Sunday, October 28, 2012

Next Project...

There is another project on my loom ...

I'm using the 'All In One' loom, and will share more as I progress.  :-)

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Turquoise & Olive Hat

I made this hat to match the scarflett (see THIS post) and wore it almost every cold day last winter.  The brim of the hat is nice and wide, done with the garter stitch (1 row e-wrap and 1 row purl).  When the brim was wide enough, I switched to the knit stitch. That keeps the hat nice and warm, and allows a flat swath for the garter stitched brim to 'sit on'.

After that, I just sorta played with different stitch combinations for the rest of the hat. Again, I wish I had been using my notebook as I'd love to make this hat again - exactly the same!

I added a row of single crochet around the top of the brim and the bottom edge as well. The bottom one keeps the brim turned up at the right spot. Here is a picture of the set - my favourite colour aqua/teal. I only wish that the roving I used didn't look 'worn' so quickly. Ha - at least I learn something with every project I loom!

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**Note, at this point I am not going to move my loom knit projects from Altered Scrapbooking over to this blog. If you are curious, look to the labels on the right side of that blog and you can click on Loom Knitting, or Knifty Knitter to see those projects. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Olivia's Doll Blanket

I finished Olivia's doll blanket, and will get a chance to give it to her this weekend. It turned out pretty cute!

It's about 20 x 20" square. I was running low on the yarn, since I was just using skeins from my stash, so I only did the crochet shell stitch at the top and bottom. Before the shell stitch, I did a single crochet border all the way around the blanket.

In addition to 'e-wrapping 3 pegs then purling one' I added a lacy diamond stitch row every so often. What can I say - I get bored easy.  :-)  The  Knit 3/ Purl 1 stitch sequence gives almost a scalloped edge, which was a nice surprise.

If I hadn't added that Lacy Diamond stitch - the blanket would be completely reversible. Something to keep in mind for another time. As it is, the back side is just fine - especially knowing that it is a TOY and 17 month old Olivia won't even notice if it is reversible or not.

This was a fun little project to work on ... easy, worked up fairly fast, and used up two skeins of yarn from my stash.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Olivia's Doll Blanket is started

I have got a good start on Olivia's doll blanket!

I made up the pattern stitch combination and it's one I will use again for sure!  I e-wrapped 3 pegs and purled 1 all the way around the loom, but was left with 4 pegs remaining. I thought about ignoring that last peg, but decided to give it a go a different way and just e-wrapped the final 4 pegs.

The first stitch on each row is slipped, so there is a nice, even edge on each side. I just continued the pattern of knitting 3 and purling one (except for the first three pegs on each row, where the first is slipped and the next two are e-wrapped) all around the loom. Because the peg count is different though, that purled stitch alternates places with each row. Each row ends with the final 4 pegs being e-wrapped.

It is still working up quickly, but doesn't have lots of 'holes' in it so it shouldn't get caught up in little doll hands.

Oh, and see the placemat? I picked these up at the local dollar store - they are non-skid and I use one to keep the loom from sliding around when I'm using it on a table.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sweater (Vest) is Finished!

It was just over a year ago that I purchased Denise Layman's 'Swing Jacket' pattern from her site 'Knitting Without Needles'. I don't know why it took me so long to get it finished, as the pattern was well written, easy to follow - and worked up quickly. I think it was because loom knitting was still so new to me and shortly after starting the sweater I decided to loom knit everyone in my family a hat for Christmas. Then I started my Dad's lap afghan (another story), and it took until this September to pick up that loom again and resume loom knitting the sweater.

Earlier, I posted about not liking the cap sleeves and wanting to make it into a vest instead, so last night I carefully cut apart the seams and re-did it as a vest.

I'm so happy with it!  It is warm and cozy, and because of all the different colours it will go with so many tops in my closet. I'm wearing it today with the 3/4 sleeve black tee shown in the photo.  :-)   It's only 1 degree (34 degrees F) outside so cozy is just what is needed today.

Here is a peek at the back:

Now I see why 'Homespun' yarn is such a big seller - I love the beautiful variations in colour, and it's so soft!  Not the easiest to loom knit, but oh - the finished project is worth it.

The only thing I didn't like was how 'loose' the back was - and that has more to do with my shape than anything else. So I did a Single Crochet border all around the outside edges, and the arm holes too. Between the two back shoulder seams, I crochet into every 2nd stitch instead of every stitch on the sweater binding, and then did a 2nd row in that same area. On that second row - I skipped every 3rd or 4th stitch. That brought it in enough to make me happy and you can't tell that there is a 2nd row on that one area. 

Would I make this again? YES!  I bought some yarn to make one for my Mom for Christmas, but now that mine is finished I don't think this would work for her (our shape thing again). But I think this pattern is definitely a keeper!

If these hot flashes ever stop, maybe I'd even add sleeves another time and make it as a sweater!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cream Cowl

I finished my black hat, but haven't taken the photos off my camera yet. Instead, I'm sharing a fun little cowl I whipped up last month.  I found this creamy yarn (80 yards) at our local farmers market - it looked too intriguing to pass up. 

