|Posted by Pamela on 10 November, 2008 at 14:35|
Well that's my excuse!!
Since I last posted an entry my DH has been in hospital having his hip replaced. An amazing operation that seems to remove the pain along with the damaged joint. This is what is taking up all my time -- assisting him with the things he cant do because he's not allowed to bend his hip joint more than 90 degrees. And, of course making sure he does all his physio exercises, going to appointments etc etc.
I did get some knitting done while sitting at the hospital - let's see I made a couple of cute little baby shrugs. The pattern is called Confection Baby Shrug and you can find it here http://www.theshizknit.com/2008/06/free-pattern-confection-baby-shrug.html 8ply yarn with 4.5mm needles works fine for us Aussies
I also made a baby blanket using the diagonal square pattern, some baby mittens and bootees. The bootees are Bev's Snuggle Booties http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bevs-snuggle-booties.html The easiest, cutest booties I have ever made. Use whatever yarn you have with the appropriate sized needles. If I use 3 or 4ply I make the larger size, they are a good size for premmies.
The other item I made was an Angel Pouch, a crochet pattern that I printed off years ago and can no longer find on the Internet -- sorry I cant share it with you here. In October we supported an organisation called SANDS (Stillborn and Neonatal Death Support) - sad knitting and crocheting but so very much in need. The baby blanket was going to them too.
So what are my next projects you may well ask <<big grin>> I want to work out a pattern for a neckwarmer/snood ready to make for the homeless for next winter. Then I will be using up some 5ply pure wool making possum/joey pouches and birds nests for wildlife rescue -- we are supporting them in December. Mindless knitting or crocheting I call it so will probably find something more interesting to do in the meantime.
Christmas is just around the corner as they say - only 44 more sleeps (if my maths are right). If you are looking for a special something for a friend or relative who is a knitter dont forget my book The Gift of Giving. The book plus a couple of balls of yarn and needles is a great gift under $20. If you dont have the book yourself perhaps you could put it on your wish list for someone to buy for you
Till next time - Happy knitting!