Mysteries Abound

July 23rd, 2012

Just started a new mystery shawl from WestKnits – still on clue 1 even though clue 2 has been released. Taking my time with this one. Interesting construction so far.

The Summer Solistice Mystery Shawl from Wendy Knits is done. Not too happy with it. Used needles recommended and had tons of yarn left over. It barely fits around my neck. May frog, use 2 needle sizes bigger and add extra rows. It’s in the time out for now. I’m so disappointed – I’ve never been disappointed with any Wendy Knits pattern, but there’s a first time for everything I guess.

I got sidetracked by the Marin Shawl by Ysolda Teague. Beautiful construction and fun to knit!

I just blocked 2 shawls – the Sangria Shawlette and the Secret of Change Shawl. Hopefully they will dry quickly. Photos coming soon. Here’s a teaser:

Happy Knitting!

Yarn Dyeing

June 19th, 2012

So I’m still knitting, crocheting and designing. Yes, it’s been a while since posting.  So what have I been up to?

I’ve been playing around with dyeing yarn! This is a sampling from Holiday presents for Knitting Central Staff.

 

Loved how beautiful these skeins turned out. I used one color for each, and over dyed to get the semi-solid effect.

Here’s a sampling of the projects I’ve been knitting/crocheting:

  

  

  

 

Knitting Happily Along…

April 3rd, 2010

I’ve been knitting along quite happily – how did it get to be April?

First up – socks, socks and more socks. So far this year:

A pair of my basic toe-up socks in Claudia Handpainted Fingering Weight Yarn in my blog colors! I thought I would get bored with just knitting,  so I knit through the back loop every other row. Whatever works for you, ya know?

Next up,

Gusset Heel Basic Socks, from Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy Johnson. Easy pattern, great yarn, not a lot of work for cool striped socks!

I also started (and finished) this great shawl:

Gail (aka Nightsong) in Tess Designer Yarns Silk gifted to me by Cynthia. Great pattern, great yarn – what more can a girl ask for?

Happy Easter!

Introducing Squeebie’s Cozy Mittens

February 4th, 2010

In honor of Squeebie’s achievement, these mittens were designed for her! Fun to knit, these mittens will brighten even the coldest winter days!

Knit with Crystal Palace Mini Mochi [80% Merino Wool 20% Nylon, 195 yds 50g ball]; 1 skein; or 195 yds fingering weight yarn on size 2 needles with a gauge of 7.5 sts per inch; Women’s size medium.

Ravelry people can see the pattern here.

$5.00

Best laid plans…

September 25th, 2008

Well, I’ve been looking for a tablecloth to cover this up:

I made the Hemlock Ring Blanket last year, and thought I’d knit another doily in worsted weight yarn so that it would be big enough for a table cloth – I chose the Doily with Spiral.

So I began knitting with a worsted weight cotton on size 7 needles:

I finally finished and blocked it:

I had some help blocking – I was dog sitting for my parents, and Daisy insisted on helping:

The Daisy Dog stood guard over the lace blob while it was drying:

I thought I blocked it out big enough, but this is what I ended up with:

Oops! Back to the blocking board for this one! When I get over the fact that I spent all this time and energy on this lace blob, and this is what I ended up with, I’ll reblock and stretch the heck out of this thing. For now, it’s in time out.

In sock knitting news, I’ve designed another pattern for the Knitting Central Sock Club.

Go sign up if you haven’t – this year we are focusing on techniques. You’ll just have to sign up to find out what these techniques will be. This 6 month package will include a package filled with sock goodness every 2 months – a sock designed by a Knitting Central staff member, a new technique to learn, membership to a Yahoo group for knitting along, and of course,  yummy sock yarn to complete said pattern. My socks hit the mail the first week in October and I’m very excited! Go sign up today!

Happy Knitting!