Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
I think it turned out great. Unfortunately, I've put on a little weight since the last time I'd tried it on, and it fits considerably snugger than it did the previous times I tried it on, but I'm still really pleased with it and I wore it to work the next day anyway. The top-down instructions I took from: http://glampyreknits.tripod.com/glampyrephotos/id44.html were really easy to follow... I didn't want to steek and make a cardigan, and I opted to start my ribbing just below the bust for maximum waist shaping, but there are many ways to knit this differently, so I'll definitely be using these instructions again... If I had worked on it every day I could have finished it in under 2 weeks, so it's a fairly quick knit, really, unless you have KADD (knitters' attention deficit disorder) like I do.
And now for something completely different... at the same parking lot sale where I bought the New Wool I used in this sweater (back in May), I bought a bunch of navy blue acrylic bulky yarn thinking I could use it as the base yarn in a boy baby blanket or something...I've tried knitting with it but I hated it on the needles recommended by the ball band. Well I decided to see just how quickly I could knit a log cabin using size 15 needles and bulky yarn.
The center bit is Lion WoolEase Thick and Quick in Cranberry, the next is the horrid navy yarn, the next is WET&Q in Butterscotch. Hopefully I can find enough contrasting bulky weight yarn around the house to break up the navy a bit, but I am going to alternate the navy in between any other colors I use, just to use up as much of this horrible yarn as possible. I cast on last night during Survivor and knit the center block as well as half the navy block. I knit the remainder of the Navy and all the butternscotch this evening... it's coming along pretty fast, maybe I can finish this weekend? *crosses fingers*
Finally, this past weekend I went to the fall parking lot sale for Fiesta/Ironstone Yarns. I didn't fill my hatchback like I did back in May, but I did find some fun stuff to play with for just a buck a skein, as well as some luxury yarns for $4 per skein. So here's some gratuitous yarn sale pron...
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Before starting the double and treble lessons I started a throw using single crochet, but after about 4 rows I was so bored I ripped the whole thing out. So in addition to learning three crochet stitches, I have also learned that I absolutely cannot do a throw out of all single crochet, unless it has more complication to it with shaping or something. It's kind of odd really, because I don't seem to bothered as much by plain knitting. Weird, huh? Once I get through the rest ofthe CD rom I may tackle a pattern. Hopeully my elbow will feel better soon, though, because I REALLY want to finish my sweater!
Monday, October 26, 2009
On an additional crafty note, I picked up the Coats and Clark CD Rom "Crochet Made Easy"
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
On a more frightening note... remember the parking lot sale in May when I bought all this lovely New Wool yarn? Um, yeah.... they are having another one the first weekend in November... I mean, I have to go... they might have stuff they didn't have last time... or cheaper than last time... But this time I am bringing less cash and NO credit card.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Currently contemplating 2 swaps... one is a bookmark swap (deadline to complete 3 bookmarks is Tuesday, yipes!) and a Halloween goody box swap.... deadline for that is Friday, so still time there... and only need to fill one box so that's cool too... if you've never done a swap I highly recommend it, as long as the person running the swap is someone you feel you can trust to run things well... both of these are being run by people I know will do a good and fair job organizing, so no worries there... the trouble is just getting the items made and/or packed... that trickster REAL LIFE has been getting in the way of any crafting other than knitting at the moment... so we'll see this week, I guess...
In my last post I mentioned I sweater I started knitting from Glampyre Knits: http://glampyreknits.tripod.com/glampyrephotos/id44.html
Let me just say that I love, looooove, LOOOOOOOOOVE this pattern! It's more a guide than a pattern, really... for instance, I'm not doing a cardigan, I'm doing a pullover... and I'm going to be starting my ribbing soon (as soon as I get past my boobage an inch or so)... I just transferred it from needle to string today to try it on and so far it fits PERFECTLY........ PERFECTLY. And it's super easy! And as for the Ironstone Yarns New Wool yarn I'm using...
Friday, October 2, 2009
So then at work they decided that in addition to my weekly timesheet I also have to punch a timeclock. Well, friends, that means definitely taking a lunch break, so I needed something a little more challenging (for me anyway) to work on during lunch. I wanted to knit a vest, but just couldn't find the right pattern for any yarn I have on hand. I started a wool version of the Pretty in Pink Tank http://deliciousstitches.blogspot.com/2006/05/pretty-in-pink-tank-pattern.html (I did a cotton one for my very first sweater, too small for me, but looks great on my daughter) but then frogged... :(
Then I started a top down raglan using Stefanie Japel's pattern from Glampyre Knits http://glampyreknits.tripod.com/glampyrephotos/id44.html . I'm not ready to steek and actually *gulp* CUT my handknits, so I'm doing a pullover instead. The yarn is yummy and knitting up very nicely. I should post a progress pic this weekend, shouldn't I? We'll see... And since I got the yarn at $1 per skein from the Fiesta/Ironstone Yarns parking lot sale, the price is right too... I might actually knit a sweater for less than a storebought one would cost! What a novel idea...
