Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Here is the progress I have made on the Irish Hiking Scarf. I am loving the yarn, so far. It's so pretty. The colorway is "Natural Earth."
The IHS is one of my favorite scarves to knit. This is my second round on the pattern.
I have finished my first skein of SWS on the scarf. I measured it. One skein of SWS yarn, 110 yards, makes 18" worth of the IHS scarf. I have 4 skeins of the yarn...it should be plenty long enough, approximately 72 inches. I just wanted to share that in case anyone else decides to use Patons SWS for the IHS scarf.
Another thing, I did not connect the new skein of yarn in the exact color pattern. The striping follows a sequence, I noticed. If you are a picky person that like things in order...you will have to find the sequence order and connect from there. Me? I don't care. I am all about wacky things in my knitting. You can see where I connected the wrong color at the top. You see the reddish segment? It should be followed by a segment of green, as below it. Instead...the continuation is blue. Meh, I don't care. I just thought I would warn anyone...who uses the SWS. The skeins are a bit random in what colors they begin. It's never the same color. That's all.
13 inches high and about 11 across. Nice and roomy but not so big it looks dorktastic hanging from your handbag or hip. The great patch on the front was from a tote bag I ordered awhile back from Cafe Press. Can you imagine the kick ass patches you could put on these babies??
So I chopped up the tote and sewed the patch on. The lining is a silky chocolate with kanji style writing and the outside it a silky upholstery type fabric. We'll see how well it wears being drug around. I think it will be fine though...Dont forget to add your grommet to the top for your drawstring knit pouch before sewing it all up and I used a black shoe lace for the tie...I laced both ends through a black wooden bead and then separated them and knotted two more beads at the tips. It cinches shut nice and tight. Then add a grommeted hang tab to the back and add a snap hook and you are really to roll. Just clip it to your handbag or jeans tab and your golden. ;0)
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
This is what I´m knitting right now. One to go... Yarn: Socks That Rocks "Romancing the Stone"
Have a great week!
oops - the link works now! and just for reference the yarn is peace fleece worsted in olive roots - bought it here.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Next up on my knit list is the Irish Hiking Scarf in the pictured yarn that I purchased today. The yarn is Patons SWS. It's gorgeous yarn and it has a really nice feel to it. It's 70% wool and 30% soy. The color I chose was # 70013, Natural Earth. I was going to order it online, but I found it $2.00 cheaper at my local Michael's. Woo Hoo! I think 4 skeins will be enough to make the scarf.
Happy Weekend and Happy Knitting!
Friday, January 26, 2007
FINALLY, a comfortable sweater that I will actually wear. I am so picky these days. The only problem...it's boucle' and fluffy. I am a plus-sized woman and "fluffy" is not a good thing. Do I care? Nahhhh...I like wearing it.
Specs on the sweater: Well, I did not use a set pattern for this sweater. I loosely based the back and front pieces on the Skully Sweater from the original Stitch N' Bitch book. After that, I sort of did my own thing. I knitted the sleeves on circular needles. I also shortened the sleeves by a lot. I have short arms, what can I say? It's a simple design, really. Drop shoulder, no decreases on sleeves and none on the body, either. Garter stitch trimmings too. Basic as one can get.
I used # 10 needles, both straight and circular. The yarn is Bernat Soft Boucle' in the # 22935 Mauve Shades color. I used exactly 4 skeins with not much to spare. That's about it. Easy peasey and comfortable.
I have agreed to take over hosting for the PRGE for the next round. I have started a new blog for this round (haven't gotten much further then starting it), but the big details are there! And I promise by February 1st all the information, rules and stuff will be at http://prge.blogspot.com (that is me hedging incase my link doesn't work). There will be a few changes and at least one contest this time. If you have feedback or suggestions, please leave them there! Here's hoping for a good punk group and a successful exchange.
Have a great weekend!
Her unique design allowed six people to knit on here at once. If it was an other design we would not have finished her in time. This is us at the fashion show I am the one with the beard in the front.
If you are keeping track I am Brigadier Blue Beard behind me is Bobo and the last in the row is Sergeant Major Jimbo.
I want to thank all eightly of the people that helped knit on The Judy. They were the only reason we finished her in time.
The Judy is named for Judy Garland because of her song "Somewhere over the Rainbow". She was named by Carla K a local designer and someone that put in a lot of time knitting on her. It has become the tradition to name scarves over 100 feet long after someone that sings. Our practice scarf was named The Barry after Barry Mantilow, because it is the most boring of the scarves we have or are planing to make. Next years long scarf will be named The Marley after Bob Marley. The Marley was named by Ddancer aother member of the Wednesday knitting group. She has also been very genrous with the long scarf projects.
The Marley will be made from icord that we will make on a gizmo and then knit into the scarf. It will take around 200 skeins of yarn to make The Marley. Each foot of The Marley will take at least three hours to make. On the up side The Marley will be indestructable. We are still picking a yarn to make The Marley from. I will post the winning swatch when we pick.
Depending on your point of view on Punk Rock this may be the exact opposite of what Punk Rock should be. Still, clowns are to the performing world what Punks are to the Musical world.
The items that were complicating my life for the last six months have finally abated except for one. I should be able to get back to all of the fun stuff in the next couple weeks.
