Saturday, March 30, 2013

Finished Short Poncho

Oh, it's been a long time since I've posted. It's been busy, and while I have been doing a little looming - I haven't done much. And then I had no time to post what I HAVE finished.  This morning I decided before I tackle anything else, I will get these pictures ready to share.


As I mentioned in the previous post, I did NOT use the Waves of Lace stitch sequence that I have used on all my other short poncho's. I used a series of 'yarn-overs', ewraps, purls, and 'drop stitch'. I really like the visual interest it gives the poncho and is a pattern I will use again for sure!


A neighbor took me to her church last evening, and we sat in the 'Hot Flash' section. (Always good to know you aren't alone, ha ha). She suggested I bring a sweater or light jacket, which I did. I will go again tomorrow to celebrate Easter, and I think this poncho will be perfect. Easy to pull on, & easy to pull off when we come outside into the heat of the day.


Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope to have something else to post soon.




Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday - Beige Short Poncho

It's Wednesday, so I have a WIP (Work In Process) to share today. Another short poncho!


When I first started Loom Knitting, I ordered this yarn 'Boutique Swirl' in 'Cobblestone'. It was sooooo soft, but didn't have a lot of body. Originally I thought I'd use it for a cowl, but it wasn't right for that and it just sat in my bin waiting for the 'perfect' pattern.


Since I'd recently finished several large projects, I wanted something simple to work on - and thought I'd try a short poncho with the 'Boutique Swirl' from my bin. The yarn has such a lovely drape to it!


I decided  not to do the 'Waves of Lace' stitch pattern on this one though - instead, I alternated rows of yarn-overs, knits, purls and drop stitches. The drop stitches were done with only TWO wraps per peg, so they aren't too long but it gives interest to the piece.

I'm glad this is working out so well, as I tried a fancy shawl using a netting type yarn called Sashay and it is not turning out right and will have to be frogged. I made a cowl during a road trip last weekend but I am just not happy with it and will probably end up frogging that too. Using the right yarn for a project makes all the difference!

I was able to take advantage of a huge sale at Cricutmachine.com and now have some extra Knifty Knitter looms.  They don't make them anymore, so having some extra's is nice - and as well I can have more than one project on the go.  I'm using the purple Knifty Knitter loom for this one, as the gauge is smaller than on the yellow ones.  EDITED:  I am using the Classic Knits loom (from Hobby Lobby) for this, the lilac one which is 41 pegs. Same as the largest Knifty Knitter in the set, the yellow one.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Finished 'Waves of Lace' Shawl

I finished my 'Waves of Lace' shawl** and I am SO pleased with it. It's a good thing I'm too busy to be looming this week or I'd have another one started already. The first two show the shawl just draped over the shoulders ...



SUCH beautiful colours!

Next the one side is flipped up over the opposite shoulder, and is probably the way I'll wear it most often.
 


I made a circle of double crochet w/ chain stitches and plan to use it with the shawl in a couple of different ways:




 I do have one wooden shawl pin in my drawer, and - while it will work so-so -I plan on finding a perfect one on Etsy in the next couple of weeks.  :-)




I remembered to photograph the shawl before I steam blocked it, and again after ...



You can see how the stitches really opened up with the blocking and I gained some additional width as well.

The finished size (after blocking) is about 88" long x 25" wide. I did a row of single crochet on both the cast-on and cast-off edges.  This is going to be a perfect summer shawl, and depending on what dress I get for our nephew's Arizona wedding, this might be what I wear over it!

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** The 'Waves of Lace' pattern is by Lisa Sawyer, and can be purchased HERE.  





Monday, March 11, 2013

Finished Afghan

I mentioned that I was trying to clean up some large WIP's before I tackled any new projects. Once I finished my aqua short poncho, it was time to move onto the Never-Ending-Granny-Square Afghan.  See THIS post for more information on it.





I LOVE the colours in this ... and I'm sure it is very popular as you hardly ever see a full cubby of this colour at Michaels. In fact, I was almost finished my FIFTH skein and realized I'd need more. It took a couple of different Michaels to find any at all! 


It took almost 6 skeins of the Homespun yarn in Painted Desert, and when I stand up holding it to the floor it comes up level with my eyes (I'm 5'2").  But because it's square, there is lots of width to wrap around you. I'm so happy with this project, and still amazed at myself that I was able to CROCHET a full size afghan and it didn't take me years.

