Monday, July 31, 2006
Baby Kimono just in time
The cool thing is that I sewed the ribbons on Thursday, and then on Friday morning I got an email announcing that the baby was born on Thursday around the same time. Thanks for waiting, baby!
Greetings from the Great Plains
This is my first post but I have loved seeing all the other projects. Many of the world's sinks have been spruced up with all the ballbands people have been knitting. I am on my third and I will now try to post a pick of number 2. Number one went to Boston as a housewarming gift before I thought to take a photo of it. I have also started the potholder loop rug and Moderne blanket.
Fastest BallBander??? And Mostest?
Oh, and who's knit the MOST BallBands? I've only knit about 10. I know someone out there must have knit about, like, 100. Speak up!
Dizzy Rug Question
Sunday, July 30, 2006
I decided I couldn't handle the wonkiness of my mitered stockinette squares so I am in the process of redoing all of them (and more!) garter stitched. I am using a size 7 needle, casting on 52 stitches, and k2tog-ging twice on the even-numbered rows. The result: square squares.
Please check out the site Mason Dixon SwapCloth if you are interested in joining the swap!
another ballband warshrag
Another ballband warshrag. Same colors as my ballband kimono posted earlier this month. But the colors are used in differently here.
The red was the background in the kimono, the orange is the background here. The yarns are Sugar and Cream red, hot pink, and pumpkin.
No-Sew Mitered Squares
(Am preposterously excited.)
Explanation/Instructions are a bit long-winded and photo-dense, so I won't duplicate them here (bandwidth!), as they are already here (part 1) and here (part 2).
Setting PnC colors???
Wedding linen hand towels
Here they are with their fancy tags sewn on. That's the backside though. Here's the front side:
They came out really well and are highly absorbent based upon the fact that they took forever to dry once I washed them. But Mom was awesome and waited till they were dry then dropped them off at the reception for me! She even wrapped them individually and then put them in the gift bag I had prepared. Mom's great!
I really loved knitting these. The first one took the longest because each one i knit after that first one got the pattern a little more in my head. After the second one, I wasn't even looking at the pattern as I knit it.
I'm also really glad that I knit each one a different color. I found that my mood changed depending on which one I was knititng. The blue one felt like it was the longest. It actually made me feel somewhat sad. I was inspired by the tan one and the green one really made me happy. I don't think I spent enough time on the red one to really get a whole mood going, but it made me think alot about how I was almost done and how the three of them as a gift were going to be great.
Surprisingly, I didn't have a hard time knitting with the linen. I rather liked the texture, and that it got softer as I kept knitting with it because the yarn was in my bag all the time and rubbing against anything it could rub against to get softer. Also, the project I worked on right after this project was made with Misti Cotton - a pima cotton and silk blend that felt all the more softer after knitting with corse linen.
All in all, I give the pattern two thumbs up!
HELP! Mitred square too long
More Adventures in Felting...
And also, if I wanted a sturdier / thicker buttonhole bag, how would I do that? Three strands? I think my wallet and phone is too heavy for the one I just made.
The Mason Dixon Giftset!
Photo Upload Advice...
I upload all my photos for here and my personal blog at photobucket, and it has many advantages. It seems to me to upload photos much faster, and eats up very little bandwidth vs. uploading directly to blogger.
For those of you who are like me, and need the computer language play by play:You must create a free photobucket account, upload your chosen photos, then cut and paste the img src code underneath the thumbnail for the uploaded photo where you want the photo in your post.
If you then click over to compose from the edit html screen, you may have to resize your photo. I just use the click and drag method by clicking on one corner and downsizing the photo to the correct size. It's really fast and easy.
I just wanted to thank Christina for hosting, and all the headaches she must have; I hope this helps.
I know there are other sites out there that offer similar services, such as flickr. I don't have firsthand experience w/ them, but I'm sure folks around here have plenty of advice!
If most folks upload w/ another service and use html codes to post the pics, I'm sure we won't have the problem of seeing little x's on photos we all would love to see, but can't because of bandwidth issues.
Happy MD knitting to all!
Saturday, July 29, 2006
This is my first post here at the KAL. I've made two dish/washcloths. I really liked the two color one, and I love the mitered ones people have been doing. My circular one turned out ok, but I think I prefer the more mindless knitting for these, since I have enough other projects where I need to follow patterns. Anyway, here's the pic of my projects!
