Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

I wanted to mention that I finished my scarflett, cast it off and thought about finding some pretty buttons. Then it sat there for a day or two. Finally I realized that I really didn't like it - so rather than sew buttons on ... I'm going to frog the whole thing. That yarn is too pretty for the project to just sit in a box and I am sure I'll never wear the scarflett. If I don't care for it, I can't give it as a gift either!

After thinking about a new project for a couple of days though - I found some yarn at a swap meet and have got a good start on it. I was stuck trying to figure out what loom to use and what stitch. Finally I just decided to dive in and I will share pictures shortly. Yet another project where I'm flying by the seat of my pants, ha ha.

But I did want to wish all my blog friends and visitors a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Popcorn Stitch Hat

I thought I'd try my hand at the popcorn stitch on my knitting looms ... and made this hat for our 2011 Christmas Craft Sale:

The pattern book is out at our cabin, so I don't have it handy - but I will update this post in the New Year with the name of it - it has several new stitches for looms and I have sure got my money's worth out of it. This popcorn stitch was tricky though - but possibly it was the poor lighting at the cabin?

At any rate, the hat turned out OK - I used a soft off-white boucle yarn held together with cream worsted and the hat was very soft and cozy. My neighbor snatched it up immediately and I often see her or one of her daughters wearing it. Such a good feeling!

I have nothing on my looms at the moment, but I do have a project rattling around in my head. Hopefully I can start on it soon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

My Black Hat

I thought I'd share the project that's presently on my loom. I am following Brenda Meyers "Lacy Scarflett" pattern and using up the skein of yarn that I used for my slouchy hat (see previous post). I love the little bit of sparkle in the yarn, and I'm such a huge fan of this pattern and mock crochet stitch for the loom.

I'm using my CinDWood adult hat loom (1/2" gauge) and only 1 strand of the yarn, so made it 20 pegs wide instead of the 16 that the pattern calls for. It's still a bit on the narrow side, but I think it will work out OK.

It's such a busy time of year, I am only adding a row here and there as time allows. It's so nice not to have a deadline looming! I hope to be more organized with my loom knit gifts next Christmas and will make my list and work on projects throughout the year. That being said, I'm just itching to make up a stroller blanket to have on hand for a baby gift. Not that there are any new grandbabies on the horizon ... for now ...

Onto my hat! I stumbled onto the purple Knifty Knitter loom awhile back, and since I'd heard that it was a smaller gauge than the set KK of looms - I picked it up. You can't have too many looms, right? :-) I wanted to try it out with a hat for myself.  (See THIS post for the beginning of the project).

The hat is nice and warm around the ears because of the wide doubled brim, & there is a bit of sparkle in the yarn. I like that it isn't just a 'flat' black hat. And it goes well with my black winter jacket.  I do find it a bit looser using that loom though, than the 3rd largest Knifty Knitter I usually use for ladies hats.

The brim was knit with the garter stitch (1 row e-wrap, 1 row purl), the I switched to the e-wrap to give the brim a nice, smooth place to rest when turned up. After that I switched to the lacy diamond stitch.

I also find it helpful to do a row of single crochet around the bottom of the hat. I turn up the brim and crochet right at the fold line. That keeps the brim turned up where it's supposed to go - otherwise it sort of shifts around and you have to adjust it when you put it on. This way - you just slip it on and go!

I wanted to wish all of my blog friends and visitors a very Merry Christmas, or Best Wishes for however you celebrate this season.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

First Slouch Hat

I did it - I made my first slouch hat:

Now my model's head is smaller than an an adults head, so it does look a little big and droopy - and I had to roll the brim back for the photographs. But it's kind of neat and I'm looking forward to wearing it!  And of course, I'm hunting for some different loom knitting patterns for slouch hats as well - this one I just sort of did off the top of my head.

 I did a simple ribbing band (ewrap one row, purl the next, etc). Then I just did a drop stitch pattern for the rest of the hat. I did reduce the stitches on the last row so it didn't pucker when I gathered it up - and now that it's finished I would change things a little.  I would do a purl row at the end, so there was a bit of a pattern around the gathering, and I don't think I would use the drop stitch pattern again. I don't think there will be much warmth here - it will be more for a 'bad hair day'.  :-)

The yarn (Red Heart Boutique in Midnight) has a bit of a sparkle to it, which is kind of fun. I had two skeins of it in my yarn stash and this hat used up most of the first one. I have another project in mind to loom knit with the rest of this yarn to put away for a gift. 

