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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Dumb question about yardage of sock yarn... on: August 30, 2007 07:44:53 PM
OK most sock yarns I know how much I need toknit a pair of socks....

I have been given a single skein of Lornas Laces  Shepherd sock yarn to knit some socks for a friend...  never having used this before it doesn't look all that big and I have no idea how it knits up ....

is a single skein (says aprox 215 yards) enough to knit a pair of adult socks?  the lady in question has rather large feet for a woman......

should I tell her that it isn't enough or suggest that I may ahve to do anklet type socks instead?  or even use a different yarn for the cuff, heels and toes (I have a solid of a different brand that would work well as far as colour goes) and maybe extend the patterned yarn that way....

some advice would be gratefully recieved here!
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Farmers Market Bag on: August 17, 2007 07:39:40 PM

This is the farmers market bag from the Green Issue of Knit1 Magazine (yes it is crochet not knit!)...

I used Bernat Handicrafter cotton rather than the organic cotton recomended and went for a funky blue/green/yellow colour..... and because I didn't have the 4 and 5mm hooks they recommend I used a 4.5mm one for the whole thing.....

am very pleased with it tbh and it only took a couple of evenings to make.
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / baby stuff - hat and soaker on: August 11, 2007 12:02:29 AM
I made these two items to go along side some other stuff I knit for a pregnant friend.......

A cute little Cloche hat:

no idea what yarn I used - it was some misc baby yarn from my stash and I used this pattern with a modified version of this flower attached with a button.

I also made a little lilac soaker using my own pattern:

The full set of items being sent to the Mamma including all the knit items:

I just hope she likes lilac (but I also hope that the scan was not wrong and that she does not have a boy!!!!)

more details (pics, patterns, modifications, yarn, hook size etc) on my blog
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / more baby knits - the lilac collection! on: August 10, 2007 11:57:14 PM
I have finally finished the baby set I was making for a friend:

and so I present the Lilac collection  Cheesy

A couple of the items are crochet, but the knit items are as follows:

Blossom from magknits made using Jaeger baby merino yarn in a purple/lilac colourway (no embroidery due to the vairgated yarn and I used 2 strands of thinner ribbon to tie it closed),

Saartje's Baby Booties made using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino yarn in one colour (lilac)

Ribbed Baby Shrug using a pattern from the fall 2007 issue of Knit Simple:

I need to get a cream ribbon to tie this closed which I will do tomorrow.  This was made using Bernat Baby Softee and is incredibly incredibly soft to the touch!

Kitty Cuddle Toy:

Made using Cottontots yarn and my own pattern with modifications to make it into a cat (previous incarnations of this pattern have been a rabbit, a bear and a gnome)

The other 2 items in the top pic are crochet - a little cloche hat and a wool soaker made to my own pattern....

More details (yarn, modifications, needle size etc) on my blog

I just hope the mamma likes lilac!
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lots of finished objects! on: July 18, 2007 03:11:27 PM
Despite it being too hot to knit here I seem to have finished lots of stuff in the last couple of weeks.......

First up is a bundle of goodies for a friend's baby:


I know the soaker is crochet but all the rest is knitted......  The soaker, bear comfort toy and bib are knitted with my own pattern (bear knitted in Cottontots yarn, bib in Bernat handicrafter cotton, the soaker is some wool that I dyed with Koolaid)...  the socks have a feather and fan pattern on the cuff and are knitted with some leftover handdyed yarn I got from Hipknits ages back.  The little hoodie is made using this pattern and some Jaeger baby merino yarn in a funky purple and lilac colour.

I also finished a pair of socks for me


These are knitted using Michelle's basic sock pattern and some gorgeous Austermann Step sock yarn that I could not resist at the LYS - cost a fortune but it is so soft and contains jojoba oil and Aloe Vera so it makes your hands really soft as you knit with it!

And finally 2 knitted dishcloths:


These are done with Bernat Handicrafter yarn, the one on the right is an open star pattern, and is a little bit smaller than I like for a dishcloth, the other one is a  feather and fan cloth.....

