Saturday, November 22, 2008

More Socks

The Mermaid pattern by Lucy Neatby seemed like a good choice for this wild Sockotta yarn. I like the way the colors swirl but think a softer yarn than Sockotta would show the design better.

Red Heart's Heart & Sole yarn kept calling to me from the yarn section at Fred Meyer. I couldn't find a matching place in the yarn so the socks are not identical. The yarn was soft and easy to work with. These are made with Razzle Dazzle - pretty wild but fun. The pattern is Broadripple from Knitty.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fingerless Mittens

My sister really liked the flip-flop socks but wanted a pair for her hands. So I made a couple of alterations to the pattern and got the results shown. Instead of casting on 34 stitches, I did 36. After setting aside the 12 stitches for the toe (thumb), I knit 5 more rows before doing the ribbing at the top. And I used size 4 dpns so the finished product was a little looser and softer.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Flip Flop Socks

I saw these on Ravelry and just had to try them. The pattern is called Arizona Flip Flop Socks and it really is very easy. The only change I made was to shorten the length by 5 rows. I used Sassy Stripes yarn left over from some socks. Even though my toes and heels weren't covered, my feet felt surprisingly warm and comfy.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Little Boy Blue Socks

Another pair of socks made with Sockotta yarn. The yarn is from my stash and was wound into two balls months ago, which means I no longer remember which Sockotta it is. The colors are soft enough that I thought a pattern in the leg would show. This pattern is called Little Boy Blue (or Little Girl Pink) .

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Playing with Dishcloths

This cute little cabled owl dishcloth was on someone's blog (sorry, I was wandering on other people's links and have no idea where I first saw this). It has just enough cabling to be fun.

While playing around with Sugar'n Cream Stripes, I came up with these dishcloths. The first is just a rectangle. I can't remember now what stitch I used to make the diagonal lines. But the striping really looks nice.

Here is a simple mitered square with self-striping Sugar'n Cream.

Here is a simple basket weave with the same yarn.

And, finally, here is a hotpad made from an i-cord. I used the small end of the Knifty Knitter spool loom to make a cord from 2 strands of Sugar'n Cream yarn, and then I sewed it together.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Domino Knitting by Vivian Hoxbro

I was looking for some potholder patterns on Ravelry and came across these patterns from Vivian Hoxbro's book. Knitting with mitered squares sounded so intriguing I ordered the book from Amazon so I could try the patterns.

These are 3 of her designs. They turned out a little large for my taste so I left off the loops and use them as hotpads instead.

Since I prefer small projects, I really
enjoy doing small squares and knitting them together as I go. There are patterns for garments like hats and shawls and sweaters in the book also, but I haven't tried any of them.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Baby Surprise Sweater

Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Sweater was my Knitting Olympics project. I missed the deadline for signing up for the Ravelympics but found the Slacker Olympics group on Ravelry. That seemed appropriate so I joined it instead. The sweater was started the day after the opening ceremonies. I finished it the day before the closing ceremonies. It was knit with 2 strands of TLC Baby yarn (Laddie Print and white). The pattern was pretty easy to follow and I'm pleased with the result.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Sockblocker Keychains

Since January I've basically been making socks. Another pair (number 9 for 2008) was on the needles when I just felt the need for a break. These little sockblocker keychains were purchased from Scouts Swag a couple of months ago and have been waiting patiently to be dressed. After a few experiments with short-row heels, I finally went back to my Crazy Toes and Heels book and was able to turn the heels without holes. I've made 6 successfully. These have been a nice break (love the small projects) and now I'm ready to return to my regular socks.

Friday, April 25, 2008

More Sockotta Socks

Another pair finished. Most of my Sockotta yarn was purchased a few years ago when self-striping yarn was so popular. By now I no longer remember how the yarn forms patterns, so every pair is a surprise. These stripes were so big I just made plain socks.

After completing so many pairs of socks using Crazy Toes and Heels, I'm needing fewer reminders of the steps. That feels good.

It's nice to see the stack of completed socks growing but I can't say my stash looks much smaller!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Sockotta Socks

Here are the first socks from my extensive stash of Sockotta yarn. I don't remember if this yarn is a recent purchase or has been hiding for a few years but the colors really inspired me. It felt like spring was finally arriving after an unusually cold March here in Oregon. (Parts of Portland got snow during Spring Break --- an extremely rare occurence.) And, to top it off, I finally managed to make a pair that truly match!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Panda Jaywalkers

I'm finding Panda yarn to be comfortable to wear but difficult to knit. The color of this pair is called sable and it doesn't feel at all like the last socks I made (picnic). This yarn feels more like rayon and besides splitting it also had a tendency to slide off the needle when I was trying to reunite strands that belonged together. Consequently, they took longer to complete. I really like the color and think they will be comfortable to wear, but I really had to pay attention while working on them.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Spiral Rib Bag

