Friday, December 21, 2007
I really like these. I like that they have the Luke account of the Jesus' birth on them. Mine is the first on the left (Luke 2: 4, 5, 6). Then dd#1 (vs 7). Dd#3 (vs 8). Dd#2 (vs 9). Daddy (vs 11).
I cross stitched these back in 1994, 1997, and 3 in 1998. I had dd#3's stocking done before she was born...all except the name. (There are names on them under the top border. I've airbrushed them out to protect the innocent.)
My sister did the sewing part of the project. That part made me too nervous.
Edited Jan 10th: Having not attended the award ceremony, I had no idea that I won a Golden Aardvark Award. I went to the list of awards to read the posts of friends who won and ended up finding this blog post of mine on the list of winners. Wow! Very unexpected! Thank you Aardvark Alley!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Attended the first class....got the New Pathways for Sock Knitters book....got my beaded markers done....then it snowed....second class postponed until January....which is good since December is always so busy.
Beaded markers made with things in my basement....DMC floss, jump rings, leftover beads.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Next was the run to the yarn store (Dec 4th)...I wanted pink because the recipient looks very nice in pink. There was a pretty mauvy pink with brown that would have self striped but I decided on this brighter pink because I wanted a cheerier color to brighten the recipient's mood.
This is Cascade's Eco (478 yds/250 gms/8.75 oz). I used 10.5 (6.5mm) needles. I knit until it measured from tip to the top edge, allowing for the future border lace, the finished measurement...28". I maybe should have gone a bit more. The "across the top" measurement is a little smaller than 60" and the diagonal edge is the most off the mark. But I'm hoping that blocking will get those measurements more in the ballpark.
I made a second run to the yarn store on Dec 5th to pick up a second skein of yarn. I had knit about half of the first skein and it looked to me like it was going to be close. And this picture shows just how close it was. The little tail of yarn is all that is left of the first skein. I had about 6-7" left of the lace border to finish. And I finished off that little bit last night (Dec 9th)...right off my swift so I wouldn't have to wind the 478 yd skein. I probably have 468 yds left.
I neatly tied a few spots around the skein, retwisted and relabeled it...it's all set to take back to my yarn store like it's never been used. LOL...just teasing you, Michele! I've already got plans for it for next Christmas...a possible cabled fingerless mitts/scarf combo...unless it calls out to be something else in the meantime. Although I really should get a head start for next Christmas!
Oh yeah! You'd probably like to see the whole shawl finished? Well...I'm not ready for that yet. I'll be washing and blocking it first...then a finished picture. So stay tuned!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
This Knitted Lacy Round Dishcloth is a free pattern from Knitting Knonsense.
It is a fairly fast knit and looks beautiful.
I decided to use Euroflax Linen for this cloth so it wouldn't get too big. I knit this on size 3 needles. It's about 9 1/2" in diameter.
I did the kitchener stitch incorrectly. I used the reverse stockinette method on this cloth. But I've already made another cloth and used the garter stitch kitchener. (That link is a PDF download)
It really needed to be blocked. Here's a picture of it blocked on my 0000 needles:
Blogger wouldn't download that picture (having hiccups or something) so this picture is downloaded from flickr. You can see a larger picture if you click on this and then the "all sizes" link above the flickr picture.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
This scarf has been finished for some time...the knitting anyway.
I finally blocked it yesterday! I used blocking wires for the first time. Wow! They worked great!
It is about 10 1/4" wide and about 5 feet long (or so).
The pattern (for the cloth) is here.
I made it the same width as the cloth just kept on knitting the length.
The cashmere is from Belisa Cashmere, Bundanoon, NSW, Australia. This was purchased at Stitches Midwest 2006. (I used size 5 needles.)
I decided not to add a border on the bottom/top edges. I like it as it is. I was also going to try to reverse the pattern so the hearts would go the same direction but I didn't do that either. So now it is hearts on one side and spades down the other. Just need some diamonds and clubs...
