Sunday, July 27, 2008

Colorado Tales

My one little hat I made while I've been here in Colorado.
It's from Woolwinder's pattern - Made In America

A very easy pattern and she has more that I plan to make. I have a 2nd one on the needles right now. I've made a few more crochet hexagons and squares with little scraps of yarn I packed. So for now I'm ok but I do really want to go for a little visit to Hobby Lobby! Love their yarn selections.

Colorado Adventures

The sky here is so beautiful and I could not resist taking this picture of sunset.

What a treat - we saw mama deer and her bambi right outside grandson's summer camp!

We went to Macaroni Grill last Friday for a family birthday dinner. Birthday boy says that they have the best macaroni & cheese! Also the best chocolate cake :)

Birthday Boy with Nonni

The birthday parents!

The actual kids birthday party is today and I'll have pictures to post soon!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Will I Have Enough Yarn?

So I'm off to Colorado tomorrow. I'm still packing right now and wondering just how much yarn to take.... I remember last time I ran out of yarn!
If I could handle 2 suitcases by myself, I would pack another one with yarn.
But carrying my purse, and my carry-on with laptop AND one big suitcase will be all I can handle.
I've packed plenty of patterns and I've got more on my Ravelry Queue. Now that's one good thing about Ravlery - you can access your patterns anywhere as long as you have a printer!
But I have a plan -I'll try to hit Hobby Lobby in my first week there and stock up on yarn!

Going Square Crazy!
I very excited about our latest Blanket Blitz and have been knitting and crocheting squares with lots of colors! I already had some 6" squares, but added on a few more rows to get the 9" required.

The little hexagons are my contribution towards a blanket that I will be sending to the Main.

Telemark Pullover

I'm almost done with the Telemark Pullover( a free Ravelry download).
When I took this picture I was going to work both sleeves at the same time on circs. That idea did not work out too well as I would have been juggling 4 strands of yarn. I'm alternating a varigated with a solid to make sure I have enough yarn.


Finished my blue pair of mitts for the NAS Mitten KAL! I love this Lion Brand pattern and I have more chunky yarn so I'll probably make more pairs. Next time I plan to convert this flat needle pattern to the round - no seaming !

Remember these I started on 2 circs? Guess I was not in the mood for 2 circs because I could not go on with them. I ripped them out and made another pair.

This is what I made - a simple 2 needle mitten, knit both at the same time on 2 pairs of straights. They're a k2,p2 rib which makes seaming nearly invisible and the mitten a snug fit.

Don't they look like little saguaro cacti?

Friday, July 18, 2008

Knitting Cold Weather Items

It might be hot weather in Southern Calif right now, but our group is busy knitting up cold weather items for the Cheyenne River Reservation.

There's a Mitten KAL going on and I've been working on these little blue mittens.
I'm knitting them slowly because I've been told I am supposed to "Knit-Along" and not knit them up beforehand :)

We've got 2 easy patterns - one flat like the blue ones below and one in-the-round.
Come and join the fun and knit up some mittens for the Rez!

Pattern: Lion Brand 2-Needle Mittens
Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky - discontinued
Needles to get gauge of 4sts/1" - for me those would be size 6

As you can see I love to use those little plastic markers. They're the best to keep track of row counts.

Knitting on Hatz has slowed down for me right now but I'm going to Colorado for awhile and I will probably take yarn for hatz. They're great for trips.

And stay tuned for news on our Blanket Blitz. We will be making squares and blankets.
I've volunteered to seam up the squares and that should prove to be lots of fun.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

How About More Mittenz?

Another set of Mittenz for the Rez

And here is another pair being knit 2 at a time on 2 circs.
They are really easy, just k3, p3 rib.

Remember the Babette Blanket? I put that away when I had company and now it is too hot to think about joining those panels. So it's taking a summer break.

But I've got a new crochet blanket I really want to try. It's called the Hexagon Blanket and I read about it on Ravelry. Ravelry can get one into trouble and they've got me "hooked" (bad pun intended).

The pattern is only available in a Japanese craft book and it's hard to obtain, but I think I have figured out the motif pattern pretty close to the original.
It's really just a round granny type motif with the last round making it a hexagon shape.
There's more to it's assembly and such but I'm just playing and having fun making little motifs right now.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Knitting Has Resumed

The Surfer Boy has gone back to Colorado and now it is boring around here....
So much fun to be with the young ones and going, going, going everywhere!
We went to all the old places I used to take my kids years ago.
This picture from my cell phone at Huntington City Beach, Calif.

Now for what is on my needles and hooks to keep me from being so bored :)

Neopolitan Baby Blanket
From Knit One, Stripe Too by Candace Eisner Strick
This one is for my soon to be granddaughter!

Still making mittens! Here is July's crop.

A little baby sweater on the needles - the Telemark Pullover
It's a free Ravelry download.

This is my July stack of reading material

Saturday, June 28, 2008

I Love To Read!

I love to read and I just found out about
over at Lizzie's Blog.

It's free, it's fun!

Here is a sample widgit


Then there is the one that shows all the books you have read.
I've been adding this years reads. Last year I read 83 books and I'm trying for 100 this year!


There is some knitting is going on - finished another pair of mittens and working on a baby blanket for my "almost here" granddaughter! More about that later.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Mittin' Knittin' On Hold

Stop The Knitting!

