Sunday, August 31, 2008

Waffle baby blanket finished!!

Well to start off I finished pale yellow waffle baby blanket today!!! I can allow myself to move on to my next project!

And my next project is....................the baby doll blanket I promised granddaughter Abygail. I think that I will try out a new knitting technique for me. Shadow knitting or illusion knitting. I found a pattern for a heart dishcloth here and am going to modify it into a baby doll blanket. At least that is what I am about to attempt! Doesn't have to be on a grand scale maybe 3 pattern repeats by 3 pattern repeats? Just enough for the baby doll.

I found the pattern at the site mentioned in a previous post. The finished size was 27x27 inches and I used Feza Baby yarn color# 13436 100% acylic (and so soft!) 319 yard per ball and a size US7 or 4.5 mm needle. Yes it is a KA needle and its great!

Please let me know what you think about this baby blanket pattern right down here just click on the comments and leave one :)

Friday, August 29, 2008

New love in knitting needles..............

I recently attended an open knit at on of my local yarn shops Whitmore Lake Yarn Co., and found a new to me brand of knitting needle!

When I found myself getting back into knitting around 2005, I of course was in love hook, line and sinker with Addi Turbo's!! There was nothing like them on the market before and they helped me and my knitting soar! So of course I have at least one in every size and in most cases at least 2!

Then came the Knit Picks circular needle kits! And shortly after that.......the Harmony Woods! Well other than now stocking up on those knitting was sailing on gracefully!

UNTIL this past week! I found KA Classic Bamboo needles. Ok you are probably thinking "what makes these so great?" Well it is 3 things so far. Price and the revolutionary way the cord or cable that joins the needles swivels!!! Yes swivels! Its so cool, pretty much now no matter what type of material is used to join the needles as long as it swivels the cables can't twist up like the dreaded clovers! Oh and the price is pretty much 1/2 the price of the Addi's. 3rd is that that swivel join is also very smooth!

If you are in Michigan please look up the Whitmore Lake Yarn Co. from the web site and pop in for a coffee and the best sit and knit or class in town!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

One more for the road

Okay in my first blog post ever I mentioned youngest daughter Tiffany 23, here she is with baby girl twin peanut Gabriella.

Yes, those blue eyes are all hers!

From the Peanut Gallery..........

Sorry gals at my former employer! But you asked for it so here are a couple new photos of the twins! They are so different! She is a tiny little peanut Gabriella and he is boy all boy Blake!

She is the photo at top and he on the bottom. Can you tell the difference? I mean peanut and boy?

They are just awesome! We are so lucky as grandparents to have all these grandchildren so ahhem, young in life! LOL.

See we also have the big sister of the twins Abygail shown here with her biggest fan Grandpa!

And her new cousin Miss Madison.

Miss M's part time mom Amanda is pregnant and due near Christmas with a baby girl!

Poor Blake huh? I am sure he will be convinced to wear dresses and hair bows along with nail polish!!!

What are you reading?

Well I don't know about you, but I have been hooked on the Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer!!!

They are billing it as the next "Harry Potter" for teens? Well as an adult lemme tell you something!!!! It is sooooooooooo good and the love story is great too. Oh to be young huh?

New Moon
Breaking Dawn

In that order. Wonderful story and I have seen people (albeit mostly females) carrying around their books!

I started the series on Audio book from sign up and pop your favorite books onto your mp3 player or ipod and just enjoy! The last book of the series isn't available at Audible or iTunes yet so I had to purchase the book...........gonna be a long read! Audio books are about 12 hours or so to listen to for comparison. I know that it will take me more hours than that to read it!!

So that is my entry for today...................What are you reading? Leave me a comment below on what you like to read!!

Monday, August 25, 2008


I was just visiting another Sock knitters blog Knackfulknitter and found this saying that I borrowed..........

"The Pessimist curses the wind, the Optimist expects it to change, the Realist adjusts his sails!"

I believe that I am a realist.

How about you? Leave me a comment!

More patterns knitted from Knitting Pure and Simple

So after the post "Now to add some Knitting" I took inventory of all the patterns that I have knit from Knitting Pure and Simple.

Wow! I guess that there have been a few!

Weekend Pullover #224 (redesigned for Hubby)

Henly T-shirt for Women #9727 (me)

Neck down shaped cardigan #241 (me)--- photo to come.......must de-wrinkle from winter storage.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Progress on blankie

Am I on a roll today or what?

I am posting a progress photo of baby girl grandtwin's blankie along with a finished photo of baby boy grandtwin's blankie that was already given.

The green one is a pattern from the book Simple 1-2-3 Knitting and the

isbn-10: 1-4127-1338-2 at Amazon
It is a pretty cool book with sections for baby stuff, gifts and scarves.

The yellow pattern is called Sunny Baby Blanket by Lucie Sinkler, I think that you can also find her patterns online.

The Yellow in progress is from Waffle Blanket and I am making the 'small' size.

Now to add some Knitting!

This is an old sweater made for granddaughter Abygail for Christmas 2007. It still fits! She loves loves loves this sweater out of all the sweaters I have made for her!

It is a pattern from Knitting Pure and Simple and I purchased it as a kit from a site that I don't remember but they wound up these crazy yarns all together just tying them with knots and all you do is just knit away! Knitting Pure and Simple

Neck Down Cardigan #982 done with a crew neck. These patterns are the bomb! I have made 3 or 4 sweaters from this companies patterns!

Next on my list is to make both the 2 1/2 year old Madison and the 4 year old Abygail sweaters from the same pattern shown on the same page #279 for Christmas.

Tell me what you think.

Labor of LOVE

Well what have I been doing this past week you ask? Pregnant daughter Amanda is having a baby shower soon and needs to get the invites in the mail. Sooooooooooooo one of my contributions was to make the invites.

We went to staples and found the cutest kit that has 50 announcement/invitations in it. You just print on the velum or the paper and put them together. GartnerStudios here is an example very similar kit to the one we purchased.

I printed on the vellum, then used a cute corner punch and made them prettier. We also took one of the ultrasound photos and put it under the vellum. She wanted to show off her pretty little baby girls first photos!

Here is photo of the finished invitation. Tell me what you think.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

My First Post

Well, now I have finally done it! This is my first blog ever!

If you already know me you are wondering what or who is Purl? I think that she will be my alter ego or mascot in the future. Maybe both! I wanted the blog name to be catchy, creative and to have it express me and what I am 'into' at this point in my life. Anyone who has hobbies knows that they come and go and come back again so here I can share with you what I love most today!

I will try not to bore you goal with this blog is to express myself, my desires for the future and share my creative hobbies and endeavors and share photos.

Current project on my knitting needles now is a blanket for Gabriella one of our twin grandbabies! Recently finished blanket for Blake is on my ravelry page. I am Lorrieu at

Our grandbabies came a bit early and spent the first 3 weeks in the NICU. They just came home this past week and are AMAZING little people. They also have a big sister who is 4 and loves having baby brother and sister home.

We also have a daughter who is expecting right around Christmas (another baby girl). Currently about 22 weeks.

And then our youngest daughter who is 23 and loving being the auntie at this point in her life.

Hubby and I own our own the automotive field. It is a wobbly world being in the auto industry. I am sure I will have many entries on this topic in the future.

I am going to wrap up this first post as it is a Sunday night and must get plenty of rest for work tomorrow!