Saturday, September 30, 2006
After several long months with many delays, I have finished my first three MD baby bibs. Check'em out!
They're in order of completion from left to right, so that's why the green one turned out the best. :-D But by the time I got to the end, I was getting much better. I haven't really done any knitting in about 15 years, so I was quite pleased that they turned out.
I'm now working on the baby blanket, which is much more complicated (for me) than the bibs. I've had to restart numerous times, and just as I thought I'd gotten the hang of it, today I dropped a stitch somewhere, and I'm not sure if I'll be able to fix it without some assistance. (My sister's the knitting guru in the family, so I may have to bring her in to consult. :-)
I am a sahm with 6 children whom I homeschool. life is always busy but I am always working on something. Just got the book and love it.. spent a good deal of time reading it last night rather than knitting the capelet I need to finish..
Friday, September 29, 2006
This is my earthy, chocolate, cafe con leche absorba bath mat with a royal guard of trusty wash clothes by her side. It was a wedding gift for my brother and his beautiful new wife..........back in August.
My camera ran out of batteries of the wedding and I forgot I had even taken a picture of the bath mat and wash cloths. Whew! That was a close one. There are now either in Japan or getting there so there is no guarantee I'll ever see these again.
PS I used a long circular needle and did both front sides of the kimono at once (by joining another ball of yarn). I think it went pretty fast that way.
Yarn needed question
Working my way through
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Moral Support Needed!
I've started what will be only my 5th knitting project- the Nina Shawl. It seemed simple enough, but those fair isley checks have got me feeling up tight! It seems like such a struggle to knit this way. The rows seem crazily loose, and it seems like when I make a stitch it pulls up the slack of the stranding. Any fair isle experts out there? Is this what it's like? I've never felt like I wanted to avoid my knitting before, but the fair isle is causing that! Please help my like this process (and feel comfortable about it) just long enough to get to the very long stockinette part!! Then I'll get a nice rest before I have to do it at the other end...
I've completed my first felted box in one of the more common colors, it looks like. Check out the story behind this heirloom wannabe on my blog.
I'm beginning to feel like a knitter ...
The colors reminded me of a daisy, so I just HAD to get the daisy buttons for it. There's a third one on the inside.
She measures 3 inches long and 2 1/4 wide. Regia sock yarn on those nasty 000 needles :-)
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Yarn: Allhemp 6
Needles: Um. Um. US 7's, I think. I actually finished the knitting on it about a month ago, right before I had surgery, and then I put off the seaming till after I was off the heavy-duty pain meds.
For a little boy due on Halloween....
Baby Kimono Part 1 and 2
Well over the last couple of days I finished up the striped kimono I posted about earlier and also finished off a pure white kimono. These are so much fun! For all the details on these and the modifications I made on the striped one check out my
I've been away too long
On the needles; washcloth, MDK handtowel in cotton, Irish Hiking Scarf. Happy Knitting!
Warning: felting novice
Anyway, I used the recommended yarn and needles, and I washed it twice in hot water (front-loading machine) and it isn't really felted much. You can't see from the picture, but the felting is irregular, with patches that are felted and patches that show the stitches very well. Do I just need to wash it more times? I really like this size box, since it fits CDs so well, but I want to figure out how to uniformly felt things before making a bunch more.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Melt the ribbon???
baby kimono update
i'm actually a bit further on this. i only have 2 more rows (or so) and the bind-off, and then i'll be moving onto the other side.
Pour me a Drink
It didn't seem like it took that long, but the last couple miters really had to be forced off the needles. I'm taken a nice long break, but I need to start another one. Baby size though, I've learned my lesson. No more queen size afghans for a very very long time!
BBB earrings done
Directions on my Blog I think miter earrings might be next or maybe nine patch, or log cabin :-) Or maybe I had just better bite the bullet and frog the baby sweater before the kid is off to college :-)
Hi - I'm Joan and new to this blog - have already done 1 M-D knitting project - the ever famous ballband warshrag. It was easy and turned out rather well. Will post a pic when I'm able - Am now working on a log cabin afghan -and what a lot of fun it is turning out to be! Here's how it's looking so far (please excuse the quality of the photo). I'm enjoying the process as there's very little counting that needs to be done - other than rows. If anyone has suggestions for additional colors, I'm all ears!
On my way to work, but will post later. Thanks, Cristina and hope to see everyone's work. It's a terrific book and the projects are real things we can all use:)
Have a terrific day, everyone:)
I haven't had much time for M-D knitting, unfortunately. I'm still knitting up mitered squares - and crocheted a few, too, just for fun & ha ha's - and working on a log cabin afghan or two :).
