January Monthly Dishcloth

I belong to a Yahoo Group that knits two dish cloths every month.  One of the really fun things about this group is that we don’t know what the dish cloth will look like until we are done.  A few rows at a time are given out each day until we are done.  I started this one late, but I’m not looking at any of the spoiler pictures :o)

January 1st and 2nd rows.

January 1st and 2nd rows.

This is my dish cloth start for the year.  I can’t see where this is going or what it will be.  Give me a few more days!  I’m a little behind and actually the second dishcloth has already begun, but once I finish this one, I will start the next.

It was my birthday!

I love birthdays!  The kids all get so excited to celebrate with me, it makes me just all that more excited.

Such a cute little puppy!

Such a cute little puppy!

I got all kinds of handmade cards (I LOVE those) and this cute little flower puppy from my mom.  Thanks, Mom!!

T’s Cross Stitch Christmas Stocking

My oldest daughter’s Christmas Stocking was completed two years ago but I never shared it.  No reason really except that we were busy with all the holiday fun and festivities and then the stocking got put away.

I can't believe I did this!

I can’t believe I made this!

This stocking took a LOT of time and effort.  However, unlike knitting, there was not ripping out of stitches – it all went together pretty smoothly.

Look at all that detail.

Look at all that detail.

The best part?  My daughter simply loves it!

Name Pillows

Every year, for Christmas, I make our family individual gifts.  I have made scarves, hats, mittens, blankets (that was a crazy year!!! 5 twin size and 1 king size blanket in one year), jewelry, jammies, etc.  This year I made Name Pillows!  I made one for each of my kids, one for my husband and one for my niece.

The hubby.

The hubby.

#1 Child.

#1 Child.

#2 Child.

#2 Child.

#3 Child.

#3 Child.

#4 Child.

#4 Child.

#5 Child.

#5 Child.

Niece.

Niece.

IMG_6462 - Version 2 IMG_6465 - Version 2They are really not very hard to make.  I’ll try to write up the tutorial in a few days to share with you!

 

Crochet CAL 2015

I have decided to  join this group on Facebook for a CAL for 2015.  It will start on January 18th and I can’t wait!

All my yarn colors!

All my yarn colors!

These are my yarn choices.  I took my 16yo with me to Michaels when I went to pick them out – she loves the sparkle!  I think this is going to be one lovely, sparkly, shiny blanket!

Sparkle yarn.

Sparkle yarn.

Sparkle yarn with sequins.

Sparkle yarn with sequins.

All of the yarn is from these two selections – just different colors.  OOOHH, no to wait until the 18th – torture!

Spool Knitting

As a kid growing up, I loved to spool knit.  My grandmother gave me a little spool knitter that I used ALL the time.  I had a big Folgers Coffee Can that kept my ball of yarn and my spool knitter and I carried that wherever I went.  Spool knitters are so small and portable that they really CAN go everywhere with you.  I wanted to bring this craft to my students, but store bought spool knitters are kind of expensive so I decided to make my own.

Spool knitter supplies.

Spool knitter supplies.

I gathered a few items – note the toilet paper roll – masking tape, 1-1/2 inch brads and some scissors.

Finished spool knitters.

Finished spool knitters.

Ta Da!!  Spool knitters!!  These are my first ones, but now I have a whole bunch of them – most of them have been handed out to my students.  I also love that these are made in part with recycled materials.  There is something so satisfying about using something that was destined for the recycling bin and repurpose it into something useful.  I also think this is a good way to show kids that you don’t always need to buy new – use your imagination and create something from almost nothing!

Spool knitter in use.

Spool knitter in use.

They LOVED them!!

More spool knitting.

More spool knitting.

All of my students are now using their spool knitters.

Spool knitted bracelet.

Spool knitted bracelet.

The most common thing to make are bracelets, but there have been headbands and necklaces as well.  Sometimes they embellish these items with buttons and other cute things!

K’s Christmas Stocking

Well…I didn’t finish in time for Christmas.  I guess I let myself get too distracted by other things :o(  My daughter is not disappointed, but I am.

Some progress on the bird and the flower.

Some progress on the bird and the flower.

I worked on the hat for a little bit.  Almost done with the bird and started the flower.

More progress.

More progress.

A little more time was spent.  Truly this is a slow and steady project!

Christmas and Holiday Traditions-part 5-outings

There are several outings that we all take part of during this holiday break from school and activities.  It is so nice to be together and enjoy each other’s company without hurrying at all.

Christmas In The Park-San Jose

Christmas In The Park-San Jose

I have been going to Christmas In The Park every year since I was little and I love sharing it with my kids!

Santa sighting!!

Santa sighting!!

Santa made an appearance – we had to explain that it wouldn’t be practical for Santa to have his sleigh and reindeer on the street.

Natural Bridges State Park-Santa Cruz.

Natural Bridges State Park-Santa Cruz.

This is one of my very favorite places to visit.  I love to go at this time of year to see the Monarch Butterflies that are migrating.  They cluster in the eucalyptus trees and I find it amazing.

Beach Fun-Santa Cruz.

Beach Fun-Santa Cruz.

Beach Fun-Santa Cruz.

Beach Fun-Santa Cruz.

Dinner at West End Tap and Kitchen-Santa Cruz

Dinner at West End Tap and Kitchen-Santa Cruz

This was a new find for us.  The food was fabulous and the ambiance was great!

Hiking at Foothills Park-Los Altos with cousins and friends.

Hiking at Foothills Park-Los Altos with cousins and friends.

Our family loves to get out hiking and there are so many places for us to go around here.  On this day we brought my husband’s younger brother and family and also a friend.  Nothing better than sharing the holidays with family and good friends.

San Francisco Zoo.

San Francisco Zoo.

We have been taking this same photo – the kids with a baby elephant bronze sculpture – for so many years.  I have this same photo from back when we only had one kid!  We can put them all together and watch our family grow!

San Francisco Zoo.

San Francisco Zoo.

This is another one we take every year.  It’s right at the entrance to the Children’s Petting Zoo.

Arastradero Park-Los Altos

Arastradero Park-Los Altos

Obviously the kids are WAY faster than I am!  I really love all these tradition and look forward to them every year!

Christmas Traditions-part 4

Every Night Before Christmas all of us look forward to a few simple traditions:

Putting out food for Santa's reindeer.

Putting out food for Santa’s reindeer.

We all always go outside and put out reindeer food (oatmeal) for Santa’s reindeer.  Because, of course, the reindeer are also hungry after such a long night of work.

Cookies for Santa.

Cookies for Santa.

Milk and cookies left out for Santa.  Tonight we have thumbprint cookies and mint cookies.

The older girls setting out the gifts for the younger kids.

The older girls setting out the gifts for the younger kids.

After the youngers are in bed and asleep, the olders set out all the gifts.  These two big kids are so sweet!  They really look forward to this part of Christmas each and every year and place the gifts “just so”.