Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Was Awesome

Christmas was once again awesome. Time spent with family and friends, it just does not get better than that!Adam and Makaila did a wonderful presentation once again this year. They said songs, and even had others join in on some of the songs. IT was so much fun!!!!!
Here are a few pictures of the kids making some homemade gifts of fudge and chocolate covered pretzels. Grandpa got a peggle game and loves it.

Well our girls have upcoming birthdays, Trish in Jan and Michelle in Feb, time to get started on their gifts...going to attempt to make some felted bags.

Hugs, Dusty

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Have To Brag On My Sister-In-Law

WOW, would you look at these wonderful hats!!! A couple of years ago I taught my sister-in-law Ginny to make hats on the Knifty Knitter Looms. Well let me tell ya, she just took off with it and became better than her teacher LOL..I am so proud of her. She makes several for gifts and gives lots of them away. What a blessing it is to have her in our family.

Hugs, Dusty

Monday, December 8, 2008

My Latestest Adventures

Wow it has been a long time since my last post! Shame on me LOL. What a busy summer and wow it went by so quickly. The kids had a great time over the summer and Adam was baptized in the lake in late August. What a thrill that was, trying to get mommy to get me the pics so I can post it.

Makaila's birthday is the 19th but we celebrated it yesterday. She has a sleepover with 7 of her girlfriends and they had a blast, soon pics will be posted. She turned 10. On Sunday we went over and gave her our presents. Here she is in her new crocheted hood/scarf.

Even Grandpa got in the birthday mood LOL.

I also have been busy making up some potholders as gifts. They are so easy to make and they are well received.
Well time to get busy with more craft stuff, going to make some hats.
Hopefully it will not be long till my next update to my blog. I do hope everyone will have a great Christmas. Hugs, Dusty

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Raglan Baby Sweater Done!

This was a very easy sweater to do. It is all done in one piece. All that is left is to seam up the underarms. This is the first sweater I have done. It is being modeled on a 3-6 month baby doll.
I did the sweater using Plymoth Encore WW yarn.
Till next time,
Hugs, Dusty
You can find the pattern here:

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

When One Thing Doesn't Work..Keep Going

Ok, let's not talk about the knitting class I took on fair isle knitting...what a mess, too many yarn dangels for his old brain to deal with at this time LOL...but I did give it a good try.... we had to do the flaps, then cast on, so far so good, then came the zinger, had to wrap the yarn around your neck and then flick the purl stitch around the needle keeping then tension tight. Got lost on my chart and math calculations....geesh this was suppose to be fun LOL..
So I found this cute pattern on the net, Time Thief Watch Cap Jr.
I inquire from a few of my knitting groups on exactly how to carry that unused color and then I was off to the needle. I use Berant Satin Yarn which is a WW yarn. Wow this was great fun and a big boost to a bruised ego, after my fair isle flop.
So after my ego go soothe I went on to do the Time Thief Watch Cap,

Well, so far this year I am not doing to shabby on my hats, nothing lacey, nothing fancy, just me and my sticks having fun. I am glad I stopped being so hard on myself and thinking everything had to be so perfect! Even my flops are learning experiences.

I really like these earflap hats and have will be doing more of these.

Well that is it fer now for me and my knitting adventures.
Now to see what is next to do. Perhaps I will venture out to a baby sweater. Still working on the Baby Surprise Jacket, have to figure out how to do the button band.

Hugs, Dusty

Monday, February 18, 2008

It Actually Works!

I am just amazed! I am actually making this! I have a dear friend that is coaching me. I love the way this little sweater is coming together. This is a preemie size.
Have to figure out the button holes yet and a collar, but as my teacher says, "ONE STEP AT A TIME".
I am so thankful to you my friend for taking the time to help me through this pattern. Getting brave now in my knitting LOL.. Dusty

Monday, January 28, 2008

That's A What!

I finished my earflap hat!
I ended up have 89 stitches instead of the 90, but I worked it our okay. Few mistakes here and there but
all in all I did it! I am going to do another one cause it is such a easy one to do. I knit a row on the flap
part when I should have purl, but it still turned out okay. This is a very user friendly pattern.

Next I am finishing up my pocketbook slippers.
These are a fun knit.
I ask hubby, what do you think this is, he was very surprised to
see me put it on my foot. I am hoping to get some help on how this
can be knit in the round to elimate the seaming on the sides. I am not
yet good at seaming stuff together.
Here is a story about these slippers that is so neat!
Well, that is the update on my knitting adventures, plain and simple
designs that I can do.
Till next time, Hugs, Dusty

Friday, January 25, 2008

Winter Fun and Hats and Such

Winter Fun and Hats and Such!

Grandpa went outside and made a mini snowman for Makaila, she was thrilled. Grandpa on the other hand came in with a hurting back and went straight to the icepacks LOL....good thing he did not build a big one!

I decided to concentrate on my knitting skills. I found lots of adorable patterns for earflap hats. The pattern for this one can be found here It was so easy. Next time I will go down a needle size for the rows of ribbing on the brim to tighten it up a bit. See I learned something new already!

This is another version of a earflap hat called the

KY Cozy Earflap Hat. I love it. I did make a few minor mistakes, but it is turning our pretty good. Definitely will be making another one. Pattern was very easy to follow.I will be finishing this one up tonight.

The link to purchase this pattern is:

These booties are so easy to make! I love them!

They are Bev's Stay on Booties and can be found at

I found this website while surfing a few weeks ago and thought it was so delightful!

Judy is such a delight! She is so down to earth! Her knitting videos are so simple to understand.She just put out two knitting videos and is working on, "How to knit". Her how to knit series will take youstep by step in completing a project. Stop by and give her a visit, you will be glad you did!


Well that is it from me for now. Back to my knitting adventures, that is after I do all the daily stuff, then it is knit, wakeup, knit wakeup, knit know how it goes, by the time we get to our fun stuff we take mini naps inbetween.

Hugs and God Bless, thanks for stopping by....Dusty