Friday, March 10, 2017

Hitchhiker


Hitchhiker (With a dog back drop... yep, knitting with a dog on my lap again...)

I already have too many projects in the works but I was compelled to cast on a few new projects recently.  This is a Hitchhiker shawl/scarf.  I have made this project before and like it because it's a very wearable garment.

The Hitchhiker pattern link can be found HERE.

The yarn I am using is a "Baah" brand yarn called "La Jolla" and I am using the "Market Flowers" colorway.  This is yarn I purchased at "So Much Yarn" in Seattle, Washington.  The colors in the yarn were inspired by the colorful flowers you find in Seattle's Pike Place Market.

Here are some flower photos from the Pike Place Market.  I was there in June 2016, after taking a cruise to Alaska.








Thursday, March 9, 2017

Trillian


Trillian

I noticed Ann, the owner of The Yarn Shop at Words of Life, was working on a great looking shawl last time I was at the shop.  The pattern is called "Trillian" and I just loved the way it looked.  I thought about the yarn Ann was using; it's a very subtle variegated yarn in shades of green. It got me  looking at the yarn in my stash and I thought this pretty yarn with shades of red and orange would also make a nice Trillian.

Trillian pattern link can be found HERE.

The yarn I am using is Liberty Fibers Fingering Weight Merino Superwash in the "Chinese Lacquer" colorway. My friend, Belinda, gifted me this yarn after she took a trip to New York.

This pattern calls for larger needles than I am using. I am using 2.75 mm needles (40 inch circular needle). 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bonbon Bunny #3


This is Bonbon Bunny #3




You can see #1 HERE
You can see #2 HERE


Bunny #3 was knit using a DK weight yarn called "Smarty DK" by King Cole.  The color was is called "Mishmosh".  I used some lavender Cascade 220 Superwash yarn for a pom pom bunny tail.

My local yarn shop, The Yarn Shop at Words of Life, has recently started carrying a big assortment of King Cole yarns and it's quite nice.  I taught a class using the "Bonbon Bunny" pattern at my local yarn shop back on February 18th and it was fun.


Sandy was a BIG helper while I was knitting this bunny. She's holding my yarn for me. 

So helpful... not!!!




Building in Color: Panel #2 Complete


Building in Color: Panel #2

This is Panel #2 for my Building in Color afghan. I wrote more about the technique used in this panel in a recent post, which you can see HERE.  This was a fun and interesting technique.  I like how this panel looks a lot like plaid.  I am busily knitting away on Panel #3 and looking forward to sharing more about that very soon.  I recently completed another Bonbon Bunny; I'll post about that project once I take some good photos.

 




Friday, February 24, 2017

Building in Color: Panel #2 in Progress


Building in Color: Panel #2

Today I had my Building in Color Afghan Class at my local knit shop. I think the ladies in the class are enjoying this new technique as much as me. This is super fun!

This panel uses at technique called "double ended knitting".  You have to use a circular needle for this panel.  To start the panel, you cast on 28 stitches with Color A and then, instead of turning your working and knitting or purling on the other side, you slide your stitches from one end of the circular needle to the opposite side, join Color C, and knit across again.  Upon completion of some rows you do turn your work but other rows you slide all your stitches to the other needle.  The raised vertical line that runs up and down the panel are created from slipped stitches.  I keep saying it looks as if I am knitting plaid and I love that.

Below you can see Sandy and Brutus. Sandy is inspecting my work; Brutus was just interested in laying on top of my feet so I would not get off the couch.



These Building in Color panels all roll terribly since they are primarily stockinette stitch; even after blocking they roll up on themselves. But it will all be sorted out when the panels are stitched together in then end.  This is a really fun project and I am learning so much from this great pattern.  I sure love designs by Michelle Hunter (AKA: KnitPurlHunter).  It's hard to put panel #2 down. I am sure I'll have it done in no time. I've also started work on Panel #3 and I love it, too!  Color work is load so fun.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Building in Color: Panel #1 Completed



Building in Color: Panel #1

This is panel #1 from my Building in Color afghan project. The new-to-me-skill in this panel was Intarsia and it was not as difficult as I had imagined.  The trick is to lock or wrap your yarns together in a specific way when you switch from one color to another so that there is no hole or gap.  The pattern designer is Michelle Hunter and she as some excellent Intarsia videos on her website if you'd like to try out the Intarsia technique.

Here is a video about the Intarsia technique (click HERE to see the video).

When you make a panel such as mine, you have to use three balls of yarn (two taupe and one blue).  It gets cumbersome if the yarns get all twisted up.  Michelle posted another video to help you manage your yarn; it's a very cool trick really.  Click HERE to see the video about how to manage your yarn when knitting Intarsia. 

Below, you can see a photo of my completed panel. It's on the blocking mats on my craft table. 


Here's a photo of the backside of the panel. 


Below you can see a few photos of the panel in progress; yes, there is ALWAYS a dog or two on my lap!





Sunday, February 19, 2017

Socks


Ribbed Striped Socks with an Afterthought Heel (Yes, that is a dog lying on my lap underneath the Sock!)

I've been spending time knitting socks lately.  For this sock, I am using two patterns from Susan B. Anderson and they are "Ribbed Socks for Bigger Feet" and "Smooth Operator Socks."  The Smooth Operator Sock pattern calls for an "afterthought heel".  In the photo below, you can see some bright yellow yarn knit into the sock.  I removed the yellow yarn and knit a heel in that spot with some dark blue solid colored yarn.  I like how the socks are looking but I am disappointed that I did not cast on a few more stitches.  I cast on only 60 stitches but 64 stitches would have been a bit better fitting sock for me using this yarn.

The yarn I am using for these socks is Patons Kroy Sock yarn in the Striped Blue Ragg colorway.

Here are the links to the patterns I am using.

Ribbed Socks for Bigger feet:  Click HERE.

Smooth Operator Socks:  Click HERE.