That's my grandson above - he and mom came from Colorado to visit the family here in Southern Calif. Knitting and crocheting will be on hold for now as we plan to have lots of fun!

Here is my 7th set of 8!

There's been some sewing of mittens too!

I made the above from different patterns and some scrap fleece material.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Saving On Gas

Hat #10 knit with 1 strand of soft knitting worsted and 1 strand of mohair makes a fuzzy warm hat.

Hat #11 - Knit on the Innovations Knitting Machine. This is a tube doubled up which makes a very warm hat. I used Woolease yarn.

Hat # 12 - 2 strands of knitting worsted and a 3" garter stitch brim.

Now for Mittenz!

Pairs 52 & 53 - Mini Thumbless Mitts.

Pair #54 - got the idea from a pair of Old Navy fleece mittens.

Pair #55 on the needles with a thumb knit flat method.

Friday, June 13, 2008

123 And One More

Trio of Hatz

3 earflap hats using Tammy Wright's In A Flap Cap pattern.

Of course I modified it! I changed the stitch counts to be able to knit with 2 strands of worsted wt yarn at 3st/1".
And I even short rowed the neck/flap part as you can see on the left most cap.

Now for the Hat Parade:

Hat #6
Woolease yarn with a doubled brim and knit on the Innovations Knitting machine with hand knit crown.

Hat #7
Knit following instructions as per original pattern, but with 2 strands of yarn.
Earflap part could be a bit closer to the eyes, I thought it was too wide apart.

Hat #8
I short rowed the flap part and added one more ridge to the brim. Original had 3 rows of garter stitch - I did 4 ridges. And I also adjusted the flap/neck stitches by adding more and decreasing the opening stitches. The face part now looks better protected from the cold winds in South Dakota.

Hat #9

Now this one might look a bit smaller but I think that is due to the yarns I used.
On this one I added one more short row for a total of 4 short rows and this made the flaps hang down longer and shortened the neck back a bit more. One could even add a button and button the two flaps under the chin. The rest of the hat is the same, 4 brim ridges, same depth.

So that brings my HATZ totals to 9.
I cast on for another one minus flaps.

Still working on the garter stitch baby blanket and I have one square done.
But now Lizzie has tempted me with EZ's Garter Stitch Blanket from the Opinionated Knitter. I have the book, but I think I'll wait finish my squares of garter stitch first.
Knitting on slippers for little feet and a baby sweater too.
Stay tuned!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Two More Hatz and More

Hat #4

I finally finished weaving in all the ends and really love this hat.
It was fun and easy to knit.

It's the Checkerboard Mesa Hat by Nanette Blanchard .

Hat #5

This is my adaption of EZ's Maltese Fisherman's Hat found in Knitter's Almanac.

I fiddled with the stitch count to use worsted wt yarn on #7 needles for a gauge of 4 sts per inch.

Here's a cute little garter stitch baby blanket I have on the needles.
It's from a book by Candace Eisner Strick - Knit One, Stripe Too
This is just one square - there are four.

Oh Let's Not Forget The Mittenz!

Two more felted pair. The ones on the left have an acrylic cuff and were modified from the Dulann Mittens. I think this makes the 50th & 51st pair.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Did You Say Hatz?

Today I'll be working on Hatz for 2008. This challenge is not official yet, but I have to get a jump on Lizzie - she already has 5 Hatz!

Here is her cute button I'm stealing for my sidebar. Go check out her blog and you'll see the lovely hatz she has already made.

2 hats were sitting in the NAS bin. I made them in April and had not gotten around to mailing them so I'm counting them!

Hat #1 is the Butterfly Hat - my hat here.

And here is Hat #2

Hat #3 is really bright pink! More thrift store yarn and no particular pattern.
I just cast on for a 20" head and did some ribbing and added some purl bumps along the way.

Here is #4 almost done - just needs the ends woven in.
It's the Checkerboard Mesa Hat by Nanette Blanchard and available for purchase on Ravelry and here.

What I found while digging thru the Wips - I forgot I had started these before my April Colorado trip .

And that's not all I found.....
I had to re-organize all my forlorn and forgotten Wips that were shoved to the side during Mad Mitten Making.
Here is what I found - about 10 little baskets all lined up and waiting for me to "get with it".

I'm still working on the other mitten mate for pair #49 and I have a few more mitten patterns I want to try - so there will still be mitten knitting - just not so much.

Have to finish those blankets and I found another cute little sweater pattern on Ravelry.
Yes, I cast on for it already....

Monday, June 02, 2008

Hello - I Am An Over Achiever

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The Battle of the Mittenz Knitting is still going on. There is about 7 of us "Over Achieverz" that are in the double digits. Here is my 6th set of 8 pair and when I get to the 50th pair, I will take a little break.

I will not stopping making mittens but I think I'll switch to making a few hats and slippers.

Hatz Blitz, Heet the Feet Blitz and Babiez Blitz were being discussed in our Yahoo Group.
There will be more about this when the actual challenges start.
The Hatz Blitz will most likely start after the Mittenz Blitz ends - Sept 30th.

Some of the my fellow OA's (Over Achieverz) have already started making hats so ya know I have to "get with it" and knit me some Hatz!

Oh and I almost forgot about the "Underwear Blitz"!
Between now and August 1 (the mailing date) we are challenged to pick up a pack of NEW (only)
underwear for school aged children. It's our June/July Blitz.

Now to go check out my Ravelry Queue and see what hat patterns I have marked.