Monday, December 17, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Simple knotted hemp with striped beads and silver shell button. I plan to remake this so it wraps around twice. I love how the ruby zoisite turned out braided with black leather. The last project is my first one with memory wire. It used curved tubes and Swarovski pearls.
Fun fun fun!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Saturday, November 03, 2012
I also pieced the Island Batik Strip Tease Pack, adding the black blocks. There are many tutorials on this quick piecing method. It's about a 60 inch square so I'm not going to sash or border it, just bind it. I'm looking in to sending it out for quilting.
Yarn: Socks that Rock, Tourmaline
Needles: Size 3
Mods: CO 48 stitches.
Comments: This is a very nice toe up sock pattern with a very simple cable. The yarn, while scrumptious, made for a very heavy sock, more like a boot or bed sock. The pooling did not match up so I just had to go with the flow.
I used Judy's magic CO and Jeny's stretchy bind off. The socks are a bit big for me as I knit a size six. They still look pretty large.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Pattern: Breaker by Louisa Harding from Louisa Harding #111, Ondine
Yarn: Ondine, 100% cotton, on sale at Webs! A lovely yarn to work with. I love the subtle marled look in these colors
Needles: size 3, 5
Modifications: To avoid the dreaded seaming as much as possible, I knit all the body welts first then joined to knit the fronts and backs together. I knit the size 4, but the largest size length, but in the end my sister did not want a cropped top so I lengthened it 2 more inches. She also wanted long sleeves. To avoid seaming the sleeves, I CO 43 stitches and knit the contrasting cuff on 5 needles. Every 8th row, I increased two stitches at the under arm side (K1, MI, then knit to last 1 stitch. End M1K1) until there were 71 stitches. At the sleeve cap, I switched to knitting back and forth, so there still was a sleeve cap to sew in. This screwed up the buttonhole space at the top a bit. I'm not sure why the neck is stretched on so on the back, perhaps I needed to go up a size? The bottom line is that the recipient is happy with it and being cotton I suspect it will conform as she wears it.
Comments: The knitting was nice and mindless, stockinette and seed stitch...a great TV project.
I'm so tempted to buy more of this yarn. But, my stash is full...my stash is full...repeat after me.
A couple of sock projects completed.
Child size Watermelon socks with leftover yarn (see previous post)
And some Koigu socks, Alternating 2x2 rib, from one of my favorite sock knitting books, Sensational Knitted Socks. I still love me some Koigu!!
Saturday, October 06, 2012
simple slouchy hat by cocoknits of Vanna's Choice and the other was a Taiyo Snail Hat. I tried pleating the top as the yarn is fragile and it was a challenge to gather up the top without leaving a hole. Taiyo is nice and soft since it has so much cotton in it.
I'm trying to get inspired to make a Halloween card, but so far no luck producing something I'm happy with. I knit a Koigu sock, and have cast on for the second. Really, though, it's tough to get moving on socks when it is so warm. I did manage a little bag. It looks big in the picture but is only 7 inches across the bottom. I used the Friendship Bag Tutorial from ps i quilt with a few mods to fit the fabric I had. I wanted to try one of the faux sashiko machine techniques. This is stitch 94 on my Janome Horizon 7700, with embroidery thread in the bobbin and invisible thread in the top. The stitch length was 3.5. It didn't look so much like sashiko, but was kind of cute. This bag would be good for a gift bag, a spinning wheel hook bag (except the Majacraft doesn't use a hook) or a little waste bag for those bits of fluff that happen.
My dad turned 92 on October 4. The sky goddess came down from Denver and helped us celebrate. He is not too happy about living so long, but he still enjoys a party!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Inspired by the hat worn by Oskar in the movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. His was blue. I used exactly one skein of colorway 47.I was never able to get a view of the the top of the hat. I have not blocked the hat yet. Note to self to go down a needle size or two to make a firmer fabric.
Saturday, September 08, 2012
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Pattern: Katrina Ribbon Cloche by Jennifer Yarn: Bernat organic cotton and Plymouth Jeannee trim. The flower is Irish Rose by Lesley Stanfield from 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet. I'm not sure where to put it. Maybe it is too fussy anyway. I hope these fit the soon to be one year old twins.