The girls have outgrown the felted slippers my dsis made for them. (Actually dd#1 wore her slippers so much that she's worn the bottom through...several times...she keeps needle felting over the holes.) So this time was my turn. They decided they want slippers like daddy.
This is a fast easy knit with two strands of Cascade 220 held together throughout. The shagging is easy peasy and makes a very soft cushion to walk on. I've got some inside of the slipper pictures here in case you don't know what shagging is...besides the slang meaning! :blush:
And speaking of slippers...I am sporting a very lovely purple pair of Fiber Trends Felted Clogs that my dsis so kindly knit for me. Thank you so much! They really keep my feet warm!
Friday, November 02, 2007
Here's another Tribble I made with leftover purple Sugar'n Cream and some 1" strips of purple tulle held together.
The tulle isn't called for in the pattern but it does add some scrubbie-ness to it.
The first and last stitch is knit without the tulle. This kept the edge stitches from being too thick when gathering to close.
I also used separate lengths of yarn to pull the holes shut tightly. Then tied a knot and hid the ends inside.
Thought I'd give the Sugar'n Cream Strips a try with the diagonally crocheted potholders. Yeah...looks nice I think!
I think I'll make them a set with the dishcloths a few blog entries below.
Monday, October 29, 2007
These finally got finished! They've traveled there and back again.
I started with a pattern from More Sensational Socks but ended up starting over and doing just a generic rib. I think dd#1 will be wearing these the most.
This was Socks that Rock - lightweight yarn that I purchased at Stitches Midwest 2006.
The hanger sock blockers are new...bent them just today. Thought that'd work ok for taking pictures.
Now I've got to figure out what will be my next traveling sock project....hmmm...so many choices....
Friday, October 26, 2007
I had to give this yarn a try...
And I've gotten the second baby mitt done and one of the booties. One down...one to go. Pictures will be posted when finished.
And I finished my last crocheted potholder this week too!
(no pics of that)
The Two-Color Hat is finished!
Here are my notes:
Make it like store bought hat...except do in the round.
(I used Yarn Harlot's "Knitting Rules" for basic directions.)
Oct 12th...did swatch. Andean Treasure is *so* soft!
Cast on green 112 sts. Size 2 needles.
1. 4 rows 2x2 rib green
2. 2 rows rib blue
3. 4 rows rib green
4. 6 rows rib blue
5. 3 rows rib green
Change to size 3 needles for stockinette sts in blue.
Knit until hat equals length of hand of hat wearer.
No swirl decrease...
1. Decrease round: K3, k2tog (around),
knit even 3 rounds.
2. Decrease round: k2, k2tog (around),
knit even 2 or 3 rounds.
3. Decrease round: k1, k2tog (around),
knit even 2 rounds.
4. Decrease round: k2tog (around),
knit even 1 or 2 rounds.
5. Repeat decrease round 4 until 6
stitches remain. Kitchener.
Finished Oct 21st.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
This hat is in Andean Treasure (Knitpicks) and is super soft.
This next hat is for my cousin's friend who is having a baby in December. Free Pattern Here. This yarn is Sirdar Snuggly Bubbly. I was only able to get one skein of pink so I am also using white because she wanted a hat....a pair of baby mitts (one done)....
and a pair of baby booties (soon to be started).
I'd have to say that I'm not overly fond of this yarn even though it is super soft.
Friday, October 12, 2007
I had issues with this sock...too loose....too tight....way too much ripping back. One whole cuff, one whole foot and about 3" of the other foot.
But they are done and my dd loves them and I finished them in time for the game tonight. All I had left to do this morning was to Kitchener the toes shut...no big deal there.
I ended up doing a plain stockinette stitch foot. The toes are decreased on the pinky toe side. So they are left foot/right foot socks.
I used size 0's with 84 sts.
(Tried 1's but the socks were too big)
Zwerger Garn Opal Krokodil / Crocodile sock yarn.
Friday, October 05, 2007
I had the heel completed. The decrease for the gusset stitches was wonky...so I searched online for pattern errata. Well....I found the errata but it was for the charted color work in the middle of the leg which, of course, was done. Bummer! So I ripped out the gusset, the heel and the color work.
