Sunday, November 19, 2017

Building in Color: Final Panel Done!

Woo hoo! Panel number 10 of 10 in my Building in Color afghan project is complete.  This panel incorporates a "tuck stitch".  Basically, this is a dropped stitch that you grab and knit.

The row repeat is 2 rows of pink in stockinette, 4 rows of blue in stockinette, and then 2 rows of pink in stockinette.  But in the latter pink rows, you drop or unravel the blue stitches in predetermined spots all they way down to the former pink rows.  Really difficult to explain.  You can check out Michelle Hunter's wonderful video to see how "tuck stitches are created".  See video tutorial HERE.  I enjoyed this panel but the tuck stitch rows are slow going.

I could see incorporating tuck stitches in various other projects.  I think I have seen tuck stitches in the collar of a baby cardigan sweater in the past. Too cute!

I am anxious to get my Building in Color afghan all sewn together.  The sewing up incorporates the "mattress stitch" which is pretty straight forward but all of these panels are so very different. I hope I can be patient and sew it together nicely. I am always saying I am a pretty good knitter but my sewing can really foul up a nice project.  After the panels are sewn together, I will then have to figure out how to apply the afghan borders around the perimeter.  I am contemplating lining the back of the afghan with fabric.  I just don't know yet.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Snow Day

Yesterday was a beautiful snow day.  We woke up to over four inches of snow that clung to everything.  We went for our walk with the dogs down at the riverwalk (we live near the Arkansas River) and it was beautiful and sunny for the first part of our walk. As we were walking through the canopy of trees, it felt like we were inside a snow globe.  As the sun was warming the snow on the leaves, snow was falling all over the place and the snow streaming down looked gorgeous in the sunlight.  The second half our walk was totally different. Fog moved in and it got colder.  The remainder of the day was pretty much foggy.  I am pleased I got out and snapped these pretty photos to share while the sky and landscape was so pretty.

Since it was a cold and foggy day, I got a lot of knitting done.  I am working on a new pair of socks. I'll show a photo of that soon.

In the photo above, you can see a small white speck in the sky above the tree. If you zoom in, you can see that the white speck is the moon!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Hand Warmers

Hand Warmers

My mother-in-law saw the mittens I've been making lately.  She said she had an elderly friend who wears fingerless mitts all the time due to cold hands.  She asked if I could make a pair so I whipped these up yesterday. The yarn is Plymouth Yarn "Stained Glazz"; I used less than one ball of yarn for the pair.  I used Susan B. Anderson's pattern called "Waiting for Winter". It's the same pattern I've been using for mittens in the past few weeks.  I cast on only 32 stitches for these mitts since this worsted weight yarn is slightly plumper than the yarn I used for the other two pairs of mittens I made recently.  I am happy with how these turned out. I hope they fit the recipient well!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Do You Like My Hat?

"Do you like my hat?"

That's a line from one of my favorite early reader books.  Do know the book to which I am referring?

I know if I ask my son, Zach (who will turn 21 years old soon), he will know right away what book this line comes from! It was one of our favorites when he was young.

I will tell you what book it is at the end of this post in case you aren't familiar with it.

I do! I do like my hat!

Sometimes hats sit kind of funny on my head since I wear glasses, but I am happy with how my hat turned out.  I have been wearing my hat on our early morning walks and it is keeping my ears nice and toasty warm.

I used some clever techniques in knitting his hat so I was kind of tickled to share the details for folks who might enjoy reading about that.  I made up the pattern as I went along.  The entire hat (except for the ribbing) is KNIT... exclusively KNIT... in the round and I did NOT purl any of the stitches, even though the hat looks as if it consists of bands of knit rounds and band of purl bands.

I just spent a ton of time typing up my notes/instructions for this hat and I LOST it all!  So frustrating. So for now, I'll just finish this post to show you my cute hat.

The yarn is Cascade "Pacific" and I love the nice charcoal color.

Okay, here is the book I mentioned above.  P. D. Eastman books are my favorites! Throughout the story, the girl dog asks the boy dog, "Do you like my hat?" and he keeps telling her, "No! I do not like that hat!"  I think at the end of the story, he finally says, "I do! I do like that hat!" and, if my memory serves me correctly, they drive off together in a convertible into the setting sun.

Happy Knitting!

Jelly Rolls Socks No. 2 are Complete

Jelly Rolls Socks

This is the second pair of socks I've made using a great pattern called "Jelly Rolls Socks". It's a fun, quick, and cute pattern.  I just love it!  I am sure there will be lots of Jelly Rolls in my future.

In case you missed my prior posts about these socks, here is the pattern link (click HERE).

Below, not a great photo. Just a snap shot of me sitting on the couch trying on my socks... hot off the needles!

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Building in Color: Panel #6 is Complete

Building in Color: Panel #6

I am getting really close to being done with my panels for my Building in Color afghan project.  This is panel #6 which has been on and off the needles since June or July.  I am working on panel #10 now and then I'll have to figure out how to sew the panels together and how to add the borders as described in the pattern booklet.  The new skill in this panel was "elongated stitches".  I enjoyed this panel; I was able to memorize the pattern repeat.  I find that kind of knitting more relaxing some times.

If you'd like to see the other posts about my Building in Color afghan project, you can see them HERE.  The yarn I am using is Cascade "Pacific" (worsted weight); it's an acrylic/wool blend.

Friday, November 3, 2017

More Mittens

More Mittens

This is pair #2 of mittens I've made in the past few weeks. I purchased four balls of wool yarn called "Gina" by Plymouth Yarns. I intended to make a scarf but decided the pattern was not enjoyable for me.  Instead, I made two pairs of mittens.  The pattern I used is by Susan B. Anderson and it is called "Waiting for Winter".  The pattern link is HERE.  I do enjoy these sense of accomplishment I am feeling from making up some quick projects like mittens. I also recently made a hat for myself.  I'll share some information about that soon. I wore my new hat on a walk this morning and it kept my ears nice and warm.  Also, I kind of like the way the hat looked on me. Sometimes hats sit funny on my head since I wear glasses.  I like my new hat.