I think I skipped the last knit round on the purple one, which made it come out a little wonky. All in all, it looks better than I expected it would when I started out. For those wanting to see the yarn I picked up at the Michaels sale, head on over to my blog. =)
So, I finally started a bathmat based on the Ballband Warshrag pattern. On size 15 needles I cast on 51 stitches using 6 strands of white Peaches-n-Cream; the other rows are done in 4 strands of PnC yellow ombre plus 2 strands of Sugar-n-Cream yellow. At first I was a bit concerned about how it would turn out, but it's so soft and squooshy already I just can't wait to finish it so I can sink my toes in. The red/orange/burgundy warshrag is there for perspective, done following the pattern exactly on size 6's. Must...knit...ballbands.........
Today Is Brought To You by the Letter "F"!
For the heck of it, here's a pic of a couple Noro Log Cabin squares for the blanket I'm working on. I tried to post these a while ago, and Blogger just wouldn't have it. Now I've got four done, and several more skeins in the stash. These are about 9 in. sq.
Also working on a Moderne blanket in Silky Wool, but there's not enough of it to post. AND I'm making one of those cool circle-of-fun rugs out of SNC. It's progressing quickly, but I'm gonna make myself finish the Fetching Hand warmers from Knitty tomorrow. We're moving to Indy in just a couple weeks, and then I have to return to school after a long year off...while I'm glad to be going back, between moving - which I am still avoiding packing for - and classes and work, I can just feel my knitting time running out!
Noro Square Afghan
Left to right, Stockingette stitch with garter border, straight garter stitch and the bottom one is a mitred square! I didn't bother to change yarn colours since the Noro is self-striping, and I must say it is a striking square. It helps that I like bright colours, I think..... I got the garter stitch square and the mitred one out of one skein of yarn. I had exactly enough yarn. the tail on the mitred square is the left-over yarn! Talk about stash-busting...
Now on to haunting my LYS discount bin.......
My blog , if y'all are interested.
Ballband Color Help
I'm having a hard time deciding what color to match with this SnC Natural Ombre for a ballband washcloth. Any suggestions? I just hit the Michael's $1 sale, so I have lots of options!
Friday, July 28, 2006
New chair cushoins at MD site
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1. We love to see your progress, but we don't need to see 3 different pictures documenting various stages of knitting project.
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3. No more pictures of piles of yarn that you will eventually knit up.
These are all fun pictures - trust me, I like looking at them just as much as you do....but we all must do our parts to conserve bandwidth.
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more swap info
One bib pic deserves another
I'm going to copy Farrah & post my bibs. The yellow & blue are for our friends who just found out they're having a boy in October. Hopefully the purple & pink will be for my girlfriend due in Dec (she finds out next month---think pink!)
The yellow bib was done with Lion Cotton, the blue w/ fantasy naturale & the purple & pink were done with sugar & cream.
Help with Kimono
I started to knit up the baby kimono and began casting on for the sleeves and I got so frustrated I frogged them and turned it into a bib. I'm a relatively new knitter, so maybe I'm doing something wrong. I know how to do the stitch, but they are so wonky and loose that it just looks awful! Do I have to use the backward loop method or is there another stitch that is more stable that I can use? If I have to use that method, what can I do to make it look better?
Thanks in advance for your help! I'll post pics of my items soon.
Sugar N Cream online??
Thursday, July 27, 2006
First Bib's Done!
These are the bibs I did for my brand new nephew and godson Jack. I used Sugar n' Cream and star buttons that I got at Michaels. I really liked how they came out and I am going to make more just to have on hand for last minute baby gifts. I am excited to start experimenting with different colors to see how they come out.
My First Ballband Warshcloth
My first MD Ballband warshcloth didn't take very long. I started it about 3 PM and was finished up right after dinner (around 8). I made mine a little smaller (33 stitches instead of 45). I like smaller cloths. They are easier to wring out.
I cast on for the "opposite" colorway. I'm one repeat in and I'm not sure I like it. It may be frogged back by tomorrow.
Hope everyone has a great weekend ...happy knitting.
Nine patch bathmath, halfway done – and a kimono question
After I made my first ninepatch dishcloth, I couldn’t get the idea of a ninepatch quilt out of my head. Or, as it turns out, a ninepatch rug/mat for a blue and white bathroom. More photos and the process so far on my blog.