As for the gusset....I never found an errata for that. But it's a mistake none the less. The pattern has you decrease 4 sts on the first round after picking up the sts along the heel flaps...and two sts on each side of the instep. The pattern says "dec 2 sts".
So when I reknit this I will decrease 4 sts on the first round...that helps with the holes that sometimes appear in those corners. But then on the other decrease rounds I will only decrease on the heel needles....not the instep needles also.
I cast on for the Jaywalkers Socks. They are for dd#1 and I'm hoping to finish them by next Friday. One cuff is done and the other is about 1.5 inches. Luckily she wants short cuffs. They are in the high school's colors (even though we homeschool). She's going to the Homecoming game and wants to dress in school colors.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Isn't it purty!
Things I learned in this "little" experiment:
1. 42 stitches on each needle (2 circs - size 3) is not enough stitches. Finished size is 6.5" on the diagonal. Works nice to keep my arm of this nasty cold metal desk but for taking hot casserole dishes from the oven it would be useless.
2. Don't worry about the stockinette sts rolling. They will behave eventually.
I had done some garter rows to prevent the rolling. I don't like how that looks. If I had done more stripes of it in other places I wouldn't have minded. But this experiment was about doing color work not texture.
3. I chose to use the vertical straight lines in my colorwork to disguise the "jog". That worked for hiding the jog.....Except the lines don't line up...a jog may have been less noticeable. (I know there's a wrong stitch in there too...oh well...just a practice piece)
4. Next time try a smaller repeat.
5. Doing a stranded sweater with Cascade 220 (Wallaby leftovers) would be EXTREMELY warm!
NOTE: This post may not make sense on its own. Here's the previous "Potholder" post.
Here's the rug dd#1 is working on.
It's made of bed sheets ripped into 1" strips and then hand sewn together.
As you can see she's almost out of sheets....but we've still got a very large bag here yet to be ripped. It's a very dusty job so we do it outside! Today would be a beautiful day to get some done.
Our neighbor double crochets rugs like this. We tried.....but our hands (and heads) favor the knitting needles.
Monday, September 24, 2007
I love Ravelry! You can find all sorts of neat patterns and ideas there!
Here's a pattern that uses up scraps of dishcloth yarn. It's also a scrubbie of sorts.
I added 6 strips of fine tulle (1" wide) to make it even scrubbier.
Note: Ravelry is still in its beta stage but won't be long and it will be open to the public. You can put your name on a waiting list (if you haven't yet...it doesn't take too long to get an invite).
I bought 1 yd of large holed tulle (from a fabric bolt). Cut in 2" strips...from fold to selvage edge. Tie 6 pieces together with square knots (leave tails 4 inches or so...the tails become the stuffing on the inside).
Pattern is here:
It is Dawn's post on August 31, 2007.
This feels real scratchy...like steel wool.
I don't think I'll be making too many of these. I really love the soft wool going through my fingers instead of scratchy tulle.
These are Roza's Socks, designed by Grumperina from the Interweave Knits Spring 2007 magazine.
Needles: Size 1 bamboo dpns
Yarn: Steinbach Wolle Aktiv Color 100 #7639
I added 6 sts (66 sts total) since I have size 8.5 feet.
Top cuff: 1 3/4" = 20 rounds
Whole cuff: 8" = 80 rounds
74 rounds from gusset to beg of toe shaping:
Round 74 on 4th needle knit first 2 sts together.
Arrange 31 sts on heel needles. 33 sts on instep needles.
Set up round: decrease 1 sts on each instep needle (#2 & #3).
Round 1: decrease on each needle (as per pattern).
Round 2: knit even
Decrease until 11 sts on heel (#4 & #1) and instep needles (#2 & #3). No even knitting round after this....do another decrease round to get 9 sts on heel and instep needles.
Do donkey ear trick.
I had quite a bit of yarn left over. No worries about running out even though the cuff was fairly long.
