Friday, October 12, 2012

Wristles ~ Again

Just ripped out the ones I made last winter/early spring for me.  The thumb increase area is just TO BIG for me.  Here's a link with photo attached.  Plan on modifying the directions again and hope it works better for me.  Haven't seen any other design that I like.

Hope I can get these done quickly.  More baby blankets in the works!  This next one will be another panel blanket with stitches I want to learn how to do.  More to come on that.

Happy repeat knitting!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

What else?

Another baby blanket.  Nothing fancy, all knit, back and forth, 85 stitches across till it looked done!   How is that for a "how to"?

Here's the finished project:
Yes, there is some subtle changes in coloring where I switched the skein.  Once again the dye lot got me.  Worse yet, the color was on clearance and was GONE!!!!!

So, moral of this story.  Buy at least two skeins as you can make a nice sized "receiving" type blanket with just two!

Should have paid more attention when I bought because the color difference, although same named color, was quite noticeable.  Hope I've learned my lesson.

Saturday, September 29, 2012


I'll be the first to admit ~ I'm in a dry spell for knitting.  It just isn't as enjoyable as it use to be.  It's become a chore.  The natural result is that a knitting blog gets ignored!

Since middle of July ~ approximately ~ I've been working on a real basic baby blanket.  It took me three tries to get the width correct.  First shot, it would have been about 4 to 5 feet wide, then closer to just 4 feet.  On both, I was wondering how many skein's I would need to finish this!  Finally found a number that was close to what I wanted!  FWIW, I did practice the 4 inch by 4 inch square and did the math to figure out the bigger peace.  For whatever reason, I had a hard time visualizing it in my head!  Weird, as this is just a knit stitch, row after row after row.  REALLY basic blanket!  That's probably why I'm getting bored.

Well, another lesson learned with this one on buying enough yarn.  I never would have dreamed that a dye lot could be SO different on Lion Brand's Home Spun.  The same colors are in each skein, however in the first one I used, the accent colors were in longer strands so the stripping is more pronounced.  In the second, the main color (white for both) seemed to be thicker and the accent colors much thinner and shorter length.  Not a whole lot I can do as this color was on clearance when I bought it and could not be found!  Argh!  It's not to bad of a change, but not what I would have wanted.

Maybe this time I'll learn my lesson!  :)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Accessories anyone?

Who doesn't like accessories?  Okay, I don't like accessories for everything, but for knitting ~ I thoroughly enjoy it.  Probably because I like to knit so much!

Anyhoot, I made this from a small tin, about the same size as an "Altoids" tin.

Below is the inside of the tin.  On the top, I glued a thin magnet to hold needles.  The body of the tin is just big enough to hold a tape and a small canister of stitch markers.  I am hoping to fin a small set of scissors to include in this.

Happy Knitting Readers

Monday, April 30, 2012

Mother's Day Gift?

Here's a link to a knit kitchen scrubbie.  These are small, should be quick to make, and great for presents!

Will revisit this pattern once classes are figured out for next year.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hometown Baby Blanket

"The Big Reveal"

Just needed to use the terms from all those HGTV design shows!  ;)

Close up!  Decided to keep all knit stitches on the same side!

Bigger picture
The blanket measures just about 36" square.  Due to the stockinette stitch, it does curl along the edges.  I personally like the curl.

I chose not to whip stitch the edges in the tan.  I tried a few stitches and didn't care for the overall appearance of it, so it's plan on the edges.

Here's the post where I described the blocks, amount of stitches cast on and rows, color choices, etc.

Happy Knitting readers!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sneak Peak!?!?

Do you want a sneak peak?

              I bet you do!

But of what?  What else would it be on this blog, but something knit (especially since I don't crochet!).

Okay, here is a peak:

Were you hoping for something bigger?

Something showing more detail?

Maybe something like this one instead?
Bigger "Sneak Peak"!

Okay, okay, I know a better picture of all that has been completed so far ~ which is almost all of it.  I really shouldn't have any problems finishing it by Thursday!  Below is the best picture of the blanket.  The last blue panel needs to be finished and the column knit together, then stitch those three blocks to the rest of the blanket.  So here it is:

What do you think?  It's for a baby boy I've been calling Todd.  Mom and Dad have the right to over rule my choice in names though.  ;)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Lesson Learned

In all the knitting I have been doing over the last few years, there have been a few that require multiple skeins of yarn.  Prior to this project, I had never had an issue with being able to find the particular brand, style, and color yarn I needed to continue working.  Never had an issue with dye lot either.

Approximately a month ago I began designing and knitting a baby blanket for a friend out of Lion Brand, Hometown USA in three different colors.  I originally picked up one of each color I wanted to use, not knowing how much I would ultimately need to finish the project.  Well, I finished up those three and did the math and calculated wrong.  Thought I could get by with one skein of the blue and one of the green.  Went back to Wal-Mart to get the 3rd of each color.  They only had the green and the feel was off but I bought it anyway.  In the following trips to Wally World for other things, I'd check to see if yarn had been restocked.  No luck.  Yesterday, I finished up the green and really need the blue.  The local Micheal's and a different Wal-mart did not have the blue.  I called Joann's this morning, they carry that yarn, but do not have the blue.  I called a Gaithersburg Joann's (Kevin works a bit from there), they don't have it in.  YIKES folks, I was REALLY hoping to be finished before this coming Thursday.  May call a different Micheal's in a bit to see if they carry Hometown USA.

LESSON LEARNED:  Listen to those who have done something longer than you and give you suggestions on how to do something, they just might be right.

Time to get off the computer and start making some phone calls!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Past Knitting Projects

I have another blog, on daily life.  Been at that one for awhile.  Here are some links to a few things I've knit and posted there:

9 panel baby blanket

stripped Hometown blanket

cable scarf (first portion of blog post is the scarf, the remainder is musing about life)

I've knit many other things and could possibly find more pictures too!  Will see what I can do on another day.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Baby Blanket

Have begun my first baby blanket since beginning this blog.  No formal pattern, but I intend it to be a 9 panel blanket that I whip stitch the various pieces together.  Each piece will be made out of "Hometown USA" yarn by Lion Brand and is 27 stitches wide by 36 rows.  The center block I used Los Angeles Tan in a basket weave.  The remaining blocks are San Diego Navy and Oklahoma City Green, four of each color, done in Stockinette Stitch.

When I have all the blocks finished, I'll decide if I want all the border pieces to have knit side out or alternate knit and purl so that the blanket has more texture.  As of this posting, I have the center block tan, basket weave and a blue stockinette stitch block finished.  I am about half way through the first green box.  I'm guessing I may need three skeins of the blue and green, each.  The tan only needed one and I should have enough left over for the whip stitching the pieces together.

FWIW:  there is a similar pattern on Lion Brand and possibly elsewhere.  I made a basic 9 block blanket, a number of years ago, that was made with Home Spun, all knit stitch and only two colors (from Lion Brand).  There, I made 4 of each color, then decided which color I wanted to have 5 blocks and which I wanted to have four.  It was from this pattern that I experimented and came up with the design I am working on know.  May play around on other designs to create an argyle pattern that crosses over several boxes.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Wristles are finished!

The first set anyway!  Following is my modified "Dolce Fingerless Gloves" from Lion Brand.

One skein of Homespun yarn
Set of Double Pointed Needles - Size 7
Set of Double Pointed Needles - Size 9
Ring Stitch Markers
Large Eye blunt Needle

With smaller needles cast on 32 stitches.  Divide evenly among three needles and join making sure not to twist sts.
Work in K2, P2 rib until item measures 2 inches.
Switch to larger needles as you knit the round (St. st.); continue this stitch for 5 inches.

Thumb Gusset:
Rnd 1 (Inc Rnd): k1, place marker (pm), M1, k6, M1, pm, k to end of rnd - 34 sts.
Rnd 2 - 4: knit
Repeat Rnd 1 - 4 three more times - 40 sts at the end
Repeat Rnd 1 & 2 one more time - 42 sts.
Next Rnd: k1, remove makrer, k1, bind of 12, k1, remove marker, k to end of rnd
Next Rnd: k1, cast on 4 sts over bound off sts over bound off sts of previous rnd, k to end of rnd - 32 sts
Knit 4 rounds
Change to smaller needles and work in k2, p2 rib until piece measures 10 inches.

 ETA: finally got the photo up!

Friday, February 3, 2012

First Redesign

Found a pattern for wristlets on Lion Brand just before Thanksgiving that I really liked.  Went shopping for the yarn and needles ~ what an ordeal that was.  Found the yarn just fine, but it was a style of wool blend that would make me itch like CrAzY.  So I thought, "No big deal; check the weight of the yarn and find something I like better!"  Much to my relief, Home Spun is a very similar weight.  One problem solved.  Yee ha!

Next problem was finding double pointed needles in size 4.5 mm (No.7) and 5.5mm (No.9)  Thankfully, a knitting friend loaned me her No. 7's and I could get started.  Found No. 7's & 9's at Joanne's finally (not shopping elsewhere for needles anymore, nope, not going to do it.  I'll go to Joanne's first).

Well, after making the wristlets, pretty close to the pattern the first time round, they just didn't work.  My modifications were to big!  I had other craft projects to accomplish for Christmas and mittens to make for my two boys in January.  Come the end of January I ripped the knitting apart and began again, tweaking as I went along, and hoping I didn't change it so much that I would need to add yarn to my balls.  BIG sigh, finished one the other day, with yarn left over.  Have the stitches cast on for the second one and hope to be finished in the next few days.

When finished, I'll photo graph them and type out my instructions.