Monday, October 29, 2007

Today's Menu

Two FO's To Report!

The Lil' Darlin' sweater from Dot is done. It was a fun pattern but I got a bit tired of all the double crochet shells. They eat up inches and it seems like you are never going to get done. But the end result is a very nice heavier baby sweater. Just right for a little one in the coming cold months.







And I finished my sister's scarf! The pattern was "Yo Drop It" from Stitch 'n Bitch Nation.
Very easy pattern only I ran out of Karabella's Magic yarn so I improvised. I had lots more of the Kid Silk's Haze, so I doubled that up and knit extensions on either end with a sort of ruffle.







This Week's Wips

1. My "Rescued Squares Afghan" - I am having fun crocheting different granny squares to add

2. Another Baby Bog by EZ - Trying to make this one smaller than the last one

3. A crocheted squares babyghan. I'm using up all the lt wt yarn double. Not a fan of baby wt yarn.

4. Dishcloths mostly from this pattern

5. A slip stitch hat from Lion Brand's Just Hats book.

6. Another One Row Scarf but knitting it sideways on 182 sts - hopefully it will be long enough.

7. Purple Mittens from this pattern

8. A hat from Elaine in Brazil - Following her YouTube Video Instructions

For now that is enough!

And I have a few more FO's waiting to get their pictures taken.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Eeek - A Spider!

I really do NOT like spiders, but I had a request for another spider hat.





Last year I made s spider hat for my daughter, inspired by these Halloween Hats from Sally.

This year she requested another hat for one of her students. She's a biology teacher so I had to make sure Mr Spider had 8 legs!
Spiders do have 8 legs don't they?

I used the Easy Knit Hat pattern from Lion Brand Yarn - Just Hats book.

The spider I made up by crocheting a circle and in one stitch, I worked a sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc to make a head. The legs are added on by chaining and slip stitching back around the body.
French knots for the eyes and attach spider to the web!

Just have to sew up one loose strand you can see in the picture :)


Other Knitting:

Working on a Drop Stitch Scarf, baby booties, 2 crocheted squares blankets (how did that happen?), another EZ Baby Bog sweater and a knitted blanket.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Old Challenges & New Ones

I have neglected to report the results of the Mittnz Challenge for 2007.

Our Group at Yahoo - NativeAmericanSupport - mailed off to the reservation,

398 hats
405 pairs mittens/gloves/wristers


How about that!

Next year it will be 8 pairs for 2008!


The latest challenge - "Warm Up Box" - is another good one.

Basically you fill up a box - any box shoe sized or larger - with warm items, knit, crocheted, bought, etc.
Mail your box out by Dec 1st.

You can see Carol's box on her blog - I'll be posting a pic of my box soon.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Scrap Blankets

Nine Patch Scrap Blanket



I finally finished my summer project - the Nine Patch Scrap Blanket.
I started this in May and it was easy to work on thru the hot summer months because you just knit one square at a time. Also easy to carry around :)

Since these are little tubes knit in the round, all you do is knit, knit, knit, throwing in colors and patterns wherever you want.

Below is the back of the blanket.




Pattern in my Ravelry Store (you don't have to be a member)




Square Rescue Blanket

I rescued these squares from the local thrift shop - aren't they pretty?





I could not resist adding my own and attaching them as I go along.
Found these great tutorial for JoinAsYouCrochet on Yarncat's site.




For now this is a WIP

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Another Week's Fun With Knitting

One Row Scarf

The famous Yarn Harlot's One Row Scarf is done! It was a pleasure to knit this up.
Such an easy pattern to remember while watching tv.



Knit with JoAnn's Rainbow Sensations Yarn - the fuzzy one and #13 needles.

I have plenty of yarn left, so I think I'll use WoolWinder's suggestion and try one sideways!


Another view





Pantufas Em Croche from Elaine

Okay so I've been visiting Brazil again and watched Elaine's YouTube Video on how to crochet these cute slippers.



They are crocheted from the toe up to the instep and then back and forth for the heel and a scalloped edging around the ankle part. These were done with an F hook and lt worsted wt yarn rescued from the thrift shop.