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
My Baby Brainiac just got featured on as a Sew Awesome Craft on the Sewhooked Blog! I'm VERY flattered, even if the owner of sewhooked is my bff, she has very discerning taste when it come to crafts. ;)
The post is here: http://blog.sewhooked.org/2009/09/28/sew-awesome-knit-baby-brainiac-blankie/
thanks Jen, to me yours is the highest praise indeed!
Monday, September 21, 2009
- Plenty of TIME
- Size 8 circular needle at least 24 in. long (for weight distribution and knitting comfort only, you will NOT be knitting in the round)
- Worsted weight yarn (for the smaller, two-color version shown finished here in black & white - for the larger version I sugges double the amounts of both colors to be on the safe side)
- Color A: 650-700 yards
- Color B: 450-500 yards
With one strand of A cast on 10 stitches using long tail method, leaving 4-6” tail. Turn work and knit back and forth until you have 11 garter ridges (ending on right side). Measure without stretching: block should be pretty much square (I got 3.25”x3.25”). Bind off loosely and cut yarn (A) leaving 4-6” tail.
Turn block one quarter-turn clockwise. With Color B pick up and knit 11 stitches along the side of Block #1 Turn your work and knit back and forth, ending on a front-side row when you have 10 garter ridges. Bind off loosely. Turn work quarter-turn clockwise (with the “right side: facing you).
Still using Color A pick up 10 stitches along the edge of Block #7 you just finished, then 20 stitches along Block #3, and 10 along Block #4 (40 total stitches on needle). Knit back and forth ending on a right side row when you have 10 complete garter ridges. Bind off loosely and turn work one quarter-turn clockwise.
For a larger blanket just continue in the manner of previous rounds instead of starting your border, continuing the spiral as before. To end the spiral make sure you knit with only Color A for your next block (in this case #21, but it could be block 25, or 29, or 33, depending on how much you really enjoy knitting just garter stitch. Just make sure you end the spiral before starting your border). I think this spiral pattern would look great with bright solids like Caron Simply Soft Brites, or even with neutral colors, like Lion Fisherman’s Wool, especially in the new colors they’ve added this year.
As with all my patterns, feel free to use this pattern to make items for yourself, gifts for others, or to donate to a charity, but not for sale and/or profit. If you want to mention the pattern on your website or blog, please do not repost the pattern but instead link to my blog.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
In between other things I'm trying to finish up the pattern for Baby Brainiac so I can post it here and link to it from Ravelry. The finished produce came out a little different from my original etimates, so I need to update that and make the pattern a little less wordy. My goal is to get that done this weekend, but I do have much going on so... no promises there.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
BABY B's Blanket
This pattern is heavily based on a blanket I made previously using this free Bernat pattern: (http://www.bernat.com/data/pattern/pdf/instruction_1796.en_US.pdf) . I didn’t plan out how many stitches wide I wanted it and I didn’t use self-striping yarn... instead I sort of winged it, but loved the results. I used Caron Simply Soft Brites, one skein each 5 colors and a one-pound skein of white. In my opinion the colors meld into one another smoothly because of holding the strand of white throughout the entire blanket.
Holding one strand each of white and color A, on size 13 needles I cast on 4 stitches.
Row 1 (WS): Knit
Row 2 (Inc Row): K2, YO, K to end of row.
Repeat last row until blanket is about as wide as you would like it to be (see note below regarding stripes/color changes).
Next row (RS): K2, YO, K2tog, K to end of row.
Repeat last row.
Next row (Dec Row): K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, K to end of row.
Repeat last row until there are 4 stitches left on needle.
Next row (RS): Knit. Cast off.
This is such an easy pattern and can make all sizes of blankets. Use all the same color or change colors whenever you feel like it.
NOTE: I knit my chosen colors in the order they would appear in the color spectrum. I started with the pink, and when I decided I was ready to change to yellow, I waited until I was ready to knit on the RS and then cut only the pink yarn and tied on the yellow, and just kept on holding the white throughout as I changed from one color to the next. I counted how many garter ridges I had of pink and tried to keep about the same on each color (22 ridges) so that the stripes were pretty much the same thickness.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
- Using red (or your first chosen color) yarn and a size 10 circular needle (just to help distribute the weight, you're not going to be knitting in the round here) cast on 12 stitches, turn your work and then knit back and forth, turning your work each time you get to the end of the row, until you have 7 garter ridges. On a right side row(your cast-on tail will be hanging from the "tip-end" of your needle) , cut your working yarn leaving a 4-6" tail and
- start knitting with your next color. Knit back and forth until you have knit 7 garter ridges of the new color. At the beginning of the next right side row, bind off until one stitch remains on the needle. Keeping the right side facing you,
- turn your work one quarter turn clockwise to the right and using your next colorway knit the final stitch on your needle. Keeping with that new colorway (cut the 2nd color leaving 4-6 " yarn tail) pick up and knit a stitch between each garter stitch ridge until you get to the end of that side of your rectangle. Turn your work and knit back and forth until you have 7 garter ridges. On your next right side row, bind off loosely until one stitch remains on your needle.