These two dishcloths are the beginning of a pile that I'll be putting together for my church's silent auction Columbus Day weekend. My hometown has a big "Octoberfest" every year - minus any beer, it's more a small country fair, almost, minus the animals but includes the bad entertainment - and the church has a silent auction every year. I haven't donated in quite some time, and realized only this past Sunday that it was coming up. I've been busy knitting/crocheting for my family's raffle, and had blinders on, I guess.
So, what to knit or crochet, in less than 2 weeks time, but will still look impressive - but doesn't involve alot of money, or yarn? M-D dishcloths, of course, though if I have time, I'll knit one State of MA cloth, since we are in MA after all.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Ball Band Swiffer cover
Thanks to hakucho for the pattern! I followed it exactly except for using double strands for the ball band bumps (thicker and more scrubby for the floor) and doing a simple single chain with 2 strands for the drawstring (because I don't know how to crochet!). Next one I make, I'll add an additional row of ball band bumps (making it 7 instead of 6) so it fits the swiffer a bit better. Otherwise, I LOVE it!
One More Kimono
I am also working a Hanne Falkenberg kit and have done way too much garter stitch in the last month!
Update - Am a knittin fiend right now!
I have been knitting warshcloths like crazy. My sister is coming for a visit (more info on that in my blog!) and I want to have some cloths and a couple of towels for her to take back. I am nervous about the visit...so I knit more to achieve peace...while I knit I think about her visit...which makes me more nervous so I knit more...It is a big ol' vicious cycle! I promise I will post pics soon.
Have a good day, y'all!
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Baby Burp Cloth Sings the Blues...
Hubbo goes out; Hubbo returns with shiny red Gibson...
Hubbo says to knitter, "Lil' Lucille", (guitar now has a name!) needs a
polishing cloth. Not just any polishing cloth, how about one of those Genius
Baby Burp Cloths?"
Knitter is thinking, who is the "genius" here? CatKnitz
Kimono Help Needed
Ah the luxury of the mundane.
The green matches my kitchen, and I plan on making more kitchen accessories and tools. I even inspired my mother (the previous recipient of M-D dishrags) to crochet her own nylon mesh dish scrubby!
(I'm going to end up one of those fine ladies with doilies over all my furniture, aren't I? It's okay, Tell me, I can take the truth from all y'all.)
Baby Bib & Burp Bib
Here is my second baby set. Used Sugar and Cream.
I am intrigued with color and used the
Fibonacci sequence on the bib (A mathematical concept called the Fibonacci sequence is an easy way to get an aesthetically pleasing striped pattern. Here's a portion of the sequence: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21,34, 55, 89 ..). The next project I won't use varigated yarn, I think solid colors would make a stronger impact.
Mason Dixon KAL
I've wanted to participate for quite some time, but Blogger is just not compatible with this old browser, and any updates are not available!
I've knit a dozen or more ballbands in the waning months of Summer. They are addictive for countless reasons! I also knit a Log Cabin, and will undoubtedly knit many more - they're wonderfully fun to knit, and the creative possibilities are endless. I used mostly worsted weight yarns from my stash (wool and wool blends): lots and lots of leftovers. This can be a great stashbuster!
The only way I can share photos is to provide this link:
Click on the NAME of the photo, under the photo to enlarge. Feel free to check out the other knitting folder, too.
Knit On, People! Jenni
Saturday, September 23, 2006
LOG CABIN KAL
It is a log cabin KAL. If you are like me and love seeings others work and colors that they used in their log cabins then this is a great site too.
I dont know if alot of people have found this yet though cause not many post there very frequently but I do check it every so often to look for new post. I hope you all enjoy it looking through this as much as I do.
Here is the link:
baby kimono question
Hi guys. I finished my baby kimono but have to sew up the seams and get the ribbon for the ties and then I will post a full picture but for now. I scanned this picture of the edging and my edges do not look like the edges in the book. I YO right in the beginning of the row, should I have knit one and then YO. Does it look OK like that. I was going to try a crochet edge to make it less noticable or even weave ribbon through the holes. What is everyone's opinion. Thanks for your help in advance.
single color Ballband
2 kimonos; one with neckline tweak
These things can be as addictive as those ballbands...
