Saturday, April 29, 2017

Norah's Vintage Afghan: Block #10

Norah's Vintage Afghan:  Block #10

Lately I have actually been working on one project at a time.  This is a bit out of the ordinary for me. I tend to work on lots of different projects, a little work here and there on each project.  Since I am focusing on just one project at a time, I am enjoying the sense that I am actually finishing things.  This week, I have been working on Norah's Vintage Afghan Block #10.  This has been a very enjoyable knit.  I am using Berroco Vintage Worsted Weight yarn for this project and the color used in this square is "Cracked Pepper".  I'll have this done very soon and I'll be sure to share some more photos when it's all complete.

My labradoodles, Sandy and Brutus, are my constant companions. They love it when I sit and knit.  I looked up from my knitting the other day and this is what I found...

"Well, hello there BruBru!  Whatcha need, sweet boy?"

I never did figure out what he wanted or needed.  Maybe he was just checking on me.  He decided to hop up and join me on the couch.  And, just to ensure I did not leave, he plopped his sweet head over my legs to hold me down.  Sweet boy!


Friday, April 28, 2017

Market Flowers Hitchhiker (Hitchhiker #2)


This is the second time I've made a Hitchhiker.  This is a great pattern by Martina Behm.  For this Hitchhiker, I used yarn I purchased at a yarn shop near Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.  The yarn is hand dyed and the color inspiration was the beautiful fresh flowers you find at the market. 

My friend, Marilyn, also bought a ball of this yarn. She did not use all of her yarn in her project so she gave the remained of her yarn.  What we found interesting is that her ball of yarn was brighter and the dominate color was yellow.  My yarn was a bit more muted and I would say the dominate color is purple.  You can see the color variation in the photos. I started the Hitchhiker with Marilyn's yarn and, when that ran out, I added my ball of yarn. This definitely makes my Hitchhiker one of a kind.

Many of Martina Behm's patterns call for 150 gram skeins of sock weight yarn.  Specifically, she uses a German yarn called Wollmeise.  It was nice to add Marilyn's yarn to my project so my Hitchhiker is a generous size. I sure love wearing this garment!  It's surprising how much warmth just a little wrap adds when you wear it about your neck and shoulder.

On Ravelry, there are nearly 27,000 Hitchhiker projects.  It is not a free pattern, but it's a very popular pattern.  It's also very fun to knit.  Here are a few more photos for you to see.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Nubby Cowl

Believe it or not... I've had this project done for an entire year and realized I never posted it.  I bought this yarn at the Interweave Yarnfest in Loveland, Colorado, in April 2016. I knit this up project up right away. 

Here is a little more information about this project... long overdue!


Lovely wool, eh?  

A special treat from Yarn Fest. I could not resist diving into my new yarn. This yarn is from Greenwood Fiberworks; the lady in this booth was terrific. I noticed Greenwood Fiberworks is from Utah. The yarn is called Wooly Mammoth and the colorway is "Earthen Hues". 

I saw the photo below on Facebook; the photo reminds me of some of the terrain I've seen in Utah and it reminds me of the colors in the yarn. Just beautiful!

Belinda and I both purchased this yarn; we received a pattern called "Möbius Cowl"
along with the yarn. It's a very simple pattern. 

Cast on 77 stitches on US Size 15 needles. You know how patterns say "join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches"?  Well, to make the möbius flip, you twist the stitches one full twist on purpose and then knit in seed stitch until you almost run out of yarn. You don't need to mark the end/beginning of the round since there is no beginning and no end.  When you are nearly out of yarn, bind off. Easy Peasy. 

Here is a link on Etsy where you can see more Greenwood Fiberworks yarn:

Here are a few photos of the completed cowl.  I love this project and it was definitely quick and easy!

I have a number of other projects I've finished recently and will be posting about them all very soon!

Happy Knitting!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Building in Color: Panel #3 Complete

Building in Color: Panel #3
Short Rows

I have completed Panel #3 of my Building in Color afghan project.  The new skill in this panel is "short rows".  In this panel, we were also given guidance as to how to carry two colors of yarn up the side of your work in a tidy way so that you don't have long strands of yarn along the edge.

The designer of the "Building in Color" afghan is Michelle Hunter.  Her video tutorials are really great. If you are ever struggling with a knitting technique, you might want go to Michelle's blog to see if you might find a video that will give you some guidance.  Here is a link to her video tutorials:

Video Tips:

I have a number of other completed projects to share. I just need to take some nice photos to share.

Happy Knitting!

Friday, March 10, 2017


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



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


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. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Building in Color: Panel #1

Building in Color: Panel #1

My Building in Color Afghan class began a few weeks ago but I've not had the chance to post about it.  This class is meeting at my local yarn shop, The Yarn Shop at Words of Life, the last Friday of each month.  Each month, we are making one of the afghan's eight panels.

This is panel #1 and the technique is Intarsia. This is a new skill for me so I had to learn the Intarsia technique in order to teach it.  It's a skill that I've wanted to learn but I was a bit intimidated. Turns out, it's not too difficult... thankfully.

If you'd like to see more about the Building in Color project, you can see more on Ravelry by clicking HERE.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bunny #2

I made another Bonbon Bunny. I sure love this pattern. I will be teaching a class on this project at my local yarn shop on February 18th, so I made up another bunny to have on display at the shop to show what the bunny looks like knit up in a solid colored yarn. This yarn is Berroco Comfort Solid Worsted Weight yarn in white.  Instead of knitting a tail, I made a little pom pom using some gorgeous left over sock yarn (Kraemer Yarns Sterling Silk and Silver).  There is a little silver bling in this variegated sock yarn.  I made a little I-cord scarf for bunny and also attached a mini pom pom to the scarf. 

If you would like to  make this project, I just have one two words of caution regarding this project.

First, the pattern reflects you only need 100 to 110 yards of yarn, but you will need closer to 150 yards (my friend and I split a ball of yarn and we ran out!)

Second, be forewarned... once you make one bunny, you will want to make another!

Pattern link: