Thursday, November 30, 2006
Needles for log cabins?
This may be obvious to you experienced knitters, but I'm just not sure how to get started on one of these larger pieces. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Log cabin blanket border
You can read about it at http://nautiknitter.wordpress.com
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I knit my first ballband dishcloth yesterday. It's adorable and knit up so quickly!
Monday, November 27, 2006
Log cabin afghans
Baby Log Cabin on its way! I bought some boy flannel to attach to the back when it is finished.
There are more pictures on my blog of the cute buttons I found for the straps!!!
"Nina" blankie and perfect sweater
I attach my current works in progress (if only to assure myself that I will actually finish them one of these fine days).
1. Yet another blankie (based on the "Nina" shawl pattern in the MDK book, which is wonderful). You may notice some similarities in colours with the "funky blankie" I posted below. This is because I am a BAD DAUGHTER who, faced with having ordered too much yarn for the Nina blankie (which is meant to be a christmas present for my mother), decided to make another blankie for myself instead. My excuse... waiting for the last colour to come in for the Nina one. Yarn is my ever-favourite Super 10 mercerised cotton.
2. The Perfect Sweater in progress - knitted in Fleece Artist Kid Silk. Colours in the real-life yarn are much more deep and vivid than portrayed here. Progress on this has been impeded because I have to keep stopping to rub the oh-so-soft and luxurious fabric against my skin, then listen to my husband saying "hey, why didn't you knit MY cardigan in that?" :-)
Check out my blog for specs and more info. tinathegreek.blogspot.com
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Bubbly Curtain Finished!
P.S. A word to the wise: If you value your sanity, don't use a center-pull ball with this yarn! (Still grumbling about it...)
More pictures on my blog.
Looks like a starfish!
Happy Knitting :)
Experimental Jean Jacket
Here are 2 pictures of my MD jean jacket. The back piece is knit out of my first try at spinning a thickish singles; the color gradation turned out a little more abrupt than I'd like. The spindle chart is from Spin-Off magazine's 25th anniversary sweater froma few years back. The flower on the front is made from recycled sari silk (commercially spun) and handspun green for the leaves.
Miter Square Four Patch Dishcloth
- Main color (MC): Lily brand Sugar ’n Cream, 2.5 oz/71 g. 120 yds, solid color: Light Blue, $1.49
- Contrast color (CC): Leftover Peaches & Crème yarn, 0.8 oz/22 g (about 38 yds) from a ball of 2 oz/57 g, 98 yds/90 m. Color #133: Shaded Denim, $2.40
- US 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles (I used DPNs as straights)
- US G-7 (4.5 mm) crochet hook
Pattern: CD Cooper, based on concepts and instructions in Mason-Dixon Knitting book and blog.
1. Make piece 1 (rectangle), starting at the short end.
2. Pick up stitches and make piece 2 (square). Together, piece 1 and 2 form an L-shaped piece of knitting.
3. Pick up stitches along piece 1 and 2 and make piece 3 (miter square)
4. Make the edging.
Finished size: About 9" square
- MC: 1.8 oz/50 g (used 0.7 oz/20 g or 28% of ball)
- CC: 0.4 oz/11 g (used 0.4 oz/11 g or 20% of ball)
- Slip the first st each row purlwise, and then bring yarn to the back to knit. This makes it easier to pick up stitches.
- Right side (RS): Cast-on tail is in lower right corner.
- Suspended bind off method is recommended.
- To prevent holes, pick up and twist sts as you place them on the needle.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Even More Ballbands
Holiday gifts galore! As soon as I finish a ballband warshrag, I immediately cast on for another one. That way, there's always one in progress. If I'm really on top of things, I keep a warshrag-in-progress in a little go-bag so I can take it with me during my commute. Such fun!
For a little Christmas prezzie, I put together 2 Warshrags and a little face cloth (CO 33 stitches, and 9 bands) for my cousin. I paired them with handmade soap from the local Artsy Tartsy gift shop.
