Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
With the left over yarn from David's hat and scarf and this vest, I made these mittens last night. I like doing the I-cord and will probably use it quite often from now on. At first I thought I would do a more interesting two color pattern, but I need them now and not some time down the road. It was snowing today, and raining and there was a storm in between.
I had to retrieve the lid of our yard waste container. I was wandering up and down the road looking for it, the storm blowing (and giving me a face lift for free) until I found it under the car of one of our neighbors a few houses down the road. Anyway, I'm happy I have warm nice mittens now, which will felt for sure (and that is just fine). Now, I'm going to make myself a hat with these colors, not sure what though. I'm not going to start it tonight.
For Leslie: Since your comment was anonymous and I don't know how to get in touch with you, I'll insert the link for the free pattern here: scarf . But you can easily find it on the side bar, scroll down and there will be Free Patterns in orange and click the Free Patterns underneath. They are not listed seperately. Anyway, have fun knitting!
Saturday, October 28, 2006
What a disappointment this turned out to be. I'll never, ever buy this yarn again, I'll not even take it for free. I still have three balls left. Maybe Hannah will use it someday. Anyway, some time ago, I was thinking of a scarf pattern, I like chevron very much, so I've tried out different ways and came up with this one. I really like it and with any other yarn I would have been quite happy with it.
At first I liked the color changes, the first ball was O.K.. It stared out quite conform, same thickness, as you can see on the left side in the picture below. The second ball had knobs in it and at the end of the second ball there was another knob and a sudden change in color, which was not in the right position and after this dark blue there was not even a knob any more but just a little bundle of yarn. I through it away. The third and last ball, the same. Sometimes the thread would be thin as lace weight and thick as unspun roving. I HATE THAT! If you look at the balls with the ball band on, you can't really tell that it is a thick and thin yarn. At the end of the third ball, again the sudden color change and the last 5 yds were loose and disconnected. Also the colors in the second and third balls looked kind of dirty/muddy not as vibrant as the first ball. Enough said! Despite of all this, I'll knit another one with this pattern soon. As I said, I like chevrons. ;o)
Here are the specifics:
pattern: my own
yarn: Karaoke 50% soy silk 50% wool, 3 balls
size: 5" x 64"
This scarf is nice on both sides and if you still would like to give it a try, I've posted the pattern. You can find it on the side bar, as usual, under FreePatterns. Have fun!
I'm also going to finish my vest today. I'm almost done. Have to find the right buttons for it.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
yarn: KnitPicks Sock Garden, 100% merino wool, color Daffodil
needle: 2.5mm, CO 60 sts
toe up, jojo heel
I like this pattern, but it's not very stretchy. I like that there are no YO increases, which make holes and sometimes I just don't want them. The yarn was a pleasure to knit with, but the pooling bothers me a lot (this time). So, I'm not as happy with them as I could be.
Fluted Banister: pattern from Boogie
yarn: Trekking XXL color # 78
needle: 2.25mm, CO 65 sts
toe up, jojo heel
I love Trekking colors and it doesn't bother me, that you'll never get to exactly identical socks. It's always a mystery how they will look until the end and I like that. This yarn is not as soft as 100% merino, but I'm sure they will last way longer. And you can machine wash them and put them in the dryer as well and they will hold up great.
Simple Socks, no pattern
yarn: Artyarns Supermerino color # 140
needle: 4mm, CO 44 sts
toe up, jojo heel
This is superwash 100% merino wool. The leg is knit with K2, P2 ribbing. I was surprised by the outcome of this colorway. I had them in my stash for a while now and didn't know what to do with it (not another scarf please!) and I wanted to have some thick socks. They turned out nicely and where done quite fast.
None of the socks are for myself. They will be gifted to people I love.
I made them all within the last week. I did a lot of ripping also. Sometimes things just wont work out at all. I didn't work on my moebius vest, but I feel very guilty about that. I need to finish it soon, just to free myself for other things.
This is a one time shot. They are allowed on the couch by invitation only and it never happened before that both of them felt the need to relax in style. Right after the shot they fell asleep and snored like lumber jacks.
Monday, October 23, 2006
I've never hit the jackpot, but I think that must be the feeling I've got right now. A while back I've ordered some back issues from Knitter's Magazine and came across this title page. Unfortunately they were all sold out - of course.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
On another note, all the "knitting ladies" have pilgrimed to Rhinebeck. A week ago I didn't even know it exists and now I'd like to be there as well! Can't wait to read all about it.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
This is how I do it now:
When you come to the point where you knit together both triangles (or whatever- diamonds etc.) you use the last stitch of the first triangle and the first stitch of the new triangle.
slip1 knitwise, slip1 purlwise, put both back on left hand needle, knit those two together knitwise, turn, slip1 knitwise, knit to end.
That's it. That's what I did this morning and that's what it looks like.
I've tried everything else and this was the neatest fabric.
