Thursday, August 31, 2006
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My Heart Is Breaking!
I've been dying to knit up the kimono but there are no babies in my life at the moment. Then, last week, I found out that the new guy at my job was having a baby. Still, it didn't even dawn on me but when I won the baby pool, a lightbulb went off. I took the money I won, went and bought some achingly soft Blue Sky Cotton and went to town. Of course there's WAY more than I need for the kimono in the two skeins (one's definitely not enough) so a pair of booties were in order. I still have a bit left and may make a hat but I wanted to get this to him asap. Are you just dying?! Makes my womb ache.
My first buttonhole bag was made with 'scrap', just to see how it would turn out. Fugly, of course but it gave me confidence to make another. Here's the final result (I think I'll felt it one or two more times though):
MDK Moderne Log Cabin w/ Circular Needles
And the wheel goes 'round and 'round
This is the Circle of Fun rug from MDK. I used 2 strands of SnC on 10 1/2's. The short rows are a lot of fun to knit, and it really turns out cool. I used Sugar and Cream Cream doubled for the cream sections and Country Sage Ombre and Jute for the variegated sections. I'm working on the first outer band in Cream. I've knit about 3 1/2 years, so I'm half way there. I may or may not do another outer band. If I do, I'm going to do it just in Jute, double stranded. I'm going to use it in my bathroom. My Abosrba was just too big, and the double stranded SnC is a perfect weight to throw over the side of the tub.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
The thin is Fleece Artist Handmaiden Seasilk. The thick is Louise Harding Kimono Ribbon. The big honking sticks, I mean, needles are an unknown brand size 17 bamboo circulars. The lifeline is the thickest, brightest colored yarn I had.
Mason Dixon KAL
Now I want to go home....but I can't...I must stay and work...I must concentrate..I cannot go home and feel the yarn right now....my family needs my income...they need regular meals...and a roof over their heads...I will keep repeating this to myself..
Kentucky Purl and Frog
the personal touch
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Warshrags Go To College
My three daughters returned to college last week, each taking with them a warshrag knitted with the colors of their choosing. Details on my blog.
Here is my completed Kimono. Many thanks to all of you who gave me pointers on making a better kimono the first time around. I crochetted a ribbon tie on the inside so the kimono flaps wouldn't shift around (thank you for the warning, dana kbs!).
The yarn used was Idena Bambino Bomull. It's the softest 100% cotton I have ever worked with. It's also machine washable...I will definitely add more of this stuff to my stash.
I also made the baby a Victorian Baby Jacket and Petal Bib. Details at my blog.
Moderne Baby Blanket
Specs: TLC Cotton Plus, knit to pattern except I shortened the bottom intarsia block as it was getting a little long. Single crochet edging.
Hopefully I'll have another one to show you soon, in pink and purple!
I'm wondering if I should get a 2nd ball & just double strand it???
Plums & Sages
I'm thinking that I need to start on some linen hand towels for a shower gift soon. I tend to knit pretty loosely so I plan on using size 4 needles as I've seen recommended here. Y'all are such a great resource!
I also know how obsessed everyone is with this KAL and I'm going to time how quickly someone responds to the following query.
I'm at the office and plan to cast on a bib during my lunch for yet another kind of shower. My books at home though...how many stitches do I need to cast on.
Log Cabin - what????
Oh my gosh, I am going into newbie spasms here!!!
Absorba - 10 strips?
Also, where do you put the 10th strip? I have the center square and two strips on each side - that comes up to 9 strips.
Adding a 10th strip goes against my "Monk-ish" ways of liking symmetry. Where is it supposed to go? All the way around the mat?
LOG CABIN ridges or not????
I am working on one and every side of log that I pick up stitches on has a big ridge bump.Is it supposed to be like that if not how do I prevent it.
Also can someone send me the web page that someonehad showing how to keep the stitches live instead of BO each edge.