Pattern: simple slouchy hat by Julie Weisenberger from cocoknits Yarn: Cascade 128, one skein heather-ed purple Needles: 6 and 10. I CO for the large but knit the small length as I did not want too much slouch. I also tied the points together on the inside. This is a very nice basic hat. I knit rather tightly, or the Cascade 128 is not bulky enough to get gauge for this pattern. Of course that is just conjecture, as I rarely check gauge
Anthony's Wood Shop on Etsy. They were more rustic then I expected from the description so I sanded them a bit more and waxed them as they were sticking to my yarn. They complete Polwarth Stormy Lace Cowl quite nicely.
Pattern: My own. Slip stitch 3x3 rib with i-cord edges Yarn: Grace Hand Dyed by Louisa Harding Yarns, 3 skeins
I used some large coconut buttons to finish the cowl off. I made 4 stitch buttonholes following the Knitting Help Youtube Video
Really fun socks with KnitPurlGurl's Watermelon self-striping yarn with seeds.
I used her pattern as well for the "DEPA" socks (as the Major Knitter likes to call them)
Monday, August 13, 2012
Pattern: Brambles Beret by Amanda Muscha from Knitty, Deep Fall 2010
Yarn: Madelinetosh Vintage, colorway Tart.
Needles: 4 and 6
Comments: I made the medium band and medium length. With this yarn and needle the had came out a bit large. I think the small band would have fit me better. The yarn has a nice solid hand the color is awesome.The pattern is well written. I made on error in purling two together, but the mistake is hidden between the design.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
brood parasitism. The valiant mother Junco is feeding her giant baby cowbird. The cowbird is a nomadic bird that never builds it's own nest rather it lays it's eggs in another bird's nest and the baby is raised by it's foster mother, sometimes at the expense of the mother's own babies.
I spent a few glorious days in Seattle. The weather was perfect! I ate at all my favorite places, The Palace, Lola's and Chinooks. I'm still dreaming about that wonderful Coconut Cream Pie! I also got my smoked salmon from Pike's Market and tried the small doughnut place in lieu of Top Pot. Next time I won't miss Top Pot! I tried Volterra in up and coming trendy Ballard neighborhood and Palisades. the Volterra meal was tasty but pretty heavy. The crab cake and view at Palisades were awesome! I also squeezed in archery, dog agility training with 16 month old Magic and a picnic in the park.
The Fiber Gallery recommended to my by Marti. I like the size of this shop. There was a nice selection of patterns, and yarns. I treated myself to a skein of Madelinetosh sock
WestKnits 3. I made the small Dustland and Bedrock, but they both came out large for me. Guys have big heads, lol. Dustland is left over Beaverslide and the Bedrock is Malabrigo Rios. The scarf is Stormy Sky Lace Cowl by Eaden Yarns from The Stubborn Knitter knit up in handspun polwarth. I'm waiting on some cherry buttons to finish this off. I hope they match.
Life in General I've been fighting bugs for the last 6 weeks first a cold that turned into bronchitis, then a sorethroat which I hope is finally abating. So I'm laying low, and knitting hats that don't fit anyone and it's too hot to wear and trying to be positive. (not working too well, lol) I'm going to break out the the red Madelinetosh and knit up Brambles and hope that helps. Really...I have lots to be thankful for and life is good!
Monday, July 23, 2012
It's approaching 90 here, so I won't be needing the sweater any time soon. But when I start wearing it I suppose I could be addressed as Your Blueness.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
I'm looking forward to soaking this to see if it will bloom like my other polwarth.
This was a very enjoyable tour for me. I still don't quite get all the rules of where and what to post and how to win a prize, but the joy is in the spinning. Perhaps the Tour de France will grow on me, too, although I really don't like seeing the crashes. The weather was sure glorious this year.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Yarn: Araucania Colium Multi, #06, pinks and purples. This is a bulky single ply with 30%silk and 70%wool. It stayed together through a bunch frogging
Needles: size 13
Modifications: I just used the pattern stitch, CO 44 and finished with an i-cord bind-off. The cord is a twisted cord with poms, thread through the second row of holes from the CO edge. The pattern knits with the "bumpy" side out, but I liked the smooth side better. The cord can be gathered and word on the outside or inside.
The Tour de Fleece spinning is coming along. The second half is just going more slowly. I moved my wheel on to the carpet and now there is a funny knock from one of the peddles. I'm spinning on.