My completed projects:
23, 2008 My second pair of toe up socks!
28, 2008 Ribbed Hat for friend Pattern "Skip" from Hip Knit
19, 2008 Happy Womb For more
And a matching boob hat. I
didn't use a pattern for the hat.
May 12, 2008 A horizontal scarf as a
gift for my bosses birthday.
May 21, 2008 a Wee Willy Winkie hat
for nephew. Pattern from Simply Baby by Debbie Bliss
we went on the LYS Tour going to 6 shops. My first knitted
project from a free pattern was the silk rose lariat from
Yarn Stash. I used some glass lampwork beads I had made last
winter with it. Completed June 1, 2008
I made a couple knitted necklaces. This being my
favorite of the two on the left. It was a gift for a
Completed early June.
And still in early June I finished a
washcloth and wine bottle cozy for a friend's wedding in their
June I knitted two pairs of Swingin' Gauntlets from Punk Knits
by Sharon Ross. I love these!!
next pair I made a matching Cossack hat from Folk Knit Hats by
Vicki Square. I made these a little longer. And I knit a
rose from Knitted Flowers by Epstein but ended up removing the
rose as it was too heavy.
I took a crocheting class at my
http://www.renaissanceyarns.com and then have started my
first crocheted items July 6, 2008
A catnip mouse
And then my first crocheted amigrurumi
- a bird and nest completed July 15, 2008
from Kooky Crochet by
A crocheted pig!!
The pattern is free but you have to register at
http://cache.lionbrand.com/ and then look under amigurumi
More July projects!
Socklets! The pattern is
a fruit cozy for keeping pears from getting bruised when I
bring them to work for a snack or travel. I didn't follow a
pattern just shaped it.
Then another amigurumi project! From
Mr. Funky's Super Crochet Wonderful by
This is probably my favorite crocheted item so far!!!
another amigurumi! A Highland cow! Have you seen these before?
There's a farm at the bottom of Orillia Road in Kent where I
get a peak at them. This is a heavily modified design. I
thought at first I'd use one of the cute cow amigurumi
patterns but none of them really captured the Highland cow
look:) I used this pattern for the legs, head, and snout only.
I made the legs by double strands of black with
an H hook
then switching to the cascade/bollicine combo on a F and doing
one more round than the pattern calls for. The snout I started
with pink cascade and then switched to the cascade/bollicine
combo. Highland cows have a little less hairy place where
their snout and lips are:)
I crocheted the ears as spirals since that's more of the Highland
cow look. I also crocheted the body completely off pattern
into a much bigger piece with the front torso as blunt and
wide then narrower and then very round for a belly and
spiraled down into a rump. I regularly drive by a farm with
several Highland cows and I just love 'em! They're sooooo
cute! Furry, short, stocky, brown or black with long horns.
I knitted Icord for the horns and used pipe cleaner for
Here's brushed crochet instructions:
8-1-08 I love bees. I thought this bee
might be good as an embellishment for other knitted and
crocheted items. It is great! I made a little crocheted
slip stitch cord and added it as a purse to my crocheted
amigurumi bunny with a dress.
I made a head for the bee with hdc
and dc and slip stitches. I could also imagine that
reversing the colors for a more black looking bee would look
good as well. Pattern
I bought the Clover cutter at
Renaissance Yarns and all the bone, silver
beads, clasps, and beading stuff from Blue Iris Beads. I
made this necklace for cutting yarn for my knitting and
crocheting projects. I wore it out today and got tons of
compliments. Several people didnít realize it was a thread
cutter pendant. I love the bone beads. I used while working
an amigurumi project:)
considered making it longer but with my ample curves I would
have been snagging it on stuff and having it in my way. So,
I went with just in the cleavage line. I love it!
8-1 to 8-3-08 I love bees!! This is
just about the cutest bee EVAR! Love it! Instead of making the stinger and
antenna out of just pipe cleaners - I knitted icord and used
pipe cleaners to reforce the icord. For the eyes I used simple black
beads from a sadly now closed Blue Iris Bead shop in
downtown Kent. I didnít have the weighted filling
for the bee body. So I used a old pair of nylons and filled
it with aquarium gravel for the weated stuffing to help him
from being too top heavy. He still doesnít seem to stand up
proper without being propped, but heís adorable!
8-5 to 8-11-08
I love bees! This is my third bee toy
and definitely a winner! I had a difficult time keeping my
cat away from it and since itís a gift I managed it:) I
couldnít even photograph it outside without my cat coming
running to be a part of things and check it out again! ha!
The bee was done with magic loop on my
addis and then I did the icord with my new crystal palace
dpns. Pattern is here
thru 8 -14 I'm addicted to making knit and crochet toys! I
& Gromit so this was a must-make! He turned out adorable!!
