Monday, November 30, 2015

Good bye socks, hello scarves!

After putting my thirty ninth pair of socks this year in time out I began to wonder just what I was going to knit??!! I did a little searching and decided to explore scarf knitting.
Pattern: ZickZack Scarf by Cristy Kamm
Yarn: Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Weight
Colorway: Chili and Violas
Needle Size: US Size 4

I used a larger needle than called for.

I’m very pleased with the way this scarf turned out. I used markers between the pattern repeats and perhaps they stretched the yarn a bit but this only makes the overall scarf even more pleasing!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Winter Cowl

Two summers ago I bought this hand dyed alpaca yarn in Helena at the Saturday Farmer's Market. I loved the yarn and pattern but was lazy getting started.  When I finally decided to get to work on the cowl the pattern was only available in German.  Because I was certain at one point the pattern had been available in English, I contacted the designer. She very kindly sent me the English version.

I did some modifications: Size 5 US needles, cast on 195 stitches in I-cord, knit the entire cowl in the round and didn't use beads on each vertical I-cord.

It looks great with my new gray coat.
Pattern: Loop-I-Lux
Yarn: Three Farmer's Wives Kitchen
Colorway: Gray
Needle Size: US Size 5

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Bunco Ornaments

I decided to include a little Christmas ornament in my cards to the Bunco Gals this year. Lord knows I have plenty of bits and pieces of yarn in every color!
 
Pattern:Mini Sweater Ornament with Cables by Emily 5446
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Sock, Fishknits Strong Heart, Lorna's Laces shepherd Sock Solid
Colorway: Red, Green, Fuji, White
Needles: US Size 1

Revised Pattern:
Cast on 30 stitches, and set up for a top down raglan sweater (2 stitches, marker, 10 stitches, marker, 3 stitches, (then if this is knitting in the round), on the other needle 2 stitches, marker, 10 stitches, marker, 3 stitches.
Rib (knit 1, purl 1) for 2 rows
Increase one stitch before and after each marker every other row until there are 20 stitches in the front and back sections.
Place the sleees on holders and knit in the rownd until the body is one inch long.
Rib (knit 1, purl 1) for 2 rows, bind off.
Pick up stitches of 1 sleeve and decrease 1 stitch every other row until there are 12 stitches. Knit until the sleeve is 1 inch long.
Rib (knit 1, purl 1) for 2 rows, bind off.
Do the same for the second sleeve. Work in ends.

I bought hangers online, which nearly killed me. First I went to several local stores with no results so I had to turn to the internet….The hangers were cheap, $4.00 for 9 hangers but the postage was $7.00. I tried to convenience myself in the end I saved money by not using the car.

I fell in love with these sweaters so much so that I am saving the rest of the yarn to make that Bunco Gals Christmas hats next year to match! 

Nine total! One for me - ‘cause I love them.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Grrr...I'm done with socks for a while!

Pattern: Socks on a Plane
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll
Colorway: Prussian Heather
Needle Size: US Size 1

This is what I wrote on my project page in Ravelry:

Enjoying this fast knit.
 THEN...
Grrr! I’m done with socks for a little while… it wasn’t until I cast off that I noticed both socks are for the left foot!!!! (The cables are both on the left side of the sock!) Very irritating and they are both in timeout! I will probably knit another pair with the cables on the right side but for now they are just going to have to think about what they have done!

Thirty-nine pairs of socks for 2015, guess I can stick a fork in it and call it done!!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Happy Halloween!

This Halloween was full of firsts! I haven't dressed up in years...
Shark Week!!!
AND The Pirate not only took his costume to school but went Trick or Treating with friends!