Updated patterns!

I'm in the process of updating my old patterns, particularly the bibs, to include charts. I'm rewriting some of the directions to make the patterns even easier and including alternative methods for beginning the bibs and for making the ties. Look for these patterns in the sidebar to see which ones have been added. It's a slow process, but eventually, they'll all be there!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

It's Snowing Again!!

It was very quickly brought to my attention that there was an error on Row 12 of the Snow Buddy cloth and Row 16 of the Snow Buddy bib. I was about to send my testers to bed without any supper, however, I realized that we all had discovered that error before I posted the pattern. For some reason, when I uploaded it to the program I use, it took the "test" version and not the corrected one. This has happened to me before and I confess that I have no idea how it happened. I have it corrected now, so you can download it again. This is a perfect example of why I should just stick to knitting and not try to do technical stuff, like a blog!  I apologize profusely.

I also want to remind you that the original Snowbaby bib and cloth have been completely rewritten.  This pattern has been a thorn in my side ever since I created it.  It was riddled with mistakes and so I just rewrote it.  My friend, Tim, once told me that he didn't like to start a row with a purl stitch and since then, I've tried to accommodate him with every new design I create!  The corrected Snow Baby pattern now starts with a knit stitch! Tim, you're welcome! ;o)
Hopefully, I won't have any more posts like this one, however, I confess to being human.  Remember if you're having a problem with the written instructions, you can always double check a row against the chart.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

I'm Snow Buddy!

Wow, I can't believe that it's time for my annual birthday post!  It's been quite a year dealing with my father's declining health and his subsequent death a few months ago.  He passed away just a week after his 92nd birthday. He always told everyone that he was "strong as an ox", despite his multiple medical issues. Every time we thought he might not make it through a medical crisis, he'd pull through and surprise us all. I think he finally reached the point where he just wanted eternal rest. He led a very full life that was filled with good deeds for so many people, especially children. He would take old bikes and fix them up and give them to kids who couldn't afford one. He'd stand out in the blazing sun and in the freezing cold, day after day, selling candy to raise money for many organizations. He was most proud of his work with finding funding for under privileged children who needed dental work. He helped countless children to get the dental work that they desperately needed. For all his work, he was recognized nationally as a "Doctor of Smiles". Always a proud member of the Masons, he was thrilled to be asked to become the first Caucasian male ever to be inducted into the Black Lodge of Massachusetts. It was an honor that he cherished. We were, and still are, so proud of him and miss him terribly. He left a pretty big hole in our family.

On a happier note, I hope you'll like my snowman. The idea just popped into my head one day and I thought it would be good to have him make his debut on my birthday!
Many thanks go to my talented test knitters, Denise and Tunie!  It's such a luxury for me to have both of them willing to help me out! Even though I try hard to catch any errors, I'm only human so I'm grateful for the extra "eyes".

Denise knit the blue bib pictured above.  I knit it in red, but it's so hard to photograph that color.  I should have known better and used a different one for the picture.
See what I mean?  It shows up so much better in the blue.
I love snowmen and this one is fairly quick to knit.
The links are in the sidebar to the right, or you can click here for the bib  and here for the cloth.

It sure would be great if this is the only snow we'll see all winter, but I hear that it's supposed to be brutal here in New England. I hope they're all wrong!!