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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lacy toddler's sweater on: May 30, 2013 01:41:54 PM
I know it's time to move to summer-weight projects, but...  this is kinda lightweight, no?

I started with thr Lion brand eyelet yoke cardigan.  since I'll go a loooong way to avoid seams, I knit the sleeves (in the round) then knit the body as one piece, then joined them all for the yoke.  Super easy pattern, and I finished this in about a week.  It's for the daughter of a co-worker, and I left the final tail sticking out, in case it needs another row or three once she tries it on.

The eyelets are a simple K2tog, YO, set off by rows of purl.

Fun sweater -- I'm saving the pattern!

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Strimma Time! on: May 23, 2013 01:17:33 PM
I've discovered a new favorite pattern for a little girls swingy top/dress -- I imagine with some mods you could make a nice easy top for little boys, too!  (Oddly enough, all of my friends have little girls.)  No seams, foolproof construction, a lot of potential for embellishement - you can find it on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/strimma

I made the "Sunny Days" version with handknitters cotton and a size 7 needle for a nearly 4-year old friend.  She's very tall for her age, so I lengthened the dress a bit.

I bound off the arms and hem with a picot edge, and gave the sleeves a little flare.  I hope the trim will lie a bit smoother after a wash or two, but it does make it seem very swirly as is.

I made this "Lilac Time" version with Deborah Norville's no-pill acrylic and a size 8 needle for a 2-year old friend.  

I bound off the hem and the arms with 4 rows of garter stitch.  Next time I'll start the dress with 4 rows of garter instead of two, to give it a little more body.

(I like that purple varigated yarn, 'Lilac Ridge' so much I could have just used that, without the dark green stripes.)

Each dress took less than a week to knit, mostly done while watching TV in the evening.  I'm sure I'll be making more this summer, with cap sleeves, and this fall, with longer sleeves...

If you're looking for a quick, fun summer knit, give it a try!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Slip stitch mosaic knitting in the round? on: January 16, 2013 12:03:52 PM
I feel like I should be able to wrap my brain around this, but has anyone used Barbara Walker's mosaic knitting technique in circular knitting?

I've done a couple of squares I really liked, but I'm thinking of making a hat with the slip stitch, and I'd like to knit it in one piece.  How do you handle the instructions to knit the "wrong side" when you're only doing the "right side"?
14  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Hat-along -- 13 in '13! on: January 09, 2013 01:54:13 PM

In the crochet forum, there is a craftalong to make 13 hats in 2013.  I'd love to join, but I'm a two-stick gal -- how about starting our own hat-along this year?

We can work on the same hats in our own way, or all do our own thing and use this thread as a hat rack of sorts, a place to collect our hats.  

I love making hats -- they're usually quick and easy and don't use much yarn.  You can make them out of almost any kind of textile, and they're small enough to try out new techniques without much committment.  And having a couple on hand is great for last minute or impromptu gifts.  A big stack in different sizes and styles makes a wonderful (and tax deductible) donation to homeless shelters in the fall.  Many hospitals accept donations of chemo caps, premie hats or hats for newborns to head home in.  We all think of wool hats in the winter, but cotton hats are wonderful in the summer, for kids and adults.

Anyone interested in joining me this year?  I can post a few easily available patterns at the beginning of the month, just to help if you're stuck for something new, but I'd love it if you post the hats you like and recommend.  It's a big ol' world of knits out there, and I only see a tiny fraction of it!

Here's a couple to get started:

Easy Peasy Hat for newborns
This is a lovely little cap using leftover sock yarn.  I've got some sock yarn I need to unload...er... use up.  My knitting group often does a year long side project; blankets, toys, stuff for newborns -- I think I'll make a few of these to set aside for a donation.

Super Easy Seamed Cap
This straight knit cap looks thick and cozy, and would be a nice project for commuting, lunchtime, TV-time and the like.  And nice for people who don't like to knit in the round.

