Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Red Hat

I finished the red hat I made to go with my 'Sweet On Ruffles Shawlette' (see THIS post). I made it with the sumptious Caron Simply Soft yarn and a Classic Knits loom which is the equivalent of the Knifty Knitter Green loom. 

You can see the beginning of the hat in THIS post, if you are curious about the stitches used.

When I do this type of wide brim I like to add a single crochet border around the bottom edge which keeps the brim turned up where it's supposed to be.  This time I also added a single crochet border around the top edge as well. And a crochet flower just for fun!

Once again I used Jeannie Thompson's flat gathered cast off to finish off the hat.  Into the winter box with this set ... the weather is lovely this time of year and a hat is not required!

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Finished Dressy Shawl

Last month I shared the start of a cream dressy shawl I was making to wear to a May wedding.  (See THIS post).  I finished it in plenty of time, and finally have the pictures ready to share.

 Lots of pictures.  :-)

It's VERY long, which is what I wanted.  I have enough yarn leftover (it took only 2 skeins since it's such an open stitch) to seam it into one of my Short Poncho's if I decide to.

The shawl turned out SO pretty, with the shiny bits in the yarn.  (It's not as yellow as it looks in the photos). 

I can wear it with a shawl pin ...

Or as a scarf!

Haha, after all this though, I found a different dress to wear to the wedding so didn't wear the shawl. I thought it might be needed for air conditioning (the wedding was in May in Arizona) ... but the reception was outside and no additional covering was needed for warmth!

I'm still happy I made this piece though, and I know it will get lots of use over the years.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013


Just checking in to say that both my loom knit 'Montery Lime' colour scarflette's are being blocked. They should be ready tomorrow or the next day, and I have the buttons chosen.  I should be able to post pictures of them this week!

They look so good all pinned out on the spare bed, blocking can really open up the stitchwork.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

'Montery Lime' Scarflette WIP

Today's post is to share the 2nd 'Montery Lime' Scarflette I was working on:

This one uses a different stitch sequence than the first (see that one on THIS post).  A garter stitch border keeps the edges from rolling, then I'm e-wrapping 2 pegs and skipping one.


 I'm using my own 'No Counting Garter Stitch' technique ... On every single row you purl the first three pegs. Then you continue e-wrapping two pegs and skipping one, e-wrapping the final 3 pegs in the row. When you turn to go back, you simply purl the first 3 pegs. (*****EDITED TO ADD that after you purl the first three pegs, you continue e-wrapping two pegs and skipping one, e-wrapping the final 3 pegs in the row). I'm not sure why a couple of people are having trouble with it, but I assumed that readers would know to continue the pattern stitch sequence.) Using my technique, you never have to remember whether you are on a purl or a knit row for the border. You ALWAYS purl the first pegs and knit the last! That gives you a garter stitch border with no headaches or lost places.

**Tip - for a nicely finished edge, you can slip (skip, ignore, don't work) the first peg on each row and purl the next two pegs instead of purling those first three stitches.

I am on the hunt for a lovely green button to keep this scarflette and the previous one closed, then I can post pictures of them finished.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

'Montery Lime' Hat WIP

I have another Work In Progress to share today ... a hat that will match the scarflette I started on THIS post.

Notice the latch hook in the picture? I'm showing it because I learned the neatest trick from Kathryn Doubrley at The Answer Lady.  She shared a YouTube video on using a latch hook to weave in your yarn ends and I do it all the time now. You can find here video HERE.  Kristen of GoodKnit Kisses also has a video showing the technique.

I'm using Hometown USA  in the colour 'Montery Lime', and once again I have the yarn coming through one of the holes in my Dollar Store bin.

In these pictures I have already completed the garter stitch brim (I like a wider brim) and have started on the stitch sequence of E-wrap 3 pegs, purl 1 peg.  Every row or so the purl stitch moves over one pegfor a lovely diagonal design. I'll go into that more when I post the finished picture of the hat.

This is actually the 2nd one I'm working on - I completed the first hat yesterday and liked it so much I'm doing a 2nd one the same.  I also have two of the scarflette's completed ... one uses a different stitch sequence than the one I've mentioned in the link above so I will share that WIP another day. They are finished except for a light blocking and I'd like to find a great button to hold them closed.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Red Hat WIP

My goodness, it seems like it's been a long time since I've posted.  My looms have been busy, but I have some blocking to do, some ends to weave in, some buttons to find and attach, and some pictures to upload. Sheesh. 

Meanwhile, I thought I'd share another Work In Progress ... a hat to go with my Sweet On Ruffles Shawlette (see THIS post). 

I'm using the 2nd largest from the 4 loom set by 'Classic Knits', which would be the equivalent of the green Knifty Knitter loom.  A nice wide garter stitch brim is followed by the Lacy Diamond Stitch**, using that lovely Simply Soft yarn by Caron. Oh how I love this yarn.

Notice the green bin?  Found it at a Dollar Store following an idea I saw in multiple forms on Pinterest.  Brilliant!  I'm using two strands of the yarn held together as one, so each strand comes through a different hole in the bin. Keeps everything from tangling, keeps the yarn from bouncing around and getting dog hair in it, and the loom & knitting tool fit inside when it's time to pack up. Best $1 I've spent in years.  ;-)

**Lacy Diamond Stitch from the book "Learn New Stitches on Circle Looms" by Anne Bipes

Right now I'm working on a 2nd hat to go with the two almost finished scarflette's I've yet to share, another 'Sweet On Ruffles Shawlette', a cape, and I'm anxious to start on a couple of lap blankets.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Finished Birthday Cowl

I have a photo heavy post to share today.  :-)   I finished the cowl (see THIS post) for our daughter's birthday, and took pictures of it before and after steam blocking:

Right off the CinDWood loom, and before blocking the cowl is about 6-1/4" wide and 22" long.

Here is a close up of the stitches before blocking (stitch sequence used is in the post highlighted above).

Once it was steam blocked, it measured just over 7" wide, and over 30" long!

Here is a close up of the stitches after blocking for comparison:

It works much better as an infinity scarf now that it's been blocked!

When Kelsey opened her gift, she was so pleased ... she said "I HOPED this is what it was".  YAY!  I have lots of the yarn leftover, so maybe Santa will bring her a matching hat.  ;-)

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Super Soft 'Open Back Neck Warmer'

Here is the last of the 'Open Back Neck Warmers' I made in the early fall of 2011. I have no idea where I found this yarn, but it was SO soft I just had to buy it.  I loved working with it and the finished product was very soft. However - it was so soft it had no body and the ribbed edge didn't stand up enough to be able to put in our Christmas craft sale.

So I kept it for me!

I don't have much of a neck (if any) so turtlenecks usually look awful on me. However, this one is so soft and not too high up my neck when folded down ... and wonderfully warm under a winter jacket.

I don't know if I would make more of these to sell or not. I liked the design and the finished pieces but most ladies don't like to have to pull something over their heads and mess up their hair.  I had fun making the ones I did, and was happy that they sold, and I always learn something when looming a project I've made up the pattern for.

I have some other projects on the go and a couple of finished ones. But things have been CRAZY busy and I've just had no computer time to post the pictures. I'll have more later in the month for sure.

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