A Knitted Pair

Not sure if I already posted this picture of another pair of Pantufas .
These are not from Elaine but some other Brazilian site I have lost for now.
Basically it is a rectangle folded over. I was not too fond of the pointed toe part, so I did not make any more.




I've sewn up the squares and just have to take a picture on a nice day - today it is cloudy.
Have to sew on buttons on the Hexagon sweater and knit sleeves on another baby raglan sweater.
More Pantufas in the works and maybe some baby socks.
Enough to keep me busy this week!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Oops!

I forgot about two more projects I have going. Must be old age catching up to me :)

I had been working on this 9 patch knit afghan all summer. It's a tube, knit in the round and using up all the little bits of yarn. Sometimes I got bored so I added some fair isle and slip stitch patterns. Then I bind off and crochet all around the square tube.
I made 9, and will join them up for a 36" square blanket/laprobe.

Stashbuster Afghan






Lil' Darlin'

Also been crocheting this very cute baby sweater.
Pattern is from Dot - Lil' Darlin' Baby Sweater

Monday, October 08, 2007

In The Works This Week

Time for scarves and slippers and here's a great one I've started.
It is the Yarn Harlot's One Row Scarf

So super easy! I'm using JoAnn's Rainbow Sensations and #13 needles.
This picture does not show true beautiful green colors .




More Baby Sweaters
My attempt at a hexagon type baby sweater is coming along, but I finally remembered why I thought this was familiar. There's a pattern in Knitters #63, called Pram Set! And I went and "uninvented" my own pattern when I had a great one to follow. Darn! I could have saved my brain power!






I've started another Rindy's Raglan with these skeins rescued from the thrift shop.





Final versions of those square booties from my Oct 4th post.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Reply To "No Reply" Comments

Well I just love all the comments! And I would love to answer your questions but ......

All my comments get sent to my email address and I would love to answer all your questions, but you have no email attached to your name.
It just says from "no reply-comment@blogger.com"

I am probably guilty of that too - I am sure of it :)

So I found out this today - how to change it.

Raising Five's Blog has a great answer to this problem

So when you check "show my e-mail" it does not mean it will show up in the comments, it will only show up when the Blogger gets the comment in her e-mail so she can now answer your questions!

I did not know that and now I have learned something new!

Back to knitting......

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Off and On The Needles

First what flew off the needles this week!

EZ's Baby Bog Jacket



Pattern can be found in the Knitting Around
book by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Yarn was Red Heart from stash
Needles for mine were #6 with a gauge of 4sts/1"
One needs to be really good at calculating here - I think I mis-calculated because it is longer than I wanted - but now it is a very warm wrap/sweater for a little one.



Rindy's Raglan



Pattern: For now - only available to members of Babysweaters Yahoo Group.
More yarn from the stash.
Needles - size 6 for 4st/1"


Tapestry Crochet Kitty Purse




Pattern by Carol Ventura
More stash yarn and an F crochet hook.


Now for what is ON The Needles


But first a quest and question!

A cyber-friend/knitter saw these and wanted to know where to find the pattern.
Has anyone seen baby slippers like these?




I know there are several versions of garter stitch square slippers.
One pattern called "Building Blocks" in the Socks, Socks, Socks book
Another was a free pattern on the web from Frugal Haus.

These little slippers are a bit different because the tips of the cuff are rounded.

See my slipper below knit from both patterns and you will see the cuff is pointed.
Also I did not construct my slippers as in the Frugal Haus pattern and not like the Building Blocks pattern.


My Squares Slipper



Two inch squares (8 sts) with worsted wt yarn

Below you can see my construction method and the lower blocks I only made 6 st squares.
Lots of little ends to sew up......




Update Oct 6th 2007

I found a Drops pattern with a great schematic!

Slippers In Garter Stitch



Other WIPs are a scarf with Lion Brand Sensations yarn, another crocheted sweater and an ongoing blanket.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Brazilian Baby Sweater

I was let astray, far from my normal hunting grounds by Linda

She in turn was led astray by my adventure in Brazilian Sapatinhos!

