Thursday, December 25, 2008
These are the 'Norwegian Star Earflap Hats' by Tiennie and they were a big hit.
I used Wool-Ease. Colours:- Oxford gray and Forest green.
I did a diamond pattern on one hat!!
I knit a two colour I-cord.
The wee boys loved their hats!!!
Merry Christmas everyone.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
These little knit cozies were made using leftover sox yarn..and they are so cute! I used leftover sox yarn e.g. Claudia, Noro, Red Heart, Trekking, CTH and Opal. Really any self striping or patterned yarn would work! I used Sz#1 DP's and I embellished some with gold embroidery floss. I also knit a little cable on one!!
I loved knitting these and the Grand Poobah made me a little metal tree (similar to a mug tree) to display them....aww..thanks honey!!!
Monday, December 1, 2008
These sox are for my youngest grandson James for Christmas. He's 5.
Yarn:- Red Heart; Heart&Sole Colour:- Congo. ( I love this colour and I am a big fan of the yarn; for the price, the wash-ability,the colourways for kids and it's also non-splitty.)
Friday, November 14, 2008
My grandson William asked for slippers for Xmas. He was very excited about the Presidential election this year and was thrilled at the outcome!! He decided he wanted red, white and blue ones and called them 'Old Glory'.
I found this pattern 'Easy House Slippers'by Liecel Tverli Scully.
I cast on 14sts and knit 28rows of each colour on Sz#8 needles for a smaller size.
I used leftover Nature wool Chunky weight and I did buy some 'Patons' off white wool which I used doubled.
These were soooo simple and knit up in a few hours...it takes me a little while to felt, as I have a front-load washer and do some felting by hand.
The really fun part was folding the "L" shape to make the slippers. I can hardly believe that the strip of knitting folded up into a slipper. I am so damn thankful there is a viedo on YouTube of the process....or I'd have pulled my hair out!! (TeeHee) The Grand Poobah now needs a felted swatch..he will see if some silicone will work as an anti-skid measure on the soles!! Awww..thanks honey!
I have also been knitting dishcloths, picked some 'ground pine' and made 3 wreaths. I sent my Mother 2 pair of sox and yes she did complain...her words "Who knits patterns on sox?" Obviously me Ma!! I am working on a pair for my friend Elaine...who loves everything I do!!!
I will post pix sometime....so I haven't been idle...okay maybe a little!!!
Monday, October 27, 2008
I know they haven't a clue about the time and sometimes the money that goes into the whole affair!!! (By the way, what was your most expensive yarn purchase?)Since I had a lot of this yarn left over after my footies. I decided to get a few people off my back and to just use it up. It is easy care, inexpensive..and I had it on hand, the only problem I had was finding a pattern that wouldn't get lost in the variegated yarn. I know I could have just knit these plain...I mean after all the yarn is striped...but wouldn't that be (too) boring??? I found this pattern and I love, love it!!
Yarn:- Red Heart Ltd., Heart and Sole with Aloe.
Pattern:-Patchworksocken-Alpenfees Interpretation by Susanne Fiedler from "Alpenfees Wollberge"
It was basically mitered squares and easy to do. You just add your own heel and toe combination. It took me ages because I had decided to try the "Jojo" heel and I knit one complete sox using that heel. Well I decided to change to the "fore/afterthought heel for the bullseye effect and it fits with the pattern...at least for me, but I had a lot of ripping to do.
Next up same pattern...I have so much Christmas knitting to do I had better get started..no more 'piddling' around!!!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
I knit the little one on the left first. I used #000 needles and followed the 'Socknitters Mini-Sock' formula by Linda Nelson. I used a few yards of leftover Opal 'Neon'. It was a wee bit too small so I went up a needle size and used #oo. It fit perfectly. Consequently the Grand Poobah had to make me another keyring for the wee sox (hee hee).
Can I just say we must have too much time on our hands!!!!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Here are my Jaywalkers. Am I the only one who hasn't knitted a pair yet...well 'till now!!
Yarn:-Lorna's Laces...colour 'Chocolate Stripe.' At the colour change the white becomes green and then brown..maybe it's a hint of mint???
I decided to try an after/forethought heel. I used the 'Chevron Patterns for Self-Striping Yarn' from Charlene Schurch's 'Sensational Knitted Socks. My socks didn't have the same stitch count so I just took 1/2 # stitchs for the heel and left 28sts before kitchener the heel closed. I really love the fit and the heel formed concentric circles of pattern sometimes called 'bull's-eye.' I will do this again.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
This is a free pattern from http://criminyjickets.blogspot.com/2006/07/garterlac-dishcloth.html
If you want to learn entrelac knitting definitely start with dishcloths!!!!
I used a sz #7 circular needles. (With so much turning my stitches would have fallen off dp's .)
I used Sugar'n Cream cotton yarn bought on sale at Michael's...at $1 a skein they were practically giving the stuff away!!!
I loved how fast these knit up and how colourful they were using the variegated yarn.
I had already gifted these to Cath...so thanx Lou for the (lovely) pix.
