Thursday, May 25, 2017

Summer slow down

I'm not much of a knitter during the summer except for cotton. This year not even cotton is calling to me. There are several projects on the needles, several more on looms, lots of ideas floating around, etc. But there are also end-of-school-year events and gardening and dog walking and gardening and car shopping and gardening.... You get the idea. Hopefully, I will be posting some FOs soon. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Friday, May 05, 2017

Helical yes!

Another pair of tube socks for my g'daughter, from leftover yarn. When it became apparent I would not have enough of the self-striping 'Jollyville', I decided to give helical stripes another try.


Pattern: Short-row toe and heel basic socks, by Wendy D. Johnson
Yarn: Simply Socks Yarn Co Poste Yarn Striping, in 'Jollyville' and Simply Sock in 'Silver Lining'
Needles: US1
Modifications: tube socks - no heel


While knitting helical stripes is fun, I'm not sold on the look of them, perhaps because of the color combinations I have ended up with. The jog between color changes in the self-striping yarn is more apparent, too.



I do like to match the stripes when using self-striping yarns, which eliminates counting rows. One error I made this time, however, was to cast on the toes at a color break, which meant the woven-in end did not match. Oh, well! Wabi sabi!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Oz revisited

Still procrastinating. This time I decided to knit my g'daughter some socks with the leftover 'Oz' yarn. The problem was her feet have grown. For my socks, I knit rounds of 72 stitches, for her mom rounds of 64 stitches, so I took a gamble and made g'daughter's socks rounds of 56 stitches. I also knit them as tube socks - no heel - so theoretically she will be able to wear them for years.


Pattern: Short-row toe and heel basic socks, by Wendy D. Johnson
Yarn: Simply Socks Yarn Co Poste Yarn Striping in colorway 'Oz' and Simply Sock in 'Silver Lining'
Needles: US1
Modifications: no heel


I started these socks multiple times, once before realizing there was not enough 'Oz' yarn for a full pair, then several times as I tried to knit helical stripes, first with 'Silver Lining' then with 'Natural', but neither worked for me. Finally I settled on bands of rainbows interspersed with bands of 'Silver Lining'.


They are a trifle large, but I anticipate g'daughter will continue to grow. Children tend to do that, ya know.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Procrastination hat

I have several large knitting projects to wrap up, so of course I started something new, something fun, something quick. Think of it as a palate cleanser.


Pattern: Great Horned Hooter, by Valerie Johnson
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash, in 893 'Ruby' and in 871 'White'
Needles: US6 for ribbing, US7 for rest
Modifications: Used worsted instead of DK yarn, consequently upped the needle size, used two needle sizes, added a half inch of depth

My Fair Isle leaves a lot to be desired, but I do enjoy watching the image emerge.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Oz socks

I really love the base and the colorways of the self-striping Poste yarn created by Simply Sock Yarn Co. My craft room includes a fair number of fancy sock knitting books, but lately I just let the yarn do the talking via a plain vanilla toe-up pattern. Easy peasy.


Pattern: Short-row toe and heel basic socks, by Wendy D. Johnson
Yarn: Simply Sock Yarn Co Poste Yarn Striping, in 'Oz' and Simply Sock in 'Silver Lining'
Needles: US1
Modifications: none to speak of


I favor primary colors, so these rainbow stripes are eye candy to me. Sometimes my camera does not pick up the different colors of self-striping yarn very well, so I tried a different background and a close up. Must work on my photo skills.


Today may be the last day (fingers crossed) of wool sock weather. We didn't have much of a winter, so the hand knitted sock collection didn't get its usual workout. Still, I'm ready for spring.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Don't get too excited

As I've said before, my sewing skills are minimal, but I do find sewing by hand to be somewhat relaxing. "Somewhat" because of that lack of skill. Who takes three yards of thread to sew on three tiny buttons? Moi.


This little bear kit was purchased from the face painting lady who pops up at most of the local farmers markets. I thought it would be simple enough for my 6-year-old granddaughter to manage, but that was overly optimistic of me. She came across the kit recently and begged me to complete it. G'daughter has the pukes today, so I hope this gift will cheer her up.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Baby's got a brand new bag

I'm not much of a seamstress, but I figured I could sew the output from learning to weave on a triangle loom. Besides, I planned to felt the bag, so expected any "quirks" to be hidden. And that is what happened.


I used what I guess is called a running stitch to join two pairs of triangles to form the front and back of the bag. I wanted something relatively invisible so the fabric would not look pieced. And that is what I got (after felting).


To join the back and front, I used blanket stitch on three sides. For the flap, I'm guessing the stitch I used is called overcast. Across the purse opening, single crochet provides reinforcement. Fringe finishes off the flap; in retrospect, I should have left the fringe longer. Five-stitch i-cord became the strap.


I haven't felted much, but I remembered enough to put the purse in a mesh bag. Then I tossed it in with the regular laundry, intending to check on it after five minutes of agitation. I forgot all about it, so it went through the whole cold water wash cycle.


I half expected the result to be doll-sized. While the loom is ostensibly 8" on a side (okay, on two sides - the "top" is longer), the material contracts to about 7" when it comes off the loom. After my lackadaisical felting, the purse is about 6" on a side. Perfect for a six-year-old, me thinks.