Saturday, April 19, 2008

Lazy Saturday

It's a lazy day over. Watching Sci-Fi channel and a Tivo'd Dr Who episode.
But I did manage to finally upload some pics to Flickr and update my Ravelry projects, and post here too!


These are from Arlene Williams "Lopi Mitten Pattern".
I followed her needle size, but I should have gone down a size or two.
The fabric is not as dense as I would have liked it to be.
Otherwise it was a pretty easy pattern and fun to knit.

Trio of Mittens

Left pair from Warm Woolies pattern
Center pair - my own pattern mix
Right pair Cinchy Chunky Mittens - a free Ravelry download.

The blue mittens were made with one strand of worsted wt yarn and one strand of Amy Blatt Mohair. I love this combo as the mitts are so soft and warm.

More About The Pink Mitts

The above mittens were knit with one strand of worsted wt and one strand of Dazzleaire.
I discovered Icord thumbs!

So let's move on to my other WIPs!

A Gansey type hat. Pattern from an online friend - not sure if she is going to sell or publish.

Another Hat - but I'm not happy with it.

I just love the original pattern, but not my hat. I feel like frogging it - I don't like my color choices. Then again, I am slowly learning how to knit this intricate stitch and I should just keep plugging along and finish the hat.....

Crocheted Blanket

Still working on the Mile-A-Minute crocheted afghan for my daughter.

Shrug It

This is my Shrug It from One-Skein Wonders

I'm knitting it longer than the pattern and probably making 3/4 length sleeves.

Shawl for the Elders

I have 6 more garter stitch ridges to go! Then I start the edging.
Pattern - Half Circle Shawl

Okay, so I'm a little busy....

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Pieces of Eight

My 2nd set of 8 pairs.

Wristers knit of really fast - especially when you knit garter stitch rectangles ; )

My other Wips are holding there own - I work on them a little each day.

I'll have to go round up my 1st set of 8 and take their pics next.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Moving Right Along

Yes I am moving right along on the Mittenz.
I've used my Sideways Mitten pattern to come up with these easy Wristerz.

I decided to knit a rectangle And thanks Lizzie, for encouraging me to do that.

I then added on the thumb part at the end instead of in the middle - seemed easier that way.

You can lengthen by adding more stitches and widen by knitting more rows.

I'll be posting the pattern to my pattern page in a few days but for now here is what I did.

Sideways Wristers

Gauge: 4-4.5 sts = 1 inch
Worsted Wt yarn

CO 35 and Knit for 28 ridges from beg.

1. BO 10; place last st back on LH needle;

CO 3 sts on LH needle for thumb, K across

2. K across 28 sts – 1st thumb ridge

3. Short rows: K 7, turn

4. Slip 1, K back

5. K 9, turn

6. Slip 1, K back

7. K 11, turn

8. Slip 1, K back

9. K 13, turn

10. Slip 1, K back

11. Knit 28 sts

12. Knit 28 sts – 5th thumb ridge

13. Short rows: K 13, turn

14. Slip 1, K back

15. K 11, turn

16. Slip 1, K back

17. K 9, turn

18. Slip 1, K back

19. K 7, turn

20. Slip 1, K back

21. Knit 28 sts

22. BO next row.

Now for Pair #9

Crocheted Fingerless Mittens

Pattern: Super Easy Fingerless Gloves

Yarn: Red Heart worsted

Quick and Easy and love that eyelet part down the center.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Spring Colors

I must be in the mood for spring colors.
Bright cheery yellow and white for this hat.

The Butterfly Hat

It's a free pattern on the website, but if you are on Ravelry, you can download the free PDF file.

I used odds and ends of worsted wt yarn and only cast on 80 sts with size 6 and 8 needles.

And don't you just love the way the top decreases work out?

I'd like to make another one in some bright varigated yarn.

More Spring Colors

Pink and white wristers.

I am experimenting with my Sideways Mitten pattern and this is my first prototype.

Joan asked me if I short rowed the cuff. Yes I do as you can see the tiny little holes and also by the color changes.

But I was thinking of trying out another way - mabye just knit a garter stitch rectangle (no short rows for the cuffs ) then work the thumb part, then the next garter stitch rectangle.j

OR - I could just knit a big garter stitch rectangle and then add on the short row thumb part at the end.

