Thursday, January 31, 2008

A New Toy For Me!

This is what my daughter and family in Colorado gave me for my birthday!

The NSI International Innovations Knitting Machine



It's a 44 needle crank type that can handle worsted wt yarns.

So I've been playing around and making some hats.
Made one simple one, took it off the machine to hand knit the crown and ribbing.
The second one I made a long tube for a double thickness hat.


Having fun and learning - patience is needed!


The two roll brimmed hats below were made with Red Heart sports wt yarn.




In between I managed to make another pair of Little Feet for the challenge.

These are from Bev's Stay On Bootie pattern. I added a little two color knit toe.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

More Colorado Knitting

I did finish a few things while in Colorado.

A hat for my daughter which I call Beeni's NY Hat, because she bought the yarn in New York.

Pattern: Alison's Beginner Cap

Yarn: 1 skein of Araucania Magallanes







And the Sponge Bob Hat was completed!



It was easier to knit the body of the hat and harder to make all the parts!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Has The Dust Settled?

Whew! I've been back home since Jan 23rd and I am busier than ever. Lots of catching up here at home with chores and mail.
And my Wips? I've forgotten where I was on some of my projects. Forgot the rows, the pattern... So I settled on working on the easy ones to get back in the groove so to speak!

Last post was a picture of a beautiful Colorado sunset where you can see a bit of snow on the ground.

Today's picture is a beautiful view of the mountains from Baseline Rd and the 15 Freeway near my house. Who says we don't have snow here in Southern Calif!





Now for some knitting pictures.


Trails & Ditches Hoodie An FO - In 7 days!



I knitted and knitted and knitted and finished this in time for grandson to wear.



I think he likes it!




Yarn is "I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby.
Pattern is from Brown Sheep Company and I used one needle size larger.
I also made the neck opening bigger than the pattern so he would not have any
trouble putting it on.

WIP's

I've got to find them first!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Be Back In A Few Days!



I'm still here in Morrison Colorado visiting my daughter and family.
Sure is beautiful with all the snow - not alot of snow, but just enough to create some lovely views.

And I celebrated my 62nd birthday complete with birthday cake and a Moraccan lamb dinner. I took pictures - will post later.

Earlier in the week I visited a very nice yarn shop in Littleton Colorado - Cottage Yarns - and found this really cute pattern. Trails & Ditches Hoodie by Brown Sheep Yarn Company.



Knitting it up for my grandson but making it slightly larger because it only goes up to size 6. Making it up larger would make it last at least one more season, I hope :)




Be back on the 23rd with more news. I left my Heet The Feet slippers behind and I sure want to finish them!

Monday, January 07, 2008

A New Challenge

There is a new challenge up for our Native American Support group on Yahoo.

It's the Heet The Feet 2008 Challenge. You can read all about it on
Ann's blog.

When you get to Ann's blog you will see the cute little Baby Mocs she made from a pattern she purchased that is now no longer available. At least I could not find a copy.

So I made up my own little mocs that are "knock offs" of Ann's pattern.




These little guys measure about 4-4.5 inches long and are knit with odds and ends of worsted wt yarn on size 4 needles.

A good pattern to modify is Bev's Stay On Booties

Checking back on Ann's blog - I see she is having a little KAL for a recipe to create your own mocs! Yeah!!!!

For the Challenge, I've already got lots of slipper patterns queued up on Ravelry :)



Now for more FO's

The Golden Compass Hat is done! Really easy and I'll have to make more after the slipper challenge is over.






And a hat for moi! Did I mention I was going to Morrison Colorado in a few days?
It's cold and snowy there so I want to be prepared.



Just your basic 2x2 rib with a face opening.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Last Year's FO's

And a look back at last year's resolutions.

1. Knit From My Stash - yup! I did that and limited my new yarn purchases.

2. Reduce my pattern library by 1/3. Did that too - gave away lots of magazines and books.

3. Finish the WIPs - uhhh.... didn't even make a dent but I did finish some :)

4. Work on 2 projects at a time before starting a new one - HA HA HA- I knew I would not keep that one!


Now For The FO's of 2007

50 Hats
27 Mittens
23 Small Sweaters
14 Blankets/Lapghans
13 Pairs of Booties
12 Pairs of Slippers
8 Scarves
8 Pairs of Wristers
5 Pairs of Socks
3 Ponchos/shawls
1 Pair of Legwarmers
1 Crochet Purse

For A Grand Total of 165 Handmade Items!


So what have I resolved to do this year?

Probably the same as last year but with focus on finishing those aging WIPs!


See what I found while searching for some yarn? A little blue sweater that just needed the button bands and the buttons. UFO to FO!



Pattern - I don't remember
Yarn - probably Red Heart

Friday, January 04, 2008

Welcome 2008!

Lots of pictures today!

Here's the last FO for 2007 - another Thorpe Hat.


Size 7 & 8 needles, Bernat Softee Chunky purchased at Smiley's.


Now for 2008's FO's

These are Basic Fingerless Mittens - pattern from Crochet Me site.




I used an F crochet hook for my gauge and some aged Columbia Minerva Shannon.
This was a really easy, easy pattern!





So easy that it led me to improvise and turn them into mittens!
Same F hook and some aged Bernat's Soft n' Cozy yarn.



I just continued after the 7th row and started decreasing by 4 every other row until 8 sts.
About the same with the thumb, only I picked up 14 sts and crochet until 2 rows less desired length, then I started sc 2 together until 6 sts were left.




And another earflap hat - this time EZ's Maltese Fisherman's Hat with two strands of knitting worsted and #11 needles.




WIP's


Still have some 2007 Wips and some new ones.

A Hooded Baby Poncho from Lion Brand

The Golden Compass Hat from Froggie Meanie

A Sponge Bob Hat from Kody May Knits

And a few others that are hibernating for now.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Christmas Mittenz

I've been working on my Mittenz all day yesterday and today.
I received a request to make the pattern for larger/longer hands and I've been trying to tweek the numbers.
Of course one can always go up a needle size or two to get a larger sized mitten, but sometimes that does not always work.

So first I had to go back to square one and make a pair with the original numbers and here they are - Christmas Mittenz!






Then I tweeked and made a second pair a little larger. Uh oh... I did this late at night and I left out the stitches for the thumb to fingertip length. Still a bit short - but I did get a nice cuff length going.
Darn! I have now started a 3rd pair and I think this time I've got the numbers figured out just right.



So stay tuned for the outcome of my mad experiments!

Those other WIPs? Huh? I have other WIPs?
I'll get back to them soon enough.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

And They Keep On Coming!

Three more FO's to report!

HATS



These are the hats I made from Lion Brand's Just Hats Book.




Worked the original flat as per pattern directions. On the next one I modified it to knit in the round - much easier and no seams! I also added a few more pattern rows for length.

Another Baby Sweater Experiment Done!






So after making the crocheted Brazilian Baby Sweater - info on Sept 29 post - I decided to experiment and knit a hexagon sweater.
Only to remember that there is an already existing pattern, The Pram Set, from Knitters #63.
I knit on and on and on... just adding sleeves and edgings as I knit. So no pattern for this experiment exists. It's a little narrow on the bottom as you can see, but it's kinda cute!

Made with cotton yarn from the stash.

Still working on those other wip!

Almost finished with the 2nd Baby Bog - needs buttons.
Finished a pair of crocheted slipper sox - wore them right away - need to wash them for a pic!

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.