Monday, October 19, 2009


This past weekend was the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. I went up with my friend and her daughter, and we had a great time. So much beautiful yarn to pet! I came home with an autographed book and five skeins of lovely yarn. Two skeins will go to make a hat to match my new ski jacket, two skeins of lovely alpaca will go to make a shawl, and one skein will be set aside to make the Knotty Gloves featured on Ravelry. The only downside to this is that I bought all this yarn to make projects for me when I really need to be working on Christmas gifts right now. Only two months left, and knitting isn't the fastest craft in the world.

At the show there were sheep, angora rabbits, alpacas, llamas, and more. My friend's little girl got a real kick out of petting all the animals. There were kid's activities too, which she really enjoyed. It rained a bit and was rather chilly, but we dressed for the weather and didn't have a real problem with it. I can't wait to go again next year! I would recommend the show to anyone who lives within driving distance of it. There are Ravelry meetups and a party on Saturday night, too! What more could you ask for?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Snow in October? Really now?

It snowed two days ago. Seriously. The fifteenth of October. In New Jersey. This is getting rediculous. It snowed all day, though nothing really stuck to the ground, I assume because the ground was still too warm to handle the snow. Regardless, we had a very winter-like day. It got me thinking about winter and Christmas and how I really need to get going on the holiday knits I have planned. Mom's gift is done, Jimmy's is done, but nothing else really. So what do I do? Write a new pattern, of course. Why work on what needs to be done when I can play around and knit Christmas stockins my family doesn't need. The result, at any rate, is the pictured stocking. Simple enough to knit, with a ribbed cuff and stockinette body. Made basically the way one would make a sock, just with heavier yarn and bigger needles. Nice that stockings don't have to fit. At any rate, here is what I came up with.

Christmas Stocking
Yarn: worsted weight any style will do. I used two colors of Patons Merino, but something like Wool of the Andes or Lionbrand Wool-Ease would work. Even Red Heart would do the trick, if you can stand knitting something this big with 100% acrylic yarn.
Needles: US 7 DPNS set of five
Notions: tapestry needle and any applique's or bells or tinsel or whatever you might like to decorate with.

CO 60 sts, dividing evenly on four needles 15 sts on each)
Work MC in 1x1 rib for 4".
Change to CC and work 15 rows (2")
Change back to MC and work 15 rows (2")
contiue until leg portion has four color repeats done.
K 7 rounds in CC.
Divide for heel flap
Place 30 sts on one needle. This will be the heel. Leave other thirty sts on two needles, which will be the instep.
Work 20 rows of heel flap in MC.
Turn heel:
K to center (15), K3, sl 1, ssk, turn.
P to center, P3, sl 1 P2tog, turn.
There are now two decrese points set up. These points are the gaps in the sts. K to 1 st before gap, ssk over gap, turn.
P to 1 st before gap, p2tog across gap, turn.
Continue in this manner until you reach the edges of the heel. There should be 10 sts left on heel needle.
Pick up 14 sts on each side of foot. Needle 1 should have 19 sts, needle 2 15, needle 3 15, and needle 4 19. Knit 1 round in CC.
Next round: Needle 1: Knit to last two sts, k2tog. Needle 2&3: K. Needle 4 SSK, K to end of needle.
Next round: K
Continue in this manner, maintaining stripe sequence, until 60 sts remain on needles. Continue in stripe pattern, 1 stripe MC and 10 rounds CC.
Begin toe decreases: Needle 1: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Needle 2: K1, ssk, k to end of needle. Needle 3: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Needle 4: K1, ssk, knit to end of needle.
Next round:K.
Continue in this manner until there are 6 sts left oneach needle. Graft toe together. Weave in ends. Create a braid or crochet a chain to form a hanging loop. Stitch to inside of stocking. Decorate as desired. Hang by chimney with care for Santa to fill.

Friday, September 11, 2009

So I made a couple Knit-Tab Hats on Ravelry and decided I really wanted some handwear to match. Unfortunately, there was no such pattern to be found on Ravelry, so I invented one. It is based on my Ribbed Wristwarmers pattern, but I added a button tab on each wristlet to match the hat. Without further ado I give you the Button Tab Wristlets:

Needles: Size 6 straights and dpns

Yarn: Worsted Weight (I used SandnesGarn Smart

Notions: Tapestry needle, sewing needle, sewing thread, buttons (2-4 depending on size desired)

Right Wristlet:

On straight needles CO 50 sts
Row 1: *K2, P2* K2
Row 2: *P2, K2* P2
Repeat these two rows until you have 14 rows of rib.

BO 10, Knit in rib pattern to end of row.

Transfer to dpns (40 sts)

Join in round, working in rib pattern until piece measures 5" from CO edge.

