Saturday, October 30, 2010

From the book, Taking Time For Friends. The author is unknown.

The Love of a Friend
Because you love me, I have found
New joys that were not mine before;
New stars have lightened up my sky
With glories growing more and more.

Because you love me I can rise
To the height of fame and realms of power;
Because you love me I may learn
The highest use of every hour.

Because you love me I can choose
To look through your dear eyes and see
Beyond the beauty of the Now
Far onward to Eternity.

Because you love me I can wait
With perfect patience well possessed;
Because you love me all my life
Is circled with unquestioned rest;
Yes, even Life and even Death
Is all unquestioned and all blest.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

WineLovers Wine Glass Companion

WineLovers Wine Glass Companion

My parents geocache, teach wine tasting and pairing classes, host wine tasting parties and do a bunch of other fun things.

When they told me about the wine glass carriers that they've seen at wine tasting festivals and asked me if I could design a knit one I said yes without thinking about it. Then I sat down with a little bit of yarn and a few hours later I had this!

Using a size 7 needle and worsted weight yarn, cast on 40 stitches.
Knit one row and then join in the round. You can join in the round immediately after casting on, but I am very clever about making everything into a mobieus without that first knit row.

Knit 2 rows.

Next two rounds - K2 P2 around
R3 - k
R4 - ktbl
repeat rounds 3 and 4 three more times
R5 - k1 k2tog k to last three sts, k2tog k1
R6 - ktbl
repeat rounds 5 and 6 once more
Make opening for glass foot - start working flat on all sts
Row 7 - k1 k2tog k to last three sts k2tog k1
R8 - ptbl
repeat rows 7 and 8 until 16 sts total remain
R9 - buttonhole row - k2 bo2 k to end
R10 - ptbl to buttonhole, CO2 ptbl to end
R11 - K
R12 - ptbl
R13 - BO
Neck Cord
Pick up 3 stitches on one top edge of the body
Knit one row
R1 - k1 sl 1 k1
R2 - purl
repeat rows one and two until cord is desired length, then attach opposite the cast on sts
Block on a wine glass and attach button.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Mitered Square Bag

I will admit that I have a certain affection for mitered square projects. Once I started the sock yarn blanket made with mitered squares, I fell in love with the quick and easy construction. Have only a little time - make one square - have more time - make more squares. Have only leftover bits of yarn - not a problem either! In fact I have two more mitered square blankets in progress right now - one made of DK weight and heavier, and one made just of Malabrigo worsted.

So, when I joined the bag swap on the Karma Yarn Swap group - I kept trying to decide what I wanted to do for the handmade bag. Buy one, knit one... My swap spoilee liked the entrelac clutch pattern, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to make it again. Then it hit me - why not make a mitered square bag?

My first attempt didn’t go so well, I was going to felt the bag and started with some bulky weight for the bottom. It got floppy. I didn’t do the proper math for making a circle or something. So I frogged it, and started over with larger mitered squares. Then I made a ring of smaller mitered squares. Then I picked up from the bottom of the larger squares and decreased around until it closed up on the bottom. Then I kept making the smaller squares until I decided the bag was tall enough. Because the yarns were all different weights and fibers, I dropped the felting idea, afraid it would shrink into a tangled mass of ugly. Then around the top tier, using the same yarn as I made the bag’s base, I made a circle of triangles to fill in the top. Then a shoulder strap. Then I lined it with fabric (it scared me but I did it)

Here is a picture the recipient took of the finished product! She is Mandarella on Ravelry and I much appreciate her excellent photography of this project, since the photos I took with my phone’s camera while it was sitting on my couch are less than flattering.

So now the plan is to make another, and write down the process so others can make it! I have the yarn picked out, and I have plans to maybe make a third to actually felt, if I actually get around to it. The pattern will be available on the Social Knitworking Site, and on Ravelry.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Edging the Hemlock Ring Blanket

I started to bind off today - Had NO idea that it was an edged BO, so I'm alternating. I'm afraid I'm going to run out of yarn, and then have to break into another skein of another color.

I can't wait to see how big it actually turns out to be!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My Needles Overfloweth

What am I working on now? I cast on Arbor over the weekend. Several times - since I kept dropping stitches off the waste yarn on my provisional cast on. Then I only got a few rows in because my printer is out of ink, mostly and won't 'make up' colors when one is completely out. So I had to wait til I had access to a printer with enough ink to print out the chart. I'm being good, knitting from my stash, using EL Silky Wool in a pretty gold color. I'm not sure it's a color I would like as a garment for myself, so if it ends up that I can't take the color the way it is - into a burgundy dye-bath it will go.

I'm making good progress on my Hemlock Ring Blanket. I'd guess it's about 3 feet across right now, if sticking my arm in and measuring it up against my forearm for half of it counts as about 1.5 feet :) I'm still on the denim blue yarn - which is pretty amazing - I knew it was a big cake, but I didn't know it was that big. I have about seven increase sections left to work, and I've already worked seven.

The stool cushion is wavering around the first round on the second half of the cushion - since I need it sooner than later, I should probably use that as my tv knitting instead of my hemlock ring blanket. Especially since it still needs to be sewn together (crocheted is more likely) and stuffed.

Speaking of 10 stitch blankets, I got to work on my square ten stitch this past Saturday when I went to see the Eclipse movie with my inlaws. Wow, what a painful movie full of not much that pertained to the book. Just a lot of whining about turning or not turning Bella while teen-aged boys have a pissing contest trying to get or keep her attentions. Anyway, I've turned another corner and am working my way still with the thick and thin yarn I got from Rhinebeck. It's not big enough yet, so I'm going to keep on going with it for a while. I did get a bunch of nice single ply from Kraemer yarns for use in this blanket, and I'm almost to the point where I can attach that pocket over the blurb of un-attractive color I added in for some strange reason.