Purple Kimono: Made with Blue Sky Alpaca cotton yarn. Machine wash. My gauge was bigger than recommended. (I was getting 4 st to 1", so the 40 sts of the body would be 10", not 8") So, I kept the numbers the same but worked everything for 5" wherever the pattern said 4". I'm wondering if proportionally, the number of inches you get for the body vertically (before getting to the arms) is half the number of inches of the length of the body? If so, might it be possible to make a bigger kimono with that formula? (There'd have to be another row or two of cast ons for the arms too...)
Off white Kimono: Katia Diana yarn. It has 13% angora, but it's machine wash. Again, my gauge was big, so I cast on 34 sts and did one set less of arm increases. I made the body 4.5" long. When I got to the neckline, it looked too small for me; like it would rest too close to the baby's neck, so I yo increased every other RS row, and when I got to the end of the arm cast offs (the part where you work just the body again in the front), I switched to increasing every RS row, but to preserve the yo spacing, I alternated between yo increases and K1F&B increases. This made a sort of scoop V- neck.
Log Cabin Advice
Friday, September 22, 2006
Mitered square blanket for my daughter
Here's the mitered square afghan I made for my daughter to use at daycare. I started this afghan some time ago, using smaller size squares (cast on 48 instead of 72.
I used Rowan All Seasons Cotton in blues, greens, and pinks. Details can be found here (as well as a picture of my sweet little girl!).
I'm still planning a queen sized version using Tahki Cotton Classic, but I need a little break first!
Log Cabin Fever Continues
You can see some progress pictures of the other blankets here, if you wish, and I'll return to post the finished shot of blanket number 2 when I finish it ~ which, even though I'm working on the border, will be a while since I ran out of yarn!
I'm using the Elann Cotton Sonata and LOVE it, even though the cotton is no friend to my fingers. The stitch definition is lovely.
Ball Band Babes Earrings
On size 0000 needles, using sock yarn. I knit two for each earring. I have just cast on some size 10 cotton (cotton is true to our Ball Band roots) Holding a strand of metallic sewing thread along with it. This is very very slow going. But BBB (Ball Band Babes) need some bling now and then :-)
My blog for more info. Blog
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Grandmother Purl's Square
It's for a great cause! And it's true, miters really do increase your endorphins.
Visit me at my blog: www.wavybrains.com/auntie_esq/
Absorba in her new home
I finally finished Absorba using 2 strands of Gedifra Beauty Cotton in a buttercream colour and an off white and 1 of Takhi Chat print on size 15s, it isn't as wonky as it looks in the photo (though a bit wonky for sure). It knit up pretty quickly when I could work on it (though admittedly not as absorbent as the double worsted P&C would be). I'm happy with it though and it looks great in my odd coloured bathroom.
Kimono/Cardigan Carmono? Kimodigan?
Here's the baby kimono I made as a cardigan. It took less than one skein of Cottontots. Detail on my blog.
New knitter- two questions!
Having finally finished my first MD project (well, I still have to sew up the kimono, but soon!) I have questions re: the next two things I want to do: first, I'm just starting a Nina shawl (thanks again to the awesome 'lauriec' for providing the missing color so quickly!), and when I practice the fair isle technique I keep getting tiny holes where the contrast color starts and ends. I've tried all the things I can find in my books and on line, but can't seem to eliminate those holes- any advice?
And second, in the book, the border of the Moderne Log Cabin blankets does not look like the mitered border referred to in the instructions. Does anyone know how they're actually finished? I much prefer that narrow border to the other for this application.
Thanks everyone- for all the ongoing inspiration and any advice you can share!!
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
If you have a Tuesday Morning ...
With great appreciation, I thank you all!
Just wanted to thank everyone who helped me put this basket together. It's all ready to go and I couldn't have done it with out you! Your suggestions were great and I think it looks pretty good now. If you're interested you can read more about it in my blog.
has anybody else seen this at walmart? is about $5 something. 710 yards. Worsted Weight. not too many colors to choose from but alot of them look like Sugar and Cream. just thought i would let ya'll know just in case you didn't! today was the first time i saw them.
Thanks for your help!
Hi, all! Finally getting around to posting a couple of FO's. First, the moss grid hand towels, made as a wedding gift in cream and blue Euroflax. Had to drop needle size down to a 3 to get gauge on this. Also did a baby bib o' love for a cousin's new baby. Used some leftover tahki cotton classic, did a seed stitch border, and placed a sailboat motif from design your own kids knits in the center. Found an adorable sailboat button that exactly matches the motif which unfortunately doesn't show up too well in the photo. Thanks for all the inspiration!
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
The yarn is Needful Yarns' Kim, which I believe is 55% cotton and 45% acrylic. I've made a ballband cloth from it and after two months of use it's holding up well. The colors are losing their luster but I think it's due to our ridiculously hard water. But it dries quickly so that's a plus.
