Sunday, July 24, 2016

Shadow Striped Baby Hat

I just posted a free pattern to Ravelry, Shadow Striped Baby Hat. It's a little bit of shadow knitting worked in the round so the pattern side is always facing you. Knit one up and tell me what you think!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Weaving Handspun on my Cricket

I spent a good part of the summer weaving up some handspun singles that have been lying around for a couple of years. It was lovely wool, spun from layered rovings purchased from SnokistFarmGirl
in 2009. Since I had only a few ounces of each color combination, I decided to warp my rigid heddle and weave some scarves. 

I used the 8 dent heddle that came with the loom, which gave me a nice, open cloth that fulled very well. 

The scarves are light and airy, soft and warm. 

I played with stripes  in the warp,

and stripes in the weft.

But mostly I just played with color,

and enjoyed the calming rhythm of plain weave.

It was delightful to not worry about structure and pattern for a while,

and just play.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

May Day Morris Dancing Schedule

Please note:
 Westminster Recreation Center should read Westminster Swim and Fitness Center. 

Please note:
 Westminster Recreation Center should read Westminster Swim and Fitness Center.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

January Aran Completed!

Well, it took me nearly 3 months instead of 1, but I finished Finn's January Aran late last week. I forgot how much I resist sewing up sweaters, but once I made myself sit down and do it, it went pretty quickly. As you can see, he was pretty glad to have it even though it was 70 degrees out that day.

If I were to knit it again, I would have added a couple more pearl stitches on either side for sleeve steeks, as there wasn't much wool to sew into between the twisted stitch in the center and the twisted rib cable next to it. I solved that problem by tacking into the center stitch of the cable on the back side each time I took a stitch. It came out pretty sturdy, and I think it looks great, but it did make me a little twitchy at first.

It will definitely fit him next year and the year after, but it's still perfectly wearable this year too. I suspect he'll wear it when we dance up the dawn on May Day.

Next item from the Almanac: April Mystery Blanket.
I had thought I would do the months in order, but tomorrow is April 1 and I've thought about knitting this one for a while. Since the sweater took so long, I'll just pick up February and March next year. ;) I have to dig through the stash on Monday to see what I want to use. I think this will be a good carry-around project to work on during breaks and lunches at work.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

February Socks

Cast off the February socks last night, late but not grievously so. Last night's pic is pretty accurate color and value-wise, but you can't see the stitch pattern very well. 

This afternoon's pic is a bit washed out, but the stitch pattern shows up nicely. Modeled by Finn, the new sock owner.

All in all, I'm pretty pleased with the socks. I plugged a "box-in-a-box" texture pattern into my default toe-up sock pattern for something easy to knit in public but with a little dash to it.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Second Sleeve, Second Sock, Second Rug

I'm still working on the January Aran, started the second sleeve last week but haven't worked on it much. The February project from the Almanac will be the double knit baby bag. I've had my eye on that one for a while. I spent the weekend working on the first February sock. That one's done, and I'm almost to the heel on the second sock. I just may finish in February! It's been a while since I finished a pair in the proper month.

It was a glorious February day yesterday, calm and sunny, not too cold to weave on the porch in a wool sweater. I wove a second denim rag rug, maroon and indigo, before the sun got too low and my fingers started to freeze. I need to cut another pair of jeans into strips to have enough for the next rug, more indigo I think, as there some maroon left in the strip box and I don't want it to bee too busy. Snow this afternoon, I hear, so maybe I'll get those strips cut today and wait for another sunny afternoon to come along.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

King Midas

Colette saw Cupid's Arrow at Mew Mews yesterday and said I should make a gold one, so here it is.
2 skeins of metallic gold DMC 6 strand embroidery floss and size 1 needles, same modifications as Cupid's Arrow.