Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easter Holiday Stitch & Bitch (The Family that Knits together...)

On Saturday my sister and I got together with our brother, Herman, our sister-in-law, Melinda, their children Shelby and Jessie as well as Melinda's sisters Millie and Marlene. We brought the kids their Easter Baskets and spent the day shopping, watching the traditional Easter TV offerings including The Ten Commandments, and knitting. Every last one of the adult females brought knitting with them. It was our own informal Stitch and Bitch. In fact, it was during one Easter Weekend not long ago that my sister and I taught Melinda to knit. This is why we know there are no knitting stores open on Easter Sunday. We used chopsticks and it worked out fine. See above, the Pirate hats that my sister-in-law has been knitting. The hat is a pattern from Knitty and the skull and cross-bones is an image from another Internet pattern. She knit the black and red hat for the young son of a friend of hers. He's in the hospital going through chemo and rehab at the moment and loves his pirate hat. He also asked for a hat with the logo for the San Francisco Giants. He wants to be able to wear it when he's well enough to go to watch the team play again. Knitting does have it's plus side! The Pink and Black Pirate Hat is one for a niece who saw the original and wanted one. I have been slowly knitting the WRS but already have spotted an error. With so many stitches in each row, it will be another Homer Simpson Fix but I don't care at this point. I'm knitting the Shetland Tea Shawl and the Flower Basket Shawls for relief knitting. It's nice to see the Madeira pattern actually take shape for a change now that I have the corrected pattern.
For those of you who have bought the book "Victorian Lace Today", you may want to check out the corrections for this book. My sister-in-law and I check periodically because new corrections appear to get added. Don't be like me and ignore the fact that not all patterns are perfect when printed. You will save yourselves a lot of grief.Happy Holiday for all those who are celebrating and Good Knitting~


Artis-Anne said...

What a lovely image you portrayed of you all knitting there together and some great knits too.
Thanks for the tip re VLT will check that out

Sheila E said...

Sounds like a Great Easter Day to me!
Family and fun knitting!!
I love the hats that your SIL made for their young friend. That is the sweetest thing I've heard recently!
Your shawls are FANTASTIC!
AND...I am glad that you are enjoying your needles!

Jane said...

Dear artis-anne,

We really do have a good time togeather as a whole and anyone who is going to the trouble of knitting something in lace deserves the corrected instructions:-) Thanks for checking in!

Jane said...

Dear sheila e,

I LOVE my needles. Such a pleasure to the senses to knit with them. My sister-in-law is a very caring person and she's having alot of fun knitting items that are appreciated so much by the people who receive them. She never looks at this type of activity as a burden but an opportunity to show she cares. She's really a great woman. I'm glad she's married to my brother!

Jason said...

Those are great hats! You think I should knit one for my mom? Just kidding. :-) Best wishes to the young boy. Hope he feels better soon.

It's kind of funny to think of any lace project as relief knitting. I started a simple one for just that reason. But boy oh boy. It still takes 100% mindulfness. LOL

Jane said...

Dear Jason,

I'm not thinking a pirate hat would be so good for your mom actually. Maybe something less severe? Maybe something with flowers? The child that is wearing this hat is doing well right now and they are agressively doing rehab. He can feed himself and is gaining weight. We are all very hopeful.

As for relief knitting using a lace project I have to say that a lace motif that is only 10 rows long on size US 3-4 needles vs 64 rows long on US 0 is really a nice break for me.

I do also read a few books and listen to knitting podcasts so I'm not a total "Lace Nun" :-)

I hope your knitting is helping to keep your spirits up and I hope your mother is feeling better!