Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Knitting As Usual

I had mentioned I was working on 3 sweaters and I've finished one, almost done with the other two. I need to use up my stash so it's time to bring out the trusty old ISM/Bond knitting machine. It's very easy to knit up the fronts, backs and sleeves in stockinette stitch as they are just rectangles. I like to hand knit the ribbings and collars while watching TV.

So here is Baby Sweater #1





Sweater Number Two

Sweater number 2 is also a combination of machine and hand knitting. The sleeves have some garter stitch detail, so they're being hand knit.





Sweater Number 3
This cute little green sweater is so easy to knit up in garter stitch.
I'm almost done as you can see.
Pattern is located here


Sorry about the really bright red quilt....


Baby Blankets

Baby Clouds Blanket
I'm using up some chunky baby yarn my sister gave me to make this eyelet type blanket.
I am using a pattern from the Michael's site - here





Stash Baby Blanket
I knit this one up on the knitting machine using my stash. Yellow yarn from Super Yarn Mart and the ombre is Dazzleaire. I didn't plan the patterning on the ombre- it just came out that way! Blanket measures about 36"x42"




And I tried this new edging technique to stop curling. You reform the 2nd and 4th sts in from the edge by dropping them down every 10 rows and hooking 2 loops together.



More Snow Pictures
Here is a picture of Snow Day in Fontana that I took in the afternoon. All the ground snow is gone, but the mountains still had some white showing.





And this one was enhanced using my photo imaging software - I think I like it as a banner.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Knitting Weather In Fontana



The picture says it all! I woke up this morning to the sound of children laughing and shouting outside. At 7AM? So I got out of bed and was treated to a wintery view - in the hot Inland Valley of Southern California!
Guess it's knitting sweaters for me today - finishing up the 3 I started.
The sun is already trying to peek thru and the white stuff will melt away soon.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Answers To Some Questions

I thought I would try to answer some of the questions posted.
So here goes!

Vada wanted to know how to add the Knitting From Your Stash 2007 button on the sidebar.

I’m not too tech savy but I'll give it a try.

You first have to save the button as an image on your computer, then upload it to your server. An easier way is to just upload it as a picture in one of your posts and then you can add it to the sidebar part of your template by referring to the image on that post.

I used Blogger Help and Googled to find some more instructions. Hopefully you can get your button up successfully!


Colette asked me for the pattern for the patriotic booties. Well I did mention that the actual pattern is a hodgepodge of several patterns out there on the net and this is the basic pattern I followed

Care Wear Very Easy Knit Booties.


These are my mods:

I used size 5 needles and worsted wt yarn

I cast on 32 sts and on the first row I knit 15, increased in next st, increased in next st and knit to end of the row. This gives you 34 sts total.

I then knit another row across and on the next row did middle increases again, so now I have 36 sts total. This gives a cupped heel instead of a pointy one.

Then I knit for a total of 8 ridges from the beginning.

Bound off 8 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows and knit on the remaining 20 sts for a total of 15 ridges from the start.

Next 2 rows, k2 tog across and you have 5 sts remaining – gather those up, seam up and make the next one.

On the needles

3 baby sweaters - yup I said 3..... but I am using my stash!

A crocheted scrap afghan

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Off To A Good Start!

I'm off to a good start because I finally finished that rectangular blanket/lapghan. Check out my last year's post for the start.

It was made with stash worsted wt yarns on size 9 needles
and measures 38" x 39"




Now for my Calorimetry Craze.

I've knit up 3 of these from Knitty's 2006 Winter Issue.
They're a quick knit while watching Tivo and at most use up a few ounces of yarn.
The original pattern calls for 120 sts, I used 80, then 84, then finally settled on 88 sts with size 8 needles.


The one on the top left is an attempt at an all garter stitch one from tip to tip - didn't like it - the original pattern is faster.


Last but not least - a pair of patriotic booties!


Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Big Reveal

So here are the pics of my stash as promised - please don't faint!

This is my Small Stash
Lots of leftovers that I sorted out in different weights. Mostly for hats and baby booties. See the cotton bin? I've going to make baby bibs and the Surplice Sweater from the Mason Dixon book.





This is my Medium Stash

Alot of this yarn was gifted to me by my sis who "destashed" her collection. She's downsizing preparing for a move this year. Some of this yarn is from my thrift store bargains or leftovers from last year's projects.
There are also some WIP's hiding in the bottoms - some just need buttons - I hate sewing on buttons.
Some just need a few more rows, like blankets I have started....
I have come to the conclusion that although I like making blankets, I don't do well in completing a blanket that is one piece - I do better with squares or strips and then join.
So I've got to finish up some of those one piece blankets - groan......

The BIG Stash!
Yes this is ALL mine :) 1970's to now.
Some of these bins contain very, very old UFO's. So they're not all harboring "free" yarn.
Sometimes I look at an old UFO and wonder "what was I thinking?" - and I have no problem frogging and freeing up the yarn for something else.

Knitting from these will be saved for last, as I resolve to knit up the stash in the mesh bins first.
Then I will pull out a bin and work on that ONLY - that's the plan that I hope to follow.


Current WIP is Calorimetry from Knitty and I finished another pair of baby booties yesterday.
Old Wip is the Rectangle Blanket from earlier this year.

I've been ok working on TWO projects at the same time - hope I don't catch a bad case of "startitis"!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

First FO of 2007

First FO of 2007 are my sister's legwarmers knit from her stash that she gave me.


They're a k2, p2 rib with 2 strands of worsted wt yarn and #13 needles and they are longer and skinnier than mine because dear sis inherited cute little gams!

Tomorrow I post pictures of my stash, so y'all better be sittin' down - I'm warning you :)

Monday, January 01, 2007

Resolution Day

A new year - new resolutions and a look back at what I knit & crocheted in 2006.

In 2005 I challenged myself to complete 200 knitted objects.
I did it! I did it ! (doing the Dora dance)
I even made one extra for a total of 201 FO's for 2006.

Here's the count:

18 baby sweaters
1 child's sweater

2 baby bibs
4 blankets/laprobes
28 pairs of baby booties
76 hats
25 pairs of mittens
14 scarves
8 shawls/wraps/poncho's/capes
17 pairs of slippers
2 pairs of socks
2 washrags
4 pairs of wristers


Obviously I like knitting hats.... and I'm not too fond of knitting socks.

So this year I won't challenge myself to knit more - I'm going to challenge myself to this:




There's a theme going around Blogdom to Knit From Your Stash - click on the link for details.

Wendy started it and I'm going to join in because I need to reduce my stash. Seriously...

Here are my own rules for Knit From Your Stash

1. My KFYS marathon will last all year!

2. I will NOT buy anymore yarn with the following exceptions:

2a. If a family member asks for a knitted item and I do not have it in my stash, I am allowed to purchase yarn for that project.

2b. If I run out of yarn for WIP that has been languishing in my UFO pile.


Now for my New Year's Knitting Resolutions:

1. KFYS

2. Reduce my pattern library by 1/3 - I have way too many magazines, booklets, etc!

3. Finish the WIPs! Designate a WIP day - WIP Wednesday?

4. Work on only 2 projects at any given time before starting a new one (oh this is so hard for me)





Saturday, August 19, 2006

But It's Too Hot For Blankets!

I finally got around to crocheting the edges of my 12" loomed squares. Joined them together for a 9 square blanket that measures 36" x 36".
Each square took about 1 oz of regular worsted wt yarn and a few more ounces of contrasting color for the edging. I've got all sorts of ideas for the next loom project - maybe a scarf of 5 squares long, or a shawl of 2 rows of 5 squares, or a lapghan of 3x4 squares. Can't decide just yet.