I tried my hand at duplicate stitching
the white but it looked terrible probably due to my
inexperience and tension issues with duplicate stitch so I
knit an oval patch and sewed it on. I made him using magic loop for
everything but the wings and icord
sections. The pattern doesnít include feet and
the very important hat yet. So, I winged it through those. I
knit the hat decreasing in ssk and k2t until finishing it. I
think knit short icord fingers and sewed them on in a line
for the hat. I tried it on him as I was knitting trying to
get it just right:)
The feet I knit icord legs and then
feet with magic loop
increasing every other round until a size that seemed
reasonable. I bound off with kitchener. And put a longish
piece of pipe cleaner through the leg into the foot then
sewed the pieces together. Stuck a large section of that
same pipe cleaner into his bottom and sewed his leg to his
Heís done! Well, except I need to
stop by a craft or bead shop and get his dark beady eyes!
! Just in case you don't know who
Feathers McGraw is check this out.
8-14-08 I just left a knitting class at
Renaissance Yarns. We're making this sweater vest in noro
yarn. Mine is Noro transitions: 55% wool, 10% silk, 7%
cashmere, 7% angora, 7% alpaca, 7% kid mohair & 7% camel in
blacks, greys, purple, and browns. Pictures
here. I'm glad I'm taking the class. It's not super
complicated but enough that a class is absolutely needed for
me so I'm
quite pleased I took the class. I
donít believe I would have gotten the increases or gist of
this without Lizís help. She also gave us her notes on
rounds 30 up. Because Iím using a bulkier yarn than silk
garden she recommended the size 11ís give the proper drape
and tension for such a bulky yarn.
My first night working on it Iíve completed maybe 5Ē from
the center. I need to get to half of the distance of my back
arm hole to arm hole before the next class. That shouldnít
be too hard. I only have to get to 11Ē. I started with magic
loop past the point I would/should have transferred to a
simple round on 24" long circs or 32" and kept my magic loop
going then just went to going around on the 47" without the
8-22-08 I've been really disliking
the metal crochet hooks I have because they hurt my hands. I
found a tip for
making a larger more comfortable handle out of fimo or
sculpey. I'm baking my first crochet hook & handle this very
moment! It's art! It's fun!
9-17-08 My circle vest from Silk
Knits and my class: Itís huge! I love it! I was
running out of yarn however. I only had one ball left. I got
four more from Renaissance Yarns. And I may get one more
from another ravelry user. Itís 22Ē and I need to go 5+Ē
inches and it seems like Iíll make it with the four moreÖ
but I wouldnít being on the safer side of thatÖ Iím using
two circs one 47Ē and one 60Ē.
9-24-2008 I finished the total
circumference and bound off in pattern with 13 needles. And
started weaving in ends.
9-25-08 In class we bound off the
arm holes using a crocheted slip stitch bind off K hook. The
arm holes were too big either because of the weight of the
yarn/garment or the stretch of the overall garment. After
some measuring, I seamed part of the arm holes closed. It
looks good. The circle is huge! Since Iím so short - itís a
very large circle. I can wear it high with a large cowl or
lower slung on my shoulders. Itís more of a ďdusterĒ or
coat-look on me. Itís truly lovely. Sheds like all-get-out
thoughÖ Hopefully, thatíll calm down or else Iíll be putting
one of those hair/lint removers in my car. heh.
I have one and half+ balls of this
yarn left. Iíll be making matching wrist warmers and a hat.
Iíll try to get some pictures of me wearing it when the
weather cools off. Itís supposed to be in the 80s today.
9-25 => 9-26 I used magic loop on a
40Ē needle doing both mits at the same time in k2p2 ribbing.
I kept trying them on. When I got to the numb I bound off 4
stitches and knit them in the flat until past the thumb. I
then put them back in magic loop again increased 4 stitches
back into pattern and continued until they were the length I
wanted. I bound off the same as my circle vest with a slip
stitch crochet bind off. I added a crocheted thumb to these.
9-26 After making my noro circle
vest, I wanted a matching hat since I had leftover yarn. The
"Beth" hat from Hip
Knit Hats by Cathy Carron was the
perfect hat! I knit 28 rounds in pattern exactly as the book
describes then I did the decreases so the spiral was
unbroken. The patternís decreases create a reverse going
spiral ending in a top knot - neither of which I wanted. So,
I decreased in the same way so that every two rows were
identical ribbing and shifting to the left. I looks great! I
can imagine Iíll get a lot of use out of this hat! It looks
great with the circle vest and the matching fingerless mits
I made too!
9-28=> Oct 1 Fingerless Mits in
Weekend Knitting by Ann Budd
This is one of the items Iíd picked
out when I first learned to knit that I really wanted to
make for my partner. Our 7th anniversary is 10-20 and
weíre going to Victoria, BC for the weekend. This will be
a nice little gift maybe heíll even get a chance to wear
These are super nice!
The size 7 needle gave me the 5 stitches per inch gauge.
