|Yarn: Rondo, Sandnes Garn|
Colour: 173, Looks like Eggplant
Content: 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool
Amount: 74 m / 100 gm (10 balls)
Needles: 9 mm (US 13)
Tension: 9 sts = 10 cm (4”)
Care: Machine wash at low temp, lay flat to dry
Plan: Any thoughts?
|Yarn: Kroy (Patons), Preface (Phildar), Watercolours (Estelle)|
Colours: Kroy 54002 (2), 54006 (2), 54008 (2), 54012 (2); Preface 036 (2), 043 (2); Watercolours 21 (1), 81 (1)
Care: Machine Wash, Dry at low heat
|Yarn: Denim Style, Bernat|
Colour: 3117 Stonewash
Content: 70% Acrylic, 30% Cotton
Amount: 179 m / 100 gm (9 +)
Needles: 5 mm (US 8)
Tension: 18 sts / 24 rows = 10 cm (4”)
Care: Machine wash & dry
Plan: Perhaps Jolene Treace's River Forest Gansey
|Yarn: LuLu (12) & Satin (1), Bernat|
Colour: 36005 Snowball (1), 36320 Loopy Lilac (3), 36510 Peachy Keen (2), 36509 Fancy Dandy (2), 36717 Lemon Lime (2), 36128 Bunny Blue (2)
Content: 100% Nylon
Care: Machine wash & Dry
Plan: Makes lovely soft baby blankets
|Yarn: Gramercy, Lily Chin & Zara, Filatura Di Crosa|
Colour: LC 5001 (1), LC 7543 (2), FDC 1389 (2), FDC 1401 (1)
Content: 100% Wool
Care: Hand wash, dry flat
Plan: A variation of Anne Featonby's Chullo Hat - Crosscountry
Yarn: Mohair Art, Jaeger
Yarn: Van Dyck, Needful Yarns
|Yarn: Shetland Chunky, Patons|
Colour: 03031, Earthy Brown (1), 03032 Canyon Variegated (1)
Content: 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool
Amount: 136 m / 100 gm
Needles: 9 mm (US 13)
Tension: 15 sts / 20 rows = 4" (10 cm)Care: Machine washable, dry flat
Plan: I was planning on making another Pick-Up Diamond Helmet (Gerdine Strong, in Knitter's Magazine, Winter 2004, page 46) But I haven't been too happy with the sizing.
Yarn: Handcrafter Cotton, Bernat
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
The sweaters arrived! And don't the brothers look smart wearing these Cowichan type sweaters! The youngest was very happy to get the sweater & hat. The older brother thinks the sweater is okay. At nearly 7 years of age clothes don't make a very exciting gift. It's a good thing I included chocolate!
Initial Post: tag-a-long
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I want to learn German style knitting (a.k.a., Continental) and I've done a little searching and a little practicing.
The best resource I have found is from the blog http://www.craftsanity.com/ with Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood.
She has a video of German style knitting on this page. This same video is also found on YouTube. See it below.
The one problem with this video is that it misrepresents English style knitting; it too can be fairly efficient. When I knit, my right hand does not leave the needle to "throw" the yarn. Anyway, the video is good for what it does do, i.e., show German knitting well.
I'll keep you posted on my progress.
Monday, March 26, 2007
A reversible cable scarf! One side (above), Other side (below)
The pattern is very easy and can be adjusted for different yarn types, tensions, etc.
Here I am using Luxury Alpaca Peru in 201 Ecru (on sale at my local yarn shop). I love this yarn! It is wonderful to work with and is so soft!
The pattern is a 10 row repeat (cable height is 10 rows)
Row 1 K6, P6 (will make two cable columns)
Row 2 P6, K6
Repeat row 1 and 2 again
Row 5 Slip 3 onto cable needle, K3, K3 from cable needle, P6
Row 6 P6, K6
Row 7 K6, P6
Repeat row 6 and 7 again.
Row 10 P6, Slip 3 onto cable needle, K3, K3 from cable needle
Repeat for desired length.
You can alter the pattern by:
- Changing the cable height (Rows = 2 x R, Here R = 5)
- Changing the cable width (Stitches = 2 x S, Here S = 3)
- Changing the width of the project (the above pattern only has two cable columns)
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My project is 78 stitches wide. The selvage is made with 3 knit stitches to form a garter stitch edge. The scarf has 12 cable columns with 6 cables across on each side of the garment. It is a lot of fun to knit!
Addendum: I found a note on Esther S. Bozak's website that Lily Chin explains how to do reversible cables in the Winter 1989 issue of Knitter's. Wouldn't it be lovely to have a copy of this article.
You may be interested in Julie Theaker's pattern for her WATERY LLAMA SCARF (a reversible ribbed cable scarf) here. Thanks for sharing Julie!
Pattern: Autumn Afternoons Cardigan, Lion BrandYarn: San Bernardino, Needful Yarns
Color: 4011 (Beige,Gray,Cream)
Content: 60% Wool, 40% Acrylic
Care: Hand wash, dry flat
I am absolutely in love with this yarn. It is so soft, easy to work with and I love these natural colours of the 4011.CO - Back completed, Right front almost done.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
I have already made this sweater in Linen Drape (discontinued, I got my stash from Yarn Xpress) but the result was not roomy enough and too short. Interestingly, the colour above and below are the same! Splash! And, my picture is not turquoise enough either! The stripe is in Linen Drape Sand. In the front the stripe is too close to the v-neck and therefore is not straight. Next time I put a stripe in a v-neck sweater I will know better.
I plan to knit a shawl neck cable zippered jacket for my father. The Vogue Knitting Winter 2006/2007 above inspires me.