This is my first one, and I plan on making another one after this one so I wanna learn how to make it better if I can. THANKS
Has anyone added a magnetic closure to the button hole bag?? I've had quite a few requests to add them, but how do I hide the hardware? or does anyone have a source for sew on magnetic closures? Any help would be appreciated...I have to make 5 purses within the next 2 weeks.
Hey Ladies (and Gents) . . . . .
Monday, August 28, 2006
Purple Nine Patch & Matching Ballband
For fun I've made my first nine patch dishcloth and a matching ballband. I like how the nine patch can use up lots of little bits of yarn. The only downside with it is that there were so many little ends to weave in. Sugar and cream is the yarn I used to knit them up. my blog
Is this because I'm picking up too many stitches at the end of the rows? I'm picking up a stitch for every row. I now remember that a good rule of thumb for picking up stitches along the row side is to pick up 3 stitches for every 4 rows.
For those of you who've knitted this (or have done any log cabin knitting) is this a common problem?
Log Cabin Blanket
Kentucky Purl and Frog
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Sheep Don't Knit
I went to the Michigan Fiber Festival last weekend in Allegan. It was lots of fun. There were lots of animals (llamas, alpacas, sheep, rabbits, and goats). They also have vendors selling anything and everything fiber from roving to spinning wheels, to books, to yarn. I tried to interest a sheep in knitting a ballband warshrag but it didn't work.
Love those bibs!
I'm so excited to publish my first post! I won my signed MDK from a LYS. I was so excited to win it! I love the amazing projects it contains.
My first project was a bib for my son. I enjoyed making it so much, I made 2 more. The one modeled here by my son was made with Sugar & Cream. For the other 2 , I used Cottontots and Tweedy Cotton Classic. We love them!
My next projects will be ballbands and towels for my daughter who is getting married, and an Absorba for my bathroom.
The one in the middle I received from my swapcloth pal Linda, it is next to the one I just finished, my first one is in use right now so it didn't make the picture:(
Saturday, August 26, 2006
It will make a lovely teachers' gift this Christmas. Now what to fill it with?
My favorite ballband
On the Needles: handtowel, ballband, and hat from another book. Please visit my blog for more exciting information about these and other knitting adventures! :)
Heartbreakingly cute times 2
Holy cow are these quick (and easy) to knit! I managed to get both done this week. The top one is done with Bernat handicrafter yarn in "Playtime" & has pink & orange fish buttons. The bottom one was done with yarn from AC Moore's mill ends bin! A pound of yarn for $5. It's the same quality as S & C & worked up beautifully! It also has fish buttons!
Friday, August 25, 2006
Ball Band Variations
I Hate the Runaway Bride but I love knitting.
Moss Grid Towel
I finished a moss grid towel-this is pre blocking-I used #4 clover bamboo needles and Louet Sales Euroflax in Willow. I loved knitting this up! I started on #5's but I thought it was a bit too loose. I love how it knitted up on #4's. I have another hank to knit so I can display the pair in my powder room. Will it ever be prissed up!
Need a little help please
Need a little help please
When the pattern reads (ssk, K1, psso), where in the heck do you get the slipped stitch to psso?
Mine came out OK, but with gaps.
Unless I have an incorrect understanding of psso. (Pass Slipped Stitch Over, right?) But I hadn't slipped a stitch. TOTALLY confused! HELP, please ;)
Mason Dixon KAL
I finished my first project - a lovely ball band warshcloth - okay....it does have a couple of mistakes - but I learned a lot from doing this first project. And it used two colors and it wasn't a scarf or a hat!!!!
I will figure out how to post a picture soon!
Had left this question on one of the posts, but wanted to put it out here, too:
on the moss grid towel, where the pattern says 'all instructions from this point start in the 6th stitch"....what do you do in the first 6 stitches? am I just totally confused (am still a knittin newbie!)
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Help with "Scribbling" and yardage?
We bought some yarn to make a few of the scarves in the "Scribbling" section of the book. But. Trying to figure out what we really need (yardage) for our substitution(s). It says just use "a Thick" and "a Thin".
