Sunday, December 31, 2006
I had tried to make the wrist warmers from Last Minute Knitted Gifts but they were too tight so I decided to design my own. I used Patons Classic Wool Merino in Rosewood and size 7 DPNs.
The pattern is super easy, free, and on my blog.
See the wonderful Yarn Bra I can now use. They are great for taming the yarn especially as the alpaca has a habit of being in a mind of its own.
So when all else fails knit on it and knit the new year warmly.
Saturday, December 30, 2006
I have proof that I have been knitting sporadically, at least. I completed a cozy for my new pink MP3 plaer. I did not use a pattern, but I did explain how I made it on my personal blog, if anyone wants to make a cozy too. Happy knitting and rock on!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO!
Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
So, a wallet it was. I’ve never seen a knitted wallet before, but I made one. I might make another one, because I love the way it turned out. In doing this I learned how to make a seed stitch and a button hole. Also, I learned how to attach a button. I also made a coin purse big enough to hold a bankcard. With this little project, I learned how to attach a zipper and how to sew a liner. I added a button to it for fancy. Special thanks go out to my mother for showing me how to do some of these things. It would have been a sweary day without her.
Both projects are in Lamb’s Pride Worsted (I’m going to get a different kind of yarn sometime), Onyx, on size 6 needles. I made up the patterns for both.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Here is one project that I have been slowly working on for the past two weeks. It's the Turtleneck Shrug, by Teva Durham. The pattern is from the Scarf Style book. If anyone else wishes to make one too.
The photo shows the progress I have made, so far, on the first sleeve. I have made it to the 15 inches mark. Whew! I was using double pointed needles in the beginning, to knit the sleeve. I recently switched to small circular needles and it goes much faster, and easier. I think knitting on something that large, with dpn's, becomes a bit tedious for me.
I will also add that yellow is one of my least favorite colors. For some reason, I am loving the yellow. Maybe it's the darker time of year and my need for brightness? I think the yellow is very pretty. The yarn and color are LB Wool Ease in "buttercup."
The blue-ish hank of yarn was gifted to me by a good friend. I am considering making another one of my felted Vintage Girl Cloche's with a pink flower. We'll see...
I hope everyone had a wonderful Xmas and survived the family. LOL!
Monday, December 25, 2006
Hope you all have a good day wherever and with whomever you spend it.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
MERRY YULE, everyone!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
So, anyone who wants to join the Punk Rock Knitters now that the beta is over...feel free. I suppose i should mosey on over to Punk Rock Knit Girls and notify everyone who wants to switch over to here.
Unfortunately I am still unable to switch my old blogger account over, still. Who knows why? Nor do I care...Ok, enough rambles...Take care and stay warm, everyone.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
I'm busy working on more prezzies until my hubby gets home off late shift at 1:30am. Happy knitting.
Peace out, Boop
I will be home sometime Wednesday, or so. Take care and behave yourselves while I am away. Have a fabulous day and happy knitting to all.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Anyway, now the scarf is up on eBay, so we will see how it does. I have also had orders for 2 more to be made. Like McDonalds, I'M LOVIN IT!
Sunday, December 17, 2006
The BookWorm Hat
I made these for my husband's parents for Christmas. Hopefully they'll like them.
Had fun making them up, but had to keep them in Ziplocs while in process as so my own 3 kitties didn't get into them, lol.
Peace out, Boop
Saturday, December 16, 2006
This pattern is from the "Mason*Dixon Knitting" book (pg.21 in case you have it). It's a nice read as well as containing good utility knits. These are quickly done up as a nice hostess gift for the holidays.
Peace out, Boop
Catching up on my blogging, I haven't been able to for a while. I've been knitting a feew Christmas hats. And then, thanks to Sunneshine's help and inspiration, I've made some Dia de los muertos stitch markers and a decorated Altoid box for them to go into.
