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 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!