So, I've wanted to knit a new swater for TW for a while, but money is tight and we don't have the spare cash to buy any new yarn. What is a knitter to do?
Knit for it!
There are a few "Will Work For Yarn" and bartering type groups on Ravely and I've been putting my self out offering my services in hopes of earning enough yarn for a sweater.
And I did! More on that later though. First, here is what I've been making:
yarn: Miss Babs Yowza! What a Skein in Copper City
needles: US 8 (5mm)
Rav project link
Lovely yarn and easy fun little pattern.
yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted
needles: US 17 (12.75mm)
Rav project page
this one was hard,the big needles were really hard on my wrists. And I've hard so many good things about the yarn, but it took 7 skeins, and 4 of them had knots! And it was spun in such a way that there was very little spring to it.
Lovely Ribbed Cowl
yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Suri Merino
needles: US 7 (4.5mm)
Rav project page
Super easy knit, and OMG amazing soft yarn, I looked forward to knitting this it felt to nice in my hands!
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
What to say about New York Sheep and wool 2013? Fun!
TW had a grand time checking out all the animals, he kept us going so much that I didn't get many pictures, but believe me, there was a lot going on. I wore my Arachne's Veil shawl, but didn't get any pictures.
I was able to take a break and go check out the Ravelry meet up while TW and Bill went to look at the traveling zoo animals. And then they wandered off to make volcanoes in the sand.
before we met back up to have lunch
TW was particularly interested in watching sheep being groomed and sheared.
and of course got to meet some Llamas!
and here's a gratuitous shot of my favorite sheep, the Jacob:
Monday, November 11, 2013
I've got a few FOs for you today!
I finished the Gentleman’s Socks with Lozenge Pattern for Bill:
he loves them, it just makes me so happy to make socks for him, he really appreciates them, I need to make more socks for me, but I keep picking out yarns for him, because it is so fun to see how happy they make him.
Pattern: Gentleman’s Sock with Lozenge pattern by Nancy bush (found in Knitting Vintage Socks)
yarn: Knitpicks Stroll in Wine
needles: US 1 (2.25mm)
I modified the pattern a bit to be able to knit them toe up, two at once, and good thing, too, because I ran out of yarn! You can see the ravelry page here
then I knit a little blue sweater for Bill's brother and Sister in law, because they are having a little boy and we are all very excited!
this was a great little pattern, I really loved the cable detail. I continued the cables down under the arms, and mirrored them, because I'm like that.
Pattern: Sunnyside by Tanis Lavallee
yarn: Bernat Softee Baby Solids & Marls held double
needles: US 5 (3.75mm)
ravelry page here
after the sweater it started to get a bit chilly here, and I had promised TW that I would make him a new hat since he grew out of his pixie
so I knit him an owl:
this was a fun little hat, but since my yarn wasn't to gauge, I needed to make a lot of adjustments, I cast on for the adult size and then added extra rows to the owl body and head.
Pattern: Chouette by Ekaterina Blanchard
yarn: Schafer Lola, held double
needles: US 9 (5.5mm)
Thursday, August 29, 2013
I'm just stopping in to let you know that I've been published*!
That's right! Come the new year, if you are looking for a new calendar, pick up the 2014 Knitting Pattern a Day calendar, and you will find my Felted Fish Cat Toy pattern on May 5th!
* Ok, it's kinda cheesy since I wasn't paid for the pattern. I entered it in their contest to win money, but didn't win, and all runners up were put in the calendar. But still... published!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
we like to keep the windows open as much as possible, but on breezier days that almost always means doors getting blown shut.
We've had Marmalade at our bedroom door for ages, but TW's door has been kept open by random object for far too long, so I finally decided to make Marmalade a companion.
Isn't he adorable?
Yarn: Bernat Baby Softee, held double
hook: G (4mm)
pattern: Amigurumi mouse doorstop
I stuffed him with a nice heavy rock I found while out on a hike and lots of polyfill.
He seems to be settling in nicely, and TW love him, every night before going to bed he has to stop and say 'hi' to his mousy.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
So I've been super busy living life and enjoying my time with TW, but I have a ton of stuff to share with you!