She found instructions by Elaine on her YouTube page for lots of interesting crocheted projects.

So being adventurous I studied her videos to make this darling crocheted baby sweater.

They're all in Portuguese and while I do not understand the language, I can understand crocheting as I watch them.

So here is my finished sweater from her videos "CROCHE - V├ŹDEO SURPRESA 1" and consist of 4 parts.



I probably need to make another and lengthen the bottom but I ran out of pink yarn so I had to fudge the last parts.



Now to try a knit one!



I cast on for a knitted hexagon and instead of increasing every 3rd row, I am increasing every other row to get the floppy effect. Have to gather up that beginning row and close the hole.

Should be fun!

Meanwhile the Baby Bog is coming along. Will report on that in another post.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Baby Bog In Progress

As promised a picture of my current WIP - the Baby Bog by EZ.




I'm almost up to the armhole separation. Being all garter stitch it's an easy knit while watching the Fall TV shows!

Pattern can be found in Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Around book.

Monday, September 24, 2007

The Last Mitten!

I finally finished my 21st mitten - my last pair for 3 sets of 7!




The pattern was found thru Ravelry and and comes from Joanna of Sweden.

Here's the pattern
It is a PDF file.
I used one strand of Lion Brand Magic Stripes and one strand of worsted wt stash yarn.
Pretty easy!

And I'm back from a one week stay in Tucson Arizona. I managed to find a yarn shop to visit :)
It was Purls. Very nice smaller size shop with a very helpful sales person. I was looking for an aqua cotton yarn to use for dishcloths for my sister. We already had chocolate brown, but she wanted aqua to match her bathroom colors.
And since I knitted them all while in Arizona and gave them to her - no pictures - my bad.....

Now to answer Anami:

Yes my pair of "little" booties turned up a bit big but I figured there were some cute little chubby feet at the Rez just waiting for them. I do not have the patience to knit them up in a baby yarn or sport weight. I think they would fold and feel better in a lighter yarn. Let me know if you do try them again! Thanks for the input - it always helps to have someone test knit these "experiments" of mine :)

I'll be posting my current WIPs soon - I came back and started about 3 more!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Sewn Up Final Versions

Okay, they are all sewn up and the final decision has been made.

I like the ones with the garter stitch sole best, they are much easier to seam up and the bootee has a sort of flat base.





These are the second pair with no garter stitch sole and they gather at the bottom too, but not as neatly. I'll call them the Pumpkin Bootees!




Going on vacation! Taking the Baby Bog sweater with me and lots of dishcloth patterns.
Might buy some cotton at the LYS's I visit!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Hey! It's An FO!

I had this Stockinette BSJ on the sidelines and I finally finished it!





Mods can be found at Panda Man's Knitting Corner

It helps to have knit a Baby Surprise Jacket before and I've knit dozens so I found this easy.

The only thing I did not like were MY increases and decreases. I think I was doing it wrong or else they just do not look as good in the stockinette. If you look at Panda Man's BSJ, you will see a much neater line.

I plan to knit up another and try again to see if I can improve the increase/decrease lines.

You have to have the original Baby Surprise Jacket pattern by Elizabeth Zimmermann to make this stockinette pattern. Go see his page for more details!


Here's a picture at the halfway point.






Sapatinho experimenting still going on and I just have to seam those little guys up.

Will post the results next, but I am leaning toward the 2nd pair I made with the garter stitch bottom. Easy to seam!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Sapatinhos

My interpretation of Tricollage's Sapatinhos.



The grey yarn was threaded afterwards to gather the ends.

My Mods:

I used worsted wt yarn and cast on 20 sts, knit about 20 rows/10 ridges.
Bound off 4 or 5 for cuff part then worked garter stitch on the left 4 sts (sole) and
I made ribbed welts of knit and purl - 3 rows each.
About 15 welts and cast on 4/5 sts on the right side for the other half of the cuff.
These will be seamed in the back.






Sole with ribbed part gathered up ready to seam.



These were fun to make. You can explore other countries for new and interesting patterns
by finding out the words in their language for that item.

