Friday, June 30, 2006
Hand towel in crochet thread
I think the cramped fingers caused me to loosen the tension as I worked on the last 40% or so of the towel, because the gauge got noticeably (to me) looser towards the end. So the towel ended up being a sort of trapezoidal shape rather than the desired rectangular shape. But I dampened and blocked it (more like forced it into a rectangle) - so far, so good. I can definitely say that the towel is, indeed, absorbant (a rather important quality in a towel).
I hope the towel doesn't become horribly misshapen with use, but for the moment, it looks pretty good hanging on the towel rack in the guest bathroom, and my mom is thrilled with the finished product (in fact, she's experiencing some of that "precious knits" syndrome and refuses to do more than touch it gingerly with her fingertips).
I may go ahead and attempt the chevron hand towel in the cotton crochet thread, possibly in a navy blue and gold color scheme (gift-appropriate for the parents of an Annapolis grad). Any suggestions, comments, etc with regard to the pattern?
I made this one using the Big Dotty pattern. It is small so it fits my hand easily.
Finally a Post!
I signed up awhile ago but with all the stuff i was making i just didn't have the time to make anything from the MDK book. BUT FINALLY here is something...a washcloth(with 2 boo-boos-Can you see them?) :) but i love how it turned out. I made it with the Peaches and Creme yarn. I really want to try a log cabin next but don't have much yarn that is similar enough to do it and trying to save some cash right now. But i love seeing what everyone else has been up to. You are all super inspirational!
OK, y'all, seven squares done, number eight in progress. If I don't lose my bloomin' mind, I should be ready to start joining my blankie together by the end of next week.
Which brings me to my question for you: which square arrangement should I use? Photo #1 shows the squares all facing the same direction with the dark corner left and down and the light corner right and up. Very uniform, but maybe a little dull?
Photo #2 shows the squares so that 4 dark or light corners are placed together to form diamonds within the larger square. (Can you see the diamonds? Squint a little.) This configuration looks more exciting to me, but it seems to be impossible to avoid having same color strips touching. Should I let that bother me?
It should now be obvious that A) I am spending WAY too much time shuffling blanket squares when I ought to be knitting more, and B) my neighbors are getting a little concerned about why I keep taking pictures of my driveway! ;)
need help on mitered square
Other than that, it looks great. I am very proud of myself. I'll post a picture later.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
My first warshcloth!
i am in the middle of a relatively large project (a prayer shawl) and needed a break. this was a great diversion from the prayer shawl monotony.
i am in love with the patterns in this book. they have inspired me to purchase WAY too much cotton during the Hobby Lobby 0.99 sale! i think the color combinations are endless and gorgeous!
thank you all for sharing your projects! they are so inspiring. i am coveting the log cabins and trying to plan one of my own! we'll see...i will keep you all posted.
It just keeps growing. Love this pattern! Anyway, I was wondering what ya'lls needle preferences were with some of these patterns. I started with pointy bamboo and switched to Addi's recently. I usually hate them but they're working for me with the garter stitch. Thanks! Nicole
(Everyone's projects are looking so great! I wish I had the time to make one of everything I see on this KAL!)
Palate Cleanser Project
Next on the needles: a short-sleeved baby kimono!!
and yet another...
Pamela, Are you out there????
You had a post awhile back about finding your Grandmother's washcloth. I was telling you about how my Great Grandmother used to make knitted slippers for my sister and I. You said that you had a pattern for them if I wanted it. I would love to have it if you have the time to send it. I lost the thread to the posts because I was away and thought this might be the best way to get in touch with you. When I told my sister about it, she got all teary and asked me for a set for her and her kids. I think I would be great to pass the tradition on. It would also be neat to use this group to pass on some other nostalgic knitting patterns so they aren't lost.
Thanks everyone for bearing with me as I make this a public post.
P.S. Today I sent the white baby kimono, booties, and hat (along with a six pack of good old Pennsylvania Dutch Whoopie Pies) to my cousin!!! You should have seen the looks on the UPS Store personnels' faces when I showed them the contents of the package!!
13 yodd's first warshrag
cursed bag finished
Hello all, I have finally finished that darn beach bag. Needless to say, since I had to buy additional yarn, I took a few liberties...added the button and a loop to close the bag, and inside, a handy-dandy cell phone pocket.
