Friday, December 24, 2010

Gnome on a Shelf

He can see if you are naughty or nice!  Actually he can't see anything;  his eyes are covered with his hat.  This gnome has been hidden unfinished for a couple of years in a plastic shoe box.  A UFO for 2 years! Does that make me a naughty knitter?  He didn't have his arms  and one leg sewn on.  It really took very little time to sew everything together.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Afghans, Blankets and Throws

They are all the same thing, ways to use up a lot of yarn.  The white cable afghan was done quite a while ago except for weaving in the ends. The yarn, a fluffy acrylic (Lion Brand Jiffy) was given to me.  It looks pretty good considering...     I just wish I had made it bigger, because I still have 2 skeins left. 

The gray one (Red Heart yarn) is  in the blanket category, it is large enough to cover a queen size bed.  It was started in the Summer, when the weather here was cool. As it warmed up in the Fall, and the blanket grew heavy,  I had to put it down.  Finally last week it was done.  Alas, the yarn did not come from my stash.  Because it was a gift, I bought the yarn for this project.

 The pattern for the orange (couldn't photograph the true color) one is called  Lacy Chunky Throw.  It's about 40" by 50". This yarn has been in my stash for a long time, what I was thinking when I bought it, I can't remember.  I'm just glad that I used up every bit of it.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bear Sweater Pattern

One of the charities that my knitting guild participates in is called Precious Pals.  Stuffed animals are dressed in knitted clothing and donated to the local police department for giving to children in crises situations.  At the guild meeting last month I had a conversation with another knitter who was having trouble with a sweater pattern for one of these animals.  The pattern was very frustrating because it was more difficult than it should have been.  So I wrote up a simple pattern. I call it a "Beary Easy Sweater". (I thought it was a cute name).  Anyway, it's suitable for a beginning knitter.  Hope you like it.

Beary Easy Sweater

Seamless sweater for a 10 inch bear
Materials: worsted weight yarn about 40 yards,
needles US 7 (4.5 mm), 4 markers 
Gauge 18 stitches = 4 inches

Begin at neck edge: Cast on 30 stitches.
Rows 1 & 2: Knit
Row 3: (WS) Knit 2, Purl 4, place marker, Purl 4, place marker, Purl 10, place marker, Purl 4, place marker, Purl 4, Knit 2
Row 4: (RS) increase row *Knit to stitch before marker, knit in the front and back of that stitch (Kfb), slip marker, Kfb, repeat from * 3 times, knit to end of row. 8 stitches increased.
Row 5: K2, P to last 2 stitches, K2
Row 6: *K to stitch before marker, Kfb, slip marker, Kfb, repeat from * 3 times, K to end of row.
Repeat rows 5 & 6 five more times. (86 stitches)
Row 17: (WS) K2, P to next marker, K to next marker, P to next marker, K to next marker,
P to last 2 stitches, K2
Row 18: K to marker, Bind off 18 stitches, K to next marker, Bind off 18 stitches , K to end
Row 19: K2, Purl to last 2 stitches joining fronts and back, K2. (50 stitches)
Rows 20 - 24 : Continue knitting on the right side and purling on the wrong side, keeping the first 2 and last 2 stitches in knit stitch.
Row 25: (WS) Knit
Bind off.
Weave in ends.

Abbreviations: K- Knit, P-Purl, RS- right side, WS-wrong side, Kfb- knit in the front and back of the stitch

Please use this pattern for charity or personal use.
OC Knitter October 2010

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Lots of Projects

I'm still working through my shawl obsession.  I've already knit more than I'll ever use in my life time.  But I enjoy knitting them, so there are still more in the future.  These are both from stash yarn.
 These are hats that will be donated to the Knots of Love Charity.  They send hats to cancer centers throughout the country. This charity is a little different from others that do the same work in that they specify the brand of yarn that you use.

A twirly skirt.
And these don't even add up to half the projects I've finished in the last few months.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Felted Bag


       I started this bag after a conversation with a friend in my knitting guild.  She asked me what I did with my scraps.  I gave her some suggestions none of which was a bag.  The idea came to me when I got home and looked at my scraps. Yes, I save scraps of yarn. A few yards here, a few yards there and it all add up into a project.          

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Catch Up

Yes, It's been a while since I last posted. And, yes, I'm still knitting  (because you know I can't stop).  So here are my  recent projects. This is my recycled shawl.  I found a  cashmere sweater for a few dollars at Goodwill and unraveled it  to knit this.   I had to wind the yarn into hanks, wash it, then wind it into balls before knitting.  It was worth the work.  Very soft!
More cat beds.  And I still have yarn for many more.  They have already been donated to the animal shelter.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

A Lovely Shawl

I have been obsessing about the pattern for this shawl for some time.  I looked through my stash and didn't find anything that would work.  So I had to buy the wool - only one skein - although a large and expensive one.  It took me a week to knit it up.  I think it turned out lovely.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Pet Beds

My  resolution this year ( as it has been every year) is to knit down my stash.  During the holidays most of my wool yarn was put away in a very unorganized manner.  So I 've started knitting with my never ending acrylic stash which was more accessible.   Since the beginning of the year I have knit four of these cat or small dog beds.   They are knit with a double strand  to make them sturdy so they use a lot of yarn!  They have all been donated to the local animal shelter.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Hats on Heads

Winners in the lottery of knitted hats.