Wednesday, December 31, 2008
A moment later he asked if I could knit him a square, then wait...a rectangle. With a Star and my name. And a little one like 'this' like a credit card.
Out came the paper and pens and his 'designs' were on paper. The next day we hit the yarn store where he picked out his yarn. And some pink yarn as a surprise for his big sister. He wanted me to knit her a heart.
12 minutes before Midnight tonight, I downloaded the pictures of the 3 important items that had just been finished.
Here's hoping the end of your 2008 is filled with as much love as this little guy shows his big brothers and sisters!
Monday, December 29, 2008
I've also picked up a few others of Lisa's patterns for little kiddos, and I'm looking forward to knitting them up. One of the little sweaters, TOUCHDOWN! is really burning a hole in my knitting list-it comes with a knitted up football pattern! Can't wait to see how it turns out.
Alright, onto other knitting...the scarf and hat for my niece (you know those purple and yellow items in colors for an Aunt to really demonstrate true love since hers is the 'rival' high school from way back in my 'youth'...you know, when the dinosaurs roamed...) ya..that set... According to my Mom..the first words out of her mouth were-"Oh! This must have been hard for Aunt Cathy to knit with these colors!" But, she loved 'em.
In other news, I have located the pattern for Mom's vest that I was looking for. Note to self, when all else fails, check the bookcase for the "Knitter's" Magazine rack when you've 'misplaced' the pattern to find all you did was put it away in it's proper place. ULG. After all I've searched. It's in Knitter's 76, Fall, 2004 called Patchwork Vest. So, when I'm ready to pick it up, I'm all set, especially since I have it written down here and in Ravelry now to be able to find it the next time I lose track of it.
The best quote of the last bit of a while came the other night. Baker's helper looked at me and said, "You really love yarn!"
Yep, I have to agree.
And with that, I'm heading to nap-land. I hate being sick.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
1 Skein Lion Brand Homespun Yarn
(US) 11 (8.00mm) needles
crochet hook (for fringe)
finished size: 72" x 6" wide (excluding fringe)
Gauge: 12 sts/17 rows = 4"/10 cm in garter stitch
Cast on 18 stitches, and garter stitch until you reach the last yard/meter of yarn.
Attach fringe in 6 groups of 3 at each end, or singly across the ends of the scarf. Enjoy!
Here's hoping your travels over the holidays, don't look like this!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Need a scarf for a pre-teen in a hurry? This one knits up very fast.
Skinny HS (Homespun) Scarf
Cathy Waldie, August, 2004
finished size (62" x 4")
1 Skein of Lion Brand Homespun yarn. (actually about 3/4 ths of a skein)
(US) 11 needles (I like wood or bamboo with this yarn)
Cut and knot the ends of 14" lengths before knitting. Set aside. ~ 24 lengths.
Cast On 12 stitches and knit 222 rows.
Bind off. Attach fringe.
Finished...aren't they cute? ~ 50 yards of leftover wool, is all it took, and they're winging their way to Michigan right now. The pattern is at: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=194286.10 and the ravelry page on them is here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knit-coffee-sleeve . Oh, I do so love me some cables. You can see the 'shhhhhhhhhhhh' project over on my ravelry page, too...But I can't show it until after Christmas. *wink wink* if you know what I mean...
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Pattern for the Original Irish Hiking Scarf: http://www.helloyarn.com/irishhikingscarfpf.htm
C/O = Cast On
K = Knit
P = Purl
Kfb = Knit into the front and back of stitch
Pfb = Purl into the front and back of stitch
sts = stitches
IHS = Irish hiking Pattern
tog = together
B/O= Bind Off
With smaller needles (US) 6 (4.0mm), C/O 36 sts.
Rows 1, 3, 5: K3, (P2, K2) x7, P2, K3
Rows 2, 4, 6: P3, (K2, P2) x7, K2, P3
Row 7 (inc row): K3, P1, Kfb, K2, P2, Kfb, K1, P2, K1, Kfb, P2, K2, P1, Pfb, K2, P2, Kfb, K1, P2, K1, Kfb, P2, K3 (42 sts)
Change to larger needles (US)8 (5.omm) and follow original pattern as follows:
Knit Rows (5-8) in IHS pattern 1 time
Knit Rows (1-8) in IHS pattern 8 times
Knit Rows (1-4) in IHS Pattern 1 time, end with row 4.
