Saturday, March 1, 2014

My new Grandbaby is here!

Zoey Elizabeth, 7.1 lbs. 20 inches long. She is soooo cute!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Girly Baby Bonnet Free Pattern

Free Pattern updated... Girly Knit Baby Bonnet This is a new pattern so please let me know if you find any bugs in it, although I think/hope it is quite easy to follow! Size: 0-6 months Yarn: Worsted weight Needles: Size 5 U.S.-you need a flexible cable 16 , 20 or 24 inch circular needle for this project Ribbon: ¼ inch grosgrain about ½ yards Cast on 14 stitches. Row 1-16: Knit Row 17 and 18: Knit 1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts., k2tog, k1 B/O all stitches. Look for the tail where you started the cast on of the first 14 stitches. Start at this point and pick up stitches around the edge of the piece (approximately 38 sts.) leaving the first 14 original stitches unworked. (These 14 stitches are the base of the neck at the back of the bonnet-don’t pick up sts. on these stitches.) You are NOT working in the round-you are working back and forth in rows. The stitches will be a bit snug on the needle don’t worry about that. Begin working ruffled brim of bonnet. Rows 1&2: knit Row 3 : *K1, yo, k1* repeat from * to end (eyelet row) Rows 4-8: knit Row 9: repeat eyelet row 3 Rows 10-14: knit Row 15: *K1, yo, k2tog* repeat from * to end Rows 16-20: knit Bind off. Finishing: Thread ribbon through eyelets in row 15. Trim ribbon ties to desired length. Find a cute baby to model your creation lol! Copyright 2013 by Karen King Spalink

Monday, November 18, 2013

Girly Baby Items for New Grand Daughter On The Way

I will be posting the Girly Bonnet as a free pattern here on this site soon!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Wildflower Jacket/Shawl

I loved knitting this pattern. It is a modular knit done in triangles. The pattern offers a short and a long version. The designer is Margaret Fisher. I selected a yarn with a gradual color change to accentuate the directional changes in the design.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Baby Hoodie With Back Zipper

This is the 2nd version of this hoodie with back zipper for baby...and a cute little hat! I highly recommend this pattern which is free download on Ravelry.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

baby things!

I am making baby sweaters in different sizes and different colors. This bright red one is the first to be completed. I love this pattern which has a zipper up the back that makes it easy to put on the baby.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

I am am going to be a Grandma again!

My daughter April and David are expecting again. I am very happy for them and for us! And...of course, it is another reason to knit!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Ruffled Shawl

This is a fun pattern. I have made two adult sizes. I am currently working on a down-sized version for my grand PINK of course lol..

Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring Socks

I am looking for bright colors and thinking Spring despite the continued snow and cold temps! I also can't seem to stop buying sock yarn and knitting socks!! I need an intervention!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

2013: Tackle the UFO's!

Happy New Year Everyone. I am working on sewing, knitting and needlepoint projects...all at the same time!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Slipper Crazy!

I have gone from socks to slippers! I love this pattern for slippers that look like mukluks! It is by Knitting Pure and Simple. Very fun to knit.

My Grand Daughter Evelyn as Audrey Hepburn

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sock Crazy

I have been knitting socks like crazy this summer. It has been far too hot to knit big projects and we have been traveling a lot, so socks are the perfect project. I have also been working on my charity knitting and a bit of sewing and quilting. Unfortunately, my pain issues don't allow me to do as much as I would like, but I enjoy what I can. Can't wait for Fall!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Colorful socks

The weather has been hot here so small projects are in order! As a break from charity knitting, I am working on these socks made with Plymouth Zino sock yarn.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Finished quilt for Evelyn

This quilt has a kitty theme. The fabrics have either cats or cat words like meow or purr on them. I am happy this one is done. I hated the batting I and learn.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Knitting and Quilting and Embroidery Oh My!

I have been knitting and quilting recently. It has been so fun to get back into quilting again. Variety is the spice of life. I am also doing a bit of embroidery.I began with a quilt for my grand daughter.
It is basted and ready to be machine quilted. I am working on a sweater for Evelyn as well, after I just finished making her a bright pink cardigan and a hat.
I can't help but spoil that girl lol!
I also did a pair of peek-a-boo mittens for my daughter.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Summer of Socks

I recently finished a pair of Malabrigo socks. Just love this yarn. It is a joy.
Also did a pair in Mini Mochi yarn. Loved the colorways...hated the yarn! Splitty and uneven and 3 knots in one skein!! Not good.
(The Malabrigo is in the burgandy shades and the Mini Mochi is in teals).
Now I am on an adventure trying to teach myself to do two magic loop socks at one time, toe up! Yikes!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Evelyn's 3rd Birthday!

She had so much fun. She dressed as Tinkerbell all day!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Easter Fun and Spring Knitting

We had a fun Easter day with friends and family and our grand daughter Evelyn cleaned up on goodies!
Also went to a family baby shower and gifted several of my knitted items. Now I am working on a spring sweater in hot pink for Evelyn because everything MUST be pink for her theses days!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Yahoo! published my article!

Check out my article on Yahoo!

Karen Spalink

The Dog Days - Associated Content from Yahoo! -

Friday, December 3, 2010

Holiday Knitting

Just finished this cropped sweater for my daughter. It was a very pleasant pattern to knit. Free from Lion Brand. Now back to ripping and repairing on the next project which is NOT going as smoothly! lol.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Giant Sweater Happy Dance!

Hallelujah!!! The giant sweater is finally done! I put the buttons on last night! I am doing the knitter's dance of joy!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Penguin Costume

Hi, Just finished up a penguin costume for my 2 yr. old grand daughter to wear to a halloween party at the zoo! It is so cute on her. Can't wait to get pictures!
Now it is time to get busy on knitting Christmas gifts. I need more hands!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

UFO's Eeeeek!

Well kids, it is time to face it. I am the worst/or best ufo (unfinished objects) collector in America!!! Not only do I have a million unfinished knitted objects, but I have just as many projects of other types in various stages of completion! Everything from jewelry pieces, to scrap-booking, needlework, paintings and who knows what else!
It comes from my endless desire to try something new!! I have to stop being such a spaz and wrap up some of these things before they take over the city!!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Giant Sweater!

I have neglected my blog for such a long time! I am currently making a cardigan for my very tall husband. I am using a natural fisherman's wool. I must admit, I am so impatient with large projects like this! I prefer instant gratification! I have to have this sucker done by wish me luck! So far I have competed the back and part of one front panel. Jeesh! LOL. K

Friday, May 28, 2010

Summer Cardigan Baby Vest

I designed this springy vest as just a light little garment for my grand daughter to wear in the air conditioning or on cooler evenings.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Baby Sweater and Booties for Salvation Knitters

Just finished another sweater and a bunch more booties for Salvation Knitters. Will be making another delivery this week! I am so happy to be working with so many talented, generous and fun people!!