Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
I've put up two pictures of these mittens because the image on the right shows the inside, (the stranding) work, and I thought you may like to see.
I really am fascinated by mittens. I'm still working although only briefly on my Christmas socks, but I will try to finish them this week.
Yarn:-Patons Kroy 4ply. Colours:-Gentry Gray and Summer Moss.
(I used about 36grams of each 50gram skein.)
Pattern:-I used the 'Four-leaf clover' pattern graph in "The Mitten Book." by Inger Gottfridsson and Ingrid Gottfridsson.
Let me just say, it was a challenge. There are vague instructions at the beginning of the book but it worked out and I felt a great sense of satisfaction when I was done. I decided to do a gusset type thumb. I don't really like the afterthought thumb, but this is a personal preference.
Although I have a couple of things I want to do for Christmas, but nothing is pressing...so that's good.
Happy knitting everyone.
P.S. Today we had about an inch of snow on the ground when we woke up. Brrrr..it's cold too. Perhaps that was our winter...well, I can only hope.(ha ha)
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Meantime this is a baby gift for my friend's second wee grandson.
I love this little hoodie and I hope the new Mom does too!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
As you can see I live on a 'dirt road' in rural Pennsylvania. I hate living on a dirt road but I love where I live..now that's a contradiction...but the road is so dusty in summer, rutted and like a wagon track in spring and we are usually snowed in during the winter because dirt roads are not a priority! That about sums it up.
Okay, the advantages...I can cut myself off from the world. I don't have to go camping, and my world is teeming with wildlife.
The evening I took this picture I had been barbecuing and the smells outside of cooking were wonderful. I imagine the neighbour's mouth was watering! So it's no wonder the bear stopped by.
The Grand Poobah and I had eaten dinner. I decided to go out and make sure the gas to grill was off! (I'm sort of an a** about these little details!) I went out and was shocked to see a bear sauntering thru the yard! I rushed back indoors and yelled, "Honey, there's a bear in the yard!" The Grand Poobah said, "You must be mistaken...are you sure it's not a big dog? He came out and was impressed. He had never seen a bear that close before and he had grown up in the Allegheny 'National Forest,' where there are quite a few roaming the woods. I'd say the bear weighed near 200lbs.
I had the presence of mind to pick up my camera (because pix speak volumes.) It was just starting to get dark.....and I just never thought about adjusting for brightness etc.. So ta-da if you look carefully you can see that bad boy! Here is the 10th pix of my 1st folder!!! Not the greatest but..you can click on the photo for a closer look!
P.S. Speaking of knitting. I made these booties/sox? for a friend.Yarn:- Heart&Sole colour 'Green Envy.'
Cuff. 3 knit followed by 3 purl rows.
Short row double stitch heel.
Hope they fit.
Happy 4th everyone. Stay safe!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
The stitch pattern for these socks was taken from “Mon Tricot 1030 Stitches Patterns” and adapted to work circularly. (Page#79. Title:-Candle Pattern.)
Materials I used:
Yarn:- Fingering weight. I used Zoe Sock color Sapote.
Needles:- Double Pointed Sz#1 or to get gauge
Gauge:- 11rows=1inch; 8stitches=1inch.
Size:-Women’s Small/medium. Will fit US shoe size 7/7.5 or European size 38.
Ssk= slip 2 stitches separately as if to knit and then knit these 2 stitches together.
K2tog.= knit 2 stitches together
Cast on 72 stitches. Place stitches on 3 needles, 24 stitches on each and join for working in the round. Work 14 rows *twisted rib* [ Knit 1stitch through the back loop (tbl), purl 1 st..]
Start *candle pattern :- over 12sts and 20rows*.
Row#1-*k1,yo,ssk,k7,k2tog.,yo* repeat from*to*.
Round#2; and all even rounds *knit* around.
Round#3 - *k1,yo,k1,ssk,k5,k2tog.,k1,yo.* around.