I love how the brioche stitch looks in the ribbing.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Plures necat crapula quam gladius
In English: The hangover kills more than the sword.
Here's a blurb from that link in case you don't go there:
The Latin word crapula, like the words for so many of the finer things in life, is borrowed from Greek, "kraipale," meaning a headache, and in particular, a drunken headache. By extension, the word then comes to refer not just to the effects to drinking to excess, but to the drinking itself. Today's proverb could thus be translated as "Excessive drinking kills more than the sword does." But it sounds more fun to just say hangover!
And yes, if you are looking to improve your English vocabulary, "crapulous" is indeed an English word, along with a whole long list: crapulence, crapulency, crapulental, crapulosity, and crapulousness. Eegad, I love the Oxford English dictionary!
Do you ever feel "crappy"?
I say that all the time when I'm not feeling that great. I'll have to watch out....some may think I'm nursing a hangover! ; )
Saturday, September 15, 2007
These socks for dd#3 have been on the needles a long time. They were toe up Queen Kahuna style on #0 Addi Turbos.
The yarn is Kroy Sock Yarn....not my favorite.
I finished them on the way to American Players Theater yesterday. We went to see Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The weather cooperated beautifully this year....it's an outdoor stage. The costuming was beautiful and the actors incredible (as usual).
I read a few pages of the play the night before we left. But watching the performance and hearing the words spoken with inflections and emotions really makes a huge difference in comprehending Shakespeare. It will come to life now as I continue reading it.
The weather was cool...perfect for wool socks, wool sweaters and a clapotis on my lap. We were hoping the mosquitoes would be at a minimum and they were. I think I saw only one!
We swung past Cave of the Mounds on the return home. It had been a long, long time since I had been there. My kids and dh had never been there before. It was very wet in the cave but not as bad as the the record rain of August had made it. (It was the wettest August ever in Madison this year.) Part of the tour was inaccessible in August because of high water.
This is Louet Euroflax Linen on size 2 needles (55 sts).
It took me awhile to get the pattern downloaded. I've been using Firefox because of Ravelry but I had to use Internet Explorer to get this on the net. Quirks...got a love 'em.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
I intentionally ignored this project in last night's post as that post was getting long enough as it was.
It is a single crocheted diagonal potholder. I used this pattern sort of (plus the advice of my mom...since she's made a hundred of these things). This starts with a chain 45. Then single crochet around and around for about 20 rows. Whip stitch together.
I made one on the way to NC and another on the way back while we listened to HP and the DH on CD. Audio books is the way to go on long trips. It really passes the time quite pleasantly.
Well....someone on one of my groups was asking about Christmas projects. So I googled for the link I provided above for this pattern and ended up stumbling upon a knit version of this potholder. The scales fell from my eyes and I started brainstorming.
I could do an aloha cast on ala Crazy Toes and Heels (like toe up socks). That would give me a little purl ridge down the middle. I may or may not like that ridge....depends.
I could also do Judy's Magic Cast-On and avoid that purl ridge. I've done a little sample of this before and it isn't very hard to do.
As I was looking at that knit version and imagining all the different stitch variations that could be done I started to think about the Fair Isle class I was going to yesterday morning. I could get a lot of practice doing Fair Isle colorwork on these potholders. I could make them in wool too...possibly even a bit bigger and then felt them.....
The only problem I can foresee is the whole jogging issue which really threw me a bit when I finished the Fair Isle portion of the sock pictured in the previous post. I started to think I read the charts wrong because the design looked off. Then I realized it was the starting point of the round. (For those of you who don't knit in the round...you are actually knitting in a spiral so where your end of the round meets the beginning of that same round you are one stitch higher.)
But most Fair Isle sweaters are knit in the round so there must be a way to overcome this jog issue....or it is just hidden in the side seam area (there really isn't a side seam)? I'll have to do a little investigating....or if you know, fill me in on the secret.
And Michele...those are two more cast on techniques to teach. I'll offer a third...Long Tail Cast on in Purl. I did it for three projects. It wasn't too bad once you got the hang of it. I don't remember it anymore...I'd have to study the pictures again with yarn and needles in my hands.
