Saturday, July 5, 2008

All In The Family

In this post, I feature the handiwork of my eldest daughter! She is not typically my "crafty" kid, but she has sure surprised me this summer by finishing this latch-hook kit that she started about two years ago. She made significant progress on it this summer, and as you can see, it's finished as of this week.
I'm extremely proud of her! She's my "tom-boy," and doesn't like frills and such. Crafting really hasn't been her thing either. But she has done well with this kit, and has moved onto another one. She has even inspired her younger sister to start one! I guess my love of crafting is contagious, or maybe genetic.
I'm already mentioned that I'm very proud of my oldest daughter, as she has many special needs, but works hard to accomplish things. I'm proud of her, not only because she can complete a project that requires some endurance, but she is also doing some volunteer work at a local hospital this summer. She is a candy-striper (that's what they're called here in PA), and she works in the inpatient pharmacy two days a week. She travels to the hospital with my dad, who also works there (obviously not as a volunteer). I had to laugh at her tenacity this week, when she approached the head of the pharmacy, and told him that next year, she thought she should be considered a part-time employee for her work. Got to love her boldness!
As for me and my knitting, well, startitis is rampant. I've got the following on the needles.....
1. Log Cabin Blanket - currently working on square #7 out of 20.
2. Jaywalkers in YP Killer Bees for DH - they are resting....yes, that's what they are doing, they are RESTING!
3. Just cast on for a Easy Breezy Vest with yarn from Maryland Sheep and Wool. The project is made with Tess Designer Yarns and I'm loving it, and it's just mostly stockinette with some simple increases and decreases.
4. Just cast on for the lace KAL. I'm knitting the Creatures of the Reef Shawl. I must be out of my mind, but I cast on the 437 stitches and knit the set-up row tonight. WOW! I'm taking it one row at a time, and spending some serious time reading charts and researching life-lines. No, I don't mean like phone a friend or anything! This is my first, serious lace project. I'll let you know how I make out with it. I'm knitting with DIC's Baby. It's a nice yarn so far, and I like it very much. I'm knitting it in the Beach Fog colorway. Wish me luck!
If DH will let me download his pictures from his camera, I could share some fireworks photos from last night - they are really cool! How did you spend Independence Day?


Kay said...

Congratulations Lauren on your cool latch hook piece!!! I hope I get to see the lace piece you are working on... sounds like you might be working on it for awhile! :)

No fireworks for us but we did go to Pine Knotter's Days in Northumberland and I found a few things. I thought of you while there because someone was selling hand dyed wool yarn. I don't think I ever saw that at a craft show before, but I did think of you when I saw it!

Nell said...

You never know when your tomboy will become all crafty. For me? 25. Glad she tapped into it sooner!

Nell said...

ps- Lauren- It's beautiful!

peaknits said...

omg, takes me back to my Snoopy latchhook in the 70's! I can't wait to see the shawl progress - it is grgeous - thank you for the link! I think the color you have chosen will be perfect!

Morticcia said...

Congrats to Lauren on that accomplishment. I was a tomboy and I always loved needlecrafts but I never had any follow through until I hit my late 20's early 30's.

I LURVE LURVE LURVE that DIC colorway. I've been ogling that one on Loopy Ewe for some time.

Your lace project is very, very ambitious. With the 400 plus stitch cast on, does that mean the pattern starts from the top and you knit decreases rather than increases?

And yes, we did hear the crack of that tree breaking but we were so new in the house then, and it was dark out when it happened, it was a day or two before we put the noise and the tree together.

Shannon said...

What a great latch hook project. I remember making these with my mom as a kid.