Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Saturday, 27 December 2008
I got one knitting present from my mom. It's a felted planter. Cool eh? She went to a craft show and saw it and had to buy it for me. It's needle felted and amazing.
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Now I am off to buy rutabaga's for a casserole for Wednesday evening Christmas dinner, on Christmas day we eat left overs, yum.
Happy Holidays everyone. And if you aren't having a white Christmas you can share some of mine.
It's snowing again. We are supposed to get 15cm (6") today! We have some extra to share if you're missed the snow.
Friday, 19 December 2008
I Cast On my second sock at a Christmas party last night and got down to the heel. Yes that's me, life of the party, knitting in the corner. It wasn't a chat all night party. It was a 'bring your partner to our group because it's Christmas' party. My husband (http://www.followthatsong.blogspot.com/ ) runs a songwriters group where each month you come with a song you wrote, perform it and wait for comments from the group. Every once in a while I get to go and observe this process. I thought when they started that they would all start to sound alike but this is far from the case. They have all kept their own voices and the variation in songwriting and how they approach it has been maintained over the 6 years they have been doing this. They are encouraging to each other, have learned to criticize constructively (not as easy as it would seem) and appreciate any leaps past their own comfort zones which happen mostly because of the safe environment they have created. We knitters could be doing more of this. I wonder if it's possible over the web?
Thursday, 18 December 2008
And now I'm back to the socks. I love sports weight socks. They are quick to knit, cushy to wear and did I mention how quick they are to knit? Three evenings, tops, to knit a pair. I love that. Of course I don't have a pair yet. Just the one. But I love the colour of these so I'll be casting on the second one soon and these babies are staying home with me.
Photographing your own feet is kind of interesting.
These are the same socks done in fingering weight sock wool. I think I might write up both patterns so you could choose. The pattern repeat happens to work out for both.
I have one more Christmas knit to do but that can wait until the weekend. I don't quite have it all worked out in my head yet. How is your Christmas knitting coming along?
Monday, 15 December 2008
And I am determined not to be limited by wool weight preference. There are so many lovely lace weight projects out there that I would hate to miss them. I would love to get a couple more pairs of socks done but I don't think that's going to happen. I now have a sports weight pair on the needles. This wool is lovely. It's by http://www.indigomoonyarns.com/ and in this gorgeous colour. I'm also test knitting my pattern which is really in fingering sock wool but let's face it, sports weight is just faster right now and will do for a test knit.
And speaking of socks, I finished the pair of Home & Hearth Eyelet Anklet socks from Cat Bordhi's book New Pathways for Sock Knitters.
And they still look very odd without a foot in them but are very comfortable to wear and intriguing to knit. I am going to try another pair just because I think the heel is so cool. Has anyone else tried any socks out of this book?
Everyone else in my house is out shopping so I better get knitting while it's nice and quiet.
Saturday, 13 December 2008
And then to throw you a curve, you work back and forth across the heel stitches using the heel stitch (Right side:*Slip 1, K1*. Wrong side: Slip1, purl back.) and attach to the side of the sock the same as you do in a standard sock at the bottom of the heel except here it's at the back. OK got that? Here we have a combination of half a short row heel and the standard turning of a heel except it's somewhere different. Cool eh? Worth the time it took me to do these even though I am now dreadfully behind on the list of Christmas knitting. I am going to do one more out of the book for sure now that I have all of this under my belt.
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Just for fun, and to knit something very fast, I worked up a few bangles! Takes next to no yarn OR time and I'm all for the quick results at the moment. The combination of I-cord and felting works great. I especially like the ones with beads and sequins in them - very festive.
At our guild meeting in November, we knit bracelets with beads and wire. That was quite interesting as no matter how often Megan told us to "knit loosely!!!" we were all wailing about how hard it was to knit into the tight little stitches ... no elasticity of course! But the results are very pretty.
I'm still working on a matching watch cap and dickie for Al ... I'm sure I've started a few other things but time is slip sliding away. We're going to be closed between Christmas and New Year's but then it's too late!