Friday, September 07, 2007
My last post was dtd July 20th...well most of y'all know what happened on the 21st. Yep! We got our Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book from Amazon. AND it was Fish Days which meant I had to pretend to have fun out and about when I would have really rather been at home stuffed in the book world. I read a couple chapters that next Sunday. Monday was devoted to reading and I stayed up until 5am Tuesday to finish it. As expected it was certainly a book that I would NOT be able to read aloud to the kiddos. Too many tears throughout the whole book. Good thing the audio version arrived the day after my birthday. (Which also explains why I was so emotional after a bad haircut on my birthday....lack of sleep!)
We had a kagillion VBS meetings those last weeks of July as most of the helpers were not available for meetings after July 30th since we'd be away on the Higher Things youth group trip in North Carolina. We returned from that Aug 4th and VBS was Aug 6 through the 10th. I was elected craft person....never again...thank you very much!
Then throw in a few birthday parties (relatives and friends), a wedding reception, house and nephew sitting for 3 days while the older brother was transported to college and that was pretty much the whorl wind that most call August. There were a few other things that happened these past few weeks but I'm too ashamed to admit the depths of my procrastination.
One would think there wouldn't be much time for knitting and that would be partly true to some extent...but there are always those minutes in the day one can find to stitch a bit...and procrastinate some more....
Before the HT trip I kind of finished the cashmere scarf for myself...although it still isn't blocked yet. I'm debating on whether or not to add a smallish border on the very ends of it. I'll decide after it's blocked.
I'll just show the pictures of the rest of the projects OTN (on the needles):
The other time hole I fell into was Ravelry! My invite came when I was house/nephew sitting and all my pictures of projects were at home on my computer. It probably was a good thing though. I was able to browse to my hearts content without feeling that I should be uploading my projects. I've got most of my finished projects on it already. None of my stash. Yet. I'm loving being able to see other people's projects. You can see how well they liked the pattern, how it fits, what yarns look like knit up etc.
Thanks for the kick in the butt to post something...
Friday, July 20, 2007
Finished just in time for the release of the last Harry Potter book!
Notice the lightening shaped scar around the ankle of the sock. The pattern called for it to be higher up but I decided to put that lace portion by the ankle.
Speaking of the pattern...
it is a free pattern from the Six Sox Yahoo Group.
They do six socks per year...hence the name.
I did it in Scholeller+Stalh Fortissima Socka bamboo yarn. This yarn is 60% Superwash wool, 25% Bamboo and 15% nylon. Color number 0006. I used size 0 Knit Pick circular needles. I did these toe up Crazy Toes & Heels style and then just put in the lace panel 10 rows after rejoining after the heel. I then added more ribbing above it until dd#2 said STOP!
I almost finished the ribbing at Knit Night last night. When I got home I continued the ribbing (1 row!), cast off both socks and took care of the 2 ends. I weave in the beginning tail as I knit the toe so that part was done a long time ago.
The pattern is charted...only 4 rows...although it is a 13 st repeat plus 7.
This is done with DMC's Senso 100% cotton (size 3). I paid $2.75 for 150 yds. I probably have enough left over for a half of a cloth. Or maybe it would be enough for a lace edging for a pillow or towel????
I could see using this rib for the tummy part of a summer top...or the whole thing!
Unfortunately my summer time is already filled. I got volunteered to be the craft person for our VBS. This coming week is the last time I have to be sure all 5 days of crafts are ready to go. We only used 1 of the preplanned crafts. So it was a lot of brainstorming and preparing these past couple of weeks to come up with 4 other appropriate crafts.
We (my dd and myself) are off to a Higher Things youth group gathering at the end of this month. VBS starts 2 days after we get back...yikes!
And then there is Stitches Midwest the day after the final day of VBS....I think I'm going to have to pass this year....sigh.
And our youngest dd is freaking out about me being gone...that just adds the final touch to my already too busy summer.
