Sunday, December 30, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
My gauge is 18 stitches and 24 rows with these needles, but I knit Continental Style and very loosely.
Work K1, P1 rib for 1.5 inches.
Switch to size 6 dpns, putting 22 stitches on each needle.
Work in plain stocking stitch until hat measures 6 inches from cast on edge.
Repeat decrease rows (as follows) until eight stitches remain--two stitches per needle. End with row 1.
Row 1: K2tog, knit to two last stitches on needle, SSK. Repeat for all 4 needles.
Row 2: Knit all stitches.
Do not stretch to block. Wash gently in mild soap and allow to dry flat. Hard blocking will stretch the ribbing.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I got the pattern idea off of Ravelry. I didn't follow it, though. I just started knitting something "soap shaped" to fit a nice bar of lovely smelling soap.
I used the leftover balls of singles I get when I ply. I keep them all in a basket and I'm always finding uses for them.
This sweater is 100% wool and will felt and shrink down as the soap is used. Fun.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I finished Miss Teenager's headband last night. Actually, I started it last night, too. She's pretty happy with it. She misses her dalmation, but enough time has passed to actually use this yarn. She plans on wearing it snowboarding all winter.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
I've started the Lily of the Valley border for my Swallowtail Shawl. The purl 5 together stitches are a big pain in the neck, especially since silk is slippery and inelastic. There have been many times when I have not used a lace pattern because of the dreaded "purl 5 together." Now I don't have an excuse.
Friday, December 14, 2007
I love to make jewelry and I'm always looking for ways to incorporate fiber into every part of my life.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
That's the guard moose Izzy wants for Christmas. She only wants it because it belongs to her sister. My grandmother bought her a giant moose for Christmas. Hopefully that ends the controversy.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
My handspun, one ply was Hanspinner's Dream Alpaca top from Alpacas With a Twist. The other ply was Montana Targhee wool.
I crocheted this from the top down. Entire pattern was improvised. Bow is worn in the back, so it doesn't show much, it's more of a safety feature in this insane Montana wind.
My husband hates this hat. Ha ha ha.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Me7of11 tagged me for a meme. I've never done this before, but here I go.
1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 random and/or weird things about yourself.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
1. My joints all hyperextend. My arms look broken when they are fully "straight" to me.
2. I brush my tongue until I gag every day. I also have to floss. I can't stand not to.
3. My maternal grandparents were Scottish and they made me take highland dancing lessons. I hated it. (Imagine a chubby girl dressed in wool, jumping over swords in the Texas heat. Ugh!)
4. I didn't own a television as an adult until I was 28. People tried to give me tvs all of the time and I refused because I don't really like to watch television. I lose interest almost immediately and start knitting or reading. The only reason I finally got one was for my children.
5. I love bird nests. I throw my yarn scraps in the back yard for the birds to use. I also clean my hairbrushes outside so they can use the hair.
6. I love the smell of wet wool and I hate the smell of wet alpaca.
7. I am a Jesus Freak. I can't help it.
I'm tagging Lavender Knits, Beth, La Needle Loca, Life Changes After Birth, Stephanie, Crafty Griffin (although I could swear she was tagged earlier), and Ava. I'll be commenting on their blogs later.
Monday, December 10, 2007
My husband did a bit of tsk tsking when he saw me cast on this Swallowtail Shawl from IK Fall 2006. I don't care. The yarn is awesome. (A perfect gift from my dearest friend--a green yarn the exact color of my eyes.)
The dog ate my original copy of this magazine before I really read it. I found the pattern again through Ravelry and my local yarn shop had a back issue.
This project is very fun and the silk is heavenly. Unlike Ick-arus, the actual triangle-building part of the shawl is patterned and engaging.
Unfortunately for me, Captain Smith (my doctor) put me in a "cock up" wrist brace and the knitting is slow. He says I will have to relearn how to knit and spin with the brace on, but that I will pick up speed as I learn to position my hand and wrist. Spinning was effortless because I was teaching myself the long draw woolen technique. Knitting is another story...
Friday, December 7, 2007
Men without hair need hats more than anyone.
I knit this as a test for David's watch cap. It's my handspun. I'm amazed at how such lumpy looking yarn knit up pretty smoothly. The hat has raglan decreases and a deep cuff. I tried it on and it's plenty warm.
It really needs to be viciously lint brushed before it goes out the door.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Because I seem to have more aunts than a picnic, I knit another bright hat. Aunt Carolyn teaches second grade. She's a purple lover. I knit this baby for her out of a BFL single. I dyed it with drink mix. (I was going through a phase...) I knit it at a pretty tight gauge to prevent the inevitable pilling that comes from single ply yarns.
I hope she likes it. It shows plenty of ear cleavage. I knit it more for sass than warmth. Oh, and I ran out of yarn.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
2-ply handspun yarn...one ply is handpainted alpaca from Spunky Eclectic and one ply is undyed targhee fleece from Sugarloaf Mills.
David bought me 11 pounds of the targee I used. He bought it for me at the Montana State Fair. We walked to the car with a giant bag of fleece as if he'd won me the biggest stuffed animal in a carnival game. Rednecks can be so romantic.
This yarn looks yummy and sugary-sweet. It will be a gift for my bestest best best friend. She's a natural platinum blonde and looks like an angel in pink.
Speaking of sweet, my four year old daughter unloaded the dishwasher while I was in the shower. She stacked the dishes under the cupboards they belong in. All of the silverware was put away, including the spatulas and mixing spoons. I am convinced that the hospital sent the wrong baby home, but I am keeping her.
Monday, December 3, 2007
I dyed a bunch of cotton for a surprise project for David to take to Korea. I hope it turns out the way I want. I don't usually dye cotton, so I just bought a tie dye kit for Jacquard. It was pretty fun and the colors are nice.
Friday, November 30, 2007
I don't feel like knitting right now. I know I'll do it later. I can't send him to Korea without new socks, an afghan, pillows...
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I'm having a lot of fun remixing old yarns with new handspun.
I plied a handspun wool single with vintage "Opalesce" yarn from Reynolds (45% Viscose/ 21% Wool/ 15% Acrylic/ 12% Mohair). The result is lofty, silky, fluffy, shiny...
As long as my house is a foster home for abandoned yarns, I'm going to find them new lives.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I like combining old with new, serious with funky, and wild with sedate. I'm working on some more yarn remixes this week.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
I'm making a door prize for a Women's Tea at my church. It's Clapotis from Knitty.com.
The yarn is my own handspun/dyed.
They are rioting at Ravelry about this pattern. I guess it's overdone. This is my first time knitting it and I'm having a blast. It's like knitting a waltz. One, two, three...one, two three... Kate Gilbert is a genius!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
My sweater finished blocking. It's hard to see from the picture, but it has about 2 inches of ease. I love it. I took all of the leftovers I had and made a quick easy cowl.
I cast on 50 stitches with a size 11 needle using a provisional cast on and smooth linen waste yarn.
I knit every row until I had 5 feet left.
I picked out the cast on, put the stitches on a spare circular needle, twisted the work 1/2 of a turn, and grafted. Easy.
Grafting is easier than people say it is. Just ignore the directions and use your tapestry needle to make an imaginary row of stitches in between the two needles. When people tell you how to do it, they just mess you up.
This is my Whip Up Whiplash entry. CLICK for more info.
I attached the first shuttle with another slip knot.
Give some slack. Make a loop. Dive the shuttle between the base yarn and the loop you just made.