I like all the different fibres in  the skein, and I'm happy enough with the cowl. The next time I use a yarn like this (and there WILL be a next time, ha ha) ... I will knit the cowl using a long loom so instead of chunks of each fibre the textures will change in a more subtle way. At least I'll give it a try so I can compare the difference.

The entire cowl was e-wrapped, wrapping two pegs then skipping one. Fast and easy and I always like the finished look of this stitch.

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**Note, at this point I am not going to move my loom knit projects from Altered Scrapbooking over to this blog. If you are curious, look to the labels on the right side of that blog and you can click on Loom Knitting, or Knifty Knitter to see those projects. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Next Project(s)

First off, my Big News.  I finished my sweater!! I decided not to go with long or even 3/4 sleeves, and went with the cap sleeve option thinking it would be more like a vest that way. I really liked the body when I held it up, so went ahead and made the sleeves and got everything sewn together.

Ug.  I DO NOT like the sleeves at all. I don't like the way the neck works with the sleeves. I tried a single crochet border around the neck area - and it helped, but I still didn't like the sleeves.  So - I am going to have to take them off and convert the sweater to a sleeveless one. But I couldn't face it this weekend. I sewed those sleeves in really well!  I will work on it next week and get it finished off so I can post pictures and finally WEAR IT!

Secondly, Olivia loves Ethan's loomed blanket. I babysat the grandkids this week at their house, and of course couldn't wait to cover a sleeping Ethan with the blanket Gramma made him.  I had my phone close by and snapped this pic:

Olivia snagged the blanket as soon as Ethan woke up, and played & played with it. It was a doll blanket, it was a pillow for her, it was a cape, it was a bed ... so ... you know what I have to do now, ha ha.

I have some yarn in my stash and I'm going to loom knit smallish blanket for her to play with. As soon as I finish my hat!

I'm using the single Knifty Knitter purple loom - it is large, but the gauge is smaller on this one than the ones in the set. Two strands of Red Heart Shimmer. a garter stitch brim and the Lacy Diamond Stitch for the top of the hat (above the doubled up brim). I should be able to finish it this weekend, and considering the weather is turning colder I thought it was time for a simple black hat. The shimmer isn't too noticeable, but enough that I won't feel like I'm wearing a plain black hat.  :-)

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New Loom Pattern E-Book!

I am always excited when I discover a new looming pattern book, and I just purchased the latest one from the talented Renee Van Hoy:

I  do have another one of her pattern books - a shawl one, and if I ever get the big projects I have on my looms finished, I want to tackle a couple of these. 

Renee makes such beautiful loomed items  - just look at this beautiful shawl from this latest book.

Renee's blog - Invisible Loom Craft  is  always linked on the right of my blog, under "My Favourite Loom Knitting Sites". 

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Ethan's Stroller Blanket

I finished Ethan's stroller blanket! I had enough of the green/blue/yellow yarn when combined with the cream alpaca, and I like the striped look -- I've never done a striped loom knit project before.

Interestingly enough (at least I find it interesting) - the strands between the e-wrapped row don't close up as much on this blanket compared to the one made with the coloured yarn only. Maybe because there isn't as much stretch to the cream yarn? Maybe because it is a tiny bit thicker than the coloured? I was surprised by how much just alternating rows of a 2nd yarn can completely change the outcome of your project.

I can't wait to give it to my daughter, and see my 'little buckeroo' snuggled up in his car seat or stroller. Wearing his matching hat, of course!

To see the first blanket, or for more information on the stitches etc - see THIS link or THIS one.

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

New Loom!

Oooooh - look what I found at Hobby Lobby!!!

It's a 28" knitting loom - I'm so excited! I saw one at a Hobby Lobby when we were visiting Arizona last Spring, and didn't get it. Then I didn't get back to a Hobby Lobby the rest of the visit and I was kicking myself for not picking it up when I saw it.

Hubby is not a shopper, nor is he a fan of shopping so that pretty much dictated what stores - if any - I got to on the holiday.

This time, it was the first thing into my cart.  :-)  I can't get it home in my carry-on, but hopefully I will be able to get it back later in November. Yeah!  A full 28"!!!  He looked at the cart, looked at me - and I'm pretty sure he rolled his eyes. That's OK with me though - I can live with a little eye rolling.  ;-)

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Turquoise & Olive Lacy Scarflett

Here I am again, with yet ANOTHER Lacy Scarflett (pattern by Brenda Myers) - and this time the scarflett is for ME!  I used an olive/turqoise yarn from Wal-Mart - it is sooooooo soft and cozy. I love this thing and wore it almost every cold day I walked the dogs.

Instead of the three buttons down the one edge, I sewed the bottom corner together, then attached two buttons - one across from the other. With this yarn, it just seems to hang better this way. I can still unbutton one if I get too warm but it easily does back up if the wind picked up again.  This scarflett also works well for dashing in and out of stores.

I love making these, and made some as gifts last year since I find them so cozy and USEFUL.

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**Note, at this point I am not going to move my loom knit projects from Altered Scrapbooking over to this blog. If you are curious, look to the labels on the right side of that blog and you can click on Loom Knitting, or Knifty Knitter to see those projects.