Wednesday, February 28, 2007
I jumped on the bandwagon, too. These are my two sets of knucks that I made this week. One for my store manager, one for me. For whatever reason, the knucks I made this week were super easy and fast - sometimes, I feel that they drag on forever. I am thinking that I will make a couple more mis-matched sets over the next couple weeks, just for fun -- see how some different yarns work for knucks or maybe try fetching.... They are a nice change from hats!
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
I posted the pattern over on craftster. It actually matches the shirt I'm wearing today.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
In the foreground of the picture is small scarf that a knit for a plastic flamingo that hang from the ceiling of the Bee Hive. Apparently I can not knit a normal sized scarf.
I am knitting some black socks just so I can knit something that is interesting. I will post pictures of them when I have them. They are really dark and scary.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Have a great weekend!
Friday, February 23, 2007
I love these and recommend them to everyone. It's funny, because I had passed these up when they came out at Knitty. I did not originally like them. I am so happy I was persuaded to make a pair. I love them.
HAPPY WEEKEND, everyone!
Mitten - basic math from Broad Street Mittens
Yarn: Schaefer Yarn Anne (60% Merino Wool Superwash, 25% Mohair, 15% Nylon)
Needle Size: US 3
I promise the other glove is done, it was busy taking pictures of the other one!
The actual hand part and the glove part were surprisingly easy. The fingers drove me nuts though. I used double knitting, but I kept dropping stitches and would have to start the finger over. They are awesomely warm! I wear them when I work. The boss keeps the heat low and we call the computer area "The Cold Spot" because it always seems to be freezing there no matter what the temperature is elsewhere. I'll be sad when it gets too warm to wear them.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
I decided that I would try to make Knitty's Fetching. So far, I only have one to hand to show. I just finished the one, this afternoon. I will begin the second one, tonight probably. I am feeling rather proud of myself. This is my first attempt at cables in the round. Also, the thumb part was a first for me, too. I was sweating and nervous when it was time to remove the waste yarn. One slip...and that would have been the end of my glove.
The yarn is Rowan Wool Cotton (50% wool, 50% cotton) in # 955 Ship Shape. It's sort of a dark teal color. Me likey!
So, there you have it...I have proof of knitting. My ongoing projects are still that, ongoing. UGH! I hope to finish the second glove by tomorrow, or so. Toodles for now...
For those of us who are still cold, I finished my first sweater!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I'm Robbie From NJ, most of you know me as KnitXcorE. I've been knitting for almost 4 years and love to make off the wall things in interesting colors. I'm excited to be part of this group!
From my blog:
I finally bought D-rings for my Felted Military belt, from Michael's book, Knitting With Balls. I used a small ball of leftover Noro in color #51. I had to shorten it considerably. The pattern said to knit 64" and it would felt to 46", my waist is around half of that so I knit about 46" and it felted to a 34. I just secured the end with a Ben & Jerry's pin that has an ice cream cone on it. Pretty sweet, eh?
Yarn: Plymouth Encore Worsted
Hook: US Size H-8
Pattern: Modified version of these.
I've made so many pairs of these, I think this is my... 7th? I dunno. They go so fast, and are perfect for gifts.
PS: Hey Lana, Do the socks I'm wearing in the picture look familiar to you? :)
aka... my brothers dickie and this is how i wring his neck....
he's a mail carrier.. or a cliff claven... a postal kinda guy. and now that the really COLD weather has passed us, i finally finished his dickie... he actually ASKED for a dickie... and ya gotta laugh... because there's so many jokes, it's hard not to
i based it on a vintage pattern that i've got in this 40's book on "how to knit" BUT... not really... i mostly did my own thing w/it (their pattern was for a woman). i'll put the pattern up on my blog i used peace fleece and it's SOOO warm & wooly he's gonna love it (or hate it) haha... my instructions were WARM, DARK BLUE ALMOST BLACK he didnt care if it was soft cause it's really just to hold his face mask ON (which is apparently not long enough) i hope it works... it's the first thing i've made for my brother.
oh & i'm mailing it to him... heheh... it's all about the irony w/this knit! (and i'm kinda proud of it... and him)
I haven't ever done anything with real cables and thought I'd cut my teeth on these fingerless gloves and until I got some help I thought I was so worthless as a knitter, I might as well start calling myself a muggle.
