Monday, September 28, 2009

More Mittenz

Mittenz 2009 is coming to a close so I thought I'd show pics of the pairs I had not posted about.

Pairs 19 & 20

Two made out of gifted wool. They've got the Indian Thumb technique.

Pairs 21 & 22
Pink wristerz and pink little baby mitts

Pairs 23, 24 & 25
Brown ones are from gifted bulky wool and the blue ones are double strands of knitting worsted. Pattern is from an old Leisure Arts leaflet.

Pairs 26 & 27
Garter stitched on the left and 2 strand on the right. The right ones are from an old Leisure Arts leaflet.

Pairs 28, 29 & 30

Blue pair - single strand of worsted wt - pattern Leisure Arts
Green - garter stitched - my own pattern
Pink - worsted wt.

And that's all I have for now! These will be packed up and shipped sometime this week.
I like that Leisure Arts pattern so much, I will probably make more pairs.
Remember, I challenged myself to 100 pairs by the end of the year LOL!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Hot Off The Loom

What started as a bunch of odd balls pulled from the stash...

turned into this shawl I finished today!

Shawl #3

Shawl #3 measures about 17.5" wide and 76" long which does not include the 6" fringe.

The pink colors came out a little reddish - I think it was the time of day I took the pictures. They should be more in the pink range, not reddish.

I think a scarf will be next with the leftovers from the shawl.

Meanwhile still knitting on mittens. I'll probably be able to do 2 more pair just in time to pack in the box headed out to South Dakota next week.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Making Do

Sometimes we have to make do with what we have. That's what I am doing as I weave my shawls. I'm trying to use up all my stash yarn because weaving is a whole lot faster than knitting or crocheting.

I like to try different colors for the warp (long threads) and different colors and weights for the warp (cross threads).

Above you see shawl #3 and all the different but somehow coordinated yarns pulled from my stash.
And you can also see my very own paint stick shuttle! It's working great for me and it was free! Someday I'll buy a better 20" shuttle... maybe next year when I go visit the Colorado folk.

Mittenz Report

Three more pair to add to the total!
This makes 27 pairs and I still have a few days left to go.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Many Mittenz

The mitten blitz for 2009 will be ending soon. We're supposed to mail them the last week of Sept.

Feel like helping out? There is still time to knit up some quick pairs or sew or even purchase! Hop on over to Ann's blog by clicking here for the details!

I've made 24 pair already and have more on the needles. I like to knit mittens all year, so I am not stopping! But to be counted in on the Blitz, you gotta send in your count to Ann and send her a pic soon.

Choices for shawl #3 - hmmmm..... what shall I use?

Here's the beginning of my direct warping. It's really not that hard once you try it a few times. All those long threads (warp) just have to be run back and forth thru the slots and eyes of the heddle.
Then you roll one end up!
There are correct weaving terms for this but I kept getting confused trying to remember which was what. I am slowly catching on!
I made it easy for myself by just thinking in my terms; longways threads, and cross threads, holes, slots, up, down.
Maybe it's not as easy as 2 sticks and some string, but it's just running thread back and forth to me!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Shawls For The Elders

Here's my first project on my new loom - a shawl for the Elders at the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.

Neopolitan Shawl

Close up

I'm really happy about this first project and I don't think I made too many mistakes - maybe one or two....

Purple Shawl

This is the 2nd one I just finished.
Warp is Red Heart worsted wt - about 1 skien
Weft is Lion Brand Homespun - just a few yards over a skein!

Both measure about 18" wide and 72" long, not counting the 6" fringe.

Next a few easy scarves.
I am still waiting for the cotton placemat pics.

Kathy - the plastic bottles are to hold the yarn (warp) tight while I wind it onto the back beam. I had my hubby hold it for me one time, but he was afraid to hold it tightly - no help at all! The bottles were just the right weight and no complaints out of them!