I wanted to share my newest FO, which is also a design of my own creation: Jack's Beanstalk Blanket.
The blanket was designed and knit for my new baby nephew, Jack, who was welcomed into the world in early December. I finished casting off the blanket only an hour before I got the phone call announcing his birth!
Here's a gross yellowish photo of the unblocked blanket. (Thumbnails lead to big image)
And here's the finished product:
Knit with Patons Classic Wool Merino in a deep foresty green.
The pattern is simple, consisting of three Vandyke lace columns and a seed stitch border.
It's one of the biggest projects I've done, and I'm very proud of it.
The pattern will be available soon, and I'll be sure to post it here!
Now, I've just ventured into the land of spinning (I use a lightweight bottom whorl drop spindle) and I adore it.
I scored my spindle, along with three solid colours of Corriedale wool, from Knit Knackers for 12 bucks CND. Now that I've done a bit of practice spinning using just the solid colours, I'd like to try carding the colours together, blending them to make a sort of gradiated effect.
I have Ashford Student Handcarders that were my mom's, and I've messed around with blending the colours together a bit already. I was wondering if anyone had any tips regarding the easiest ways to blend two or more colours together really well, using hand carders?
Any and all tips would be appreciated, including any tips you guys may have on using a bottom whorl drop spindle.
Thanks so much! This forum is so fun to browse, all this glorious handspun.
This was actually the first thing I ever knit. About three years ago.
I had a bunch of blue acrylic yarn, and Stitch and Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook. The punk rock backpack seemed super-easy and I was obsessed with wanting to make it, so I thought "Sure! How hard could intarsia be?"
I knit every part of the backpack, then got to the intarsia. It was going to be an 8-bit black mage (from the Final Fantasy series of video games) from minute one.
I could NOTgrok intarsia, and not for lack of trying. Let's leave it at that.
Time went on. The backpack bits got sent to the bottom of Stash Bin A, and were ignored while other projects were completed, time after time.
I had become quite an established knitter, good at every technique I had come across. Except that intarsia. I never tried intarsia again.
Until about a month ago. I decided to tackle the backpack again.
And you know what? It clicked.
So here it is, my very first knitting project, and one of my most recent completed projects. A project three years in the making!
Punk Rock black mage packpack. I <3 it. I haven't sewed in a lining yet, so it's kind of baggy and shapeless.
Just in time for a Christmas gift, I knit my boyfriend a hat. His favorite animal is sharks, and he is by no means a shy guy, so I decided to go all out, and make him a full shark hat. D: (His idea!)
Boyfriend himself, happily modeling his new favorite hat
Top view. The shark is eating his brains. ~
I didn't use any pattern for this. I did reference World of Knitted Toys by Kath Delamy(sp?) for the shaping of the dorsal fin and the tail, but even they needed massive tweaking due to the size. The decreases were guesswork, but worked out. I made the gums by picking up stitches, and binding them off immediately using smaller needles, and the teeth are white felt.
I can write up a pattern later on, if there's interest. In the meantime, enjoy!
OK... I know how to turn and such, for short-row shaping. But I'm knitting the shark from World Of Knitted Toys, and their instructions have me baffled. As follows:
"Next row: k17, turn and cast on 12sts (back of fin), turn and k to end of row"
Now, I've tried turning, and casting on to the NEW right needle, then turning again,a nd knitting across... but I find it very difficult to knit into those new 12 stitches, so I can't help but feel I'm doing this wrong.
Can someone lend me a helping hand! Thanks in advance!
So, the deal is - I have some beautiful yarn sent to me by a friend, and I absolutely must knit a scarf with it. The problem is - I tried knitting Mom's Sophisticated Scarf from SnB Nation with it, but the gauge is just odd, the stitches are too wide and thus would not be a warm scarf. I tried altering gauges and such to make it work, but bah.
SO - I've come to you witty and awesome crafters with a challenge - can you guys help me scour the web for a good scarf pattern?
Rules - I'd like something along the same lines as the Mom's Sophisticated - that is, a relatively wide and long scarf, with SOME sort of a pattern to it - whether it be an interesting rib, some sort of basketweave pattern, whatever - nothing too difficult but will make it a little more interesting then, say, a 2x2 rib or garter stitch.
I mean, if there's something you think I might like, post it anyway - I'd love to see as many possible patterns as possible!
OK, I was talking with some of my geeky crafty friends this morning while I was suppsoed to be working, and we sort of realized a simple, obvious, yet fascinating revelation:
Notice that most if not all, geek television shows/movies/books have some form of knitted objects in them? Knitted objects that become memorable in some way? Also, for smarter geeks, there seems to be a huge fascination with tying patterns and formulas to knitting. It's quite fascinating!
Off the top of my head, I can think of several geek-based knits, just by looking at these forums:
I've knit a neat little cabled wristband for myself out of some nice merino wool I had laying around. I knew I wanted a cable on it, and instead of finding a pattern, I decided to wing it. (Although, I have no doubt there is a similar or identical pattern out there somewhere, it's quite basic.)
Here it is:
And here's the pattern. It's very very easy, anyone can do it! I especially suggest it if you are new to cables, it's a fun, easy, small project to learn them on.
CO 18 sts.
Row 1 (WS): k1, p1, k1, k3, p6, k3, k1 p1, k1.
Row 2 (RS): k1, p1, k1, p3, k6, p3, k1, p1, k1.
Rep Row 1. Rep Row 2. Rep Row 1. (5 rows).
Row 6: k1, p1, k1, p3, c6f, p3, k1, p1, k1
Rep pattern until piece meas approx. 7.5" long. Or, if you're like me, wing it; while the stitiches are still on the needle, see if the band will stretch around your wrist. You can try and make your cable line up when you stitch it together. I didn't worry about it too much.
Sew up your side seams and weave in your ends.
That's it! Any questions or comments, please post! This is my first "original" *laugh* pattern, so I'm pretty proud.