Posts Tagged ‘knit’

I received an email this morning informing me that my Webshots album of needlebook pics had been chosen as the member’s choice album for today.  The featured photo is the needlebook that I made for Sharron’s retirement.  I had noticed increased activity in the album stats, but didn’t think anything about it.

Sharron's Needlebook
Sharron’s needlebook

Today I was going to drive down to Lawton, visit friends, and then go to the Skrappies meeting tonight.  The weather has conspired against me.  Forecasters can’t make up their minds about where, when and how much snow is expected.  If it’s just snow it wouldn’t bother me, but driving home late at night on roads with possible slick spots, doesn’t appeal to me.  It’s a conspiracy, I tell ya!  Everytime I plan on going to Lawton, something happens to change my plans.

The Celtic Tote is finally, totally, finished.  I removed the knit handles that had started breaking and unraveling after only using once.  The leather jacket that I bought from the Goodwill for three bucks, was cut up and fashioned into new sturdier handles.  Also lined it with a grey cotton fabric.

CelticTote with leather straps

and a closeup.

CelticTote - detail


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Never say never.  In my last post I mentioned that I rarely make it to Gourmet Yarn Co. because of it being across town.  Then the weekend before last I went twice.  Well, guess where I went yesterday?  The last time I was in the store I saw their model of Plymouth’s 3 Button Wrap #1164.  With my luck they were all out of the pattern.  So I put in my order and it came in Friday.  While in the store yesterday, I got the yarn for the project also.  It is Cascade 220 in a deep red/wine color. 

I was looking at the picture on the pattern front and think I will make an adjustment in the button and buttonhole placement.  It seems to me that the buttons start too far up from the bottom, so I think I will start them about 3 inches from the bottom instead of their recommended 6 inches. 

There are no pictures to post, but I’ve completed 1 side with handle and button flap of the Celtic Tote.  I extended the handle by 4 pattern repeats and the buttonhole on the flap gave me fits.  I tried following the instructions in the glossary of Interweave Knits.  Tried it 5 times and couldn’t figure out why I kept having a loose stretch of yarn.  Probably need someone to show me how it’s done.  I’m a very visual learner.  Anyway, I came up with my version of a buttonhole for the flap.  The flap has 6 stitches, so I knit the first stitch, did SSK on the next two, 2 yarnovers, K2tog, K1, then knit the next row and bound off.  It turned out pretty good.  Last night I cast on and knit about a third of the front side of the tote. 

I like how the tote is turning out, but mine looks a lot smaller than the one in the pictures.  Miracles of all miracles I’m knitting at gauge, so not sure why mine is smaller.

While we were in Florida, Bill’s cousin and wife collected our mail and newspapers.  So last night we took them to dinner at Outback.  All I have to say is, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, my favorite dish, in a tie with the steak.


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I’ve made a little more progress on the Coronet hat.  I’ve knit the body of the hat up to the decreases.  In the pic below the hat is turned inside out to show the cable band, which folds up when worn.


I would have more progress to show on the hat, but I went and cast on another sock.  So far I’ve knit the cuff.  Now I just have to decide on the pattern of the leg.

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We ended up with between 6 and 7 inches of snow.  The sun is out, so the ice and snow are melting just enough that when the sun goes down it will freeze all over again.  Since our house faces north the sun doesn’t hit the front porch or sidewalk so they are still covered with ice and snow.  I love cold weather.  But since my breathing problems started, the cold air just takes my breath away.  The temperature outside is 32° so I don’t think I will be out shoveling the porch and sidewalk.

I recently joined a Yahoo group called Monthly Dishcloths.  They have 2 KAL’s (knit alongs) every month.  Go here if you want to see some of the dishcloth patterns the group has knit so far.  Today the first 10 rows of the first December KAL were posted.  These designs are a mystery until you’ve knitted enough of the pattern to tell what it’s supposed to be.  It’s fun and you are only knitting a few rows every day.  Here is a scan of the dishcloth so far.  On the first day there’s no telling what it will be.  Since this is December it will probably have something to do with winter or Christmas.




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I cast on for J’s hat last night.  Knit the ribbing and half of the first cable pattern.  Pattern called for size 8 circulars and dpns.  Closest I have are size 9 dpns, so that’s what I’m using.  As I posted earlier, this Patons SWS looks good in a finished product but is a pain to work with.  Last night I had part of it just untwist and pull apart while I was knitting.  This is going to have enough spliced spots in it, from trying to match colors in the gloves, without adding another one because of crappy yarn.



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My DIL is having a birthday this month.  So I decided to make her a pair of fingerless gloves.  She’s a photographer so I think they will come in handy.  Jessica will be able to keep her hands warm and still use her fingers.

I’m using a free pattern from SWTC (South West Trading Company ) that was written for their Karaoke soy silk/wool yarn.


I have a skein of the Karaoke in color #285 Intensity(above), but decided to try the pattern out with a skein of Patons SWS soy wool stripes in color Natural Blue.

The Patons yarn is very loosely spun and splits like crazy when it isn’t twisting apart.  The finished glove looks and feels nice, but I don’t think I will be knitting with this yarn again.  The pattern calls for one skein of yarn but these gloves took 2 skeins because both skeins I had were joined with a knot about halfway through the skein.  And the join wasn’t even close to the patterning of the yarn. 

Comparing the Karaoke and the SWS together, the Karaoke has a tighter twist can’t tell about possible knots or joins until I use it.  From everything I’ve heard and read about Karaoke yarn I think I will like it.


Fingerless Gloves – free pattern from SWTC

Yarn: Patons SWS – Soy Wool Stripes – Natural Blue 

Needles: Size 7 dpns

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