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Does your knitting chair and table look like this? Last year I don't think I knit up too much. But this year I have requests. This is very odd since I don't think I have had any before from other than my children. I have started with some fingerless mittens, nice and quick. I unravelled a couple of childrens sweaters that I didn't particularly like and am using the wool again, very thrifty. My youngest sister wants some mittens so I'm going to work on refining my mitten pattern with the instructions written in inches only (no numbers for the gauge). So far using this system for the fingerless mittens has worked out great.
You can find the Anatomical Mitten pattern on the December 22, 2007 blog posting by going to the sidebar and hitting blog archives - 2007 and scrolling down the resulting page. Sorry I'm not a techy at all and can't seem to link this up.
Oh and I did knit another hat. The one on the left is in aran weight and is the same size and was knit from the same pattern as the one on the right which is in sock wool. My son informs me that the gray hat is very manly and he would wear it. I had a hard time wrestling it off his head. I pass all these things past my children since they are very definite on questions of fashion and colour. Whereas I am always questioning my choices of colour and pattern. I am trying to make all the hats unisex, sometimes its just a colour choice that makes that possible. Hats are kind of interesting that way.
Monday, 1 December 2008
I have now figured out how I am going to present the patterns, meaning how the write up is going to look on the pages. All the designers have sent in hat patterns for me to check out. So the sample (test) knitting begins. Yes!
Thursday, 27 November 2008
These fancier braids were are made with 4 strands of ribbon and 2 strands of beads on thread. They come out gorgeous and look like those crystal experiments where you stick a toothpick in a jar of salt or sugar solution (I can't remember which but sugar would be more fun) and crystals form on the stick. Pardon me, everything seems to be reminding me of high school today.
The braids are pretty aren't they. The shawl is a Pie Shawl in progress and it's gorgeous too. But I didn't do any of this. NO, too busy knitting hats but I did put a hat aside last night to make a bracelet.
Is this cool or what. My first bead project and it was fun, fun, fun. We strung beads on no.26 wire (available at craft stores) and then cast on, slipping a bead between each stitch. We knit one row and then Cast Off, slipping beads between all these stitches. It was great and took about 45 minutes and a second bracelet would take about half an hour now that I am sort of used to the wire. It has no give at all, well of course it doesn't, but this takes some time to penetrate a thick skull. You have to do all of this loose, as loose as you can.
It's fun to see the different sized beads come up in line. I enjoyed doing it and it's not a hat!
Monday, 24 November 2008
Here are the watch caps with a 2/2 rib done in fingering sock wool on the right and aran weight (heavy worsted) on the left. Very different yarn weights which produce the same hat. They feel different on and they took a hugely different amount of time to knit. As you might imagine, the brown sock wool hat took just into a second 50gm ball so that's longer than one sock's worth of knitting, and the heavy worsted hat took one evening - yay! But the brown sock wool hat feels great and will be warmer. The red aran weight hat is lighter but not as dense, but fast to knit. Pros and cons, the choice will be up to you because you get to decide which weight to knit each of the hats in.
That's the whole premise of this booklet - that every pattern can be knit in any weight of yarn from sock yarn knit at 32 sts = 4"/10cm up to chunky weight yarn knit to 14 sts = 4"/10cm. Sizes will range from Newborn up to Large Adult. Lots and lots of possibility here.
A close up and personal look at the same hat in two different gauges. This idea has made writing the patterns very interesting. Usually when writing a pattern for this type of hat I would divide the crown into 4 sections and use one of the K2 ribs in the centre of each section to work the decreases. But ... when I tried dividing some of the cast on numbers of stitches for some of the yarn weights and sizes, the decrease line ended up in the centre of a P2 rib. Not too interesting as a decrease line.
So I have written the pattern with 4 distinct rounds of decrease. You can see the circles there (the hats haven't been blocked yet and some of it should disappear). This worked for every yarn weight and every size. I am going to knit a child's size hat now for confirmation.
Stay Tuned for more hats tomorrow, or skip to next month. I'll still be knitting hats.