(My poor pi blanket got dirty soon after TW was born and it still hasn't been blocked since we don't have the room for it here.)
Thursday, March 14, 2013
with the lack of Monday knitting, and
Bill's work schedule landing on a few Saturdays, I haven't had as
much knitting time as I would like. But I have been making progress,
because i can still knit simple things during date nights (we cuddle
up after TW's bed time and watch a few episodes of British TV)
Friday, January 18, 2013
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
does this look familiar?
yep! I'm finally knitting myself my own Sheep Shawl!
A very nice woman at the Saturday knitting group I just started attending is moving, and said she was never going to use it, so she gave me this cone of JaggerSpun Zephyr! (as well as another huge cone of lovely grey lambswool lace weight.)
when I saw the JaggerSpun I just knew it was meant to be!
I'm so excited to be finally knitting my own sheep shawl. Although I think I may take quite a bit longer to finish the shawl than last time.
Besides starting my shawl I have a small FO to share today as well:
I got two skeins of yarn to make the pixie hat for my cousin's son, and only needed one, so I whipped up a pair of thumb-less mitts to go with it.
Yarn – same as he hat: Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) in turquoise
on US size 5 (3.75mm) needles
I used the basic numbers from my two color baby mittens but with a much longer cuff.
The cord has an amusing story: I didn't like the look of a crochet chain in this yarn, and I-cord is rather tedious, so I went to the internet for ideas. The immediate answer was lucet! But I don't have one, and though they can be inexpensive I didn't want to buy one just to make one cord, and totally didn't want to wait for it to arrive in the mail. So I put on my MacGyver hat and found an old plastic fork in the back of a drawer, broke off the middle tines, sanded it down a bit with a nail file and Whammo! Instant free lucet!
(excuse the crappy cell phone pic)
Monday, November 26, 2012
Remember TW's pixie hat? (you saw it in the last post too.) When my cousin discovered that she was pregnant, she immediately requested that I make one for he son as well. I couldn't refuse!
Stella Pixie hat
in Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) in turquoise
on US 6 (4mm) circular needles.
I used the same mods as last time.
(project's Ravelry page)
I can't wait to get the pictures of it on him! I'll be giving it to her at Christmas, along with a pair of thumbless mittens in the same yarn. (more on them in a later post)
When my mom was visiting a while ago she brought me yarn! Lion Brand Amazing. It's a wool/acrylic Noro wannabe. It was quite soft and the colors seemed pretty nice too. Around the same time I discovered that all my knit hats either didn't go down over my ears well, or had lace/yarn overs that let the wind in. I decided to remedy that.
It's in Bicolor Brioche
On US 6 (4mm) needles In Lion Brand Amazing in Strawberry Fields and Pink Sands.
(project's Ravelry page)
This is the third time I've knit this particular pattern, and my sixth time knitting Brioche in the round, and I gotta say I still love it!
The hat is nice and squishy and soft, and VERY warm. Perfect for the frequent walks TW and I take while Bill is at work.
It hasn't been just all hats around here though. I've also started a new pair of socks:
socks on a plane (link is to the Ravelry pattern page)
(my Bayerische socks are on hold until I stop being annoyed at them for being so fiddly in a dark colored yarn)
I also washed, carded, spun, and plied up a bunch of yarn from the batch that had originally been destined for a sweater. The dyeing process had been interrupted by our move, and I decided that the sweater was never going to happen. So I cast on in the white yarn I already had spun up, and spun up a batch of blue and white mixed.
There are four skeins of white, two in the center and two for an edging, and then four skeins of blue all for the border.
It should be a nice large, squishy, warm blanket when it's done. It is a bit further along than in the picture now (I'm into the second skein of blue), but its my mindless big lap knitting, and I don't work on it much, but that's ok, since there is no deadline.
And finally before I end this post, here is an unremarkable picture of the start of an amigurumi mouse doorstop.
Over the summer and early fall when the temperatures were so nice we had the windows open a lot, unfortunately the wind kept catching the door to TW's room and slamming it on us. Eventually I got fed up and decided that his door needed a doorstop too. But that it had to match Marmalade who guards our bedroom door.
I’m taking my time on him, since he doesn't need to be ready until spring when we open the windows again.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
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