Sunday, February 15, 2009

Rainy Days Make For Lots of Knitting FO's

Finally some knitting pics!

These are knit with 2 strands of Lion Brand Magic Stripes. I was inspired by Lizzie and all those beautiful socks she knits. I also taught myself a new toe finish - the star toe.

Here's another pair based on the CIC sock pattern.
Yarn: Lion Brand Woolease.

I think I like making smaller socks!

Ugg Booties or Suede Booties

Whatever you want to call them, these are based on this pattern.
Suede Booties by Candi Jensen

So again I did not follow the pattern for the booties exactly. I modified the cuff part by adding some ribbing with a smaller needle.

Dandy Little Booties

Pattern: A Dandy Little Bootie
Somehow I made a mistake - I have garter ridges and there is not supposed to be any. Must make more and re-read the pattern!

Fair Isle Slippers
This used to be a free pattern awhile back, but not anymore.
It is now in the Bernat Great Gift Ideas #530181 booklet.

2 Strand Slippers

The above pair of slippers was based on Dilys Sutherland's Three Strand Slipper pattern. I knit them from the toe up and used 2 strands of knitting worsted.

Here's another tweedy pair from the same pattern as above. I guess I really like this pattern!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Slipping Along Here

Another quick knit are these slippers by Kathy North.

Pattern: Ballet Slippers
On Ravlery:

I used size 8 needles and worked a couple more decrease rounds because I wanted a taller/warmer top. So mine are not really "ballet" type slippers, just plain 'ole slippers.

Finished off 2 pairs of socks - need to take pictures.

On the needles right now:
1. Bond/ISM scarf
2. Ugg Booties

And can you believe that I only have 2 projects? I need to dig into that WIP pile and rescue some orphans!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bottom Up Boots

As promised my "mods" to Bernat's Organic Cotton Knit Booties.
(Link leads to Ravelry)

Please keep in mind that I am a very loose knitter, so #8 needles will give me a gauge of 3.5 sts in garter stitch. Use whatever needles give you that gauge or your slipper might be too big and the fabric to stretchy.

Bottom Up Boots

Based on Bernat’s Baby Booties
Knit with 2 strands of worsted wt yarn and #8 circular needles

CO 44 sts and place a marker in center

1. K

2. K (1 ridge made)

3. K1, m1, knit to 1 st before marker, m1, k1, slip marker, k1, m1, k to 1 st before end, m1, k1 (48 sts)

4. K 48 sts – 2 ridges made

5. Repeat Row 3 (52 sts)

6. K 52 sts – 3 ridges made

7. Repeat Row 3 (56 sts)

8. K 56 sts – 4 ridges made

9. Inc in center only (m1,k1, slip marker, k1, m1) (58 sts)

10. K 58 sts – 5 ridges made

11-14. Knit 58 sts – 7 ridges made

15. K across and dec in center by K2tog, k1, slip marker, k1, SSK (56 sts)

16. K 56 sts – 8 ridges made

17. Decrease as in row 15 (54 sts)

18. K 54 sts – 9 ridges made

19. Decrease as in row 15 (52 sts)

20. K 52 sts – 10 ridges made

21. Decrease as in row 15 (50 sts)

22. K 50 sts – 11 ridges made

23. K 15 sts, bind off 20, k 15 sts (30 sts)

24. K across 30 sts. This might be a little tight so you might want to try dp’s or longer circ using the magic loop technique. After a few rows it gets back to normal.

25-28. Knit – 14 ridges made

Bind off next row with #10 needle and sew up the seams that need sewing!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Another Christmas Present Revealed

This is what I knitted for the Grandson for Christmas 2008.

Every little boy (and big ones too) could use a Nintendo pillow in their room!

Side 1

Side 2

I made both sides on the knitting machine to fit an 18" pillow form.
Then I crocheted up 3 sides, used some white yarn to weave thru the stitches, making 4 sections for side 1. This was just a temporary guideline to help me place the stitches evenly. After all the duplicate stitching was done I just pulled the yarn out.

