Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Well Rested

I guess I have really taken a lot of time of from this blog. I have been creative though. I has been snowy and cold this winter, so I guess that I really was hybernating. Gained 10 lbs. So I am happy that Spring it on its way.

So Here is some of the work that I have been doing.

I knit another had during a wresting match, but don't have a picture. I donated two of them to the raffle at the team banquet. So people bought tickets and won them, the teamed raised money for next year.

I finished the sweater that I wrote about earlier. What a lovely picture of me.

 It felt really great to finish stuff. This spurred me on to knit more.

 Kate sent me some lovely roving as a Christmas gift. I spun it up and knitted these fingerless gloves.

 This Entralac Headband

 And am working on this final one, a scarf with a lace pattern. This is still in process. I have to pay attention to the pattern becuse of the lace. But they all have turned out really nice and soft.

 I went through my hand spun yarns and found some single skeins. So I made some hats and scaves.

An Ear flap hat.

Hat and scarf set in a basket weave pattern.

An Entralac scarf and matching headband. I like the entralac pattern and love to knit the headband.

Now I am making mittens. These are from Natural wool. Grey, White and Brown.

This mitten has a braid down the back. Its mate is still being knitted.

These hats were made from one skein of commercial yarn.

 This is a head band, I need to add a button at the point, them you wrap it aound you head and button it at the base of neck.

I have several other projects planned with my handspun. People always ask 'Who are you making that for'. We know the answer. Whomever. Maybe I will keep it, maybe I will give it as a present, Maybe I will sell it. It is the process that I enjoy. The product is just Extra.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Something to do between matches

Saturday was another all day event of Wrestling. So I bring my knitting. I had already had the hat started, I knitted it from the double points to the circular needles. The results is a hat mostly knitted, definately finished, during the wresting meet. Casey wrestled twice, he had to switch off with another player that is in the same weight category, he lost the first and won the second, pinning the wrestler. I did bring the sweater that I am working on but the wrestling was interesting so I watched the matches. But there will be more meets and I will get more things knitted. At the end of the season they have a banquet and parents bring items to auction off as a fund raiser. So I will add this hat, knitted during one of the meets.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

somtehing for me

What a concept! Knit something for your self. I tend to either give away as gifts or sell the items that I have made. So this year I decided I needed to make something for my self. So I have a book that has patterns that are knitted from cuff to cuff.

Really nice patterns, and variety of designs all knit from cuff to cuff. So I picked the following. I wanted to use Noro or something like it. Our local yarn store is going out of business so I thought I could get some there. 

Well they did not have enough balls of Noro, so I bought the following instead. I got 7 or 8 different colorways. A couple the same that I will use to start and end with so the sleeve/cuff has the same colorway. And the neck edge and bottom will also be the same colorway.

So you knit the cuff, it has a rolled edge and some ribbing, it makes a nice edge.

Then you knit the sleeve. When I ran out of one ball I tried to find a similar color in a different ball of a different colorway. So far it has turned out nice.

Then you cast on for the front and back and knit for a while. Then knit just the front making the neck edge.

And then go back to the back and catch up with the front. That is where I am now. Working on the back. I need to knit the same number of rows that I did for the front when I knit the neckline. Using all those different color ways is really turning out nice.

I was hoping to have it done by the end of Wrestling season, cause there is not a whole lot of excitement when you kid is not wrestling during a match. I can get a lot of knitting done. But I have been knitting at home also. So I should have it done within a couple weeks.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Just Desserts

I got my sewing area set up and electricity to the machines on Saturday so I had to make something. I bought Layer Cake of Moda Cherish Nature a while back. I used a pattern called Ashley's Journey in the book Piece of Pie, Layer Cake Friendly Quilt Pattern. I finished cutting and sewing all the blocks on Saturday and cut the borders and sewed them together.

I added the borders today. The pattern only has two borders, I added the third. I also added an additional row of blocks, 8 instead of 7. I have it hanging from the second floor balcony, the wall is in the dinning room. So I made the quilt in two days. It is 66 by 94. A nice size.