Dec row for ribbed neck :
K2, P2, K2 tog, P4, P2 tog, K2, P2, K2 tog, P5, K2 tog, K1, P2, K1, P2 tog, P4, P2 tog, K1, P2, K2 (36 sts)
Scarf pieces now measures 14" in length.
Rib Knit Section:
Row 1: K3, (P2, K2) x7, P2, K3
Row 2: P3, (K2, P2) x7, K2, P3
Repeat rib Knit rows (1 and 2) 22 times, End with row #45-row 1 in pattern) for 9" of rib knit, hold first section on a stitch holder, and knit the second section to match the first section.
Return section one on larger needle and kitchener stitch (graft) both sections together.
Cut yarn, weave in ends.
(I'm still working on my grafting...)
Wrap and gift or wear and enjoy!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Here are two pictures of a vest that I started at some point for my Mom. But I can't find the magazine that it is in to finish it. Anyone got a clue here? I'm guessing it's probably a Knitters or Interweave Knits issue from a couple of years back. The original is done in a light pink color and then felted pockets were added onto it. This is driving me nuts. I've been going through all my stuff and can't figure it out. I can't even find it online to re-order it so I can finish it. Driving me nuts.
I finished my niece's hat for Christmas to go with her scarf that I left in Michigan. This is a much better look at the colors. It's the School Colors Hat with Lion Brand Wool-ease yarn.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Nellwyn Cardigan, size small, from the Cable Confidence book,
(US) 6 (4.00mm) needles for bottom and sleeve rib
Mom is so much happier with the size of these buttons. She keeps telling me how much she just can't do the smaller, fiddly buttons anymore and they just really frustrate her now. How glad I am that I have the ability to fix that for her. It really didn't take long at all to make the sweater into something that she will be able to use now without frustration. All I had to do, was to knit up 4 rows in a 2 x 2 twisted rib, figure out where the top and bottom button would be and divide up the remainder of the stitches between the remaining 3 buttons, which gives you 4 sections.
Not long after The sweater was proclaimed finished, my Uncle came over to wish Mom and Happy Birthday. We loaded him up with extra birthday cake and other goodies to take back for them to share.
Remember, too the huge pile of snow from last March that the residents were guessing when it would all be gone before summer? Well, guess what...
This may be the start of this year's pile.
And that's her story and I'm happy to stick to it!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
The buttons picked were the first ones, the Celtic Knots. They went the best with the cables on the sweater. However, to quote Mom, "when you get to being this age (81) your fingers don't work as well with little, fiddly buttons." So, it was a good idea NOT to use the hearts. I'll keep those for Kitchen Towels or baby sweaters.
And here's another picture.
Here she is in the sweater, before I redo the neck/button band. I think we're going to add in a couple of more stitches, make it a wider band for her, and she wanted fewer and larger buttons. If I get the knitting done tonight (thank GOODNESS I don't have to wait until she goes to bed!) I'll take her with me tomorrow to pick out her own buttons. *sigh* all that stress. Oh, well, since it's a sweater for her, I'm much happier to have her input on it anyway. Nuts, I should have taken a picture of the back of the sweater while she had it on. It's a perfect fit in the back! Very nice to know I picked the right size when I wasn't here to measure her or her other sweaters when I had gotten started. Oh, yes, she loves the sweater. After she opened it her first words were, "I love cables!" Now, they both have sweaters/vests with matching cables.
Now, check out the earrings that Dad gave her tonight! See? This is why I couldn't have worked on it in front of her and told her it was for someone else. We all know it's her favorite color! The earrings match perfectly!
Oh, and it's started to snow outside and it should last for about 24 hours. Who is taking bets on my flight at dinner time? Right now, it's all slushy and the temps are dropping. Syracuse daughter is praying for a snow day. She's trying to finish up her papers. Snow-good for her? Not so good for flights.
I know it's blurry, but I was taking it through the screen and didn't want to go outside and use a flash...