Round#5 - *k1,yo,k2,ssk,k3,k2tog.,k2,yo.* around.
Round#7 - *k1,yo,k3,ssk,k1,k2tog.,k3,yo.*around.
Round#9 - *k1,yo,k4,ssk,k4,yo.* around.
Round#11- *k4, k2tog.,yo, k1,yo,ssk,k3.* around.
Round#13- *k3,k2tog.,k1,yo,k1,yo,k1,ssk,k2.* around.
Round#17- *k1,k2tog.,k3,yo,k1,yo,k3,ssk. *around.
Before starting round #19 move the last stitch on needle#1 onto needle#2 and the last stitch on needle #2 onto needle #3 and the last stitch on #3 onto needle #1 (This keeps the pattern in line!)
Round#19 -*slip1, k2tog., pass the slipped stitch over, k4,yo,k1,yo,k4.*around.
These 20 rows make up the pattern. Work for desired length for leg.
I knit 3 complete patterns 60 rows.
Purl back on 35 stitches for heel flap and dec. 3sts evenly spaced; *p7,p2tog.,p8,p2tog.,p7,p2tog.,p7.* You now have 32sts on heel flap.
(24 stitches remain on needle#1 and 13stitches remain on needle#2=37sts. for instep to be worked later.)
Work the 32sts on the heel flap for 28 rows.
*Row#1- Slip first stitch purl wise and knit across.
*Row#2- Slip first stitch purl wise and purl across.
Turn heel:- (Round or French heel)
Slip 1, knit17sts, ssk, k1,turn
Slip 1, purl 5sts, p2tog, p1, turn
Slip 1, knit 6sts, ssk, k1, turn
Slip 1, purl 7sts, p2tog, p1, turn
Slip 1, knit 8sts, ssk, k1, turn
Continue working one more stitch until all stitches have been worked, you should have 18sts left on your needle.
Knit across 9sts., start another needle knit the next 9sts, then pick up and knit 14sts along side of heel flap, plus 1 or 2 extra stitches in the gap.
Knit pattern over the 37 instep stitches as follows.
Row#1-( k1,yo,ssk,k7,k2tog.,yo)2x’s more (3 of the 12st pattern), and end with one knit stitch.
Using another needle pick up 1 or 2 stitches in the gap and then pick up 14 along side on the other side of the heel flap and then knit the last 9 stitches.
You are back at the center of the heel. This is where all rounds begin.
On needle #1- you have 9+14+2 (extra sts.)=25
On needle#2- you have 37 sts.
On needle#3- you have 2 (extra sts)+14+9=25.
Row#2=On needle#1 work to last 3sts., k2tog.,k1sts. On needle#2Knit across instep sts.
On needle#3 Knit 1st.,ssk, and knit to end.
Round#3- Needle #1Knit all sts.
Needle#2-(K1,yo,k1,ssk,k5,k2tog.,k1.yo)2 more times, end with a k1.
Needle#3 -Knit all sts.
Continue to decrease every other round until you have 18sts, on needles #1 and #3.
Follow the candle pattern across the instep as written above, on the 37 instep sts., for rows, 5-7-9-11-13-15- 17-*19*, ending with a k one stitch.
*Please note row#19 has different instructions than stated above*.
Row#19 (instructions for instep) Knit 2tog.,k4,yo,k1,yo,k4, then slip1, k2tog., pass the slipped st over, k4,yo,k1,yo,k4 then slip 1, k2tog., pass the slipped stitch over k4,yo,k1,yo,k4, end with a k2tog.. ( 37sts )
Continue in pattern as established until foot is desired length.
I knit 60 rows total.
On row #20 I decreased the extra stitch on the instep I now had 18/36/18 stitches, 72sts total.
On needle #1-Knit to last 3sts (k2tog.,k1)
On needle #2-(k1,ssk) knit across to last 3sts., (k2tog.,k1)
On needle #3-(k1,ssk) knit ‘till end of round.
Knit sts on needles #1-2-3.