First Try: I thought something was a bit "off" about the beginning of the cable, so I modified it but by the time I got to row 13 or so, I couldn't do the repeat and figured I modified it wrong so I frogged down to row 5.
Second try: I decided that as smart as I think I am, I should probably just follow the pattern as written. So i did....and it looked off. While I was trying to figure out what I had done wrong, a male knitter riding in the front seat of the car asked what I was doing and I explained my knitting dilemma. After studying the pattern, he helped me determine that there was an error in the pattern. Time to frog again.
Third try: Finally! I'm getting somewhere. Per the pattern modification suggesting from knitter man, they are turning out quite well.
What was the error?
So far everything seems to be fine except for row 1 of the cable pattern itself. Row 1 of the cable should read as follows:
Row 1: (RS) p 2, sl 2 sts onto cable needle and hold in front, K 2, then k2 from cable needle, k 2, p 2.
What it really says is k 4 after you k 2 from the needle. So any good cablers can now see my dilemma.
Knit on, punk rock knitters, knit on.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
After blowing the PRK fingerless gloves groove with my cowl a few days ago, I feel compelled to post my new Knucks. They were mostly knit en route to the Body Worlds exhibit in Dallas and during breaks in a ticket-dismissal defensive driving class. (I left them at home when I went to the strip club, though. It was quite a weekend.)
And for good measure, I present my completed Fetching gloves. These were actually completed a couple of weeks ago. I did a terrible job picking up the stitches for the thumbs, but the cables are tidy enough that I still feel triumphant.
Monday, February 19, 2007
On an fyi note - Halcyon sent me new yarn for the Hush Hush dress - I have started over - more details on my blog!
Have a great week!!
Sunday, February 18, 2007
I take it I am the only one that likes tiny bubbles here. I am probably the only one that owns a bubble machine here as well. Next time I will try to be more sinister.
Visit if you dare : www.zeeppoville.blogspot.com
Onto real knitting stuff. Choosing a yarn for The Marley is almost finished. We have made several test swatches and are narrowing in on a yarn. We have had several choices and it is looking like we are leaning to several of the sport weight acrylics. I am even thinking of going with something other than the traditional favorite Red Heart Mexicana. I will post picture of the swathes when I can get pictures of them.
The Marley will be our long scarf for 2008. This yearn long scarf The Judy was a braided design that six people could knit on at once. The Marley will be knit out of icord made on an icord machine. The up side is that people from far flung places will be able to knit on The Marley.
Be safe out there and keep your stick on the ice.
Pattern : Elizabeth Zimmermann's February Baby Sweater, Knitters Almanac
Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Silk in Celadon (more green then in the picture, almost exactly like Silver Sage by Restoration Hardware
Needles: Knitpicks options, size 6, used as straights, which was great, because the cables gave a lot of flexibility.
Friday, February 16, 2007
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007
We should have a fingerless mitt party. Who's in?
I'm with everyone else who's knitting up fingerless gloves. I started these last month and did them on my spare time. I made them for a guy friend and after knitting them up, I should've made them slightly bigger. I know they'll stretch, but at least they'll look nice on him. I modeled them after a pair of pink ones I made for myself. To me, they look kinda preppy with the pretty stripes and cables. That's just my opinion. I know that I could've done them in a day or two, but I took my sweet time.
Happy knitting everyone!
6 cup Tea cosy in pure Aussie wool known as Mudgee Wool. A basic patons pattern was used as it reached the top the pattern was not the best so I tweaked it to a beter way.
An alpaca baby cardigan that has taken over a year to get completed. It is for the alpaca only classes. Now I will tinker more on things and hope this weekend to knock more over to the list of done for the show.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Behold, the cowl from Loop-d-Loop:
I'm liking it, although it looks like I started making a sweater and gave up after a couple of hours. See my blog for the dorky (dorkier?) flipped-up neck version.
Anyway, these are from the free pattern at: http://fpea.blogspot.com/2006/08/free-pattern-friday-raging-fingerless.html
I followed it up until it got to the top of the hand. I didn't like the unfinished edge that appeared when it said to just bind off. So, I ended up doing 4 rows of K1P1 rib like on the thumb gusset so it looked more polished.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
About two weeks ago i had a house guest in the form of a GRASSHOPPER and it seemed no matter how many times i would return the unwanted guest back outside the next morning he would be inside again freaking my kids out, who would in return demand (not ask) that i KILL it.