Also – has anyone used Cherry Tree Hill North Country Cotton for the kimono yet? I found a hank of Wild Cherry in a sale basket this week – gorgeous colors! – any advice? Thanks, Kelly.
Finished the first and now on to number 2! I took someone's advice and switched the colors for warshrag #2. I can now be found in the park on my lunch break knitting warshrags while the mommies looking on in amazement. I better hide them before my mother-in-law comes to visit Saturday!
News Flash for Metro Atlanta
"For all you Mason Dixon Knitters out there...We've received a huge shipment of Peaches & Cream in both 1 lb cones and 71gram balls From Elmore-Pisgah,one of the last surviving cotton mills in the US.Peaches & Cream comes in a wide range of colors! Welove this cotton for its versatility and we love MasonDixon for it's quirkiness. We'll be starting our MasonDixon Knit Along each Friday night in August so besure to stock up on Peaches & Cream now!"
Must Wash a Lot of Dishes in That House...
Yes, another washcloth. And, yes, there's already another one on the needles. They're the perfect break from all of the stockinette I have going on elsewhere, and they certainly are a quick fix. I made a few very tiny changes in this one -- only cast on 33 stitches, and only 11 "waffle lines" long. My hands are really small, and this seems to make the perfect size. Also, I soaked this one in vinegar and water to see if it'll hold its color a little better. If not, that's OK. I'll love it anyway.
My son, the bib model
Just one humble baby bib to add to all the lovely MD projects...
Blogged about briefly here.
And pictures on Flickr.
Mason Dixon KAL--korea help
it was a lot of fun to knit too...
I just got my copy of Mason Dixon Knitting and
was enjoying reading my awesome new book when I got a phone call reminding me of a baby party. I remembered to get a gift but forgot to make something knitted?
This book sure was perfect timing. It has lots of fun, practical and quick baby things to knit.
This little cotton tots bib took no time at all and was fun to knit up.
Now I am off to make some wash cloths!
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
What to do next?
BTW, many thanks to whoever it was who mentioned the $1 sale on SnC at Michael's. I stopped by there today and the sale sign was nearly hidden -- I would have missed it for sure if I hadn't been looking for it. You can see how carried away I got; I think I brought home nearly every color they had! Looks like I'll be making LOTS of Christmas presents! :)
MDK Moderne In Progress
I absolutely love all the posted dishcloths but I decided to start with the Moderne Log Cabin blanket in colors to match a spare bedroom. I graphed out my own changes to the pattern to accomodate Sugar'n Cream gauge that is different from the suggested Silky Wool but will still finish with a 60" x 50" blanket. On a #7 circular needle, I CO the first square for 55 sts knitting for a 12" square. After this first square I won't have to count rows, just pick up the BO and row edge sts (according to the directions) and garter stitch the pieces as directed to the following measurements: #2-8", #3-10", #4-10", #5-8", #6-8", #7-12", #8-12", #9-18". You can come up with your own measurements, but it sure beats keeping track of row counts and I like the drape of the blanket in this inexpensive cotton yarn. For kicks, I'm keeping track of knitting hours and have logged 17 hours to this point...
Anyone tried this stuff yet?
Two FO's from MDK website
Circle of Fun - Bathmat
Superfancy rug done!
Bordering on Miter Been Crazy
I added a border to my Mason Dixon interpretation of the Mitered Square Washcloth. I think it really helps to give it a nice finished look. I do believe I might be joining the bandwagon of cotton-washcloth addicts! HollYarns
Bernat Handcrafter's Cotton Alert
just thought i'd give you all the head's up.
Log Cabin update
The first ridge might be a bit fiddly but it settles down and you can push the ends of the other needles out of the way. So, when you start a new band, pick up the end sts from the previous band on each side of your live stitches and put them on the circular needle. For the right side, I use a double pointed needle so I can see what I'm doing and transfer them to the circular needle. With the left side you can just use the circ to pick them up. Just slide the circular needle through the "bumps' at the end of each row. If you have 9 ridges, you will have 9 sts to pick up. You will then start at the right side and knit all sts. You are not picking up as if to knit but just sliding the sts onto the needle so no sts have been worked yet.
