Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category
Thank you all for your prayers, comments, and emails about Chesty. I’m traveling the next few days so while I might not be able to respond individually, I appreciate everyone’s concern and support.
We had snow yesterday and I kind of hate to leave this winter wonderland but the temp this morning when I left the house was 6 degrees and falling … Burr!
I’m loving this little blanket. Fun to knit but easy too. The perfect travel project.
Considering how slow I was to knit my Hitchhiker scarf I was kind of surprised at how anxious I was to cast on another project. Of course, I’m traveling later this week and I always like to have a project with me … and in this case I wanted something easy.
I’ve had this baby afghan in my queue for a while and it’s an easy 7 stitch repeat, 4 row pattern. I using Cascade 220 superwash yarn for the first time. I’d bought it on sale and then wasn’t sure I liked it but it will work fine for this project. I snapped the photo at midnight so the color is off…it’s a bright magenta.
The pattern is really cute and it’s free so check out the link above.
This little shawl has been finished for over a month and I’ve been procrastinating on the blocking. Since I need it next week for a gift I decided to get it done today.
The pattern is called Calla Shawl and it uses a skein of fingering yarn.
This was my first knit with beads and I love it. I have 2-3 other beading projects waiting but my knitting is usually my travel project and I don’t want to try to beading on the go.
I finished the binding on this quilt of Jackie’s night before last. It’s a bit cloudy today so it’s not the best photo … Sorry! Several people asked about the pattern Jackie used and I posted the information here.
I haven’t been knitting a lot since my handwork time has been taken up with binding but I am making progress on my Hitchhiker.
Since this is more of a scarf than a shawl I’m pretty sure I’ll be happy with the finished size of this one unlike a couple of the shawls that have seemed a little small. I like the colors too. I can see wearing it with a turtleneck and jeans.
I cast off the Calla Shawl last night and before I left for the library this afternoon I cast on another shawl. I wanted an easy knit to take with me when I leave for Maine on Sunday.
I’m usually not a fan of triangular shawls but I saw this one done up in a yarn shop and it was draped around the shoulders of a mannequin more like a large scarf rather than a shawl and I thought it would look good with jeans in this colorway. The pattern is Painted Desert and it’s free on Ravelry.
The plan for tomorrow is to load and quilt a HeartStrings top.
The beading is going well, just 4 more rows to go before I can cast off this shawl.
The red thread is a lifeline … I had several questions about placing a lifeline using my KnitPicks needles and thought I’d share a link to a video that shows the process in case there was anyone else with questions or just curious.
When I first started knitting socks I tried a set of these interchangeable needles but didn’t like them because they would loosen and my yarn would slip in the space. It would slow me down pulling it out and tightening them and I always worried that one time they’d come completely apart.
Of course, once I realized I was supposed to use the “key” to tighten them I have never had any more trouble.
Even better was when Dianne told me about using that small hole to thread string through when I was using lifelines in my lace knitting.
I have two sets now from KnitPicks, this bamboo set and a set of metal ones. I have cables of differing lengths and always have the needle I need for a new project.
And speaking of a new project, I started the Calla Shawl for my sister last night. I’m not loving the edge, one side seems tighter and one side looser but I restarted it 3 times and am just going to go with it and hope blocking will “even” it out when I’m done. Here’s a sneak peak of the yarn as its knitting up. It will be my first beaded project.
I forgot to take a photo of the Hurricane Hat I knit over the weekend for my sister but she snapped a photo of it and sent it to me today so I could share it.
It’s a free pattern on Ravelry and not difficult at all. I used Swish Tonal worsted weight yarn from KnitPicks and love how the striping worked out.