Christmas Sweaters

About a month ago Shirley sent me some beautiful yarn.  This new yarn had enough of each color to make sweaters so instead of making toys as I did with the last batch she sent me, I decided to make sweaters for the family for Christmas.  I got my pattern books out and when Patty and Becca came to dinner I had them look through the books and pick out sweaters they liked.  Patty pick out a short sleeve sweater and a vest, Becca pick out a stripped sweater and a beach cover-up.  I made all four and gave them to the girls to use this year as we were in the middle of a cool spell and the sweaters were just right.  The short sleeved sweater that Patty picked out was so pretty and looked so good on her I decided I would make a white one for Shanti as she was coming the next month.  I didn’t take a picture of Patty in her sweater but she got all kinds of complements on it when she wore it.  

This is the white sweater.  This pattern calls for a bulky yarn so the mohair or puffy yarn works just right.

When I finished that one I thought I would use this grey/lavender mohair yarn to make one for Roxanne for Christmas.  So I did that one next. 

This is the grey one.  It is so soft and I put longer sleeves on it so it can be worn with long sleeves or short sleeves if  you roll them up.  It came out so pretty and soft that Becca decided she wanted one for Christmas and I had enough of that yarn to make three in all so I started on one for her.  I took this project with me when we went on the cruise and one day while I was at the pool in the sun knitting on the sweater, a woman come up to me and said she just loved the color of my knitting.  She said purple was her favorite color.  Both Norman and I looked at the sweater again and sure enough it was purple or lavender.  When this yarn is exposed to the sun light it turns to the softest lavender and is truly beautiful.  

We get a lot of sun in our living room so when I finished the sweater and looked at it this is what I saw.  I then put it on and went out side to see if the color changed. 

And as you can see it is the same lavender so I guess any time it gets the natural light it is purple and without the sun it is grey.  Either way it is very soft.  And I started another sweater of this yarn.

Then Shanti and Dyhana came.  When Shanti was given the choice of sweaters she too picked the purple one and it went home with her.  I have Becca’s done and have started one Roxanne’s for Christmas.  It looks if I might have enough yarn left over so I will try to make one for Gina to match her mother’s.  If there isn’t enough to do the whole sweater I will make it a stripped one with some white or pink to go with the purple and it will be like her Nana’s  as well as her mother’s.

When Dyhana got here the one thing she wanted to do was make potato chips.  Her Dadi (Grandmother) had told her about my chips and she didn’t believe anyone could make those.  So here we are making chips and Dyhana ate them almost as fast as I could make them.  The fresh chips are always a big hit and I never remember to make them unless someone reminds me.  I have an old fashion slicer that does any easy job of the cutting of the potatoes and with my great, great grandmother’s cast iron frier the whole job is any easy and fun project.  

Another fun trip was the first day when we went to the Easy Street Market.  Here is Dyhana picking out all her favorite vegetables and fruit.  She has the blueberries here.  They eat no meat or fish so vegetables are a big part of their diet just as they are in our diet so we had a great time buying and cooking all kinds of different dishes.
Gina took a day off from school and got to spend one day with her

cousin.  Gina is 8 and Dyhana is 7 so they love to get together and play.  They kept busy all day and then Gina stayed over night with Dyhana.  They played with the dolls I had made for them and I made a little bear for Dyhana so she could see how I make them.  Dyhana packed into her suite case all she could fit to take home and Shanti took a couple for Dyhana’s sister, Prem.  Now for another year the girls will just have to remember their fun day together.  Maybe in a year or two they will get to see each other again, Dyhana lives in CA and Gina in FL so maybe they will each learn how to write and they can write to each other.  Who knows.  They call each other best friends.

Now it is back to knitting.  I will finish Roxanne’s Christmas sweater and make one for Gina.  Then I will make one or two pink sweaters and one more white one.  I will decide  who will get those nearer to Christmas.  Holly wanted hats and scarfs and mittens for her kids.  I have several pairs of mittens done already.  I also need sweaters for the twins.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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1 Response to Christmas Sweaters

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Our bananas are 79 cents a pound. When your father and mother visited my mother, your father went to several of the little stores here then to find out the price of bananas! That was many years ago-probably 50 years as we only had one child. You must be one fast knitter to get all those lovely sweaters done so fast. No wonder everyone likes them! Shirley is a good sister, too, to send you all that yarn. You make a good team!

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