I hope it helps. ;o)
It's always nice to be asked to knit something for somebody, rather than knit something and look for somebody who might want it. David asked me nicely to make him a hat and a scarf and I happily agreed to do it. I've used Berroco's Ultra Alpaca which I had as soft in my mind, but as it turned out it's still scratchy, just on the border to not being able to be worn. Whew! The hat is a simple K1, P1 rib all around. The scarf pattern, which looks really nice, but is hard to see on these pictures is from the Yarn Harlot herself. She made hers with her awesome handspun. I absolutely adore the color (green/yellow/orangey) very fall like. The stitch is a one row pattern, easy to remember, but also getting boring about halfway through the scarf (but that's with all scarf patterns because scarves are just too long). Anyway, the green background is my Moebius vest. The back is finished and the right front too. It's coming along slowly but surely. You should see the color on a sunny day (today there's nothing but rain). It's also Berroco Ultra Alpaca and called Pea soup mix (I think) I love it. Better pictures to come.
A few days ago I made this multidirectional neck warmer (pattern by Iris Schreier). I've got the pattern for posting a foto of the cashmere scarf (Karl's). I've worn it the last few days. My sore throat was gone within two days, thanks to garlic, thank you very much (and honey and tea, I suppose). In it's place I've got some cold sores now. Yeepee!
The blue picture on the right is a closeup of another multidirectional triangle scarf I've cast on this morning. Hold on, I know it sounds crazy, but I wanted to show Larry how I figured out a nice way of ssk's. I haven't used it in a while and it didn't turn out that well with the Diamond Chevron Scarf (middle), but it was bugging me, so I've tried it and now it looks great, no ugly bumpy ridges. The yarn is Patons SWS denim. I'm not sure how soon I'll resume knitting this scarf. Have to finish so many things first and a million new projects are swimming in my head (which is fuzzy anyway).
So, back to brewing tea and popping vitamins and some click click click double time knitting.
Friday, October 13, 2006
It's not even my birhtday yet (coming up in November), but the last time Sybille sent me something it took 8 weeks to get here. She didn't take any chances this time! ;o)
We were supposed to swap a magazine and look what I've got! There are magazines AND a book mostly about sock knitting, yeah, a pair of socks Sybille made with self dyed yarn, some sock yarn in VERY nice colors (fall colors which I love), a cute card AND some treats for Biko and Sam. That's just more than generous. I thank you very much, Sybille, from the bottom of my heart! You're the best internet friend one could wish for! ;o)
If the "sock" fits, you better wear it!
My large feet are toasty warm, just in time, since it's snowing already and the wind is whistling through all nucks and crannies.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
With the Flow Motion socks # 2 done I had some leftover yarn and made this cap. Shortly before it was finished my vacuum had a bite out of it. It took only a second because I didn't count on the suction power of a new bag.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
I've tried to make a "manly" scarf and this stitch pattern looks good on both sides. If you're interested in the pattern I will put it up soon.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Sybille is cranking out one scarf after another. I like the colors she choose and that she used thicker yarn. The reason why I made this scarf (not that I need one) is, that I always wanted to do another one and I'd liked to see how the Patons SWS turned out when knitted. Also Sybille made a wonderful Woolpeddler (Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle), which is on top of my to do list. One of these days..... Her's just looks great even though she used multicolored yarn, but you can still see the great pattern.
So here it is:
pattern: Diamond Chevron Scarf by Iris Schreier from the Creative Knitting Magazine Fall 2006
yarn: Patons SWS (70% wool, 30% soy), very interesting yarn, not sure yet if I like it or not; 3 balls (327yds)
needle: 5.5 mm
size: 6" x 68"
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
this is a picture before felting
This is the fishtrap cap from Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac (remember Zimmermania KAL?). I loved knitting that one. Although it was too big for all our heads in the family. I decided to felt it lightly, but David saw me doing it and he wanted to have a go at it. Well, we both enjoyed the rubbing and squeezing and after we were done it was too late. There's a thing called "over felting" I'm sure. I pulled it in shape and put it out to dry, so now it looks like a bucket hat. Maybe Hannah will wear it?!
Monday, October 02, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Voila! My lacey bedbugs scarf is blocked and done! In the beginning it was supposed to be Evelyn Clark's "Trellis" scarf, but I soon discovered, that I'm not going to waste my time by fiddling with the K7tog's. It was just not going to happen. So what to do? I was all reved up for lace knitting. So I decided to make my very own lace scarf.
To the right you can see the bedbugs blocking on a mattress. The stitch pattern was not difficult, thank god! A little bit of sunshine this morning and fresh air.
pattern: my own
yarn: Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud (100% Baby Alpaca) 1 skein! with about 3 yds left.
size: blocked 13 1/2" X 52"
It's very airy and so soft. It has many mistakes and it's not a master piece, but very much a learning experience for me. For one, in the future I'll try to avoid borders which have to be sewn on. It was my first time grafting anything and it's not so bad, unless it's lace weight yarn! I'm not afraid of grafting anymore, which opens my horizon for the future. I'm happy it's done and over with.