Let the mitering begin....just hope I can figure it out.
Bibs given away
Gave away my very first baby bibs today to my friend that also cuts my hair. Everyone at the salon was coming over to check out the bibs and loved them. My friend was so happy she teared up and told "they are to pretty to use. I'm going to have to hang them on the wall in the nursery" and hugged me four times. I must have heard "you made these?!" about 12 times. What fun it was to give them away.
The other photo is of my two day old Absorba project. Can hardly believe just how fast this bath mat knits up. Using 4 balls of Sugar N Creme in the worsted weight. Just couldn't wait to order the double worsted!
I have the Mason-Dixon bug!!!!
I've been knitting me some Ballband's. They are small, portable and easy to do on the subway. In fact, I only do them on the subway, so about an hour a day:
I have on the needles a log cabin blanket. I am using all different shades of blue from Brown Sheep in the cotton fleece line. It is so soft and cuddly.
I'm also making the log cabin bath mat, but it has occurred to me that I did not purchase double worsted Peaches & Cream. I will instead use this one for in front of my kitchen sink and purchase the double worsted at another time.
I'll post once completed
I wish I could knit faster!!!
I love seeing what everyone has been knitting and it's been very inspiring. Once all of this is completed, I'm going to make my way into the world of miters.
Happy knitting everyone and keep smiling :-)
Any advice to make the bobbles look similar to the photos? I love how they look like almost like an loop around the edge. Mine come out looking quite nasty. Big loops of yarn flying out from all directions. I just trashed my second attempt at this washcloth, and really want to make one well!
So, what's the secret?
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Log Cabin question
First time Blogger
This is my first post. My first project from the book was the baby kimono. I used Sugar and Cream and made matching polymer clay buttons instead of the ribbon.
I have also made a few dishclothes and I'm sure I will be making more.
Before the book came out, I discovered the mitered squares on the Mason-Dixon blog and knew I had to make some. But before I picked up my knitting needles, I started making the little squares in polymer clay and couldn't stop. I have had so much fun with these little squares. I have also been knitting them every chance I get which usually is either at the pool or car knitting.
My finished mitered squares so far. I am knitting the small version (cast on 48). And some of the polymer clay mitered square beads which have become stitch markers and earrings.
I also made some ATC's (Artist Trading Cards - 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches) for a polymer clay swap. And a bangle and earrings for myself.
I started an Absorba bathmat today and love how quickly it is knitting up. It is for a birthday gift next week and then I will start one for myself.
My first post
I started a washcloth but yeah... not so thrilled with those. They're nice, but I haven't caught the fever that so many of you have. :o) I have however fallen in love with the Moderne Baby Blanket and started mine on World Wide Knit In Public Day at my local Starbucks. (I'm in Michigan, btw... any other Michiganders?)
I'm currently on Block #4, but haven't taken another picture yet. :o) I'm using Lion Brand MicroSpun because it's super soft, washable, not too expensive, and I love the bright colors. I'm also using Size 6 needles because for some reason I don't own size 7 needles. :op
I've got until October to finish this badboy for the debut of my newest nephew, but hopefully now that the semester is over for the summer I'll have much more time to knit. :o)
Still Life on White Laminate
I am so inspired by everyone's work! This KAL is great!
Swap Follow Up
Bibby with a twist
Mason Dixon KAL
Mason Dixon KAL
Also two dish cloths. The sides really are straight but they don't look it in the picture because these things are hanging down the side of my sofa!
Next up is a blanket. Haven't decided which one but have yarn for a couple of them. --Sally
P.S. Spell check wanted to change Artyarn to Earthworm. Doncha love it!
Here are a few more dishcloths to add to the ever-growing number made! For the complete story, go here.
How do I add pictures?
Ready to start----again
Hi all. I am new to this group. The first thing I have to say is what a great book. It has so many good patterns!! From very simple to more advanced, it is for everyone!
Here is the linen I purchased for the Moss Grid hand towels. I began them last week but had to frog....I usually am 'right on' gauge-wise but the 5's seemed too loose for may taste, maybe it is just a linen-thing. Did anyone else find it looked better with a 4? I have never worked with linen before...does the stitch definition tighten up when washed? Would love to know before I start off with the 4's.