I knit the 'scrubbie' using the cotton yarn plus tulle I had bought at Jo-Anne's. (I cut the tulle in a big long strip. Started at one corner and cut all the way around or you could cut in strips and tie the ends together, and then wound it into a ball.)
I have since found a pattern for a 'Tribble' a little circular 'scrubbie'
Okay...so now you know how I'm frittering away my life....but they are so addictive!!!!!!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I used #1 needles and# 0's for the foot.
The pattern on the leg is from the "365 Knitting Stitches a Year Perpetual Calendar" converted to knit in the round!!!
It sort of looks like bubble wrap.
I did a tubular cast on and 3st garter edge on the heel flap.
The sox feel very dense and I hope they wear (Jim) well.
Sigh...another obligation fulfilled....whew!!!
I hope they fit because I wasn't sure about his size.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Someone said to me at a baby shower it was too hot to be carrying a felted tote, so I decided to knit something bright and summery. Wow, it really is an explosion of colour!!!
This tote bag is knitted with fabric strips I bought on sale at Jo~Ann's last year. The strips were on sale for $2.97 and were 1/2"x50yds. Altogether I used about 5 and 1/2 or approx 275 yds.. If I use strips again I'll buy a rotary cutter and make my own strips and machine sew the ends of the strips together to make a continuous length and then roll it all into a ball.
Working with fabric was hard on my hands, probably because there is not the same give with fabric as yarn...but the finished product is unusual. My daughter thought I had used raffia.
Rag bag tote... 11"x11"x3"
Needles Sz 9 (straight) for the bottom and strap handles.
Bottom, 20 rows of garter stitch approx. 11"x3" Handles approx 30" long.
Sz 10 circs. for body of the bag. (58 rows, approx 11"x11")
I then lined the bag. and added a magnetic snap to the inner lining.
Since it is 100% cotton I can pitch the bag in the washer and dryer.
P.S.Thank-you William for holding the bag for the pix....what the heck is in that bag...a brick...look at your wee muscles bulging!! (HeeHee)
Monday, June 16, 2008
I haven't been blogging, commenting or knitting in forever!!! I did however manage to knit these bug sox. A wee challenge in fair isle and intarsia.
This pattern is supposed to be done in "Colinette" yarn. The JitterBug socks were designed by Wendy Freebourne and Lou Sugg and published in the April 2008 issue of "knitting" especially for 'Colinette ' yarn!!!
Unfortunately since N. Ireland's yarn stores; with any decent wool supplies; are few and far between I substituted "Wool Craft" superwash sock yarn for the "Colinette" and used Sz#1 DP's.
Now the sox are cute but well, you do the best you can with the resources you have.....sigh!
I mailed them to Lou...my favourite son-in-law and knit fan....who appreciates everything I do.
The bug motif is on both sides of each leg. (Thank you Lou...you're a super model!!!)
Would I knit another pair...maybe...I thought the pattern was well written and easy to follow (with step by step pix and how to's following the pattern..this is such a great idea)...I hated having to sew the back leg seam even 'tho is was just the length of the patterned panel.
But that's just me!!!
Monday, March 17, 2008
I'm posting a pix of one sock because I'm off to Ireland in the morning..a wee emergency has come up! I booked my ticket Thursday. Tomorrow is my travel day....drive to Pittsburgh...then Pittsburgh to Newark..Newark to Belfast!!! (I'm dreading this, but maybe it'll be okay!!!) I maybe won't be back for a while!!!
Anyhow, I hope to finish #2 sox there... or the airport would be a good place but I can't remember their knitting needle rules and regulations!!!!
This was my first attempt at entrelac, and I loved it! No need to knit backwards....just a lot of turning!
Pattern:-Annetrelac Socks by Sandy Beadle from 'Interweave Knits Gifts' Holiday 2007. ( I've also knit the 'Little Gems Mitts' and have earmarked other patterns from this (great) edition. )
I used a tubular/sometimes called a kitchener cast on.
Needles:-Sz #1 and #0 DP's
Yarn:- Opal handpaint 'Fall Melody' (The camera doesn't do this yarn justice) It really does look like fall foliage!!!! (On sale at 'Little Knits...fast becoming my favourite site to buy yarn.)
This pattern called for 72sts down to 48sts and the back to 72!! I should probably have cast on 60-64 my usual amount. ( using 72sts was the reason I knit the instep using the 0's.) Don't be afraid to try entrelac...it's really a pleasure.
Happy knitting and happy St. Patrick's Day
Hope to be back soon.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Here are Lou's sox. He asked me if I could repair them. Really, I wanted him to just pitch them but when he said something about these being his favourite and his first pair from me.......I relented.
Well, I hate darning....and the lump I leave. Image how that feels underfoot! Sooo...I decided to cut off just above the hole...pick up the stitches and go from there.
The whole process wasn't too bad. Some of the stitches were stuck together but I just pried them apart with a crochet hook and the rest was easy. Would I do it again...maybe...I mean it really does beat knitting another pair..and I kept my promise to try.
Happy knitting..or repairing,