I found the two Mario Kart charts on Animal Crossing Ahead.
I had to adjust the original patterns which are in squares to a knitting type chart, where the height is taller than the width. Lots of time spent on Excel!

The Yoshi head was the one I used on his sweater a few years back. I think I used KnitPro to make that and this time I just downsized it to fit the pillow section.

For the 1up mushroom, I used this dishcloth chart.
I don't know much about Nintendo games and rules, so I made the mushroom red. Showed it to my son and he said that 1up mushrooms are supposed to be green! I had to carefully clip and pull out all the red and do it over with green. Oh what a mess that was!

The really neat Mario Jumping scene I found at the WikiKnitting site.
Lots of charts!

The Nintendo Logo - KnitPro again.

After all the duplicate stitching was done, I just finished crocheting the edges together.

He loves it!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Forgotten FO's

I had forgotten all about these FO's, so thought I'd post them.

First is a pair of Mittenz, showing how they look before seaming and after.

Next is a pair of Kidlett Mittenz with stripes.

Answers To Some Comments:

Amy - thanks for the award! I've been so very busy lately I have not had time to respond but I will.

Carol, Sandy and anyone else that would like the instructions for the double and triple roll brimmed hats: I am still waiting for Karen to write up the pattern. Not sure where she will post it, but I'll be sure to update the info here on my blog.

That's all for today - hope the next few days are stress free for everyone.
I've got last minute gifts to finish up AND wrap!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

There Is Knitting Going On - Really

In the background - for Christmas surprises!
So no photos of those projects until they've been gifted.

But I have managed to finish an FO - A shawl or laprobe for the Elders.

I started this 2 years ago, put it away for the summer, knit on it awhile, put it away again.... But now it is done and ready to be mailed.

Pattern is my own. Look on the sidebar for the link to my Half Circle Knitted Shawl.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Oh No! More Hats!

I'm almost up to my 50 that I pledged for the Hatz Blitz!

Hat 45
So I've had the Bond/ISM for years and really never tried ribbing on it. I did a closed cast on - something else I'm not really great at. I decided on an easy rib of k3, p1.
With the machine, you knit the amount of rows you want and then undo every 4th stitch and latch it up. Fun and I'm happy that I was able to try these two techniques and get them almost right.
I say almost because I forgot to use a smaller keyplate for the ribbing to make it tighter. There's always next time.

Hat 46
Now this one is a "Hybrid Hat". I knit the stockinette body all on the machine and worked the ribbing with smaller needles by hand. Learned a new bind-off technique that produced that chain effect. I then worked the crown decreases by hand in the round with double points and sewed the little seam up.
Still took me just the same amount of time as if I had done the ribbing on the machine.

Hat 47
Finally finished this one!
Pattern: Dylan's Beanie by Woolly Wormhead

I used #6 needles and Caron Rainbow Yarn
Size: medium

And that's all for now.....

Still working on the Juliet Cardi and the Sally Melville Vest.
What is taking most of my time is the last few squares of an crocheted afghan.
Arranging the squares and seaming up is next.

Friday, October 31, 2008

More Candy Corn?

I finally got around to knitting up a Candy Corn hat for DD#2. She's been bugging, oops, I mean asking me for years to make one.

Pattern: Candy Corn Hat by Sarah Nopper
Red Heart Yarn and #8 needles

I have lots more treats (FO's) but I need to take pics.
More hats have been made.
Mittens too.
Babette is finished.
Garter stitch blankie, finished.
More squares done.

Shopping my stash for yarn and projects to finish. Fun and cheap!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hold On To Your Hats!

It's very windy here in Fontana, and fall has arrived in the Inland Empire.
We're having gusts of about 49 mph and that makes it pretty darn hard to go outside and pull weeds. I hope they die down soon because we are in need of a few groceries.
Meanwhile I've been busily knitting up more Hatz!