I am hoping someone who has made any of these can help me make sure we have enough of each. For the yarns we want to use, we have a ball of 33 yds. "thick" with a ball of 90 yds. of the "thin". In another combination the thick is 98 yards, and the thin is 90 yards. (?) In the book, the Thick is 83 yds. and the Thin is 350 yds. Was there LOTS of "THIN" left, or does it take that much really, and that little of the Thick????? Thanks for any help, we had our "heart set" on some colors and yarns and we want to try to get any additional while it is in stock at our LYS. :) Thank you, thank you.
Don't they look pretty together?
The rest of my Mason-Dixon Knitting story is on my brand! new! blog!
Has anyone made the Bubbly Curtain?
Has anyone made a Bubbly Curtain for a window that big? Was it saggy even after starching? I may decide to make a Target run and save the bubbly pattern for a smaller window.
Also, today is my birthday & I have a little contest going at my blog - www.katerzers.blogspot.com for some KnitPicks Sierra in a Green, Blue & Black - these would make some great felted boxes.
I'm obviously slacking a little at work today & I'd much rather be at home, on the couch, with a glass of wine & my yarn.... and I guess a piece of cake at some point wouldn't hurt either. :)
Stupid question - Bib
I will post photos of my finished ballband warshcloths, the Absorbia that still on the needles but LOVE it! and the bibs soon.
Love Mason Dixon book
Two Ninepatches completed!
Really enjoy the ninepatches! Even though, I have had to do some of the corner patches over, due to my mistakes, I love the way the come out. The lime/purple one was my first and the first corner came out fine the first time through. It was the third corner that I had to frog three times, just couldn't get it even. Looks fine now, I hope. The purple and lime green one go with the two purple and lime green ballpands I posted a week or so ago. My mom loves the colors and they will be part of her Christmas present. The burgundy one will also be a gift (not sure who yet), I plan on starting a matching ballpand to go with it. Not sure if that is my next MDK project or not. I've been much inspired seeing all these Kimonoes (sp?), but I also bought the wool for the felted boxes. Decisions, decisions! My birthday is next month and I plan on purchasing the yarn for the Moderne Log Cabin. I love the fall and am considering going with four fallish colors. Even though they won't really match my living room decor, I don't really care.....I love the colors. I received the new Knitpicks catalog and am thinking on going with Merino Style (DK Weight) Cinnamon, Butternut, Nutmeg and Crocus. Hopefully this link works, I would love some opinions. http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/itemid_5420104/yarn_display.aspx
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
HI! My name is Sherry. I recently started knitting and love it! I was a reluctant knitter, a friend of mine had started and wanted to teach me and I just wasn't interested. Who needs another craft to start????????? But she was knitting such beautiful things and the best thing happened!!! Our daughter is expecting a baby!!! So my friend said, "You have to learn to knit now. Think of all the baby things you could make." So I started and am completely and hopelessly obsessed. I cant stop!!! We love the Mason-Dixon book and viewing all the beautiful things everyone has done. So here is my first contribution! The baby kimono is so easy to do and comes out so great. I used TLC Cotton Plus in Medium Rose. The baby is obviously a girl! Always Knitting-Sherry
Oh my gosh!!!
I also just got my order of Peaches n' Cream - those folks are fast! I just ordered on Monday...
Ooh my little pretty yarn, pretty yarn.
When you gonna be done, kimono?
Ooh you make my fingers cramp, fingers cramp.
Final stitch comin’ off the needles, kimono.
Never gonna stop, knitting rocks.
Such a pretty kind. Always knit it up for the gift
of the craftier kind. My my my M M M My kimono
Special thanks to the supreme creativeness of Elizabeth. As you can see, I not only went with your button instead of ribbon idea but also the puppy button idea, too.
Mercerized cotton and log cabin
As I looked at the happy colors all nestled together, I thought, ohmigosh, a log cabin! My question for all you more creative and experienced kuh-nitters is, would this yarn work for the log cabin? It doesn't seem to have a lot of "heft" for lack of a better word.