Here they are, in Christmas and Hanukkah colors...
And there's some more stuff about Warshing up at my blog.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Two Down, Four To Go
If I can finish just 4 more, I'll have enough for my ladies at lunch bunch. But, for now I think I'll find something that doesn't involve red, green or white. ;-)
In the spirit of the day, thank you to everyone for all of your wonderful creativity, inspiration and sharing!Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving,
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Just showing off my "Baby Genius Burp Cloth" blanket
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Mitered ~ and Bordered ~ Squares
Ballband - Has anyone used/given it as a facecloth?
I personally have only used mine for dishes, and even my husband commented the other day that he really liked it! But, for gift giving, I love the idea of using a cute little soap.
So, if anyone has used it for any other purpose, I'd love to hear about it! And, if you do use/give it as a facecloth, have you used a different yarn?
Courthousestep-Blanket - Stick a fork in me I'm done!
Hi there! Come on over and have a looksy at my third blanket this year! I still can't quite believe it, that it's done. For specs please read my blog. Thanks! ;o)
Monday, November 20, 2006
I have so much enjoyed seeing the baby sweaters, but I had no excuse to knit one. Until now. My cousin gave birth to a little girl and I wasted no time in breaking out the sticks. It took just a weekend of intense but broken knitting. I added a crochet pico edge. I loved the pattern, although next time I would add an inch. There is pattern info about the matching hat and booties on my blog, http://knitaway.blogspot.com.
Ballbands....now I need some soap
Ball-Band Thanksgiving Gift
Was just about to pop this into the mail when I remembered that I wanted to post a picture - the image quality is terrible because I used my cell phone's camera. Two ball-bands all wrapped up with a cake of Lavendar soap and ready to travel from Maryland to West Virginia.
Also, you if you have time to do a hat for a great cause, go to the Soaring Eagles Project or my blog for info.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Below please find a photo of a blanket I just finished (pre-blocking). It was inspired by the "Circle of Fun" in the Mason-Dixon book - thanks! - with some obvious additions. Yarn is Super 10 mercerized cotton.
As this is one of my first stabs at making modifications to projects, I am quite thrilled with it :-)
I must admit I've become addicted to blankets since getting the M-D book... I'm in the process of making the Nina Shawl x 2 as a Christmas gift for my mother.
Hope this finds you all well.
PS if anyone here is interested in stained glass mosaic, why not check out my blog at www.tinathegreek.blogspot.com ? (please pardon formatting errors as I am somewhat of a luddite when it comes to this stuff)
Mason Dixon KAL
Hi, I have just purchased MDK book and love it. I have started the warshrag, and co45 with #7 needles and Sugar & Cream. It seems like it's going to be gigantic. From everyone's experience with this yarn, what should the approx.finished size be?
Saturday, November 18, 2006
quick ball band question
Mason Dixon Mini's
Friday, November 17, 2006
I've Finally Jumped on the (Ball) Band Wagon
These are my first warshrags and I love them! What a great pattern. These will be going to one of my collegues for a small wedding present along with some hand soap and lotion for the kitchen. I modified by only doing 4 reps of the pattern (5 total) and I think next time I would use US 6s instead of 7s. I definitely see more of these in my knitting future!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
The Too-Pretty-To-Use Warshrag
And boy, is it pretty, if I do say so myself. It took me a while to figure it out, but I finally got it.
I used Lily Sugar N Cream cotton, in Sunshine and Hot Pink. I am thinking of expanding this out a bit, and making it 3 times longer, to make a matching hand towel for my sister. I think she'd appreciate it, and the colors. HOT!
Has anyone used something like wool or other types of yarns to make something with this pattern? I would imagine this would make a beautiful scarf, in a nice wool. Any ideas or success stories?
Nina Shawl for Fall
I've heard knitters talk about being sad when a project ends. I wondered what that felt like. Now I know. I loved working with the colors on this project. (Actually, I'm still toying with the idea of embroidering on it....) A companion pillow will definitely have to happen someday.
