Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Here's the bamboo sock I'm currently working on, using Bernat's Bamboo... I love how soft it is!
I found some very pretty sock yarn at the thrift store; my research tells me it's discontinued so I guess I'll just have to make some very small socks out of it.
My daughter is a huge doll fan, and Blythe is her current object of adoration.
I've been commissioned to make her clothes, so I started with a crocheted hat. I'm working on a sweater, but it's not quite done, yet.
The kids were fascinated to see that the cat's head is the same size as the doll's. Tika is not pleased.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
When I was a kid my favourite Dr. Seuss story was The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and maybe that's why I persist in buying and making hats even though I seldom seem to find the right one for me. Here are a few attempts.
The top hat is crocheted in shells...
the middle hat is knit flat in a k2p2 rib.
The bottom one is that crocheted hatbasket, before I felted it, oops.
Here is the first sweater I ever made, using this online pattern as a guideline.
I modified the sleeves by picking up the stitches with my smallest circular needles and turned them into stockinette full-length sleeves as opposed to the 3/4 on the pattern.
I also knit the bottom of the body on circulars, picking up the stitches after I seamed the top (garter) portion, which was more fun than just knitting two pieces and sewing them together (I dislike sewing, in case you hadn't noticed). I used a chunky acrylic yarn, and it knit up really fast, which is always a plus.
I've worn this quite a few times and it's perfect for chilly evenings here because it's loose enough to go over a tank top but the simple open neck isn't too warm.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Ok, I knit a LOT of wristwarmers when I first started out, but I had fun thinking up new designs. Here are two variations on camo warmers using a ginormous ball of discount yarn I got from The Store Who Must Not Be Named (eek, it's Waldemart...).
The opera-warmers are k2p2 rib with crocheted ruffles, and the shorties are a mix of garter, stockinette and k2p2 rib. Both are knit flat and sewn up to create the thumbhole -- simple and elegante!
Here is an obligatory dog pic (Lexie the dog was borrowed from my friend, Nance). It was taken at a favourite beach on Denman Island, at a sacred burial site (no, just kidding -- I dunno why that cross is there). My older daughter is wearing the short camo warmers.
Early attempts at Barbie clothing (crocheted) for my daughter resulted in accidentally X-rated beachwear...
and my first go at felting resulted in an oversized hatbasket, hee. Recycled wool; waste not, want not.
I actually made the obligatory garter stitch scarf when I was 12 (it was an orange and brown variegated worsted with white fringe, woohoo!) but this winter I revisited scarves because my family wanted some.
I made three variations on a k2p2 rib-knit scarf for me and the kids...
then I made a 100% wool scarf, knit in garter stitch, yes, but horizontally on very long, large circular needles, for a friend's winter birthday. Shown here with the obligatory cat.
Note: Since I'm still learning different techniques I don't often splurge on expensive yarn. I came across a blog somewhere that talked about salvaging yarn from thrift stores and even unraveling old sweaters, so I decided that many of my small, beginner projects would have the added feel-goodness of being recycled.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Two more pairs of wristwarmers, also knit flat and stitched up. I made these for my friend Amy and her daughter. My daughter kindly agreed to help model them with me.
The blue warmers are knit in k2p2 rib with supersoft baby yarn; the black & red ones are stockinette with regular worsted.
This is the first sweater I actually knit and designed myself.
It's cotton, knit with straight and circular needles (I picked up the armhole stitches after seaming the body and used my smallest circular needles) in stockinette with crocheted trim.
Sorry the pic of me is blurry; I'm not very good at self-portraits and my photographer wasn't around that day. :P
Just so my crochet hook doesn't feel left out, here's a pic of a quick handbag I whipped up the other day (based on a pattern in Stitch 'n Bitch: The Happy Hooker) to match some orangey thrift-store shoes I found.
Ok, I look a little weird in the pic, but the purse looks great, I think.
I love the blingy button.
Well, I finally decided I'm serious about this knitting thing, so I'm doing what all serious people do: I'm bloggin' it!
This is primarily a forum to show off my various projects and progress; I re-started knitting just over a year ago after a 30 year break and I'm really glad I've found something new to do with my hands...
Welcome to my knitting blog. Enjoy the pics, the trials, the tribulations, and the moments of small glory contained herein.
(The pic is me in a pair of ruffled wristwarmers I made for my lovely friend, Christy. I think they sort of look like girlie hockey socks.)
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