Amount: 85 m / 50 gm ball
CARE: This yarn is shrink resistant. Turn sweater inside out and machine wash on gentle cycle in cold water. Do not bleach. Lay flat in shade to dry.
Needles: 4.5mm, 5mm & two short 4mm dpns
Tension: -will post-
Yarn: Cashmerino Aran (have not yet received)
Content: Merino wool 55%, Microfibre 33%, Cashmere 12%
Amount: 90 m / 50gm ball
Care: Wash: 30°C gentle wool cycle
Colour: Wine 013
CO date: ?
Yarn: Denim Ultra - Sirdar
Pattern: A Boy's Own Jacket, pg. 115
Yarn: Shine - Knit Picks (purchased, has not yet arrived)
Content: 60% Pima Cotton, 40% Modal
Weight: Sport Weight
Amount: 110 yards/50 gram ball
Care: Machine Washable/Tumble Dry Low
Colour: Sky & River
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
I am so excited! I have just finished a project for my nephews & I am getting ready to ship the result to them. My wonderful nephews are 6 years, 10 months and 2 years, 2 months old. The older brother is a wonderfully loving guy and the younger brother wants to be just like him! They are quite a sweet pair. I don't get to see them enough.
Pattern: Elf Caps - Earflap, Designer Michelle Heyman, Size Small (19") and Medium (21"), made with left overs from the jackets, page 166
Tension: 8 sts and 11 rows = 10 cm in stocking stitch with 10 mm DPN
To see authentic Cowichan Sweaters you can click this link.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
I found this lovely posting about Jo Chandler's Catnip Mice on the Two Sock Knitters Blog.
I had to have this pattern - the finished work looks like a mouse and appears sturdy enough for cat damage! But, the link has been removed and the pattern is no where to be found.
I also found Karen's blog Karagana's Knit Notes where these mice were also shown. Karen has kindly sent me the pattern. This knitter's kindness is a wonderfully sweet gift! (I think that being from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada might also be a factor too. Manitobians are known for being a friendly bunch).
And now I will share her gift with you.
Jo Chandler's Catnip Mouse (originally found on http://knitting.about.com/)
For the body, Brown Sheep Nature Spun or any all wool non-super wash sport weight.
Small amount of embroidery floss, pearl cotton or matte embroidery cotton for eyes and whiskers (Optional as these are for cats to chew on).
Stuffing: unspun wool and catnip. I may make a little cloth bag for the catnip.
Needles: #6 (American).
M: Make one by putting a backward loop on the needle which is purled on the next row.
Bobble: These are the ears.
K in the front and back and front and back of the next st. (4 sts) Turn.
SSK, K2tog, slip SSK over the K2tog st. We're now back to 1 st.
Cast on 2 sts with cable cast on, leaving at least an 8 inch tail for sewing.
Row 1: K in front and back of each st.
Row 2 and all even rows except for the last even row: Purl
Row 3: K1, M1, K2, M1, K1 (6 sts)
Row 5: K1, M1, K1, M1, K2, M1, K1, M1, K1 (10 sts.)
Row 7: K2, M1, K2, M1, K2, M1, K2, M1, K2 (14 sts.)
Row 9: K2, M1, K3, M1, K4, M1, K3, M1, K2 (18 sts.)
Row 11: K2, M1, K4, make bobble, K4, make bobble, K4, M1, K2 (20 sts.)
Row 13: K2, M1, K5, M1, K6, M1, K5, M1, K2 (24 sts.)
Work even on 24 sts (K a row, P a row) for 2.5 inches after the last increase.
Decrease for bottom: *K1, K2 tog, repeat from * to end (16 sts.)
Next row: *P2 tog, repeat from * to end
Next row: *K2tog*, repeat from * to end (4 sts.)
Slide the 4 sts to the other end of the needles and knit (I-cord).
Continue in I-cord for about 2 inches, decease 1 st and continue on 3st I-cord for another 2 inches (or a little longer; tail should be as long as the mouse).
To end I-cord, sl1, K2tog, pass sl st over. Cut yarn leaving at leave 8 or 10 inches and finish off last st.
Thread end on tapestry needle and carefully work through tail back to body and sew up about an inch. At the nose end, thread the end on a tapestry needle and sew up about an inch. Sew up the rest with cotton yarn or embroidery floss so it call be pulled out later.
With hot or warm water and natural soap if possible, wash the mouse with as much agitation as possible, as if you were trying to scrub out a really nasty stain. Keep this up until if felts.
Rinse well and allow to dry. Remove cotton stitching.
With embroidery floss, pearl cotton or matte embroidery cotton, make a couple French knots for eyes and make whiskers. Stuff and sew up with wool.
By the way, you can knit this mouse with anything; you don't have to felt it. I've made about 50 of them so far and distribute them to cat people all over the place. I will admit though, that my cats' favourites are the felted ones. I tend to use up my Red Heart knitting worsted leftovers for mice. I also differ from Jo Chandler in the stuffing department. I chop a cheapo pantyhose-type knee high in 3 pieces, and fill each piece with catnip and tie a knot in the end(s). That goes into the mouse's stomach and the rest of the body is filled up with polyester fibrefill. I can get about 6 "stomachs" from one pair of knee highs. I usually buy the "10 prs in a box" from Walmart.
This is the best catnip mouse pattern I have come across. There's a minimum of sewing and It LOOKS like a mouse. The tail is nice and strong and the ears stay on (unless your cat is a very determined chewer.)
Acknowledgements: (a.k.a., kind knitters) Pattern by Jo Chandler, pictures posted by the Two Sock Knitters, and Karen's Karagana's Knit Notes.