- Turn clockwise and using the next color you've chosen knit the remaining stitch. Then with that new color pick up and knit a stitch between your garter ridges, and then pick up and knit a stitch along the side of your original cast on stitches. Turn your work and knit back and forth until you have 7 garter ridges with right side facing you. Again bind off loosely until one stitch remains, cut the working yarn leaving a 4-6" tail and
- turn your work to the right (remember: each time you turn your work to the right, it is just a quarter turn). Using the same color you used for rectangle #3, knit the final stitch on the needle, then pick up and knit one stitch between each garter ridge of rectangles 4, 1, and 2. turn your work and knit back and forth until you have 7 garter ridges, ending at the start of a right side row. Bind off loosely until a single stitch remains on the needle, then
- turn work one quarter turn to the right. Your original color is now the center square surrounded by 4 rectangles, each a different color than the center, and no color is touching a square of the same color. Using your red (or original) color yarn, knit the final stitch on the needle and pick up and knit one stitch between each garter ridge of rectangle 5, pick up and knit each cast off stitch along the top of square 2, and pick up and knit a stitch between each garter ridge along rectangle 3. turn your work and knit back and forth until you have 14 garter ridges, and continue in this fashion. When you get all the way around and have a knit 4 sections each with 14 garter ridges, the next series of rectangles will have 21 garter ridges. Once you have gone all the way around the square again, it's time to start your border. Using the yarn of which you have the most left on the skein (in my case it was the tan) do the next section with 5 garter ridges, and continue all the way around, but when you bind off and turn, don't cut and change colors, continue with the same color, until your blanket has a border of 5 garter ridges on each side. On the final side with right side facing you bind off looser than ever, in fact, I would suggest using a needle the next size up in your right hand for the bind off to ensure less wonkiness along that side. Turn your blanket over and weave in the 4-6" tails that are at all of your color changes, and you're done! For further clarity, I've provided a picture of the blanket with the blocks numbered in the order they were completed. The 6 bullet points above tie directly to the beginning of the first 6 blocks on the photo below. Now go make your own!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
So I've gotten a bit farther on my Scrappy Log Cabin, but frankly, it's so damn hot already I just can't bear to pick it upfor a couple of weeks at least, so it's hibernating until cooler weather comes along, or we switch the swamp cooler on... here's how it looks at the moment... you can see I have made it all the way around at least once, almost twice since the last pic I posted.
Baby Kue's pinwheel blankie is also on hiatus at the moment. Turns out they know for sure it's a boy, and, well, I've decided I'd like to try a cotton log cabin with larger blocks for his blankie. I haven't decided on the yarn for that yet, though... but I really want to give a cotton baby blanket a go. A coworker is going to be a grandma for the first time in the late fall, so I may decide to finish the pinwheel blanket for her grandbaby. Or I might just bind off on it and give it to the cat to lay on. No new pic on that one, though, it'll look the same in pics until I get it transferred to a longer needle and it can spread out more.
So what to knit when the weather says "no more blankets!"? Why, socks of course! I finished the first sock finally of my Springy Spiral Stretch socks.
I haven't started sock two, however, as I am working on another little project that I can't talk about quite yet. The Spiral Sock looks really cool, and the Patons Stretch is pretty darn comfy, but I don't know why I decided to make such a long sock when it's so hot here all the time. Dumb. So I'll eventually make sock two, but I'm thinking my next pair of socks with the other Patons Stretch Sock I have will be footies, or ankle socks, maybe even some "pedicure socks" that I can wear with flip flops.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
but I think I'm going to take a break from that one for a while to work on a few other things I've got going. As you can see, I suddenly started making the blocks narrower. That started with the sort of light olive there, where I was running out of yarn. I decided to go ahead and do the same narrower width for the next three blocks so that it is that way all the way around the square, then go back to the wider blocks and skip that color next time around, since I'm trying to avoid buying any new yarn for this project. It's currently about 2'x3' so about half the size I'd like it to be when finished.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The name I gave this project on Ravelry is Scrappy Log Cabin. I also joined the Ravelry group Log Cabin Fever, where others addicted to similar projects can meet to discuss how badly our hands hurt. ;)
Here's an in-progress pic as of my putting down the knitting this evening.
Not too difficult, I really like the way it is turning out, and of course, the farther out I get the more yarn it takes, which means my scraps probably won't be enough and I might actually have to buy more yarn in order to finish it, unless I start using novelty yarn as well as just the acrylic worsted remnants I'm currently using. Gee, what a shame, having to buy more yarn... too bad. :P
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Just finished a hat for my DD in yarn/color of her choice, mmmm, recently frogged a few things... and just to add a picture to this post... here's a "gun sweater" I made for the co-worker who's name I drew in the office gift exchange over the holidays... I couldn't find a pattern online, so I just made it up as I went. He loved it and has promised me a photo of it actually on one of his guns. It's sort of an office "inside joke" which he totally got and I think enjoyed. The inside of the card reads "Happiness is a Warm Gun"...
I'm determined not to buy any yarn for a while. I have tons of yarn and have some really nice yarn I've received as gifts including some really lovely yarn from hardhatcat in Australia that I very much want to make into something. Just trying to weed through my current crafting chaos and plan some projects...