Man Hat, Urban Legend, Wurm and Lady Lorrraine. Unclaimed hats will go to charity.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
On a recent road trip, I had to decide what projects to take. Every knitter knows that the most important part of packing for a trip is the knitting. I chose my own Easy Stripes bag pattern with the hopes that I could refine the instructions. I took two balls of Lily Sugar'n Cream Stripes in the Country Stripes colorway and one skein of Cascade Souk, a silk wool blend with long color changes.
Both projects didn't take a lot of space and were cool enough to work on in the summer heat. But the only changes I made were to slip the edge stitches of the strap and make it longer.
I had enough of the cotton yarn left over to make a Bear Sweater that was given to a Pacific Northwest bear.
Posted by OC knitter at 12:30 PM
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Two more blankets. The yellow one was knit just to use up some stash yarn. I combined a bulky white mohair with a nylon yarn that really couldn't be used by itself because it would easily snag. When knit with another yarn it became soft and squishy.
The blue one was knit with a double strand of acrylic in a diamond pattern that looks good on both sides. After I finished it, I put it in the washer and dryer to block. It came out beautifully. It was given as a wedding present, but I haven't heard if it was well received yet. Do newlyweds still send thank you notes?
Posted by OC knitter at 3:25 PM
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Not really a pattern - more like a recipe
Size about 40" x 45"
Yarn: Rainbow Boucle by Purl Essence - Blue Multi 1 skein (621 yards)
Sincerely By Purl Essence - Navy Blue - 2 skeins (322 yards each)
available at JoAnns
usually, when I combine a multi colored with a solid colored yarn, I like to match the darkest color.
Needles: US #13
I cast on 91, (but if I make it again, I would cast on 87 or 89) with 1 strand Boucle and 1 strand Sincerely
Seed stitch for 10 rows
Seed stitch for 7 stitches, stockinette for the center, and seed for the last 7 stitches.
Knit until you have enough yarn to do a top border of 10 seed stitch rows and bind off.
A little measuring and math is required!
This blanket was donated to Patriots and Paws.
Posted by OC knitter at 7:46 PM
Sunday, March 30, 2014
I thought I would challenge myself, so I signed up for a shawl knitalong. The yarn was a lovely cashmere lace weight, a special price for those who signed up and the pattern was free. Several weeks were allowed for the project. Did I mention that size 3mm needles were involved? And short rows? And lace charts? Perhaps I overextended myself. After a lot of dropped stitches and ripping back, I finished by the deadline. As I started to block it, I noticed a major mistake. I don't know how I missed it. Right in the middle of the back - lace holes in the wrong place. Can I live with it?
I am thinking about it.
But, this challenge did teach me a few things. Black was probably not the best color choice. Lighting is very important. A good manicure might have prevented snags and dropped stitches. Watching subtitled TV programs should have been left for another time.
I am still thinking.
Posted by OC knitter at 5:28 PM
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
A short time later, a bulky cowl was ready for gift giving.
YouTube Moebius Cast-On Yarn: Loops and Threads Charisma Needle size: US15.
Pattern: Bulky Mobius Cowl
Then, after the holidays, I decided to make another cowl for myself. I brought needle and yarn to my knitting guild meeting to cast on. I could not remember the correct way to start. I must have tried six times, failing each time. When I got home I checked YouTube again and realized I was holding the needle wrong. Success finally! Yarn: Noro Iro Needle size: US11
I think I will remember the cast-on without having to look at YouTube again,
Posted by OC knitter at 1:06 PM