Hatz 26 - 30

Four of them are just a basic beanie - no pattern. I used up lots of little oddballs of chunky type yarn, like Lion Brand Jiffy.

# 26 is two strands of knitting worsted started from the top down with a 2.5" garter stitch brim. Nice and warm around the ears.

#28 is the RAD Hat knit with bulky yarn, and several oddballs of Lion Brand Jiffy.

Still working on the Juliet Cardi, Sally Melville Vest, Squarz and blankets.

Saturday, October 11, 2008


It's fun to go digging in one's hidden Wips. Look what I discovered!

It is a vest from Sally Melville's Styles book; The Whistler Vest.
This one was hanging out deep in my closet with some other forgotten projects.
We were discussing what to make for the elders of the Rez and vests were mentioned. I think this one will be going up to South Dakota this winter.

These are the two fronts and they are already up to the armholes, so I really do not have much more to knit. It's a simple linen stitch knit on #5 needles.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Thrift Shop Score and More

Yesterday I went to several thrift shops and found a very nice small afghan, 37" x 52". I washed it and it's ready to go for the Blanket Blitz.
Found a few bags of odds and ends that will be great for my crochet squares. I've separated them into cool and warm colors.

Still knitting mittens - a pair here and there. Here's one from the Warm Woolies pattern knit with 2 strands of yarn. One Red Heart and the other mohair. This is about the 2nd or 3rd pair I've made with this combination of yarn. The mohair sure makes them soft and fluffy.

Saw this hat pattern in one of my Ravelry Groups - Hats Hats Hats

They're having a Hat KAL for October and this was one of the suggested patterns.

Crocheted Brimmed Hat

It's a quick project and was fun to do.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Mitten Challenge Totals & More

The totals for the Mittenz Challenge of 2008 are in!

1003 pairs of mittens/gloves/wristers were were mailed last week to the Rez!

Simply amazing, isn't it? What one group of people can do when called to the challenge!

Now back to our regular programming.... digging out the WIPs

Found two more hats in the WIP pile.

Hat #23
Pattern: Slip Stitch Quilted Baby Hat by Shelly Kang
It's a Ravelry Download too. $5

Since this was my first attempt at quilted stitches, I used stash yarn.
It was a bit hard for me to keep track of the pattern and I know I made at least one "design element". But I like the outcome so much that I'll probably make another and choose some prettier colors. This one reminds me a little pineapple!

Hat #24
Pattern: Gansey Hat by Gail
Yarn: Bernat Soft 'n Cozy
Needles: #7's

I was a test knitter and I thought this was a fun hat with all the patterns going on.
I plan on making more.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Getting Back To Other Projects

Rita's House Socks are done! The garter stitch sole worked out great.
I worked the afterthought heel on 20 sts, leaving 16 for the instep.
Hope they fit!

Here's the start of the Juliet Cardigan that I am knitting for my sis, Rita.
She saw the pattern knit up at her local yarn shop.
It calls for a gauge of 14sts per inch. Caron One Pound yarn and size 8 needles gave me the right gauge.

I spend yesterday catching up on some Tivo'd shows and working on putting together the small granny square baby-ghan.
I'll have pictures soon.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Keeping Track Of Hatz

And so I said I was going to go thru my knitting projects yesterday...
Guess what I found? Hatz! I had stored them away somewhere different from where I usually keep them.

So now I have all my hats to take pictures and I had a picture that included the 6 hats I mailed out last Friday.
I went back and looked at all my posts and photos in my computer and I've found out I have made a total of 44 hats since Jan 2008.
38 of these I've made for the Rez.

But wait! My sidebar says 22....
Looking back at my posts I see that I started counting for a Hat Blitz I thought was going to start soon.
I started with the yellow butterfly hat as #1

So thanks to BigHugeLabs, I made this mosaic of all my hats from 1-22

I think I'll take Lizzie's advice and bring down my finished hats to the computer area and COUNT them!

