New Grandbaby

Posted by Caroline Hershey

We have a new grandbaby – Clara Joy born to Sarah and Ben. All are doing well, and we are excited about seeing them this weekend.

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Hats, Hats and More Hats

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Once upon a time

I have a large pile of skeins of yarn that I test dyed for colors or fibres and rejected them for one reason or another. Many are lovely colors and I had the grand illusion of knitting a hat for each of our eight grandchildren from these for Christmas. Well…ask me how far I have gotten. To be honest I have exactly two done. Glad it wasn’t a large part of the presents. Hopefully you have made better progress on knitting gifts than I have.

So many things kept getting in the way. Friends kept having babies, one grandbaby turned the magic age of one so I have been knitting hats, just not the planned ones.

I loved this hat and little tube socks that I did two at a time by  magic loop method.

This little frog hat was perfect for the baby of friends who chose not to know whether it would be a boy or girl. What do you make then?

A little frog hat of course with a crocheted flower which can be left on for a little girl or removed if it’s a boy.

Why do we make hats for babies anyway? You know the first thing they do is rip them off. Our baby Elise was no exception with the little princess crown hat I knitted. It did stay on about 2 seconds.

The two hats knitted so far from our reject skeins are plain hats with ribbing to turn up and decrease swirl top. I even knitted two of those at the same time until they got so big I had to ask myself if this was really going faster at this point. So, birthdays are coming.

I would make greater speed if I didn’t keep getting distracted by other knitting. After Jackie has shown us so many Bermuda shawls that she has knitted, our Knit Knight group can’t wait to knit the Bermuda shawl so we are having a KAL beginning in January. Not one to let them get ahead of me, I started knitting one in Gina (which is heavier than those used in the pattern.) I love knitting but this shawl is the most fun I’ve had knitting in a long time. The “waves” back and forth using short rows and the color changes in the yarn make it one that’s hard to put down. Maybe that’s why I only have two hats so far!

They’re coming today to clear more fallen trees due to Sandy from the back of our property so perhaps that will be an excuse to pull out the knitting and knit a hat, knit a shawl, which one and watch them climbing and cutting with the chain saw. Oh, maybe I don’t want to watch!

They Like It, They Like It!

Posted by Caroline Hershey

It’s been awhile coming!

This little baby blanket has been in the works for a while, and I comforted myself with the fact that she wouldn’t be able to use it over summer. But I finally finished it and presented it to Elise this weekend.

And who could give one sister a present without giving the other one also. So I surprised her sister Jaina with a shawl.

And of course with Jaina’s shawl, I had to use some of my handdyed yarn from the Chincoteague Colors. I was a little stunned though when she turned to her mom and said “it’s Assateague Shadows!” Now, when had my granddaughter been studying the colors? And to recognize the color? I was just a little impressed.

What fun we had this weekend with the two of them.

This week we have the four older grandchildren and Dan and I will discover all the children’s delights the Island has to offer. :)

Welcome to New Grandbaby

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Baby granddaughter, Elise Ruth Hershey, was born at 2am on Dec. 2nd. Mother, baby, dad and big sister, Jaina, are doing fine.

Yes, that’s red hair poking out from under the little cap. Grandpa says, of course, that’s mine. :)

Philadelphia trip

Posted by Caroline Hershey

We took the grandchildren to Philadelphia to visit the historical sites in center city, especially the Liberty Bell.  They were impressed. :)

Here’s what they will remember! Our daughter Sarah found a park there with a very large wooden slide and burlap bags. Incredible fun for them.

Teaching Grandchildren to Knit

Posted by Caroline Hershey

 

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What a delight to be able to share knitting with my grandchildren. Caroline is three years old and is really creative with plans for Grandma’s  knitting needles and balls of yarn but for a short while will sit still and work with the yarn and needles. Our five year old is a lot more interested but Legos definitely have it all over yarn and needles for him I believe.

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