Friday, January 30, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
I also tried a new pattern for the orange and black scarf, but didn't like that one much better. I may start over on that with some super chunky black yarn and some orange/gold fun fur. The first pattern I started with just wasn't working.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Last night I also got the first repeat on my Joyful scarf done, too. Its turning out a lot more purple than I thought, but hopefully once there is more yarn knitted up it will be more blue-ish. I think its pretty none the less.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I also have found the yarn for a scarf for my 3rd grade cousin, and a pattern for a hat the 2nd grader! http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter08/PATTfishy.php
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
So, apparently knitting is a kind of expensive and addictive hobby. I spent a good portion of my day looking at interchangeable knitting needle kits online. It seems to me that these would be more economical than buying new circular needles anytime I needed another size. I’m kind of in love with the Knit Picks harmony needles. They are GORGEOUS, and I also like knitting on wood. I have a couple metal needles, which I like when I’m making cotton dishclothes, and a bunch of plastic, which are fine. My one pair of circular needles (that I got to make Sophie’s hat) are bamboo though, and I LOVED them. They were very light, and my yarn stayed put. So, I think I may get the Knit Picks set, but it will have to wait for pay day. I am very open to any suggestions on this part, however. Does anyone have a favorite kind of these needles? I’ve read good things about the Denise’s, and not very good things about the Needlemasters (?).
In light of this decision to make a major knitting-related purchase, you may think that I, as a poor student, would stay at home and save her money. You would be wrong. I went to Barnes and Nobles tonight and bought the SNB: SNB Nation and SNB: The Happy Hooker books tonight. The first one has been so amazing at teaching me how to knit and read patterns, and as a reference guide, that I figured these books will also be great. I’m very excited to start some of these projects!
I also got some yarn to go with the patterns I have been collecting online this week. The below picture is the first 22 rows of “Simple Cable Scarf” from www.lionbrand.com. I am using Lion Brand Jiffy Bulky yarn in Grape. This seemed like a good project to learn how to cable with! I’m very excited!
Tonight I also started the “Heart” scarf by Stephanie Roy from the Knitty.com special print issue (Fall 2004, I think). I am using Lion Brand Jiffy Bulky in Dusty Pink for this. (You may be seeing a pattern. This yarn was on sale when I was at Hobby Lobby recently). Its not quite the perfect yarn for this pattern, but I think it is going to turn out okay. It is very exciting because it is lace work! After the 2nd repeat of the pattern, I realized that this scarf is PERFECT for my friend Laura. So....Happy Valentines Day, Laura! I hope to have it done by then. Sadly, the picture isn't uploading right, so maybe tomorrow you can see an updated version.
Monday, January 12, 2009
A friend of mine has THE CUTEST baby girl ever. I adore her, and since I have been dying to try to make a shape other than a square or rectangle, I decided to make her a hat. This is also from Stitch ‘N Bitch - the umbilical cord hat. This was super easy and fast...I made it in one day. I lost my yarn wrapper, so I can’t tell you exactly what yarn I used, except that it was bulky instead of the suggested medium, and I used size 8 needles. The reason for this was 2 fold: Number 1: She is 9 months, so her head is a little bigger than the 0-6 months the pattern was designed for. Number 2: Michael’s was out of US7 dpns. I also made sure the yarn was soft, and machine washable and dry-able, as babies are crazy messy. Here’s some pics of the work in progress...
Sunday, January 11, 2009
This cream and green washcloth below is actually the second one that I have made like this. The first I made at my parents home over Christmas, and my mom loved it so much she kept it! I have found that I really like making dishcloths...they are fast but you can do neat patterns and colors pretty easily. I also like knitting with the cotton yarn AND its super cheap! This pattern is “Citrus Salad” from Susan Robicheau’s Bright and Cheery Knit Dishcloths (Lily Sugar and Creme in cream and hot green). I have also made “Strawberry Shortcake”, but it is currently in use and so no picture is available -unless you want to see my dirty kitchen sink :)
The pink project below is also from this book, and is called “Fresh Persimmon” (Lily Sugar and Creme hot pink). I forsee a lot of dishcloths as presents for friends in the near future...