I have too many ideas just running around in my head!

And I dared to order this pattern because I just HAD to knit one!

Shelly Kangs Slip Stitch Baby Hat

Thursday, April 03, 2008

More Mittenz!

Here you go! My 7th and 8th pair of mittens.

On the left we have the Original Sideways Mittens and on the left the new version with a longer cuff. I'll be adding the changes to my pattern in a few days. Just a matter of replacing the numbers.

So what's next? I'm not stopping this Mitten Maddnez! Since Muffatees or Wristers count too, I'm going to make 8 pair of them next.

2 Socks on 2 Circs

I'm done! And I am hooked on this method - so easy once you get them started.

Basic Sock Pattern and TLC Essentials Yarn.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Sunstar Burning Bright

Finished my 8 Point SunStar!

Pattern from Trinket's Crochet Blog
My mods: I skipped two at the “dips” and worked 2dc, ch2, 2dc shells at the tips.

Finished width at points - 48”
Finished width at dips - 40”
27 rounds of dc starting from row 4

Made with worsted wt yarn.

The Startitis Bug Bit Me!

This weekend as I cast on for my 7th pair of mittenz, I was bit by that pesky "startitis bug".
Or maybe spent too much time on Ravelry, looking at all the new patterns.....

7th Pair of Mittenz will be a re-do of my Original Sideways Mittens.

I am hoping to fiddle with the pattern to make it larger and also a longer cuff.
Using worsted wt yarn - discontinued Columbia Minerva Shannon from my stash.

Butterfly Hat Pattern

I saw this one and could not resist casting on!

Pattern here
I am using worsted wt yarn from stash and I only cast on 80 sts - got that tip from another Ravelry member!

Shrug This!

It's still a little cold in the mornings, so I cast on for this.

Pattern is Shrug This from One-Skein Wonders

Answers to some Comments:

Barbara wanted to know if the little yellow slippers that won "The People's Choice" award was one of my patterns.
Nope! They are from Comforts of Home: Simple Knitted Accents

And Monika asked : How many would you need to get everyone in the Rez new mittens?

And Ann answered with some very good info:
Many thousand.
Eagle Butte (where the Main is located) had a population of 2100 in 2000. But the Reservation itself is huge geographically (over 4000 sq. miles) and home to about 8500 people.

Thought I'd post this info so you know why we have a Mittenz Blitz!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Spring Flowers

All the flowers are starting to bloom over here.

Oh and the weeds are growing - well - growing like weeds!

These are so beautiful - but I forgot what they were!

Dutch Iris

Watsonia Flowers

The front bed is full - maybe too full?

My 6th pair of mittens made with my prize yarn - Lion Brand Landscapes

Pattern is from Weekend Knitting: 50 Unique Projects and Ideas

Quick and easy!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Mittenz 2008 Challenge

It's that time again! Mittenz Maddnez

The challenge is - 8 pairs of mittens ( knit, crocheted, sewn, purchased ) to be mailed in October to the Cheyenne River Reservation. Just in time to warm hands for the upcoming winter.

You can read more about it, where to mail, when to mail, rules, etc
on Ann's blog - and she has a contest going on too!

Last year 405 pairs were sent to the Rez - Let's make it more this year!

I've made 5 pair already - but you all know I am not stopping at 8.... Several of us are having a "Battle of the Needles" going on - great fun!

1st Pair

Pattern - Isela's Cabled Mittens from a LAL on the Loom-a-Long Raverly Group.
Worked on the blue Knifty Knitter round loom.
Yarn - Woolease Chunky

2nd Pair

Pattern - None - just improvised
Yarn - Chunky odds and ends.

3rd Pair

Pattern - I improvised on 32 sts with #6 needles on worsted wt yarn.
My first pair of mittens on 2 circs!

4th Pair

Pattern - South Dakota Mittens - I am working on writing this up.
Yarn - Odds and ends of worsted wt.
#5 & #6 needles

5th pair

Pattern - Anami's Mindless Mittens
Yarn - Columbia Minerva Shannon - discontinued
80% Orlon, 20%Wool
Knit two at a time on 2 #5 circs

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Basket

What a great Easter Basket I received this weekend!

