Friday, December 26, 2008

One day later

Oh, it was such a great Christmas day! We just hung out in PJs, opened presents and played.  Like a bad, newbie blogger, I didn't really get a lot of pictures either. I was too in the moment, enjoying the girls' excitement. My older girl, almost 4, who we will call "Goosie", told Santa she wanted a pony for Christmas. She meant the Fur Real pony, that $300.00 thing that sheds hair all over the place and is big enough for the kids to sit on, but she didn't specify that to Santa. In our conversations about it, we discussed how we'd have no room for a pony! And what would we feed him? Christmas morning, she said "Santa DID come!" As we sat down to open gifts, I said "Well I don't smell any horses!" Goosey was sure that she did. It ended up being a little pony figure, Schleich, in fact. She giggled a lot about that, said "Oh, THAT'S what I smelled!"

Then my little one, 2, who shall be called "Peanut", got a Dora and Flying Pegasus. Goosie proceeded to tell me that perhaps it was the pegasus she smelled as well. 

All in all, it was great fun, the girls were excited about everything and played with every single toy, wanted to wear the new outfits, socks, necklaces, bracelets, and headbands. 

Today we organize toys, relocate some to bedrooms (Princess Vanity, Dora toys), dust and vacuum and move the couch for tomorrow's Christmas party with my dad, sister's family and brother's family. Should be more fun! I'm hoping for a yarn ball winder from my dad. :D

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Kitty Ear Warmer Headband

Kitty Ear Warmer Headband

Classic Elite Yarns Jil Eaton Minnow Merino
Aran/10 ply (8 wpi)
77 yds/70.4 m 50g
1 each of lavender and snow white

10.5 needles - I used dpns
stitch marker
tapestry needle
embroidery thread for eyes and nose or safety eyes, buttons, etc.
batting for stuffing

Head Band

long tail cast on 14 using Lavender

row 1: *knit 2, move yarn to front, slip st. as if to purl, move yarn to back* repeat to end of row
row 2: knit

repeat rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 17”. Bind off. Seam.

Kitty Heads

long tail cast on 24 using Snow White
divide sts evenly on 3 dpns or Magic loop
place stitch marker to mark beginning of round
k 2 rounds
increase 6 sts next round (30 sts)
k round
increase 6 sts next round (36 sts)
k round
increase 6 sts next round (42 sts)
k 3 rounds
next round decrease 6 sts (36 sts)
k round
decrease 6 sts (30 sts)
k round
decrease 6 sts (24 sts)
k round
decrease 6 sts (18 sts)
divide sts evenly on 2 needles, kitchener st to seam closed.

Pull tightly to draw seam together to help round out the bottom of the kitty head. Leave long enough tail to seam up head after stuffing.

Embroider eyes and nose on each face, stuff and seam. Weave in all ends.

To make ears on kitty head more pronounced, use the same color yarn as the head (white) and thread a short piece of yarn on needle. Knot one end and pull needle through from side of head to top of head to create a point for the ear. Pull tightly and knot.

Attach heads to headband, placing them where they would cover ears.

Intro to Blogging

Merry Christmas Eve! This will be my first lame-o blog post. I never wanted to blog, but wanted to post a pattern to for my Hello Kitty Ear Warmer Headband, so I guess blogging it is. I have no idea the things that will come of this, but if anyone can prattle on about things, I guess I can! Perhaps this will be a little incentive for me to get some things accomplished in 2009 as well. If I list publicly, I tend to do them. 

I am certain I will edit and re-edit this first post, add to and adjust. I'll tell you who I am in time as well. I tend to find myself not overly exciting, and anticipate no responses to my posts! But that's ok. I'm not a huge blog reader myself, but there are a few I frequent, rarely, however, do I comment. I'll share those with you as time goes on as well, though I suspect those of you who do run across this blog know me from other places. 

Maybe this blog will help me to organize my thoughts some too, figure things out. Oh, the insights you may get into my mind! Should be interesting, to me at least! 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day! B