Saturday, October 3, 2015

Olivia's Rainbow Hat

Good morning friends

I've made hats for each of the Grandkids, and this is Olivia's. She will tell you she likes Pink and Purple, but I adored the colours in this rainbow yarn and wanted to use it. I knitted the hat with one strand of ICE yarn in Magic Light (a # 3 weight) and one strand of Bernat Softee Baby (a #3 weight)  in baby  pink, which bumped up the pink factor. I held both strands together and knit as one throughout the hat. The loom is a CinDWood 44 peg round loom.

Once again I used what I'm calling the 'Hurdle Stitch'. That is Rows 1 and 2 Ewrap, Rows 3 & 4 Knit 1, Purl 1 across. I started that after doing a garter stitch brim.

I did crochet a little doubled flower, but for some reason didn't take note of where I found the pattern for that. It's possible I just played around with the stitches until I found ones I liked. For the flower though, I only used the ICE yarn to keep it more delicate.

Even though it was warm outside, when I gave the kids their hats, Olivia and Ethan wanted to wear them immediately. We took them down to the ponds behind our house, where they love to throw rocks into the water. A dragonfly must have thought Olivia's hat looked pretty inviting, because a large one landed there! It flew away as soon as I took the photo and we told Olivia about it. She was amazed until we showed her the photo on my iPhone, then she was madly swiping at her head saying 'get if OFF, get it OFF'. :-)  Love that kid.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Baby Hat and Blanket

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Today for Finished Friday I have a baby hat I made for a friend who had a new Grandson. This is actually a stitch sequence I've used for the last few hats I've made and I really like it. I don't know who came up with it, I THINK it's called the Hurdle Stitch but I'm not sure. Please leave me a comment below if you know who to credit the stitch sequence to.

It is a 4 row sequence, rows 1 & 2 are E-wrapped. Rows 3 & 4 are Knit 1, Purl 1 across. Repeat until the hat is deep enough. I used a CinDWood 44 peg hat loom, and used the Navajo method of knitting 3 strands from a single ball of yarn. The the sequence was started after the garter stitch brim was wide enough for my liking.

I love to make a stroller blanket for new babies, so I crochet one to match the hat in my favourite "V Stitch".

And the set all getting packaged up for gift giving.

My friend shared a picture of little Sam wearing his new hat and all snuggled in his car seat with his new blanket - so sweet!

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Cream Spiral Hat

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For Finished Friday, I have a cream spiral hat to share.

Now this hat was done a very long time ago - before I kept track of what I was making, what loom I used and what stitches. So I'm afraid I have no pattern or details ... I tended to just wing it when loom knitting my hats. 

Ha, I still just wing it - doing whatever stitch appeals to me at the moment. But now, I'm keeping track in a notebook.

I have a folder full of older loomed projects that have never been posted and I'm going to pull them out and start sharing them.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Finished Lightweight Cowl

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I am so glad I decided to block my cowl - it opened up the stitches and it lays so much nicer. I used an iron and a damp towel to block, in case you are wondering.

It matches the hat (click HERE) perfectly.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Lightweight Cowl is off the loom!

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Today for Finished Friday, I'd like to show you my Lightweight Cowl is off the loom and ready for assembly. I was going to just stitch the ends together, but now I think I will block it first.

I'm happy with how it turned out, and I'm liking the soft colours!

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Lightweight Cowl - a Work In Progress

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I have been busy with my looms, in between having two different sets of out-of-town guests, babysitting our Grandkids, and landscaping. I thought I would post one of my projects this morning, and found this post in the 'drafts' folder! So I think we will start with this one ... a Work In Progress cowl.

I used a 51 peg CinDWood loom with only 35 of the pegs worked.

I wanted a cowl to match my Lightweight Spiral Hat in THIS post.  (Click HERE).

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Purple Pagosa Springs Scarf

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I actually finished my second Pagosa Springs scarf (a Dayna Scoles pattern from Etsy) awhile ago - but getting the pictures onto my computer and water marked proves to take longer than the actual loom knitting. Sheesh.

I blocked the scarf using an ironing board with a damp towel and an iron and the lacework really opened up and made the scarf large enough for an adult! I initially thought it might be for our Granddaughter, since she 'loves pink and purple' but now I'm going to give it to our eldest daughter for her birthday next month.