I used Cascade Sierra, a cotton & wool blend. The colors are lush and the drape is lovely.
Ok Here I go again. Here is one of my ballbands using Faded Glory and Ecru. The other one I just switched the color. I love doing these and see how the colors are going to end up with the varigated. This one looks like to "v".
Dishcloths take over home, film at 11
These are the cloths I'm going to be giving away as gifts for the holidays. I have 17 ball band cloths & 13 mdk cloths plus 3 more cloths that aren't ball bands (they're in the picture--the duplicate bb's are in a bag).
I also have made matching/coordinating scrubbies to go along with the cloths. Some of my family members are getting 2-3 cloths, a scrubby or 2 & a copy of the cookbook my MOMS club had published. I'm also looking for some pretty dish soap dispensers to add & may put everything in a felted box if I have time!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Sugar N Cream and Miters
I wanted to address the possible effect of Sugar and Cream shrinkage on mitered squares, which I used in my epic for me sugar and cream blanket (please don't shrink! or at least not unevenly!). I did wash my squares before seaming them, but in lukewarm water and then dried them flat to block. I don't anticipate exposing the blanket to the hot water and agitation a dishcloth gets, but it sounds like cold wash delicate might be in order.
All the same, I have felted mitered squares, and they did retain their square shape post-felting even though wool also shrinks more in length than width...maybe the geometry of it works.
Newbie with first FO!
Hello, I'm new to the KAL. My name is Lisa and I'm a thirty-six year old, mother to five. We are expecting #6 in January. I learned to knit a couple of years ago, though I haven't touched needles or yarn for about the past two years. I went back to school and just couldn't find the time for any kind of hobby at all. However, since I'm taking a break from school now for a while (with the baby coming and all) I though it would be the perfect time to take it up again. I've forgotten most of what I learned previously, so I'm basically re-learning.
Anyway, I got the book MDK from my library and it opened my eyes to all kinds of things that I can make. I never would have thought of knitting dishcloths, LOL! But you always need them...all year long. How fun! So I went and bought some P'nC and attempted my first ballband dishcloth. I'm planning more dishcloths and some kimonos for the new baby next.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Log Cabin Before and After
I am finally getting around to posting pictures of my summer log cabins. They were baby gifts for a niece and nephew. To preserve bandwith, see the After pictures on my site. I went compulsive, as usual, and moved on to more cotton knitting. There's a description of the big blanket I made, inspired by the Log Cabins.
This is my second set of ballbands. I used Faded Glory and Ecru. I don't have a picture of the first set yet because I have to develop the film. This one I scanned into my computer. The first set I gave to my mom. She loves them.
Log Cabin Newbie
Baby banket suggestions?
Are You Ready For...
Yarn: Cream 'N Sugar (red & white ombre and forest green)
Needles: Size 7
1. Made the first stitch of every row a knit stitch.
2. Carrying the *non-working* yarn in one stitch and wove it back and forth. This gave the edge a neater appearance. It was worth the little bit of extra work.
I think this one will probably end up being part of a gift for my hairdresser.
A few years ago when I had just started knitting, my mother gave me some black tapestry yarn that had been my grandmother's and said, "Maybe you can use this someday." (Each hank cost my grandmother $.25.) I kept thinking maybe pillows for our bed but no patterns came to mind until I read the Mason Dixon book. Three pillows were born! Two are obvious - the log cabin and the big dotty. The triangles were inspired by the Woollythoughts web site (p. 67 in the book). Now they sit on our bed between a quilt that hangs on the wall (yes, it really is that crooked for some reason unknown to me!) made by my great-grandmother and a quilt that is at the foot of our bed made by our daughter.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Psychedelic Squares FINISHED
Combining two MDK signature elements -- Sugar N Cream and miters -- here is my daughter's candy-colored blanket in nature:
And in its natural setting:
She loves it -- we're happy!