There is some more info about these and some more pictures on my blog
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hot weather knitting... on: July 17, 2007 02:18:04 PM
not what to knit for hot weather, more how to knit in hot weather....

it is stonkingly hot here at the moment, and knitting is almost unbearable, but unfortunately I have a few things that I MUST finish (things for a pregnant freind who is due in 6 weeks)...  and of course one of them is in a wool blend that just feels yuccky when your hands are hot and sweaty...  the cotton stuff is fine I have finished that, but I have a little woolblend sweater that I have started and must finish and I promised her I would make a wool soaker too....

any tips for knitting with wool in the heat?

I have tried using a bit of cornflour on my hands to absorb the moisture, and that does work to a point but only lasts for a short time before I need to reapply it (and of course I will need to wash the items to remove any residual cornflour)....

anything else that would work to keep my hands relatively dry while I knit?
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / For my Fat Bottomed Girl...... on: June 04, 2007 09:57:48 AM
My youngest is still in nappies at night, but because of the amount that her bladder can hold she needs 2 terries at the same time to cope with the amount of wee (for the Canadian/American readers or anyone else who doesn't know, a Terry nappy (or terries) are flat square traditional English nappies that you fold in a variety of ways to make them fit the baby - they are made out of terry towelling and are very absorbent but very very bulky!)......

She is officially a Fat Bottomed Girl now and when she is wearing both of them she walks in a way that resembles a sumo Cheesy

but because of this her wool soakers didn't fit over the HUGE bottom that she had so I had to make some more soakers.....

and a quick pic of them in use

These were made from my own pattern (well not really a pattern - I measured her and sort of winged it!).....  there is a very basic description/tutorial of how I did it on my blog
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Stuff.... on: May 31, 2007 02:44:17 PM

this is an assortment of baby goodies I have knitted for a pregnant freind, including the teeniest tinyest pair of socks I have ever knitted!

there are 2 cardigans, a bib, a comfort toy (from my own pattern) and the socks...

more details on my blog
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / EZ Baby Surplice Jacket on: May 22, 2007 10:14:19 PM
From The spring/summer 07 issue of Vogue knitting....

An in progress pic...

and now the finished object...

I can't post an in-use photo yet (sorry!) the intended recipient will not be born for another couple of months!

This was a fairly easy knit as long as you remembered to count ridges (ie garterstitch ridges on one side) rather than rows....

I did make several modifications however - I used Bernat Baby Softee yarn in a nice pink colour (baby is a girl) rather than the recommended woolen yarn - I wanted this to be easy to wash, very soft, and the cheapness of the yarn was a bonus too!  I used the recommended needles for the yarn (4mm) and it took less than 1 ball - it is a bit bigger than a standard newborn size to my eyes (maybe 3-6 months???) but that is probably a good thing as babies grow!  besides, this is a summer baby - she will not need a sweater until Autumn!

I also did not knit this in garterstitch throughout - I am not fond of garterstitch garments for small babies - I find that they look very bulky on them...  this was done in stocking stitch but I kept the garterstitch borders at the base (8 rows) and at the neckline (5 stitches of garterstitch)...  I also did a garterstitch border for the back of the neck to finish it off neatly.  And because I think it will fit a larger baby than a newborn, I wanted to make the sleeves a bit longer, so I added some K1P1 ribbing cuffs - these could be folded back for a tiny baby, and unfolded again as the baby grows.....

All this needs now is for me to get round to sewing on the buttons I bought for it!
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fitted Knits U-Necked Vest... on: April 11, 2007 03:06:01 PM
I finally finished the Back to School U-necked vest from Fitted Knits (not that I go to school, but I did like it.......)

Appologies for the quality of the pic of me wearing it - I had no one to take a photograph so had to improvise using the bedroom mirror....

Fits really well (I made the smallest size - 34"), but is possibly a bit short for me - I have a long torso...  next time I will make the ribbing longer...

I used 5 balls of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes to make this.....

more details on my
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