Capucine Hat
I've made this tassled cap several times, and everyone from old to young has loved it.  I liked it so much when I made a batch last year that I actually kept one for me!  Lots of opportunities for embellishment, but it looks lovely in either fancy or simple yarn as well.

Lion Brand Quick Cabled hat
A friend calls this "The Kitty Cat hat", and it does make a cute hat with peaked corners that look like cat ears, and the draped section in the back is great for little kids, who always seem to get snow down their collars....  It's also a nice introduction to cables, and is knit straight and seamed up the sides, which makes it easy for people who don't like to knit in the round.  (In fact, I think I need another one of these right now!)

So whaddya think?  Shall we get our hat on?
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I made myself a friend! on: January 03, 2013 01:45:29 PM

Well, perhaps not a friend, but she looks pleasant enough!  I got tired of taking lame pictures of hats and scarves lying flat on a table, so I got a cheap wig head.  Then that Styrofoam looked pretty blah.  A little modge-podge, part of a falling apart copy of Dr. Faustus from the 70s, and about an hour around midnight, and wah-lah! a new friend!

Next up: shoulders.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "The Hebridean" - a blanket for the Highlands on: January 02, 2013 12:52:30 PM

This was my big knitting project in 2012, a throw blanket for my sister-in-law.  Made from this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sock-yarn-blanket made with Kroy Efx sock yarn and size 4 needles. 
Its a more restrained companion to the patchwork blanket I made for my sister, who requested a blanket in Scottish colors.
The whole thing is 42x 60 a good size for snuggling on the couch and reading or watching football.

And its lined with a nice weathered plaid flannel for extra warmth!

I really love this blanket, and enjoyed the process.  Id love to have one myself, but I dont think I have the patience to ever make something this big with needles this small again!
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "Jeweled" felted cap on: December 11, 2012 10:36:56 AM
This hat was an experiment, felted wool with rows of non-felting yarn.  I saw something similar on the cover of a book several years ago, and it's been in the back of my mind all that time.

This didn't turn out quite the way I imagined it, so I'll be revising the idea -- but I thought it turned into a nice little hat in it's own right!

I think I'll make a scarf or some mitts in washable white wool to go with it and -- presto! --- a Christmas gift!

18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Serenity crib blanket, or: pushing the limits of my circular needles on: December 03, 2012 07:15:37 PM

I had downloaded this pattern some time ago, thinking it was a pretty pattern I might do sometime.  Finding myself with a complete One Pound Caron skein in grape, I figured the time was now!

I really enjoyed the pattern, altho' fitting the circumference of a 42" square blanket onto my circular needles was a bit of a challenge.  Next time -- and I'm sure there will be a next time! -- I'll use either thinner yarn or bulkier needles to show of the stitches better.

19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Raspberry Parfait cowl on: June 12, 2012 09:34:44 AM

Last Christmas I fell in love with this bandana cowl pattern, and made them for lots of folks in different yarns.  I liked it soo much, I actually started one for myself.  (Isn't it funny how rarely we craft anything for ourselves?) I got to the end of the two skeins of silk/bamboo I'd had in my stash forever, and had to put it aside.

6 months later, I still hadn't been able to find the dusty pink -- so I just finished it off in plum.  I think it looks like one of those layered jello desserts!  And it's sooooo soft and toasty.  Pity it's another 5 months before I can wear it!

** Here's the link to the pattern -- it's really simple and very stylish!
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / HP Summer School Scarf/Stole on: May 31, 2012 01:51:15 PM
My challenge this week in the Harry Potter Summer Session was to create something purple that could help me accomplish a stealthy mission.

I've had a lovely skein of baby blue, super-soft, sportweight yarn hanging around for quite some time, so I used a little red food coloring dye and a pattern I made up as I went along, and came up with this pretty thing.

It's one of those nice yarn/patterns that, if you stretch it lengthwise, it makes a nice scarf that wraps several times around your neck.  And stretched widthwise, it makes a nice cowl, or stole for chilly nights out.

A closer look at the lace:

Knit up pretty fast, too; I think it took less than a week of evening, TV-watching time!

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