Friday, November 4, 2016

Norah's Vintage Afghan: Block #4


Norah's Vintage Afghan: Block #4

I sure am enjoying working on this project again.  I got through blocks #3 and #4 rather quickly.  I've already started work on block #5, but I have a feeling that block will go more slowly as it's rather labor intensive. 


Block #4 above consists of right and left twisting cables, which require the use of a cable needle, as well as some twisted stitches, which require no cable needle.

Below, here are some pretty pictures from one of my recent sunrise walks with the doggies.



Happy Knitting!




Thursday, November 3, 2016

A NEW Project: Building in Color



I am super excited to be starting on a new project.  During 2016, I have been teaching a class at my local knit shop using the "Building Blocks" pattern book by Michelle Hunter (AKA: Knit Purl Hunter).  You can see that finished project by clicking HERE.  In 2017, I'll be teaching a class at my local knit shop using the "Building in Color" pattern book by Michelle Hunter.

Here is a photo of a completed afghan; this is a photo from the pattern book.


The pattern calls for three colors of DK weight yarn. The pattern can be purchased in book form or as a digital download and can be found on Amazon.com and Ravelry.

Over the past several days, I've been working my way through some of the stitch patterns. Many of these skills are brand new to me. I have to admit I was quite nervous to commit to teaching this class when I had not YET even tried to knit the designs.  It's been a confidence builder for me to work my way through these techniques.  So far, I've made it through 4 of the 10 designs. I am just knitting until I feel confident with the technique in the panel and then moving on to another.  Here is my progress so far...


Above: First I tried the Butterfly Stitch called for in Panel #8


Above:  Then I tried Panel #5 which calls for the Make One Purl Stitch as well as passing stitches over other stitches...


Above: Last night's challenge was the Mosaic stich...



Above:  And today I learned Intarsia!!!! I have wanted to learn this technique for years and I get it.


I made up this display for my local knit shop to showcase these samples of knitting from the pattern book and to advertise for the class since I won't have time to complete an entire afghan between now and when the class starts in January 2017.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Norah's Vintage Afghan: Block #3


Norah's Vintage Afghan

I am back to working on Norah's Vintage Afghan.  This is a project which is comprised of 20 different blocks and they all include beautiful cable designs.  I have not worked on this project in several months but this project has resurfaced and I have recently finished two blocks.  Here is Block #3.  I love how it turned out.  It was fun and not too difficult. The only problem I encountered was an error on the chart.  I printed out my pattern back in November or December 2015, and a new corrected version was published sometime in 2016.  So if you are encountering any problems with Norah's Vintage Afghan, ensure you have the most recent version of the pattern.  You can download the pattern for free from Ravelry.  Here is the pattern link (click HERE).


If you would like to see my other posts about Norah's Vintage Afghan, click HERE.

We have been having a beautiful fall here in Southern Colorado. I go for walks with the dogs every morning at sunrise and I take photos nearly every day.  I don't know what to do with all of these gorgeous photos.  I'll share one here!





Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Salida Striped Socks


Salida Striped Socks


Whoops! I meant to post this several weeks ago!  

I've been working on these socks since May or June. I worked on them on my cruise to Alaska way back in June, but just now finished them. 


The leg portion is a bit baggy. I started the cuff with 60 stitches but decreased to fewer stitches after the heel to make the foot portion a bit more snug. 


I am calling these socks my "Salida Striped Socks" since I bought this yarn at the Salida Fiber Festival (Salida, Colorado) in September 2015. I will be going to this festival next weekend. Fun!

I don't need more yarn, I don't need more yarn. 

I. DO. NOT. NEED. MORE. YARN!




Voo Doo You Love Me?


Maybe because Halloween is coming, but it felt a little like I was assembling a little monster when I sewed up this little guy. 


Frankenstein!!!



This is a pattern I found on Ravelry; it is called "Voo Doo You Love Me?"  The pattern is not free (cost $6.00), but it's a nice, well written pattern. Here is the link for the pattern:  



I snapped a few photos of my little monster and then left him down at the knit shop. I think he's mighty cute. I added some pipe cleaners inside his arms and legs to make them less floppy. 

The same pattern designer has a pattern for the cutest bunny. I plan to make a bunny soon. 

I am considering altering the Voo Doo pattern to make an altogether different creature, but I'll keep that a surprise until it's done. 



Thursday, September 1, 2016

Smooth Operator Socks Done


Smooth Operator Socks 

Here are some photos of these socks in progress.  

Below:  See the green yarn stitched in the red area?  That's three rows of waste yarn knit across half of the stitches in the sock. My sock has 48 stitches per round so I just knit the waste yarn across 24 stitches. Wicked awesome math skills!

When you are ready to work the heel, you pick up stitches above and below the waste yarn. You end up picking up 24 stitches below the waste yarn and 24 more stitches above the waste yarn. 


Then you unzip the waste yarn to remove it.  With these active stitches, you knit around and complete decreases at the sides. Essentially you are doing the same decreases you do in the toe portion of a sock. Hence, a "two toed sock"!


You could complete the toe of the sock BEFORE you complete the heel. But if you complete the heel BEFORE the toe, then you can try the sock on to make sure you start the toe in the correct spot for a great fitting sock. 





I am offering a class on "afterthought" heels on September 17th at my local yarn shop: The Yarn Shop at Words of in Canon City. 

Pattern:  "Smooth Operator Socks" by Susan B. Anderson. The pattern is available on Ravelry. Cost: $5.00


Yarn:  


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Smooth Operator Socks

Whoops!  More new yarn. 


Of course I already have several other pairs of socks in the works already but I just love this yarn. I got it at my local yarn shop - The Yarn Shop at Words of Life. The yarn is Patons brand Kroy Socks in the Sunburst Stripes colorway. I am using a new pattern by Susan B. Anderson. The pattern came out about a month ago and it's called Smooth Operator Socks. The design calls for an afterthought heel and Susan includes some tips and tricks for the heel portion which I've not seen before. These socks are working up quickly; the yarn is rather plump like Kroy Socks yarn typically is. I only have 48 stitches per round. 

I'll try to snap some photos as I work on the heel portion to show how that all comes together. Until then... happy knitting!