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Friday, September 30, 2011

Let's Catch Up..........

First of all, let me do a bit of catching up.  I posted a few months ago about knitting my Mom a Leafy Top, and I wanted to share a picture of her wearing it!  It was made for Mother's Day, but I didn't get to see her until July.  I'm am really pleased about how well it fits!



Now, while I was slaving away on the Leafy Top, my Mother-in-law and knitter of over 70 years was slaving away on an Aran jumper for my Dad.  I bought the wool for his father's day, and she knit it up in, I swear, about 2 months.  Can we say, "talented" because she blows my mind!  Anyway, he was over the moon with it, and now he wants to visit me in winter so he can wear it.  Alas, he lives in Phoenix, but perhaps for not much longer..........


And if you are wondering, yes, those are my girls wearing their pj's while playing in the garden in the middle of the morning.  Isn't that what summer is all about?  


Now, making this a long post, here is what I originally intended to post about--hot water bottles!  We have moved into a stone farmhouse out in the country, and it is wonderful.  However, we call the house "the castle" because, well, it isn't the warmest place to live if I'm honest.  Having grown up in Arizona and California, the notion of a hot water bottle is new to me.  I jumped on it though, when I found them for sale on Amazon for £2.5 each.


Dave got his cover knit first, in black, because I had it and it seemed manly :) 

The pattern is called Pure Warmth, and I found it on Ravelry.  The wool is.....uhm, 20% wool, 80% acrylic but I'm not sure what brand it is any more.  I've got to keep better track of labels..............

Mine is up next, I've got no interest in it now though and I've moved on to other things.  I know as it gets colder I'll pick it up again.  If only I had another set of hands!


Here is where I hop:

18 comments:

  1. Your mum's top looks fab - great fit :) And I love your dad's jumper too. I have yet to knit a hot water bottle cosy, but I think it shall be on my list for this winter!

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  2. I love your mother's sweater. It looks great on her and the sweater for your father is AWESOME! A talented family of knitters, I see.

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  3. What wonderful sweaters!!
    I recently bought a hot water bottle that I want to make a felted cover for one day, too.
    Too many ideas, too little time!! :)

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  4. Knitting talent runs in the family- beautiful sweaters, both! I haven't used a hot water bottle since I was a girl (my mom would have us use one if we were sick). Do you just bring it to bed with you? I also like the idea of a felted one.

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  5. The top and sweater are amazing! What talented knitters!
    I love the hot water bottle cover. I have been so tempted to knit one.

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  6. Your mother's top is lovely! And Dad's is awesome! PJs? Aren't you supposed to wear PJs out nowadays? LOL. At least, half of the high school students at my daughter's school used to. Now we have a uniform code and I love it!

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  7. Beautiful, beautiful sweaters on your family! Wow!! And my girls are often found playing outside in PJ's :-) Great idea on the water bottle cozy, I don't foresee myself needing any now that we're living in Florida, but when I move back North....for sure!!

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  8. Oh wow that leafy sweater is beautiful.

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  9. Beautiful knitting, both sweaters are amazing! (And you have a nice looking family, friendliness sparkles from the pictures!) Love the hot water bottle cover, I'm tempted to get some, we get cold feet round these parts. (at the moment we're using those cloth bags fill with rice that you heat in the micro)

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  10. The leafy top looks amazing! It could be store-bought. Honestly.

    And there are no words for your MIL's aran sweater. Goodness! I want one!

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  11. Wow everything looks great! Your mum's top is perfect and I love the black cables!

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  12. You did a beautiful job on the leafy top & she looks great wearing it. Nice that it fits so well, especially when you didn't have her nearby to keep trying it on as you went.

    Your dad's Aran sweater -- WOW! He definitely needs to get some winter weather this year to wear it.

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  13. Wow that is a fabulous sweater. I hope the cabled sweater I'm making turns out that well!

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  14. Great projects, lots of amazing cable action going on. The hot water bottle cosy looks nice and snug, they help stop cold feet!

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  15. Lots of knitting talent in the family! Although a jumper in two months is incredible for someone to do. I like the top you have made for your Mum and its nice to see it fits as well, makes you feel even better after all the time you spend making it.

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  16. Some amazing knitting genes running through this family! I picked knitting back up due to my MIL so I have her to thank. Her skills are pretty amazing too!

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  17. Wow, some beautiful knits. Your Dad looks great in his sweater and I love your Mom's. You're a pretty amazing knitter yourself.

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  18. love it! found you via craftomaniac.

    hope you'll enter my giveaway:

    http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2011/10/more-stencil-splendor-giveaway.html

    michele

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