Meanwhile here are some pics of the latest hatz.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Losing Count of Hatz

Somehow I've lost count of my Hatz production. Must have been that wonderful stay in Colorado with my family. I must admit I do not take a picture of every hat I knit as there is just too many!

This is a bunch from August and September. Maybe I should just start taking group shots like this, print out a picture and number the hats. That might work.

Why keep count? Because I just like to count things :)

Well, let's add these totals to the sidebar which says I had 14, so now I have 21.
I think I made more, but I'll stick to 21 for now and try and keep track.


Monika asks if my head is spinning from all my projects I have going on at one time :)
Nope! I love to have that many going so I can choose which one to work on depending on my moods. Some are good for TV watching, some need more concentration and some are portable. Some are boring to work on but that does not mean I don't like the finished product, so if I work on it a bit at a time it finally gets done.
Now to confess that I often read 3 books at the same time. Well not exactly at the same time; a few chapters of one and later a few chapters of another one.

Maybe my head is spinning...... ;)

Lizzie has asked about the Diagonal Box Stitch afghan I want to make.
I just have to find the right yarn and nothing in my stash is looking good. Think I'll have to go out and buy a skein or two. The DBS squares came out great. I'll post a picture of them soon.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Pair of Socks and Some Answers

Here's the house socks I've been working on. As you can see I've knit the place for the afterthought heel with black waste yarn.

Now to take care of the "I Love Your Blog" Award answers

I'm supposed to answer with one word whatever comes to mind first so here goes:

The questions are as follows:

1. Where is your cell phone? Charging
2. Where is your significant other? Recliner
3. Your hair color? Brownish
4. Your mother? Deceased
5. Your father? Deceased
6. Your favorite thing? Knitting
7. Your dream last night? None
8. Your dream/goal? Many
9. The room you’re in? Small
10. Your hobby? Numerous
11. Your fear? Seldom
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Alive
13. Where were you last night? Bed
14. What you’re not? Slender
15. One of your wish-list items? HDTV
16. Where you grew up? California
17. The last thing you did? Knit
18. What are you wearing? Cothes
19. Your TV? Off
20. Your pet? Neutered
21. Your computer? On
22. Your mood? Impatient
23. Missing someone? Yeah
24. Your car? Red
25. Something you’re not wearing? Socks
26. Favorite store? Home Depot
27. Your summer? Fun!
28. Love someone? Yes!
29. Your favorite color? Red
30. When is the last time you laughed? 10:58
31. Last time you cried? Forgot

And that's it for today because as you noticed, my mood is impatient!

Saturday, September 20, 2008


I've been crocheting and knitting up 9" squares and now I have a little leaning tower of squares! They're waiting for company - more squares from our group.

The top square is the basics solid granny square pattern I use.
There is a YouTube video that shows how here.

Now Lizzie has made quite a few blankets already and she just finished a crocheted Box Stitch Diagonal one.

The other day at the LA County Fair, I saw a lapghan crocheted in Box Stitch Diagonal. It was just odds and ends with black sc around the edges.

So I've decided to try my hand at this stitch. Funny thing is that I've made an afghan or two using this stitch, but many, many years ago. So I am glad there are tutorials to help refresh my memory.

I decided to just make a 9" square for practice because I do not have enough yarn for a lapghan or baby blanket.

Rita's Slippers Are Done!

PDF Pattern: Mountain Form Slippers
Yarn: Worsted wt stash odds and ends

These were fun to make, but I am not sure I like the ribbing part. I suppose it holds the slipper snug to the foot. I'll have to ask Rita how they wear.
I was thinking next time I could just do them on straight needles and crochet the seam closed on top, like a planned embellishment.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Changing Gears

Update On The Blanket Blitz

Now through January 15, 2009, our Yahoo NAS Group will be making

4" knit or crochet squares in BABY COLORS ONLY, sport or worsted acrylic yarn


9" knit or crochet squares, any colors, worsted acrylic yarn

We will be sending all squares to:

NAS Blanket Blitz
19510 Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside, Ca. 92508

I will be one of the "assemblers" having fun joining up all the squares to make blankets.