I Finally, I have some photos of new Mason Dixon FOs to share. I am proudest of the ball-band throw rug. I used 3 strands of regular Peaches and Creme and did it in 3 strips. Also, some warshrags, too.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Addicted to MD Washcloths
Oh, you may have noticed that I have neglected to weave in the ends. The reason? I always have another dishcloth on the needles before I am even aware of the need to weave in the ends! Can't stop...must knit MD dishcloths...
First Post and FO
I made a burp cloth .. one of many I suspect .. for my friend who just had a baby. Just regular Sugar 'n Cream cotton in obnoxiously pastel baby hues, but I think it's cute as can be. It's short because I ran out of yarn .. I thought I'd had more with me, and decided it was long enough so just bound off.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
A whole mess 'o ball band washcloths
Count 'em! Six. All knit in October and the first week of November. For three baby showers at the office last week. Gifted in pairs in a nice canvas box tote (for corralling changing table clutter), with a hooded baby towel to match, and baby bath stuff, all topped with a rubber duck. CUTE gift. Good thing they are so easy, we have a FOURTH office pregnancy announced just yesterday! I swear, it has to be something in the water!!!!
Friday, November 10, 2006
Finished size approximately 38" x 28". US 10's for picking up & binding off stitches. US 9's for the general knitting.
Blue = Plymouth Jelly Beenz
Green & Yellow = Sirdar something DK
Now, to get the ends woven in before the shower on Sunday morning...
Potholder Loop Rug!
Finished my potholder loop rug last night and I love it! Nice and cushy under the toes when you step out of the shower and such cheerful colors. More details about the rug on my blog.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Lidded Felted Bobble Boxes
I've got other bits of colors for more bobbles left over from my big felted boxes, so guess what everyone I know is getting for Christmas!
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
HELP! with Felted Boxes
I've read and re-read the instructions. Can't figure which is the RS vs. WS, I checked in the archives and even held up the sides, but I don't know which way to fold...Thanks for helping.
Cotton Yarn Stash
I am unpacking my yarns into my fiber studio.. I have been purchasing cotton yarn for months now- building my stash and then started purchasing some new colors once I got the MD book. I also started purchasing Knit Picks Crayon- pima cotton. It makes nice facecloths and washcloths for babies- soo soft (I also plan on knitting a shawl out of it-striped full of all the fun colors)... Anyways.. my mom brought me over 3 huge bags of yarn the other day.. Tons of dishcloth cotton!! all brand new- she found at a thrift store.. I can officially say for the time being that I have enough dishcloth cotton! She also brought big balls of yarn of reclaimed yarn from sweaters.. My mom unraveled them.. There is wool, chenille, ribbon yarn, and other novelty yarns all waiting to be knitted into shawls!
The basked under the telephone table is half pima cotton skiens and half sugar and cream- the long skinny skiens are fingering cotton- there are about 10 of them. The shelves contain all dishcloth cotton. I will be knitting lots of dishcloths, towels and ball band wristlets and tp covers for christmas..
I am having fun organizing my yarn stash.. Dh just brought up several more boxes of wool yarn! I need more shelves I think!
Many Blessings, Debra
The one on the left will stay in my kitchen. It's made of Peaches & Creme. The one on the right is a combo of P & C and Sugar 'n Cream, and it will go to a friend in Minnesota who made a ballband dishcloth for me last month.
I really like the pattern; it's challenging enough to keep me interested but easy enough to knit while watching TV, talking with someone or listening to music. I look forward to making many more of these. I'm amazed at how little yarn they require!
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
I started these bibs with plenty of time, but the baby came way early. Luckily, both he and mom are doing well. The bibs are knitted in Peaches and Cream. After reading comments about whether to wash or not, I opted to wash I had a little bit of bleeding with the blue, but none with the other. The only problem I encountered was difficulty in rejoining the yarn. It took just three tries to realize I had to start from the side in the middle rather than the edge. (oops) I really enjoy seeing all your work - it's so inspirational.