Saturday, January 31, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Almost done the cable cardigan (finally) and will reveal photo after the blocking. The Color Baby has been swatched and plans started, and the Somoko has been wound into a ball and the socks begun, so lots on the needles right now. Meanwhile, I have added Yoga to my weekly workout routine (2 step classes and 1 or 2 general cardio/weight sessions.)... I find some of it easy, woohoo downward dog and warrior, but some very difficult, side plank and dancers pose. Will keep at it though, it is different from the same old same old....
Sunday, January 25, 2009
The only room left is the kitchen, and so this is how it looks today, but hubby is hard at work and a big chunk of this will be done today. The trickiest part will be the island, and meeting up evenly on the other side.... he's good though, and I have no doubts that it will come together more smoothly than my #$!@* cable cardigan. :)
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The second project on the go is the new yarn Arabesque from Elann, in four colours, that I am randomly blocking about the back of a chunky pullover. I knit this one when I am too tired to concentrate on the busy cables of the cardigan. The blocks are easy and the knitting just stocking stitch. The yarn is chunky enough to go up quickly too.
This sweater is using the same shape and measurements that I used for the Noro Blossom Turtleneck and will probably look and fit the same, just the colour blocks are different. It will show how different yarn and different colour placements can make a totally different sweater with the same basic pattern!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
These are really easy and use scraps of worsted weight yarns and sock yarn for the embroidered details. Knit on 4mm needles (US 6), use Orange or white or grey for body and cream colour for face. I used black sock yarn for eyes and rose sock yarn for nose and mouth line.
Cast on 10 in body colour... Knit 4 rows (garter stitch: Knit every row). Stocking Stitch next 2rows (Knit right side, Purl wrong side). Next row: Knit 3, Knit in the front and back of the next stitch (one increase), K2, Knit in the front and back of the next stitch (another increse), K3. Work for 3 more rows in stocking stitch, then cast off the next row. WAIT to sew up until all embroidery is done.
Muzzle: with cream colour, Cast on 3. Knit row one, purl row two, cast off all stitches. Leave 8 inches of yarn to sew up. Use the tail to sew around the face in position in the middle of head (see photo). Using eye colour, make french knot eyes in the upper part of the face. Using the rose, place 2 horizonal lines for nose, and one vertical line from nose to bottom of face. Securely fasten the ends of the embroidery on the inside of the kitty. To make the ears center the back seam behind the cat and sew the top of the head in a flat seam from right to left, leaving points (corners) that will look like ears. A little tug at the tips to pull them up will also help. Now you can stitch up the back opening, and sew in all the ends of yarns.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I will search my patterns for a great design, or make a new one.... for now I am just holding in my hands with a faint purr in the back of my throat... oh happy day.
I have also tinkered with my site and added a slide show to the top right corner. It shows photos of Finger Puppies, made by Karen, who found the pattern on my site and emailed pictures of her litter of pups! Please send your photos of stuff from my patterns and I will add them to the show! It delights me to no end to see these... actual proof that there are knitters out there having fun with yarn and my patterns... thank you Karen!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
The bottom round is about 9 inches as you can see here...
Thursday, January 1, 2009
The last Elann yarn that arrived in the mail a month ago, has finally found a destination. I have a design for a cabled-yoked-cardigan. The whole thing is knit in the round, so I started the bottom ribbing and launched the cable design. I am about 6 inches up the body. The yarn is Australian Merino, by Needful Yarns in a tweedy blue.