Saturday, October 30, 2004

Snickers Helping Knit


Snickers helping knit Posted by Hello

This is my tri-colored Holland mini-lop named Snickers. I set my knitting down and he had to come investigate, so I thought this would make a very cute picture. The project I'm working on is my brother's hat for Christmas. He said he wanted the bottom cuff to be light blue, so that is what I'm starting. I don't really like the cast on edge, I think I may try another hat with a cable cast on to see how that looks.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Project clarifications

I've not started a new pair of socks yet, keeping my dpns free for my brother's hat. He finally gave me more clarification in to what he wants. Black with a light blue stripe at the bottom. Ooooookaaaaay. I guess he has to be an individual. I have been working on the gigantic bed afghan some more, and I have heard that my Mother has intentions of stealing it. I tried explaining that it isn't anything fancy, but I guess she just likes it anyway. There are even parts of it that have holes from when I dropped a stitch in the middle....this was really my first knitting project ever. I just add to it now and again. The crocheted lapghan that I'm making for myself is needing another skein added to it, but I just am not sure if I should go with the same color. Why not mix it up a bit? I can't believe how many compliments I've gotten on the red hat with black stripe. This seems to be everyone's favorite hat, and I'm very thankful for the compliments. That hat is what inspired me to make more hats, even though I don't wear them myself. I just don't look good in hats for some reason. In retrospect, I should have tried a hat for my first dpn project, it is so much easier. I guess I have to learn the hard way. I was eyeing this yarn in the store for socks, and I just decided that for all the heck the red socks put me through, I deserve it! It isn't a fancy yarn, but I think it'll make a great pattern. It is TLC wiggles in dark blue. I'm interested to see if it makes a difference in the texture, but I have a feeling it would be small if it did. The crocheted lapghan for Grandma was a hit. I knew she'd love it even if it didn't turn out the way I planned, but she looked like she did love it. I know she likes soft textures, and the homespun is that. I also love that it can be washed and dried at home with no special care. That is important to me when starting a project. I did use the same yarn and pattern for scarves last year, I just made it a very long and wide scarf :)


Monday, October 18, 2004

My next projects


My next projects Posted by Hello

The cotton ease is my favorite to make washcloths out of, however I prefer a stiffer yarn for dishcloths. The wool ease is for a pair of socks I plan on knitting when my brother's hat is off of my dpns. Those needles I bought in Eugene, it is clay on the top, very spendy, but lovely. I only used them once, because I was so afriad of breaking them. I have many things I still want to learn in knitting. Fair isle being the most important. It looks so menacing, fair isle. I'll get the courage to try soon enough, but I'm probably going to tackle cables first. I've done your basic 'cable-looking' patterns that are from ssk and k2tog, but not used an actual cable needle. It doesn't look too bad. Since my first pair of socks were dreadful, I'm looking for a new pattern of socks that will challenge me, but still not want to pull my hair out trying to knit it either. I know that a lot of my webrings don't work yet, they will soon.

Yellow Purse


Yellow purse Posted by Hello

I made this for a little girl in my church, but she grew up too fast and was no longer using such 'baby' things. Oh well, I'll keep it for another little girl. I'm thinking of making an I-cord flower to put on the front. This is just your basic acrylic yarn with a crocheted edge with an I-cord handle sewn on.

Multi Colored Dishcloth


Multi Colored Dishcloth Posted by Hello

This is one of the many, many dishcloths I've made. I'm just dishcloth crazy! I especially love this pattern, it is easy and fun to do. The pattern can be found in "The complete idiot's guide to knitting and crochet". In my opinion, that is a very good book for a beginner, or anyone wanting to know more than they do about knitting.

Multi colored afghan



This is something I've been working on for a very long time. I just take leftover yarns and add it on here. Eventually it will go on my bed, but for now, it is on a circular needle right by my chair for me to work on when I want to. At this point, it has gotten very heavy, but I don't want to panel it together, I think this will look nicer.
Multi colored afghan Posted by Hello

Fun Fur Purse


Fun Fur Purse Posted by Hello

I made this from the Lion Brand website, but altered it slightly to be a little longer. I've had mixed reactions to it, from 'cool' to 'it looks like something you wash your car with'. It's true, it does. The inside is lined with microspun yarn. This was a lot easier than I thought it would be. If you're afraid to try this, just do it. It isn't as hard as it looks.