There are two loom knit patterns I'm looking at for the next slouch hat ... one by Isela Phelps, and one by Renee Van Hoy.  After the holidays, ha ha.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Finished Lap Afghan

I did it!  I finished the lap afghan I was loom knitting my Dad for Christmas and it turned out exactly as I hoped it would. I can't wait to see his face when he opens it and sees that I made it for him -- he will be so touched.

I added a single crochet border all around the edge, then did a zig-zag stitch to finish it off. I even blocked it!  Well, using the term loosly ha ha. But I saw a show where the lady suggested steaming acrylic knit pieces (just don't let the hot plate touch the knitting) so I thought I'd give it a whirl.  I put a clean sheet across our bed. Not that it mattered, really, there is so much dog hair knit right into the afghan that it has become a feature of the piece.  Kidding, but ... I was plucking dog hair our of it. With three dogs - dog hair is a way of life around here.

Anyhow - I pinned half the afghan (the half I could reach) to the bed and steamed it.  After it had cooled and dried I just did the same thing to the other side.  It came out beautifully.

My Dad has arthritis and Parkinson's, and has pretty much lost most of his fine motor skills. Also, he is really fussy about anything heavy on his legs ... but he is often chilly. This is such a nice lightweight blanket, and since it is smaller than most afghans - the extra weight of any blanket hanging down won't be a factor.

Now I wish I'd taken a picture with the ribbing going vertically ...

I folded the lap blanket in half, then gently rolled it up. It was tied off with a nice masculine ribbon in brown &  cream and I added a tag to the ribbon telling him that it was a loom knit piece made especially for him. As I said, I can't wait to see him open the gift bag.  :-)

*** EDITED TO ADD: I forgot to measure the lap afghan before wrapping it and putting it under the Christmas tree, so I did that after Dad opened it. It is approximately 41 x 41", including the crochet border. And he loved it!!  ***

I thought I'd be so happy that the lap afghan was finished and off my looms that I'd want a rest from looming. But no - my looms and yarn stash are calling to me so I have to decide what to start next!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Still Plugging Away

Sorry it's been awhile since I've posted anything new ... I'm still plugging away on the lap afghan I'm making for my Dad for Christmas!  I am about 1/2 way through the 4th skein so by my calculations I'm about 70% done. 

I don't want to start any new projects until that gift is done and under the tree.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Lap Afghan Beginning

I thought I'd share a peek at the lap afghan I'm making for my Dad for Christmas.

In these pictures, I have just joined the 2nd skein of yarn, so that gave me an idea how much further I have to go before it's finished. I bought 5 skeins and I'm pretty sure that will be enough.

The stitch pattern is the one I seem to be addicted to lately. It's completely e-wrapped, wrapping 3 pegs and skipping one. Each edge has 4 pegs wrapped, as I like to slip the first stitch at the beginning of each row and always knit the last stitch - even if it's a purl row. That gives the edge such a nice finish.

Alternating rows of knit and purl on those beginning and ending 4 pegs keeps the sides from rolling, but I still have to try that with the botom. While this is rolling now - I like to finish my blankets off with a crochet border - so that will take care of the rolled edges on this project.

I may have to give up sleep between now and Christmas to get it done though.  AACK!

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Finished Cowl Christmas Gift

I finished the cowl for my friend ... she loves purple and bling, so I think she will love this. She is someone who really appreciates anything hand made, and those are fun people to make things for.

I found the edges were really rolling - even with a crochet border. Finally, in frustration I crochet the two edges together with a single crochet stitch. I may as well have double knit the piece! I was hoping to have it twice as wide, but the rolling and showing the wrong side just didn't appeal to me so I doubled it over.

She can wear it long over her coat, or doubled up if it it gets really chilly.

I had intended on making a couple more cowls for Christmas, but I am running out of time. This lap afghan I'm making my Dad for Christmas is taking a long time.  A really long time. I knit 10 rows this afternoon on the drive out to our cabin and it didn't really even make a dent. AACK - I have a goal to knit 50 rows this weekend and see if that brings me to the 1/2 way mark on the blanket. At this point, I'd be happy to be 1/3 done - as then I could see how much more I would have to do and could panic accordingly.  :-)

**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 earlier projects. 
Thanks for stopping by.