Try Googling sapatinho, sapatinho de bebe, sapatinho trico for Portuguese sites.
I've found some great adult slipper patterns - those will be next!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Side - Tracked!

I was catching up on old posts on one of my Yahoo Groups and found a reference to Dansk Baby Bootees. Seems the pattern is not readily available to purchase.

These Bootees were first seen here, on Bente's Blog. They are so adorable!

Well you know me.... I love to fiddle with patterns :)

My Little Ribbed Toe Bootee



This is what I came up with and while it looks simple enough,
I still do not think I have it right.

I used worsted wt yarn and cast on 20 sts.

I worked garter stitch for 40 rows, 20 ridges - a square.

Bound off 8 sts, leaving 12 to knit to the end.

Then I made ribbed welts of

Knit and purl - 3 rows each, for about 19 welts.

Bound off and sewed the 12 stitch end to the corresponding cast on sts.



Then gathered up top and bottom welts.

Top view where you can see where I gather up the ribbed welts.



This is the bottom (sole) view of my prototype.



I do not like the pointy heel end but since I do not have the original pattern and there are no pictures of the bottoms - I had to guess.
I might be missing something here, so it's back to the drawing board.
OR maybe it is because I used worsted wt yarn and not baby type yarn.

AND then I really got sidetracked all the way to Brazil!
Found these cute Sapatinhos on Tricollage's Blog, but the instructions are in Portuguese....
These are something like the Dansk Bootees and I think I am going to try these next.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Another Red Hat

A very bright red!




Pattern can be found here

Back to finishing WIPs .....

Friday, August 24, 2007

More Knitted Cuteness

Cutie Patooties! These took only 1oz of worsted wt yarn. I used #6 needles. See the ones on the bottom? I seamed up the whole cuff and folded it down, but I think I like the open cuff best.



And another hat is done! Nope - it's not fair isle. It's just a combination of varigated brown yarn with solid brown yarn.



Several other Wips in line;
Curve of Pursuit
Ripple Scarf
Taptestry Crochet Kitty Bag
Cold Shoulder's Capelet from The Happy Hooker
Some slippers and another hat.
Oh yeah - Mittenz! Deadline is almost here!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Little Knitting

Not too much knitting going on with the bigger projects. They're on hold for now - too hot!

Finished those Little Kid Socks and they are really easy to knit up. The only thing I changed was to slip the first stitch of each row. The pink pair was without slipping and the seaming is not great, especially the back part. The varigated pair came out better, but seaming that back heel needs to be neater. Perhaps with a fluffy yarn the seams would be hidden or maybe omit the bind off and place the back parts on holders to weave in later?
Or maybe my seaming skills will improve :)





AND - I found another pattern!

Bernat's Organic Cotton Knit Booties



You have to sign in / register to access their free patterns.

Another two needle quicky, but I am thinking that the opening might be too loose to stay on.
Maybe go down a needle size for the cuff. Already on my next pair, so I'll be experimenting - again :)

Thanks for all the compliments! Keeps me knitting and knitting for charity!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Who Said I Don't Knit Socks?

Here is a cute pair. The pattern call for fluffy angora,
hence the name "Angel Booties"

When you use sport wt yarn, you get socks.




These knit up quickly, but those little #3 dps are a pain to maneuver around and I've tried the "Magic Loop" - don't really like it. I get the concept and can do it, but somehow I don't enjoy the part where you slide the loop.

Now For A Two Needle Pattern

Thanks to a fellow NAS member that posted the link to this pattern for
Little Kid Socks . I like these better as they are knit on two needles.




I'll be finished with these soon, but I am getting ideas as I knit along to "marry" both patterns.

Meanwhile a few more hats have been done!



Standard 2x2 rib with combined smaller weight yarns.



Another of Tammy's Flap Hats.



The "Jos" hat. Pattern no longer on the www, at least I can't find it.

The two hats above were knit with the same yarn combination but my camera did not capture the correct color on the Jos hat.




Child's Earflap Cap by Robin Hansen from IK Spring 1999