My sock yarn blanket is anxiously awaiting church of the blanket day (11 days from now).

I've gotten some great Mal in destashes for my malabrigo and worsted weight blankets. I haven't knit on them lately, but I need to get them wrangled in and put away. I think I will have a sweater's worth of Paris Night soon, instead of the bright multis I was collecting for the other sweater, which is just too bright for me. Not sure what I will do with them, although a pair of slippers is very tempting. I was going to make the Nantucket Jacket with Mal, but I might make it from fisherman's wool instead, and leave the mal for something else, Summer's End probably - or Tailored Scallops.

Traveling woman still isn't traveling very far. I just need to get her finished. I reprinted the chart, since the last time I was going to work on it, the chart was missing. So then I'll need to figure out where I am and just forge ahead. It's so lovely. I'd consider wearing it to Ryan's wedding, but I have a feeling that I won't need to be covering my shoulders for anything.

Evenstar is still hibernating in that spot with the columns. I really do love the design and want to finish it, but it's going to hibernate a bit longer.

I need to photograph Citron and my Turkish Bed Slippers. I was able to camera-photo my mitered square bag, which I need to write up the pattern for. I did buy some awesome single ply wool from Joann's with which to my 6 square prototype. The one I made first was 5 square and I need more symmetry. I am also tempted to felt it - but we shall see.

I need to get some dyeing done. Was going to over the weekend, but had husband in the way syndrome. I also need to find another twitter for igoogle so I can update my dyeing twitter feed more often.

I also need (whoo, three need paragraphs in a row) to pick out at least one, but maybe two more shawl patterns to be used as breastfeeding shawls. The first one I did, Ishbel, was a huge hit with the Mom, I just hope it works as intended (her baby boy was born on July 3 - 4 days early - and 9 pounds!!! - Glad I didn't get him any newborn stuff). I will probably use some of the Cestari like I'm using for my hemlock ring blanket for one of them, maybe both, since they are a good combination of cotton and wool, and knit up quickly due to their almost worsted-weighted-ness. I like the triangular shawl with a garter or stockinette panel at the top to hide the baby and its meal, with a pretty edge to dress things up. Regular breastfeeding blankets are ugly and obviously not fashion accessories. I prefer a shawl that can be used as an actual fashion accessory when the baby is eating on its own! The first one (that I'm sure about) isn't needed until November. The BoneYard Shawl might be a good choice. Or maybe I can do Milkweed again. Or go for Multnomah, Herbivore, Saroyan, the Ten Stitch Triangle, or Damson... At least I have choices... It will also depend on which yarn I use, since some of these won't look right in plain plain yarn...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hemlock Ring Update

I'm finally on the feather and fan portion, and buggered it up by not paying attention to which row I was on - luckily I'm using stitch markers and was able to tink back and remind myself to pay attention.

I'm still on my original circular needle, and will be for at least one more increase, then its on to the next length up. I still seem to have plenty of the denim yarn.

Speaking of which - this yarn is delicious. I'm already planning another breastfeeding shawl and I will probably use this yarn for it as well.

Monday, June 28, 2010

I'm Finally Making the HRB

Hemlock Ring Blanket by Jared Flood
Craft Knitting
Made for me
Size til I'm done

Needle and yarn
US 8 - 5.0 mm
Cestari Special Cotton Blend
609.0 yards in stash
Colorway Denim

I did the center part of the pattern for a hat not too long ago.

I’m trying to work from already caked stash, so I’m starting this in the denim. I plan on going until I can’t stand it any longer, as I have plenty of colors that will go with this.

I usually don’t like yarn that is a majority of cotton, but this is soft and comfortable to work with.
I’m magic looping at the beginning and having no trouble with it at all.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Wanting to Blog more

I was hanging out with the TSR crew yesterday for socialknitworking for KIP day - and I realized I really wanted to use this more.

Of course, now that I've entered two projects onto my Ravelry page I'm all done with explaining myself.

Citon is finished, with the exception of weaving in ends and finishing fixing a dropped stitch.

I have half of my brother's birthday present done.

I have socks started, cute little turkish bed socks.

I have Traveling Woman to finish - I'm so close I need to just bite the bullet.

I have dyeing to do - both for myself and for a blankie swap.

I have a sk of Anne that is caked that I have no idea what to do with it. Shawl I guess. Maybe I should trade it. Maybe I can trade it for another color, since the problem I'm having with this is the color!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

It's been a while

I had claimed some boomerang quite some time ago, and it was already caked. My knitting ‘rules’ this year include knitting from my 10 in 2010 list, gift knitting (which should use that list or already caked yarn if possible), or knitting with caked yarn.

I’m making an entrelac scarf. I have no reason to make it except I wanted some ‘brainless’ knitting and I was getting a wee bit bored with my Ten Stitch Twist Blanket - which isn’t on my list but is my brother’s birthday present as a foot stool cushion.

Today is part one of knit in public day - I hope to make some progress on my traveling woman shawl, so I can finally cast on Garden of Alla - which I bought yarn for at MDSW

Sunday, January 17, 2010

SocialKnitworking Has the Clap and other Knitting Projects

We're group knitting the Clapotis - and I'm trying to get my February Lady Sweater done prior to the end of February.

I also have decided to join a lace knit a long that has me pretty scared. I think I'm going to get my friend a copy as well, so he can hold my hand through the process.

Next up? Probably Peaks Island Hood, and if I get the yarn soon, the thrummed muff.

So much I want to knit - so little time to do so!

I'm also trying to dye a little more often, and photograph it so that I can sell it more than trade it.