I won all this as a prize!

Ann of Sheep Shots had a contest on her blog

People's Choice Award for Heet the Feet 2008

My little yellow slippers won the most votes!

Thank you!

Friday, March 21, 2008

You Are A Star!

Just a few more rows and I'll be finished with this 8 point Sun Star.

Kathy you wanted to know how I come up with these color combinations?

I found the inspiration for the Sun Star here.

Another quick hat - I used up odds and ends of bulky type yarn. This one was knit from the top down, with a 3" brim for extra warmth. No pattern - stopped increasing at 60 sts.

Little Poncho Is An FO!
Pattern is at the Lion Brand Site - Hooded Baby Poncho

Another Old Wip added to my "to finish" list!
A half circle shawl I started back in Nov of 2006 - found it in a bin.

The pattern is on my sidebar - Half Circle Knitted Shawl

More mittens & slippers are on the needles!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Hats & Hatz!

More Cranky Hats!

Using only Lion Brand Woolease, I made 5 hats to find the best fitting one.
Woolease works great, flows with ease thru the needles while cranking away.
It also stretches more so the hats (well the final one) actually fit my head.

Starting at the lower left side going clockwise is the Hat#1. I attached the brim after I took the hat off the machine. Ok, too short, brim a bit snug.

Hat #2 - I hand knit a garter stitch border and then attached it, stitch by stitch to the machine.
Too much trouble and still a bit snug.

Hat #3 - Brim width ok but could be longer - body of hat needed more length to cover my ears.

Hat #4 - Brim still not enough width but I think I got the body length just right.

Hat #5 - Center hat - TaDa! The brim depth just right so it's double thickness covers the ears and the body length long enough to hit just at the end of ears.

Here is my "Hat Recipe" for using Wool Ease yarn on the Innovations Machine.

Innovating Hats

Using LB Woolease gives a gauge of 3sts & 5 rows to 1”

Cast on with waste yarn for however many rounds you like (I knit 4)

Change to MC and knit for 40 rows,

After about 40 rows start attaching the brim.

Reach into the inside and pull up the bottom of the fabric, you need to find the corresponding st.

Pull out the stitch and place that stitch on the blue needle and adjust it downwards to meet with the stitch on there.

Crank the machine and feed the yarn to knit the two sts together.

Continue picking up sts from the brim, transferring them to the needles and manually knitting them together as you crank.

Knit 20 more rows then change to waste yarn, knit about 6 rows and take off to hand knit crown of hat.

I swatched first to find what needle size gave me the same gauge as the machine.

Crown decreases:

Rnd1: K9, K2tog around = 40 sts
Rnds 2,4,& 6 Knit
Rnd 3: K3, K2tog around = 32 sts
Rnd 5: K2, K2tog around = 24 sts
Rnd 7: K2tog around = 12 sts. Break yarn with a long tail to gather up these last sts.

Here's an inside view of the hats.

And even tho it took me about a day to crank out and hand knit the machine hat, I can still hand knit a hat in one night.!

One of our NAS group members, Mary, gave us a great link to some real easy hats.

So I made this one last night.

Basic pattern can be found here on Pat Hodd's Website.

Watch Cap Patterns

I used about 3 oz of worsted wt yarns and #6 needles.

The only thing I do not like about this pattern is the crown - I prefer a more fitted crown so my next one will be knit with the crown the way I prefer. This one was knit according to the pattern. And it really was easy!

Oh and I have not forgotten about the mittens - I'm getting ready to start another pair!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

It Must Be Spring in Southern Calif

Thought I would share some pictures of my nectarine tree.

It's called Panamint and is very prolific with loads of fruit every year.

New Ravlery Group!

I just started a group on Ravelry to be a companion group to our Native American Support Group on Yahoo. Come join in the fun! Ask questions, post projects, or just stop by and say hello. Hopefully with the help of the listmoms on the NAS group, I will post information about our latest Blitzes and Challenges for the Cheyenne River Reservation. Where to send stuff, etc.

Clicking on the banner below will take you to the Ravelry Group - if your signed in.

Next post I'll have some FO's to show!