Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season!

Our holidays were a bit subdued this year, Keith had surgery on December 21st, so we were mostly preoccupied with that.
The surgery went well, and he is now slowly recovering.

I did finish the Cardinal Sampler, my final finish of 2013.

The Cardinal Sampler - Patricia Andrle
32 ct antique linen, DMC, and metallic threads

I combined some metallic thread with the DMC for the border and illuminated initial to give it a little sparkle.
It didn't show up too well, but you can see a little of the shine in this close-up.

I want to get it framed for next Christmas!

My next project had to be something really simple. I decided to knit Keith a scarf. I worked on this in the waiting room during his surgery. It had to be a really mindless pattern because I was totally mindless that day!
I picked a "self striping" yarn that I saw on ebay. It is a "slow stripe", and is just suited for things like scarves.
I am knitting the scarf longways so the pattern is more subtle.
The pattern is really easy. First knit in a garter stitch for 4 rows, then purl 2 rows, knit 2 rows all the way across. Finish with 4 rows of garter stitch.
I believe the color is called "Sherwood Forest". The colors. greens, browns, grays, are favorites of Keith's. I hope he will like it.

I have a ways to go, so I doubt that is will be finished in 2013. I was also thinking about knitting a matching hat.

When I get a chance, I will be back to re-cap the 2013 finishes.

Hope everyone has a very Happy, Healthy New Year!


Margaret said...

I hope your DH has a quick recovery. Such a bummer to have surgery right before Christmas like that. Love the scarf you are knitting for him. And the finish -- so beautiful! Happy 2014!

llknbillburg said...

Such a beautiful finish! It will make a lovely addition to your Christmas decor next year! Laura

Penny said...

A beautiful finish! And I love the scarf! Wishing your husband a speedy recovery. Happy New Year!

Sharon said...

Your cardinal sampler is gorgeous! Congrats and Happy New Year!

Melissa said...

What a stunning sampler! Congratulations!

Wishing you and Happy New Year and a quick recovery for your DH!

Barb said...

That is a beautiful finish and what a pretty scarf.

Giovanna said...

Best wishes for your husband's recovery. Congrats on the lovely finish, and have a great 2014.

Carol said...

Oh, I love this finish... Hope your husband is recovering well... Having been through a couple of surgeries last year with my family, I know how hard those waiting room waits are--glad you found something so pretty to work on and keep your mind busy...

Happy New Year!

Brigitte said...

Wow, your Cardinal Sampler is such a beauty. I have always loved Patricia Andrle's designs. And a great knitting project. A matching hat would look good with it.

I hope your husband's recovery will continue well. Have a great and happy new year!

Terri said...

That is a beautiful scarf you are making and I LOVE the sampler!!

Hope your hubby is feeling better quickly!

Karoline said...

I hope your DH is making a good recovery from surgery.

The cardinal sampler is gorgeous & great progress on your scarf