Thursday, November 26, 2015

Socks Two at a Time From the Toe Up

Two at a Time Socks from the Toe Up 

(I actually wrote this last week but I never posted it). 

I took a class on Saturday to learn sock knitting, two at a time, from the toe up.  We primarily focused on learning Judy's Magic Cast On, which is tricky to learn. 

As you can see, I got a little fancy with some cables on the top of the foot of the socks.  These are mock cables that I learned in my Building Blocks afghan project. 

The dogs are snoozing on my lap as I knit. We went for a great hike at sunrise so now they are recharging their batteries.  Below you can see one of my photos from this morning. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Adele's Jacket

Sandy did not like her jacket. But no worries. A friend of mine just rescued Adele, a Doberman Pincher mix.  Looks like the jacket fits Adele at least for a little while. She's still a puppy. I'll have to make another that is bigger and adjustable. 

Ribbons of Hope Hat Pattern

I just received the most heart warming note from a fellow knitter on Ravelry.  She wrote to me about my hat pattern called "Ribbons of Hope".  Tara wrote:  

My name is Tara and I wanted to write to tell yo that your pattern for this hat has been such a joy to work with. It was very easy to follow and I had a lot of fun coming up with different colours and patterns with it. I cannot seem to be able to attach my photos here. I have knitted a dozen of them in a holiday theme for our children’s hospital here in Ottawa, Canada and I’m very excited to deliver them shortly. Thank you so much for posting this pattern, I have a feeling that I will be using this quite often."


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Top This Elephant Lovey

Meet Jared

I made a little lovey for a friend. My friend Jennifer and her husband Jared had a little boy a few months back.  The lovey is basically a knit square and the elephant is fastened to the center of the square.  I used a DMC brand "Top This" hat kit but made the lovey instead of a hat.  For the knit square, I basically knit a dish cloth where you start at one corner, complete increases so the square grows wider, and then I started the decreases when I had used half of the yarn.

From the looks of it little Jared sure likes his lovey.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Building Blocks Project: Halfway There

I am halfway done with my Building Blocks Afghan. The afghan I am making now is a shop sample (for my local yarn shop) and I wanted to have more of this done to show folks at the shop what the completed project looks like. That way I could get folks interested in signing up for the class.  I decided to stitch together my first six blocks. The instructions for vertical and horizontal seams were great. Sewing the blocks together was a breeze!  

I have another block done (Block #6... I got out of order.... I finished #7 before #6). I need to block it so I can take some more photos. I am currently working on Block #8, but I keep getting distracted by other projects. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Top This Unicorn Hat

Awhile back, I bought a number of DMC brand "Top This" hat kits. Zach liked the unicorn so I made it for him and sent it in his college care package a week or so ago. 

Anytime Sandy sees the Top This stuffed animals, she thinks it's a dog toy for her. She always wants to bite them. 

I texted Zach at school and asked if the hat fit. He said it did and I requested a selfie.  This is what I got. 

Baby boy will be home for Turkey Day very soon. 

Building Blocks: Block #7

Whoops. I knit Block #7 before Block #6. 

The photos of this block are not so great. Sorry about that.  This block uses a Mock Cable design.  No cable needle is needed to make this cool looking pattern.  The pattern is created by a four row repeat and the twisted stitch is created by a 'slip 1, knit 2, pass the slipped stitch over the two knit stitches (psso=pass the slipped stitch over)'. Since you lose a stitch in the process of the psso, on the next row you add a yarn over to get back on track with the correct number of stitches. The yarn over also creates an eyelet hole which is a great looking design element.

I like the Mock Cable pattern so much that I decided to incorporate the Mock Cable design in a pair of socks I started knitting yesterday.  More about that another day.

I LOVED knitting this block and I love how it turned out. This is going to be a very fun class to teach.