Next round: Do not join

Turn work and knit 12 rows in rib pattern (Essentially you will be working these twelve rows flat)

Rejoin in round and work an additional ten rounds. BO Loosely in rib. Sew button(s) to flap.

Left Wristlet

On straight needles CO 50
Row 1: *P2, K2* P2
Row 2: *K2, P2* K2

Repeat these two rows until you have completed 13 rows.

BO 10, kniti in rib pattern to end of row.

Transfer to dpns (40 sts)

Join in round, working in rib pattern until piece measures 5".
Next round: Do not join
Turn work and knit 12 rows in rib pattern (Essentially you will be working these twelve rows flat)
Rejoin in round and work an additional ten rounds. BO Loosely in rib. Sew button(s) to flap.

Monday, August 31, 2009

And she's back!

I've been so delinquent about keeping my blog up to date and I'm so sorry. I have been busy with my knitting as my cousin is having a baby girl and I feel the need to endow her with knits. I also entered seven items in the state fair earlier this month and came away with five ribbons. Not too shabby. I also was commissioned to make hats for twin boys with bear ears by my friend. I couldn't find a pattern I liked so I wrote one and they came out way cute. Here's the pattern: (sorry for the fuzzy picture; my camera is acting up)

Baby Bear Hat

Gauge 4"= 24 sts

Materials : 6" circs and dpns
tapestry needle
worsted weight yarn (I used Ella Rae Superwash in color Taupe)
scrap pink yarn

CO 80 sts. PM and join to work in the round.
Work in 1x1 rib for six rows.
Switch to st st and work until piece measures 4 1/2 inches from cast on edge

Decrease rounds:
*K6, K2tog*
*K5, K2 tog*
*K4, K2tog*
*K3, K2tog*
*K2, K2tog*
Break yarn, leaving a 6" tail. Thread through remaining sts, pull tight, tie off, and weave in end.

Ears (make 4) :
CO 15
K 4 rows st st
Next row: K2tog each end
K2tog at beginning of next four rows.
P2 tog each end (9 sts remaining)
BO Knitting 2tog at each end.

Stitch two pieces together with right side facing. Turn right side out and sew in position on hat.

Pink part of ears:
CO 10
K 4 rows st st
K2tog each end
K2tog each end
BO Knitting 2tog each end.
Stitch to front of ears.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Humble Apologies

I'm so sorry for not being around since January. For a while I just didn't feel like knitting, so what was the point in posting? Then I was in the hospital (I'm ok now, no worries), and then I finally decided to pick up my needles again. So I began to knit. And knit, and knit, and knit. I made hats and headbands and dishcloths and spa sets and a shawl.

To make my absence up to you, I have designed not one, but two patterns for you to enjoy. The first is the Diamond Lace Headband.

Size 7 straight needles

Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Malabrigo Worsted)

Tapestry needle

B3 = K3 sts for border

CO 6

K 20 rows in garter stitch

Increase rows:

1. K3, M1, K3

Row 2 and ever even row during increase section, P

3. K1, M1, K5, M1, K1

Continue to increas after the first stitch and before the last stitch of every odd row until you have 17 sts.

Begin pattern:

1. B3, p2, k2tog,[ki, yo]twice, k1, sl1, psso, p2, B3

2 and every even row:B3, k2, p7, k2, B3

3. B3, P2, k2og, yo, k3, yo, sl1, k1, psso, p2, B3

5. B3, p2, k1, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, p2, B3

7. B3, p2, k2, yo sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2, p2, B3

8. As row 2

Repeat these rows six MORE times for a total of seven repeats.

Decrease rows:

1. K1, k2tog, k11, k2tog, k1


3. K1, k2tog, k9, k2tog, k1


Continue decreasing in this manner until you have 7 sts

Next row: K2, k2tog, k3

Knit 20 rows of garter stitch.

BO, sew ends of headband together, weave in loose ends.

Next we have the Little Shells Dishcloth:

Size 7 needles
worsted weight cotton
tapestry needle for weaving in ends

B3= K3 for border

CO 43
K 3 rows
1. K across
2. B3, p 37, B3
3. B3, K2 *yo, p1, p3tog, p1, yo, k2* 5 times B3
4. B3, p 37, B3
Repeat rows 1-4 10 more times for a totall of 11 repeats.
K 3 rows
Weave in ends

Saturday, January 17, 2009

You know how writers get writer's block? Well, I've got knitter's block. I've got about eight UFO's that I could be working on and a store full of yarn that I could start a new project with, not to mention to commissioned works that need to get done, yet all I can do is stare at my needles and shake my head.

Cany anyone else relate? Man, I want to be knitting, but I'm stumped!