Well i haven't seem it for about the last week so i thought it got the hint that it wasn't wanted until my youngest pulled her dora house out of the wardobe and started screaming something that resembled BUGGGGGGG. Well the grasshopper haven't left the house he had just found another house to live in.
I have been knitting heaps. Its like i go through fads with knitting. Just finished the Irish hiking scarf and a red double moss knit scraf as well.
I am looking for Dora the Explorer mofits if anyone has seem any. My daughter is Dora mad. Its cute its her first real interest not sure what will be next Barbie or Brats.
I have been working on the hush, hush dress from knitty for quite a while now. I figure that I have about 30 hours in it so far. It has been a side project, since it is for spring and I thought it would be cute with my skinny jeans when the snow eventually melts. Mr.sunneshine and I watched a movie this morning and I finished the decreases for the body and held it up ---AND THERE IS A HUGE STRIPE IN IT!! Being the pack rat that I am, I ran back and picked up the four cones of yarn that I had used already, ready to mia culpa for my mistake and throughly flog myself for not ready more carefully -- BUT ALL THE NUMBERS ON THE CONES ARE IDENTICAL!! I am not sure how I could not have seen the color difference, other then I usually knit it watching movies - the pattern is simple so I look at the tv more then the project. I could cry - this dress is 280 stitches to the round on a size two needle and I am 18" into the 20" body - soooo much time into this project, it is not my mistake, I don't understand. The yarn was ordered from Halcyon, and every number on the tags matches....yet there is still a giant stripe through my dress! I have written Halcyon, its their 3/2 pearl cotton yarn, but I don't know that they will do anything......anyone have any suggestions besides dying the d@mned thing black.....
update - thanks for all the kind words!! Unfortunately for me, the stripe hits - read accentuates my widest point, so just leaving it is not an option. I did receive a call from Halcyon today - I was unable to take the call. So when I talk to them tomorrow, I will let you know what they suggest....
Saturday, February 10, 2007
I like notions, notions make me giddy in a way I can't really explain. When I found this shop last year, I fell madly in love. At the time I was doing medieval reenacting and I needed a wooden thimble and wooden needle holder (it is a long story, just go with that I needed them) and I got both of them there for $2.50 with like $1 shipping. By the way if you are the uber crafty type, you can repaint and refinish the wooden tubes and thimbles to whatever you like- I did, its super easy.
BUT, the reason for why I mainly wanted to give you guys the link is because of all the vintage stuff they have, like a filagree yarn ball holder, vintage books, vintage patterns, vintage accessories for those patterns, vintage and old fashioned notions.
They even carry random stuff like ring sizers, pencil sharpeners, iron on transfers and patches, and black cat mini cards (I'm looking at you Obsidian Kitten).
Friday, February 09, 2007
I always wanted to make a pair of toe socks, since the once I buy from Target or wherever always get holes in them.
Anyway, just thought I'd share.
Next, this beret pattern is from "Interweave Knits: Winter 2006, pg.134". Done in the round on my new Knit Picks Options, which, by the way, I am in total love with & will now knit everything on! I just used larger needles because I was knitting with the same sock yarn as the 1st project. Samantha also wants socks to match like the ones above too.
Here is Sam sporting her new beret. Anyway, that's it for now. If you're interested, I've written a cheesy poem about my love for making socks on the blog. http://thecreativecastle-boop.blogspot.com/ Thx. for looking :O)
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
If you are not busy come down and see us. Great fun will be had by all.
Well everyone except for that guy behind us in the picture. We think he might have a deep seated fear of clowns or something. Either way he did not look happy to see us.
be safe out there and keep you stick on the ice. And watch out for that guy.
Sonata Shawl, Tori Vest, Argyle Cable Afghan, Lucy the Lamb, Coco Evening Bag, Harry Potter Uniform Sweater, Journal Cover, Cabled Headband, Mesh Stockings, Fern Leaf Lace Socks, Roxane Scarf, Gansey Gloves, Reid Sweater, Twiggy Hat and Scarf, Razor Cami, Gwennabe, Tarantino Vest, Eiffel Top, Sigil Sweater, Top Down Sweater with Crazy Collar, Wisteria Sweater, Licorice Whip, Bikini Top, Shimmering Gown, Jazz Coffee Cup Cozy