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Waves of Lace Shawl

Unfortunately, the large round loom that I am using for my current WIP (Work In Progress) Fascination Cape was too big to work on in the vehicle. I have been trying to finish up my WIP's and was looking forward to some quality looming time this weekend at our cabin.

Sooooo ... I started a new project, one that is easier to work on in a confined space.


I had these two skeins of Bernat Mosiac in my stash, and decided it was time to actually make Lisa Sawyer's Waves of Lace Shawl. I've been using her pattern sequence for all kinds of things lately but have never actually used the pattern as written.

The yarn is a little stiff, so this is one piece that will require blocking when it is done. I think it will open up the lacework beautifully, and I will remember to take a Before Blocking picture and After this time around. It is working up quite quickly, and the two skeins will be plenty.

I'm loving the pastel colours and the variation - it's going to make a lovely Spring shawl!

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Aqua Short Poncho

Today it's time to share a 'Finished Friday' project and I realized that I didn't even share the WIP pics! So I will start there:


Using the purple Knifty Knitter loom, Lion Brand Homespun yarn, and Lisa Sawyers' Waves of Lace stitch pattern.

Yes, again

Love that stitch!


I made this one for warmth when travelling, so that is why I chose the purple loom - it's a smaller gauge thus the 'holes' are smaller.



Essentially I loomed a long rectangle, folded it in half and seamed it across the top leaving an opening for my head.  You can get more detailed instructions on THIS post if you are interested.  By the very nature of the pattern, it is longer on the folded side than on the seamed side - although I do try to seam it very loosely. 

That doesn't bother me at all, as it's also asymmetrical - and it's all part of the 'artsy' look of it.  It can also be gathered up a at the shoulders:


I think for a road trip, wearing the poncho with the seam in the center might be the way to go ... more coverage for your arms. I like how you can fold back the edges of the opening to look like a collar:



So this is my third short poncho - all using the same stitch but different yarns. I am loving these pieces! Easy to wear, warm and cozy, not too heavy, versatile, and addicting to make.  :-)

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Cream Lacy Hat

This hat is truly the softest thing I have ever loom knit.  I used three strands of baby yarn - for details on the loom, and three-strands-as-one technique, see THIS post. 



 I made the hat to go with my lacy infinity scarf (see THIS post and pictured wrapped around the display model's overly skinny neck, above). After I did the wide ribbed band I switched to the 'waves of lace' stitch to match the infinity scarf.  Jeannie Phillip's flat gathered bind-off was used for the top of the hat.


We had a winter storm blow in this weekend, so I will still be getting lots of use out of this set!

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Another WIP ...

Oh.  My.  Goodness.

Renee Van Hoy of  Invisible Loom Craft  has a new pattern E-Book out ... Loom Knit Shawls Volume 2. 

Haha, I have yet to make anything out of Volume 1 -- but that is more because I have had so many other loomed projects on the go, not because I couldn't find anything that appealed to me. Once I downloaded the patterns from Volume 2, though, I decided to just COMMIT and went through my yarn stash to see what I could come up with.

I decided on the Fascination Cape, I gathered some suitable yarn, and here I go:





The only 1/2" gauge hat loom I have has 59 pegs, and the pattern calls for 60 pegs. So I got my large 121 peg CinDWood loom out and am just using 60 of the pegs.  :-)


I'm so excited to finally be tackling one of Renee's shawl patterns.


If I were you, I'd head right over to Renee's blog and check out her beautiful designs.  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Never Ending Granny Square

I can't believe it, but I am tackling a crochet afghan.   Crochet!   But Michael Sellick has these wonderful YouTube video's and I just couldn't get the idea out of my head. I started following Michael's video's when I started loom knitting as he has lots of great tutorials for beginners. When I stumbled onto his 'Never Ending Granny Square Afghan' video I was completely intrigued.


Now I'm completely addicted to it - the pattern is easy and it's so meditative! However, I can only do a row or two at a time, as it really bothers my arm. There is no fear I will give up my loom knitting!


Homespun yarn is so nice & soft, that initially I thought I'd make this afghan for my Mom. But with all the double crochet it's fast becoming one HEAVY blanket ... not the best for her. I'm in love with the colours though, so I will happily complete the project (at some point) for US and loom knit one for her. One that is just as pretty but much lighter in weight.


These fibrecraft hobbys are highly addictive, and maybe should come with some kind of warning.  ;-)

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