Homespun lapghan #2 in progress


Homespun Lapghan #2 in progress Posted by Hello

This is the lapghan that I am making for myself. I loved not only making the one for my Grandma, but I loved the soft feel of it. I just had to make one for myself. The color isn't exactly the same, but It'll work.

Black and Blue hat


Black and blue hat Posted by Hello

This is again one of the hats my brother can choose from. I think he'll favor this one, but I need to make it larger, as it barely fits my head! This is using acrylic yarn in k2p1 rib, then stockenette.

Beanie style cap

Worsted weight yarn
Set of 5 double pointed needles

Cast on 72 sts (18x4)
Work in K2, P1 ribbing for 10 rounds.
Round 11: *K8, inc 1
Knit 11 rounds main color
Knit 11 rounds contrasting color
Knit 11 rounds main color
Round 45: *K7, K2tog
Round 46: Knit
Round 47: *K6, K2tog
Round 46: Knit
Round 47: *K5, K2tog
Round 48: Knit
Round 49: *K4, K2tog
Round 50: Knit
Round 51: *K3, K2tog
Round 52: Knit
Round 53: *K2, K2tog
Round 54: Knit
Round 55: *K1, K2tog
Round 56: Knit
Round 57: *K2tog

Pull yarn through rem sts and pull through 'hole' in the middle. Darn in ends.


My First Pair of Socks!


First pair of socks! Posted by Hello

Pathetic? You bet! Although in my defense I didn't choose the kit very carefully. These were supposed to be an intermediate pair to make, and I had never picked up dpns before. I think they turned out pretty well for my first pair, and they are very comfortable.

Collection of Scarves


Collection of Scarves Posted by Hello

This picture is of a few scarves I've made. The two closest to you are made with homespun yarn by Lion Brand. The two farthest from you are made with a generic worsted weight yarn.

Red hat with black stripe


Red hat with black stripe Posted by Hello

This is one of the three that I've made for my brother to choose from. I doubt very highly he'll pick this design since it turned out very feminine. He's 19, gotta watch his rep you know! This is made in stockinette stitch. This pattern would be great felted! This hat is rather large, so if you want a smaller hat, adjust accordingly.


Cap with rolled brim

1 skein worsted weight yarn
Set of 5 double pointed needles, size 7


Cast on 100 stitches, divide on to dpns. (25x4) Knit every round for 5 1/2 inches. Begin decrease.

Decrease rounds:

Round 1: *K8, k2tog
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: *K7, k2tog
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: *K6, k2tog
Round 6: Knit
Round 7: *K5, k2tog
Round 8: Knit
Round 9: *K4, k2tog
Round 10: Knit
Round 11: *K3, k2tog
Round 12: Knit
Round 13: *K2, k2tog
Round 14: Knit
Round 15: *K1, k2tog
Round 16: Knit
Round 17: *K2tog

Pull thread through rem sts and pull through 'hole' in top, darn in ends.




Blue Knit Hat


Blue Knit Hat Posted by Hello

This hat is made using 2x2 ribbing, then stockinette in the round. I'm making several hats with different styles for my brother to see the styles. After he tells me which style he likes best, I'll knit one just for him. This is my creation, but it isn't difficult, and I'm sure it's been done before since it is so generic. I just like the way 2x2 ribbing looks, don't you?

Worsted weight yarn
Set of 5 dpns

Cast on 100 sts (25x4)
K2, P2 ribbing for 3 inches
Knit every round for 4 inches
decrease rounds:
Round 1: *K8, K2tog
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: *K7, K2tog
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: *K6, K2tog
Round 6: Knit
Round 7: *K5, K2tog
Round 8: Knit
Round 9: *K4, K2tog
Round 10: Knit
Round 11: *K3, K2tog
Round 12: Knit
Round 13: *K2, K2tog
Round 14: Knit
Round 15: *K1, K2tog
Round 16: Knit
Round 17: *K2tog

Pull yarn through rem sts and up through 'hole' in top, darn in ends.

Crochet Lapghan


Crochet Lapghan Posted by Hello

This is the crochet lapghan that I created for my grandmother. It is made in Lion Brand Homespun yarn for maximum softness. This is for her birthday, I'm sure she'll love it!

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