This is one of the patterns from the book Oneskein by Leigh Radford. The book has quite a variety of projects to choose from, but this one really caught my eye. I like the way the purls and knits twist around the bag. It was a very easy pattern to follow and took less than a skein to complete.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Panda Broadripple Socks

The first pair of socks using Crazy Toes and Heels I've made that are for me. These are made of Panda Cotton (the color is Picnic). The sock pattern is Broadway Ripple, although the colors of the yarn don't show the nice ripple design. This is my first project with Panda Cotton. I splurged on my birthday and bought enough for several pair because the yarn is mostly cotton and feels so soft. The yarn is really splitty to work with, so I guess it's a good thing I knit slowly. All in all, they feel good so are worth the extra care needed to produce them.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Stitch Markers

After seeing some of the pretty stitch markers other knitters have made, my little plastic rings purchased at JoAnn's didn't seem so nice. So I decided to make myself something cooler. My first effort involved getting out my beads. They turned out fine and were very nice to use on my almost-finished socks.

Then I made the mistake of looking at some of the sets for sale on eBay. There were all kinds of neat charms and elaborate beads and even photos. So I went to Michael's and browsed in the jewelry department. I still wanted something simple because I'd rather be spending my time on my socks. I was able to find 4 sets of charms that were small and very lightweight. With the addition of some jump rings, I now have a very large assortment of stitch markers for very little money and very little effort.

The biggest problem facing me on the next pair of socks will be choosing which markers to use!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sassy Stripes Jaywalker

Another pair of knitted socks has been finished. I used the pattern for Jaywalkers from Knitty. With finer yarn there would be twice as many zigzags, but even so this shows off the striping of the yarn nicely.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Fingerless Mitts

This pattern is from Isela's book, Loom Knitting Primer. It is an extremely easy and quick pattern to do, and the mitts are soft and warm.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Sassy Stripes 4

Another pair of socks are done. The legs are knitted in the Basic Chevron pattern from the book I Can't Believe I'm Knitting Socks. (Since buying the book, I've found several free chevron-type sock patterns on the web.)I bought this yarn for a friend. She thought it was too dull so I made them to fit my wider foot. One look was all it took to change her mind about them!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Loomed Hotpads

I wanted to loom a hotpad. Not a potholder, but the pad you put hot dishes on. I was thinking about something similar to the crocheted origami hotpad but I wanted to make it on a Knifty Knitter.

On my first attempt, I didn't cast on enough stitches. After knitting a flat panel square, I removed it from the loom and crocheted around the edges until it was 12 inches on each side. Then I folded all four corners to the center and stitched the edges together. Here's how it looks on each side.

On the second attempt, I cast on 24 stitches and knit until it was 12 inches on each side. This time I did one row of single crochet around it just to make the seaming easier. Then I finished it the same way as before.

Both hotpads are soft and thick.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Furry Hats

It's been really cold here lately so I've been making hats. This one is Caron's Allure combined with a matching worsted. The Allure has a soft, silky feel on both the inside and the outside. The hat was done with 5 rows of e-wrap followed by 2 rows of purl.

Fun Fur now comes in self-striping yarn. The hat on the left was done with 2 strands of that and 2 strands of worsted. It's a little stiff so I think I'll try just a single strand of worsted next time. Most of the fur was on the inside of the hat so I turned it inside out. Then I fluffed it with an old toothbrush. The hat was done on the green KK and the Fun Fur ran out with the top row of pink. I had to add some blue to complete the hat but it was worth it to see the hat so fluffy.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sassy Stripes 3

My third pair of Sassy Stripe socks. These two aren't fraternal twins like the other socks were. They are made from different dye lots (purchased at different times and locations) so they're more like cousins. My feet don't care if they match and this yarn is great for practicing.

I love the Crazy Toes and Heels method. On these socks I tried a different pattern for the legs. It doesn't show much due to the stripes but I enjoyed learning it and plan to use it on other socks. This stitch design came from the Lace Top, Toe Up Regia Color Sock pattern found at .

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Cabled Hat

Yarn Harlot had this free pattern posted on her blog. She called it the Unoriginal Hat. Her directions called for yarn I didn't have so I used 2 strands of ww yarn and changed the needle size to 10 -1/2. As you can see, it came out just a little long. The pattern was very easy to understand but I had to really pay attention to the cables for the first half of the hat. The hat stretches nicely.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Sassy Socks 2

A second pair of socks done with Sassy Stripes is done. Again, I used Queen Kahuna's toe up and short row heel methods. The cuffs of these socks are done in a K2 P2 pattern. Two rows were done and then the pattern was shifted over one stitch. If the sock is in the right light, you can see the slant in the ribbing.