You don't need a 5th needle. You just use the end of the needle that is holding the center sts, picking up the sts left and right so they are all on the needle, then just knit the band. When you are finished, end with a wrong side row and cap the needle ends with the needle protectors from the next band. Clear as mud? The marker you see on the white square tells me that it's the top and that and the opposite end will get 10 ridges. The side bands get 9 ridges so it will be rectangular.
I don't think getting cord at the hardware store might be a good solution as you would have no point to get the sts onto the needle. It's the same as if you would put all your sts on a strand of yarn. You would still have to transfer them to the needle. This way, they are already on the needle. If you have any questions you can email me at jlhknits AT earthlink DOT net.
violet ballband dishcloths
date finished: 23, july, 2006
time elapsed: one day (for two dishcloths)
pattern: Ballband Dishcloth from Mason Dixon Knitting
yarn: sugar and creme yarn, three different violet colourways
needles: clover bamboo straight, US 7
notes: never thought I would cast on for a dishcloth (or two), but the pattern and the yarn make this economical and addictive, as well as practical!
more details can be found here
I need to get Busy!
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Here's an action shot of my first ball-band washcloth, done in Lily Sugar & Cream. Since these will be used as my daily face towels, and won't get soaking-heavy wet, I chained a nifty little loop hanger after finishing the bind-off.
Anyone out there familiar with both the S&C and the P&C cotton? None of my local stores have the P&C but I will gladly order online if there's a difference in quality/softness. I want them to be nice and soft for sensitive skin. Opinions?
OK, enough yakity yak -- I can get a few more pattern repeats in before starting dinner!
some dishclothes that I finished
Two of the ball band dishclothes. It's the first time I've ever knitted a dishcloth (I usually crochet them) & I admit, I love these! They are fun to knit, they aren't boring, they're done pretty fast, it's great to play with colors &/or use up scraps of cotton, and of course, they are great to have around the house!
I also knitted up a button hole bag, but I need to felt it first.
Also, I wanted a rectangular afghan so I'm doing 9 ridges on the side pieces and 10 ridges top and bottom. The one extra ridge will make a difference as it gets bigger. I'm not sure how big this will end up, but I may have to use two circulars on each section to hold the stitches toward the end. I'm using a #7 needle and seem to have lots of those so not a problem. This is a project where you want to do just one more section at midnight before going to bed!
Log Cabin # 2
This one is for my son. It is done in colors to match his room. I'm not too sure I'm totally happy with the way that it is turning out yet. I don't think the colors mesh together quite the way I wanted. Maybe I have too many colors going on at once? As it gets bigger and there are more repeats of the colors I am liking it more - so we'll see. :)
This is in Elann Sonata again.
I know some people have been keeping the stitches live rather than casting off and picking up. I haven't done that because I really like the "put together" effect you get when you bind off and pick up stitches. I think it mimics the feel of a quilted Log Cabin better.
But Now I have This:
NAKED NEEDLES!!! I'd better cast on another one right away!
I've been sewing alot lately too as it's really hot in Atlanta (I know - some of you are hotter and hey at least we've got AC unlike all those folks in the Pacific NW), and I have a shoulder injury that knitting aggravates so... But that's ok - I've made lots of little bags to carry the ballband projects around in and I'm having a blast.
I'd love to do a Moderne Baby Blanket for my new nephew but the shoulder won't allow it - a quilt will be made instead.
I'll keep you posted!
Moderne Blue Baby Blanket
For being really cheap, TLC Cotton Plus really works for baby blankets!
I realized after finishing this that I used the same colors as the lace cap
hydrangea I've been admiring in Bristol RI. Now I'm afraid that I
might see a giant pumpkin in October.
I used Lily Sugar& Cream and it is about twice the size of the baby blanket pattern.
Log Cabin update
makes your hands ache?...... absolutely!
I'm having a brilliant time knitting this quilt. I have hardly put it down and as a result my back, fingers and hands ACHE but I'm ploughing on through the pain barrier! It's brilliant to see all the other projects going on. I just wish I could touch and buy some of the yarns you are all using. They look so beautiful.
Contemplating the Mason-Dixon Lifestyle
And just for decoration:
FO: Ballband Hand Towel
We redid our kitchen for about $100 by refacing all the cabinets and painting, and adding some crown molding. This really gives it a nice touch of class.
If any of you live in the midwest... Michael's is having a $1 sale this week on peaches 'n cream!