Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Baby Blanket and Short Poncho

I've been making progress on my baby blanket!  This is a class being taught by Brenda Myers for the Loom Class (a Yahoo group).  You can find details on her blog Loom Lore, which I have listed on the right of my blog.

Brenda's 'Double Knit Flat Stitch' is SO cool, and gives the fabric a wonderful texture.

However, I'm 3 skeins into this blanket and I've decided to frog it.  Yup - it is just SO thick and has no drape.  My own fault, Brenda suggested a #5 weight yarn for the class, but I wanted to use this pretty green and it is a #6.

I didn't want to give up on making something with that new-to-me stitch though.  I decided to start a  short poncho for my Mom. It is looking really good - I'm happy with the way it's turning out.

We had my parents out at our cabin last month, and even though it was chilly we were determined to have our lunch outside on the deck. I popped one of my short poncho's onto my Mom and she loved it! The hallway in their condo building is often chilly and we thought this would be a great thing to toss on if she is moving from place to place in the building.

I am combining 2 rows of Brenda's 'Double Knit Flat Stitch' with a row of yarn overs, and a row of purl stitches.  The yarn is super soft, and ... a #5 weight.

I haven't had the nerve to actually unravel the baby blanket yet ... but I'm not too upset about it. I learned a LOT in the class and I'm loving Brenda's stitch!  Learning how to overcome the peg count on a loom is information that will come in handy for sure. I'll save the yarn for a different project, so if I learned something and enjoyed myself then I don't count the time as wasted.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Baby Blanket Update

I thought I'd post an update on the baby blanket I'm making for the 'Loom Knitters Class Project" (Yahoo Group). 

It's coming along, although the yarn is a chunky #6 so the knit fabric is quite rigid. It is softening up as it gets longer and away from the pegs, but it may still have to be blocked when it's done.  I LOVE Brenda's stitch though! It's very relaxing - almost meditative.  Knit Knit Shift Knit Knit. And I LOVE that I am able to make a seamless baby blanket with a 36 peg loom!

In this next photo - have a good look at the orange loom pick.

Yes, Jasper got it OFF the kitchen table where I have my loom. This is the 2nd hook he has destroyed ... am I impressed? NO! As far as I know, I can't get them here in Canada. Now I have to wait until we visit Arizona again - which is not going to happen in the near future.  I'm pretty sure I bought an extra one for my Mom to put in my Christmas stocking though, so I may only have to wait until Christmas. Now I'm having to use my purple loom pick - which works just fine but it's harder on my hands using a chunky yarn. Humph.

Doesn't that stitch make a great textured fabric? I'm SO happy I signed up for this class!  I'll share another update later next week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Baby Blanket

I was intrigued when I saw that Brenda Myers was teaching the next Loom Class (Yahoo Group). She shows a baby blanket, and overcoming the peg limit on a loom.  Wow - I had to sign up.

Class started today, and I made a swatch. Yes, you read that right - I actually made a swatch.

I'm really glad I did too - see that mistake? Now I know what NOT to do.  :-)   It's a pretty stitch, and I'm excited to have cast on my blanket already.

I've rolled my yarn into a ball and am using the holes in the dollar store basket to keep the yarn from bouncing around and getting dog hair on it. This 36 peg loom, has actually got 70 - 71 stitches on it! 

I'm using Hometown USA in the colour 'Montery Lime'. I love this stuff, and I picked up a bunch of it when we were visiting the US in the Spring.  Initially I planned on using it to make our daughter a Hexigon Blanket, but I was too excited about this class. I think it will make a lovely baby blanket.

Thanks for stopping by ... I'll update with my progress later in the week.

Monday, July 15, 2013

No Loom Knitting Yet

Hello friends and followers ... I'm sorry I don't have anything new to post. Summer is busy for everyone, so combined with that and my still-sore back, I just have not done any loom knitting. Well, I did finish the white hat, but I still have to crochet a flower for it (special order hat) before I can take a picture and officially say it's done.

I haven't disappeared, and will be back with new projects as soon as my back will allow sitting and looming!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are all enjoying your summertime.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Hexigon Dishcloth

I have made quite a few dishcloth's since I started loom knitting, but tend not to post pictures of them. They have all been made on a Knifty Knitter round loom using a double strand of cotton yarn.

Until now.

I have played around with different sizes, as I don't like a huge bulky dish cloth - and until now I haven't hit upon a size I really enjoy using.  While practicing Charity's 'Hexigon Blanket' (in the Winter issue of Loom Knitter Circle e-mag) I made a couple of dish cloths. The first one on a Knifty Knitter loom using a double strand. I liked the finished size, and that because of the pinwheel design, it doesn't get all stretchy when it's wet!

The next one I did was using the All In One loom and a single strand of cotton yarn. It turned out really good ... I was pleased with it.  So - I set up the Martha Stewart loom and made another one using a single strand of cotton yarn. When it was finished I made another - since you can get TWO from a single skein.  :-)

Here is a close up of how I set up the Martha Stewart loom. Note the grey pegs are holdiing the loom together - they are not worked at all.  I used 13 pegs (since I like a cloth on the smaller side) and a single strand of yarn.  Because of the half-hitch on the last peg, there is a nice border all around the outside and no crochet border was needed.

I presently have a white hat on my loom (a special order), as well as a cape. But it's HOT here, and I have managed to hurt my back. So sitting and knitting is just not going to happen for at least a week.

Thanks for stopping by.