Wednesday, February 1, 2012

At Jessie's House, a New Knitter, and Yarn Along

Good morning Everyone.  As I mentioned in my last post, Chloe has learned to knit (and yes, we think this is exceptional ^v^).  Jess, Chloe, and I stopped in to a new yarn shop after school one afternoon.  As we were all petting the pretty yarns, Chloe said, 'Ooooh, all this yarn makes me want to knit."  Love it! 

Our little knitter -- knitting in her nightgown -- wonder where she gets that trait?


Concentration.


Oops, dropped a stitch.


 I expect Chloe to be joining Yarn Along soon, as she is another knitting reader (or a reading knitter?).

And Jess is working on the most beautiful granny square blanket (in her p. j.'s ^v^)


It reminds me of the Nanny McPhee blanket that we're still a little obsessed with after all these years.  She's found a way to crochet the squares together as she goes -- clever girl.  Maybe she'll do a post about it before long.  I love the way she has all the yarn for her project arranged on this basket (another good find from our thrifting) -- no digging into a bottomless pit of tangly yarn trying to find the next one you want to use.

And aside from all the yarny things, there was cat cuddling . . .


Miss Honey (new kitty) might just be the sweetest, most affectionate little kitty I've ever known (sorry Bubba, but you know I love you), and she adds so much love & joy (as you can see from the photo) to this little home. 



I couldn't resist taking this photo of her with her little head all smooshed into the arm of the chair -- she's just so cute.

Jess has done such a good job of making this little yellow cottage homey and cosy.  It feels so warm and welcoming (just like Jess), and there are cosy corners for everyone -- knitters, crocheters, gamers, computer gazers, painters, readers, and crafters.



This cosy corner gets used a lot by the resident 'tablet' gazer -- so pretty I think.

Well, onto Yarn Along (thank you Ginny). So, I started a new sweater for myself . . .


Chaleur by Julie Hoover (and I actually washed and blocked my swatch this time as the Hourglass Sweater really was a learning experience).  I've gotten off to a slow start as the kbb stitch kind of threw me, but I think I've got it now.  I think.  Doesn't seem too smart to be starting a new sweater when our winter is nearly over (such as it is -- 72 today -- pooh), but I always seem to be too busy in the fall with Christmas knitting to start a sweater for myself (no regrets of course).  I did this last year with my Hourglass Sweater, and ended up putting it away with only a couple of inches left to go as the weather was already getting too warm to wear it.  But, I did eventually get it finished in time to wear this winter.  I'm thinking that might be the way it goes with this one (and Leah's), but . . . oh well.  I think we need to move some place where there are longer/real winters and much shorter/cooler summers.

And my reading this week is all over the place -- as usual.



"Mandy" and "The Magic Apple Tree" were recommended by Jess, and I love them both.  I've been browsing the others and finding lots of good things in all of them.  Well, I'm going to hop over to Ginny's to check out what all of you are reading and knitting, so happy days Everyone!

♥ ♥ ♥

G

P. S. Photos were taken by Jess and me, and I don't remember exactly who took what, so let's just say the better ones were taken by her and the not so good, by me.


17 comments:

Helen said...

Hi Gigi. I love The Magic Apple Tree. It is the same one, isn't it? By Susan Hill? The village in the book is not too far from where I live, 45 mins or so drive, and I have been there to look see, but do you think I can work out which is the right cottage. I think maybe this one, but then perhaps that one. I guess it is done deliberately, to stop people like me. She doesn't live there any more though.

Pom Pom said...

How sweet, the little knitter!
The kitty is gorgeous! I love the nap photo!

Jane said...

I just had to comment when I saw Mandy. I read that as a young girl and still recommend it today when people ask for a suggestion. Last time I looked at B/N I couldn't find it. I'm hoping it's still in print. One my all time favorite books.

Here's to the new knitter in your home!

Swanski said...

I read Mandy and have it on my shelf somewhere. I love seeing a little girl knit :) She looks so sweet with her needles!

Mary said...

Congrats to Chloe for learning to knit. I tried as a child and it just didn't click. So about 10 years ago, I bought a "learn to knit" for kids book, and this time it clicked.
Thanks for sharing...

Bonnie said...

Welcome back GIGI. So good to read your posts. I love love love the granny square blankets. And just a little whisper in your ear ( I have just the weather you're looking for...come on out at least for a visit)

stitching under oaks said...

what a wonderful post! makes me smile seeing all the goodness going on with you and your beautiful family! Have a wonderful start to your February! Hugs to you!

Hurrayic said...

What a wonderful post - it oozes with all that cozyness. Maybe we could come for a visit? So sweet to see your younger ones knitting and crocheting! We have the Cottage book sticking out of the basket (in top photo). Such wonderful illustrations.

Lori ann said...

i loved this post gigi, every photo is delightful, your sweet new knitter, all the cozy places, that new afgan! its gorgeous. is jess your daughter?

and what a sweet kitty too!

Meryl said...

Oh what beautiful little knitters! I can't wait until mine is old enough to learn. Something about tiny fingers on the needles just makes me swoon.

Cynthia said...

I just loved reading this post and gazing at all your wonderful photos! Especially love the knitting in p.j.'s! Glad to see I am not the only one. ;) The granny squares are lovely and make me want to grab some yarn and crochet a few.

Cynthia @
Brambleberriesintherain.com

Gumbo Lily said...

You and Jess have done well to get that Little Sweetie off-and-knitting at an early age! So exciting to see!

wayside wanderer said...

Love the peek into your daughters home and all the lovely touches and sweet grandchildren and grandkitty. Makes me want to learn to crochet an afghan.

Jess said...

Awe, thank you mom for all your sweet words!! Love u!!
Xoxo

Gigi said...

You're welcome Little! It's all true ;).
Love you!
xoxoxox

Lisa said...

Oh, Chloe is precious! What a doll. And Jess's afghan is stunning - I love the blues, yellows and reds.
(love the kitty, too)

Natalie said...

That is one fantastic granny square blanket.

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