I used US size 5 needles and it helped my slipped stitches to stay tight and uniform. They were getting loose and bunchy with a 6.
The button is special because my husband collects Hawaiian shirts (aka Aloha Shirts). I found the button in a tropical-themed pack at Michaels. I think it'll make them smile. :)
I get 3 cloths (the 33 stitch size) out of 2 balls so... I guess I'll stop stalking the Hobby Lobby ads for the next $0.99 sale until I knit up a bunch. Guess what everyone is getting for Christmas!!!!
Read more about it here at my blog and please check out my Etsy shop! I've got notions bags, and knitting totes on there plus more, and hey - I have to fund the addiction somehow right?
I'll keep you posted!
OK, now I see why people find these so addicting. This was a lot of fun. I can see making a bunch of these in lots of different colors. The texture is great (and I'm a "sponge" gal, not a "dish cloth" gal).
Dishcloths and such
I'm also starting a log cabin blanket, but so far am struggling with picking up stitches. I'm not really a seasoned knitter yet and depend mostly on books and the Internet to learn how to do certain things. I think I might be casting on/binding off too tightly and am trying to work on that (bad habit!). But is there a particular method for picking up stitches? I feel like I'm doing it wrong, considering the amount of difficulty it's giving me. Any tips/good resources would be appreciated!
Moss Grid Hand Towel - finally finished
I really did not enjoy knitting this. I just couldn't find the rhythm to knit it up quickly. It's not made out of Euroflax, it's Plymouth Yarn's Wildflower DK. It's 51% cotton and 49% acrylic. The finished towel is quite lovely.
Since one hand towel is just not enough for a gift, I'm knitting a second hand towel - this one based on my own design.
I used the knitting grids found on Sweaterscapes web page and followed the directions there. I printed the aspect ratio that matched my actual knitted gage (in this case, the 1.48). I put the grid back into the printer and printed a W on the page in the Monotype Corsiva font, with a font height of 200. It's important to print it in a different color as you can see the pattern easier.
I then approximated the look of the W by highlighting each block. I then took out every other row and knit all the way across on those rows. It just allows the W to pop out (if you don't, then the letter won't really look like a letter). So, on the rows that aren't crossed off, I purl the open squares and knit the colored ones.
The actual letter width is 21 stitches (which worked out well as it's exactly 1/3 of the total stitches (less the border stitches). The towel is actually coming out looking like the font I wanted it to look like:
I'm planning on knitting an upside down W for the other side of the hand towel. The rest of the towel is plain stockinette stitch.
If I were to do this over again, I would have knitted 6 rows before starting the monogram. In this case, I started after knitting 3.
Later this week I'll get the pic of the kimono up with specs of the modifications I made.
First MD projects
I used Lily Sugar 'n Cream in Tea Rose and Yellow and size 7 Denise Interchangeable needles. Anyone with a kitchen will be getting these for Christmas. I've got a basket full of SnC and can't wait to start coordinating colors for my next pair.
I used Lamb's Pride Bulky as suggested for the felted box. I plan to fill the box with wash cloths, soap, and bath confetti for my niece's birthday. I really love these boxes and am looking forward to making a set for myself, after my Christmas knitting is finished of course!
More details on these Mason Dixon projects are available on my blog.
Monday, September 18, 2006
I really like other people's great color combos, but I wanted the cloths to coordinate with the teal (!) countertops in my house (the background in the photo) so I used rather subdued colors. The yarns are S and C and Lion Cotton.
Need your opinions please!
Here is what I have done with the basket so far:
The small basket has two "ball band", one "swish with a twist" and one "garterlac" cloths. I also included a small bottle of dawn dish soap. I'll tie it up in clear wrap before I bring it to the church. Do I have enough in the basket? I would have liked to get some of the pretty soaps, but I have to get the basket to the church by Thursday, so I don't think I could pull that off. Can you think of anything else I could easily get that I could add and what do you think would be good estimate value? Thanks so much to all of you for helping me out on this!
Some dishcloth finishes....
Here are four dish cloth finishes. One isn't from the MDK book, but I was too lazy to take another picture. In on epicture is a log cabin dish cloth. I am so anxious to start an afghan I thought this would be good practice. The one next to it is my first attempt at cables. The other two dish clothes are the nine patch and ballband. I am thinking on making a small felted box for these dish clothes as well. Not sure what color, I have some offwhite I think might look okay. I should be getting my yarn for my log cabin this week!