Here's the thrift shop scrap bag of squares finally sewn up.
It measures 42" x 48"



Meanwhile I'm starting another pair of felted slippers, because I have misplaced the original printout with all my notes.

Film at eleven.......

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Knitting Re-activated

Ahhhh... the temps have gone done and we even had some drizzle.
So I've been busy working in the backyard, weeding, re-doing flower beds and such.
Then a rest in the afternoon with a good book.
And I've even managed to knit on my ongoing projects and
I finished 2 more pairs of mittens!


I've been knitting away a section at a time on the Curve of Pursuit - nothing much to show for now, but getting there.

Started a dishcloth from the Peaches n'Cream yarn I bought on sale at Michaels.

Weaving
Cooler temps have helped me finish this woven blankie/lapghan.
I'll let the folks at THE MAIN decide where to gift it.



Inspired by the above project I set forth to attempt to build a 12" square loom.
I went to Michael's with coupons and bought some needlepoint frames.
I know... I should have chosen harder wood for durability, but since this is an attempt, I thought I'd just go for very inexpensive.


Here's my "workbench".


Final product looking good and I've already made 3 squares from varigated yarn.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

A Few Little Things To Show

I've been trying to keep myself busy by doing a little garden work earlier in the week, but watering is about all I can accomplish.
So it's mostly reading and knitting around here.

I finished with the garter stitch bib based on the Mason Dixon ones.
And I found a cute Peter Rabbit button in my stash of buttons.




Mittens
The twelfth pair are done - that's a dozen for the Rez!
And I've started on a blue pair of Sideways.




Felted Slippers
These are cute and another way to use up some wool yarn. I did the small size but I think I'll change the heel formation on the next pair.
Pattern is free from Angel Hair Yarn Co.




Curve of Pursuit
Still working on this and while I contemplated making several smaller blocks, I think I'll stick to the one big one. That spiral effect is "fascinating", as Mr Spock would say.




Weaving

The weaving is still going on around here and I've already made 16 squares and joined them up. I then worked single crochet around the edges. It's a bit heavy, not alot, but maybe more suited for a lapghan, but I'm not done yet.




And here we have my attempt at building a triangle loom from a thrift store picture frame. I've already tested it by weaving 2 triangles and it's holding up well.
I goofed a bit in measuring and could not quite get the 12" legs I wanted, but a triangle is a triangle and sewn up will produce squares for more blankets.



Please don't look at the slightly crooked nails - at least I only hit my thumb once!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Knitting Thru The Heat Wave

Off The Hook

For a quick "fix", I crocheted these Shell Wrist Warmers - pattern here

It sure was hard to take a picture of one's own hand, not to mention the humidity that made it hard to get these on!





On The Needles

Progressing on the pink mittens - these will be my 12th pair!




A garter stitch baby bib because I keep reading about them on the Mason Dixon Kal. I've got to get that book!




Weaving

I'm still working on 7" squares and experimenting with different patterns. My little pile of squares is growing.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Detour

Did I ever take a "detour" from knitting! I've discovered or maybe I should say "re-discovered" weaving on looms. Who hasn't tried out a potholder loom as a kid?
I've got Linda to blame for that - she mentioned on her blog how she has such fun weaving up all these squares and making little blankets.

I took her suggestion and ordered the 7" square loom from Hazel Rose.

So here is what I have been doing - weaving! I am totally hooked and maybe it's my Pueblo genes calling out to me or maybe I just have Fiber-Addiction :)



Looking at the above picture, you will see I have learned to use 2 strands and also how to "bow" the yarn to ease the tension.

My first attempts are kinda "wonky", but I have been assured that they will straighten out. If you look closely at the center square, you'll see my tension is a bit tighter in the middle and it pulls in some. These were done with 1 strand of knitting worsted, another great way to use leftovers.




The lime and white squares were made with 2 strands of sport wt yarn. I think I am getting the tension figured out, as they are looking better. I found a long afghan hook in my collection and it's making weaving go that much faster.
It's fun trying out all the different patterns and yarns.