While it dries I put to gether the arch for the christmas lights.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Not sure whether any of you gals have tried it, but I love to knit in small scale. One of my favs. is to knit these small bead-knitted necklaces. The pic. above is the 1st one that I made & keep as a sample. It was knit with black perle cotton strung with silver-lined crystal seed beads. There are approx. 1100 seed beads in the purse part alone not including the necklace's chain. It was knit using size 0000 knitting needles that are narrower in diameter than a toothpick, & about 6" long. You can find instructions to a similar pattern here.
This second picture is of the turquoise necklace that I finished knitting this week for my mother's B-Day. Have a great night & feel free to ask any questions that you might have.
Peace out, Boop
PS- would Lana please change my sidebar link to my blog to this new address? I don't think I can wait much longer for the Blogger beta to change it over on it's own, lol. Thx. a bunch!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
I just finished this hat for my husband for a stocking stuffer. He has been asking for it for about 6 months and I have had to make every excuse I could think of, not to give it to him earlier. I took the photo with the seam right in the middle, because I am so excited my jogless jog didn't jog for the first time ever! And the seam is also amazingly even - thanks knitting elfs. The hat is now rolled up in his stocking helping santa out. If you want to read more about my crafty husband, its on my blog.
To read more...see my blog entry.
Have a great day! Oh yes, and happy knitting.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
But prolly not very many who wouldnt like to see a little girl pretty in pink. This was a super quick knit and it came out great (IMHO). Malabringo merino wool in Geranio. Size 8 DPN
I'm up to my ears in holiday knits. I wasn't planning on making hand knits for my husbands family as they were never intrested in my knitting before. Actually I can remember them politely asking what I was knitting and then completely ignore me when I explained what I was making. But they saw some of my FO's, and decided they too would like some. So I want to try to forgive and forget, but what should I make? Hats? Scarves? Coasters? Wash Cloths?And with what fibers? Would they actually hand or gentle cycle wash? Should I go with acrylic, nylon & cotton? They can take a beating in any washing machine. What to do! And I only have 12 days!
Happy Holidays everyone!
Monday, December 11, 2006
This is what happens when you party too hard:
So I was entranced by the new Knitty's Calorimetry, so I decided to give it a go.
I love it, but here are some thoughts about the whole thing:
- It doesn't tell you what weight the yarn is. I'm not usually in the habit of doing swatches for headgear, I just sort of cast on and pray. After a little looking up, I found out that the pattern called for yarn is classified as heavy worsted so I was able to substitute some KnitPicks Shamrock (my favoritest yarn ever) which is also heavy worsted.
- The pattern says to CO 120 stitches. If you look over at Craftster they are having a discussion about how ginormously alot this seems.... and they're right. I Cast on twice, and frogged twice because it was seeming so freaky huge. Alot of girls (including me) over at Craftster are doing 80 stitches instead of 120 and its working out fine since its a really stretchy 2x2 rib. One girl knit hers with the 120 and ended up having to add a second button (a la double breasted jacket kinda deal) and over wrap it. Maybe if I was the kind of person who sports dreadies the 120 might work, as it is I'm not so it didn't.
- It was a rather quick knit, and that's with me being crawled all over by 3 kids constantly. For someone with knitting oompa loompas stashed in their closet, they should be able to pound this out in a manner of a couple of hours.
- It looks cooler than the ever popular Panta (you may have to go thru a couple of pages of comments to get to the translated pattern and pictures... older posts are encouraged to remove pictures to give more speed to the site). I like the button for some reason... it endears the Calorimetry to me.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
So, what do ya think? Now I just need to find my festive, holiday spirit. I am positively Bah-humbug-y! I am blaming PMS and I am sticking with that explanation...
“These work best,” she’d say, knitting away happily.
Perhaps she was happy because she knew that someday I’d come crawling to her, asking for the pattern. Thing is, these kitschy dishcloths kick ass for washing dishes. Something about the little nubs just works. They last forever, and if you don’t count the time spent making them, are practically free. And so eventually I ate my humble pie, and she showed me how to make them. Knit on the diagonal with size 9 needles with cotton Sugar ‘n Cream yarn, these dishcloths are also how I learned how to increase. I found the yarn in some shocking colors, and so I decided that they would make funny gifts for my friends.
