well to keep leather and vinyl nicely rolled up on long tubes I get from upholsterers.


Since we live in Gainesville, home to University of Florida gators, I chose orange and blue, UF colors. The sweatshirt fabric is so thick and soft, perfect for booties. The free pattern is quick and easy to make.

Our entire family is excited about the new baby. One daughter drove down from Jacksonville for the shower on June 3. Our son and daughter who live out of state are both planning to visit in July after Elijah makes his appearance. It’ll be interesting to see how our family dynamics change with the coming of grandchildren… new joys, new challenges and lots of love.