Knitting News
Still working on mittens for the Challenge. Here's a pair I started with 2 strands of knitting worsted.



Blanket Updates
- I am on the 6th square of my Curve of Pursuit Blanket!
Slow going on the Rectangular Lapghan - too hot right now - temps are 100+

Friday, July 07, 2006

Mittens and More Mittens

Frances Does It Again!

Frances is my mother-in-law and as you know she loves thrift store shopping.
Here is what she sent me for our Mitten Drive - 16 pairs of little mittens and gloves.
How much did she pay?

25 Cents for each pair!




And here's 3 more knitted pair from me!



The striped ones are Plymouth Encore and are from Anami's Mindless Mitten pattern.

The grey ones in the middle, my infamous Sideways Mitten pattern.

The ones on the left are from this old but great pattern by Joan Hamer.
WoolEase Mittens
The only change I did was use EZ's afterthought thumb instead of binding off the stitches.

Old Wip - Lapghan

Remember that rectangular lapghan/blanket I started back in May? Well it's still coming along, slowly but increasing in size. Earlier this month, I was lucky to catch a sale at KnitPicks and bought a pair of 60" Addi's for $7.95. This has made going round and round a whole lot easier!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

July Knitting

Mitten knitting is still going on but took off on a few hats to change gears.

The Magic Ball
What is one to do with all those bits and bobs of yarn?
Make a "Magic Ball" and knit hats!



Bits & Pieces Hat
I was inspired by this Knifty Knitter round loom pattern, only I hand knit mine with bits and pieces of leftover yarn.




And so I knit more hats!
The one on the lower left is a garter stitch short row hat and the one on the right is one of Ann's Fat Hats.




Two more
The one on the left was knit with Lion Brand Homespun in a K4, P1 swirl pattern.
The one on the right is knit with 2 strands of yarn - one main color and one of bits and pieces.



And I even crocheted one!
Found a great pattern here at Dot's Crochetbythehook site. Really fast and uses up more stash yarn.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Latest Sideways Mitten Pattern

Well I tweaked and tweaked and finished the pattern for a longways version.
These are very similar to the original pattern, but you increase before and after the markers.
I couldn't make up my mind whether to include the short rows or not, so I left notes to explain how to do them or not.

Short rows gather the mitten in at the wrist and fit nicely. Not working the short rows is easiest, but you get a bigger wrist. Both fit my wide-boned thick wrists, so try them both.

The finished mitten! Pattern on my sidebar.




Here is how the longways version looks after I bind off and get ready to start the thumb.




Here is how I close the gap when you place the last bound off stitch back on the left hand needle. I knit the thumb stitches, the last bound off stitch and then pick up a stitch from underneath this stitch and knit it together with the next st.




Here is how I add on extra stitches for a longer cuff without changing the stitch counts. I just place markers to differentiate between the extra stitches and the original stitches.



Any questions - holler!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Another Way To Knit Sideways Mittens

How about like this?



I knit these all the way across, omitted the short rows and worked the thumb last.
You can see the increases for the mitten tip in the center.
I've also added 5 more stitches to make a cuff.

Here is how one looks ready to seam up on the sides. Can't really get away with no seaming, unless one did a 3 needle bind-off, but that's getting too complicated and I like to keep these simple.



Not sure if omitting the short rows is a good idea, so I am working up another pair with the short rows.
More on those tomorrow.
I'll be adding the new version to my sidebar as soon as I decide which one I prefer.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Mitten Experimenting

I'm on my 6th mitten! I'm experimenting with my Sideways pattern and trying to knit a version with less seaming.
In this one I worked the thumb portion first and then went on to do side one and continued on to side two.
But when I started side two I tried picking up each stitch at the end of the first side and knit them together thereby joining the tips - no seaming!






The pattern for these will be available in my Ravelry Store in a few days.