Mason Dixon KAL
Here is the whole thing. Sorry for the less than stellar quality.
This is a close up of the ties. I just did braided ties that I stuck through a stitch and sewed into the back side of the top.
And this one is of the arm detail. Hard to see but it's there. :) I just did two knit stitches at the cuff. The whole thing is in stockinette.
I LOVED this pattern! I've been asked by a few other people for one so you'll see more pics soon!
Just one more Nine Patch/ mitered corner question!
When working the Rows 1 and 2 to achieve the mitered corners for the Nine Patch, on the next to last row before you end up having the final three stitches left on the needle, will that row begin simply with the SSK? I've finished two corners now and both times right before the last row I end up with two stitches on the needle before the marker. It says for Row 1 to "knit to 2 stitches before the marker" but since there are only two stitches there, am I corrct to just do the SSK before the marker?
Thanks so much for any help! :)
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Felted Boxes felted at last
Thank you for all the good suggestions on how to get the felted boxes to felt. Here is my first set. They've been sent off as a long overdue wedding present. (Practically a first anniversary gift acutally)
I learned a lot about felting on this project - mostly that size 10.5 needles on double strand bulky is way, way too small. In fact, a correction has been made to the pattern. It now calls for 15s. I think that might have made the felting easier. Nonetheless, they did eventually felt and they are a lot of fun to make. I may try another set in bright pinks and purples for my 4-year-old.
Usually, everyone's posts are so full of cuteness and I hate to bring the mood down a few notches (well, quite a bit actually) but my blanket has been stalled for a few weeks. Hopefully this week I'll be able to pick it back up again.
So why is it drying in the photo above?
It's true! I lived in a room this summer that turned out to be full of mold! Of course I didn't find this out until after I was moving and my yarn stash and WIPS had ALL been exposed. It's been quite the trial. You can read about the extent of the problem here on my blog and the solution here.
Hopefully I'll eventually post a finished blanket. Hopefully.
Cute? You bet.
There's another picture of my first kimono on my blog. And if you're familiar with baby sweaters, I'd really appreciate it if you would take a look at the photos of one (which was a gift quite a while ago) that I've posted there as well -- I'd love to know about the pattern. Thanks, Kelly
Online Source for Euroflax?
Mason Dixon Layette
I call it the Mason Dixon Layette. It contains the Heartbreakingly Cute Kimino, the Baby Bib of Love, and the Baby Genius Burp Rag. To round out this gift I made booties and a hat. The color of the hat and bib and booties is S&C Swimming Pool. The kimino is S&C Hot Blue, the burp rag is S&C Hot Blue and White. I had never made booties before this or anything like the kimino. I found bits and peices of the Kimino pattern confusing but I understood what it was getting at so it turned out alright. These are for a co-workers new grand baby due in October. It is supposed to be a boy, I like these non-traditional shades of blue as an alternative to true blue or powder blue.
I also have a white Asorba Bath Mat on the needles and the other day I bought some Sage and Eggplant Euroflax Linen. Very pretty. I've done the ball band and mason dixon round wash cloths. I can't believe how many patterns I'm making from this book. I only learned to knit earlier this year and after looking at other knitting books I have decided that the Mason Dixon book makes knitting seem "accessable". Many of the patterns I look at and think "I can do that!". Plus the the photos in the book are lovely.
Thanks for looking, Amy
~ Love hate relationship ~
After that I made some dish cloths no big deal or anything.
Then I sat down and actually read the book. This was a good/bad idea. Since then I have made 2 of the bath mats which I love and I have lots of yarn to make more dishrags and other things from the book.
Here is where the hate relationship comes in. I want to make at least one of everything in the book!! I am addicted! I love the book! What else can I say!
Thanks to Kay and Ann for making such a wonderful book and thanks to everyone for this wonderful knit along to share the addiction with!