The yarn was really fine and I love that you can get such a lacy look with a simple ring of plastic. Thank you Dayna Scoles for such a nice pattern!

After I took the photos, I decided I didn't like the white tee shirt in them so took a few more pics with a black tee.

 I still found the decrease end was going to be shorter than the front end though. This is not an error in the pattern by any means, I think it's just the way the stitches fall. At least the way I loom knit! I added an extra row - maybe a total of 4 throughout the decreases - where I didn't decrease at all and that helped keep the two sides the same length.

Will I make this pattern again? You BET! I already have my yarn and as soon as I am finished the Grandkids new winter hats, I'll be starting another one.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Smaller Pagosa Springs Scarf - WIP

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I thought I'd share a picture of my latest Work in Progress (WIP).  I am making a second Pagosa Springs Scarf, which is a Dayna Scoles pattern I purchased off Etsy.  The last scarf turned out so good I wanted to try another one. Because I wasn't sure I'd have enough yarn to complete the scarf using the large yellow Knifty Knitter loom which the pattern required. I decided to make it with the smaller green one.

I have finished all the increases and have started on the decreases. It's working out really well!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Finished Pagosa Springs Scarf

I finished my scarf and I'm so happy with how it turned out I wanted to share today instead of waiting for Finished Friday. I purchased the pattern from Dayna Scoles on Etsy, and I love her stitch "Rivulet". The yarn I chose to use has a bit of shimmer to it and a nice drape - this is a lovely lightweight piece that I know I'll get a lot of wear out of.

Below is how I will probably wear the scarf most often.  One side is longer than the other, but I'm thinking it's probably something I've done incorrectly instead of a pattern mistake. Originally this was going to be a birthday gift for our eldest daughter, since purple is the colour of our Granddaughter's disease Pulmonary Hypertension. But with this obvious error in the length of the one side I am keeping it for myself.

It's large enough to wear as a shawl, which was a happy surprise - and when it's knotted the sides are the same length.

I have already started on a second one, and will soon post pictures of it.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

My Pagosa Springs Scarf Progress

Thought I'd share how well my newest Loom Knitting project is coming along ...

I had a bit of a hiccup, when I was about 1/4 done and found the first loop had jumped off it's peg several rows previous. I tried frogging the project back to where I thought the loop should go but I wasn't positive and didn't want to mess up the pretty pattern with an obvious row error. So I frogged the whole thing and started again.

It was worth it though, as the pattern rows clicked in my brain and it made the project go faster the second time around.

You add a stitch every other row in the pattern, so you can see I only have 3 more pegs left (6 rows) before I am half way finished and can start the decrease. I'm loving this Dayna Scoles pattern and already planning which yarn I will use to make it again. I'm thinking it will also make a lovely Christmas gift for a friend!

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

A New Looming Project!

Ok - don't fall over. I'm finally able to start looming again and I'm back with a new project. My Rheumatoid Arthritis is under control with diet and wicked medication and I have more mobility with a lot less pain. We have our new house mostly organized, and now that I can occasionally do stairs we are trying to get the basement sorted and organized. I had my looms and bins of yarns stored out at our cabin, but we are slowly bringing them back home and I've decided that if they fill up the guest closet - ahhh well. We don't have that many overnight guests that require a closet, and if the occasion arises - I'll deal with it then. :-)  The fun of downsizing!

I'm a huge fan of fellow loomer Dayna Scoles and since I have no idea yet which box my loom knitting books are in, I went to her Etsy site to see what I might like to start with. It was so hard to decide on a pattern - she has quite a few beautiful looming patterns!

I had just bought a few skeins of a pale periwinkle yarn from a crafting friend so I decided on Dayna's Pagosa Springs Scarf and started it last night.

This is made with Dayna's own Rivulet Stitch, and I love the open lacy pattern. I admit to finding it a little confusing reading the instructions but Dayna provided lots of photographs with the pattern  and it turned out not to be difficult at all. Plus, with it being so lacy, it's working up quickly.

I did NOT need to be buying any more yarn, but Periwinkle is the colour for Pulmonary Hypertension, a rare progressive disease that our young Granddaughter was diagnosed with in September. Wearing something with this colour is like sending her - and all those affected - a big hug.