I did take some time out last night to go to Knit Night. I got some great advice on finishing my cashmere scarf...it's almost done! I also got the ribbing done on my Horcrux socks (for dd #2). It was my traveling project so it took a bit longer than usual. On to that post......
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I have another cloth pattern almost done for July in a pretty orange (Senso 100% cotton) on size 3 needles. It's another stitch pattern that has me dreaming of designing a summer tee top.
Monday, June 18, 2007
After a day of running errands and leaving water bottles in a hot car, my kids are longing for a "nerdy" water bottle insulator because their water was tea temperature and mine was nice and cool!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
We had our sock class this past Friday...p 108 of Favorite Socks.
Did you know there is a knit along blog for this book? I found it tonight looking for a picture of this sock. If you want to see what this sock is suppose to look like then click on this link. That blog entry also addresses the question on gauge for this sock...7 sts per inch with discontinued "worsted weight" yarn. I'll let you read the rest over there. (I did get 7sts per inch with Cascade 220 on size 2 bamboo dpns.)
Looking at the picture in the book, I thought these would not be socks for me. I like a cuff, sometimes a very long cuff. I like thin socks to fit in my normal shoes. Didn't figure these would fit that bill either. I was even considering not going to this class! That was until our kind teacher pointed out all the new things we'd learn knitting this sock.... Provisional Cast on, Intarsia and Fair Isle. How could I pass up on this opportunity? After doing several gauge swatches with my left over Cascade 220 I was ready to give it a try....
But my yarn was saying, I don't want to be a sock. I want to be a .........
Water Bottle Insulator!
And so I cast on 66 sts.
During class we learned the provisional cast on. And I did a short row toe...even unzipped the provisional cast on and put the live stitches on a needle again. Michele showed us how the intarsia part was done...that's the blue part. It is only done on the front. She said the box in the directions were very clear but I didn't even read them when I got home. Did I mention that Michele is an awesome teacher!
I've never done intarsia or fair isle and this first project shows that all too well. I need more practice (and classes) (and patience!) for me to do it nicely. But for a first project I was happy with it. Well, except for the 3 sts that were in the wrong color. That was an easy fix with duplicate stitch. I certainly wasn't going to back down 3 rows!
I then did the cuff with the garter ridges and added a 2 x 2 rib with some decreasing for the neck of the bottle.
I was worried I may have decreased too much for the bottom of the bottle (32 oz) to pass through but it works beautiful. I used a very stretchy crocheted bind off from the Crazy Toes and Heels book.
Then it was time for the bottom. I picked up the 66 sts from the long tail cast on and knit plain one row. Next row was knit 9, k2tog. Then a plain round. Then knit 8, k2tog. You get the picture....
The last round was knit 3, k2tog. Then with the bottle snuggly in place, I threaded the darning needle and passed it through all the live stitches and pulled it snug.
I've got two of these one quart bottles that are filled with water (that I drink each day).
So off to church I went with bottles in hand...the one dressed with a sweater, the other naked. Both bottles were with me at all times. I took the last sip of the naked bottle at about 3:00 in the afternoon and noted the temperature of the water...unscientifically. Then I took the first sip of the sweatered bottle. The water was cooler!
As for the provisionally cast on short row toe? It got frogged....but at least I know how it's done...don't think I'll be making another anytime soon!
Instead of taking another picture of the finished socks (they look identical) I thought I'd post a close up of where the instep meets the sole. It's where the red (sole) meets the gray (instep)...looks like a chain stitch. There is a definite ridge on both sides of the foot...mostly on the inside. I'm not sure if this will be noticeable when my dh wears them or not...depends on how picky he is. But I won't know until next October or November since these are "boot" socks. These socks are the thickest I've ever made. They wouldn't fit in any of my regular shoes. I could see a pair in my winter boots though!
The technique itself was not complicated. It was a bit on the fiddily side and I'm not sure if I would resole them if they got a hole or just knit up a new pair of socks. The instructions were wordy but clear.
Overall it was a fun learning experience and I'm glad I gave it a go! And thanks to Michele for being such a great teacher!