Still I wasn’t quite satisfied with the gift. A dishcloth? Then I remembered that I had this really creepy photo of a refrigerator in the woods that I’d taken sometime in the mid-nineties. I had planned on making the refrigerator into magnets for months, I’d even ordered smallish prints, but I hadn’t done it yet. So why not give them a scary refrigerator magnet too? Hee hee.
The True Lady Marmalade
But still, something was missing. I’m a feminist, and I didn’t just want to give something for my friends’ kitchens. I was staring at all this leftover cotton yarn when a wicked grin passed over my face. If someone really wanted to go all Lady Marmalade, what would she need?
I’m sure I’m not the first person to knit these, but I laughed the entire time. Here, with the scary refrigerator magnet is a little cozy for… Holds two, snug as a bug. Knit on size 8 needles with the same yarn. I was going to add a button, but does one really want to fiddle with yet another one of those?
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Had to share the photos of my punk tree(s) - there is one in
each store. I love the black and silver. Had to make the glittery black balls, which was more difficult then I anticipated -- but the result was worth it! The black balls with the skulls are from Urban Outfitters, they say merry x-mas for the mouth ;) And the tree looks great at night, when the store is closed and there is the spot light on them in the window! The skulls and hearts are a little difficult to make out - so only those who really look will see them!
Have a great weekend!
Friday, December 08, 2006
Pink Striped Anklets pattern
Ok, I am now off the computer until tomorrow. I am going to plant my tush on the couch and knit up a storm. Toodles.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
(I know it's a stupid picture of me, but it's the best one of the hat. You can stop laughing now)
I made it thinking I'd give it to my brother's girlfriend but now I am not sure....
Can you guys help me out? I put up a flash poll on my blog and I'd appricate your input.
well, i just made this hat, and i want to redue it, it didnt turn out the way i wanted, and! i found out a new way to add colors! so, when i remake it, it should be better, and i have a new thing on my blog, with just some videos, but i must say, i do love this blog, and i am so happy it is around! i luv u guys! have a good one guys! R.I.P. Dimebag :)
FINALLY! I was able to upload my image. I have been having trouble with this, but I created a FLICKR account and uploaded it there, and then was able to do it here.
Anyway, I am about half way done with this scarf. I also made, but have no pics of, a set of pot holders like this. I am making a kitchen towel to go with it, that has crossbones below it.
anywho... i redid the spiral that was used for my sweater if anyone wants to use it... or modify it...
heres the link!
I did manage to snap a photo of the Pink Striped Socks. The socks are more like slipper socks, thick and comfy. I haven't thought of a more interesting name yet, and I have not typed out the pattern yet, either. I will get to it soon. They look small, but are stretchy. They fit my foot and I wear a size 9 shoe. Hmmm...?
Specs on the socks:
I used 2 skeins of Wool Ease. One in Dark Rose Heather and one in Blush Heather. The needles I used are US # 4 dpn's, for the socks. I self-striped the entire sock...a pain in the butt. The heel is knit in stockinette too, rather than the normal Slip 1, K1. I have to mix thing up every now and again.
Have a great Thursday! Hugs and Happy knitting!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
I have spent my afternoon sewing with my machine. I am not really that great with sewing yet. I made these two simple skirts for my youngest daughter. The pink skirt was a practice one, made with a pillow case I bought last summer from a thrift shop. It screamed...10-year old girl. LOL! The blue skirt is made from scratch with some floral fabric that a friend of mine sent to me. It's made for my daughter's Winter Musical, this coming Thursday. The theme is colonial times. I am hoping to figure out some white fabric and make my daughter a simple waist apron, tomorrow. Who knows? I am just proud to have survived these two skirts without failing miserably.
Personally, I adore the pink skirt myself. I may have time to make a skirt for myself soon. Hmmm...? I am certainly inspired. Ok, back to my knitting now.