Monday, August 21, 2006
Mason Dixon KAL
Hi!. I am new to this blog and I too am addicted to the ballband dishrags. My mom is getting the first one. I am working on number 3. I can't figure out how to do pictures yet so when I do I will post them.
A Chevron Begins
Kimono was made with TLC cotton/acrylic blend in the color Kiwi. While not entirely pleased (sleaves are way too tight, I think), it was a learning process and with my notes on modifications, I will make another for sure. For additional pics, please visit http://frogyarns.blogspot.com/
How much linen?
PS see my blog for my first ever contest!
Smackdown: Sugar N' Creme versus Holly
Bum deal, my not liking knitting with cotton because I was really thinking I would love to make a cotton blanket for my bed using some sort of cotton--maybe something denim-ish like Rowan's Denim. I don't know if this will make sense to anybody besides myself, but I like the weight of the cotton washcloths and it seems to me that an entire sleeping blanket made of cotton would just be perfectly weighty.
Here I am needing help again
So my question is how do you join color B in on line 3?? After that it should be in there and just running up the side and twisted to carry it up the side I guess but I am not sure how you join it to start with since I have never knit with more than one color. Thanks to anyone that can help me.
Remember my Curve of Pursuit Blanket?
as you know there is a picture of this blanket (not mine) in the Mason Dixon book, but no pattern.
Pat Ashforth has asked me to post here a short message. "She would love to see pictures of the Curve of Pursuit or any other of her designs. They have been inundated with requests for the booklet since they got back from vacation and eBay has been playing up a bit". So if you have a picture of a finished Curve of Pursuit or know of somebody who does , you can get in touch with Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you all, Monika
Heartbreakingly cute is right!
I started my Heartbreakingly cute Kimono last night & am about 3/4 of the way thru! I'm using Bernat handicrafter in "Playtime"
I cheated & sewed one sleeve & front together already because I have no patience & cannot wait to see the finished object LOL!
**edited to show my pic---TY for the tip of adding the blog to my flickr!!!
Warning: Political Warshrag Content
Help needed with Nine Patch, please
I'm not a new knitter but I seem to have great difficulty following any directions where every step is not laid out line by line, inch by inch. :)
I'm ashamed to say that I'm having a problem getting started with the Nine Patch dishcloth. The directions for patches 1, 2 and 3 say to knit 12 garter ridges. After the initial cast on, shouldn't I then knit twenty-four rows of garter stitch to get these twelve ridges? I completed the first patch, added on and completed the second, but after I started the third, somehow the first patch looks like it's on the "right" side of the cloth but the third one looks like it's on the wrong side!
Can anyone help me? (I don't have access to a digital camera to show my work. ) I feel that I need to have these three patches down correctly or the rest of the cloth will be off.
After I add on the second color for the second patch, won't I just be knitting another twenty-four rows, and then the same for the third patch?
Thanks in advance for any assistance! :)
Sunday, August 20, 2006
A very large undertaking, check out my Koigu Log Cabin Blankie. I have been pedalling as fast as I could to catch up with my sister, Joy, who finished hers before me. I can't begin to tell you how many skeins I used, I will just say it was a sinful amount. But oh, how cozy this blankie is, and it's all MINE. No one else is permitted to use it, under any circumstance! In fact, if caught, the punishment will be 'death by mongo-bongo'!! (an old joke, very old)
Thanks to Ann and Kay for inspiring me. And thank you to all the members for sharing, creating, and innovating new ideas.
Sara in AL
A Very Loud Trio
My mom and I used to joke about the very vibrant...almost obnoxious...colors my grandmother would choose for afghans. But I look at the set of dishcloths I have wrought for my own kitchen, and I find that I am guilty of the same. The colors bear no relation whatsoever to my kitchen, they were simply fun and attractive. Left to right: the first dishcloth I ever knit in a heretical/non-MDK pattern called "grandmother's favorite", the first ballband I attempted, and my first nine patch learning experience.
More glamour shots of knitting available on my sporadically updated blog.