Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I've also made the HP Snitch Dishcloth to stick in a Halloween care package for a young friend of mine who loves Harry Potter as much as I do.
On top of these, I have made an entire set of Weasley sweater ornaments out of Charmed Knits, but I am embarassed to post the pictures of them because I am so bad at duplicate stitch. And I just cast on for the 3-4 year scarf, also from Charmed Knits.
Soon I'll be posting pictures of Christmas gifts, though I have to be careful because my mother finally got on Ravelry and has access to all my pictures and my blog now! (But hooray mom for joining us on Rav!)
Monday, October 20, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Yarn: Bernat Camoflauge Desert Sand 2 skeins
Needles: size 11
Notions: tapestry needle, crochet hook
Gauge: 3 sts per inch
Holding 2 strands together, CO 60
Knit in St St for 10 inches.
Sew seam up the back.
Cut 12 1-yard lengths of yarn and thread 6 through each front corner. Braid each set of strands for approximately 18 inches. Tie off braid and cut ends evenly. Weave in any loose ends.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Second, and more importantly, THE YARN LOFT IS CLOSING! My yarn store, the one I've worked at, the only one in the whole county, is closing! DISASTER! What will I do for yarn?
Saturday, August 2, 2008
I also entered a poncho (not pictured- sorry) wich recieved Second Place, and two hats, which received First and Second. (Cables and Earflaps, 1st, Norwegian Star 2nd.) I'm very pleased.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
We've got a Golden Snitch knit out of Cascade 220 Wool, Hedwig made with Lion Brand Tiffany, Caron Simply Soft, and scraps, a House Hat out of Plymouth Encore Worsted, and a Weasley Sweater ornament, also out of Plymouth Encore Worsted and scraps. Also on the needles is a Quidditch sweater which I hope to have finished in time to wear to the new HP movie, which comes out November 21.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I spent my weekend working on the Quidditch Sweater out of Charmed Knits. The new movie comes out November 21 and I am determined to have my sweater done so I can wear it to the movie. I also dyed my yarn red and yellow to make self striping Gryffindor wristwarmers from my wristwarmer pattern.
I put my Cooler Hammock pattern on hold because I lost a needle. It turns out that this is fine because you are not allowed to have coolers out of the car where we camped anyway. Now I don't see the point in finishing it because I don't see another camping trip in the forseeable future, much as I would love it. But I will finish it eventually, because it is a mighty cool project.
A note for anyone using How to Knit in the Woods: Shannon Okey (the author) contacted me and informed me that the campfire chair is not made using sisal at all, but nylon twine, so if anyone else was as confused as I was, there you go.
Not much else to report. However, I will post a few pictures of my camping trip next time!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Explanation, dear friends: Last year I sent a care package to a friend at Halloween. As she and I both share an obsessive love for all things Harry Potter, the package contained a cauldron, pumpkin bread, pumpkin beer (yes, folks, I sent her beer), and, of course, a wand carved by me and my trusty Swiss Army knife and a hand knitted Gryffindor scarf with the school crest on it. THIS year she went to graduate school at Harvard (yes, really, she did) where the commencement speaker for the year was none other than JK Rowling. As the graduating class was small, my friend was sitting right up front, wearing the scarf and carrying the wand with her cap and gown. And JK Rowling smiled at her and her regalia. And she told me and I was excited.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I have also started on the Cooler Hammock, which is knit from butcher's twine (kitchen cotton) and meant to suspend your Igloo cooler from a tree branch to keep out of reach of marauding beasties. I'm not sure about how well it would stand up to the black bears we have around here, but it will at least keep the ants out of my cooler when I'm car camping.
Then there's the camp stool which I've tried to knit three times and can't get to work. First of all, sisal is nasty to knit with. It's stiff and grainy and little pieces shred off it. It's meant for baling hay and the like. Second of all, the book says you can get what they used at the local hardware or home improvement store. I hit four and can't find what they are talking about. Mine's not white and it doesn't knit to guage. It's huge. So forget that for the time being. Maybe I'll make it out of nylon or polypropalene or something.
THEN there's the fact that the book does not stand up to weathering well. One would think that a book made for knitting in the woods would be able to take a slight beating. Well, my Camelback leaked in my backpack and the book is now ruined. I'm not sure if I am going to get another copy or not. We shall see, my friends, we shall see.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I have also been working on a stocking cap, a hemp hat (my hemp yarn finally came in the mail!), and have been designing a pair of socks. When those are finished I'll post the pattern. Until then, fellow knitters!
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Yarn: 1 Skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick
Needles: 1 set #10 DPN
Cast on 22 (24)
Work in 1x1 Rib 12 rnds
K in St st 2 rnds
K1, M1, K1, M1, knit around
K1, M1, K3, M1, knit around
K1, M1, K5, M1, knit around
K1, M1, K7, M1, knit around
K1, M1, K9, M1, knit around
K2, place next 8 st on holder, K around
K in St st 20 (22) rnds
K3, K2tog around
K2, K2tog around
K1, K2tog around
K2 tog around
Cut yarn, lace through remaining stitches, pull tight, tie off.
Pick up 8 st on holder
Pick up 1 (2) st on either end of previous 8 st
K in St st 12 (14) rnds
Cut yarn, lace tail through remaining loops, pull tight, tie off
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Also, I opened an Etsy store today. Be sure to check it out! There are only a couple items right now, but if there seems to be interest, I'll be listing more things as time goes on. My vendor name is StevieLynn.
In non-knitting news, I just returned from a three day, 25 mile backpacking trip on the Appalachian trail. I met some interesting people, including a few through hikers who were quite amused to see me sitting in the shelter at night with my knitting, working by headlamp. (Ok, so it's not quite non-knitting related.) Was a good trip, but it did take away from my knitting time. Oh well. It was fun, any way you slice it, and my knitting did make an appearance.
Tune in next time for another original pattern.....
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Everyone needs one of those projects that yields finished results almost immediately. You know, something you can start and finish in the same day, something that doesn't really take a time commitment like sweaters and shawls and afghans do. Well, for me lately, that project has been cat toys. Now, if your cats are anything like my cats, they love the knitted things they are not supposed to have. They want to sleep on them, knead their claws in them, bat around balls of yarn, you name it. So I like to make them knitted things they can have. The mouse is a Catnip Friend from Oddball Knitting by Barbara Albright. The ball is actually a Knitted Kick Sack from the same source. But the fish, the fish is my design, and you all may have it.
Note: this pattern is worked from tail to head.
Needles: US size 6 dpns
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in carrot
Scrap of black yarn or embroidery floss
Notions: tapestry needle
CO 21 st
Join to knit in round, being careful not to twist.
Arrange sts so that there are 7 on each of three needles.
Knit 5 rounds.
Begin first set of decreases:
Round 1: *K5, K2tog*
Round 2: K
Round 3: *K4, K2tog*
Round 4: K
Continue in this fashion until there are 3 sts on each needle.
Kf&b into the first st of each needle until there are 8 sts on each needle.
Knit 7 rounds.
Begin second set of decreases:
Round 1: *K6, K2tog*
Round 2 *K5, K2tog*
Continue in this fashion until only one st remains on each needle.
Cut yarn, lace through live sts, pull tight, tie off, pull yarn through to inside.
Stuff with polyfil, catnip, and/or a plastic shopping bag (they make a great crinkling noise my cats love), close tail with a whipstitch and embed any lose ends inside the toy. Embroider two eyes in the appropriate places with scrap yarn or embroidery floss.
Monday, April 14, 2008
In other news, I learned to double knit last week, and I'm working on this scarf. If you aren't familiar with double knitting, the other side is exactly the opposite, a blue star on a yellow background.
I am also waiting on two Ebay shipments; one of 100% hemp yarn and one on 100% bamboo yarn. I can't wait to work with fibers that are totally renewable and earth friendly. If only I could find them that were made in this country.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
US size 7 16" circ
Cascade 220 MC
Cascade 220 CC
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes also works well for this pattern.
CO 112 st
Knit in 1x1 ribbing for 3 1/2 inches.
Knit 5 rows.
Knit 10 rows.
Round 1: *K6, K2tog*
Round 2: K
Round 3: *K5, K2tog*
Round 4: K
Continue in this manner until 14 st remain. Cut yarn, lace tail through live sts, pull tight, tie off on wrong side and weave in ends.
(Jan 19, 2010)ETA: Many Ravelers are finding that this pattern yields a very large hat. It is made to fit my 22" melon. If your head is smaller than mine (as it very likely is), I suggest you take other Ravelers' suggestions and CO 96 sts and work from there.
So, without further ado, I give you the Basic Ribbed Wristwarmer :
Yarn: 1 skein Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (110y/50g) color Pidgeon Twist
Needles: 1 set of 5 size 6 dpns
Notions: tapestry needle
CO 40 st
Distribute evenly on four needles and join for working in the round.
Work in 2x2 ribbing (K2, P2) for 5 inches.
Round 1: work all four needles in rib pattern. When you reach the end of the round do not join.
Round 2: turn work and work rib pattern back in the direction you came. (essentially you will be knitting flat)
Repeat rounds 1&2 five more times for a total of twelve rows.
Next round: join work across thumbhole. Work 10 rounds of rib pattern.
BO in rib. Weave in ends.
Make second wristwarmer
Friday, April 11, 2008
To an easy vine and stripe:
To a traditional Norwegian star pattern:
This last hat is an original design, the star pattern a combination of one I found in a book and one I found on the net, and the knitting pattern itself just sort of evolved as I knit. When I have it perfected, (and when I figure out how to post charts) I shall post it here.
Currently I am working on my second Norwegian star hat in an effort to perfect it. Other Works In Progress include Lacy Skirt with Bows from the book Greetings From Knit Cafe by Susan Mischer, a feather and fan afghan, and a double knit scarf with a star pattern. I will be posting pictures of them in completed form in due time. Stay tuned for Finished Objects and original patterns!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Cables and Earflaps
Yarn: For this pattern I used a locally grown alpaca yarn from Rainbow's End Farm. It's a light worsted weight, so substitute at will.
Needles: Size 8 16" circulars, Size 8 dpns
Notions: crochet hook, tapestry needle, markers
CO 88 st. PM and join, being careful not to twist.
Work in garter stitch (knit one row, purl one row) for ten rounds, increasing 12 stitches evenly in the last round (100 st).
Begin body of hat:
Round 1, 2, 4, 5, & 6: *K2, P2, K4, P2*
Round 3: *K2, P2, C4B, P2*
Work in this pattern until hat measures 7" from cast on edge.
Round 1: K2tog at each K2
Round 2: P2tog at each P2
Round 3: K2tog in the middle of each K4
Cut yarn, leaving a 6" tail. Thread yarn through remaining stitches and pull top of hat closed. Thread through to wrong side of work and secure, weaving in ends.
Mark center back of hat with removable marker. Count forward 8 st from marker. Pick up 18 st with dpn. Knit ten rows.
Row 11: K to last 3 st, K2tog, K1
Repeat Row 11 14 more times (3 st)
Repeat procedure on opposite side of hat.
Cut 6 one yard lengths of yarn. Thread through bottom of earflap with crochet hook. Braid. Tie off with an overhand knot. Repeat procedure on opposite side.