And it feels lovely. I crocheted a row of single crochet
around the thumb hole. I knit both of these at the same
time on a long circular needle in the flat. I hope he
Iíd like to try a pair of these
with a provisional cast-on and then use kitchener to bind
off. I made these to sort of match a
hat Iíd made for him last year. I added a crocheted thumb to these
upon Hís request. He however lost them sadly as we were
flying toSF. Iím gonna make him another pair with the
provisional cast-on. Iíve ordered the yarn since I ran
out. It should be in this week. 10-20-08 => 10-24
I made a pair of these for Henry
but somehow we lost them in flying to SF. So these are a
replacement pair:) This time I started with a provisional
crocheted cast-on so I grafted them together with
kitchener stitch rather than having a seam/unpleasant
ridge. I crocheted a thumb on each of them as well. And he
was able to wear them during our anniversary celebration
trip to Victoria:)
Oct 2 => 5
Iím making some fingerless
mitts for Xmas gifts. I did these using magic loop doing
both at the same time on a long circ. These are to go
with a scarf I made for her for her birthday.
I started at the wrist and itís all
stockinette until the finger area which I ended in purl
and a purl2together bind off. Then I crocheted the fuzzy
yarn on the wrist area one round sc and second round dc.
Around the wrist I just did a single round of sc. I like
how it turned out!!
Oct 6 =>14 These I did with ribbing k3
p1 and knit in waste yarn for the thumb and picked those
stitches up later like in an afterthought heel. I used a long
tail cast on starting at the wrist cuff holding two threads
cascade paints and a fuzzy yarn on sale at Ren Yarns in Kent.
These are a gift for my sister-in-law [H's bro's wife.]
Oct 15 => 16 I made this hat because I
have a few items like my fingerless punk gauntlets that don't
match a thing in my wardrobe. I also find I prefer blacks,
purples, and bright pinks since these go nicely together I
wanted to do a wild hat with them. So, this is a stash hat! I
was totally awed and inspired by Dreamwoven on Ravelry.com.
She also has a blog at
http://dreamwoven.blogspot.com and a shop at
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=27707! I also liked
the happy hat with the two pompom idea.
So using both of them as inspirations I made this hat on a 24"
11 needle just adding yarn from my leftovers.
I started with 1x1 ribbing, then stockinette, and ending with
seed stitch. I to end I used a 3 needle bind off. The tassels
were just a basic tassel. How to here
Oct 16- 20 I did these similar to
another pair. Magic loop both at the same time. Long tail cast
on 24 stitches 5 st per inch k3, p1. Crocheted bindoff. Single
crochet around thumb opening with main color. Single crochet
fuzzy yarn around finger opening. At wrist single crochet one
round and second round double crochet. These are a gift for
Oct 24-26 I liked H's fingerless
garter mits so much I made myself a pair. I made these to
match some black items of mine and on larger needles. This
baby alpaca is wonderful!!! I crocheted thumbs for these and
used a provisional cast-on so I could end with kitchener.
Oct. 26-27 A lovely headband a gift
for a friend, but I seriously love it! I think I MUST make
myself one. heh. Itís a quick knit. I think next time Iíll do
a provisional cast-on and kitchener it closed. I did a graft
of sorts with the one bound off side to the live stitch side
so it looks good but would have been easier with a prov
cast-on. The Cash Vero, cashmere yarn I used feels amazing!!!
The pattern is here
Oct. 29 - Nov. 2 A bear for IM in SF
for Xmas. This is my first felted knitted item. I think heís
adorable! I bought the yarn at Renaissance Yarns and the
eyes/nose combo at All Points Yarn. The last photo of him is
before I felted him. The pattern is from 101 Designer
One-Skein Wonders by Judith Durant.
This felted bag is so soft that I
didnít add a pocket or any embellishments. I did cut a
rectangle out of a sleeve and sewed it to the bottom for
more of flat bottom bag. I plan to make more of these if one
turns into a firmer fabric maybe Iíll add some felted
flowers or other embellishments, but not this one.
I just have to finish stitching the
handles and around the top.
Nov. 16 I'm currently working on stuff
for me including at various times: my sweater, an amigurumi
doll, two pairs of socks, and a recycled sweater felted tote
bag. I'll get back to my holiday knitting soon.
Nov. 16-20 I knitted another
pair of garter mits for a Christmas gift for our yard-person
9-25 Another pair of toe up socks!
These are my first project on hiyahiya
9Ē circs and my third pair of socks. These needles do indeed
sped up the knitting of socks! And a bit tighter gauge than
on my addis. I bought the yarn & needles from
http://www.renaissanceyarns.com . The hiyahiyaís take a
little getting used to and then zoom. I finished one of
these socks in two days!
made both toes at the same time on my size 2 47Ē addiís
using magic loop. I then slipped the stitches of one sock
onto my size 3 9Ē hiyahiyaís and finished the sock using
Elizabeth Zimmermanís sewn bindoff. This is my new fab
I picked up the stitches for
after-thought heel with my addiís and completed the heel
using magic loop. I made these a little smaller than my
first two pair of socks since as handknits they seem to
stretch a bit. This colinette jitterbug yarn was a joy to
knit. Truly colorful fun!
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