October 9, 2016
It's been "one of those days" for more than a few days, & Blogger has been acting up on my end. Still, amidst all the frustration I did get a few projects finished! First of all I finished my Blue Christmas socks for the Hisser Sisters Christmas Socks KAL. I'm very happy with how they turned out : ) Claire is still working on her socks but hasn't far to go. She should be finished with them sometime this week.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
October 9, 2016
Posted by Shirlee at 11:00 AM
September 25, 2016
I will begin by telling you about the second installment of the Hisser Sisters Christmas Socks KAL. As I noted last month, Claire & I decided that we would cast on a pair of Christmas socks on the 24th of each month before Christmas. This month I am pairing my yarn choice with a fun project bag made by Kathy Norman who has an Etsy shop called QuiltKnitCraft. Kathy is an accomplished seamstress with an eye for color & fabric choice. She is also one of the nicest sellers in the Etsy community. This New York City at Christmastime project bag caught my eye right away. John & I enjoyed our visit to NYC a couple years ago & have talked about one day returning during the holidays. The fabric print of this bag can take me there all year : )
Claire's yarn choice is the Christmas Special offered by West Yorkshire Spinners, a UK yarn company The photo below is taken from their website. The colorway on the left is Holly Berry, & the one on the right is Cherry Drop.
This past week brought us a very happy event ... the arrival of Fall! I look forward to the cooler temperatures, the crispness in the air, the beautiful colors painted on the leaves, & that certain scent that only Fall can bring. Fall is my next-to-favorite season : )
I will leave you today with a song sung by country legend Ernest Tubb. It not only ties in with my Christmas yarn choice, but this particular recording of it holds fond memories for me of Christmases when I was growing up. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do : )
Posted by Shirlee at 10:58 AM
September 18, 2016
The first official Hisser Sisters CAL ended on schedule! Claire & I put down our crochet hooks on September 7th. Here is my finished blanket, as yet unblocked ...
Fall is kinda-sorta starting to make an appearance here in northern Kentucky. You can see a wee bit of color on a few of the trees, & the temperatures are hovering in the high 70s/low 80s now. I am, as always, looking forward to when it starts to snow : )
Posted by Shirlee at 10:54 AM
August 28,, 2016
Our blankets are getting near the end! Here is mine ...
Posted by Shirlee at 10:52 AM
August 25, 2016
So it was Tuesday, late afternoon, when I glanced at the calendar hanging on the wall & noticed the date ... August 23rd. "Hmmm," I said to myself, "tomorrow is the 24th." My next thought was "Hmmm, tomorrow it will be just four months until Christmas!" And then I thought, "Hmmm! I wonder if Claire would be up to casting on a pair of socks for a Hisser Sisters Christmas Sock KAL?" I immediately sent her a message & she eagerly agreed : ) Our first Hisser Sisters Christmas Sock KAL, running simultaneously with our first blanket CAL!
We didn't have much time to get ready. I sorted my available Christmas sock yarns.
Posted by Shirlee at 10:49 AM
August 21, 2016
Once again Claire & I are on target with our first Hisser Sisters CAL ... the Cottage Ripple Blanket. I took a series of photos & picked out my favorite, but somehow I ended up permanently deleting all but this one! Do forgive me for the very poor quality.
Posted by Shirlee at 10:47 AM
August 14, 2016
Claire & I are both on target with our CAL. At the end of Week Two we now have 28 stripes (two rows equal one stripe) & our blankets are beginning to look quite lovely, if I do say so myself, with all the beautiful colors. Lucy of Attic24 does have an eye for color! I am grateful for this because I do not.
Here is my blanket progress ...
Posted by Shirlee at 10:43 AM
August 7, 2016
Both Claire & I reached our first week's CAL goal ... 14 stripes in our cottage ripple blankets! The pattern really is a delight. It's very simple & flows smoothly. Very comforting to work : )
My blanket ...
Posted by Shirlee at 10:43 AM
July 31, 2016
Today marks the start of the first Hisser Sisters CAL! How we came to be called the Hisser Sisters is a story for another time, but we are both enthusiastic knitters/crocheters. Claire is from the UK, I am from the US. We met via the We Love Lucy group on Ravelry last August. Claire was the first to welcome me there & we became fast friends : ) Today is Claire's birthday, & to commemorate the event we are starting our very first CAL! Our project is the Cottage Ripple blanket designed by Lucy of Attic24. Isn't it lovely?
Posted by Shirlee at 10:40 AM