Repeat these two rounds ‘till you have 20sts left. 5/10/5
Knit across 5sts on needle #1. You have 10sts on needle #3 and 10sts on needle #2.
Cut yarn leaving a 12 inch tail.
Kitchener these sts. together.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The challenge this month on Ravelry is 'DYO'....design your own sox!
Soooo.....I thought I'd give it a try and I used the"1030 Stitches Patterns" knitting dictionary. I have had this book laying around (unused) for ages!
I have one sox done:-
This is a lovely yarn. I'm surprised it's not worn thin from all the ripping out and reworking I have done on this pattern!
I started using a tubular cast on and I used "Heels by the Number" by Jiminy Crickets.
I wouldn't claim to be able to design....this is just a basic sock incorporating this candle stitch from the book. I have at times felt like pulling out my hair...I'm hoping to whiz thru sox number two...well I should have worked out most of the kinks, by now...hopefully. (HaHa)
Friday, May 22, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
The 'socknitters' challenge for May on Rav. is cables, travelling stitches and a lot more. I choose this one because I have always loved this pattern and it has been on my (mental) to do list...forever:-
Pattern:- Austrian Socks by Candace Eisner Strick, from "Favorite Socks."(I love all her designs.)
Yarn:-Patons Kroy 4ply; colour "Whitecap."
Needles:-Sz#3 for the 9st I-cord cuff and sz#2 for the remainder of the sock!
The 9st I-cord cuff was a challenge for me....it was worked like a cord and then joined using the 'Kitchener' stitch. I'm not sure if I liked the join...maybe a 3 needle bind off would have given nicer results...may try on sox#2!!! Then you pick up 72sts around the cuff band edge...um..interesting.
This pattern is not as difficult as it looks, but does require a fair amoount of concentration.
I know I could have done a Cookie sox..and one of these days I will.
I did do the wrist bands for the grandkids and my SIL will take a pic of the boys wearing them...one of these days!! (Busy people with busy lives!) I did post a 'scary' pic on Rav., teehee!!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Pattern:-Socks, circa 2008 by Cailyn Meyer.
Yarn:-Opal, colours, teal blue, light blue, mocha and red. (Not sure of the colour numbers.)
Needles:-Sz#1 HiyaHiya 9" circs and Sz#2 (KnitPicks) for the colour work.
I will gift these to our 'Gold Wing' motorcycle group. They are making a ladies basket to auction for charity.
I must really get busy now knitting the 'wee' boys their wrist bands and I have Cookie's book!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
As you can see it's snowing here...so it's no wonder I've finished the swallowtail shawl. It really wasn't too hard and oddly enough I didn't mind doing 'nupps'...for those of you who don't know what a nupp is, well it's just a glorified bobble. Basically it was knit one, yarn over, knit one, yarn over, knit one, all in the same stitch on the knit side and purl these all together on the purl side...sometimes it was a little awkward to get all the stitches on the needle to purl, but my needles were not the best, so I used a sz#0 double point to help gather up the loops and stitches..it worked for me!
Pattern:- Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark from Interweave Knits Fall 2006. A lovely well written pattern with no mistakes.
Yarn:- Schaefer Anne (green). It really is the colour of spinach, and I'll wear it on St. Paddy's day. It measures preblocking 17"x32"; post blocking 21"x40"
If I had been a little smarter I would have researched on 'Ravelry' swallowtail projects and used bigger needles. I always forget I have Rav as a resource!!!
Needles:- Sz#3 to start and then I went to Sz#5..circs and straight. (The straights had sharper points, but I had way too many stitches on my needles to be comfortable using them!)
I think I'll knit another shawl but I found for me it was better to do a couple of rows in the morning when I felt most alert. I did use a couple of lifelines and stitch markers. I found the markers invaluable for keeping an accurate stitch count.
I loved using sox yarn..probably lace weight would be too fine for a first lacy project.
Silfert, I haven't forgotten about your sox!!!