Be safe out theere and keep your stick on the ice.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Hope you like it! :D
it's very good
and you can get it here
oh and happy new year!
btw... did anyone watch the BLINKING state of the union address
now i'm by NO MEANS political in any way shape or form
but look at a clip (on utube or wherever) of the address
THEN look at Nancy Pelosi
please lemme know if am i the ONLY ONE who noticed that (and i'm not tellin ya what) cause i can accept if i'm the only one who laughed...
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Just stopped by for a quick hello. Crazy, Crazy weather we're having here in the South, Southwest (US). But I'm so glad I'm able to break out my handknits and not sweat. Me wearing the newly finished Hermione Hat pictured above. Have a happy wooly week.
Also, (cause I keep forgetting to tell anyone) I moved my blog to this address: http://pinchofknitandadashofpurl.typepad.com/my_weblog/
Monday, January 22, 2007
She got upset with me because she's not wearing makeup in this picture. Also, I converted a crocheter. She looks very excited in this picture.
Here's a picture of the latest hat that I did for the excited friend (which she says that she finds knitting soothing). I don't usually like Yarn Bee brand yarn, but this one is cool looking. The yarn is called Mosaic and the color is called blue lagoon. You can't see the shiny, metallic threading spun into it, but it's there and if anyone gets a chance to look at it, they should. Photobucket's being a pain, therefore the picture's not doing the hat any justice.
Have a great week!
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Easy Tube Socks, Beacon Hill Shrug, New York Hat, Blondie Skirt, Bell Sleeve Pullover, Lizard Socks, Fuzzy Feet Slippers, Marsan Watchcap, Cleo Clutch, Monk Hat, Nadia Scarf, Knitted Peace Sign, Super Stars, Allete, Trapezoid Felted Bag, Star Pillow, Baby Apple Hat, Cycling Aran, Laura Jane Bears, Rose Pin
Saturday, January 20, 2007
I've never done intarsia before and (stupidly) I didn't bother looking up directions. I figured I'd just tie on my other-colored yarn and go. I had the vague impression that I was supposed to be carrying the yarn across the back of the cloth, but being a dish cloth, I didn't want to have extra bits of yarn to snag. So...I didn't do that part and sadly my cloth 1) has holes in it and 2) I messed up the counting or something becasue he looks like his jaw is displaced or something. sad.
I am not defeated! I will try again! And maybe this time I'll read some directions...
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
I know some of you have made top-down raglans before, I've seen Lana's, and I just wanted to know if these directions sound accurate. Or have I been knitting something that just...isn't going to fit? lol
Here's what it looks like so far (modelled by my PoTC notebook):
Pattern: from here, the Quickie Baby Sweater
Yarn: Bernat's Softee Chunky
(it has purple buttons now after this pic was taken)
More details on the home blog, like what I thought of the pattern and what changes were made (there weren't that many). Now I'm trying to find a baby sweater pattern that is just as fast that I can knit in black with a possible pink skull.... gotta raise em up right, you know? ;)
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Have a great week!
Monday, January 15, 2007
Have a great week!
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Dapto has not only the best beanie and best scarf which are already done prior but the plain coathanger cover. Worked in Patons bluebell crepe 5ply in double moss stitch.
Knitty's Fetching mitts made in Holiday tweed 8ply yarn for the best knitted item class where those that dont fit into another class get put.
2 pairs of bootees one with cuff (long leg) one with short leg. These are in superfine baby yarn 3ply from a very old paragon bootee book that was my grandmothers but I must say the best book to work from.
Now just to complete the baby jacket in time bot fronts done and half way up the back so going well.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
yeah.. boring i know..
BUT i am knitting a new hat (im obsessed yo!) its a Cheshire Cat hat.. im so stoked. thanks shad kitty for inspiring me!!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
It doesn't look just like Norberta that's why his name is Rinosaur (that's how my nephew says dinosaur)
Here's a pic for ya'll!
What do you think?
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
Hope you like it! :D
Specs on the shrug: I used 4 skeins of LB Wool Ease in the color, Buttercup. I had to shorten the sleeve length by two inches, from what the pattern called for. Otherwise, I followed the pattern to the letter. I used Denise Interchangeable needles (for the first time) and had no issue at all with using them. I found the circular needle easier to work with, rather than dpn's.
I would recommend this pattern to anyone who has not made a sweater yet, due to lack of attention span on finishing a full sweater. It's quicker and really easy to follow the pattern instructions. I love this shrug!
I have updated my blog, http://craftsandstuff.blogspot.com
Hope everyones year is going well.
One thing I learnt last year is not to sweat the small stuff.
I am completeing alot of ufo's and going to donate them to charities.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
....bead-knitted necklace. Hate to bore ya'll, but it's all I have to show at the moment. This is the one that I sent my friend in Indiana for her B-Day with the baby gifts. I am also working on the skull illusion scarf which I'm totally loving, but feel that I'm a week away from finishing. Take care :o)
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
I edited this to fix the link! Sorry! (P.S. Check out Webs for great deals on Alpaca yarns!)
Ken, men's gloves.
Lacis, women's gauntlets.
Melinda, women's mittens.
Pele, men's convertible mittens/fingerless gloves.
Also, the new January Magknits is out too. There are only 5 patterns listed for this month. Hmmm...? Alright, happy knitting, everyone!
Monday, January 01, 2007
Here's the direct link, just in case: