Monday, December 31, 2007
Lion Brand published a book called Just Hats, Favorite Patterns to Knit and Crochet. It has basic hat patterns for both techniques as well as variations and more complicated patterns. This hat is called The Kiss and was as easy as the pattern promised. It's the first time I've used double point needles and they turned out to be quite manageable.
These socks have consumed much of my time lately. They are made of Moda Dea Sassy Stripes and were done on two circular needles. I used Queen Kahuna's methods for the cast-on, general directions for size, and short row heel (http://www.queenkahuna-creations.com/). I really like her technique. I've done other socks on circular needles but never quite got the sizing correct and hated the heelflap. The ribbing is a pattern of K2 P2 for 5 rows, then P2 K2 for 5 rows.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I saw a row counter similar to this on YouTube and decided to make one for myself. This one has 7 beads on it so I can use it while making mini socks and hat brims. I place the counter on the arm of the couch next to me. The Scottie bead at the top helps it to balance without falling off and the beads slide easily in either direction.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
The other projet is a hot pad that is two thicknesses. It is crocheted in one continuous piece with no shaping. To finish it, just fold it properly and close the seam. This link will take you to the pattern and some nice pictures of the work in progress: http://www.mielkesfarm.com/diagonal_hotpad.htm
Monday, September 10, 2007
This is a needleknit pattern and I found the pattern several places, including here (http://www.mielkesfarm.com/dishclth.htm) . Some suggested knitting the two edges together to finish it and others suggested sewing them. One suggested using the kitchener stitch and that's what I did.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
While at WalMart one day, I found some yarn by Red Heart called Strata. First I tried using one strand of the Strata and one of a coordinating color. The hat was pretty. But then I wound the yarn into two balls and matched the colors on the two strands. This is the result with no help from me. It was such fun watching the stripes form on their own. I'm definately going to try some of their other color combinations.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
It was a lot of fun learning how to use a bead spinner and choosing the beads I wanted. Making an icord with a string of beads is pretty different.
As usual, Isela's directions were clearly written and easy to follow. My biggest problem was
fastening the two ends together in a way that didn't show. You can find the pattern at http://www.loomknit.com/arellis-bracelet.html .
Friday, July 6, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
small amount of WoolEase
G crochet hook
The completed sleeve is 13 rows of single crochet. At the end of each row, join to the first stitch of the row with a slip stitch and chain 1.
Using 2 strands of yarn, chain 30 stitches and join with a slip stitch. Chain 1.
On row 5, sc 8 stitches, dec, sc 8 stitches, dec, sc 8 stitches, dec.
Work 3 rows of single crochet.
On row 9, sc 7, dec, sc 7, dec, sc 7, dec.
Work 2 rows of single crochet. Fasten off.
Attach yarn to the top of the sleeve and work 1 row of sc. Fasten off. (This gives the top a finished edge.)
Weave in yarn ends.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I saw this variation in Jo Ann's Project 150 photo album. She calls it her EZ Slipper. When I asked for directions, she suggested I wrap 22 pegs so the slipper would stop at the ankle. I just continued to knit the 22 pegs until I got to the row where the top is shaped. Other than that, I followed the original pattern. These are finished with a row of single crochet and a pompom made from all three colors in the slippers.
Thanks for sharing the pattern, Jo Ann. With the 1 over 2 stitch, these slippers should last longer than my others have.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Working with variegated yarn is always fun because you never know how the pattern will look. On these hats after bringing up the brim, I attached one strand of variegated yarn. Cutting one strand of the solid left the usual two strands of yarn. I did 5 rows, then replaced the brim color with cream for 5 rows. Each of these sections was repeated making a total of 20 rows for the crown. I like the way the variegated pattern continues while the solid colors change. For both of these hats, the variegated yarn contains the color used in the brim.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
This first hat started out from Isela's book. I like her cable hat and the cables were easy but all those flat stitches were more than my neck could handle. So the cables became an accent instead.
Here I was experimenting with accents other than pompoms. This is a loopy flower someone posted on one of the groups some time ago.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Here are a couple more bears modeling the other clothing options
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 5, 2007
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Maltese Toby has been very cold lately. Sometimes he curls around the furnace vent on the floor and sometimes he asks to be covered with a blanket. This morning I put Emma's second sweater on him (not the pink one). It fits Toby much better than Emma but he's not any happier about it than she was. After sitting for his picture, he stayed in the chair while I ate breakfast instead of curling up in his bed next to me under the table. When I moved to the bedroom and turned on the computer, he slunk his way after me and hid under the bed. So will he accept the sweater and begin his regular activities or will I give up and remove the hated straightjacket?
Follow up: I left the sweater on him for a couple of hours but then he began leaving a room from the opposite side I entered it. So the sweater was removed and now we're best buds again. My little white shadow is happily following me everywhere. Oh, well, it was a good idea.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
My poor little guy is so stocky he can barely stand or even sit. I've crocheted many toys but this is my first loomed one.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
There are no lifesize dolls at my house to model my bonnet so Shelby graciously agreed to help. She's a little small but I think pink is her color.