We have a blog too, showcasing blankets, squares, tips, etc.
Native American Support Blanket Blitz

If you prefer to make a complete blanket, afghan, quilt, laprobe - that's great!

February 1, 2009 is the final date to send completed afghans, quilts and blankets for babies through adults, knitter's choice (please label all wool blankets).

Send the completed blankets to the "Main"

Julie Garreau-Project Director
Billy Mills Youth Center (The Main)
8200 East Lincoln Street
P O Box 410
Eagle Butte, SD 57625

I've been working on several blankets and lots of squares. One of my projects is a hexagon blanket. I've even got my sis Rita, crocheting little hexagons for me.
Here's a big shoebox full that she sent.
The plan, once we coordinated our finished hexagon diameter, is to connect them with white. That should be a pretty colorful blanket.
When I get around to joining them, I'll post the progress and some links on how to join.


I've finished my last pair and have to take pics, finish filling the box and pack and ship. It really does give me a very happy feeling to know that there will be more warm hands and heads at the Rez this winter.

Other Projects
I finished that small baby hat and it is small - infant sized.
Lizzie said I should have cast on 80 sts and next time I am going to do just that!

One pair of slipper socks are finished and I'm doing great on the other pair on two circs.

That's all for today as I am resting up from all the walking I did yesterday.
We went to the LA County Fair. Fun, but oh so tiring....

Monday, September 15, 2008

No Blogging - Lots of Knitting

No Blogging lately - what's wrong with me?
I've been real busy tending to the forgotten backyard. It was a jungle back there but I've now gotten it manageable again.

My computer was having problems, my hard drive died. Put in another one and now I have to install all my programs again. I'm still not finished and now my photo editing software is not working for me.
I decided to use Flickr's Picnik program. So far it's OK.

My sis Rita sent me her favorite slipper socks to mend. I usually do afterthought heels and tell her to not throw them away when she wears a hole in the heel.
I can fix them! I did fix them and decided to knit her up a few more pairs.

Some nice reddish ones.
Yarn: TLC Essential Multi - Sedona colorway
Size 4 needles - working both socks at the same time.
Pattern: Melanie's House Socks
I've made a pair of these before and really liked the garter stitch sole.
With this pair I am going to work an afterthought heel instead and still keep the sole in garter stitch.

Here is another pair I'm making using up all the bright bits of yarn.

PDF pattern: Mountain Form Slippers

Mittenz Update
Time is quickly approaching the mail date! I have about 72 pairs of mittens made.
I was saying I was trying to knit up 100 and I will for the year of 2008, just not for the current Blitz. Besides my mitten box is almost full.....

I've got a few more photos but I'll save them for tomorrow.

Oh and Linda nominated me for "I Love Your Blog Award" Thanks!
I'll see what I can do about answers......

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Knitting Factory Is Open

I knit up this car seat blanket so fast, I amazed myself! Of course it is only about 24"x31" - but still, you know how slow I go on blankets in the summer...

I used Mason Dixon's Moderne Baby Blanket but cast on fewer stitches and added a few more strips.
This will be for Little Lissie - matches her little hat :)
Yarn is Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn.

I like to clean up my craft room when I go away, so I tend to shove all the WIPs here and there - out of sight. Now that I am back, I am having fun searching for them because I forgot where the heck I hid them!

Found the Telemark Sweater and finished it in no time. This one is destined for the Rez for the coming winter.

Pattern: Telemark Sweater (Free Ravelry Download)
Needles: #7's
Yarn: Thrift Shop

Now to hunt around for more FO's and those mittens I left to be finished.
Yes, I am back to knitting even more mittens! Maybe I can reach 100 pairs before the end of Sept? Nahhhh...... not even if I knit in my sleep :)