I am very inspired with all the photos in this KAL and cannot wait to add some finished photos of my own!
My brain is about to explode!
I haven't knitted a lot of items that require knowing the right side from the wrong side but here I am, struggling through the beginnings of my log cabin. I had no problems ripping out the center square FIVE times to get it just the size I wanted but now I'm going crazy. Here are my issues and I'm praying someone can help me understand!
1) I was under the impression that an easy way tell the right side is by seeing where the cast-on tail is. Bottom left of the work, correct?
2) The pattern in the book says to always cast off on the right side of the work. I see that and think "Right side (ie: tail on bottom left of square) facing me as I cast off." This now leaves the the cast on AND cast off tail on the same side.
3) Assuming all of the above is correct, I now take the right hand needle, with the right side facing me, and pick up one stitch from each garter ridge (the last stitch of the cast off is the first stitch on the needle).
4) To knit this, I then turn the knitting around so the WS is facing me. If I do this, though, the new color's tail is on the righthand side (if RS facing) which, according to the above 'rule' is incorrect. Or does it not matter since the new color is not really cast on?
5) Let's just assume all of the above is correct. What I have now, with the new color row knitted, are stitches on the RS connecting the 1st & 2nd colors that are all stretched. I tried picking up on the other side of the ridge but that just created a weird bump on the RS. I'm just picking up the easiest stitch on each ridge which is on the WS of the ridge. But to pick up sts on the RS, I have to pick up a full st in from the edge. ARRGH!
I'm thinking this last step is my real problem. I don't mind the "quilted" look of the WS but would really prefer a nice tight connection on the RS. Suggestions? Advice? Straightjacket? Thanks!
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Hello from a newbie!
Yarn forward, Yarn back...what the heck?!
I just finished my first felted box from some yarn I had in my stash. I wanted my box to be longer and more like a rectangle so I changed the dimensions a bit. Next time, I'll think I'll shorten it up and make it more square to add stability. I'm going to be doing two absorbas I think. Meantime, I have many more washrags in the works!
Veni, Vedi, Vici!!!
I finally finished my Moderne Baby Blanket!!! WOOOOO HOOOOOOOO! It ended up being about 38" x 46," which is larger than the original pattern (even with my modifications). Block 9 was supposed to be 54 garter ridges, and I stopped at 26 garter ridges. The rest was knit according to the pattern. I hesitated about making the border white (grimy little fingers grasping onto edges and all), but in the end I'm glad that I went with the white. I really like the contrast against the darker colors. It looks framed and, well, finished. I'm so thrilled to be done with this project! I have enough yarn left (I think!) to do a smaller blanket in the same colors, and I'm thinking of trying the log cabin. Do ya'll think I can do a log cabin out of just four colors? Hmmm...
Anyway, here's a picture of my finished product!
P.S. In case anyone is wondering why I chose these apparently random colors, I'll re-post that I'm want to have a nursery (one day!) decorated in black and white toile with accents of other black and white patterns and apple green. Here's a previously posted picture of my blanket with fabric swatches to better illustrate my intent.
Idea: Mason-Dixon Sampler Afghan
I'm tentatively planning an afghan consisting of 9 squares, probably about 12" each, alternating between all four methods. What do you think? I have a whole bunch of dk-weight wool-blend yarn in 12 colors that I got in Russia for a different project, now abandoned.
I'm afraid it may end up looking random, but - hey, I'll have fun doing it, and I have no other plans for this yarn anyway....
Is anyone else thinking along similar lines? Anyone tried combining the different kinds of log cabin in separate afghan squares?
Baby Genius burp clothes. The consensus at the shower was to NOT let them spit up on these! Too funny.
His and hers bibs. Oops! The pink one is on the wrong side in the picture
2 sleeveless baby kimonos. We live in Florida, where it's likely to be darn hot for awhile after these 2 are born.
A log cabin washrag. Not for the twins. My neice claimed it!
Love seeing all your projects from the book!
Okay, I'm officially addicted...
I love these washcloths, and now I just need to move on to something else before my DH has me committed. I think one of the circular clothes will throw him off the scent....