Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Crochet Hat

Every good knitter should be able to crochet. So I went a bought a crochet kit so I could relearn the skill. For my first project I desided to takle a hat. I can knit in the round, which is a LOT harder that crochet in the round. Here is my hat. It is done with a Size J/10.5 hook and worsted weight yarn I aquired from Anne.

Sockentine Swap Socks

I have finished my socks for the Knitting Help Sock Swap. Let's just say that I will not be knitting with elastic blend any time in the near future. That was the hardest stuff that I have worked wit yet. I think I'll take a bunky of supper bulky fuzzy yarn over that stuff.

The yarn is Knit Picks Dancing-Rumba in fingerign weight.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Project Spectrum 2.0 - February & March pt. 1

Its getting closer and closer to the start of Project Spectrum 2.0. I am getting excited. I have my yarn picked out (which is on the right). It's Knit Picks Telemark Peruvian Wool in Icicle, the blue stuff, and Drift, the white stuff. I'm going to knit the Striped Sweater from DebbieBliss' Simply Baby. Since there are buttons on the shoulders of the sweater I'm going to put gray buttons on. So then I will have my Blue, White, and Gray.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Felting 101

In preperation for Color Spectrum 2.0 I have went and bought all of my yarn that I will need. I found some crochet thread that is 88% cotton and 12% silver metalic. To go with the metalic thread I picked up some red and black wool.

Since I've never felted I knitted up a 4.5 inch by 4.5inch square using the metalic thread as a carrying yarn. Then put it in the washer with a some dark cloths in a mesh laundry bag. After that I put it in the dryer on high heat. Here are the before and after pics. The square is now about 4 inches by 4 inches. Before is on the Right and fter is on the Left

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Vertical Striped Hat

I saw this hat in Itty-Bitty Hats by Susan B. Anderson and knew that it just had to be knitted for Michelle. I acquired some Lion Brand Micro spun, and it just screamed at me to but knitted into this hat. So after a quick trip to Micheal's, with help of course, I picked out Mango and Fuchsia to go with the acquired Lime and Turquoise. I knitted the brim and first stripe in Carson Simply Soft Black so the other colors "POPPED".

Here is what I have done so far.

The Black is seed stitch, lime is Garter Stitch, Fuchsia is Stockinette, and Mango is Twisted Stitches. Each stripe is 8 stitches wide and 9 inches long. I cast on 88 stitches. There are 6 different stithces total. The other two stitches are a Basket weave and Cable.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Socks & Color Spectrum

The first sock for the Sockentine Sock Swap is finished. After only three different starts, I can say I am proud of my work. Also, I managed to graft the toe and it look pretty darn good, if I do say so. Now its time to find skein #2 of said yar to knit the 2nd sock. I would like to have the 2nd sock done by next weekend so I can get them mailed.

Since my birthday was last Tuesday, i went ahead, broke down, and ordered the Knit Picks Options Needles. you know the ones for $59.99. Yeah I debated it out for awhile, then said, "Self you don't have any circulars. This would sove that problem." So the problem of buying individual circulars was solved. I am awaiting said needles so I can knit a potato chip scarf, whick I am looking forward to, seeingas its only and 9 row scarf. The down side is that it ends up being 12 feet long. I am REALLY thinkingabout modifying the scarf to make it a little shorter.

I am also going to participate in Lolly's Color Spectrum II. The colors for February/March are Blue, White & Grey. For this part of the project I hav desided to tackle a Striped Sweater from Debbie Bliss' Simply Baby. I dont think I'm truly ready to knit an adult size sweater. That isstill too much of an undertaking for me. Lord the socks I'm working on now have been bad enough. LOL The funny thing about hte sweater is I can't remember if I ordered the yarn form Knit Pick with hte needles LOL If not I'll just trek down ot Michael's or Hobby Lobby to get the yarn.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Felted Needle Holder

I really like the needle holder but I don't like the way the needles are in there. My goal was to be able to put my Double Pointed Needles in it that way they where seperate from my straights. Not to mention this one is only 17 inches by 10 inches before felting. The pattern came in one of my weekly newsletters I get in my email. So I went to Knit Picks and picked out 7 colors that would work. As seeing Lion Wool comes in very large skeins and this is a small project I didn't want to have a bunch of extra wool left over.

Now the challenge is to figure out some sort of a pocket storage system for the DPNs. I was thinking about sewing some fabric to the inside and putting the pockets in that way, but I dont know how well sewing fabric to something felted would work.

Picture of hte Knitted Bear

Her is a picture of the knitted Teddy Bear from Debbie Bliss' Simply Baby. I think the next time I knit him I'm going to knit the head and nose in the round. Sewing it together was kinda rough.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Knitted Bear, Part 2

After spending some quality time with MR. Bear he is finally put together. I re knitted the body because I didn't like the way the first one looked. Here is the spoils of my hard work and sore fingers. I used Navy Blue Buttons for the eyes and nose and sewed them on with black embroidery floss.

I am having issues with the camera since Brian changed it from JPEG to RAW. So Pics will be posted when he gets home

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Knitted Teddy Bear

I started knitting Mr. Bear before we left Florida and am half way done with it. The Pattern is from Debbie Bliss' Simply Baby. The books is really neat and has some fun things to knit. The downside to the book is that it only goes up to about 18 months on some of the patterns. I originally wanted the book to knit a Shrug for Michelle but came across the Teddy Bear.

Monday, January 01, 2007

1st Project

I have officially finished my first project of the New Year. I started it after I got my Nintendo DS because someone , who shall remain nameless, said" you gonna knit a case for your DS now?" So yes I knitted a small purse, or sort to put my DS in along with games and accessories. The blue spot is a button for the small pouch on the inside. When i did the make one incease, since I knitted fron the bottom up, it left a hole on all 4 sides. This worked out to my advantace. I have 4 small pouches on the inside the button to the outside which adds a bit of color to the bag. The draw strings at the top are made of Fun fur twisted together. LOL if the bag didnt have pockets or the draw strings it would double as a hat.