Friday, December 14, 2007
I have finished the gusset, now on to the long foot part.
On other news:
I have joined Ravelry. My stuff is under the name: craftybean. Maybe I will figure out how this works one of these days.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
As I promised, here are the new socks I finished. I think that I will gift them to MIL for Christmas. I gave her a pair last year and she liked them. So I hope that she will like this pair.
Pattern: Basic Sock Pattern 2x2 Rib
Source: Nancy Bush
Yarn: Sisu Fantasy
On other news, I have started seaming the Perfect Tee Sweater. Maybe I will be able to wear it in the spring. I don't think a cotton sweater is appropriate in 36 degree weather.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I had 2 skeins of Filatura DiCrosa Primo that I won at guild meeting last month. I wanted to make a pair of fingerless mitts. So, I used Ravelry to research patterns. There were a lot of patterns to choose from. This is what I came up with:
Pattern: Symmetrical Braided Gauntlets
Yarn: Filatura DiCrosa Primo
Color: 293 (Purple)
More finished knitting to come!
Friday, November 09, 2007
On to knitting: I completed the Perfect Tee. But, I decided it looked like a tent on me. So, I ripped it up. I am up to knitting the second sleeve. Only a few more inches, then the dreaded seaming up. I may get to wear it next spring, since it is already November.
My bad! I didn't re-skein the yarn and give it a bath, etc., etc. (as instructed in Knitting Daily). There doesn't seem to be a lot of memory in the yarn. But it is cotton yarn: Plymouth's Fantasy Naturale. Maybe that makes a difference.
I had started the Lizard Ridge Afghan from Knitty, but I didn't like how the short rows were working, so I scrapped that project. Be on the look out for my solution to 20 single balls of Noro Kureyon Yarns.
Monday, August 13, 2007
I completed about half of a mitered square for a mitered square afghan from sock yarn. The Heathen Housewife has a tutorial on her blog. I almost have enough squares for the foundation row. Pictures of that to come.
Back to the ballgame. Here is my family at the game. My husband is watching the game and the 14 year old hates to have his picture taken. See the surly look?
It was Elvis Night. We were serenaded with Elvis tunes during the game.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Pattern: Love Day
Friday, August 03, 2007
It is a good thing I didn't join the knit only from my stash group. I found a great deal on e-bay for 9 skeins of Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille yarn. Crystal Palace has a new pattern for washcloths on their web-site. They will make nice gifts. Or maybe I'll knit more cuddle toys.
I have started to wind the skeins with my trusty nostepine. I could use a swift. The kids get tired of holding out their hands for me. I can use the backs of chairs, but it is easier if someone holds the skeins.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I'll have to make more for some friends. How about one for a door prize for the knitting guild (with matching stitch markers, of course!)?
Monday, July 30, 2007
Here they are learning the marches. My son is the tuba player with the black hat.
I received my order from Carodan Farm Wool Shop. It is a kit for the cuddle animals with the pattern and yarn. I started the cat in lavender, but I didn't like how the increases looked. So this morning I frogged it and will start again.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Some of the KAL members had problems with the "knit in the back loop", but that is fairly simple to learn. ( Especially with all the tutorials out there in internetland.)
I liked this cloth, I'll have to knit it again.
Source: Monthly Dishcloth KAL
Yarn: Sugar N Creme
Color: Country Brown Ombre
Needles: US 6
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I then started over using the yarn I purchased for this project. I am using Plymouth Yarns - Fantasy Naturale, a larger size and NO SHAPING. We shall see how this works.
I have finished the back and am almost up to the arm hole shaping on the front. When I knitted the first sweater, the arm holes had the "stair step" ladders around the curve. This made it very hard to sew in the sleeves. I decided to research the problem and I found the best tutorial on Knitty.com. Check out the smooth arm hole curve now! I'll see how it works on the neckline.
Monday, July 09, 2007
I finished the Colinette Jitterbug Socks this morning. I really liked working with this yarn. It has a nice "springy" feel to it. It sort of reminded me of Koigu. The colors pooled some, but not in an unpleasant way. There is a faint odor of vinegar in this yarn. Probably from the dyeing process, it should fade when washed.
I did modify my pattern to accommodate fingering weight yarn. The cast on was 64 stitches and I used 5 needles.
Pattern: Thuja (modified)
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug
Color: Mardi Gras
Needles: US 1
Here is the picture of my Everyday Cardigan from Peace Fleece. I finished it in March and actually wore it a couple of times before it became too hot. I must admit that wool yarn is very warm. I have never had a wool sweater before now. This can be worn as a jacket. The yarn is a little scratchy but not too bad. It really blocks the wind. I will probably modify the pattern the next time I knit this sweater. The arms are too long (did you notice that I rolled them up?) and the body needs lengthening for my taste.
Pattern: Everyday Cardigan
Source: Peace Fleece
Yarn: Peace Fleece Worsted Weight
Color: Blueberry Borscht
Needles: US 6 & US 8
Monday, July 02, 2007
Pattern: Knitting Pure & Simple Childrens Sock Pattern
Yarn: Regia Silk
Needle: US 2
I modified the heel using my favorite:
Row 1: slip 1, knit 1 across the heel
Row 2: slip the first stitch then purl the rest
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 for the length of the heel flap
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Finished & Blocked Today
Pattern: Seraphim Shawl
Designer: Miriam Felton
Needle: US 5
Yarn: GB Wolle Cosy Socks
I made a new design element. Can you find it? After searching the web, I found out that you need to move the markers in the repeats. Oh well, live and learn. It was too hard to rip out and redo, so I just carried on correctly. I only messed up two rows, but this is the result.
Friday, January 26, 2007
On to knitting
I finished the Fingerless Gloves out of sport sock yarn. The pattern called for fingering weight yarn, but I converted it for the sport weight. The mitts were knitted on straight needles. If I make another pair, I will convert it to double pointed needles. My seams stink.
Pattern: Socks for Yarn
Source: Knitting Pattern a Day - December 20, 2006.
(Modified for Sport Weight Yarn)
Yarn: Regia 6 ply Crazy Color
Needle: US 4
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Source: Monthly Bookmarks KAL
Yarn: (Vintage) Bucilla Riviera 100% Cotton
Needle: US 5
More Dishcloths finished.
Yarn: Sugar N Creme
Needles: US 7
My Charity projects started for 2007.
Source: My Own (based on diagonal dishcloth)
Yarn: Plassard Trophee
Color: Baby Varigated
Needle: US 6
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Pattern: Snowy Drops
Source:Monthly Dishcloth KAL
Yarn: Sugar N Creme
Color: Marble Print
I did knit several face cloths for teacher presents. I used a finer cotton and smaller needles. The cloths turned out very nice, especially after blocking. I attached them around a bottle of bubble bath. Of course they were knitted under a deadline, so no pictures. But I received nice thank-you notes from the teachers.