The Knitting Nurse

Rambles and Travels


Christmas Knitting 2016

Pretty tough to get a wee one to stand still for a model photo.


I kept holiday knitting pretty simple for 2016.

My nieces Sonja (above) and Lily both got Baable hats. Wow,  are they fun to make!  I used the Bairns Baable hat modifications to fit their wee heads.  Obviously, it was still not small enough for Peanut Sonja. Lily wouldn’t try it on for me at Christmas so I’m not sure about hers.  They’ll grow into them soon enough.

I winged mods for earflaps and ties for Sonja’s so it can be tied on.


Lily’s has a double fold brim for warmth and both sport pom-poms. Because anything this cute should have pom-poms.


We drew names for gifting this year. I made my sis Ali a quilted french press cozy as she alluded to wanting a press and I sneakily verified with her hubbie that she didn’t have one.


What a blast!  With a hand full of batik scraps I used a quilt as you go method to apply them to insulated batting. Then, I bound around it, tucking in elastic button loops and sewed on colorful buttons.  It’s all washable.

Easy peasy! Now I need to make one for our giant press at home.  Not that we leave coffee in it, to cool down, that often.  ;  )


One quickie project I completed in MN for the holidays was a Chunkeanie in a luscious yarn  called Oopmh! by Schmutzerella I bought at Knit Fit. The color name:  The Legs. The Nose. And Mrs. Robinson.  Her website is down but you can find her on Ravelry. It’s brilliantly squishy and the colors glow.


Off to buy buttons for a FO sweater today.  Pics to come!

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Winter 2017 Charitable Knitting and Quilts

Trying a new photo format.

The charitable knitting group I donate to can be found on Ravelry and is called Hats and More for War Torn Syria.  To them I send off thick, warm hats, socks and mittens that are distributed to Syrian Refugees in need.  The also take quilts for children.  I’ve been fortunate to hook up with a gal in TX that has a long arm quilting machine and will quilt and bind the tops I send her. She makes oodles herself.  I love to piece.  But I loathe to quilt. Without her help I could not make so many.

I just noted the last batch I made went out in September of 2015.

Today I mailed her 9 tops. I used up about half the fabric I set aside for donated quilts on a shelf in my sewing room. Going pattern-less is such a blast! None of these used a formal pattern.

My goal is to craft bright, cheery, colorful creations children can wrap up in, hopefully brightening and warming up their world.

For knitting projects, my LYS Bazaar Girls started a collection box in Jan. for hats and such that will go to the local homeless shelter, the Boiler Room (for teens in need) and Dress for Success (they donate gently-used clothing to women in need of clothing for work.)  I popped in 5 hats and a pair of mittens.

Charitable knitting accounts for much of my portable, grab and go knitting. I have a large box of yarn (thanks, mom, for sending me a generous lot) to create from. I’ll con’t to give to others the gift of warmth.

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Vancouver-A Quick Trip

Had a quickie trip up to Vancouver,  BC. Living in a small town, I ocassionally crave a big city fix.

We set out from our base camp that eve for a long walk and supper. We headed to Gastown. A lovely alpenglow lured us to a vista of the hills over North Van. 

Burrard Inslet hosts a port lined with giant Erector Set dinosaurs. I mean cranes. 

Granville St. For Schwarma before the rowdy night crowds descend. For me, trips up there mean eating interesting food.

The famed steam clock in Gastown. 

Its innards. 

It was bone-chilling cold.  The lack of people wandering the streets, usually packed with tourists, reflected this. 

My brain was fully engaged in details. So much to take in – such as this mosaic floor. 

A tattered hotel sign. 

Lights everywhere. 

I’m not Irish. But I got a kick of the sign. 

Note the giant, puffy down jacket? 

Until the next city-fix-