New England Beauty

As the Thanksgiving holiday comes to an end I feel a little bittersweet. I enjoyed visiting family and eating great food. I was also reminded of how beautiful New England is. On the other hand, the cold is too much for me.  I much prefer the temperature to be above 50 degrees :).

Thanks to the boyfriend for the lovely shots.

Beautiful Lake at Alyson's Orchard

Beautiful Lake at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole, New Hampshire

The orchards

The orchards

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Even the cows were cold!

Even the cows were cold!

Family Time

I hope all those who celebrate Thanksgiving had a great time. My aunts hosted Thanksgiving and it was a wonderful night. The ambiance was gorgeous, the food was delish,  and the company was enjoyable. As a gift to my aunts, I made a candle/ flower vase inspired by this one on Katalina Jewlery.

Holiday Centerpiece:

What you need: A Vase, a smaller vase, velum paper in 2-3 colors, scissors, metallic gel pens, clear packing tape, a leaf stencil, and a candle.

1) Use your stencil to trace the number of leaves you desire.

2) Cut the leaves out.

3) Have guests leave you a message. I used the metallic gel pens to add a festive touch to the overall work. My prompt: What are you thankful for?

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4)Use a glass cleaner to ensure the vase surfaces are clean.

5) With the clear packing tape, place the leaves face up (the wrong side of the leaf should be on the sticky side of the tape. This ensures the writing will appear through the glass.)

6) Adhere the tape to the inside of the large vase.

7) Once all of the desired leaves are arranged on the large vase, place the smaller vase inside.

8) Place a candle or flowers into the smaller vase and display!

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For other holidays change the decor inside:

Christmas: Leave and holly with berries

New Years: Metallic confetti or designs cut our of velum paper.

 

New Kid on the Block

Today we moved on to New Hampshire where the Thanksgiving festivities will be held. My mom was working on this scarf (see my modeling skills below). She was using the new novelty yarn By Primer Yarns called Starbella Flash. I am not a huge novelty yarn user, but how you use the yarn peeked my interest. I swear since I saw her project I have it in 3 different shops. Has anyone worked with this yarn yet?

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How to create the ruffle effect with Starbella

Boston!

Finally made it back to the east coast! The boyfriend and I spent a very cold day (it was 25 degrees!) wandering around the city of Boston. We made it to the Boston Common, Public Garden, Beacon Hill, and Cheers. It felt good to be in my old stomping ground. As much as I love San Francisco, Boston will always be home.

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Snowflake sweater

It has been a crazy week and a half! Report cards are due and too many meetings are going on.The bright side is I have a whole week of vacation starting Monday!  So expect blogging galore on my time off. For vacation and the holiday I will be heading back to Massachusetts to see my family. I am excited to see them, but not to be back in the artic temperatures! I was pulling out all of my heavy sweaters when I came across this gem that I made what seems like eons ago. I was looking over my work and realized how much my technique and knowledge has evolved.

I got this pattern from Vogue Knitting Internationals Holiday 2007 edition. It is a Fair Isle Cardigan by Londoner Bliss. The pattern called for Debbie Bliss’ KFI Cashmerino Baby weight yarn. As I was on a budget (and did not appreciate fine yarn yet)  I used acrylic yarn instead. This was a bad choice as the sweater doesn’t look as luxurious as it should. A wiser Whit knows that when you spend that much time on something it is way better to spend the money and go for the pricier yarn choice.

 I think I had been knitting about 4 years at this point. So I wasn’t a beginner, but this was my first shot at complex color work.  As you can see, I pulled the yarn behind the work a little too tight as you can see the rippling of the piece.

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Not bad for my first shot. Makes me wonder if I should try something like this again to see if I have improved.

Can I vent for a minute?

This has been annoying me. For some reason this year retailers  decided that Christmas should be 3 months long. Did anyone else notice the Santas and garland in stores before Halloween? It think it is crazy. I mean yes, I generally need a little extra time to prepare for Christmas as I usually make many of my gifts.  But 3 months? In my opinion, having all of the holiday stuff out so early ruins the specialness of “holiday time.” I mean after a month of pine wreaths, ornaments, fake candles and snow, and Santa I am sick of Christmas. Christmas needs to go back to being a holiday, not a season, as many commercial retailers would love it to be.

Check out this email that was sent to me from Michael’s about their “Yarn Event”. I am happy that yarn is on sale, but why does it have to be for Christmas? What happened to Thanksgiving?

Guess I have T-minus 41 days to get myself together *sigh*

New Stitch!

I decided that November would be my time to try more challanging stitches. I picked up the Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns at the local library.

Featured in lilac acrylic is Overlapping Waves.
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I created a beanie and added a button to stylize it a little more. I am really loving this stitch pattern and need to find another project to incorperate it into.